As Broad Run enters its forty-third year serving the families of Ashburn and Loudoun County, we are excited about the future and proud of the past accomplishments of our students and staff. A high attendance rate, success on the SOLs, strong SAT scores and a positive school climate are indicators of a school that continues to strive for success for all students. It is our mission and responsibility to keep our “Tradition of Excellence” rolling along.
The school mission statement is multi-faceted. Two of the primary goals of the mission statement are that the school community strives to educate life-long learners that respect others and themselves and that accept responsibility for their actions. First, it proposes that all students respect others as well as themselves. This goal has led Broad Run to create programs to help our school in this effort. Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) will enter its fourth year in existence. Each year, the program has more and more impact on our school. The SSA program is going to be featured as a key cog in LCPS’s efforts as a system to combat bullying. Three years ago, another program was started, the Power of Words (POW). This programs aim is to teach our students the power of what they say and to reflect on the impact their words may have on others, as well as themselves. This year, we are beginning our Spartans To Spartans (STS) Program. Every freshman student will receive an upper class mentor. The mentors will be trained throughout the school year on various topics and will then share with their mentees what they have learned. It is our plan that this program helps our freshman student’s transition more easily to the high school environment.
School should be a place where all students have the opportunity to share ownership through activities, athletics and clubs. It should be a welcoming place where adults take pleasure in interacting with students and view problems as opportunities to enhance the learning process by being exceptionally caring, demanding, and passionate, regardless of their teaching style. The school mission statement also asks our students to accept responsibility for their actions. They make choices—good choices and poor choices. With each choice, they own their problems and the responsibility for them. They have the power and control over their futures. Successful students demonstrate self-discipline. They do not make excuses for their failures, rather they see failure as an opportunity to learn and succeed.
Broad Run is committed to school improvement. We constantly look for educationally sounds ways to improve. Our School Improvement Team (SIT) is the major instrument in our drive for improvement. The team consists of members of our staff, students, and parents. This committee has brought about major initiatives at Broad Run. A few of these initiatives are our transition and at-risk programs-OMEGA and SAFE, minority achievement committee, technology training and SOLs.
The information that follows should be viewed as a status report. Data is provided to illustrate trends and furnish information on both the school in general and on specific initiatives. This report provides the entire community with an opportunity to reflect on past achievements and focus on our mission.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of Broad Run High School.
Douglas A. Anderson, Ed.S