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APLUS: 2020 Spring Registration is Now OPEN!

2020 Spring - Enrichment, Test Prep, Math/Humanities
Date:Saturday, January 18, 2020 ~ Thursday, May 14, 2020

Jocelyn Park
Executive Director
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Absolute Academy Winter Camp

Absolute Academy Winter Camp is designed to foster students’ problem solving and computational skills during winter break before the upcoming mathematics and computer science competition season. The camp will give the students a timely opportunity to review relevant materials, master their problem solving skills, and learn exam strategies at various levels (MathCounts/AMC8, AMC 10/12, AIME and USACO Silver/Gold) through review lectures, mock exams, and strategy sessions.

Camp Dates: December 26-30 (5 full days)

Daily Hours: 9 am-5 pm (early drop-off & late pickup are available)

Camp Location: Longfellow Middle School
2000 Westmoreland St, Falls Church, VA 22043

For further details, including course information and pricing, please visit

TJ SIS Essay Writing - Open for Registration

Oakton Academy

TJ Essay Writing Workshop

2705 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna/Oakton


  • TJ Essay Test Date: Feb 8, 2020
  • TJ Essay Writing Dates: Dec 7, Dec 14, Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25
  • Schedule: Saturdays: 10 am – 12 noon
  • Location: 2705 Hunter Mill Road, Vienna/Oakton 
  • Instructor: Mrs. V. W. Bio Link: Link: TJ Test Prep
Congratulations to our 8th graders who completed their first milestone in the TJ Admission Test on November 9. You will receive the semifinalist announcement from FCPS on January 17, 2020.


As we did in previous years, our teachers will start preparing 8th graders for the Round #2 Essay Writing Test. If you would like to get more details, you are welcome to come to our TJ Admission Round #2 Test Information Session on the following dates.


Questions:  What if my child did not accepted into the first round, will it still be helpful to do the Essay Writing Workshop? 

Answer: Yes. Absolutely!

·        It is extremely helpful to practice writing in middle school. The 8th graders will use the writing skills in their application for future summer or talent search programs, their high school governor's school program, clubs, volunteering services, internship, etc.  

·        "WRITING" is critical! It applies in TJ Essay Writing, School Research Writing, Internship Application, SAT Essay Writing, as well as College Application Essay Writing. Those students who write well usually get a better chance to be selected to top colleges and universities. 

·        Instructor Ms. V. W. who has taught for more than 20 years, and is currently serving as her English Department chair. Her bio is on the link: TJ Test Prep

Oakton Academy Events and Calendar: 


November 23 (12:30 – 4 pm), **SAT MOCK EXAM, online sign up is required

Contacts:; 571-354-7199 (VM). Online registration: Thank you!


TJ Test Prep
Oakton Academy
2705 Hunter Mill Road, VA

(January 22, 2020) Newport Academy Appeal Public Hearing

Newport Academy's appeal of the 3 properties on Davidson Rd. has been reschedule for January 22. Newport Academy has appealed that they can indeed operate three treatment centers next to each other "by right" and do not need a special permit from the county. January 22 is also the date of the Kurtz Rd. appeal. Please consider signing up to speak for 3 minutes at the public hearing on January 22 and support your community.

You are able to sign up to speak at the Davidson Rd appeal AND the Kurtz Rd appeal, which are on the same day. 

Application numbers can be found on this link. You can sign up to speak for both the Davidson Rd. appeal AND the Kurtz Rd. appeal if you'd like.

You can sign up to speak here: looks like the meeting starts at 9am.

Zoning Appeals Pushed to January for Newport Academy’s Proposed McLean Facilities

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Great Falls, VA  22066

  • 2019 Fall semester registration is now open at Discover Learning Center
2019 Fall semester registration is now open at Discover Learning Center. We provide high-quality weekend classes.  We prepare the lessons plan and material before the semester starts.  And there is quality control during the semester.

We will be in Herndon on Friday 8/30/2019 (7:00pm to 9:00pm), Saturday 8/31/2019 (8:30am to 12:00pm.  Address: 503 Carlisle Dr., Room 275, Herndon, VA

We will waive your $30 registration fee when you come to Herndon.

(703) 856 7057,, Instagram: discover386,

Discover Learning Center
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The Stanford application has 11 essays/short answer prompts! 

Does your student know how to create a compelling Stanford application?  Join the experts for our 90-minute webinar, "The Ivy Essay Whisperers Decode Stanford." 

For more information or to register, go to


We had almost a 1/4 of the auditorium filled up, front and center. Thank you all who were able to come out on a workday morning in a show of support.

Foust and the other Supervisors couldn’t have missed us if they tried. There is another Supervisor’s Meeting on May 21st where folks can (and have) register to speak. We walked out together as a group after about an hour of holding our signs quietly - -


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While she was watching, a member of staff expertly shovelled fridge-sized chunks of packed powder, sliding it down a slope.

From the shapes left in the remaining snow, the man had removed multiple towers of the snow before they break into a pile.

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        NASA’s InSight spacecraft makes its historic touchdown on Mars after an epic journey of just over 300 million miles. Video courtesy of NASA.

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