September 12, 2017
New Computer Immersion Schools in Loudoun County

Funds from Chin Family Charitable Fund Provide Support

The Loudoun County Public School System recently announced that three schools will serve as computer science immersion schools – Meadowland Elementary, Moorefield Station Elementary and Round Hill Elementary. Each school will each teach 30 minutes of coding activities to students each day.

The Code to the Future schools are supported through a grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF). This grant is made possible in conjunction with a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Chin Family Charitable Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation that supports education, children’s health and children’s medical care.

The schools received new equipment and staff training to introduce this program. The training, support and curriculum for the program are being provided by Code to the Future. Throughout the year, the schools will conduct “Epic Builds” to showcase the students’ coding skills.

“If we want to address the shortage of computer science majors here in the U.S., then we need to start at the beginning. It is critical that students in Kindergarten through 5th grade have exposure and instruction in computer programming and that it is integrated throughout their school day. Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Chin Family Fund, the Loudoun Education Foundation is providing support for three computer science immersion public elementary schools in Loudoun County. These schools are the first-ever coding immersion schools in Virginia and can serve as models for other school systems,” said Dawn Meyer, Executive Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation.