Each year, LCDS students compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee competition. In 2015, Shiv Lamba (‘15) won the regional division and went on to successfully complete two rounds in the National competition. In 2010, Rachel Wilmans (’12) was one of only six students (out of more than 100 participants) to make it to the final round in the Loudoun county division. In the past, LCDS students Ashley McNamara (‘93) and Molly Gulland (‘96) won the Loudoun county division.
LCDS students began participating in the National History Day competition in 2000. Since then, many students have earned the distinction of advancing to the state-level competition, several of whom ultimately qualified for and participated in the national competition. Currently, eighth-grade students compete in the documentary film category and seventh-grade students compete in the website category. In 2015, 7th-grade student, Barrett Harrington won the state level and placed second in the national competition in the Junior Individual Website Category.
Each year LCDS graduates move on to some of the most highly competitive private schools and academic programs in the mid-Atlantic area. This includes the nationally renowned and highly competitive Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 public high school in the United States for three of the past five years).
Each year, LCDS participates in the National Geographic Society’s geography bee. Student winners of school-wide bee take the state competition qualifying test to qualify for the state level exam. Several LCDS students have earned the distinction of participating in at the state level.
LCDS alum John Chen (’07) was the winner of the 2009 National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloists' Competition in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. He has also been selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar and was the Timothy Rowe Artist of the Year for the 2007- 2008 Season. John has performed at major concert halls around the world, including the State Capella Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Arts Center, and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Carson Clark (‘14) has published two books. The first book was The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver. The second book was Mystery of the Missing Friends. Carson was the books' author and photographer. He has been photographing since he was three years old. At age six, he became the youngest winner in Nature's Best Photography's Windland Smith Rice International Awards, and at age nine he won first place in the Washington Post Youth Photography Contest.
LCDS alum Alex Aust (’05) was a member of the University of Maryland’s 2010 National Championship Women’s Lacrosse team. Alex earned a lacrosse scholarship to the division I school in 2009. When she was at LCDS, Alex was a stellar student-athlete and also served as Student Council President.
Alex Rossi ('09) was a recipient of the University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Foundation's Jefferson Scholarship. To win that prestigious honor, Alex participated among 115 top high school seniors from 32 states and seven foreign countries in an intensive four-day competition.
The average SAT score among the finalists is 2,209 (on a scale of 2,400), compared to a national average of 1,498. The Jefferson Scholarship covers the full cost of attending the University.