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Lake Braddock, Burke

4.5
#7 of 9 in Nature in Fairfax County
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, United States, administered by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), is one of three 7-12 secondary schools in Fairfax County; the other two are Hayfield SS and Robinson SS. Lake Braddock opened in 1973. Its mascot is the Bruin, and the school colors are purple and gold.
When opened in 1973, adjacent to the namesake reservoir, Lake Braddock drew its students from nearby Robinson Secondary School to the west and West Springfield High School to the south. At first, Lake Braddock was built without walls in most of its educational areas, as it was believed by the administrators of the era that students would learn better in an open environment. When school officials realized a school without walls was distracting to teenage students, temporary walls were installed around many classrooms in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This resulted in significant climate control problems throughout the building, most of which were left unfixed until the school was renovated.
Besides the "open classroom" approach, Lake Braddock, when it opened, also employed the "Forecast Five" approach, which was a "school within a school", or teams, of 150 students assigned to 5 teachers (math, English, science, social studies, special ed), and, on field trips all 150 would go. These teams later received names and their own team color.
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  • Lake Braddock is a feature for the residents of Lake Braddock Community Association and their guests. Many reviews on this page are clearly referencing Burke Lake Park which is a mixed state and...  more »
  • A little for everyone in this County Park. A nice lake, water activities. Trails, greenery, it sort of has it all and it's free for Fairfax County resident. Out of county residents pay on weekends....  more »
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  • Loved walking with my daughter around the lake in the afternoon and running around it in the morning when she was at school 👍
  • Great place to walk and enjoy nature and people. Clean clear walking path with 2 playgrounds on the surround. There's good fishing but get there early!

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