About Us

Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the historic Paxton Campus has been serving children and families in need for 90 years.

In 1922, founder Rachel Paxton had a vision to turn her home and property into safe and welcoming environment for underprivileged families. Over the years, the property had served as a convalescent center, daycare, and an orphanage.

In 1967, a group of parents whose children had special needs formed The Arc of Loudoun, a 501(c)3 organization, to start a preschool for their children when no one else would.

Since then, the Paxton Campus has grown into a full-service organization with multiple programs that together provide an integrated and innovative learning environment for children of all ages and abilities.

Our growing list of programs include:

  • Open Door Preschool
  • The Aurora School
  • ALLY Advocacy Center
  • Step Up

Special needs students are children first with all of the needs, desires, and feelings of children without disabilities. Our programs and services enable children to grow into adulthood and move out into the world with skills and confidence.