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K-5
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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 780
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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435 Ferdinand Day Dr
Alexandria, VA 22304

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(703) 933-6300
(703) 212-8465
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July 31, 2014
Best school ever 3 of my children go there 1 is in middle school she got promoted in 2013. All of my children love this school great staff. Very good 5-Stars

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
My daughter is currently in kindergarten and the teacher Mr Riddile is excellent. This is a great school and it shows with the staff and through the teachers on how well it it. They truly work together as a team and keep the students in line with standards for SOL and all. I truly love this school and it had been nothing but outstanding for my child. Thank you to the principal and teachers for all they do in a daily basis keep up the great work!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
its strengths, not it's. This was self corrected by the poster from 6/13. I wish there were more schools like Tucker, with the combination of dedicated staff, high expectations, and diversity.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2014
To many minority kids in the school. Way over crowded. Most of the kids do not speak English and the teacher to ratio to child is very poor.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
This school runs things in a very professional manner. I was pleased with the administration and staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
Our daughter attended this school from K through 5. We would not have dreamed of sending her anywhere else. The year round model stands out for maximizing student learning. The teachers are experienced and dedicated. The TAG teacher is unparalleled in challenging and energizing advanced students. Lower performing students receive excellent supports form specialized teachers and the extra school time. And middle of the road students -- like mine -- aren't lost in the shuffle. My daughter received personalized attention to meet her needs and challenge her at her level. The principal Mr. Paschal is easy going, friendly, approachable, and responsive. The art, P.E., and music programs and teachers are the highest quality. With Alexandria's great new superintendent, I think the entire system will be headed in a positive direction.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
Tucker's focus is passing the SOL's and closing the achievement gap, so be prepared for a lot of test prep and a curriculum that test-based. If your child lacks a supportive home environment and resources in order to succeed academically, this is the school for you. If your child does well in school and does not cause a problem, they will be overlooked.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
My son LOVES this school - he transferred from another school in the area and it is like day and night - he progressed rapidly in his reading and writing capabilities and enjoys his time there. the teachers are friendly and fantastic and the principal responsive and helpful. We feel very comfortable in this school and look forward to sending our daughter there soon as well!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
There is no better place than Tucker! I have been extremely happy with not only the school and staff but the overwhelming involvement of parents and the community in the success of Tucker. Previous reviews have mentioned large class sizes. As is the case for all ACPS schools and the projected growth of the West End of Alexandria, this is a big indicator of how wonderful this school is. More families are seeing the benefits of the modified calendar as well as the diversity of Tucker and are CHOOSING to relocate their families to the area. With the City's plans to construct more housing developments in the nearby areas and other areas in the West End of Alexandria overcrowding in the entire city will be at the forefront of future discussions. Do not take the opinions of reviewers at face value as they are subjective and only reflect the views of a few, do your research, visit the school, attend an event and/or speak to families in the community. I guarantee the majority of the conversations had will be positive. I am proud to be a Tucker Parent and you will too should you be given the chance!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
Tucker Elementary School was a great experience for my son who was in the 2012-13 Kindergarten Program . His teacher was young but very good. My child had some attention difficulties and his teacher was able to implement a behavioral program/token economy to increase his attention span and work performance. The teacher and principal were always willing to discuss my child's progress and ways to support his academic and behavioral goals. In addition, the staff was respectful and communicative. My son entered Kindergarten unable to read and now reading at a 1.5 reading level (of course, I as a parent supported his goals at home as well). I also loved the diversity and SES differences at the school as well. Great school and well ran!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2013
I am the proud parent of 2 Tucker Tigers! Tucker has excellent teachers who go beyond their work to educate and enrich the children. The principal and assistant principal are strong leaders who care about our children. The academic program is fantastic and gives the student the opportunity to learn and apply it in a day to day basis. The year round program is a great tool for working parents and the kids look forward to it. My oldest child attended Tucker from K-5th grade, now my youngest is a Tucker Tiger and loves it as much as my oldest one did.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
This school formly had 5 stars, instead of 2, based on test scores. The fact that it has dropped like this should be a wake up call to the Alexandria government and school system.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2011
We are not pleased with Tucker. While there are some good teachers, the administration and cirriculum are not great. Most families moving out of Cameron Station do so because of this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2011
My son was suppose to attend this school for the 2011 and 2012 school year. The registration process went smoothly but then in June when I was expecting a welcome letter instead I received the letter saying that they had over the limit registrations this year and that I have to choose another school within a week or else they will do a lottery and if he is not selected they will send my son to any school of their choice. I called them to find out whats going on they were very rude. I have always heard nice things about this school but my experience wasn't at all satisfactory. They should have informed the parents before hand that they were having issues regarding the available space. They did announce in the open house that they are cutting down no. of kindergarten classes this year. But this was nothing I expected. Then I have to go through the list of schools they provided to see which school will be appropriate and how far is it which was a headache. Anyhow I must say the teachers seemed nice and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
This school is absolutely excellent, from the extraordinary kindergarten teachers to the atmosphere of high expectations. The teachers are warm and kind, yet they do have steep standards for their students. Of course, like anywhere, there are a few duds personality-wise, but even those few still seem to have the success of the students as their priority. There is a diversity of culture, but it's amazing to watch the kids just think it's normal to have so many students of so many different backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2011
Tucker is a great school. It is definitely a community school where teachers, parents, administration and the community work together to teach and enrich our children's learning experience. The year round schedule is great and works really well. My children have been able to opportunities gain skills and learn about many other subjects that are not part of standard curriculum. Tucker has a diverse student body where heritage is celebrated, not discriminated.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
Best school! Love the staff and the facility. It serves a diverse population and get great results.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 05, 2009
Tucker in an excellent school, my kids love it and so do I. My oldest son is currently in 4th grade since k. The staff are very professional and care for the students. The modified schedule works just great for us and the intersession classes are very positive for the kids. The cultural diversity has a positive and incredible influence for all of us in our family. The communication and security in the school make me feel very comfortable. Unfortunately, we will be moving out of state and my kids will not attend to Tucker next school year, but I strongly recommend Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
Tucker is a great school with a superb staff and involved parents. My daughter loves the school and is always excited about learning. The modified school schedule has a shorter summer break and longer periodic breaks throughout the year. This schedule helps break up the learning into nicely dispersed chunks, so the kids are never away from school too long (the summer break is about six weeks). The school has a great focus on academics and works hard to develop good young citizens. It has a broad ethnic and social diversity, which is a refreshingly positive influence on my daughter. My son starts at Tucker next school year. He can't wait.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
Since K my son has gone to this school. He is now in 3rd grade. Each of his teachers have been great. They are stiff, but that is what makes Tucker such a great school. The teachers always answer to the emails and assist you with anything you need. They care for their students and their weillbeing.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
Great School all around. Solid Curriculum, highly knowledgeable and trained staffs, great Intersession program and a lot of activities for parents to stay involved. The schedule is a bit stiff, but of course 'you can t have your cake and Eat it too'. there is definitely an upside on having a continuous schooling schedule with minimal interruptions-for parents who don t know, Samuel Tucker is on a modified school year schedule-. Altogether a great school in Alexandria/VA with a great little lady as its Principal.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
My daughter has been at Tucker since beginning Kindergarten (she's currently in the final quarter of 3rd grade), and I cannot be positive enough about the school & it's staff! In spite of it's exceedingly high minority and mobility rates, the school as a whole continues to meet/exceed expectation academically, and the social impact of such a diverse socio-economic group has been incredible - not only has my daughter excelled academically, she has also had the opportunity to learn first hand about countries and cultures from friends her own age! The staff is also very responsive - every year I think she's been in the most capable teacher's classroom, but after having interracted with nearly all of the teachers in the school at some point, I'm pleased to say that the level of dedication and enthusiasm the teachers bring each day is the standard and not the exception!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
What an excellent school! Our daughter is in second grade and attended half the year last year right after we moved and all of this year. She has excellent grades, excellent test scores (as do most the kids) and enjoys the school and it's diversity. That's always a plus in an inter-racial family like ours.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Our son only attended Tucker for one month before we moved, but I must say the faculty seem to be in control as we saw the students already into their work as soon as the bell sounded at 8AM! I do have a concern that the front office staff does not appear to be as welcoming to parents. I suppose one reason for them being so formal is that many of the children who attend come from lwo-income/at risk families and need this structure. I consider this an 'inner-city' school when compared to the one he will be attending in Loudon County. Not a knock, but Alexandria is a city after all. I would still recommend this school to those living in the area.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2007
My daughter has attended Tucker for 3 years and it's awesome. Because of the involvement and enthusiasm of the teachers and support staff, we've joined countless functions and my daughter is doing well scholastically and socially. My 4-year-old son will definitely attend Tucker too.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2006
It has only been two months, but up until now, our experience has been extraordinary. Teachers and staff have been very supportive. The intercession program is a plus. My son needs extra help in Math and the school has put together a terrific two-week program to reinforce his skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School
435 Ferdinand Day Dr, Alexandria, VA  22304
(703) 933-6300
Last modified Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top