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Island Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 795 students

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

My children attended this school for five years. The staff and faculty are wonderful and work together as a team. There are always volunteers in the school which I think makes the school even more effective. There is a real community feel since the school's footprint is very small.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

This school does a very poor job teaching children with learning differences. Indeed, the administrators and Special Ed teachers appear to have little knowledge of how to teach children with ADHD and dyslexia. And the school throws every roadblock in the path of children who need evaluations and services. I strongly recommend avoiding Island Creek Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

I am pleased with the staff at Island Creek. The teachers, counselors, and principals genuinely care about the students. My two children are happy to go to school each day. Just like most Fairfax County Public Schools, I feel the classes are large especially for the younger grades and often do not have assistants. This is a large school, but it has a nice community/neighborhood feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

The staff is great to work with. the special education teachers are wonderful! They are very helpful and attentive to the needs of the child and understanding of parents. My daughter is thriving at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

As a parent of a special needs child, my experience at Island Creek has been nothing short of wonderful. I have only kind words for the staff and faculty of Island Creek. I am always involved in the decisions regarding my child and teachers go above and beyond to make my child's each and every day a great learning experience. One improvement that I would like to see at this school is a more welcoming staff in the office. Many times I myself have not been acknowledged or simply ignored upon entering. This is a subject that has been discussed by other parents as well. It would be nice to hear a simple hello or, how can I help you today? More often than not, you are simply ignored. Very unprofessional at the very least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

We moved here because we thought this school was going to be excellent. We have had many sad experiences. One teacher can change your child's personality, and of course the principal will always side with the teacher. I as a parent of child who was happy and says that someone is not talking to him/her kindly, will always believe my child first. This one teacher is very militant and I think is as nice as they can be...which is sad to say. There is also one particular front staff person who is always rude in words and gestures. I always wonder why the other staff members allow her to be this way? (They are kind by the way) This one person is rude and makes you tense just trying to get your child to a doctor appt. Our family cannot wait for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2010

The school seems to offer lots of interesting projects and opportunities for learning outside of the book (writing, music, foreign language, etc). The principle is very enthusiastic and we have been satisfied with the teacher our child had so far (kindergarten). However, I do have to agree with the prior poster who noted that there is a person in the front office who puts up unnecessary hurdles and comments in ways that imply you (the parent) have bothered her by coming to pick up your student or dropping off an item. Service and friendliness are not evident in interactions with this particular person. Setting this bad apple aside, we are otherwise very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

As it is with every school, there are always a few teachers that make the experience unpleasant. Our child, unfortunately, got that kind of teacher. There is absolutely no communication between the teacher and the parents other than requests for more supplies without even saying thank you. However, the school overall does a fair job of communicating--and we appreciate it very much. I've observed some fantastic teachers at this school and my child gives very positive feedback about 'specials' (art, music, library, etc.). But because of the primary teacher, it has been a very difficult year, and it has definitely painted our experience in a negative light. One additional turnoff is one of the front office staff--probably one of the most anti-customer-service people I've ever dealt with, which is really disappointing given that she is the 'face' of the school--the first person you see when you arrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

The teachers and staff are wonderful. We moved from Ohio to Virginia, and the transitional was seamless. I would recommend this school to any new family moving to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

The teachers at this school show constant enthusiasm, energy and caring for their students. They seem to be observant of the behaviors of all children even with sizable classes. The staff continually challenge the students while simultaneously providing a helpful and intriguing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

I have a Kindergartener and 6th grader at this school and have been very pleased with the teachers (excellent) and the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

My son and my two daughters go to this school. It could use some more disipline and the cafeteria lunch is below average but it is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2008

Island Creek is a wonderful neighborhood school. My daughter is in her second year there, and I am very happy with the education she is receiving. We nearly went the private school route but are now thrilled with our decision to use the public school system. The school does an excellent job with differentiation in the classroom, allowing all students to succeed to their potential. Emphasis is placed on good character, and the program they use to encourage it is evident throughout the school day. Teachers are responsive. The principals are professionals yet very accessible to the parents. The PTA is active. No school is perfect, but we have no regrets about our decision to send our daughter to Island Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

Our son attended the PAC program at Island Creek for 8 months, and it was an amazing, supportive, stimulating environment for him. The school's principal has a strong background in special education and we were never made to feel like outsiders while we were there. It was very sad to leave when he returned to his base school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2008

ICES was an interesting experience for me as a parent. Our oldest went k-2 there, starting the first year the school opened. His teachers were outstanding. I am a little puzzled by the school's rating. My son's scores were very high. He qualified to go to the gifted school the next year, but we moved. Maybe having the gifted students go makes a difference, I didn't examine the numbers too closely. The principal thinks everyone is in elementary school, but she is very good at inspiring her teachers. Their policy of 'once your kid walks in the door, he's ours' was a tad overbearing. The front office staff must be overworked because they were pretty stiff when a parent came in to the office--as if we were interrupting. My child really enjoyed school there, and I thought the quality of education was great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2007

This is and was a great school. The teachers, staff and principal were top of its kind. I really hate that we had to move and leave this wonderful school. My children improved so much since coming to this school. Keep up the great work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

My daughter just finished the 1st grade at Island Creek. It was a great experience for her. The teacher was very experienced and nurturing. There were a host of after school activities. The PTA is very active. The children had several programs during the year to encourage reading. Instructors in music, art and PE were wonderful. The prinicipal and other staff are very hands on and easily accessible. Overall a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

My son graduated at the first year Island Creek opened and he had a great time there. He didn't really know anyone because we had just moved there, and his teachers really helped with his grades and meeting new people. My daughter still goes there and is about to graduate from 6th grade. She has been there since 3rd grade and all the years she has been there she made many friends and started talking some more. When she started school in Kindergarten, she was very shy and did not really talk, but as she older and got more friends and was comfortable, she stared raising her hand more in class. All her teachers were great, so really consider letting your child or children go to ICES, my children had so much fun.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
99%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students75%
Female students80%
Male students69%
Black students71%
Asian students75%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students67%
Female students71%
Male students62%
Black students35%
Asian students83%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students81%
Black students79%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students94%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students83%
Female students77%
Male students91%
Black students79%
Asian students82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students82%
Female students89%
Male students77%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students91%
Male students81%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students85%
Female students90%
Male students82%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students78%
Female students82%
Male students74%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students87%
Female students94%
Male students80%
Black students76%
Asian students92%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students93%
Female students98%
Male students87%
Black students82%
Asian students100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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