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Bren Mar Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 482 students

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2011:
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Posted June 25, 2014

Great school. Fantastic teachers. Small class sizes. Really caring staff. My children enjoy learning and attending Bren mar park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

My daughter was in Kindergarten at Bren Mar Park last year. We had a wonderful experience. Her teacher was amazing. I saw clear evidence of her use of best practices in the classroom. Because it is a Title 1 school, the lower grades have class sizes of 24 students or less, and there is a lot of extra staff (ESOL, reading specialists, math specialists, etc.) There were 3 or more adults in the classroom at nearly all times. I saw a lot of evidence of differentiation and data-based instruction throughout the school. The assistant principal, Ms. Baxter, is very approachable, and you can tell she has put her heart and soul into the school for many years. There is minimal parental involvement in terms of the PTA, but the school hosts many family nights and other events that are well-attended. One of the benefits of the school is its incredible diversity. My daughter learned about many different traditions and cultures from around the world. We changed schools in order to attend a special program, but there are many days I wonder if we did the right thing. I highly recommend Bren Mar Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I am very unsatisfied with the lack of technology education as we all know technology is becoming a very big part of this generation of kids. Although they upgraded their play ground and got new dell computers I would highly recomend they invest money in Ipads for indivisual students and maybe have a special class that is meant for higher graded students so they can learn more advanced things and be more educated for the future.


Posted July 9, 2013

My daughter finished kindergarten at Bren Mar this last year and loved it. I had the opportunity to meet many of the students and teachers throughout the year and they were all very nice. The teachers seem very dedicated and put in a lot of extra effort through the special events and activities at the school. The school is very diverse and has a relatively large special education program which I think is reflected in the test scores/rating. We were initially reluctant about the school, but after speaking with other parents decided to give it a try and did not regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

My little brother is currently attending the school. He has made new friends and is doing great but, a kid is bullying him and his teacher is doing nothing about it. The teachers are not in the cafeteria as this is happening. They won't do anything even though he has told them several times. I am very disappointed in this. My brother and his friend should not be being hit and beat up. It's ridiculous and they are lucky I'm not with him during school hours.


Posted February 7, 2012

I love the small size of this elementary school and the small class sizes. I was initially hesitant about trying a public school, as I thought my child would not receive the high quality and personalized education. I am glad I tried, Bren Mar Park! My child is in K and his teacher is absolutely fantastic. The principal and her team are excellent and have a genuine interest in the children. There are also many parent/student activities that engage children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2011

I was converted. I was strictly sending my daughter to private school, but I heard so many other parents in my neighborhood talk so highly of Bren Mar Park that I thought I would give it a shot... and save a lot of money too. Wow! It's a wonderful school and it resembles the public schools of my childhood... not at all what the media would have you think about the public school system. I am so glad I made the switch. BTW, to me 5-stars is perfect... I gave it 4-stars, which in my mind is extremely good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

We love this school. 'The teachers and staff are extremely dedicated. The only negative I have is that there does not seem to be a lot of parent involvement. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

During the past 3 two years this school has been great and one of the most dynamic in getting students to higher learning. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

Bren Mar Park is a great little neighborhood school. The principals are extremely dedicated, as are the teachers. My child will be entering his 6th year at Bren Mar and I don't think he has ever been in a classroom with more than 22 students.This is a small school with classroom sizes anywhere from 16 - 24 students. If you are moving to our neighborhood I urge you to come in and meet the principals and staff. Some people new to the area just automacically enroll their children in private schools without even investigating the neighborhood school, which I think is a mistake.We love Bren Mar, and I feel fortunate that my son has had such a wonderful elementary experience. Bren Mar also has wonderful LD and esol teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

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

All Students75%
Female students69%
Male students80%
Black students71%
Asian students58%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students73%
Female students67%
Male students77%
Black students63%
Asian students75%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students93%
Female students85%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students94%
Proficient in English92%
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 Students59%
Female students62%
Male students57%
Black students69%
Asian students67%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students56%
Female students43%
Male students63%
Black students79%
Asian students70%
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English75%
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 Students69%
Female students73%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students75%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students66%
Female students68%
Male students64%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students81%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students63%
Female students69%
Male students58%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English90%
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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  • Ms. Anita Lynch

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6344 Beryl Rd
Alexandria, VA 22312
Phone: (703) 914-7200

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