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Bush Hill Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 443 students

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Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bush Hill Elementary School is wonderful! Our daughter is starting her 4th year there and our son is starting his 2nd year. The teachers are kind and competent and the administration is accessible and highly involved. Furthermore, the facilities are excellent, whether it's the classrooms, the smart boards in the classrooms, the computer labs, the well-supplied library, the nice gym, or the large playground. The PTA is very active, sponsoring numerous fun events and fundraisers throughout the year, from movie nights to family games. the families in the school are very diverse, with people coming from dozens of countries and language backgrounds, while remaining united in the goal of educating our children for future success. We love Bush Hill Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2014

Bush Hill ES has great teachers. I've been particularly impressed by my son's 1st grade teacher and my older son's 4th grade teacher. They both went the extra mile to challenge the kids and meet their individual needs. It is a smaller Fairfax County elementary school with tons of diversity, which I like. Test scores reflect diversity but if you're hands on with your kid's education (meaning you make sure homework is done, assignments are completed on time, study for test), he/she will do great. The school is small enough to get to know the administration and principal on a first name basis. The PTA is active and has a great group of caring, committed parents. After-school enrichment classes add to the standard curriculum and offer pretty cool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

I have two children at Bush Hill. It is a wonderful neighborhood school. The teachers are very kind and great at communicating with parents. The PTA is active. We like the caring atmosphere in the school, where each student is made to feel part of the community. I wish the arts were a little stronger, but overall our children are getting an excellent education and love going to school each day. It's a best kept secret of FCPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My son, who is just finishing up 2nd grade, has gone to Bush Hill for 3 years now. We like the fact that it's a small neighborhood school with lots of parent involvement. The PTA is very active. The principal, and the assistant principal, are very experienced, caring, and always available. The majority of the teachers are also very experienced. I suspect the low test scores are due to the diversity and the fact that until recently the kindergarten and 1st grade classes were too big.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

One Child in 1st and One child in 4th: Principal is active and always available, lots of activity, great curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

The only reason I don't give Bush Hill a 5 star rating is because the classes were too big in kindergarten (27 kids) and no effort was made to rectify this during the school year. the result was several foreign children not developing adequate social and English skills. However, a teacher was added this year in K and 1st. The teachers in K are very accomplished and the curriculum very demanding for K...our child was reading by the end of the year at a high level. The staff are dedicated, professional and the facilities are very good. We love the diversity of the student body and the small size. It is a well-kept secret. There is great parent involvement and I always feel welcome when I visit. Our child enjoys the teachers, who give her as much attention as she needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

The Principal is good, the teachers are decent (as a whole), howver the reason that the school thrives is the involvement by the parents,...primarily by the stay-at-home mothers. This is the difference between Bush Hill being an average school and one that makes an impact. Without the parent involvement and the open interchange with the administration, the school would be seriously challenged to adequately address every children's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

Bush Hill is a blessing for us! The Principal, Teachers and Staff are all dedicated and nurturing to the needs of every student. They are all like family who not only does their job well but cares for my children like their own. They attend to my child's needs and school problem from common bullies to simple sickness right away even when I'm not around. Teachers are outstanding, educated, and are excellent role model for every student in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2006

Bush Hill is a nice school however the emphasis is academics. I would like to see more done for children who are in need of social skills. The resource staff is overworked. Additional staffing is needed to accomodate those who are on the Autism Spectrum. In addition, Fairfax County Public Schools do not have summer school services for children who are in great need of social skills. Their approach to meeting the needs of children on the Spectrum is to
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

I have had 2 children finish from Bush Hill and 2 still there. I have seen how caring the staff is and how they respond to each child as an individual. They are wonderful with the special needs children and the gifted alike, the only ones that seem to slip through the cracks are the average kid. One of my sons is gifted and 2 are special needs kids and they have bloomed at Bush Hill my one son that is just average did get left out of extra help and such but I felt that it was due to the fact there are 3 princpals and the old adage too many chiefs and not enough Indians really was true. Overall though it is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

I have two children at Bush Hill-2nd grade and 6th grade. It is a top notch school with the students safety and education as their #1 priority. Parental involvement is high. This area is highly diverse-the staff at Bush Hill handles this challenge with a tremendous amount of respect. We couldn't be happier!
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
History and Social Science

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

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 70% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

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 74% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students72%
Female students82%
Male students64%
Black students72%
Asian students86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students61%
Female students59%
Male students63%
Black students71%
Asian students71%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students55%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students97%
Female students92%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English100%
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 Students76%
Female students74%
Male students79%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English95%
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 Students67%
Female students61%
Male students73%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English81%

English: Writing

All Students59%
Female students54%
Male students65%
Black students62%
Asian students70%
Hispanic8%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students75%
Female students69%
Male students82%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students72%
Female students67%
Male students79%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English88%
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 Students73%
Female students85%
Male students60%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students77%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English86%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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n/a

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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