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Clermont Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 470 students

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Posted May 15, 2014

To "A Parent" -- have you actually walked into the school?? To others: if you walk into Clermont, and walk toward the gym , you can walk into two brand-new wings of the school. My son has moved into a new room, many other classes have moved, and the library has moved. Progress is being made across a range of fronts. Yes, it is inconvenient that construction goes on during the school year. But, otherwise, the teachers and new administration are excellent. There is a reason that homes in that neighborhood either never go on sale or get snapped up. It is because Clermont has earned a reputation for excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

This school is being renovated - SLOWLY. When you walk up to the school, you see giant piles of dirt and concrete. There is no main entrance - you have to go in through the cafeteria. Over the last year, I've seen almost no progress. They're building it one brick at a time. I would hate to be a student here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Clermont Elementary school is a wonderful school! I have 2 children who have been there for 2 years and all of the teachers my children have had have been excellent. The staff is friendly and seem to really enjoy being at Clermont. The new principle is a great fit for this school and she has a good rapport with the PTA. Parents are very involved here. The only bad thing I can think of is that the school is under renovations now so enrichment programs are on hold until the 2015/16 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Clermont is a wonderful school! I agree with previous posts that the administration was lacking; however, there is a new Principal this year and she is fabulous! My son has been at Clermont for the past five years and he has been blessed with some of the most wonderful and engaging teachers. Yes, in this day and age, the teachers are made to "teach to the test" to pass the SOLs, but the teacher's my son has had so far have added to the instruction, especially when the kids have really been engaged in a subject. The class he loves the most is the Chinese language class. They start the program in the 1st grade, one class, one day a week, and it continues through 6th grade. Mark Twain and Edison HS have now added Chinese to their curriculum so the students can end up taking twelve years of Chinese through graduation. That is my son's goal for now. The renovation of the school is currently taking place so there is some shifting around and classes in trailers for now, but it's going to be really wonderful once it's completed. The SACC program at Clermont is second to none with a dedicated staff that really gets to know each child and strong communication with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Have been very happy with our experience here. There have been some hiccups but have felt that the administration listens and responds. The past two years we have had not great years because of the teachers. Administrators understood and listened to our concerns and we chalked it up to a "learning how to deal with people we don't get along with" experience, especially this year. Very involved community and PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

I would love to say great things about Clermont, but I have removed my children from this school. I sent one completely through, the middle child went through a few years as well. This year everyone was moved elsewhere. The PTA has been very energetic at this school, and the kids have benefited from this. There are a few fantastic teachers here and a few that are riding time for free summers. The administration is all about face, not the children. Several incidents that should have been corrected and reported to the parents immediately were swept under the table. Replace the top administration staff and this school may return to a top rated school following the construction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

Great Parents and Active PTA but the teachers are lacking classroom control partly because the administration/school divides the kids into classes based on their academic skill. It creates an unfair environment for many students and teachers. The administration will not acknowledge the problems with housing an AA program in a neighborhood school and focus most of their time and resources towards bettering the AA program. Also, the administration and teachers have a gap in communication with the parents. My child was involved in a bullying incident and was ganged up on by 3 other students who left bruises on his body and the school failed to notify me of the incident and did not consider it to be a serious incident. The administration often tries to discipline in school and does not communicate problems to parents so the problems continue despite their efforts. I believe if parents were notified of discipline problems with their children some of the issues could be resolved at home. As a military family I was very frustrated with our overall experience at Clermont. Don't be fooled by programs/scores this is not a good environment for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2012

The average student is underserved at Clermont. As long as a student passes the SOLs, gets "S" on report cards and is not a discipline problem, they are passed through the 'factory' system of education. Parents are catching on through outside testing and tutoring that their children can be as much as several grades behind compared to their peers nationwide. It takes a huge amount of parent involvement to navigate your child through this school successfully. We will be moving our child to a neighboring school for peace of mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

Kids: great Parents: great PTA: very active Teachers: most good, but seem very frustrated with the administration Administration: awful Office staff: unfriendly From a military family perspective, this principal does not want to hear from parents (or teachers). The GT program that they claim to have is non existent, don't be fooled. We attended another FCPS elementary school last time we were in VA and it was like night and day to this school. We are anxiously awaiting our move next spring and would not return to Clermont.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

Clermont is a small school with less than 500 children attending K-6th. My kids love the school! The teachers are awesome! While teaching to standards, they also ensure those that are more advanced are challenged. ...talk about dedication! It is not uncommon for the teachers to teach 3 different skill levels within one class. If children are found to be more advanced the school takes those kids to meet/receive instruction from the advanced academics teacher (2nd grade). Keep in mind my kids are young (2nd and K). I have been very impressed by the administration and the teachers ability to identify and encourage academic learning! The foreign language instruction starts in 1st grade. This school teaches Mandarin Chinese. This is so impressive! Annually the kids put on a celebration for Chinese New Year. They sing songs, learn to read and write with more challenging curriculm as the students advance. I also want to commend the parents in the community. They are VERY active and supportive. All around, I am extremely happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

This is a great school with outstanding facilities. The best outdoor athletic fields associated with any elementary school in the area.


Posted October 13, 2010

Both of my children attended Clermont Elem and both received an outstanding education which enabled them to succeed in there early adult years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

The administration at Clermont is awful. The teachers & PTA are great, but seem to be slipping each year as they tire of admin. politics. The budget is poorly handled and rarely appropriately accounted for. The administration is rarely approachable and often very defensive. After 4 years, I'd hoped it would improve, but am sorry to say it has not. I am truly surprised that with such a strong parental involvement that more has not been done to expose the issues at Clermont. It's too bad. It has the makings for a great school, but it's like a well decorated house that's burning to the ground. Doesn't matter how pretty it is if it's destroying itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I agree with the previous parent. This school has a great potential, wonderful PTA, very nice parents, a few very good teachers. Unfortunately the 'administrator' in question is not interested in anything else but self promotion. 'Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2010

I had a child at Clermont Elementary for her KDG & 1st Grade years before we decided to enroll her in a private school. I loved Clermont's small community feel, the children, and found the PTA and the parents top notch and dedicated to their children's success. Unfortunately I found the teachers inexperienced, unenthusiastic, disorganized, and lacking with parental communication. Luckily, my daughter learns easily or I would be very worried about the academic skills she obtained while at Clermont. One of the administrators is very inapproachable and often had numerous grammatical and spelling mistakes with parental letters as well as errors with content (names, dates, etc.). I am surprised with such strong parental involvement that FCPS hasn't been alerted to the weak administration and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Awesome school, fantastic cirriculum, very caring and courteous staff and counselor!!! We love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

I have a son finishing up 3rd grade, and we love the school. We were unhappy with the 'combo classes' in the 07-08 school year, but that has thankfully gone away. The parents are very involved, the PTA provides a lot of extras to the schools, and we have been very pleased with all of the teachers. The only downside is the I do find the administrators, (well, only one really) unapproachable and defensive. But I still stand by my excellent rating!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

My child has thrived since leaving Clermont. I only have respect for a couple of teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

Clermont has manythings going for it, but class sizes have become unwieldy in recent years. Parents' frustration ran high in the 2007-8 schoolyear about the large number of combined-age classrooms. In the 2008-9 school year, there are no combo classes, but several classes are too large for teachers to manage. The principal is extremely ambitious and has succeeded in bringing new programs to the school, but her weak communication skills have driven a wedge between her and the parents. The 'local' GT program is a joke and was oversold to parents. The PTA at this school is powerful and relentlessly demanding. My child has had inexperienced teachers during all four years at Clermont.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

My kids attended Clermont, and I felt lucky to have such a school with a true neighborhood feeling to it in such an urban area. With regard to previous concerns, there are no combo classes this school year ('08/09). Also, while I was room mom, I had an abundance of parent involvement but other room moms needed more help so sometimes it just depends on the class. If a parent wants to be involved the library, PTA are always eager to have help. Some parents want to run the classroom and that is not fair to anyone so I do think teachers should have the final say in that regard. As at any school, some teachers are better than others but overall was pleased. Class size is somewhat beyond the control of administration as # of kids per class before splitting is mandated by the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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86%

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93%

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94%
History and Social Science

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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95%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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98%

2011

 
 
90%

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99%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

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84%

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84%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

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

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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 students79%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students71%
Female students63%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students21%
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%
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 Students70%
Female students83%
Male students63%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students73%
Female students83%
Male students67%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English77%
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 Students75%
Female students66%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students17%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students77%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students73%
Female students60%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students77%
Female students69%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students42%
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

English: Reading

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%
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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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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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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5720 Clermont Dr
Alexandria, VA 22310
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