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Franconia Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 549 students

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4 stars

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Based on 7 ratings
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Posted October 10, 2014

The school is great. The atmosphere is safe and encouraging. To be honest, I didn't think this way last year, because my daughter had not the best teacher comparing to others we have in kindergarten and 1st grade. Transition to the 3rd grade made a world of difference! We couldn't dream of a better teacher. She is also one of the coaches at Girls on the Run and is very organized, engaged, respectful. We can't be happier. Absolutely love the and recommend both the school and especially our teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2014

When my daughter first started at Franconia, it was an excellent school. That was before the "new" principal had an opportunity to destroy it. She had an excellent kindergarten teacher, but by the time she was in fourth grade, the school was a nightmare. My daughter, who is twice exceptional, was a basket case. She was bullied for two years and the principal and administration did nothing to stop it. It got to the point where we had to take our 9 y/o to therapy because she was talking about suicide. Academically speaking, we were sort of lucky. Her kindergarten, second and third grade teachers. were excellent. Her first grade teacher falsified her reading scores and cheated her out of a year of services. Her fourth grade teacher joined in the bullying. Academically, that the teachers' hands are tied as they are required to teach to the SOLs, and they really don't stray too far off from that. Also, after the SOLs, learning came to a screeching halt. The kids watched movies and played games for the last month of school last year. Also, if you have a child who learns differently, they aren't equipped to handle it. Kinesthetic learners be damned! It's just unfortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

My Middle School child, who spent 6 years at Franconia Elementary School, is quoted as saying that it was/is a "Fun Learning Environment". She continues to thrive academically, socially and emotionally, taking both Honors & Advanced Academic Classes. Franconia ES is a supportive, community /neighborhood elementary school complete w/movie nights, family restaurant nights, Talent Shows & more. There are extra-curricular morning sports programs offered periodically throughout each year, along with Orchestra and Band events, Basket Bingo Nights & afterschool STEM programs. Annual Field Trips to places such as Jamestown(4th grade), the Portrait Gallery(6th grade), National Symphony Orchestra(4th grade), Hemlock (team building, outdoor activities)/6th grade, Smithsonian Museum Children's Programs Performances (primary grades) are just some of the ways this school connects with the community at large. New construction/remodelling, completed in 2012 have resulted in a beautiful and appealing environment. 99% of parents, and students we've talked to agree that Franconia Elementary School, it's teachers and staff are a highly valued and appreciated part of our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

Quality school whose rating is beginning to reflect improvements in the teaching body and also recent renovations to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2014

Franconia Elementary is great! The teachers there are wonderful. There are some lower test scores for some students based on the fact it's a diverse student body, but a smart kid will flourish here. Recent renovations - very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Sorry to the prior poster -- Great Schools had some flaws in their data sets --- Franconia is an average school (5 out of 10) -- or should I say, it's student body is average -- the teachers may be great. But, Franconia's student body scores average on state tests. It's not necessarily bad -- b/c their could be high and low scoring populations that cancel each other out (i.e. average), but you can't really say "congrats" for being middle of the road.


Posted February 23, 2014

Congrats to everyone at Franconia for now having a rating of 7out of 10. Continue the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

I think that Franconia is a great school. We are a military family and prior to sending my two children to the school, the parents that I spoke with had nothing but positive things to say about the school. I was a little concerned due to the reviews and ratings on greatschools.com but I feel that you will have some dissatisfied parents at every school. Unfortunately these are the only ones who are taking the opportunity to write a review. I have found the academics to be excellent. The teachers and administratives are responsive and the school is safe as as well as visually appealing with the new construction. There is not much more you can ask for in a school. I would have to say that the lower test scores may be due to the number of esl students that attend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

I had two kids attend FES for one year. We were very disappointed. My son s 1st grade teacher was pleasant but disorganized. My wife and I worked hard to communicate with the teacher and to develop strategies to help our son, but the teacher was unable to implement the strategies or develop her own. We sat in the back of the classroom for an hour one day and observed that the teacher was engaged with about one-third of the class, spent half her time disciplining one-third of the class, and completely ignored the other third of the class. My daughter s 2nd grade teacher was much better but just did not have the time or resources to help a child having difficulty with reading. Because my daughter was falling behind we fought for and finally received an IEP; however, the IEP was completely inadequate. The IEP committee was disorganized and could not explain basic concepts. The primary focus of this school is the SOL scores rather than actually teaching. Today, after a year in private school, both kids are making great strides, happy, and well adjusted. If you have the money, put your kids in a private school. If you don t, be prepared to fight thebureaucracy for resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

I have two children that attended FES between 2004-2008. My oldest has ADHD and had an IEP. His standardized test scores were very low, but he was making good grades in class. Then my younger son started school. He was also making good grades, but his state exams were much lower than I expected. I actually started to believe that my kids must just be below average and was happy that they were at least doing well in class. Then we moved. Within two months at the new school, both of them were reading at grade level. It's been two years now and their standardized test scores are above average. My oldest is still playing catch-up, but is almost off his IEP now. I loved FES while we were there. I just had no idea how terrible the acedemics were until we moved. I wish I had acted sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Our experience at Franconia has not been a very positive one. We've found it difficult to communicate with teachers and administrators alike, and have felt that our daughter's academic progress has been slowed considerably since coming to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

I had two kids here, one in K and the other in 2nd grade. In my opinion their 'standards of learning' are not up to par with other elementary schools in the area. Preliminary tests showed BOTH of my children to be academically almost 1 year ahead of their peers?! Although I love my kids, I promise you they are/were not! That was my first red flag. My second red flag was when my K routinely came home with a LOT more homework then my 2nd grader? The 3rd red flag was when my Kindergartener came home upset that one of her classmates called her a 'Mother Effer' (the unedited version)! But the last straw for me was another K classmate gave a SEX ED 101 course and told the other kids what she had seen her parents doing in the bedroom...in detail! Where exactly were the teachers during all this?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

This is a great school. At Franconia you feel a part of a family. My children started the school year mid-way through and on my first visit to the school every staff member we encountered knew my children's names. I really feel that the teachers and staff know my children and care about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Franconia is a great small community school. With a focus on arts integration the students excell through a variety of learning disicplines.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 31, 2005

As a military family, we have seen schools across the country for our two children. Franconia has high quality academics, arts, music and above all, a highly motivated and professional faculty. Dr. Jackson is by far the most involved principal that we have yet encountered. Even on your first meeting, you can see that the students are Job #1 at Franconia, and she exudes positive attitude, good will, and confidence. Our children are extremely fortunate to attend Franconia,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

This is a older school in transition; within an area also experiencing rapid growth. Keep your eye on it. The principal and faculty are very involved, and should meet any parents requirements.
—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.

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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
67%

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 Students76%
Female students84%
Male students66%
Black students74%
Asian students69%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students61%
Female students70%
Male students50%
Black students53%
Asian students54%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students76%
Female students83%
Male students67%
Black students68%
Asian students80%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English80%
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 Students61%
Female students52%
Male students68%
Black students47%
Asian students54%
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students67%
Female students62%
Male students70%
Black students53%
Asian students92%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English79%
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 Students79%
Female students85%
Male students72%
Black students76%
Asian students55%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English87%

English: Writing

All Students68%
Female students69%
Male students66%
Black students65%
Asian students80%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students66%
Female students63%
Male students70%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students55%
Female students63%
Male students46%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students24%
Proficient in English67%
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 Students78%
Female students76%
Male students79%
Black students70%
Asian students82%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students78%
Female students79%
Male students76%
Black students64%
Asian students91%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English73%
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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n/a

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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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