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PK-6
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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 654
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2310 Nordok Place
Alexandria, VA 22306

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(703) 718-8300
(703) 718-8397
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June 21, 2014
Hollin Meadows Elementary works for some, not for others. Many behavior issues that are not addressed. Teachers care and try hard, by not impressed with leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
This school has an ED center located on site. The center serves highly emotionally disabled children. The center is located in a separate building which also contains all 6th grade classes and art classrooms. Your children will be exposed on a daily basis to emotionally unstable children who can become dangerous. The ED children are mainstreamed into regular classrooms. My children were exposed to inappropriate language, violent outbursts, threats, and emotionally disturbing behavior on a daily basis. If you do not want your children exposed to this type of behavior than HM is not the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
A National Award Winning School. The community here has really taken a stake in shaping this school. The principal is one of very few in the area that keeps an open door policy for parents, and welcomes you in to be a part of your child's experience at school. The community has worked together to build outdoor classrooms and gardens and kids love it. Every year this school wins another national award, and it's well deserved. The community has also helped maintain extra science and math resources giving kids extra opportunities to take science classes and learn outdoors. They use the responsive classroom system, and it really helps to manage behavior and help kids take a role in their classroom community. My kids love it here, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
So glad we moved out of the HM school district!!!! For 3 years of my childs elementary school years we were here.. and it was Heck! My child had the same teacher for 2 years and another for the last year here and every year my child was miserable. Hated going to school, hated everything! Do you know how sad it is to see your child hate school?? They just send children out of the class to "deal with behavior issues", never call to inform you of anything, yet get upset with you for everything. My childs K and 1st grade teacher constantly made nasty comments to my kid, thinking I wouldn't know or be told them... even threaten my child if I was told about it.. Now there is nothing I can do about it now, but if I had known, I'd be in the news! We are at Stratford Landing ES now and my child LOVES LOVES LOVES school.. We can't seem to leave early enough to get there =) and every subject is the best subject in school to learn. So thrilled to have gotten away from HM and the HORRIBLE teachers, principal and staff.. they are horrid to deal with and I hope they reap the karma they all deserve.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
My son attended this school last year in the second grade. The teacher and office were unwilling to understand when we were sick and because we lived in an apartment all of .25 miles away they refused bus transportation! I worked in DC and it was NOT ideal! The teacher was very uncooperative and insulting. Obviously not happy with her job. Some people just shouldn't work with young children. The school did provide an alternative to lunch menu, which worked out great. There was always something to pay for. What happened to free education? I was not impressed with the quality of friends options and neither was my son. So glad we are out of there! Traffic was horrible too.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
Moving here in August of 2011 we were hesitant about sending our kids to HM. Having come from a 10 rated school with a very different racial and socio-economic mix of students we were not sure what to expect. This year has been a wonderful year for my three children! As with all schools, no matter the ranking, a child s experience often depends on their teacher. I LOVE all of kid s teachers. All three are strong, thoughtful, caring, organized teachers who have developed a positive classroom environment, which has helped my children grown academically and socially. Being a Title One school HM has many reading and math specialists who move from classroom to classroom allowing for more attention for each student. I love the diversity my children see every day with both the students and teachers. I volunteer at the school for several hours each week and highly enjoy my time there. Cons: If you have a high achieving student they may not be pushed as hard as you might like, not all parents are involved and classroom volunteers tend to be the same parents over and over, there is only one teacher overseeing the lunch room which makes it noisy and chaotic.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
The overall tone of this school is harsh and controlling. The amount of yelling on a daily basis is terrible. While there are a couple of reasonable parts, it is an overall depressing place to be. My children aren't learning much except that teachers scream and school is frightening and boring. So sad.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
School just named 2011 Intel School of Distinction in Math. This school is much more than the scoring indicates. I just graduated a 6th Grader who went since K and have third grader. It has an authentic hands-on method of teaching that is getting real results in math and reading scores. It is a special school with involved community, teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
My children and I LOVE Hollin Meadows. We came from Prince Georges School and seen a BIG difference. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK HOLLIN MEADOWS !!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
We are military and moved into Hollin Meadows area in the middle of the year. We have since moved again and will be back in the Alexandria area in 2011. Our kids absolutely LOVED the school. The best was the diversity -- there are kids there from all over the world, literally. The multi-cultural fair, the Renaissance fair for 5th graders, the gardens, the science program, the literacy program, arts and music are all integrated so kids in every grade are having similar lessons on their grade level. We can't WAIT to get back to Hollin Meadows.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 05, 2010
Hollin Meadows is an exceptional school offering top-notch, dedicated teachers and a professional, involved administration. We have the means to send our two elmentary-aged children to private schools but opted to send them to HM and have NEVER been disappointed we made this decision. They have a beautiful garden--which Mrs. Obama saw when she visited the school in November 2009!--and an excellent math and science curriculm. My children are thriving and learning things that I'm pretty confident will help them throughout their lives. A+

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
Hollin Meadows is an Excellent school. Very professional and caring teachers, very active PTA. Peaceful enviroment. I love it

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
Hollin Meadows is a wonderful school. My two children love all of the their teachers and the activities they are involved in at school. The sense of community at Hollin Meadows is wonderful and every day at school we make new friends both children and parents. We are very proud of our library and all of it's resources, our outdoor garden which is also used in combination with science activities and our clubs, like running club, chess club, and drama. It is a joy to be a part of Hollin Meadows and the teachers, staff, PTA, kids and families are what makes it such a neat place to be a part of!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2009
If you drive by Hollin Meadows you may think it's not the most attractive building. Go inside and you will find lots of love for the school and its students. On school days parents and children walk in and they are greeted by name with a very warm welcome. Walk around outdoors and see the children's work in the beautiful gardens they helped grow and cultivate. Hollin Meadows takes pride in its programs and campus. The faculty and staff is wonderful and caring. The PTA is dedicated to ensure our school continues to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
Hollin Meadows is a mini United Nations located in the Hollin Hill neighborhood. With 30 countries represented and 17 languages spoken, many Military families, and families from the surrounding neighborhood all blend together. Diversity is one of HM's strengths and challenges.We have a fantastic ,creative, innovative pta who works hard to build a strong sense of community. The need for parent involvement is essential, when we work together I think that creates an opportunity to meet the variety of challenges all schools face. Hollin Meadows has been a special place for our family for many years. sue bernstein

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
The teachers and instructional assistants at Hollin Meadows make the school. They truly seem to put their heart and soul into my children's education. However, I will say that discipline issues seem to be a problem at Hollin Meadows. There will always be disruptions in the classroom. However, it seems that since my children have been in Kindergarden at Hollin Meadows there are many behavioral issues and they are not properly addressed by the administration. I belive this puts a strain on the students and the teachers in the classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
My child has been here for one year and she could not been happier. Wonderful, dedicated teachers. Very active PTA. I love it......

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
My daughter has been at Hollin Meadows for 2 years, and we have never exoerienced a better, more well thought out and organized education. The school itself has a great deal of special interest education, and an icredible outdoor garden that the children are activley involved in year round. The music, Art, science, and literacy programs are top notch. Parental involvement is high, and the multicultural aspect of this school is spectacular! I don't know anyone who has a bad thing to say about this school. This is a really excellent example of the kind of school all children should attend. It is truly embraced by it's surrounding community and the faculty and staff are truly loved and appreciated by the families here.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
When you drive by Hollin Meadows to scope it out(like I did a few years ago), you may not get a great feeling. The school is a bit older and needs some updates. But if you walk into school with your child on the first day(like I did a few years ago) you will know at that moment that you made the best choice. Hollin Meadows is a community. No other school I know greets people outside(even on cold days)as they walk in. That's not to mention the smiling faces that greet you in the main lobby. The staff know all the students and say hello to them as they walk by. It is a perfectly diverse group of students as well---racially, culturally, and economically. Extra-curricular activites galore, an award-winning PTA, a lush garden, beautiful mural behind the school. It's remarkable. Hollin Meadows is the place to be!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2009
This is a great school. The staff is warm and loving, and the parental involvement is unbelievable. This is a diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
I am a parent of a Hollin Meadows student. I adopted my child through Social Services and interviewed Stratford Landing, Riverside and Bucknell Elementary School. I found Hollin Meadows had the best care for my child s special needs. He has been a student for 4 years and currently has a High school reading level and is in the Gifted and Talented Program. He has excelled in all aspects of his education and more. This is all due to the care, kindness, diligence and true perseverance of the well educated staff. He was in a behavioral class for 1 year and mainstreamed his 2nd year and his last 2 years has surpassed all expectations in his 6th grade level of education. He plays the piano, chess and reads 700+ books twice a week. This would not have been possible without the fabulous Teachers, Vice Principal, Principal (Mr. John Gates) and nurturing staff found only at Hollin Meadows. I would recommend this school even if you do not have any issues with your child as they will be well prepared for their future. Sincerely

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2008
I am so happy that my daughter is attending this school. We are a military family and it was difficult relocating here in the middle of the school year. The principle (Mr. Gates) made us feel so welcome and my daughters classmates and new teacher all followed his example. The community is very inclusive and cultural. This is a school that truly cares about developing well-rounded, educated children!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
My daughter has been in Hollin Meadows since the first grade and I have to say it is an excellent school. I feel that my child is natured academically and creatively. They have a very parent friendly environment, a great PTA and lots of activities.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
My daughter is a rising 1st grader at HM. We toyed w/ private schools & Catholic schools, but decided to give our neighborhood school a try first having both come from public school education. I'm so glad we did! It's so nice to walk into school and know everyone. The neighborhood is definitely buying into the neighborhood school! The other neat thing about HM is its diversity. My daughter has learned about cultures I wasn't exposed to until college! I was worried initially about how the teachers would keep up with such diversity, but I definitely didn't feel like my daughter had any less attention or missed out academically. In fact, the teachers used these experiences as opportunities to teach. The children's garden is another wonderful tool the teachers use for math and science (my daughter's favorite spot!). We wouldn't be anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2007
My daughter recently completed her kindergarten year at Hollin Meadows. When were reviewing the school during the year prior to her enrollment we were concerned about the high number of ESLs and percentage of children receiving reduced and free meals. Our thought was that particularly with student grappling with English instruction time would be taken away from her. This was not the case. Her kindergarten class had 18 students with a teacher and full time aide. She truly excelled. The principal is great and very active with the students. If you search the Washington Post you'll find a great article on how the school administration and teachers came together to develop a strategy to meet the needs of their school. The school is very ethnically diverse and probably focuses a little too much on that. Very active PTA, though I'd like to have seen more of diverse parents be involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 03, 2007
As parents of a rising 9th grader, 6th, 5th grader & Kindergartner, we have nothing but wonderful things to say about Hollin Meadows! Our children attended a Private, Catholic school in Old Town, and transferred them into HM during the school year.The Principal, teachers & staff at HM are professionally, dedicated to ensuring that ALL students reach their academic goals. Small class sizes, teacher/student ratio enables teachers to devote more time to those that need an 'extra' boost. Families, PTA are fabulous, welcome you into the school's community. My children love it, and hate to miss a day. Diversity is wonderful, that is the 'real' world! Stop by & visit, notice the beautiful garden, smiling faces of the students. This makes us proud to have our children enrolled in this great school! My children are now gaining the education, self esteem & confidence that we lacked at the other school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 03, 2007
Hollin Meadows is a great school! I have two sons in this school. Oldest just finished 6th grade and we feel he has gotten a high quality education and is ready for middle school. We're very proud of him! The little one starts 1st grade. He has learn so much during kindergarten, way above the grade expectations. It was a great year! The parents involvement is outstanding. Teachers & staff are very caring and knowledgable. Kids are the focus and the diversified programs and projects throughout the year are amazing. The garden project is fun, beatiful and a great way for kids to learn. The 'It's a small worls' board, features students that share the world wide experiences and cultures of their families coming from different parts of the world. There is so much more! Congratulations Hollin Meadows!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
Wonderful, enthusiastic PTA. Dedicated, caring teachers. Diversity, which is so important in our world, and also a sense of community within the school. Staff and parents here are resourceful and innovative. Wonderful music and art programs. A wonderful place to send your children!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
we feel that our children are receiving both a high quality social and academic education because of the diversity of the student body, the quality and cooperative spirit of the teachers and the parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
We love Hollin Meadows. Our children are thriving there. We especially like the small class sizes. It is truly a melting pot of our population and, therefore, reflective of the world our kids will inhabit as they become adults. The teachers are extremely dedicated. The administration allows an open campus where parents are free to walk their kids to class in the mornings, allowing you to get to know the teachers and fostering a special community feeling. Most elementary schools do not allow this. The administration could improve by responding to parent concerns more effectively, but the atmosphere created by the families and teachers outweighs this deficiency. It is a wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
HM is the little engine that could. It has overcome tremondous negative 'gossip' usually produced by people with no personal experience with the school. This is an incredible school, with dedicated staff and parents. The children are diverse and truly amazing. The school has amenities that other public schools do not offer such as weekly science lab, literacy collaborative, a learning garden and so much more. I am a parent that searched many schools (private and public) and I feel lucky to be able to be a part of such a wonderful school. As for discipline problems, I have 'heard' of them, but have never encountered them and have yet to have someone share with me an actual experience from there that was any different than any other school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
We have been so happy at Hollin Meadows. The quality of my kids' education is truly amazing. The teachers' expectations for the kids is incredible, attainable and most importantly achieved. My husband and I do have the option of putting our kids into a private school but we choose this environment because of the joy, tolerance and academic level that are part of everyday life at Hollin Meadows. The PTA is very involved in the decisions of the principal and for this we are all grateful. It is truly a village.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
What a special, nurturing school! The teachers are incredibly dedicated. Hollin Meadows faces many challenges with such a diverse student population. It's like a mini-UN! But the staff more than rises to the occasion. The outdoor classrooms and gardens bring hands-on learning to the students on a regular basis. The PTA is a group big on celebration and community building. The Principal is very supportive of these activities and his door is always open to the parents. This is a happy, thriving, growing community school that should not be overlooked!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
We have noted some marked discipline issues at this school. Despite strong feedback to the principal by numerous parents (in person and in surveys), if the administration is taking steps to curb the misbehavior it is transparent. These problems are major, continuous disruptions in the learning environment and occasionally involve student safety. On a positive note, the teachers are extremely dedicated and well qualified. There is a core group of parents who are very active in promoting and improving the school. Given the option, however, I would take my child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
The first thing you notice when walking into this school is that it is a happy school. The principal is outside, welcoming students every day. Teachers are posted, with smiles, at all turns. Hugs abound, smiles are even more numerous. This is a school that does more than what is expected of it. It is moving forward, encouraging its students to SOAR. Recently a garden was built by the students and a selection of involved parents. From this they are learning about science, math, and other important educational elements. Further, they are growing items to enjoy in the classroom and in their cafeteria. This is an absolutely amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
This school has a very active PTA. THe teachers are dedicated, hardworking and have a great relationship with their students and their parents.

- submitted by a teacher
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Hollin Meadows Elementary School
2310 Nordok Place, Alexandria, VA  22306
(703) 718-8300
Last modified Hollin Meadows Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hollin Meadows Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top