Great new teachers, everyone is positive (front office folks could still smile more), more administrators who seem to be keeping things in control, homework that makes sense, no more worksheets, kids seem to be doing way more interesting projects this year as compared to previous 2 years and lots of good communication about the renovation.
The administration does not meet the needs of the community. Teachers are micro managed and miserable. Responsive classroom is touted as wonderful - it is anything but - ask any kid or parent. High curriculum standard of the past has been replaced with hand holding and extensive rule system with lack of due consequences. Principal does not support higher learning of Center program. Worst the school has been in years.
I had child there she did not receive homework for the entire school the class was out of control.Teacher missed over two months of class unexplained she got demoted.The principal does not listen she thinks she knows everything and talks down to ppl.THIS IS A HORRIBLE REPRESENTATIVE OF A FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL.GET YOUR CHILD OUT OF THIS DUMP IMMEDIATELY! Bellview Elementary School IS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF THIS DUMP.
First of all, the enrollment is over 900 so the number listed here is incorrect. Stratford Landing is a VERY large school, that being said, it is a GREAT place. Teachers are happy and communicative, the administrators who are new to the building are upbeat and friendly to the kids and parents -- they are visible daily which makes quick questions possible. There were lots of changes made this year which did not sit well with some parents at the beginning of the year (assigned tables at lunch), this seems to be going well, and after having lunch with my children 2x this year, it is WAY better than last year. Volunteers are amazing. PTA has a great Facebook site. The school website has a new webmaster and it seems to be updated regularly. Overall, we have only been here two years but we are very pleased with what our children are experiencing.
I struggled with this rating. My son is in the AAP and came from a Montessori program. He tested very high on the IQ exam and initially we were thrilled, but this year has not been very good. He started there in 3rd grade. His third grade teacher was great, she really managed the kids, there were no behavioral problems reported by our son. Montessori teaches the kids to be responsible for themselves and their own behavior, it's a student directed progam. Fourth grade has been a different story, the teacher has been ill-equipped to manage the behavioral issues of the kids in her class. My son has been bullied the entire year, by one boy and the two boys that follow him. My son has handled it and has also spoken to the teacher, but she seems to have missed the boat. We have asked that my son not be placed in the same class with this boy for 5th grade. Academically, the AAP is really not all it's cracked up to be. At my son's Montessori as a 2nd grader he was working on 6th grade math concepts and doing well with them. At SLES AAP he is doing 5th grade math using concepts he learned last summer at math camp. It's really disappointing. Classes should be smaller, that is a big problem