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Washington Mill Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 617 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2014

My child has attended this school for the past two years. We have had a wonderful experience. The front office is friendly and organized and will go the extra mile to help you with your child. The principal (former vice principal) is in his first year and the morale/sense of community is fabulous. He's upbeat, professional and very approachable. The teachers seem to work very well in teams and have a great handle on teaching/managing the students. They use positive discipline techniques that work and truly love teaching these kids. I volunteer in the classroom and see this first hand. Of course, being a Fairfax County school, the curriculum is amazing and these teachers are right up-to-date with the latest teaching strategies and research. My child has developed a love for learning at this school. The PTA is small, but mighty. in addition to the behind-the-scenes work. they have awesome parties with DJ's and free dinner twice a year. The kids, parents and teachers boogie down together on the playground. The PTA is dedicated to making the school united. To me, Washington Mill is a safe, diverse little neighborhood school, the kind you want your child to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Note: all negative reviews of this school have been pulled. Interesting. The focus at WMES is SOLs and nothing but SOLs. As a result, I have to make certian my child knows how to read, write and do math. Even basics such as cursive have been abandoned. Previous principal has retired, unfortunately not after due process of law, and new principal has his work cut out for him. Amazing what the change has wrought - everyone at school is happy now. Now we can rebuild.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

First of all I'm a divorced parent who had a great 3rd grade and 2nd grade teacher. In the same breath all schools have their issues and the best way you can make sure your child recieves the best education is to pair them with a teacher that can best deal with your child's personality! If you know your child and teacher are not getting along request a new teacher until you find the right one. Parents communicate with your teachers via email,phone or visiting the school. Parents and teachers have to agree when it comes to dealing with your child just like when parenting. YOU the ADULT have to let your educator know that you are supportive of them and keep a GOOD attitutude. ALL schools have good and bad teachers! Also sometimes you the parent will have to put the extra time in with your child to help them succeed. Thanks Mrs. H.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2012

There has been a complete lack of communication between myself and my childs teacher. He is special needs. We need daily contact. She flat out refused to do thiis. So each day, I don't know if my non-verbal child is eating, what kind of day he had....wouldit hav been so hard to use the communication form from his old school? They're in the same school district, and should use the same methods. My son was also not kept very hygenic while at school. He came home with mulch in his diaper one day. He was on his way to being completely potty trainec with the help of his old school, but these folks refused to take him potty while at school. His old school did...right up the road. How is he to learn when half his day is spent in a place where they refuse to just go stand him before a commode? They were supposed to change him anyway...but now looking at the rash he can't seem to get rid of.... NOT HAPPY
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

This was an awesome school there's no where else I would have wanted to for elementary school!


Posted August 17, 2011

I heard many complaints about how the needs of normal or above-average children are neglected at WMES in favor of the needs of more learning-challenged children. My experience was slightly different. My child's first-grade teacher at WMES made sure that the learning needs of the children at a slightly advanced level were addressed. For example, she provided advanced reading assignments to the children who could read better. She assigned research papers to children who could tacke that task and who could write at the appropriate level. I was astounded by the volume of writing my daughter's class has produced at first grade. Also, this same teacher set up a first-grade garden where the first graders learned about the science of plants.It was one of the the highlights of my daughter's year.I am keeping my child at WMES as both she and I am immensely pleased by her first grade experience. I am hoping that this first-grade teacher is the norm rather than the exception in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

My son has been going to WMES since 2008. He has been diagnosed as ADHD and has always had a few minor learning delays. These factors have in no way impeded his learning. There was rough patch in terms of the first year but every year since the second year has been an absolute blessing. He has had teachers from 2nd and 3rd grade that have allowed him to not only be who he is but have used those traits to help him achieve his fullest potential. I commend the parents that are always out front volunteering and providing support throughout the school year. Although the principle tends to micromanage a bit, her dedication and obvious love for her students shines through. My son loves the schools as well as his teachers. That in and of itself is one of the factors that aides in my decision for him to remain at WMES. I could not be more pleased and will continue to do my part in each school year that my son attends. Yeah to my son's upcoming 4th Grade Year! Go Washington Mill Elementary School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

Bravo to staff, parents and students for the dynamic success ths year. This school is looking at the strengths and weaknesses of all kids and as a parent it is comforting to know my child will get challenged at every level. teachers really care about kids here, before, during and after school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2010

Very Happy in K-1 but safety concerns, poor achievement and poor leadership have forced us to change schools after Grade 3. There is little accountability within the administration. When I questioned the Principal on failing the SOL in 2007,2008, 2009 she said "I could care less about VDOE (Virginia Dept. of Education)". The final straw was my son coming home with poop in his pants a second time after being harassed in the bathroom. When I voiced safety concerns on this my sons teacher told me to put him in private school, directed me to the principal and told me "This will not end well for you or your son."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Good teachers with a nice way of teaching and focussed and devoted for children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

Safety and well being of Children is first and they do a great job. However, at school functions, be prepared for a DJ, disco ball, and some song selections than are not necessarily age appropriate for elementary school children. Parent volunteers are cautiously accepted, but not in the classroom except on school party days. The kindergarten team is exceptional!!! The passion of the existing administration is for disadvantaged and ESOL children, which is fantastic. However, we would have liked a stronger challenge for children who aren't 'disadvantaged.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

Great school. The academics are excellent and the principal always goes the extra mile for the kids to ensure their safety and to motivate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

I love this our 1st year was great. Dr Howard and her reach far beyonfd the call of duty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

This is our first year. I was very much concerned about sending out my son to public school but not any more. Staff is friendly. Teachers are nice. My son attended Ms Certo and Ms Swiny class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2006

This is our first year at WMES and so far we really like the teachers and administration. My only critique is that the school does a poor job of getting information out to the parents. My most recent example happened with the Back to School Night. As a new parent, I assumed it was a kid friendly event. Nowhere in its advertising did it say to find childcare (as other schools did, I later found out) I learned this in passing the day of the event and had to scramble to get a babysitter. Granted, I could have brought my child with me, but apparently it would have been frowned upon. Those types of things need to be made clear to parents in the newsletter or on the website. Also, there was a new parent meet 'n greet social on the first day of school. I didn't find out about it until the day after. I think they told the new Kindergarten parents, but neglected to realize that there are new parents to the school who have older children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

While I agree that sometimes getting special education help is tedious, the intervention programs at this school are dynamic and early. My child was identified for a new summer program that gave him a look at the year ahead of him as a way of helping him succeed. Plus their new bracelet program has brought a terrific sense of calmness and community to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

This is an excellent school, with an energetic and caring administration. The staff and a handful of parents volunteer to offer a myriad of after school activities, both academic and social. I was amazed at the other comments about the administration. The quality of you children s education is directly related to your willingness to support the programs the school offers. There is help available in all subjects and after school programs almost every day that are staffed teachers that volunteer their time. If a parent is not willing to participate with homework, reading, communicate with the school in a positive way, and support the efforts of the teachers, their child will not receive the education offered at any elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2006

Instruction is so focused on bringing everyone along for the SOLs that it moves very slowly and those lessons are reviewed ad nauseum. But other schools may be doing the same thing. I give the school high marks for spirit and leadership quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

The administration of this school is quite lacking. The school has a slogan 'Where Children Come First' but their actions don't add up to this slogan. You will be okay if you get a good teacher and don't have to deal w/ the front office. But if you get a bad teacher - don't expect to receive any support from the school administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

I totally agree with one of the other parents for the most part Washington Mill is a good school. But like all schools it is so bogged down that your child practically has to fail before the county can help. What I do not get is that for the most part the child can be doing well in one area (non-verbal skills) but their other skills are not so great and the county does not want to help.
—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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students58%
Female students64%
Male students53%
Black students52%
Asian students82%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English60%

Math

All Students32%
Female students37%
Male students28%
Black students21%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities35%
Limited English proficient students19%
Proficient in English46%

Science

All Students54%
Female students53%
Male students55%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English56%
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 Students47%
Female students55%
Male students39%
Black students32%
Asian students75%
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students32%
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students52%
Female students46%
Male students58%
Black students31%
Asian students83%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English55%
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 Students72%
Female students78%
Male students67%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English74%

English: Writing

All Students63%
Female students79%
Male students50%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students56%
Female students68%
Male students46%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students44%
Female students50%
Male students39%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English48%
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 students76%
Male students76%
Black students53%
Asian students90%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students87%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English89%
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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