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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 617

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9100 Cherrytree Dr
Alexandria, VA 22309

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(703) 619-2500
(703) 619-2597
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June 19, 2015
As a military family, it is challenging to research schools from far away. The low score on this website is a far cry from the high rating that this school deserves. The administration, staff and parents are so involved at WMES and the children love being part of the family. As the last day of school approaches I'm not surprised to actually hear so many kids say they are sad that school is ending! Even my own! We love this school and are grateful for all of the people, programs, and opportunities that are helping my own children to thrive.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 19, 2015
Teachers are very involved with each student, there is a level of trust across all classrooms and with administration

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2015
What a fantastic school! Last night, we enjoyed a band, string orchestra and chorus concert with a crowd of families and parents. We heard songs in English and Spanish. Two teachers were seated alongside the kids playing the clarinet and violin. The audience was singing with the music. Students on the stage were truly having a fun time. Our principal reminded parents of other positive school programs to look forward to by wearing a Science Lab tshirt in anticipation of our new science resource center next fall. A great night!

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2015
We love Washington Mill Elementary School! I had many concerns about Washington Mill based upon the school's scores and Title 1 status. However, my concerns were quickly alleviated once we became familiar with the school, administration, teachers, PTA and school families. *The administration and teachers work hard to foster a positive and caring environment for the children. *The class sizes are smaller in comparison to many surrounding schools. *The teachers are truly engaged in the school community and its families. *The PTA is enthusiastic about connecting with the diversity of parents in order to provide fun afterschool programs and school wide events. *Washington Mill is developing a strong Advanced Academic program and Spanish/ English Immersion Program within the school. *The cultural, racial, religious and socio-econimic diversity of the school offers students a great deal of educational enrichment which can not be evaluated by testing. If considering Washington Mill, I encourage you to schedule a visit/ tour. It is a small school with a big heart!

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2015
I've been with FCPS for 15 years and never have I been in a school where the staff was so dedicated. They eat lunch with students, bring in food for hungry students, provides jackets and school supplies, eye-glasses, make home visits. Staff raised $5,000 for a student who passed in 2012. My two children attend and I love the diversity--so many languages. It's a culturally rich school. But the real test for any parent is: How do they treat you when you walk into the office? Do people greet you with a smile, are they helpful? When you peek down the halls or see teachers coming in out, do they look happy? Are teachers smiling? Is there laughter? You want to send your kids where they will be seen as people, not statistics. Yes, many kids will pull down SOL scores--they're in survival mode, coming to school get warm, a hot meal, relax in the predictability of routine, surrounded by caring people--but if you're a parent reading this it is most likely your child will easily pass them. Have you seen the SOLs? They are not difficult. school with high scores only means there are good socioeconomics involved, not good teachers.

- submitted by a teacher

July 11, 2014
I have been extremely happy with Washington Mill, especially since they added full-day level four advanced classes for grades 3-6. (2013-2014). Both of my sons were in the advanced classes (one in 3rd grade, one in 6th grade), and I felt they were challenged at the appropriate level. Their teachers were very communicative, and the new principal is dedicated to meeting the needs of students at ALL levels of achievement, not just those who might struggle with SOL's. Also, once children are identified as level four advanced academics, they have the choice to go to either Sandburg JH or Whitman JH and West Potomac HS or Mt. Vernon HS.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 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

August 23, 2013
washington mills love this school !!!! my dougther is going to this school for three years and I'm so happy .

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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

August 25, 2011
This was an awesome school there's no where else I would have wanted to for elementary school!

- submitted by a community member

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

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

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

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
no rating
November 03, 2009
Good teachers with a nice way of teaching and focussed and devoted for children

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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
no rating
June 02, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Washington Mill Elementary School
9100 Cherrytree Dr, Alexandria, VA  22309
(703) 619-2500
Last modified Washington Mill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Washington Mill Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top