Have read all the previous reviews. It is NOT hard for non-WW community kids to assimilate (moved here with daughter in 3rd grade - no issues; adopted two boys (K and 2nd grade aged) from overseas with NO English language skills AND learning disabilities - no problem). We live well outside WW. Assimilation complaints are idiotic. Supposed issues with diversity issues once kids go to Sandberg and WePo are also moronic. We have experienced no such troubles at Sandberg or WePo. To the contrary, my kids have accumulated dozens of friends from the Rt 1 Corridor. If you want additional diversity exposure join Gunston or LMV soccer, FHLL and other FHYAA sports or BSA/GSA. At WW itself the Special Ed, Speech Therapy, ESOL and Reading programs are outstanding. Staff generally have LONG tenure at the school. Mr. Meyer (principal) stands at the Conover corner every morning assisting the student crossing guards. Teachers maintain excellent comms with parents. Parent volunteers coordinate activities for every class room. Fields/playground are in pretty good shape. With 4 kids I currently have a consecutive 12 year history with WW, with 2 more years to go. Excellent school.
My family currently has three children enrolled at Waynewood Elementary. As a military family, we have seen a number of schools across the nation, and this is one of the best. It has all the ingredients for success: Great teachers, great administrators, great neighborhood of families with a common prioritization of the importance of our children's education.
I've attended this school since I was in Kindergarten through 6th. I've loved it, the teachers are very caring and the parents are very much involved. It is mostly White, not much diversity, but that's ok because it's always been like that and thats why in my opinion it's the best public elementary school in Alexandria or even in Fairfax County!
Don't understand why some of you are so worried that children aren't prepared to meet the the "real" world, when children transfer to a middle school... Children aren't blind and they have enough exposure to real population of this area via sports, camp, rec center activities...Don't you worry about them adjusting to it! More important for this age group is to learn what ideal world should be like, how to be polite with others and take care of people and environment, with minimum expose to crime and violence. I believe this school raises great future generation, sensitive and kind to diversity and poor.
This school is like a facade. It's nearly all white. There was one Asian in my daughters class. I think the children are in shock when they are thrown into the fire of middle school with a much more diverse population. The parents further try to skirt the elephant in the room by continuing with AP classes in middle school and will do anything to insure that happens. It makes for a one dimensional child. I had two children (a son and a daughter) at Waynewood who came from a diverse advanced academic background, they found it academically boring (son) and socially full of drama (daughter). We opted for a diverse private school and haven't looked back.
I went to this school when I first came to this country from S. Korea. This school is great. Teachers and staff are attentive and professional. For all those parents who gave low ratings to this school might be more comfortable in a lesser rating ghetto schools. April 3, 2012, your kids will be more comfortable in Washington Mill Elementary. It will better suite your child's needs. There's more lower middle class group of kids with disabilities attending there. Don't hate on the working class people who do not depend on state aid. Way to represent your hood!
Comments like the one below on April 3, 2012 have no place in the discussion. The school is either effective at teaching today's youth or it isn't. If you do not like the school, then leave. It really is that simple. So much for the desire to have a color blind society.
When you look at test scores by subgroup you will see that our school has no diversity if you didn't already notice by looking in the classroom. With the neighborhood resources available and the extremely active PTA, these test scores should be hovering the 100's. There is also a significant difference in scores between girls and boys. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to teach to an all white middle class group of kids without disabilities who's motivated parents can afford all the classroom amenities and tutors. These children will likely not be prepared for middle school when they meet their true peers and neighbors from Rt. 1 I'm surprised Great Schools gave Waynewood a 9.
Interesting how many comments speaking the truth and not praising accolades are cut. This place is nuts.
As a mother of a current K student, I have been extremely impressed by WW so far. My son loves going to school and his teacher is truly second to none. At first I was a little worried about the larger class sizes (25 kids), but it is truly amazing how well run the classroom is. Lots of parental involvement. This school almost feels more like a collaboration with the parents, but not to the detriment of working parents (both my husband and I work). All in all, I am very pleased with the school.
We, too, have three children in Waynewood and have nothing but accolades for the administration and teaching staff. I agree that the class sizes are larger than any parent would like (in our experience @ 27 students per classroom), but this is a problem throughout Fairfax County Public Schools. Because a good number of the Waynewood teaching staff live in the area, they interact with students and their families outside a purely academic setting. This, in turn, fosters a sense of community and mutual accountability; I think this is the secret to Waynewood's enduring appeal.
We have three children and they all attend this lovely school. We do not live in the neighborhood, but most of our neighbors attend this school and to my knowledge, none have been "discriminated against" because they do not live in the waynewood neighborhood. It is academically solid and the teachers and staff are unsurpassed. We cannot say enough good things about Waynewood.
Not sure what the "boundry" issue is mentioned below. The school is named Waynewood because it is on Waynewood Blvd. It serves more communities than "Waynewood" with much more expensive properties. I'm sure they adhere to the same pupil placement guidelines as all County schools. Not sure who's "gettin in" because the school is 98% white. The school is terribly crowded. There were 27 children in my child's class. The aide was split between two classes. While his teacher was excellent there is no way a teacher should be spread that thin. I found the parent envolvement to be excellent with both classroom and school activities. As much or as little as you wish. The staff (not teachers) seem to believe they are above county regs so if you have an issue do your homework. I pulled my child out for a school with better teacher/student ratio & diversity.
We are new to the area and I tried to visit the school when evaluating between it and private school for my rising Kindergartener. I was told by someone in administration that the principal did not have time to meet with prospective parents (I thought that access to the principal was supposed to be a mark of a good school). I did get a tour of the school by an administrative assistante and I talked to a number of parents. I was left with the impression that the school is good, but also plain vanilla. A nice, average, safe school. One really nice thing was that it seems as if most of the teachers live in the neighborhood. One comment that some parents passed onto me is that the school has a lot of 'mean-girl-syndrome' at early ages that the administration does not do much to quell.
In response to a previous parent review, that stated 'no one who lives outside the Waynewood boundries should go to school at Waynewood.' This parent should know that the Waynewood school district is much bigger than just the Waynewood neighborhood. It includes all the homes south of the Waynewood neighborhood (closer to Old Town) between Ft Hunt Road and the Parkway and also all the homes between the Parkway and the River. This is exactly the type of discrimination that I feel that my children face at the school.
No one who lives outside the Waynewood boundries should go to school at Waynewood. Pupil placement should not be allowed - it is and needs to be stopped. Our class sizes are big enough without parents cheating to get their children in WW. If you want your child/children to attend Waynewood elementary then move into the WW boundry. It's that simple.
Beware, unless you live in the 'Waynewood' neighborhood. I had my oldest child at Waynewood for a brief time before we put both of our children in private school. How the Waynewood school district is drawn most of the children live in Waynewood neighborhood and walk to school (and have been best friends since birth, and go in and out of each other's houses and go to the same pool, and their parents are friends, etc., etc., etc). It is very hard for children outside of this neighborhood (approximately 25 - 35% of the kids live outside of Waynewood neighborhood, although I am just guessing ) to break in. Also, having moved from Mclean, Waynewood does not compare to what we saw in the public schools there - so we switched to private. And we are also happy to have gotten accepted into private before the rush at Jr. High.
Waynewood is a wonderful school. Its true that there are some parents who are highly competitive. I think this only raises the standard expected from the school and from the teachers..Who are all wonderful!
Waynewood is more than a school, it is a community of motivated teachers, energetic kids, and many active parent volunteers. The after-school activities include sports, science and Shakespeare classes. The class size is around 25. Honesty and community are stressed in the school. It is a wonderful, safe environement for the kids. Some of the best teachers my kids have ever had. We love Waynewood.
The person who posted the last commentary has had a very different experience than we have. The teachers at Waynewood are some of the *best* - smart, passionate, and creative. We also love being part of a school where parents are actively involved and don't just drop their kids at the door. Waynewood is a special place and we feel fortunate to have sent out kids there.
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