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PK-6
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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 671

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8505 Highland Ln
Alexandria, VA 22309

(703) 619-4800
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October 20, 2014
Woodlawn is trying to a make a change for the best and engaging parents using resources available to all of us. I feel the Staff and principals are trying hard to give opportunities for a sucessful school year. Remember our school is as good as the parents, teachers and students make it. We must all work together to make Woodlawn a safe learning environment for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
A school becomes great when the administration, teachers, staff, students, and parents work hard individually and together to succeed. A few years ago this school went through a major admin/teacher transition and I believe that year my child "fell through the cracks". I was not happy with many aspects of the school that year, but the school has completely turned around. I couldn't be more pleased with the administration and teachers. Both of my children are thriving to the utmost level. Their teachers for the past couple of years have been absolutely wonderful, and when there is a disciplinary problem, or even a hint of one in the classroom, the admin and counselors jump in immediately. I'm sure there are isolated incidents, as there are in all schools, but I just haven't seen it. This school deserves a much higher rating. I agree that the lack of parent involvement is what is hurting this school. I work full time and cannot be physically at the school very often, but I am very supportive of my children at home, and that is what is needed here.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
I am so sad to read negative comments about the staff members, specifically from other staff members. There *might* be 5 total employees (Out of over 100) of Woodlawn who are not completely dedicated to the school and the children. This includes admin. If you have ever had an actual conversation with the administrators, you would find their passion is evident. None of them are bullies in the least. I, too, was at the meeting that was spoken of and I didn't think for a second that it was handled poorly. The only reason I give the school a 4 not a 5 is for lack of parent involvement. It can be disheartening to have students who are failing and parents who don't seem to care.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
It makes me sad to see some of the comments written by others, especially from fellow staff members. I do not consider myself a "friend" of our principal, nor do I have any background with her prior to Woodlawn. I have never felt intimidated by our administration to a point where I could not speak to them about a concern that I was having. I too was at the same staff meeting and I never felt that any of the concerns were being mocked at any point. Many of the issues addressed were between individual staff members in which administrators simply encouraged individuals to bring to them personally, due to the difficult nature of solving these issues on a large scale and would be more than willing to assist on an individual case by case basis.I feel that our administration this year has been the best we have had in a long time. They are not only more involved with the staff but also with the students. One of my favorite things about our school is how dedicated our administration is to the well being of our staff and students. I could not be more proud of our school and to say I am a teacher at Woodlawn.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
I have to make a correction and clarification of my test scores statement. I wrote the schools percentage score went up but I meant the schools score have gone down but my kids' have gone up. I think it's not fair to look at just a schools test scores, without also looking at the demographics of the schools population. I've been to this school and spent time in my kids' classroom as well as others and found that while many parents are not as vested as they should be, the students in whatever classroom I am in seem to feel safe and accepted in the classroom. My kids have improved since attending this school and I haven't had any issues with the staff, nor have I come across a teacher I felt was not 100% vested, interested or aiming for student success. I think more than anything the test scores are a reflection not of the quality of the students or etching here, but more like a reflection of the parenting and investment in children's education the parents make.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Wow! Somebody had the courage to say it like it is! I didn't know that complaints would be anonymous. Here is my 5 cents...I teach there too, but too scared to say anything. All true. I will say though, we had a staff meeting last week and heard some problems that were sent in to read. The principal and vice principals read all the anonymous complaints and said we would discuss the issues (there were more than a few) The problem was the principal and vice principal read each complaint in a mocking manner and laughed about all of them in front of the whole staff. Then they never asked anyone to discuss but called all of the complaints ridiculous. The complaints mentioned that there is a bully mentality among some staff at the school (the principal is the biggest bully and everyone on staff is scared of her except the other bullies who are her friends). Another complaint mentioned that staff is not very nice and asked the principal for help, but she laughed about that..She runs the school poorly and is not a good leader. This school could use a big change by getting new administrators first then getting rid of their friends most of who are teachers from the principals old school.

- submitted by a teacher
January 06, 2014
This school has a poor program in terms of controlling the bullying program. I'd like to see a change because of the situations that have been taken place is Inexcusable.

- submitted by a community member
March 25, 2013
If you are moving to the area and have to enroll your child and this school DON"T. Please look into Fort Belvoir Elementary or Lane Elementary. We have been here for only one school year and we are removing each of our children from this school. They are very messy! By far this is the worst experience that I have had with any school system (we are military). They do not want to see your children advance to the next level. I wish I could go into great details on this subject. However; I will say this, if you are a parent who only wants the best for your child then this is not the school. They will do anything to point the finger from them and onto your child. There is a huge lack of communication on the teachers part until it is time to call their boss.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
I agree with the other poster who mentions the bullying. Their bullying prevention programs are either outdated or non-existent. My son attends this school and a had minor bullying issue that was resolved after I contacted his teacher which by the way is a sweetheart. However some of the staff members are extremely rude and unprofessional towards the parents. Another issue is parking, but I want to keep it short so I won't mention all the other things wrong with this school. All I want is to save a parent the headache, if you have the opportunity I suggest you move on to another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2012
My daughter was severely bullied by other girls in the 5th and 6th grades at Woodlawn. She still carries the scars into adulthood.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
My son started his second year at Woodlawn Elementary and not much has been done to PREVENT bullying over the years. Woodlawn has a serious bullying issue not only from the students but from the staff as well. Boys with special needs are even more vulnerable at this school. Rather than solving the problem at hand the school administration will start singling out your child asking what is your child doing to bring this on . This is a horrible approach and further perpetuates the problem. It s only a matter of time before an innocent child commits suicide due to the lack of mentorship and empathy displayed by several staff members at Woodlawn Elementary. This school is out of control and needs a new regime.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
I was a 6th grade student there and i loved it, but some of the students there were really mean. Some of the teachers were really good , and some weren"t. I would recommend this school if you were going to the 6th grade

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Woodlawn Elementary School
8505 Highland Ln, Alexandria, VA  22309
(703) 619-4800
Last modified Woodlawn 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.
Woodlawn Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top