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Woodlawn Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 671 students

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 6, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.

About these ratings

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
History and Social Science

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%

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 70% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

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 74% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students67%
Female students72%
Male students62%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students59%
Female students57%
Male students60%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English59%

Science

All Students68%
Female students73%
Male students63%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English67%
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 Students57%
Female students60%
Male students54%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students78%
Female students78%
Male students78%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English78%
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 Students58%
Female students60%
Male students56%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English65%

English: Writing

All Students45%
Female students52%
Male students39%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficient students22%
Proficient in English51%

Math

All Students60%
Female students62%
Male students59%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students28%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students37%
Female students35%
Male students38%
Black students27%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficient students10%
Proficient in English47%
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 Students68%
Female students69%
Male students66%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students78%
Female students75%
Male students82%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English82%
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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n/a

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2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

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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Alexandria, VA 22309
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