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Charles Barrett Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 403 students

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Posted February 12, 2014

This is our child's last year at this school. We will truly miss everything about it. Professional and courteous staff, amazing principal, caring counselors, dedicated teachers (Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics And Science Teaching Recipient), wonderful PTA, involved parents, many enrichment activities, and the best Rec Center. Academics are outstanding! The only elementary school that has continuously surpassed the progress results required for ACPS. I would choose it any day over the other elementary schools in the area. I wish they considered expanding it to 8th grade (like they are doing with another school), because it seriously frightens me that we will now have to deal with the failing middle schools in the area (Worst Bang For Your Buck, according to Forbes). Frustrating when middle/high school time comes, many parents in the area have to consider either paying astronomical tuition rates (think college prices) for middle and upper level, private education (not that great, you're just paying outrageous costs for your kids to continue getting what this school offers, plus the unwanted elitist ridiculousness), or moving to an even more expensive neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

my daughter loves this school she alwys brings a friend home and the teachers are so nice the food is great my daughter is in 5th grade and has to say good by to cbes small school but a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

This is a fantastic school! My son transferred here in the third grade and he loves it. I never have to worry about him wanting to go to school. The Park and Rec. center is an added gem- well run, professional and fun for the child. I give the school a 5 out of 5!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

This little school is simply spectacular. The front-office is engaged and genuinely helpful, the faculty and staff are simply wonderful, and the parent community is highly supportive. The school environment is safe, but not in the sleepy sense. Our DC just graduated, and we will miss CBES more that I can possibly express -- we are very grateful to CBES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

I am not sure what criteria this site uses to determine its rating, but Barrett is the only school in its division that met AYP. (out of 14 other schools.) It is a fantastic school with a diverse student body that is exceeding all our expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

This is truly an amazing school. The principal is wonderful and the teachers are excellent. People here actually care about the kids. The extracurricular programs, PTA and after school recreation program are great. Many families from other areas are trying to get their children enrolled here. Academics are outstanding! I'm very happy to have my children in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

I went to CBE from 1996 to 2002, and my younger sister went from 2000 to 2004. Out of all the schools I have gone to, Charles Barret is the clear winner in my book. My second grade teacher is part of the reason I want to work with kids one day. I was bullied a lot in school, but staff members here make an effort to show kids they care- which is more than I can say about other schools in the area!


Posted August 19, 2010

Strong academics, enrichment programs, and great facilities. The new principal is amazing. My kids love it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

I do not understand this rating score of a 3. I am moving and looking at new schools and would never send my child to a '3' school. However, my daughter has been at Charles Barrett since 2nd grade and it is a wonderful school! The teachers and other staff are amazing. My daughter has struggled through each grade and every teacher has been very involved in finding out what works for her. The parent involvement is outstanding and everyone knows everyone. There arent' any safety issues and it is a small school which I love!! I only wish my son would be able to attend Charles Barrett, we will truly miss everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

This is our first year at this school and my daughter just loves it. As her parents we are also very happy with all the teachers and staff. The students are also lovely, well mannered children. We have nothing but positive things to say about this school. We love that it's small and so hands on. Any family would be lucky to be a part of this community. I can definitely tell the difference from her previous school.
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Posted February 27, 2006

We moved to Alexandria from Anne Arundel County when my children were in 2nd and 3rd grades. Luckily my children ended up going to Charles Barrett. I can not say enough good things regarding this school. The staff of this tiny school care so deeply about each and every one of the children that walk through those doors. The children in turn love the staff and come to school wanting to learn. I was so impressed that Mrs. Lawson takes the time to learn each child by name on sight. The education that my children received at Charles Barrett was so wonderful that it helped prepare them very well for middle school. One of my children is a special education student and the support that she received the years she was here was outstanding. They helped her so much. Thank you Charles Barrett!
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Posted January 31, 2005

I am so impressed by this small school. Parents are involved, the community is involved the students love it and the teachers do too! We have really lucked out , and the tests scores prove it. Charles Barret is the best Elementary school in Northern Virginia.
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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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
History and Social Science

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students77%
Female students83%
Male students72%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students69%
Female students67%
Male students71%
Black students27%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students27%
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students81%
Female students88%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students64%
Female students62%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
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 Students83%
Female students87%
Male students79%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students95%
Male students74%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students85%
Female students85%
Male students85%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Science

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students88%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Visual impairments

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Seth Kennard
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (703) 379-3782

Programs

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Visual impairments

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Yearbook
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