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George Mason Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 510 students

Our school is best known for its great community and strong academics.

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Posted August 17, 2012

My oldest son is about to enter second grade, and my youngest will soon starts kindergarten. We love George Mason, the staff are great, and students get music, art and gym every week. The playground is beautiful. For being so close to DC, the George Mason community has a small town feel. It's a great place to send your children to every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

I have had three children go there and it offers everything you'd want in an elementary school -- great teachers, small class size, strong leadership and parentat involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2005

Top test scoring school in Alexandria for Math. Also top in many others. George Mason and Douglas MacArthur are the top 2 schools in Alexandria. There really are not many others that are at this level. Excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2004

This is truly the most amazing school in Alexandria. Award winning teachers, parents who are involved, a principal who is supportive. A parent couldn't ask for anything more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2003

Very pleased; parents are very involved; teachers are nice and do a great job. Our kindergartner was identified as being an advanced reader by the teacher within the first week and provided with advanced opportunities by the second week; truly amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
History and Social Science

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

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

All Students80%
Female students86%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students74%
Female students77%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English97%
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 Students80%
Female students89%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students72%
Female students73%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students21%
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 Students78%
Female students81%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students28%
Proficient in English96%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students66%
Female students72%
Male students60%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students84%
Female students81%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English96%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: hip hop
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • after school programs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: french, chinese, german, spani

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kevin West
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (703) 683-9011

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • after school programs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Amharic
  • Arabic languages
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • after school programs
Girls sports
  • after school programs

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: hip hop
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: french, chinese, german, spani
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • A really strong and active parent body which makes for a wonderfully inclusive community.
School leaders can update this information here.

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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
510
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
510

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
GW Middle School
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2601 Cameron Mills Rd
Alexandria, VA 22302
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Phone: (703) 706-4470

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