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5000 Polk Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304

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(703) 461-4180
(703) 751-8614
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November 02, 2015
We have 2 children at Polk and have been very happy here. It's a great, diverse community and we've seen options grow during our years as parents. Polk's After School Clubs options are growing and communication is improving thanks to a very committed PTA. There is a real sense of community. Teachers and Administration are very responsive. We have had some GREAT teachers and have heard other parents say the same. The facility has a great campus, lots of green space, with a new green gym and classrooms. When we did have an issue in a lower grade, we were very pleased by the administrative response: teacher, specialist and administrators met with us and we found a solution that solved the problem. Support staff, including School Nurse, are great, too. Polk is a school that really cares about your whole child.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2015
My child has had excellent teachers at James K. Polk: very communicative and involved, with a true understanding of what a child needs in the classroom. The PTA at this school is fantastic and there is a great sense of community and involvement at the school. Polk also offers a huge range of after school clubs for all grade levels and interests, in which my child has loved participating. A GREAT principle and staff. We love Polk!

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
Polk serves a wonderfully diverse, culturally rich community. This is such an incredible plus, but is too often undervalued. It has an administration that has been exceptionally supportive of involved parenting. And it is on the upswing in so many ways -- new parent-led efforts like more afterschool clubs, one of the greenest school campuses in the country following its geothermal and green building renovation, and the biggest campus in the entire Alexandria school system, with greenspace and playing fields other schools can only dream of. There are some exceptional teachers, notably Mrs. Cox, Ms. Koz-Calvo and Mr. Palmer. The testing trend is troubling, but I think it should be seen in the context of the economic diversity in the school compared to other Alexandria schools. There are challenges that I think are tied to the larger ACPS. I think the school district really discourages active parental involvement in the classroom because of the onerous sign-in system that requires taking time off of work to go to the administration building; surely there's a better way that protects kids with a cursory background check, but actively seeks out and encourages involvement.

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2014
The teaching staff at JKPolk Elementary are the best in the nation. Their professionalism and caring for each student is unwavering. Highly recommended. The family community supports all the students and their families tremendously.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2014
My child just started at James K. Polk and I could not be more pleased with this school. Their K-prep program over the summer really prepared my child for the first day of Kindergarten. And although it is still early in the school year, the growth and love of learning that the teachers, paraprofessionals, and administration are instilling in the students is very easy to see. I am thrilled that my child will spend his elementary years at this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2014
This is the best school! We have the BEST principal, awesome assistant principals, and an amazing, welcoming staff! I love working here!

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2014
Is the best kept secret in Alexandria. A diverse community led by a happy principal and taught by high quality teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
I have a child who is attending James K Polk for 3 years already. (but I really hope that we will move soon, so my kid will attend a better school). I am really surprised to read all those good comments?! The school is not good at all, the teachers are not doing what they are supposed to and I have to educate my son at home, so that he passess the SOL at the end of the year! I agree with the parent who posted a comment below who says that there is no communication between teacher and parents (and I have never received study guides to know how can I help). I have to write to the teacher aalmost every day and ask how can I help my child, eather way, she wouldn't sent me any email, note or letter at all. My child did great on the 2013 SOL, because of me working with him, but the thing is that there was never a prise for his work at school. He has always received only bad remarks.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2013
Hi! I am a student at James K. Polk Elementary School and this is my 6th and final year which is quite sad for me because I have loved this school ever since I started! All my teachers have been supportive, nice, and have brought joy to me and my peers. My encore (activity) teachers have made their subjects fun yet very educational. The music teacher gives us a chance to shine every class. The PE teachers have gotten me active the two times a week I get to see them. The library reader will entertain us with every kind of book and when we are done we choose (a) book(s) of our own to read for a week. Last, but not least, the art teacher who I love so much is very involved and optimistic telling us to try our best on every assignment and all of our projects are always fun and come with education. So without the James K. Polk staff I wouldn't be who I am today.

- submitted by a community member

June 11, 2011
My son has attended Polk for 2 years. We have had a wonderful experience! He has completed K and 1st grade. He has had a great foundation for learning developed. The teachers have been positive and creative. He loves school! We are sad to be moving but grateful for the time he had at Polk. I highly recommend this school. The administration is great, office staff are wonderful and the PTA is very involved.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2011
well , my son is in 3 grade , all the time i need to send notes to help my son with the test, they never send home works and study guides. this school is the worst for parents with other lenguage.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2011
we recently moved to virginia from the south and my children had been in christian schools all their lives. that being said, we have had a wonderful experience at james k. polk elementary. having never went to public schools myself but having worked in them, i did not have good expectations honestly. however, the principal and staff proved me VERY wrong! they have been extremely caring and concerned for my children's adjustment to the new social environment as well as their academic adjustment. my 5th grader and 2nd grader have adjusted extremely well, and i am very grateful and actually sad it's time to transition my 5th grader - i wish we had another year at least!( my biggest concern is the lack of an ethnically diverse pta board; that is the one thing that bothered me... Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Thornton, Mrs. Bryant and Ms. Wieder - thank you!

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2010
Polk is a great school! The teachers are very smart and have high standards for the children. My child is in the 2nd grade and has attended polk since Kindergarten. She is smart, well adjusted, and seems to enjoy learning. She has had 3 wonderful teachers. Thank you Ms. Liverpool, Ms. Drasheff, and Ms. Ochs for your outstanding dedication. Mr. Brown, the ex-principal, was outstanding as well. As a parent, I was sorry to see him go.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2010
Polk School leadership has gone DOWN dramatically since they installed a new principal for the 2010 school year. The new principal is lazy, and the school lacks the discipline of the students and teachers that had made Polk a wonderful school for the previous 10 years.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2009
My granddaughter attended Polk for her K year 2008-2009. She had Ms. Liverpool who is fantastic. Being ahead of her grade level, my child tended to visit her neighbors and have discussions. Ms. Liverpool and her assistant were able to contain this problem and my child finished the year with 102 of 103 correct on the PALS testing. The office personnel are most helpful. Ms. Whitfield, the guidance counselor, and Jean Studech, the nurse are on top of every situation. In fact, the nurse let me know of a voice problem my child had before I even noticed it! You cannot beat this school. All who work there are truly amazing.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2009
Awesome School and the fith grade teach Mrs. Peaches is a very special teacher. The city of Alexandria should be proud to have her as a teach in their district!!

- submitted by a community member
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September 28, 2007
James K Polk is a great school! The staff, administration and teachers are energetic, enthusiastic, and supportive. The parent involvment is the best of any school we've been enrolled in. The community at Polk is very tight-knit. It is overall a place to grow close, lasting friendships, for children and parents alike. We feel very fortunate to be part of this community. There is a good variety of extra cirricular activities. After school, the PTA organizes foreign language classes and dance classes. The band, orchestra and chorus progrms are accessible to all. The city offers after care in the school staffed by a great group called Compagna. I would suggest anyone looking to move to this area to definitely look into this neighborhood! It is a great place to raise kids and enjoy neighbors!

- submitted by a parent
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June 01, 2005
Attended here in 1968-69. Mrs. Feldman's class. It's gotten a new upgraded facade since then. Lots of new equipment and supplies. Used to live in a townhouse on Taney. Pleasant memories.

- submitted by a student
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James K Polk Elementary School
5000 Polk Ave, Alexandria, VA  22304
(703) 461-4180
Last modified James K Polk Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James K Polk Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top