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James K Polk Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 691 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 7, 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!!


Posted 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


Posted June 1, 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 former student


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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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 students74%
Male students63%
Black students59%
Asian students82%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students61%
Female students61%
Male students62%
Black students59%
Asian students80%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English70%

Science

All Students73%
Female students68%
Male students76%
Black students60%
Asian students100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English77%
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 Students61%
Female students60%
Male students61%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students73%
Female students69%
Male students77%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English85%
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 Students76%
Female students72%
Male students80%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English81%

English: Writing

All Students68%
Female students69%
Male students67%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students74%
Female students76%
Male students73%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English80%

Science

All Students81%
Female students74%
Male students86%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English86%
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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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Arabic languages
French
Russian
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Greens School Award (2011)
  • Marine Corp Marathon Fun Run Healthy Kids Award (2013)
  • Virginia Department of Education Competence to Excellence (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. PreeAnn Johnson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (703) 751-8614

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
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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5000 Polk Ave
Alexandria, VA 22304
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