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Lyles-Crouch Elementary

Public | K-5 | 415 students

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted September 27, 2014

My daughter just started kindergarten this fall and so far we are happy with the school. I really love the uniforms and behavior charts that are sent home on a daily basis. I also think it is great that the school teaches character education. I believe my daughter is receiving a very good education in an organized and safe environment. I also appreciate her teacher who is very responsive to questions and concerns we may have. So far our experience has been positive. The principal is by the door every morning greeting the students by name and the classes are small.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2014

We have been very impressed with Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy. Our daughter comes home smiling every day, eager to share what she has learned. Classes are small, and there is an emphasis on good behavior, character, and anti-bullying. We chose to transfer into this school based on other parents' insights and school reputation. And we have not been disappointed. There is an academic achievement focus here, and it is proven by the fact that LCTA was ranked first in scores for elementary schools the City of Alexandria. The principal is not warm and fuzzy, but takes pride in what she does and the school she oversees. She has a more dry sense of humor, but stands outside the building doors each morning to welcome each child by name. The only criticism I have about the school is the PTA, which is very "clubby," and comes off as unwelcoming and unoriginal. But the school itself has been great for our family. And we love the uniforms. The great equalizer, and makes getting ready each morning a cinch. It appears that the recent negative complaints are from one disgruntled parent with a special needs child, who is hellbent on lowering the ratings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2014

This is a horrible school. We had a second grade child with some reading issues, had requested for them to test our child, in October, to see if he had any reading disabilities and the teacher said he was just a lazy reader. We asked several time throughout the school year for our son to be tested. It came down to me telling the teacher that I had spoken to a social worker and the social worker said, by law, that the school personnel needs to test him if we ask. The teacher, then, forwarded our request the reading specialists. They set up a meeting in June a with me to talk about my child's reading issue. I was thinking, "great, about time." It was a hoax. I was told that they were going to hold him back in the second grade and reassess him in November. I had my son tested through the military channels after telling them the school refused to test him. Within 10 minutes the child psychologist said "I'm painfully aware that your son is dyslexic and that Lyles-Crouch FAILED your child!" In less than four months at a new school, my child is doing great! We're military and move a lot & this has been the worst school they have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2014

LCTA has been wonderful for my children. The principal is amazing-firm and no-nonsense. I see this as a good thing. She is respected by the teachers and I think she knows all the children by name. The TAG program is amazing--I can't say enough about the quality of the TAG teacher. We have had many teachers over the years. Two of the four best teachers we ever encountered taught at LCTA (two at GWMS). These are truly excellent teachers. Most are very good, with an occasional, less-than-stellar teacher, but this is normal. It's a National School of Character: emphasis on good character as well as academics. Classes are small. Weekly music and art for all grades. The perception of a school depends on expectations and personality types. I do not expect my children's needs to be put above all the other students. However, there are good matches and bad matches. LCTA may not work well for some students, but the reviews here are not reflective of the fraction in the school. LCTA continues to provide an excellent education for my children. (To previous comments: One of mine is NOT a "quiet little girl who's uniform is tucked in just right"--she loved LCTA! & One star because of UNIFORMS?)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

The only reason I'm giving it a 2 is because some of the teachers do work very hard. Those who do are usually trying to lay low and do their best as to not upset the apple cart. There is a group of teachers who bully students, teachers, and have the principal running scared (she knows which teachers are causing problems but is too scared to do anything about it.... she has had similar issues with these very teachers). The comment about the 3rd grade teacher yelling down the hall........ I've witnessed it myself as have several tutors at the school. Nothing is said because it is understood this teacher can and will continue to do as she pleases without any consequences. This very teacher blatantly refuses to follow IEPs and doesn't allow accommodations. The new superintendent would be well served by asking staff, in person and one on one, if they have had issues here. Most teachers are scared and those who aren't are shut up with threats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

It is interesting to see that several years after leaving this school, the issues remain the same. The same principal is there, and she's still a bully. A rigid, cookie cutter approach to learning that squashes childrens' spirit and imaginations remains. Parents of children with special needs share horror stories of their experiences at the school yet ACPS has done nothing.


Posted March 18, 2014

This school has a very ridged vibe. Some of the teachers are lovely and do the best they can but if you don't have a quiet little girl who's uniform is tucked in just right, you probably won't be happy with this school. They do not adhere to 504s, one third grade teacher can be heard screaming at the children from down the hall, and the principal is rude. If you choose this school, make sure you have lots of spare time to stand around with PTA moms in your yoga pants gossiping and discussing petty items like what kinds of muffins to serve.. Parents have their children tutored to score high on the tests that get them in to the "talented and gifted" program while the truly gifted children are often labeled as misfits.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

The only reason you have kids wear uniforms is to crush their spirits. Nothing else this school does matters as long as uniforms are required I will give the lowest ratings possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

We are new to the school, and so far it looks great. Our kindergarten teacher is wonderful and smart. Her energy is exactly what we need. Proud to have kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

My children have received an excellent education at Lyles Crouch. The quality of instruction given by the teachers as well as the incredible involvement of the community make this a really wonderful place for my children to learn and grow. They are happy and I am happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

This is a ridged, rules-oriented, highly-average school with a negative and tension filled vibe. This is no place for a child who needs any form of individual attention. This is schoo-in-the-box and for any child that does not fit in the box, they are disregarded. The teachers appear to be worn out, sarcastic, rude and arrogant. Our child, who was once happy, charming, pleasant and funny is so unhappy with this school we are planning to move. Don't fall for the Charter School jingle and academy vernacular -- this is a school that is failing (check the ratings) and the only thing keeping it "up there" is the parents who constantly chat about how great it is, in order to convince themselves everything is fine. Don't fall for the hype. Run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2012

LCTA is a great school. The principal runs a tight ship and the academics are excellent - as good or better than a private school (I have kids in both public and private). The school focuses on the basics: what kids need to succeed academically, spending less time on the PC aspects that have creeped into the school system and don't improve educational outcomes. We have had excellent teachers who work hard and go the extra mile with their students; teachers who don't perform do not return. The community is also very involved with the school and the PTA is excellent. As to the comments on bullying: my son was bullied, but both his teachers and the principal got involved and wouldn't tolerate it; the same was not true in private school where the bullies were given a pass by the administration. I would strongly recommend LCTA to anyone, and i have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

Kudos to the PTA for doing the work and submitting the application for the Character Counts award and winning. Because of the high quality of work represented in your State and National Schools of Character application, the Virginia state selection panel has chosen Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy as the 2012 Virginia School of Character. CEP s objective is for all schools to reach the achievable goal of becoming an NSOC. The award really has nothing to do with what happens in school on a daily basis. In fact, the principal is considered by many parents to be a bully. LCTA PTA is undoubtedly second to none but they alone can not change the teachers who are teaching and the principal who dictates. Despite all of it's awards (by application) Great Schools rates LCTA a 5?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2012

I have two children at LCTA, and I have to say that my experience has been very different than the two comments below. I've found the teachers and administration to be very responsive and proactive about bullying and any sort of aggression---in four years at LCTA, neither of my children has ever witnessed so much as a single fight. Over the course of our years at LCTA, we've had 8 different teachers, and have had a good experience with all of them--I believe my children are receiving an excellent education from teachers who truly care about them and their development. LCTA also benefits from the Core Knowledge curriculum and the Character Counts program. In fact, LCTA is a finalist for a national Character Counts award. The Core Knowledge program is giving the children a foundation for critical thinking, something that is lacking at most public schools. I feel very lucky to be able to send my kids to a school where they are happy socially and thriving academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

I agree. If you have a verbal girl with no academic challenges, this is the place for you. If you have a boy, check the test scores. Even in the stereotypical areas that boys are usually strong in (math and science) the scores are lower than girls. If you have a boy who is not quick on the draw academically, I wouldn't risk it. If you have a boy who has energy? Forget it. My kids too had bad experiences at LC. The teachers seem one dimensional and not interested in students who don't fit their teaching style. When you have jaded teachers who dislike the administration all the cheer leading becomes pointless.The current principal is riding on the coat tails of the previous principal who turned this school around. Do your son a favor and find a school where teachers look at the whole child, work with his strengths and are happy in their chosen profession. Do your kids a favor move into an elementary school in Alexandria/Fairfax County or go private. Stats tell the truth if you know what to look for. Don't be fooled by the smaller than average class sizes and uniforms or the huge head of the principal. Look at Great Schools rating for all ACPS schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

My two children have had negative experiences at Lyles-Crouch. It can be a very rough environment and the administration is largely non-responsive when there is serious bullying and aggressive contact. The teachers don't seem very happy and spend a lot of energy on classroom management. The parents are certainly very active and do a great deal for the school. I could not recommend this school if you want your child to be in a nurturing environment with teachers who are focused on the whole child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

I love the core education approach. I also love that the school is a uniformed school. The school also has a ton of after school activities including, my daughter's favorite, chess. I also love the playground and the veggie garden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

I have one child at LCTA. The principal is excellent and because of her leadership, the curriculum is first-rate (Core Knowledge). My child's teachers have challenged her intellectually and show her love as well. Parental involvement is high and due to their (our) hard work, there are lots of extracurricular activities for the children to choose from. A wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

My son started kindergarten at Lyles Crouch this year. He loves it and we love it and my younger son can't wait to start. Anytime I have gone to the school I have seen happy children engaged in organized activities. I see the principal every morning as the children come in to the school and she greets them all by name. My son's teacher is kind and has a great line of communication with parents. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2008

We moved our kids from a very good local private school because of the great sense of community at this school. Parents, faculty, and administrators are engaged and share a common vision. We initially sent our kids to private school because 8 years ago the school was aturnaround project--improving but with some distance to cover. We went on a tour last year and were so impressed by the culture, resources, faculty and parent/community involvement that we made the switch. It was not made without trepidation--we also loved the schol they were in--but we have no regrets...and a little more cash.
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
History and Social Science

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

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students76%
Female students76%
Male students76%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students77%
Female students82%
Male students72%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students90%
Female students94%
Male students87%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students86%
Female students83%
Male students88%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students85%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students80%
Female students76%
Male students82%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students85%
Male students78%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students70%
Female students69%
Male students71%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students79%
Female students81%
Male students77%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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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