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Mount Vernon Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 772 students

Our school is best known for its dual language program and great community.

 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
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2011:
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Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014

We did our research and decided not to ditch Alexandria City once our daughter was school age and we're so glad/relieved/appreciative we didn't make a mad dash for the suburbs! She just finished her kindergarten year in the Spanish immersion program and we could not have dreamed up better teachers and not just for her, we found that the teachers really brought out the strengths in all of the students. This school really is a real-deal community school with the parents and administration harmoniously involved. Coming from a co-operative preschool, we understand how important community involvement is for our children. It takes a village!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This school is undergoing a lot of change, but has a very dedicated and enthusiastic staff. The principal is very engaged and has a clear vision of where he wants to go, while involving parents and the community in the decision-making.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

Great principal and staff! Bilungual program is very effective and engaging. Wonderful community of parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

I am very favorably impressed with the dedication of the schools principal, teachers and other staff members, and also a critical mass of parents and local elected officials. Everybody pulls together to help, and this is especially important because of the year-round calendar. My only concern is with the lack of space to store materials for some of the staff members and for the PTA. My son is doing well, academically and socially, after learning some essential social skills in the early grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

The comment posted May 25, 2010 could have been written by me. My daughter is flourishing, despite having some personal issues last year that staff were very helpful with. I look forward to my son starting next year. The dual language and intersession programs are both terrific. I'm not a big believer that test scores tell all -- still, I'd like to see the scores for the subgroups getting better. I know they work at it, but clearly haven't found the answers yet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Mount Vernon is a terrific school, with excellent staff and program. When my daughter had some anxiety and attention issues in her class, the teachers and counselors were very responsive and it didn't take long to get the situation turned around. As befits a "community school," there is a great feeling of community and a lot of reaching out. I can't say enough good things about the intersession program, allowing kids to explore favorite or new areas in a more relaxed setting. I do feel (and if you talk to the older students, they'll reinforce this) that principal leadership, especially as an instructional leader, is average. But a new principal will be arriving this summer, so I'll be back with an update.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

The school cares about the students and the family; the families care about the school; and the local community are also very supportive of the school. There is great sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

Our school offers much more than test scores can measure. Intersession classes (5 weeks extra enrichment/remediation) build on the interests and talents that each student brings! World languages are offered to all students through traditional or dual language programs. MVCS teachers are highly qualified; 80 percent have post-graduate degrees. The staff knows and cares about each student. Our principals are true instructional leaders, dedicated to continuous improvement. After school, there are PTA-sponsored clubs and after school care options connecting students to the community. Many students speak another language at home - which is sometimes reflected in our test scores (as it takes 5-7 years to acquire academic test language); however, we view this rich language environment as an asset to our goal of helping children become responsible, self-reliant, contributing citizens of a changing world. Please visit our school so you can experience everything MVCS has to offer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

We have had a great experience with MVCS. My daughter's teachers are in tune with her abilities, challenging her and sparking her creativity. The modified calendar enables time for many fascinating learning experiences, like the 2-week 'Camping in Colorado' course that my daughter just completed, which introduced her to new concepts in biology, geology, astronomy, geography and math, just to name a few! I would recommend MVCS to anyone interested in a diverse, vibrant community school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

Mt Vernon is a diverse, yet resourceful school. With all of the offerings during the regular school year, as well as the intersession special classes, my challengingly smart (and easily bored) child has had a great experience. The school staff has been responsive to any questions and concerns that I or other parents have voiced, and the PTA is is very involved in keeping this a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

We also have two girls here at Mount Vernon and have been very happy. Both my girls are very challenged and the quality of the teachers and instruction is excellent. I work half time and the modified school calendar is wonderful. The girls get to take great classes like sailing, art and architecture and I only worry about filling seven weeks of summer - which is so nice! Also we take vacations in October and April when it is less crowded to travel internationally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

We have two kids at Mt. Vernon and have been very happy with the school. In addition to receiving a solid education, it is a very supportive environment and in combination with the Mt. Vernon Rec Center next door, it is a support structure for the kids which cannot be beat. The intersessions which resulted from the modified calander are also a plus as it allows the kids a taste of all sorts of subjects ranging from karate to yoga to math games and exploring science. Lastly, the dual langauge program is wonderful and is a model which I would like to see expanded. Overall, we have been very pleased and think the city has done an excellent job of providing quality education at the elementary school level.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted February 26, 2005

We have two children at Mount Vernon, now in first and second grade, both in the dual-language program. Their teachers are attentive, professional and hard working. The principal has real affection for the students yet she also does a great job of maintaining discipline. We are very excited about the modified school calendar, which they will roll out in the summer of 2005. This new calendar will allow more teacher contact time for remedial work as well as enrichment. And we like the idea of being able to take vacations off-peak.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

I was worried going into this school, I hadn't heard great things. But quickly all my worries went away. My daughter's teacher is amazing! The school really focuses on not letting the kids get out of hand & they are on top of everything. I am very pleased & wish her teacher could move up every grade!
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
60%
History and Social Science

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students53%
Female students66%
Male students41%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient students22%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students59%
Female students68%
Male students51%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students63%
Female students71%
Male students55%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students37%
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

English: Reading

All Students53%
Female students66%
Male students42%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students23%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students45%
Female students54%
Male students38%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficient students18%
Proficient in English76%
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 Students55%
Female students59%
Male students53%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient students27%
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students53%
Female students64%
Male students46%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students22%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students30%
Female students29%
Male students30%
Black students29%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities34%
Limited English proficient students20%
Proficient in English41%

Science

All Students45%
Female students50%
Male students42%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficient students15%
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

  • 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

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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)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

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
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

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
  • Peter Balas
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (703) 706-4466

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Standards-based
  • dual language
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
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
  • Spanish
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)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
  • 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
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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
  • Choir / Chorus
  • 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
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Origami club
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Yoga club
  • photography
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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • We offer a dual language program in Spanish and are a great community school.
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
772
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
772

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2601 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
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Phone: (703) 706-4460

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