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Cora Kelly Magnet Elementary

Public | PK-5 | 373 students

Our school is best known as a science, math and technology specialist.

 
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3 stars

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Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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Posted August 12, 2014

squeaky wheels? ha, what a joke. there are not enough parents who can squeak loud enough, and the superintendent/school board aren't listening either. a principal with no communication skills, all about testing, testing, testing. no school community, prison sentence for new teachers -- first-year teachers beware, you will get used and abused! we moved our child. couldn't take it any more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

This school has excellent teachers and excellent test scores. I have noticed that are a few squeaky wheel parents who post on here, but all the parents I know are very happy with the school. I do not know the principal well but the few times I needed his help he was very responsive. My child knows him and says the kids think he is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2014

that last post about CK and the principal must not know the school very well. if you have a below average achiever and only want them to focus on reading and math, send them to CK. If you want a real elementary school experience that includes full attention to science, social studies, the specials, PE, community, etc., send them somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

Cora Kelly is one of the best elementary schools in Northern Virginia. The teachers are very dedicated and care about every student. The administration and support staff are dedicated to the mission of the school. When visiting the school it is clear the children are happy and learning. The principal has been there longer than most of the other elementary principals in ACPS and given his record of excellence it is clear he truly cares about the learning of all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2013

Cora Kelly is not the school it was just a few years ago.I agree that the current administration's sole focus on math and reading test scores has effectively striped CK of all STEM and extra curricular activity. Community involvement in the school has been killed by the administration of the school. Not very long ago CK was a vibrant and high achieving STEM school that attracted bright kids from all corners of the city. Today it does a decent job teaching the how to read and pass the math SOLs but sadly little else. We have become so dissapointed in the direction of the school administration that we have removed my last child from the school. I hope that ACPS will soon see that what was a gem in the system has been gutted to a factory or regugitation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

The teachers appear motivated and committed but much work needs to be done. Significant behavior problems and the adminsitration appears laxed in addressing the issues. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

My two children go to Cora Kelly and we are satisfied with the school. We feel that we have to work a lot with the kids ourselves to make sure that our kids are on top of the program. But we find the teachers approachable and understanding and willing to go extra mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2010

I think Cora Kelly is a hidden gem in the ACPS elementary system. Not surprisingly, as the district's only Science, Technology, Math & Engineering focus school, CK boasts science and math test scores that are among the highest in the ACPS system. Kids have a chance to go to science lab from the time they are in kindergarten and the science teachers are very experienced, wonderful teachers beloved by the kids. The school works hard to provide differentiated learning to ensure kids at all levels get the instruction they need. An annual science fair helps the kids strut their stuff for the community. The school has recently had an influx of new, young, energetic teachers at a variety of grade levels as well as a new principal and vice principal who are strongly devoted to improving student performance. CK is definitely a school on the rise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

Poor teachers. Pathetic community support. Numerous behavior problems. Weak administration. Teachers teach to tests, but students still barely pass. Would not ever willingly put my child in a school like this.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2005

I am a parent of two children who have attended Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology. My youngest is in the 4th grade there. I cannot emphasize enough how good my children's experiences have been: the classes are tiny (6 in my son's gifted math class!), the labs are truly fantastic (Primary and Intermediate Science labs with full-time teachers and aides, Primary and Intermediate Math labs with full-time teachers and aides, computer lab starting at 2nd grade with full-time teacher and aide, Habitat Garden +staff)and the teachers are caring, young, energetic and responsive. Art, PE and music are extremely well-taught. The Principal and A.P are charismatic and smart, and the curriculum is the most progressive I have seen. CK was the first 'magnet' school in N.Va. and they know how to handle racial and economic diversity...this multicultural exposure is a free bonus for the students...CoraKelly is most highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
History and Social Science

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

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

All Students69%
Female students59%
Male students76%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students51%
Female students41%
Male students58%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students72%
Female students71%
Male students73%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English73%
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 Students77%
Female students81%
Male students73%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students95%
Black students93%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students100%
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 Students71%
Female students65%
Male students77%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students60%
Female students63%
Male students58%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students89%
Female students83%
Male students95%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students87%
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students68%
Female students64%
Male students71%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English74%
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 Tutor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Speech and language therapist(s)
Special education coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
School psychologist
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Amharic
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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
  • 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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Amharic
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

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
  • Brandon Davis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (703) 706-4425

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
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
  • 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
  • None
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)
  • 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)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Amharic
  • 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
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • 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
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • 4-H Club
  • Chess club
  • Girls on the run
  • Math club
  • Metro Warriors Club
  • Science club
  • Technology club
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • This is a school which is known for its individualized instruction and strong STM program. It specializes in math, technology and science. Its after school programs are also heavily science, math and technology based.
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
373
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
373

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
GW Middle School
Francis Hammond Middle School
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3600 Commonwealth Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
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Phone: (703) 706-4420

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