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Teacher effectiveness: Neutral


- a parent
i think the young teachers at this school work hard, but the environment they are in is sick. the school system ignores their cries for help. the principal and assistant principal are control freaks.

Amount of homework: Disagree


- a parent
what homework? worksheets only -- and below the level of the student's ability for the most part.


Develops character: Neutral


- a parent
neutral on this because i don't think these values are modeled by the staff -- principal has questionable practices relating to SOL score manipulation.



- a parent
My kids were basically warehoused because they could read, listen and be quiet -- they did not need intervention of any kind, so were shunted to worksheets and "allowed" to read when their work was done. We thought this was great at first, until we realized our kids were not learning. Or rather, they were not being taught anything that they could not learn on their own. One was sent to help with the kindergarteners as the school did SOL prep for weeks on end. We discovered that the other was ill-prepared for middle school when he couldn't put a paragraph together for a book report. And this after great reviews at CK.

Amount of homework: Disagree


- a parent
homework was not worth much -- doing sentences in the word study book mostly. or worksheets to color.


Develops character: Neutral


- a parent
i think there is so much focus on testing that the civics, ethics, morals you learn in a typical school just get short shrift here. and there is no fairness -- kids are pulled from the rare lights of music, band, science for remediation on testing.



- a community member
Has the appearance in some ways of being a combination storage facility / soup kitchen for many of its students. A typical infrastructure. Everything else was in most regards unrecognizable to me.



- a community member
We love Cora Kelly! Our child is having an excellent Kindergarten year--came in barely knowing letters and is reading at a second grade level. The teachers are incredibly committed and talented. The school is the little engine that could--overcoming HUGE obstacles of poverty and language barriers like no other school in the district. Principal cares DEEPLY about EACH student and is doing amazing things. We are so happy to be a part of this great community.




- a community member
New to Northern VA. We do not like Cora Kelly. Our child is zoned for this school which is why he attends. I will be researching other schools in the Alexandria City area and start the transfer process.



- a parent
I agree with last poster. Zero stars would be preferred option. Lovely group of teachers, but many suffer from PTSD due to principal's keep-you-on-edge style of leadership. No creativity on part of administration. Scores are dropping -- they only made AYP this year in English bec of the 3-year average. NO STEM -- why call it a Science/Math anything?

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Last modified Cora Kelly Magnet Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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