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Canterbury Woods Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 683 students

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2011:
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Posted September 6, 2012

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SCHOOL! May daughter went to the D/HOH preschool and had the most fabulous wonderful experience. Her teacher had me at "hello". Creative, bright, intuitive, warm, caring & provided millions of opportunitites for my little girl to absolutely FLOURISH! Now, she is 5 and in Kindergarten there. I had her 2nd grade brother pupil placed for a variety of reasons....we are out of the CWES boundaries & the school he would have gone to pales in comparison both academically & enthusiasm that is the happiest place on earth (CWES). It starts at the top and trickles down. Love, warmth, respect & LOVE OF LEARING is CWES!!!We are so happy we are there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

I like C.W.E. We moved to the area last year and are very impressed with the school!!. Teachers are very interested on each child well-being,are flexible and work hard for their academic goals. This school has an awesome special education team!!! All so experienced, nice and involved!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

My daughter goes to this school. The principal is a dynamic and strong leader. The school is vibrant, clean and festooned with beautiful student art on the walls. The 5th and 6th grade honors band program is awesome, primarily because of the director. The principal maintains high standards for the school and teachers. I reckon the scores are good at CBWES because it is a GT center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

This is our second year at CWES. We are very impressed. We came from another local Elementary school and the difference is night and day. Not only does Canterbury have Cued Speech, Kennedy Center CETA Program, Advanced Academic Program but they continually go above and beyond to add new programs to benefit the kids. For example all the teachers are required to study and practice Responsive Classroom. Most teachers take advantage of after school teacher training programs. The school strives for improvement all the time and is often picked for pilot programs - they were a year ahead of other Fairfax schools converting to online SOL testing and the new letter grade system. They seek out parent involvement (not a standard among all schools). The PTA is highly successful and sponsors great events and raises money responsibly (this year they eliminated their biggest fundraiser because they had too much money carried over from the previous year). Parental participation is outstanding. This is an exceptional school that is always asking 'how can we be better...'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

Not sure what a previous reviewer said about rude office staff. They are the friendliest group I've ever met. If they want to see rude staff, swing by Frost middle school. That reviewer will be in for a 'rude' awakening. This is a top tiered school and deservedly so. We bought our home in this area for that very reason. GT program is awesome and the school is consistently ranked very high. Again deservedly so. They have a partnership with the Kennedy Center's CETA program, almost all of the teacher enroll in after school continual enrichment and learning programs on their own time. Incredible school and great Principal who encourages both student and staff to do better and strive for higher goals. PTA is incredible and do so much for the school and kids. We are very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

Office people are really rude. And PTA are already set up with friends. My kid was treated as criminal by other kids and punished so hard by the teacher. If you are not in GT class, no homework and teacher really does not care about the student. Really rally a bad school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2011

We just love this school! Our child just finished the second year at this school and the transition has been wonderful. The school counselors (including Ms. Dodds) are wonderful and supportive, and the teachers are high energy and striving to do their very best for each student. The strings program is very, very well run. The SACC teachers do a fabulous job with the program as well, with the older students grouped together separately from the younger students. There is a strong PTA with many after-school activities, including Girls on the Run, Odyssey of the Mind, chess club, scouting programs, and foreign language classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

CWES is a good school but there are some issues to be aware of. They practice "mass punishment" for the crimes of the few, i.e., if a few kids are acting up, the entire class gets in trouble (or section in the cafeteria) and has to suffer the consequences. This is not based on one teacher but is a common practice among multiple teachers and staff at the school. Some of the teachers are not fans of the principal--she seems a bit hands off in my experience of going through IEP mtgs (she never said a word) and lets her assistant handle other big issues of mass interest to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

I love Canterbury Woods. It's tucked in a private setting, safe and secure feeling. All the teachers are wonderful, hands on, and great resources. They are really "with it" and are great advocated for the students. Diverse programs with friendly staff and quality children. I can't wait for the large-scale renovations, which completes in 2014. Very exciting!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2010

FABULOUS school! The principal is wonderful and knows how to advocate for the school. The teachers are fabulous -- they even had Pajama Days when the students were having Standards of Learning testing this spring. The PTA is very involved and supports the students for field trips, after school activities, and a Laps for Laptops program. The school has an upcoming renovation scheduled and the entire community was welcomed to see the blueprints and plans. FIVE STARS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

I agree w/the previous comments! I wish the actual building were newer and larger, however the curriculum and the teachers and the staff are excellent and my son absolutely loves it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2009

Wonderful school. Especially love the art and band teachers. Great program for the deaf and hard of hearing. Caring teachers who go above and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

Great school. We come from private and the program here is just as challenging, and it has a great diversity of after and before school programs. The teachers are wonderful, and the kids are top notch! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

Most of the teachers are not very good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2008

great school for learning and children with dissabilaties along with lots of activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

We chose the Canterbury Woods neighborhood when our kids were 1,2, and 3. They are now enrolled at CWES as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders and our entire family is happy to be a part of this school. Teachers are great...students get the best education in a small school setting. We love the staff and parents, too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2004

This school is wonderful - a treasure in the heart of Fairfax County. What a find! Great teachers, great staff, great kids & great parents!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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History and Social Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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100%

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98%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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98%

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94%

2010

 
 
94%
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 74% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

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

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students91%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English97%

Math

All Students97%
Female students100%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities93%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English99%

Science

All Students97%
Female students98%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students96%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students95%
Proficient in English97%
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 Students91%
Female students90%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students90%
Female students89%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English92%
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 Students94%
Female students98%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students91%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Science

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students91%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English98%
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 Students96%
Female students100%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students97%
Female students100%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%
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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