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Abingdon Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 540 students

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Posted September 27, 2013

This is the super school in Arlington Virginia ! My kids love this school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Abingdon is an excellent school. My son who has been attending since kindergarten and is now in the 3rd grade. He loves attending Abingdon. At a young age he has developed a thirst and love for learning, he looks forward to school every day. The school has some very dedicated teachers and a wonderful principal. He continues to score high on the SOLs and the DRE reading test, a testament to the skills of his teachers and the environment of the class room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

My son had a fantastic first year at Abingdon in the 3rd grade. The teachers are very supportive and involved and the principal is absolutely one of the best I've ever met. The school has a very good sense of supportive culture and community with multiple community events during the year, a fantastic arts program, and classes you won't get at any other elementary school (my son adored his architecture class!). I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

Our daughter started kindergarten at Abingdon this year and we couldn't be more pleased. We love Fairlington and are very happy that Abingdon has exceeded our expectations - the small class sizes and the diversity of the subjects for kindergarten (architecture and science) is impressive and keeps our daughter engaged and excited to be in school. We appreciate that the children are challenged to learn and grown, and there are so many opportunities for parent and community involvement throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

I have been consistently impressed by the principal, teachers, and staff at this school. This is my daughter's second year at Abingdon, and we are so pleased with our choice to have her attend this school instead of private school. She has really blossomed with the help of the teachers and aftercare staff. The PTA is run by an extremely dedicated group of parents, and I have always felt welcome at meetings even though my volunteer time is quite limited. It definitely has the community school vibe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

Fantastic school with a varied program that keeps the kids on their toes and, most importantly, from getting bored. Imagine, the kids aren't bored in school and are actually learning that learning is fun! The principal is a constant presence at all school functions and is on a first-name basis with the kids; she loves the kids and has infected the teachers with the same attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

I love this school. The GIFT program is exceptional. My daughter has been a student here for 4 years and is so happy. I love the diversity, teaching staff and nuturing atmosphere of the school. Truly a gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2009

Both my kids go to Abingdon Elementary in Arlington VA. While every school in Arlington is great, Abingdon is fantastic. The teachers are wonderful, highly experienced, and enthusiastic about their jobs. The Principal and her staff are doing a fantastic job. And, the kids are all happy. If this sounds to good to be true, you need to look into their Project Gift. My kids do claymation movies, tabelaus, learn architecture all in order to excite them and motivate them while they are actually studying social studies, math and science. Its a fantastic school and we could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

Abingdon is an extraordinary school. My children are thriving in reading, science, communications and the arts thanks to their loving, dedicated and talented teachers. Abingdon is the best kept secret in Arlington led by an exceptional Principal of the Year. Abindon has provided our family with the greatest gift - children who love to learn and are achieving academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2008

Abingdon has an intangible quality that's difficult to put into words. Kids are proud to go there. Teachers are proud to teach there. It feels safe and enriching and happy. Besides receiving an excellent education, my child is truly cared for, and that means everything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

When I talked to my friends, family and co-workers about the classes and programs at Abingdon - they are surprised that it is a public school! Most can't get past that a child in kindergarten has science and architecture classes (which are my daughter's two favorite)! Although we enjoy living in the Fairlington community, it is Abingdon that is keeping us here. We are absolutely in love with Abingdon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I have two sons at Abingdon--one in first grade and the other in third grade. We love everything about Abingdon, from the reading, writing, math, science, and social studies in the regular classrooms to all the 'specials'--architecture, art, music, PE, science, and 21st century communications--which provide students with extra instruction outside the regular classroom setting. The school also has an excellent library (including special 'library nights') and a morning news program 'Cardinal News Network.' After school activities such as African drumming and science are an additional treat for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

Our daughter is nearing the end of her first year at Abingdon and we could not be more pleased. We feel her kindergarten experience has been superb. Her teachers were excellent and she has flourished academically in the nurturing environment at Abingdon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

Excellent!Small number of students per class, the teachers are great, and diverse in population. The staff knows each of the students and cares for them. I'm really greatful my daughter went to Abingdon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

My daughter went to a private school for academic instruction for pre- k. She did not look forward to going to school. Abingdon has embraced my daughter. She wakes up every morningexcited about going to school. Mrs. Napeloene and her team are terrific! the staff at abingdon show that they care. First of all the staff cares about each other. The way that they speak to each other shows as a model for the students. They make the parents and the community feel welcomed. This is a fabulous school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2007

We love Abingdon! It has been a perfect fit for our child. We are so impressed with the principal (voted Arlington County Principal of the Year for 2006-2007 school year), staff and programs. The extra 'Wheel' classes in Architecture, Communications and Science Lab aren't found in any other elementary school in the US -- and the teachers who lead these courses are passionate about teaching their subject area to children. The teaching and resource staff thrive under the leadership of Principal Joanne Uyeda. She is supportive of the children, families, PTA, after-school activities, etc. There's something going on at Abingdon at least once a week -- always an opportunity to meet with teachers and view student work. Abingdon is an incredible school that embraces diversity and teaches students that 'A Peaceful World Starts Here' (Abingdon's slogan).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

As my son enters 5th grade, I reflect upon my son's last 4 years at this school and am grateful that my husband & I selected Abingdon. This school has that 'small town' school intimacy hat comes with low student/ teacher ratios. There have always been stimulating classrooms. Project G.I.F.T has offered unique learning opportunities violin, clamation, architecture, communication not offered elsewhere. In his 5 years at Abingdon, his academic performance has never been compromised, instead, he continues to be challenged to perform to his highest potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

I really love this school. It has a close family environment. It's curriculum has so much to offer and I am happy to have my children at this school. The children love this school and would not want to attend any place else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2006

My son has attended Abingdon for two years. He started in Kindergarten. I am an active volunteer in the PTA and know first hand about Abingdon's dedicated Principal, teachers, and staff. I encourage interested parents to set up a time to meet Principal Uyeda and visit the school. Learn for yourself about Abingdon's Project GIFT (extra classroom instruction through classes in architecture, journalism, violin, etc.); differentiated instruction for students at all levels; teachers who come early, stay late, and actively participate in the PTA; and much more more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2005

Excellent schoool. Hard working, dedicated and energetic staff and administration working to build literacy in quite an international setting. Fabulous library and lots of extra programs including innovative scheduling, strong arts, and extra curriculars.
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Writing

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
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

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

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

All Students68%
Female students69%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students76%
Female students71%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English94%
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 Students62%
Female students67%
Male students57%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students74%
Female students78%
Male students69%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students61%
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 Students75%
Female students74%
Male students75%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial100%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English86%

English: Writing

All Students70%
Female students74%
Male students63%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial100%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students81%
Female students81%
Male students79%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial100%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English89%
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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3035 S Abingdon St
Arlington, VA 22206
Phone: (703) 228-6650

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