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Barrett Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 565 students

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 13, 2014

The teachers at Barrett are superb. They get to know each child as an individual so that they can better foster his or her development. The Barrett Community is friendly and welcoming. The school has tons of resources to insure that every child learns. In particular we like that it is a NASA explorer school with a science focus. My children love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Great school. My kid loves it there. The emphasis on science and math (e.g., Project Discovery) is great and really unique in Arlington.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

My daughter was punched in the face by a fellow kindergartener who was sent to sit in the Assistant Principals office. He never had to apologize when he returned. He has a history as do other boys in the class of hitting others. Another boy had to be moved from my daughters table as he was pushing my daughter down and yelling, I hate you. This can't be written off as boys will be boys. The teacher was very helpful during this situation, the principal and assistant principal are disinterested in establishing an inclusive, harmonious culture, avoiding contact with parents wanting to discuss difficult issues like this or playing naive/legal eagle. I am so frustrated with the leadership, the teachers are top shelf and deserve true leaders not just principles with three decades of time in just coasting to retirement. You could walk naked through the front office and the Principal wouldn't notice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

I don't know what "parent" wrote the previous review but it can not possibly be a parent with a child at Barrett or they would know that almost everything they stated is false. There are a lot of students who receive free lunch, but the classes are not 80% Hispanic. Barrett is a choice school but they have not been accepting out of boundary children for years since they have been at capacity, except for siblings. There are indeed children from N. Arlington school districts such as Ashlawn, McKinley, and Nottingham who chose Barrett over their neighborhood program. Arlington Forest is a very sought-after neighborhood because of its relatively affordable homes, good location, and strong sense of community, which carries over to the elementary school. I have had one child at Barrett for four years and another who will start soon. We do know of a few children who left Barrett for other schools because it wasn't a good fit for them, but everyone we know there currently is very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

Barrett Elementary is a fabulous school with a wonderful, experienced principal and dedicated staff. We were lucky to be able to choose to attend Barrett when transfers were permitted from nearby "cluster" schools and the community has become our community even though we don't live in the neighborhood. It has been a great fit for my children educationally and socially. Barrett has been recognized for its leadership in human rights and community building and does amazing things to bring everyone together in a rich learning environment. Barrett students are engaged in many ways and are lucky to have the Science Discovery Lab and TV studio which are lead by extremely talented teachers. Just this year Barrett was selected to offer the foreign language "FLES" program and the staff and students made the transition remarkably well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

Barrett is a wonderful school. The teachers are top-notch, and the principal is amazing. The community is very welcoming and close knit. The family involvement in the school community is an added bonus. The projects at the class level and the school wide level are fun, creative, and a great way to inspire the kids to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

Barrett is an outstanding school withincredibly dedicated teachers, staff and specialists who work with all students. Great programs and services. Fabulous community and activities from the arts, science, and more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

Great school with supportive and helpful staff. Teachers are willing to work with students in many levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

Barrett has amazing teachers. Both of my children are progressing very nicely. I recommend this school to every parent I meet.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

I love the primary Montessori program and the fact it's close enough for my daughter to walk to. As a former aerospace engineer, I'm especially tickled that they're hooked up wuth NASA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Barrett is an amazing elementary school with supportive staff, teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Barrett pulses with energy and optimism! It's a diverse school -- economically, socially, racially, ethnically, linguistically. The principal's terrific leadership brings it all together, and enables students, teachers and staff to excel with initiatives like 'Project Discovery' and the 'NASA Explorers' program. E pluribus, Barrett!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Among other things, I'm impressed with the writing program. Ms Rente had my granddaughter writing and illustrating her own books within the first months of Kindergarten. My second granddaughter is in Ms Rente's class this year. I've observed Ms Rente's classroom. She dispenses discipline along with affection for her students.


Posted September 18, 2009

I have seen Grandchildren bloom, thrive and excell there


Posted September 18, 2009

Barrett Elementary School is a wonderful neighborhood school with dynamic teachers and outstanding and supportive administrators. It's a place where all the children are encouraged to believe in themselves and expected to be the very best that they can be. It is innovative and at the same time traditional. What a fantastic, winning combination!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Barrett is a NASA explorer school that is committed to discovering the gifts of every child. The teachers, administrators and students are amazing! Just check out their website (www.arlington.k12.va.us/schools/barrett)...you will find monthly blogs and pages devoted to the activities in Barrett's Project Discovery Science lab and other events such as Projects Interaction's Library Nights. Project Interaction's TV studio also posts regular podcasts including student projects, the Radio Ranch programs and, starting this year, podcasts of the daily Tiger TV newscasts. Check out some of the school's Public Service Announcements. You will be impressed by how well the students come together to produce such spectacular community messages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Barrett is a great neighborhood school with amazing resources and personal attention despite serving a lower income community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are amazing as well as the library program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Wonderful teachers and staff. Great learning atmosphere. Lots of community involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great dedicated teachers and learning environment.
—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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students62%
Female students63%
Male students60%
Black students23%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students67%
Female students71%
Male students62%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students84%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students78%
Female students81%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students76%
Female students78%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English83%
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 Students81%
Female students86%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students94%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English96%

Science

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English95%
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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4401 N Henderson Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: (703) 228-6288

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