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Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 597 students

 
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Posted September 10, 2013

Key school is a bi-lingual immersion school with a diverse community . Half the day is spent in Spanish and the other half in English. Children leave the school ready to converse in two languages. They also learn about different cultures. There are over 15 countries represented and I know that is a very scaled down number. The kids enjoy so much at the school that it could not possibly fit on a page. Some one could bring in an Italian dish, Spanish dish, Ethiopian dish, the Netherlands, or one for Nigeria to name a few I have tried. The teachers have high expectations for the children and it shows, wish there were 5 more just like it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

We love Key. My daughter is going into first great but the immersion has been wonderful, she mumbles Spanish in her sleep. The staff and faculty are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

This school is great! My child has excelled there so far and is learning a second language. The Immersion of the Spanish language has been very positive for my child, and they have maintained a fun, interesting environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

My child is currently studying at Key, she loves her teacher and I love the principal and all staff in the school is very helpful with everybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

I moved to Arlington for this school and it was so much better than I expected. And I had high expectations! Wonderful principals and staff, great teachers and the after school staff if just phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

Excellent School! Key School has knowledgeable and teachers dedicated to academic excellence, who are committed to help English and Spanish-speaking children learn the curriculum in both languages. The school is well managed and run by a superb Principal, who has advanced studies and understanding of child pedagogy, as well as innate leadership skills. The school provides additional support to children whose performance is above or below the academic norm. Overall, I have seen positive academic and linguistic results: Many happy, thriving and academically accomplished children who speak, read and write in both English and Spanish by 4th grade. Children who love the library and speak highly of their teachers. Parents who in general appreciate the responsiveness of teachers. Teachers who are prepared to give all the needed support to children. An academic and social community that works well together. As a parent, I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Bilingual, and great relations with the community...


Posted November 19, 2008

The academics are not up to par. I'm contemplating taking my daughter out of the school as I don't think the academics are as rigorous as they ought to be. The teachers are okay. It seems to be a hit or miss, which is dissapointing. Not as great as I thought.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2007

Even if the students were not learning to be bilingual, Key would be an excellent school. The academics are top notch and the school is wonderful for working parents. There are numerous activities (chess club, homework club, sports, and more) and the school offers an extended day program (after school care) that is well organized and fun. My son enjoys the after school program so much that he does not want me to pick him up early. In addition to all of this, all students learn to be bilingual -- English speakers learn Spanish and vice-a-versa. The fact that the entire school is bilingual is helpful in comparison to schools with smaller immersion programs. The immersion aspect can be more challenging for non-bilingual parents (try helping with science reports in Spanish), but it is well worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

Escuela Key is an excellent opportunity for non-spanish speaking families to send their children to learn spanish. By the end of fifth grade, the children are fluent in spanish. It can be challenging at times to wade through homework and projects in a foreign language, but it is well worth it. Also, the Montessori program is excellent and starts at age three. I had planned to put my son in private school, but he is now 10 years old and has been at Key since he was 3. He speaks fluent Spanish and can also write it. All of his math and science has been in Spanish since kindergarten. I would highly recommend Key. The level of parent involvement is very high. The extracurricular activities are numerous (chess club, extra Spanish, art, mad science, chorus, soccer, you name it). There exists a great support system within Key.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

Try Ms. Kathy for Montessori - particularly strong and nuturing - private school quality in a public school. Her students always excell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

This school has a montessori pre-school program. The program was really well done. The class was quite large, but the classroom space was very well designed. We were very happy with the involvement of the teachers. This is a good program with a reasonable amount of parent involvement, particularly at the older ages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Escuela Key is a Spanish Immersion School. All students take math, science and Spanish in Spanish and English, geography & history in English. By 5th grade, students can communicate effectively in two languages, a real boost in obtaining future jobs in the global economy.
—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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
78%
History and Social Science

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

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 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students73%
Female students72%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English98%

Math

All Students64%
Female students66%
Male students62%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students78%
Female students76%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students52%
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 Students72%
Female students74%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students81%
Female students85%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students62%
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 Students79%
Female students87%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students80%
Male students63%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students27%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students85%
Female students89%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English95%

Science

All Students64%
Female students72%
Male students56%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students20%
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

  • 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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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Colegio del Ano (2012)

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
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:40 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr.. Marjorie Myers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
  • Spanish Immersion
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
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
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Squash
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
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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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Key School celebrated 25 years of Immersion this year. We are a model for the nation on two-way immersion.
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
100
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
100

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Gunston MS
Wakefield SHS
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2300 Key Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
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Phone: (703) 228-4210

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