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3700 N Delaware St
Arlington, VA 22207

(703) 228-5275
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June 10, 2014
The teachers at Jamestown are amazing. They go above and beyond and the quality is beyond my expectations. We carefully selected Jamestown when we were buying our home and are so glad we did. There could be more focus on science since the kids are really hungry for more science, though the curriculum is otherwise impressive.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
I went to Jamestown for 6 years and it was overall a good experience. The teachers were nice, though prone to changing every few years, so I doubt very many of the teachers I had are still there. I remember Responsive Classroom in a negative light, mostly because I felt patronized by many of the activities we had to do, mostly the morning meeting, and the "we are one in the center" reappropriated Christian hymn we had to sing about love and friendship. I don't know if they still do that. I hope they don't, because I feel like I get dumber just thinking about it. The other problem was the insane clique culture. Bullying happened all the time, and the counselor was awful about addressing it. No matter how many times we talked about what Kelso the frog would say if he was being bullied, it happened, and there were maybe three kids in my grade who weren't seriously bullied at one point by promotion. Despite these things, though, Jamestown did an excellent job preparing me for middle and later high school. My Jamestown friendships are still my strongest, and I've noticed that kids I went to Jamestown with seem to do better in school than Taylor or Tuckahoe kids.

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2014
I have a 1st grader at Jamestown and have been very impressed by faculty, leadership and PTA at Jamestown. The school itself has a great feel to it. The halls are always decorated with the kids art work, projects and up and coming events. The education includes, Art, Spanish, P.E. and music; all taught by teachers trained in these areas, so separate from their normal teacher. Jamestown is a technology focused school and has two impressive computer labs, in-class I-pads, and smart boards. Their is also an outdoor learning classroom that teachers use to plant gardens with the kids and teach lessons outside when weather is accommodating. I am very impressed by the teachers that my child had/has and I know my child LOVES going to school. The only two negatives about the school I have are not controlled by the actual school which is lack of diversity and there is only one recess.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Jamestown is a very very good school. Of course there can always be improvements such as more focus on math and science; however, the teachers, administration and parents are excellent. Of course there are some kids who misbehave, but the vast majority are nice and work hard in school. The teachers are all very nice and work hard. The communication with parents is good. The administration is very easy to contact. I think generally there could be even more opportunities for extra academic enrichment and more focus on math and science. Overall great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
I love this school! I was a teacher at Jamestown for 4 years. I left Jamestown to be a stay at home mom. I would happily return to this school. I felt compelled to write because so often only naysayers post to sites like these. First, Responsive Classroom is a fantastic model for building the community. I was at this school prior to implementing Responsive Classroom and have seen it work wonders in the classroom and in the school community. The idea for Responsive Classroom came from a teacher and was supported by the staff. Second, the current principal is top notch. She was always reasonable with me. The principal helped me improve my craft by challenging my thoughts and ideas and for that I am grateful. With regards to the parents at the school, they are smart, active in the community, and want what is best for their children. As a teacher, this is a dream come true. The teachers at this school care about the work they do. They collaborate with one another to enhance instruction. They work before and after school. Finally, teachers show up at extracurricular activities to show support for their students. This is what community is all about.This is why I love Jamestown.

- submitted by a teacher
January 09, 2013
My son has attended several schools, because we are a military family. This is the worst school experience he (and we, his parents) have ever had. We moved him to a private Catholic school after a very bad year of bullying in Mrs. Hansen's class. My son was repeatedly hit and kicked and verbally abused by two boys in his class. They made sure the teachers did not see them. Mrs. Hansen's response was, "did you ask them to stop?" And that's as far as she ever went. We spoke with the parents of the boys, his teacher, the school counselor, and although the adults said they were concerned, and spoke to the boys responsible for the bullying, speaking to them did not change anything, and we decided to get our son out of that toxic environment. The school has a slogan that states: "Jamestown CARES"--Our experience was that the teachers and administrators do not really care to get involved in protecting kids against bullying.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
I have three children at Jamestown, and the experience is...variable. When the homeroom teacher is good, then it is generally a fine, if not spectacular, environment. There is definitely more talk of "excellence" that actually behaving in a way that indicates an openness to continual improvement (which would possibly lead to actual "excellence" rather than smug institutional self-satisfaction.) The vibe is alarmingly bureaucratic for a neighborhood school for young children. Jamestown has a reputation for being a far better school than it has been, in our experience. I wish it would change.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
The current principal is absolutely horrible; she is the reason I taught for one year and then decided to move to another school. Her conduct is extremely unprofessional. She values parental satisfaction above all else, even if it is immoral. She forced me to change a student's grade from a D to an A in order to placate the child's parent. She yelled at me when the scores on a standardized math test did not please her. She will side with an 8-year-old child and not consider the expertise of one of her own highly certified teachers. The responsive classroom model is meaningless and encourages no actual consequences for inappropriate behavior. It's all politics at this school, and education is just an afterthought.

- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2012
We have had kids at Jamestown for the last 6 years. It's been a great learning experience for my children. The teachers are very qualified, the environment is safe and supportive, and most importantly my kids are learning!! Some will say the parents are too involved and difficult. There are some, but that does not represent the general parent population. The current principal is a great communicator and always has an open door. Something I appreciate.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
We were so disappointed with Jamestown. My child attended kindergarten and first grade at this school and picked up awful language. My child did not like going to school at all. There was little control in the classroom. I volunteered in the classroom and heard a girl say "shut your pie hole" three times loudly and the teacher never even blinked an eye. When we went to the administration with a learning delay, asking for recommendations for tutors, they had no recommendations. I needed to do all the research myself. Now that my child is at another school, it's made a world of difference. There is now a love of learning...something we never experienced at Jamestown.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2011
I have 2 children at Jamestown and I have found the administration to be very responsive to parent requests/concerns. The PTA is a great group of parents, all of whom are committed to providing the best possible opportunities and educational resources for our students. It seems like there are a number of new teachers in certain grades, but other grades remain relatively stable from year to year.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
We moved to Jamestown from MacArthur Elementary in Alexandria. MacArthur itself was an excellent school, but it can't really compre to Jamestown in terms of resources, expectations for excellence, and communications from the administration. The Jamestown attitude in general was refreshing and the community was welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
Jamestown is a wonderful school with a very high parental involvement. Most of the teachers are great and very involved. Our children are happy and love their school. If we ever had any issues the administration responded to our concerns. Yes, there have been changes with turnover but it happens everywhere! Overall, it is still a great school that has many good things to offer.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
My children have just entered Jamestown and I have found the atmosphere to be one of excellence. The teachers are great, and my children are making friends easily. The parent involvement is high and supportive. The curriculum, enrichment programs, and use of technology is outstanding. Overall, we are finding Jamestown to be an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
We have two children at Jamestown and have found the parents and the administration very supportive. Both of our kids have had some academic challenges, but in both instances we felt that we got the support from the school and the Assistant Principal needed to address and overcome them. Because I do not know the facts of the individual situation(s) that led to the 5 negative reviews below submitted May 9 & 10, 2010 (although I suspect that they all have a common origin) I cannot speak to their accuracy. However, most of the parents with whom I have spoken have a good deal of respect for the Principal. I urge anyone considering these evaluations to look at the results of the results of the parent, teacher and student surveys conducted district-wide in 2010 (available at http://www.apsva.us/154010829233400/blank/browse.asp?a=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&c=65976) and compare the results at Jamestown to those of the other well-regarded North Arlington schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2010
Completely agree with the review saying Jamestown's reputation is better than the reality. My children have been at this school for many years and my youngest child is definitely not receiving the same high-level education my oldest did. There are some very good teachers but unfortunately their number is dwindling as the principal has been driving them away by catering to the demands of a few affluent, powerful parents instead of supporting her staff. The responsive classroom program was begun this year to try to help with the rampant bullying but it seems to little effect. Creativity in teaching seems to be discouraged (way too many worksheets!) but that may be because there is less time available to teach the core subjects as extra art & PE classes were added when the Spanish program was begun a couple of years ago. The school is safe & parent involvement is high.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
This school has a better reputation than the reality. The affluent neighborhood surrounding the school provides a steady supply of high performing students with all the advantages of that type of background. This is perhaps the basis of the high scores. The school is almost completely devoid of diversity in the student body. There is not an efffective program in place to prevent bullying and there is a culture of clubiness and 'mean girls'. The school discourages direct back and forth communication between parent and teachers. And while always smiling the Principal is more about positive statements than actual action. There is a 'check is in the mail' attitude about follow up. Teachers are uncomfortable to speak freely. There is a lot of turnover at this school. While characterized as the regular natural turnover it seems awfully high. Many teachers are very good but many are also on the move.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
The environment in this school is not great for teachers. There is a lot of interference from the Administration. while there are parents who are pushy there is also a huge supplly of parents ready to help. The litigation is the nature of the neighborhood but part of it is brought on by the stonewall you meet in the front office. We have often been told things that simply aren't accurate. We have witnessed teachers being talked too disrespectfully by the Administration. The concern about lawsuits casues many silly coping measures to be taken that include some 'stories' being told. There was a lot of comraderie between the teachers at our old schooll. At this school they seem nervous. No one will cross the Administration. Speaking out is not welcome. Certain teachers seem to be favored over others. If I had a choice of where to teach it would not be here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
Parents complain about the turnover of teachers at Jamestown and it is not because of the principal, it is because of the parents. Most of the parents are respectful and supportive of teachers, but a few are rude and condescending. Lawsuits and the threat of them are not uncommon at Jamestown. All I can say is, stay away if you are a teacher!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
For the most part the staff is excellent, with the exception of 1-2 teachers. The curriculum is top notch except could use a boost in mathematics. Parent involvement is excellent and positive. Great group of kids. Leadership at the principle level is lacking. i.e. smiles a lot but is a weak leader with average follow through on issues.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
The principle at Jamestown is a non-starter. She allows teachers that are her 'friends' to slip through the review process and doesn't listen to parent feedback. 95% of the teachers are very good, however, there is a lot of turn over each year. Having spoken with former teachers, their feedback for the leadership skills of the principle are not positive. The good news is that the school has wonderful children and motivated and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
We have an incredible staff of teachers. The curriculum is the first in the area to include Spanish for elementary school. In addition, the students have art, p.e., music, and computers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Very organized, teachers are excellent, the principle is great, very clean Parents and teachers are working together to achieve goals in a smooth educational way.. Excellent school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2009
There is so much teacher turnover in this school. Almost every teacher in the school had left by the time my child was in 5th grade and in each grade there was significant turnover . The curriculum is very good at Jamestown but since almost every year most of the teachers are brand new, there is a huge learning curve before they are experienced.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
Jamestown is an exceptional, wonderful school. Check the scores; they speak for themselves in terms of the high level of academic success achieved year after year across the board. Jamestown also has a warm and caring community, and a very high level of parental involvement. My kids have experienced several schools across the country due to my husband's job transfers, and Jamestown is dramatically better on multiple levels than any other school we've seen.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
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January 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 25, 2007
I am among those parents who felt disappointed with the current Principal, believing that both her academic approach and personality left much to be desired. As to the teachers, I have only the highest of compliments. Since my child is no longer a student there, I only now feel comfortable voicing my opinion. Fact is, the prior Principal was a tough act for anyone to follow.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
Two of my children attended Jamestown - I recently withdrew my remaining child. The school has an abysmal record of math and science intstruction. The school also fosters an unpleasant climate of peer pressure and bullying.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
Excellent school academically and socially. Our children have thrived under their teachers' guidance and demonstrated increased skill sets with all subjects. A wide variety of extracurricular activities right after school give the kids a chance to enjoy sports, drama, computer labs, and more, while freeing our weekends for family time. The teachers we've dealt with have been professional in every encounter. The PTA is nothing short of impressive with its involvement and financial support. We've also been impressed with the choir and instrumental programs. We highly recommend Jamestown!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Our daughter has advanced by leaps and bounds academically and socially while attending Jamestown. Though she hasn't always had the teachers that others who went before us had deemed the best, the excellent teaching methods, high standards and expectations have shone through each of the teachers that she has had from Kindergarten through third grade. We are committed to Jamestown, revel in its parental involvement, and are pleased with the caliber of the principal and her staff. Generally, people are more apt to complain when they are unhappy, usually because of a personal incident or a personality conflict, but those are the vocal minority. I believe that my husband and I speak for the majority of committed, involved parents who respect school authority and defer to the experts when it comes to providing a quality education. We wouldn't even consider leaving Jamestown until it's time to advance to Williamsburg Middle School!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
Excellent school. Some parents (a very small but very vocal group) do not like the Principal because she did not allow them to fully control the school, including to lower teaching standards. Principal Glascoe modernized the school. My advice, if you are looking for a school that will prepare your child for life in 21th century--Jamestown is for you. If you are looking for a 19th century village-style school, where one teacher pretends she/he can teach every imaginable subject in grade 5 and if you want your 5th grader to feel as she/he is in 1st grade, look somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
Two comments on some of the statements about Jamestown made by other contributors. True, some teachers left in the last few years they got married and moved, moved for other family reasons, some simply retired. Some may have been let go (unsure about that) to strengthen the school. Few people flee excellent paid jobs in one of the best schools in the richest Washington metropolitan area. Most that stayed behind or joined in recent years are excellent. True, school population may be declining, but it is declining in the entire county, as median home price in Arlington county rose from about $300,000 in 2000 to over $750,000 (probably over $1 million Jamestown's north Arlington district) in 2005 and fewer families with children can afford to live here. But this will obviously change as home prices decline in real terms in the next few years, whoever the Principal is.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
I have to echo the others who write that JES is still living on past laurels. The current principal is ruining this school, teachers are leaving, staff is unhappy. However, the children in the JES district will do well in spite of the state of affairs. Remember test scores are not everything that makes a school special. Would not allow my child to go there until the current administration is finally thrown out!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
The school building is nicer and larger after recent construction. As for administation, things have certainly changed. After having two older kids go though jes and spending 10 years observing changes, i'm very disappointed. The pta stood beside the new principal, rather than hear out concerned voices of everyone. They dismissed those who spoke in opposition as whiners, complainers and naysayers. It caused a great division in our school community (which continues today)and did a disservice to all, whether one liked the new principal or not. I'm convinced that my child (now a 5th grader) has not been taught at the same high level as my older two. Nothing can take the place of experienced teachers, who before, were encouraged to be creative and innovative leaders, rather than to walk a fine line of restrictive rules and regulations. Jes was already an excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2004
Great school; great administration. School was under construction in 2003/4. Enrollment back up to normal.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
Jamestown is the highest rated Elementary School in the County and always has been. The test scores and the continuing achievement of the students at the local and state level speak for themselves. There was an article in the Post that was generated by four families who just do not like the new Principal. Turnovers are expected when a new principal arrives but only four of those sited were due to her. The vast majority of over 400 families love the school and over 95% participate in the PTA. I would send my children there again in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
Great school - the best elementary school in Arlington. The test scores speak for themselves, and the school is currently undergoing a signficiant physical renovation.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
This used to be a great school. Sadly, under the administration of the current principal, the quality of eductaion has declined. 17 out of 25 teachers have fled, leaving an unexperienced staff. Parents are divided into pro and anti Principal Glascoe camps. Test scores have fallen. Word has spread and far fewer people are chosing to send their children to this school, others have transferred their children to other schools. Think carefully and compare before sending a child to Jamestown.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
This used to be a good school, but a change in the principal has had negative impact. I was compelled to move my child to another school. Staff is unhappy with this administrator. High teacher turn over, has left mostly new and inexperienced staff. Principal Glascoe has poor communication skills and seems to view parents as her enemies. This principal disciplines in an uneven and unfair way. School population is declining as word spreads. Test scores have dropped. Think long and hard before sending a child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Jamestown Elementary School
3700 N Delaware St, Arlington, VA  22207
(703) 228-5275
Last modified Jamestown Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jamestown Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top