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Belmont Station Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 843 students

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Posted January 16, 2014

While the staff has been well-intentioned in its attempts, it falls short due to lack of resources for proper placement, instructional models and class size. My daughter faces a number of challenges each day that negatively impact her ability to overcome challenges and optimize her talents: the pace and size of the general education classroom moves too quickly for her to keep up, the way in which curriculum is presented to the group does not match her learning style, the social demand leaves her feeling defeated, frustrated, and with a poor self-image. Similarly, she faces another set of challenges that negatively impact her ability to succeed in the special education classroom (the only other group option) available. The classroom composition is made up of children who have severe disabilities and some who require extensive support. They need an exclusive LD classroom, I wish they had it.


Posted October 25, 2011

I have two kids in Belmont Station and have found it to be an excellent school. The administration and teachers are dedicated and expect excellence, and the children rise to meet those expectations. The PTA is very active and offer many opportunities to volunteer. It is truly a community, with a number of activities that are now traditions and to which our kids look forward every year. My only criticism would be the focus on testing, but that is how schools are evaluated, so it's hard to fault the teachers and the principal for that focus. That concern is tempered by the many creative ways that different concepts are taught (history fairs, the school garden, etc).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

We moved here a year ago and my son has had nothing but the BeST experience at Belmont Station. He loves going to school. The staff is energetic, enthusiastic, and driven toward teaching the children and you can tell they care! It's a great school. Also, Belmont Station was just named a Blue Ribbon school. This is given by the US Dept. of Education to very few elementary schools that are high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels. Proud that my son is a part of the BeST community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2010

My two kids and we all love this school and its great priciple, teachers and staff. The reason is simple, our kids are very excited to go to school and motivated to learn and making achievement every school day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The entire staff at Belmont Station ROCKS! My kids loved going there and we loved (and still do with one child still there) every single thing about the school...including their committment to keeping kids healthy & well thru instruction and by example...10 stars for the BEST elementary school around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

We've had a great experience with Belmont Station. Yes, the principle is strict and demands the best from every student, but the kids seem to rise to meet her expectations. The teachers are clearly dedicated and invested in students' success. The school has a No Junk Food policy that I know bothers some parents, but the kids don't seem to mind, and the policy led to healthier options in the cafeteria. Belmont Station also structures the fourth and fifth grade days to mimic the middle school experience of changes classes between subjects. As a result, the students experience more than one teacher and are much better prepared for the transition to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

Unfortunately the B.E.S.T does not embrace diversity in the students ethnicity and personality. My daughter has attended the last the 2010 school year and she is miserable. Her teacher is verbally abusive and rude. As an older and "experienced" teacher, I expected more. I find the teacher's discipline to be rigid and the constant ramming of the SOLs is ridiculous. A 3rd grade child should not be worrying about a test she will be taking in May. No journaling, very little reading, I'm very disappointed!! My daughter has learned nothing except how to pass the SOL!! Parents do not just go by the scores on GreatSchools, converse with parents in the neighborhood. My child's last school was rated a 5, and I can attest the atmosphere was more healthy, interactive and actual learning took place
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

The difference between a good school and a great one is the culture, and at Belmont Station you can feel it as soon as you walk in the door. The entire team of teachers and administrators share such an enthusiastic commitment to the children that it's absolutely contagious. Parents catch it and want to be a part of it, and most importantly the students catch it. Belmont kids love coming to school, and that is a tribute to the entire staff and the positive culture they have created.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

Belmont Station is an amazing school, with both cultural and educational diversity. Belmont Station has students from varying degrees of the educational spectrum, supporting Futura for the gifted and talented students and an amazing special needs program. As far as being culturally diverse, the students at this school come from all over the globe and are given the opportunity to share their lives and culture. This school is filled with kind, loving and caring staff who make every effort for the children and work amazing well with their families in any number of situtations. Just come and see how many parents volunteer and give of their time at the school, they give back for what is given to their students. Belmont Station is the Best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

Very poorly run and ethnicity is not tolerated in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2007

My son is currently in the 4th grade at Belmont Station and he has attended the school since it opened in 2004. The school is outstanding with excellent teachers, staff, and principals. The facility is new and has excellent resources. The social and learning environment is of the highest quality. I highly recommend this school and I will be sad to see him leave after 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2007

My son has been attending BeST Elementary since the first grade when it opened in 2004. The principle is exceptional and the teachers she higher are the best. It's been said that BeST is the best 'private' public school around and I totally agree. My child gets the best at BeST and I feel very fortunate to be in this district.
—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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black students73%
Asian students90%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial100%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students84%
Female students77%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian students95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial80%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities86%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black students90%
Asian students100%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities97%
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

English: Reading

All Students76%
Female students75%
Male students77%
Black students50%
Asian students83%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students94%
Female students89%
Male students99%
Black students80%
Asian students100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students100%
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 Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students92%
Asian students100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students83%
Black students85%
Asian students89%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students90%
Female students85%
Male students94%
Black students85%
Asian students94%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students98%
Female students99%
Male students98%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities93%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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20235 Nightwatch St
Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: (571) 252-2240

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