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White Oaks Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 733 students

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Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2014

white oaks is a great school. i have a girl in 3rd grade who loves the teachers for their way of teaching. i am grateful for that
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2014

The 6th grade gt or aap is a waste of time. The math teacher is the only jewel. One of the aap teachers is a tyrant and should not be teaching at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

I have 2 sons in white oaks ES iT is really great school the principles did good job and all the teachers are helpfull when we ask them about anything it has good contact with the teacher by email White oaks did a lot of activities and the help all the student to enjoined I'm lucky because my son in this school I want to said thank you very much to all the sttafe who work there .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

This school is excellent! My child's teacher is knowledgeable and kind. I feel like I always know what is being taught and how m child is performing. Her teacher has been easy to communicate with when we have concerns. I have also noticed a difference with the change in administration and the new principal does a fantastic job. Looking at the abundance of 4&5-star reviews I can't help but think that perhaps the two parents who gave 2-star reviews were the problem, not the teacher/principal. We have had such a positive experience in our 4 years at this school and we have had a great response from administration and the teacher when we did have a concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

"My child's 3rd grade general education teacher is terrible" (comment from the parent below). Do something! Be proactive! White Oaks Elem has a new principal now! Send email or/make appointments with your child's teacher to talk about any concerns you have. I had similar experience. But don't wait till your child's teacher starts to tell something bad about her/him. Go to have lunch with your kid and go to volunteer at school so that you will know more about how your kid is doing at school. If you need your child s teacher helps your child, you need to do your homework first as well. That s what I have learned since my kid goes to elementary school. Unless your child is going to a private school, most likely you are not receiving the great customer services that you expect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

We arrived mid-year and are deeply disappointed in the education, or lack of, my child has received since starting at White Oaks. The front office people are friendly, but overworked. The principal is willing to see you on appointment, but is not visible otherwise. My child's 3rd grade general education teacher is terrible, I consider this a waste of an academic year since arriving in her class. She has no control of the children in the classroom, little to no communication with the parents, does not send graded homework home without complaining to the work, does not use the daily agenda per the school's requirements, and barely uses electronic Blackboard to post upcoming assignments & tests. My child has gone from an excellent student in another school district to a student of mediocrity in less than one school year. So much for the great school in Fairfax County...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2013

After being in this school and having two children here for two years, I have a few comments. The outgoing leadership has suffered from image problems stemming from low visibility amongst the students and faculty as well as failing to demand effective and research-based instructional strategies from all teachers in all classrooms. There is about to be a change at this school. There are a lot of good people working in this building and there are even some who are great. If your child is in the AAP or gifted program, he or she will surely have a terrific experience. If your child needs a well written IEP and academic support in the classroom, the experience will be outstanding. If your child needs a strong, Fairfax County, elementary school education, I suggest you find a neighborhood school that doesn t host this AAP program because in this school AAP seems to be favored. There is a disproportionate number of gifted students in Fairfax County and they are being bussed into this and other elementary schools. Review the school s test scores and think about that. There are two separate academic programs here. How will your child adapt to this environment?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2011

My Son is in his first year at White Oaks 'Gifted and Talented' program. I am extremely happy with this school. My son loves the school and he is very happy there. The teachers are extremely good, from English, to Math, to Science to Social Studies to Music.... Lots of encouragement for students. I am so lucky to have my son getting accepted in this school, and I would like to thank White Oaks for all their support to my son, and for this excellent program they offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

The school seems to have a good group of teachers (although classes seem large) - communication could be much better from the administration. We have been at the school for almost two years and have never seen the Principal at any school event. PTA and parents seem to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

White Oaks Elementary is an exceptional school with wonderful staff and individualized learning. Parents are encouraged to get involved, there are lots of family activities run by the PTA, and the sense of community is evident. Each child is encouraged to achieve their best and the teachers set the bar high so that each child can shine. The teachers make time for students and parents. Overall, my kids thrive in the environment White Oaks creates for advanced learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2011

Great school with experienced and caring staff. Great for all learning styles and special needs children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2010

Excellent, well-rounded school. Fantastic music program and strong academics. White Oaks is the "Gifted & Talented" magnet school for Fairfax County and attracts the best teachers. Great PTA. White Oaks was a wonderful experience for our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

The teachers and support staff are the best. The parents are encouraged to be a part of their childrens school life and are always so helpful and supportive. The teachers are the most qualified in not only the academic area of early childhood education but are also extremelely talented in the emotional aspect of educating our children. We love it there and can't imagine going anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2009

We have been very happy with White Oaks. Our daughter is currently a second grader and has attended this school since kindergarten. She has loved it! The teachers are very good. I have never had a problem discussing any concerns with them. I have also found the front staff to be very friendly and helpful. Overall I think White Oaks is one of the best elementary schools in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

White Oaks is a great school where teachers work hard to bring the best in a child. teachers work hard to encourage and build a sense of confidence that is required for a positive growth of children. Mrs Guzik and Mrs Black are the excellent source of encouragement and motivation to my girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

Two of my three kids go to White Oaks and I couldn't be happier about it! (My third child is still preschool-aged.) Just look at those third-grade test scores from 2006! They are proof of the wonderful education the kids receive at White Oaks! The teachers there are very encouraging and communicate well with parents about areas in which their child needs improvement. Mrs. Schwalber had my son reading within his first week of 1st grade last year which was simply amazing! Parent involvement is high and the teachers/PTA find more and more ways to keep us involved-allowing such enriching activities as one-on-one reading with the students. Also, principles of respect and discipline are passed on while keeping the environment a fun one to learn in! I'm so proud to say my kids are Eagles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

I have 3 children that attend White Oaks. I have been very impressed with the teachers and the staff. There are many extracurricular activities, and an outstanding PTA. I never want to move because the school is so great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

This school is one of several here in Northern VA that offer the GT curriculum and I must confess that this, our first year in the program, was profoundly disappointing. the Principle s refusal to communicate with us in spite of a flood of complaints was tantamount to negligence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

Fantastic school! One of the best if not THE best elementary school in Fairfax Co. The teachers are of the highest quality. The curriculum is outstanding, awesome technology, superior library, art and music programs. Loads of parental involvement, strong and active PTA. Most important, students are taught math & reading to their abilities, but this is not a traditional 'tracking' system. The students are evaluated, then placed in groups where they can be taught at the appropriate level. Students are moved around in the groups as their skills demand. The teachers of each grade level work as a team and pull in specialists for the groupings to ensure that each student is getting the instruction that he/she needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2004

With a child in the GT center here, we've liked the school overall. We actually found that her sibling in 1st grade had a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Schwalber, who really helped her blossom academically. The reviews posted cite how wonderful Mr. Tozzi was; thought readers should know that he's moved on and there is a new principal.
—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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

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 73% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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 74% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students88%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students88%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students88%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English93%

Science

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students89%
Proficient in English96%
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 Students84%
Female students79%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students85%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students84%
Female students77%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students88%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students63%
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

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students77%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students93%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students84%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students65%
Female students75%
Male students58%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students54%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students82%
Female students81%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students74%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English90%
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 Students92%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black students90%
Asian students94%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English98%

Math

All Students93%
Female students92%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students92%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students56%
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

  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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