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PK-6
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Burke, VA
Students enrolled: 733
 

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6130 Shiplett Blvd
Burke, VA 22015

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(703) 923-1400
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April 17, 2015
This is a great school with caring teachers and a very responsive administration. The teachers go above and beyond to make learning fun for the children. My son has been at this school for 3 years, and we couldn't be happier. We can't wait for the brand new playground coming later this month.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2015
Unless your child is in the Advanced Academic Placement Classes, you will be disappointed in this school. All the resources and emphasis is given to the AAP courses. If your child is in the regular placement classes, then whether or not they get a good, quality education will depend on the teacher. My son and daughter have had some really good and really bad teachers at White Oaks. Save yourself frustration and disappointment and go to another school.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2015
I went to White Oaks elementary school for grades 1-6. Excellent school in a great school district. I would definitely send my child to this school.

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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

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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.

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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 .

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February 03, 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

October 01, 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

April 25, 2013
This is typical of Fairfax County Schools - first of all, if you are a military family - that's the death sentence for advanced academics. Fairfax County Schools do not like children in military families - mostly because they aren't swimming in money like most of the families in this county. Secondly, Virginia schools are notorious for pigeon-holing children on subjective "what the teacher thinks" criteria along with standardized tests. I think the school system would collapse in Virginia without standardized test scores for pigeon-holing. And to add insult to injury, there are eleventy-five levels of "intelligence." I see it as crowd control more so than challenging children. Fairfax county schools have no text books for the students are terrible at keeping the Blackboard updated. And the County uses a 1-4 "Effort" scale rather than the traditional A-F grading most of the nation uses. As for military families - wait until your child transfers out of Fairfax schools to another state's school system - translating "effort" into competencies can't get more subjective. Fairfax schools get high ratings on sites like this because they have mastered the art of confusion.

- submitted by a parent

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

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?

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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

April 09, 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.

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March 08, 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

March 07, 2011
Great school with experienced and caring staff. Great for all learning styles and special needs children.

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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

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.

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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

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

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!

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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!

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May 09, 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.

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August 08, 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.

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September 07, 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

May 10, 2004
I have 2 children in this school. One is in the GT Center. This school is outstanding! The principal (Mr. Tozzi), teachers, and PTA are phenomianl and all work together to make the school environment top notch for ALL students. I highly recommend this school as I don't think that there is another in this area that is better. The teachers for each grade level work together in team teaching and curriculum to give each student what they need to succeed - they teach to each child's ability. They also seem to know how to place each child with the teacher who will most benefit that individual child. I have nothing but great things to say about this school!

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2003
I've had 2 children in this school from k-6th, and have loved it. They have gotten excellent educations, the school has strived to balance disciplined learning with fun so that the kids enjoy being there, but accomplish what they need to. The teachers and current principal (Mr. Tozzi) are second to none! Great guidance counselors, cafeteria staff and parents as well - I can't say enough good things about it.

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White Oaks Elementary School
6130 Shiplett Blvd, Burke, VA  22015
(703) 923-1400
Last modified White Oaks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
White Oaks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top