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Cherry Run Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 497 students

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Posted December 26, 2013

The special education program for preschoolers has done wonders for my child. I could not be happier. My child looks forward to going and is sad when school is closed. This rating is based on my two years experience only. I knocked off one star because as others have mentioned, the front office staff is far from friendly or welcoming. They are what influence your first impressions of a school and my half a dozen visits along with my phone calls have not been pleasant :-(.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

I could not be happier with Cherry Run Elementary School, their front office staff, and teaching staff. I have a child in third grade and first grade and have received great personal responses to questions asked. The school also uses an online "Blackboard" to help manage assignments and complete at home computer based learning activities. The kids are called out by name from the staff and other teachers and I have been impressed by the learning atmosphere within the school. Safety is a top concern for the staff and additional security measures have been taken with more coming this summer to keep the kids safe. I am very happy with Cherry Run and hope that we remain stationed in the area for a long period of time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I have a child in third grade and she is in the special ed program. I am very pleased with the special education staff as they seem knowledgeable and engaged (five stars). I am very disappointed however in her teacher (1.5 stars). Her teacher s has not worked with myself as the parent to help my child. As a result my child is not doing well in school. The teacher has made critical comments which have proven to be unproductive, unprofessional, and unhelpful. It seems to me that this teacher may not have experience working with special needs kids - my child suffers as a result. Very disappointing. Cherry Run needs to do a better job of getting the teachers up to speed with special needs kids. It seems that pointing fingers and blaming parents is the approach that has been taken which does not help anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2013

Great school - we've got twins that go here. Principal cares, teachers are involved and parents are engaged in what goes on. We've been impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

Cherry Run is a disappointment - compared to the other elementary schools we've experienced in other school districts. I'm sure many of the teachers are good at what they do. However, that has not been our experience with the particular teachers my children have had. My children have regressed unfortunately, as evidenced by their test scores. And we feel they have been lost in the shuffle this year, perhaps because as working parents, we are unable to volunteer the large amount of time requested of other parents. Communication is lacking as well; every single contact is initiated by me as the parent - unless of course they are again asking for supplemental supplies or donations for projects. We hope to switch to another school soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2012

I don't understand some of the negative comments I'm reading below. Cherry Run has been a fantastic experience for both of my kids. Both my kids have attended Cherry Run since Kindergarten (one is now in the 6th grade, one in the 4th grade). My daughter is in the AA program and loves the challenges it provides, my son was selected for AA but we had the option of not placing him in it at our choosing. Whether you choose the AA program or not, Cherry Run's faculty and staff are all great. We love living in the neighborhood and being able to walk to the school. The teachers and principal provide constant communication via letters and email to keep us informed. Overall, I think the quality of education is second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

Our daughter had a great experience at Cherry Run from grades 1-4, with teachers who nurtured her creativity and cultivated both a love of learning and a strong sense of self-esteem. Unfortunately, her experience changed dramatically in 5th Grade. She was in the AA (GT) program, and the cadre of teachers assigned to teach at this level approached their charge in a significantly different way, overloading the students with homework, seemingly devaluing creativity, and fostering competition by reading test scores aloud and publicly posting information about each student's performance. On a number of occasions, our daughter came home from school distraught and in tears. Her self-esteem plummeted, as did her overall interest in school and learning. This was apparently not atypical; other parents whose children had completed the 5th-grade curriculum shared similar stories, and many said they had voiced their concerns to the teachers, principal, and staff. Apparently, their efforts did little to break the pattern, because the same issues have been reported year after year. 6th Grade at CR is apparently better, but the scars from 5th Grade will take a long time to heal....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

Having just moved to the area, we chose this location specifically for the schools and are very dissappointed. Teachers are nice, but that is about all I have seen so far. The office staff is nice, but really only friendly and available to those who contribute untold hours volunteering and are in and out all day, unlike the rest who work during the day. There are no doors in the rooms...it is all open and very distracting. You can hear every other class in the hallway. Everything seems to be very catered upon the most disadvantaged children...there is nothing else unless your child tests into the GT program and then goes to another school because CR is not a GT center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2010

It really says something when almost none of the parents in the neighborhood have anything good to say about the school. My son started Kindergarten in the fall, and I was told to expect nothing of the Kindergarten/first grade programs, but that things got a little better after that. Kindergarten was horrible. After six weeks spent on reviewing the colors and basic shapes, I could not believe this was a Fairfax County school. Coloring sheets abounded, and my child, who was already reading, was bored to tears by the painful alphabet review that went on and on. They seemed to do a reasonably good job of offering assistance to kids at the bottom of the spectrum, but kids who are on the higher end are just left to be bored until they can test into GT in third grade. Would not recommend this school for the early years, that's for sure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

I am a parent of a first grader. This school feels very much like a private school. The community is small and so is the school. It is nicely diversified and we absolutely LOVE it here. Being a military family, we have seen others and this BY FAR is the BEST. The children seem to behave well and allow for great learning! Our son has problems with behavior, but Cherry Run and I are on top of it and trying to help him learn from his mistakes in a loving manner. The things my son comes home with learning is amazing to me as well. I do not remember learning this much at this age. I think it is great and my son LOVES this school. That makes me as a parent very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

This is my children's first year at Cherry Run. It has not lived up to the 'hype' we were given about how great this school is. We actually chose to live in this area for the school. While I would not say that the education my children are receiving is poor, I will say I am not overly impressed. The administration seems disinterested most of the time. Many of the teachers seem to be just 'marking time and are not overly concerned with caring for the students. Some of the problem could be that many of the brightest students have left for Sangster Elementary, but whatever the case, this school has been a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

We have just recently started at Cherry Run, and we have found that the front office staff is not friendly, not courteous and not accomodating - unless you are a very visible volunteer. Hearing great reviews about Fairfax county schools, I was anticipating great things about this school, however, we are disappointed. We do not see that they are up to the same level of excellence as several other schools we have attended. Their test scores show high results ,but I question if my children are receiving a quality education at Cherry Run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

I have two children atttending Cherry Run and one more that will be soon. This is by far the best school we have attended. They now have a full time gifted program starting in third grade. My son is in the program and I cannot say enough about the quality program they have established. The third grade gifted teacher is nothing short of amazing. I also love the first grade teacher my son has. The school is relatively small and you can get to know people easily. We moved here last year from Florida and are so happy with our choice. My husband is military and will be retirtin soon and we plan to stay in the area because of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2007

I have three children attending Cherry Run Elementary (Grades K, 3 & 4). We are a dual-military couple, so we take advantage of the before and after in-school child care. We love Cherry Run. The care and instruction are top-notch. There is a wealth of after-school activities to do. Two of our daughters attend dance sessions during the after school period. Our children also attend before-school Spanish classes, and are active in the local Scouting troops (Both Boy and Girl Scouts meet regularly at the school). Though Cherry Run has excellent school instruction, they also have a gifted and talented program in selected grades, and an after-school tutoring program. I truly believe that my children are in one of the best schools in the area. We've been very happy with Cherry Run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

Both of my children attend Cherry Run to participate in the special needs program. Thus far, I have been very pleased with the program structure, teachers and feedback. We know our children are not only educated and looked after, but also cared for. We trust the staff and the work they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

People move to the Cherry Run community specifically so their children can attend Cherry Run Elementary. The principals are hands-on, approachable, and excellent administrators. The school has pull-out GT classes and also a special needs preschool. As a suburb of DC, there are many military families, so the parents tend to be friendly and helpful due to the constant influx of newcomers. The PTA is extremely involved in the school and does fundraising such as gift wrap sales, basket bingo and more. This year they provided the bulk of the money to install a rock-climbing wall in the school gym! Due to the number of SAHM's, there are a lot of parent volunteers within the school. The teachers consistantly exceed expectations and are easy to reach by voice mail or email due to the computers each are given by the county. One of the best ES's in the area.
—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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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92%

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89%

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93%
History and Social Science

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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91%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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77%

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97%

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93%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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67%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students75%
Female students69%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students93%
Female students89%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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 Students78%
Female students81%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students60%
Female students48%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%
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 Students89%
Female students86%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students76%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students88%
Female students81%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Science

All Students81%
Female students69%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students96%
Female students97%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students94%
Female students100%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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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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