We have been very happy with this school and everyone I know has had nothing but positive things to say about it. This school promotes community involvement. Right before school starts your child's teacher personally comes to your house to introduce their self. No other school in the area does this! We feel lucky to have our child attend such a great school.
This school was my daughter's base school, before she transferred to another AAP based school. Although she enjoyed this school, she readily says to me that she likes her current school much more. I believe that this school has excellent parent involvement, but a poor leadership quality. Some of the teachers were quite impressive, but most nowadays hold a very weak and disrespectful rein on their students.
CES has an amazing staff! The school is very diverse and welcoming. I can't imagine any of the staff allowing a child to be treated badly. Fantastic activities and wonderful learning enviroment. I consider my kids to be blessed to attend such a fantastic school.
I strongly disagree with the discrimination statement that was made by a previous parent. My children are of color and have NEVER been treated any differently. We absolutely love this school. In fact, we had debated moving this summer and decided not to because we loved our school so much. I think that some people just use the race card as a fallback and it's getting old. Please visit the school and form your own opinion. This is an absolutely fantastic school!!!
We are relocating from Houston, TX and I thank everyone for their insight. If I have to read more than one comment on insensitivity of colored children its one toooo many. Knowing my husband, there would be media coverage and a law suit! Thanks, guess we will keep looking. Pray things get better for those there.
Parents please do your research before enrolling your child into this school as a previous parent wrote, the discrimmination is high in this school so all I can say is please pleaseplease, talk to the parents around the community and draw your own conclusion but , with my experience with the school and some others, we have experienced discrimminationwith our children and in this day and age you would think this sort of thing would end. now their exposing our children to it.
Mr. Young is a fantastic principal. The school is wonderfully diverse and I've never seen any of the discrimination another reviewer spoke about. I'm very happy to send my children to Centreville Elementary.
You will not find a more exciting, diverse or innovative learning community for your child. I have been a CES parent for the last 10 years and I can say without a doubt that our current principal and assistant principals are amazing. In the last 4 years with our new administration the school has gone from a good school to an exceptional place to send your kids. The teachers are wonderful and very engaged.There is a focus on hands on learning including outdoor learning spaces and a native garden that the kids created and help maintain. Truly a wonderful school community.
We are just finishing year 2 with a new principal-many of the older comments are referencing a previous principal.
I have to agree with the older comments about discrimination and insensitivity. I have two children in this school. I am fortunate that one has a great teacher, but my other child has been discouraged from the beginning by a teacher that clearly did not want him to succeed.
We love the school! We have had exceptional teachers and have been very happy with the curriculum. Having worked in the classrooms for two years in a row, I have seen how top notch the teachers are working at this school. The people in this school love and care for children. They are good at what they do. What else can you ask for?
Great school - The majority of the teachers and staff are truly excellent. The Principal hires great teachers but he is terribly unresponsive and has dropped the ball on the only two occasions we have tried to work with/through him. If you have an issue it is better to go directly to the teacher.
I am a parent volunteer at Centreville Elementary, and I am at this wonderful school twice a week for an hour each day. I also pop in regularly and have observed events and everyday routines in many classrooms. I watch these teachers guide their students, interact with them and discipline them, and I know that my own sons are left in caring, competent hands. This school has pull out programs and classroom inclusive programs to assist students who may need extra help. It is true that the students do not always like being pulled from class, but I appreciate how this school has plans in place to help kids who are falling behind. If you walk through the halls in this school, you will see that nearly all students and teachers have smiles on their faces, and to me, that sets the stage for a positive learning environment!
I feel those other ratings are harsh, but probably have merit based on personal experience. My 2 children have had outstanding teachers for 3 years running. Parents need to understand this school has a STRONG special needs program, which may impact test scores. Inclusion classes enrich the strong kids by letting them assist and lead other children; and, lend stength and comfort to those children that need encouragement or confidence building. Teachers have an open door policy, book fairs, extra-curricular activities, teachers often loop up to the next grade, some teachers team-teach. It's really a great school!
I think it is horrible that parents view the teachers and principals at this school and others as the ememy. The staff at Centreville, like most schools are here for the children and went into this line of work for their love of children. I feel very strongly that we should hold our children accountable for their actions and teach them to be better people, like these educators try to do. Instead of criticizing, perhaps we should thank our educators for teaching and shaping our children every day for numerous hours, and little pay.
Sincerely, I was very surprised to read the previous negative comments. Yes, the academic atmosphere at this school is very poor! The staff is highly insensitive to the needs of the children especially boys. I feel that entire staff and principal could use more development in reaching parents. I am quite surprised that this school hasn't been investigated for the practices against 'certain' families. I would not recommend this school for anyone's child. Centreville Elementary School - As it is under the current leadership of the principal and assistant principal who are clearly insensitive to the needs of children of color. I hope that more parents speak out about the injustices that are currently and previously have taken place. No student should have to sit in an office for behavior. Trust me - when I say that this school has significantly displayed unfair practices to boys and minorities.
My daughter is in the 5th grade at Centreville and we love this school. Everyone working at the school is kind, helpful and understanding As for the other reviews, homework does have set rules with grade level and amount of time to spend on homework. Talk, handwrite a note or send an email to the teacher. They are very understanding and want to work with your child and you. All you have to do is ask. This school has helped form my daughter into a wonderful child. We could have not asked for a better school. Thanks!
The Principal is a kind man... Asst Principals are grossly incompetent (avoid them!) There are a few exceptional teachers. A couple of teachers clearly discriminate against boys. Music is very good. PE one good and one bad. Don't look here for sound reading, writing and math instruction. Research the teachers carefully or your in for a long and painful year!
When we first moved here we looked a lot of Diffrent schools. We were going to go into a private Catholic School because thats how both my parents were raised. When we saw the test scores, Extra activities, staff and the price we where shocked. Right then and there that was out of the picture. So we looked at some houses in the FairFax County School District, and we found this great house. We didn't know much about the school so that was a worry to us. The teachers are fair and fun the principal is understanding and the staff is great. Unfortunally when we had to move I was heart broken. The kids loved it there and I don't think theres any other public school better!
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