Not sure where I really stand with this school given the leadership change and our history there. We had two go through from 2nd to 6th grade several years back and in general, very happy with the education. Teachers and staff were professional, hands on and high quality educators. We rarely had an issue with a teacher. Found the old principal a little quirky but the staff and school appeared well run and stable. Have heard many complaints about the new principal and there was an exodus of some great teachers. We just finished our first year with the new principal. We met with her prior to school starting to discuss our concerns as our child was transitioning from one school to VRES. She listened and her selection of our child's teacher could not have been better. We had a horrible year at another FCPS school the previous year and the new principal clearly listened to what we said. Our child had an outstanding year and we look forward to several more despite the high quality AP that is leaving for a new assignment.
I am a parent whose children have attended this school for years. My kids are good smart kids, but by far not the "favorites", as some of the other parents have put it. In fact, my oldest son, who also had "bullying issues" at a previous school, as one parent put it, also got in trouble several times himself and Mr Panutti called me about it every time it happened. I understood that Mr Panutti was simply doing his job and even though it wasn't always good news, he always did his job with kindness and concern. I don't think it is right that favoritism be shown to ANY children, including mine. So, given all that, you would think I would be disgruntled, but I am not. I know what a good school is when I see one. The vice principle, Mr. Panutti is absolutely fabulous! He is not perfect, but I don't expect him to be either, just as I hope no one expects me to be perfect. I have interacted with Mr Panutti on every kind of issue, good and bad, and he truly is a great vice principle. He is fair minded and kind. The teachers are diligent and hardworking. My children love this school!
I have 5 children who have been attending this school for the past 5 years and at least one of them has been in every grade so I know a great chunk of the teachers. This is a good school with a lot of really great teachers and office staff. The old retired principle was a prude, but the new principle is so much better and kinder, however the real gem is the assistant principle. He is fabulous with the kids and shows genuine concern for them always. My two oldest boys have Aspberger's Syndrome and he was great with them while they attended Virginia Run, as were the teachers. They are very skilled and educated and truly care about the students, most of them are parents themselves. I served as the room parent for two of my kids and have volunteered every year, so I have really gotten to know many of the teachers. The education is top notch and the surrounding community is as well. Last year they changed the boundaries and incorporated some of the lower middle class areas which I think is great. It helped diversify the school and students without sacrificing education or test scores. My only complaints are the annual strings concert is hot and crowded and the lunchroom is noisy.
My children attended this school for 5 years while we lived in Fairfax County. Academically, I was very pleased. The teachers were good (well, we had one awful one in 5 years and a couple truly exceptional ones and the rest were simply good, decent teachers) The guidance counselor, Mrs. Leonard, was excellent. We really liked the old principal (Dr. Hicks) and only had one year with the new one and wasn't able to form much of an opinion, she seemed distant and hands-off. We had an extreme dislike for the Vice Principal, Mr. Panutti. He consistently had the wrong approach with children. I always wondered why he chose early childhood education as a career. If you can get past the administration, the teachers are wonderful, office staff fantastic, and the school is great. While we were there, from 2006-2012, the PTA was great and parental involvement was strong.
Not good. The administration is cold and seems pretty disinterested in their students or their parents.
I was a parent for a former 1st grader here. The administration really sucked in this school, my son got in trouble and the principal called us and complained about him. She didn't even remember that my son had bullying issues. We had to take him out and transfer.
My kids really suffered under the old administration (although the old vp is unfortunately still there I hear) and two of the teachers. Unless you were one of the principals favorites the woman couldn't even get your name right. Thank God we found a better private school. I also hope they are finally dealing with their bullying issues although your VP is myopic in terms of seeing children for what and who they are.
A change of administrative leadership has lead to a decline in PTA enrollment and an environment sadly lacking in an open exchange of educational ideas and inspiration. Parents and teachers seems to have no voice in what was once a vital, exceptional and happy school.
I am the grandparent of a child in the special education program. My grandson is now in the fourth grade, and he has been in the VR elementary school since kindergarten. The teachers, instructional assistants, and staff are outstanding. I could not be more pleased with the instruction and special attention given to my grandson as well as all the students in VR. This is a superior elementary school. I would strongly recommend VR be placed high on a parent s list of schools for consideration for their children.
My three daughters go there and love it. One of my daughters recieves special education and I could not be happier with the education she is getting. The teachers and parents are very envolved with the education of the children.
This school is top notch. We recently moved out of state and are now realizing how very fortunate we were at VR. The teachers at VR go above in beyond to meet each student's individual needs.
I loved this school when my kids were there and now that we have moved to another state, I love what they did at VR even more. parent involvement was top notch and so are the teachers. I hope to return. It is a great school in a outstanding school district.
This is an excellent school. Great parent involvment and PTA. School offers extra programs like Spanish, Passport clue and Mad science. Teachers are top notch. Great location outside of DC and good middle and high school.
What a wonderful school! Children are encouraged to learn and grow at all levels.
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