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Poplar Tree Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 668 students

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Posted May 27, 2014

My child came into Polar Tree well ahead of the reading level for their age; the staff squandered her advantage and then turned around, in an accusatory and hostile manner, and told us WE had a problem and WE had to hire a tutor. Many times the faculty weren't very good and it seems to trickle down from a Principal bent on power and making it a difficult work place for the staff- hence the poor quality of teachers. As with any business, the turnover of staff is a pretty good indicator as to the atmosphere of the workplace. This school has a MAJOR problem with turnover- anyone who's any good will bail out at the first opportunity. In 6 yrs at Poplar Tree, we had ONE very good teacher- the rest were average or worse. Lots of issues with the 'mommy clique' lobbying for their kid to have an advantage, so beware that element if you don't like to have to 'play the game'...as we prefer not to. Our child did FAR, FAR better once they arrived into Middle School. If you can afford to do it, send your child to a private school- this school has a tyrannical principal and is over-run by helicopter mothers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

My children's school is Poplar Tree Elementary in Chantilly, VA. We moved mid year to the neighborhood and were very happy to transitioned our children from another local school. Right away they picked up on my middle child's weaknesses and began working with him. This school seems to really know how zero in on those who need help and I really like that! That is a gift. This child is now doing great! In one of the other reviewsI read about the school, it touched upon inconsistancies of teaching teams. All schools have this problem. The other review had concerns over teaching of kids who will be transitioning to middle school. The school we came from before Poplar Tree seemed to not know how to teach little boys which made a huge impact on my son's attitude toward learning just starting out in school. Girls seemed to get great attention because they are easier and the boys were punished by keeping them in at recess and yelled. Poplar Tree, on the other hand, since they focused on my son's weaknesses, he is now much more confident in class, has less disruptive behavior and is more receptive to learning. That is a positive approach and I like that! I hope this is helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

A nice neighborhood school however quality of teachers inconsistent. My daughter had some fabulous teachers, unfortunately the concerns in the community about the weak sixth grade team was true. Two teachers were added this year and were a huge disappointment. Some teachers lacked innovation, unable to connect and motivate children, most did not utilize the fabulous technology provided, even though it is part of the teachers job description and Rocky Run Middle is leader in digital education. Children change teachers for each subject to prepare for middle school, however, this is the only preparation; teaching styles & methods same as other elementary grades. Parents with middle school students have advised others than our kids are the least prepared for middle school compared to other schools and our experience supports that concern. A motivated child who is eager to learn will manage. The principal is aware of some of the problems, but unsure if change will happen. Administration view and parental view of situation very different. Despite weak areas in this school or any in this county the the demographics of this area ensures success & weaknesses overlooked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

This truely is a great school. The small class sizes, the additional help that the teachers receive to enhance the classroom is excellent. The technology in the classroom is far above anything I've ever seen. The PTA and parent participation is excellent as well. The Principle dodoes whatever she needs to do the improve the quality of education for her students. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

one of the best schools I have ever had my children in. They care about the child and offer a lot of extra activities to keep the child interested and motivated. The music/band program is outstanding. What an active PTA
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Posted November 2, 2005

Excellent School - one of the top in Fairfax County. Classes are small enough that children receive individualized attention, but the school is large enough that special programs are offered. Gifted and Talented programs, special ed, computer, music, art - it's all here - and loving, caring teachers too! Poplar Tree has been a great place for my now 3rd and 1st grade daughters to start their educational experiences. Don't forget that full day kindergarten and a K/1 program are offered here too. Poplar Tree has been a real asset to our family adn the community. The special prgrams held by the PTA have given us the opportunity to become a member of the Poplar Tree family. I cannot say enough about how reponsive the teachers and principal have been to our needs and desires for the success of our daughters. A great school that we will surely miss! - Mrs. R
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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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84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%

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 70% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

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 73% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students84%
Female students84%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students79%
Female students84%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Science

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students83%
Female students93%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students74%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students92%
Female students98%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 Students86%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English87%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students79%
Female students77%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students86%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students73%
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 Students91%
Female students95%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students90%
Female students95%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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n/a

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

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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13440 Melville Ln
Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: (703) 633-7400

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