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Montclair Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 724 students

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Posted June 23, 2014

My Two daugters love their school and all the teachers very nice The principal (Mrs Soltis), She remember all the name of student then parents too. this is awsome school in my area. Thanks for all the teachers and staff there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

I think this school is a wonderful learning system. The fundraisers seem very excellent, and other activities as well. The principal (Mrs Soltis) is a very nice principal and tries to do anything to help kids and adults. The teachers there are very helpful and will help kids. There are also tutors there that help kids improve on there skills, and when the tutoring is over, the kids has learned a lot. If you are planning to enroll your child to a school, choose this one!


Posted September 30, 2013

Why is Montclair such a great school? Enthusiastic teachers, involved parents, and a philosophy that encourages different learning styles means children are happy and engaged here. Montclair also has a very nice, safe location, on a quiet street in the heart of a beautiful neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

My son attended Montclair from kindergarten to 5th grade. Mrs. Soltis (principal) is a fantastic leader and every teacher my son had was compassionate, enthusiastic, intelligent and a wonderful role model. I couldn't imagine my son going to any other school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

I was in montclair since kindgarden and there have been good times.Even bad times.Some raises teachers.Some mean teachers.some nice teachers. Even though there was ALOT of drama but thats how it is everywhere it was a pretty good school but SAUNDRES is better -TheAwesomeOne


Posted February 28, 2012

The school also have a policy on field trips that is ridiculous. They will ONLY allow a few parents to attend. They hold a raffle to determine that. Even if you offer to take your own vehicle, they don't allow it. It's a very stand off school and does not leave a good feeling. We wish you the best if your child will be attending this school. It appears to be a great school from a distance. Perhaps you will get a great teacher and not have any of the issues that we have had. If not, be aggressive and don't allow the staff to push you around or ignore you. Stand up for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

I have two sons, both enrolled at Montclair Elementary, and my husband and I are very pleased with the school in it's entirety. The building is very clean and well maintained, I feel it has good security practices in place to keep students safe and it is in a nice neighborhood. The indoor gym, library and computer room are beautiful. The teachers my children have had were wonderful, kind and professional. They worked everyday to create a positive learning environment for all of their students in their classrooms. I feel that the teachers, staff and principal go above and beyond to make Montclair a great place for children. I see many happy children on the days I have volunteered at the school. During the school year my children took part in some of the extra activities offered at Montclair. Their favorites were Robotics and Chess. Field Trips were offered as well. They have a beautiful philosophy at the school that encourages each student to do their personal best. More importantly, both of my sons are proud to be a student at Montclair. They love their school and their teachers, they are looking forward to the start of this 2011 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

We transferred to Montclair from Fitzgerald & very glad we did. The teachers my son has are great, the Principal & Ass't Principl are very approachable & truly care about the development of the children. The Multiple Intelligences philsophy is such a wonderful approach to help all children learn in the way that best fits them vs the traditional way of expecting all kids to understand all concepts the same way. I highly recommend Montclair Elementary!! Would appreciate the Parent Teacher Assoc more if they distributed info using the school website--the mtg times are geared for non-working parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I so do not agree with the previous parent. It sounds like she would not be happy no matter where her child was placed. Montclair is a wonderful school and the teachers work very hard to help their students. Not all teachers are created equal and because they are just 'people' they are apt to make mistakes too. That is life but you must try to work with the teacher to get the best from them and for your child as well. There is only one month left of school, it is much too late to expect any changes now. if you saw a problem developing, you should have mentioned it in October. I have found Mrs. Soltis to be a very concerned and active principal. I always see her when I go to the school and she is always open and available to talk to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

The principal Mrs. Soltis is very difficult to work with. She doesn't place kids very well and when you request a new teacher she won't help you. If your kids can go to any other school send them there. This is a horrible elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

I have 2 students at Montclair Elementary and have been extremely satisfied with everything Montclair has offered my students. They are caring and compassionate and have always done a good job at communicating with me, everything from my childrens progress and hurdles, to school wide functions and activities. This has been a very successful year for my students and they couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I am a very proud parent of a kindergarten student in Mrs. Grayson's class at montclair . My husband and I are so happy we have had the honor of having her and Mrs. Cruz for our first year of elementary school. They both teach with such warmth and compassion and with an excellent teaching style, and our son is flurishing beyond all of our expectations. We couldn't of hand picked a better kindergarten team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2008

Montclair is a school in decline. The principal is well meaning but does not see the problems and works off of a mantra that all will be well in the end. The school is overcrowded and is very chaotic, support from the PTCO and Teachers is non-existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

I am a proud parent of a great 3rd grader here. The teachers communicate with you about your student. The school is improving its outdoor facilities for the students. I am glad we moved to Montclair. My daughter loves her new school and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

Montclair is an awesome school with excellent teachers and staff. Mrs. Soltis goes out of her way to make each and every family feel welcomed and is very approachable. The teachers really care and have all been great. Having had experience in another Prince William County School, I would rate Montclair as the best school and am very glad both my kids are now attending Montclair! I love the Multiple Intellenge way learning through their 8 smarts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

Montclair Elementary is an excellent school with excellent, caring Teachers, Staff and PTCO! We've been there for 13 years! It is a very welcoming school. We love that our children are learning the Multipal Intellegence way. They incroprorate the curriculum into all areas of learning. It's great that they learn through their 8 smarts; math, word, body, art, music, nature, people & self. Our 1st son was very smart & advanced. His teachers kept him challenged, advanced &taught him the great skill of helping others. Our 2nd son was really struggling. The teachers found that he had learning disabilities. They gave him the extra help & tools he needed to now be on or above grade level. Our last son is still there and is receiving a great education. They have a lot of clubs to extend their learning; chess, science, technology, guitar, international, drama, etc... We highly recommend our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2008

My two daughters attended Montclair this year. We are a military family who moves often, and it is not always easy to adjust. However, the principal, librarian, counselor, assistant principal, and specialists ALL went out of their way to welcome my girls and help them to get involved immediately! In addition, their teachers helped teach them to be organized, efficient and still be creative problem solvers. They will be better off having spent time at Montclair, and we are sad to leave. In addition, I must say that we have moved often and attended many schools. As I stack them against each other, I find that Montclair has more programs, diversity, individualized instructions, and community than any place we have been before and we have attended great schools all over the world. Thanks to all of you at Montclair. You are all smart teachers and filled with compassion for children and a passion for teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

We have been at Montclair Elementary for 3 years now and I have been extremely impressed with the school environment! Mrs. Soltis is an absolutely wonderful Principal. She is very approachable and has complete control of things going on around the school. The teachers are top notch! I came from a private school and I have been very pleased with my childrens education at Montclair. I would recommend coming to our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

We have been at Montclair for 2 years now and I have been very happy with all aspects of my children's education. The Principal is very on top of things and handles situations effectively when they occur. My kids have had Ms Sukonovitch this year and Ms May. Two outstanding ladies that go out of their way to bring the best out of my children. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

There are exceptional teachers at Montclair that stand out, but its a roll of the dice to see if you get one. The best ones are the new ones that come from other school districts. Stand out teacher is Ms. Greenwood. She is the only reason to go to this school. The lady is a Class Act. She could teach the lot of them. The old VP was wonderful, held things together. Wish she would come back. The new VP thinks she knows it all and is basically lost when it comes to communication skills. The Principal is weak, a figurehead only. They had a Halloween party this year. It was chaos. No one was in charge.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
History and Social Science

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students68%
Female students76%
Male students61%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students60%
Female students54%
Male students65%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English62%

Science

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students84%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students67%
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 Students76%
Female students78%
Male students74%
Black students62%
Asian students91%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students83%
Black students72%
Asian students92%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English83%
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 Students72%
Female students75%
Male students68%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial93%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students68%
Female students77%
Male students59%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracial86%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students68%
Female students74%
Male students62%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial85%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students78%
Female students80%
Male students76%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial86%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English83%
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

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4920 Tallowwood Dr
Dumfries, VA 22025
Phone: (703) 730-1072

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