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PK-5
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Dumfries, VA
Students enrolled: 582

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3799 Waterway Dr
Dumfries, VA 22025

(703) 670-2885
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April 28, 2014
The Principal leads with excellence, and as a result every member of the staff strives for excellence too. The school has superb administration, dedicated teachers, special programs such as STEM, and good music, art, PE and drama programs too. Each child is given a chance to reach their potential and provided with the support they need to be the best they can be. Parent involvement is very high with they have many volunteers. The school is a happy, bright, fun place and I am very honored to have my daughter attend such as a prestigious establishment.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
This school has moved up the ratings ever since Mrs. Bevans became Principal. She is very good, thorough, knowledgeable, dedicated and a true professional. She is always looking at ways of improving and doing better and the students and teachers follow her example. The ESOL and reading programs are superb. I could not ask for better and I look forward to many more years at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
Excellent administration and more excellence to come. Classrooms are engaging, excellent extra-curricular offerings, high quality performing and STEM program, there something for everyone! There's a place for every student and it's an exciting place to be! The faculty and staff feel more like a family, and much emphasis is given to the student. It's a smaller PWC school, so students are given more individual attention than they would receive in a larger school. The principal and teachers are VERY communicative, with very high standards for both students and staff. The parents are very involved with activities with a large volunteer and support to school...often you will find parents, grandparents and community volunteers. The staff can often be found given back to the community with varies programs. All around excellent school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My daughter has been a student at Henderson since kindergarten and she's now starting 4th grade. Her General Ed and Special Ed teachers have all been wonderful and she loves coming to school every day. Henderson has the excellent Olweus Bullying Program and she has never been bullied. SOL scores for Henderson have been outstanding and I've noticed the school's rating on this website has risen from 6 to 8 since the Principal, Mrs. Bevans, came to the school. She and the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Goddard, are super smart, friendly, innovative and strive to make Henderson the best school for all students.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
My child has gone to this school for 5 years, my only complaint is it's not a K-8. I don't want to say goodbye when my child goes to middle school. The support and care my child receives along with the positive learning enviroment is top notch! Thank you Henderson Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We have enjoyed being a part of Henderson Elementary. Our 5th grade daughter has just blossomed. She loves school, her Teacher and friends. So we are thrilled with our choice to have her attend Henderson.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
this school is an excellent school my youngest sibling is going here and he loved this school and teachers i would reccomend this school to anyone the only thing i do not like about it is some kids get bullied and not many teachers help that well

- submitted by a community member
March 21, 2011
My son has attended Henderson for g K-3. Overall, I have been very happy w/ the school teachers & administrators. As an earlier poster from early 2011 said, there are some busy-body parents who do think they run things. If we're talking about the same PTCO leadership - they were voted out for the 10-11 school year. When I noticed my son having continued difficulty in reading, I requested a Student Evaluation. Henderson officials were prompt in scheduling, and offering suggestions. I never felt pushed aside. As it happens, my son is ADD and at no time did the administration push medication. To date, for g3, they (& the teacher - Mrs. Meyers) have been great in working with me to try different things to help my son succeed. He's had a 180 w/ the *help* of medication. I do worry w/ the loss of the new Principal mentioned below (Mrs. Rineshuttle) - the current acting Princ, could be a problem. More extracurriculars would be nice, but since I can't afford anything, it's not a sticking/selling point.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
Henderson is a great school. But it seems there are a lot of parents there who think they run the school. Class size is not the schools fault - It's the county and state government who don't put education first. If you think your child is not being challenged enough then you should take the initiative and challenge them. Your child is not the only child in that classroom.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Faculty & Staff are friendly, right on top of things and very professional. Our children's best interest is primary. They been rated a School of Excellence numerous times and have implemented an Anti-Bullying program.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
My oldest has attended this school for 6 years and my youngest from K-2. This is an amazing school with awesome teachers. There is quite a bit of parent involvement. The principal is an amazing woman. We also have an awesome assistant principal Felicia Norwood who is leaving for another school. She will be missed. If, I were not leaving the area. My youngest would continue at Henderson

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April 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
My son has attended Henderson for 3 yrs (1st - 3rd). He has had wonderful teachers for 2 of those years. Communication between teachers and myself was great because I made the effort to stay informed. I am not a fan of the 'new math', I feel students aren't given permission to learn in a way that works for them. My son is in the gifted program and I am very pleased with it. Disappointed in the lack of extracurriculars but it seems Henderson is making an effort to improve. I am impressed so far with our new principal. I think she will help bring some much needed change. There seems to be a problem with consistency in the curriculum, I often feel that parents are not kept well informed as to what the students are supposed to be doing.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2008
My two boys have been at this school for a number of years since kindergarten. This is a very good school. The teachers and office staff really care about the children and I always feel that my children are learning in a caring and safe environment. Excellent communication between teachers and parents. Afterschool activities are not important to us as we believe that is the parent s responsibility to be there for their children after school. Both of my children are involved with the gifted programs and it is wonderful. This school welcomes, encourages and enjoys parent involvement in classrooms and other school activities. Moving to this area for this school was the best decision we made.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
I am saddened to read the awful reviews that parents have given Henderson. Our family moved to Virginia from Tucson last summer and it was our son's first year at Henderson (he's in the 2nd grade). We couldn't be happier. His teacher noticed that he was having a difficult time focusing, and he was later diagnosed with ADD. His teacher, the school administration, and the psychologist have all been wonderful and he is doing better now than ever, with NO medication. He would never have gotten this far if he was at a different school. Kudos to the teachers and staff at Henderson!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
My son is going to this school and he is involve with the gift program and it was a great idea but it is not working. It seems that he is too bored with it. They need to step up and make it for challegeable for him. There ar too many student in the class room for a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2007
teachers and staff are nice. no extra curricular activities. poor commication between teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2007
My child attended Kindergarten in 2006-2007. We are very disappointed. Our child was harrassed and bullied by another student while the teacher could not catch it. I witnessed several incidents of pushing and shoving by the older children and the teachers, few and far between, never noticed. I would never recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
Academic programs average. Not the top local school. music, art, PE also average. Mrs. spear is a great 4th grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
We just finished our second year at Henderson and love the school. The only drawback is the lack of after-school activities available to the students. I would like to clear one thing up though- The student to teacher ratio says 16.6 to 1. This is not accurate at all. My son had 33 in his class last year, 24 this year. My other child had 28 last year and 24 this year.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
My son has attended Henderson through 4th and 5th grades. He has not been challenged academically despite numerous requests. Communication with teachers about what is happening in the classroom needs improvement. Curriculum does not follow textbooks and is therefore hard to follow. Zero after school activities makes socialization a challenge. They say they want parent involvement but it hasn't produced much results for our family.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
My son was in the first flip program with mr ricks, who bent over backwards to make sure these kids suceeded in this wonderful program. the flip program gave these children higher math and science scores and pushed my son to work harder and he has gone on to recieve awards and hopefully a scolarship. it's too bad other states don't have this program. we moved to Arizona to find extremely poor schools. we are grateful to principal ricks and his flip program

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2004
My son atended Henderson from K-2nd grade, and our overall experience was great! This school welcomes, encourages and enjoys parent involvement in classrooms and other school activities. Since the majority of the students live within walking distance of the school, it is very easy for them and their families to make and maintain friendships.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2003
A very good school. The teachers and office staff really care about the children and I always feel that my children are learning in a caring and safe enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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A. Henderson Elementary School
3799 Waterway Dr, Dumfries, VA  22025
(703) 670-2885
Last modified A. Henderson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
A. Henderson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top