Silverbrook is a terrific school. The teachers are deeply committed and involved, frequently attending after school events and supporting the children. The PTO is wonderful and inviting and very active in the school. Every person that you meet at Silverbrook from the office staff, to the teachers, to the lunch room workers are friendly and inviting. The building is impeccably maintained and always spotless. The SACC before and after care is AMAZING!!!! If we pick my daughter up early, she begs to stay in SACC because of the fantastic activities that they provide. There are wonderful after school clubs (we loved Mad Science!). And the families in this area are so friendly and welcoming. We have met such great people through the school. It is very scholastically focused which is true of all of Fairfax County and the class sizes are large (also true in general for the higher income schools in Fairfax county) but the school manages the class sizes very well. We are so happy that our children attend Silverbrook and look forward to many years there.
Pros: Excellent advanced academic program. A wide variety of clubs and programs available. Teachers , administrators, parents and students all seem very engaged. Cons: The foreign language education is very limited (only Spanish and only offered once or twice a week, though they seem to be experimenting with how to implement this). Additionally, the advanced academic programs do not start until 3rd grade (this is Fairfax county-wide, not a Silverbrook specific issue). Overall quite happy with the school.
We've had a good experience with Silverbrook. My 2nd grader has had a string of truly outstanding teachers. My older son attended for 5th & 6th grade. His teachers ranged from average to very good, and the average one transferred. Our school bus drivers have been fantastic: safe, alert, friendly, reliable. The building is friendly but safety-minded. There are a variety of activities sponsored by the PTA. I've been very satisfied with communication.