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Laurel Ridge Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 819 students

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Posted January 22, 2014

My daughter went to this school and was in the Spanish immersion program. Every one of her teachers was great except for a certain 4th grade math teacher who was absolutely horrible. She had no patience for students who didn't quite get what she was teaching. She was very unorganized and the material on her review quizzes were taken from the air without telling the children what to study. She was not a nice person at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2013

I have two kids going to LRES. One is in spanish-immersion and the program is good although some teachers are better than others. My other child has had some learning issues. We have had two teachers there that were terrible yet the administration and counselor supported their colleagues rather than the student. One of the vice-principals was a good advocate but there has been a lot of turnover in the principal position. They spend a lot of time focusing on teaching to the SOL tests. The parent-teacher activities at the school are very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

We are military and moved to the area three years ago. Our two kids LOVED Laurel Ridge, and we have been thrilled with the quality of the education there. There are lots of enrichment activities offered, and the teachers really seem to care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I love LRES. Teachers are great. Principal is super great. School is clean. I pulled my kids out of private school 4 years ago and joined LRES. They love their school. Nothing to complain! Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

I am a long time Laurel Ridge parent. All 4 of my children went were there for K-6. I think this website is a great way to take cheap shots at teachers and administrators at any school not just LR. My experience at LR from the admin, front office, teachers, counselors etc. has been nothing but positive. It's too bad for adminstrators and teachers that there is not a website called "Great Parents.Org" so they could anonymously post their personal experiences working with parents. THAT would be interesting reading!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

I don t like LRES s approach to reading and writing. Phonics takes a back seat to site words, which are memorized after school on flash cards the school sends home. There is no gradual modeling of good writing; instead, children are very soon (early in K) encouraged to write entire paragraphs that are rarely corrected. My child brought home reems of written gibberish, and by year s end she had certain spellings engrained in her mind as correct because that s how she always spelled those words, and no one told her otherwise. Consequences for misbehavior seemed inconsistent, and self-esteem seemed to be encouraged above self-discipline (such that my child actually seemed less willing to accept correction than before entering LRES). She was bullied and spit on by an older child, and I was not informed by a school official (I learned it from her). Her teacher was enthusiastic, parental involvement seems welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

Our six years at LRE with 2 children, 3 years apart, have been overall very good. We have had good experiences with all but one teacher, who is no longer teaching there. Of the two counselors, one is far better than the other & one learns this quickly from experience. The few times that we have had a concern that was better addressed by staff other than teachers or counselors, we have found one of the assistant principals to be very prompt, receptive and helpful. The front office seemed to have made more of an effort this past year in making people feel welcome. However, there is always room for improvement. Parents are very involved as volunteers, particularly during K - 3rd grades. In closing, parents who have children at LRE and another elementary school at the same time, always tell me that LRE is much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2010

We have two children in the school and we are very pleased with the faculty leadership, teacher professionalism, and the wonderful family-orientated activities sponsored by the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

I have a daughter in Kindergarten and our experience has been incredible. Her teacher and aid are wonderful and do an incredible job at providing individual attention. This school has many parent volunteers ( I am one) and I always feel welcome. The overall rating should be much higher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

My child is in her 2nd year at Laurel Ridge and we could not be happier! Last year she was just starting Kindergarten and new to Fairfax County schools. Her teacher was the best I've seen and all staff including the Office staff was very friendly and professional! Thank You to all Laurel Ridge employees for making my daughters first year in a public school a great one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

My son just finished his firsy year at Laurel Ridge. The teacher/student ration is definately too high, but we were otherwise very happy with his teachers and the level of instruction. As other parents have noted, the front office staff is NOT very welcoming - the woman who 'greets' you when you first walk in practically grunts at you and makes clear that she would rather not be disturbed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

My son is just finishing kindergarten at Laurel Ridge and has had a wonderful experience. His teacher is fantastic and he loves going to school every day. My only complaint is that the office staff could be friendlier and more helpful... when I've called the school at times they have seemed to be annoyed and I'd like to see improvement in that area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

We moved in at the begining of the 07-08 school year. Being a military family and having attened a few different schools I was looking forward to Laurel Ridge as it was so highly rated. Our experience could not be futher from from my hopes. My childs teacher is unproffesional at best, at worse the teacher could be considered a bit of a bully. My child entered the year with a love of school, he is finishing the year with a sence of dread for the following year. The administration is as cold as ice and refused me any time with them to try to work out the issues we were having. Hopefully Mr. Burke will be able to turn things around and encourage the staff members that no longer have a love of their profession to find employment elsewhere. I hope others have a better experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

administration is completely inflexible and unresponsive to parent input they love you when you raise money but very rigid when you try to advocate for your child sixth grade is a complete waste - consistently underperforms when compared to other schools yet administration does nothing. perhaps new principal will change thing next year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2006

Laurel Ridge is a great school. I have not complaints at all relative to the administration, teachers or staff. Great Spanish Immersion Program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2006

We are also a military family and our kindergartner had a fantastic experience! Because of the positive, professional manner in which the teachers handled their classroom, he developed tremendous confidence in his abilities and enthusiasm for every activity. My personal observation indicated interaction with every child was handled in a concerned, constructive, and caring manner. This school provides its students with great opportunities to explore their talents in music and art, and budgets specially to provide a full time GT specialist. Parents are very involved in the classroom, providing behind the scenes administrative support, and fundraising to provide enhancements to the learning environment. The PTA provides a wide range of programs and financial support to supplement the curriculum--cultural arts, creativity competitions, and foreign language classes, for example. In summary, Laurel Ridge administrators, teachers, staff & parents are committed to providing the best academic environment for our children and they succeed magnificently!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2006

I have had children in this school over the course of 10 years. I have gone through different principals and many teachers. I have found the principals to be very supportive and understanding. The teaching staff is wonderfully compassionate and extremely knowlegeable. I appreciate their honesty, even when I did not like what they were telling me at the time. As I look back on their comments, they were dead on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

My daughter just finished her first year at Laurel Ridge and we were unimpressed. Class sizes are very large and there is little individual attention. That would have been okay had her teacher been at all responsive, but it typically took a week or more to set up even a phone conference. We're moving so no longer an issue but I think this school is overrated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

This is our first year at Laurel Ridge Elementary and it has been a wonderful year. The school is effectively managed and the teachers are incredible! I have been very pleased with the excellent reading program offered to the first and second grade students ~ I couldn't be happier with the level of academic support and accomplishment of the students this year. The PTA is awesome and parent volunteers are enormously supportive to the entire school. I highly recommend Laurel Ridge Elementary to all families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

We have had a very positive experience at Laurel Ridge during our three years at the school. My second grade daughter has thrived in the Spanish Immersion program, and I feel the quality of education she has received has been excellent. Although it's a large school, because it draws largely from the surrounding neighborhood it has a small town feel. The parents are friendly and play an active, visible and vital role in the education process. You will find moms (and dads) helping with art and PE, as well as in the classroom and behind the scenes. The teachers, administrators, librarians and others at the school genuinely care about and truly enjoy the children in their charge. Laurel Ridge is a well run school in a family friendly neighborhood. I would highly recommend Laurel Ridge to any family relocating to Northern Virginia.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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95%

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92%
History and Social Science

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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95%

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97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

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73%

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95%

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96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students90%
Female students89%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students91%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students82%
Female students79%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students73%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English95%
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 students82%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students87%
Female students84%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students64%
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 Students80%
Female students77%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English85%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students90%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students92%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students84%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English87%
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 Students90%
Female students91%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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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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