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Fairfax, VA
Students enrolled: 752

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5420 Sideburn Rd
Fairfax, VA 22032

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(703) 321-3900
(703) 321-3997
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March 24, 2015
Any excuse to take a day off for this school!! Now that they have extended the Mondays, they take any day off.. Management implements extra days off.. Not good.

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February 28, 2015
We have had a poor experience in the primary grades this year. Some of the teachers seem to rely mainly on worksheets and "drill and kill" type teaching. It is all teaching to the test, even at this age. The teaching is not very creative or engaging, and the day is long and stressful for the little ones, especially Kindergarten, with almost no play time at all. If your child isn't happy with this approach, they say there is something wrong with your child. They refuse to talk about bullying issues and get angry if you suggest that there is anything not perfect in their school. It pains me to write a bad review of this school since we deliberately moved here because it was supposed to be good. I think a lot depends on what teachers you get and what kind of child you have, but in our case we are definitely disappointed and are considering going elsewhere next year.

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October 29, 2014
It was bad, now it's going towards worse... Every year someone introduces something new in the curriculum. This year is called "Holey Cards" a speed test that ONLY teaches anxiety. We will see where this one is headed to.. This education system is creating guinea pigs out of our children.. NOT happy with this school.

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September 11, 2014
Not great, not bad. My daughter attended kindergarten here and her teacher (Mander) quit part of the way through the year, due to behavior problems during class. The replacement was a nightmare teacher who was harsh to the kids, did not communicate to the parents, and began teaching knee-jerk memorization in an attempt to raise - kindergartners - test scores? My kindergartner was very talented and had trouble finding a place in a school where there is little art, not enough music & movement-based curriculum, as did many of the other kids. Greatschools calls this a good school simply because the socioeconomic class of these parents means kids are in LOTS of supplementary arts, language & sports activities not provided by elementary school.

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November 17, 2013
I have had three children attend Bonnie Brae and have been extremely impressed! We have been at the school for four years so far and our children love it! The front office staff is attentive and will even address me by name when I arrive. The teachers have been FANTASTIC. My children came from another FCPS and their education was lacking. The Bonnie Brae teachers got them up to speed in less than a year and they were excelling academically. The principal Ms. Bruce is dynamic, engaging and truly cares. Before moving to the school we stopped by and she personally gave my children a tour of the school and warmly welcomed them. They felt so special and the transition to a new school went perfectly.

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October 25, 2013
Our family moved to Burke after our daughter completed kinder in another state. We were amazed at how well BBES was run compared to her last elementary school. First and second grade were amazing years for our daughter, so much so we had a hard time deciding what to do for 3rd grade and AAP. We did end up switching schools for AAP, but honestly regret it. Our youngest is still at BBES and we know she will stay there till the end (we wont make the same mistake twice). The teachers and staff go out of their way to help and have always been available to talk and more importantly listen! Love BBES

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October 24, 2013
Bonnie Brae has been great for our son, who started K there last year and is now in 1st Grade. Not only is the staff excellent, our son benefits from the teacher having two assistants, ensuring each child gets attention and assistance. Kudos to Ms. G and Mrs Rapanti!

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September 25, 2013
I was hesitant to send my daughter to our neighborhood public school, but now I cannot be more content about it. The school building, inside and out, is great and the facilities are nice. The principal, teachers, assistant teachers, staff at the office, they all put students first, they are able to achieve an excellent educational level. I love the fact that they emphasize Respect, Kindness, and Positive Discipline and model that too. Any inquiries or concerns that the parents have are taking care of right away. It does not matter if you talk with them over the phone or in person, they are always polite and effective. I am impressed at their organizational level too, since they have a great communication system that is daily, weekly, by-weekly and monthly. They also embrace each family from the start and create a good school community environment. The most important thing is that my daughter is happy there and loves her school, her class teachers and the ones from Music, Art, PE, Library, her classmates, play friends, bus buddies, the principal and the ladies at the cafeteria (by the way, they offer the kids healthy food and show them the best lifestyle choices to stay healthy.)

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June 03, 2013
Great school! Great teachers! Fantastic principal!! My children are very happy at Bonnie Brae! I am thrilled with the education they are receiving!

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July 23, 2012
tthis is a great school. my son loves going to BBES. the principal and tteachers are very nice caring. we love to stay here.

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July 22, 2012
Communication has been going downhill. The PTO has a few pet projects, but doesn't seem to sponsor too many fun activities for the kids. The school itself does not plan many fun learning days for the kids (like a Pioneer Day or a Medieval Day) or exciting field trips. The teachers seem to lack enthusiasm and do not off feedback to the kids, and not much more to the parents. I hope the administration seeks to have its own ranks and those of the teacher re-commit themselves to making learning educational and fun.

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February 04, 2012
Very good school my son loves going to school there. The principle is very nice and attentive to the kids. The teachers are good and communicate to the parents if there is any issue to address with our child. The faculty is very caring and they keep the schedule interesting with different activities throughout the year. Very welcoming to parent volunteers.

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January 03, 2012
This school has left a little sour taste in my mouth. I am almost regretting moving back to the area. I just wish the staff wouldn't spend so much time defending each other and instead just apologize when they've made a mistake.

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February 09, 2011
My three girls have attended Bonnie Brae Elementary for two years now. Both my kids and my husband and I have been exceptionally happy with BBES and plan to stay in this area especially to have them continue here. The administration is excellent! They are positive and upbeat and especially helpful with anxiety or behavioral issues. We also appreciate the diversity of the student population.

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October 05, 2009
I love the fact that the school takes the safety and security of each student in mind. I once picked up my son after school was dismissed & before he went to the after school program. We went out for a special treat to get ice cream. I forgot to tell the after school program and approximately 2 hours later after arriving home, I opened my fron door to a police officer who instructed me to look in the sky at the helicopter that was searching for my son who was presumed to be missing! They called all the numbers on file, and was unable to receive an answer from me or my husband and immediately put their missing child proceudres into place. Now that's caring

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March 23, 2009
My children were in an excellent private school prior to moving to this area. I was worried about putting them in a public school, but now we could not be happier. The students are placed in ability groups for math and reading, which keeps them challenged. The school also offers a GT program as well as other servicces. They have done an excellent job with my child who requires an IEP.

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January 30, 2008
We recently transferred to the Fairfax/Bonnie Brae area and we are absolutely thrilled with the education our children are receiving. The students, staff and parents are terrific. Many parents volunteer, the PTA is wonderful and the students take pride in their school!

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July 28, 2007
We moved to this school 2 years ago and I have been extremly happy with the teachers and facilities. SACC is a great addition to the school and summer programs are fun for the kids. I wish that they would have immersion.

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Bonnie Brae Elementary School
5420 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA  22032
(703) 321-3900
Last modified Bonnie Brae Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bonnie Brae Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top