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Willow Springs Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 976 students

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Posted June 20, 2013

Willow Springs administration is definetly the weak link at this school. As cold and sterile as this school is, the focus really isn't on academics. I say this as an AAP parent who has become very frustrated with this school and it's ability to challenge gifted children. Why be an AAP Center if you are not going to embrace it? PTA and parent involvement are the best thing going for this school. There are also some great teachers here, but there is significant turnover from year to year which is telling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

hi, I go to willow springs and im in 6th grade. I think the school is awesome! the teachers are great and the strings/band and chrous concerts are really fun. the teachers are actually very helpful! also I help out with the autistic ids and we take great care of them, so the person who commented on the autism stuff if wrong! I hate the principal, but I don't know why... its the best school ever


Posted May 27, 2012

Willow Springs is a good school, but I agree with some of the comments about poor administration. It is true that the school ran out of copy paper several months in a row this year, which is inexcusable. I think that shows poor management of resources. Also, most classes are now overcrowded, and those triangular shaped rooms don't help. New teachers seem to come and go quickly, due I think to the administration's rigidity. My child has loved his teacher each of the 3 years we've been there, and has done well academically. But I also agree that the general ed kids get overlooked and are made to feel inferior to the AAP kids. And the school definitely "teaches to the test" to achieve those high SOL scores. Parents are asked to contribute an awful lot in time and money - more so than any other school we've been at (other FCPS schools as well as other states). Luckily the parents are very supportive, but I do think the administration takes advantage of their willingness to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

My daughter is currently a 6th grade AAP student in this school. My older daughter was enrolled in this school also, but she wasn't in AAP. Although the school lacks in some caring feelings, the academic program is exquisite. Both of my daughters test scores increased by a profitable amount, and almost all of the teachers I speak highly of. Their SCA, and spirit nights/days are always a source of fun for my daughter. I have spoken often with their principal, and I respect and think highly of her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

I'm quite happy about the school at first time when I believe and send my son to one of the Kindergarten classes here. We'll send my daughter to this school this September as well. We wish all teachers and the Principal all the best in upcoming time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2011

I am not happy with the school at all. My child is a kindergardener, just started this year, and so far my experience is the worst. I have another child who graduated Fairfax County Public School, not Willow Spring, and never had any problem with any. Teacher and school administration at Willow Spring do not listen to parents or students. They have their own way of dealing with issues. In a constant need of volunteers or regular 81/2 by11 white paper, maybe the school needs to look over their management and expense budget, never seen a school before asking for those things. I was even thinking to suggest among parents to help with paper supply until i saw how the school was wasting a piece of paper everyday at kiss&ride. Please look over the management and your school budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

This school is excellent. It is a GT magnet school which accounts for some of the high test scores, however, that is only <50% of the students, and after watching my daughter graduate . I was stunned by the amount of students graduating with either the Presidential Excellence awards or Presidential Scholarship awards. Out of roughly 120 6th graders, about 10 did not meet the criteria. Most hit the higher award. Don t be mislead by some other posters poor reviews; they have an ax to grind somewhere. According to the county regulations a child cannot be squeezed out due to poor achievement, it is against the law. About being the most warm and friendly, maybe not, but it has more to do with the neighborhoods surrounding the school. Most children come from high achieving, high income type A parents which are very involved and focused on the kid s educations and not the touchy feely things. As far as the arts/creativity question goes,>50% of the school plays an instrument, participates in chorus or the school plays. The school has received several awards for it excellence in education, music and the arts. My children have enjoyed their teachers and school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2011

My daughter is in her 2nd year at WS. Downisde: some teachers are disorganized, and yell at the kids. The administration is fairly rigid. Classrooms are shaped oddly (triangular), which is not an issue unless the class is crowded; then it becomes a space problem. On the plus side: Some teachers are excellent; the curriculum is challenging and the kids seem happy. Lots of parental involvement. They have "specials" frequently, including P.E., art, music and Spanish. The school's high test scores reflect the fact that it is a center for gifted students. Sometimes, I think the "average" kids may fall through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

This school is TERRIBLE for special needs kids. My son used to be autistic. He went to kindergarten at Willow Springs and struggled everyday. All the school did was call me almost everyday and told me to take my son home, deal with him, and bring him back when he could comply. They did NOTHING to accommodate his needs. They did not even evaluate him for special services. We left this school after kindergarten and went to Eagle View, also in Fairfax. Eagle View was very proactive; the principal met with me personally and made sure her staff and teachers worked closely with me to ensure my son's success. Today my son has recovered from autism, thanks to Eagle View's support, and no thanks to Willow Springs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is a wonderful, warm place for my child to grow and learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

My son has gone here sence K and he is in sixth now it is a excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2008

Kids have a great exerence at this intellagent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

I would have to say that I am very impressed with the education my son is receiving at this school. He is in the GT program and seems to be thriving. We loved our base school so much since it was extremely warm and friendly. Willow Springs was hard to get used to because it is not as warm and friendly, but my son loves going there. What more can a parent ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Horrendous administration-not a welcoming atmosphere, like a prison, no creativity, not a good school at all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2008

This is a school that squeezes out any child who doesn't perform in an effort to maintain high scores on standardized tests. This process seems to be a product of the administration combined with some parents and teachers. The sad fact is that in an effort to outperform they've lost the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

My 2 sons went there and we were very happy. They have the gifted and talented program as well as many advanced courses. I have been very happy with the principle and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Kindergarten is poor. Mrs. Prioletti is wonderful. Both of my children had her for first grade. A healthy level of parental involvement is encouraged. The school needs to put a little more emphasis on math, art and music, but they do an excellent job with reading and social studies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2003

Principal is average. My daughter is finishing 2nd grade this June. Kindergarten teacher was only a two star. First and Second grade teachers were both 5 stars, hence I could only give a four star rating on teacher quality. This is really a fantastic school with great families and kids, it's just that there are some exceptional personnel and some average -- I suppose that's true anywhere.


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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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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98%

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96%

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92%
History and Social Science

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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98%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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99%

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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97%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
99%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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80%

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97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

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

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

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

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students88%
Female students85%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students87%
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 Students88%
Female students94%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students89%
Proficient in English93%
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 Students91%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black students70%
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black students70%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students88%
Female students92%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Science

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students88%
Black students40%
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English91%
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 Students95%
Female students98%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students98%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students91%
Female students96%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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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Fairfax, VA 22030
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