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Belvedere Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 623 students

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Posted May 26, 2013

These reviews are out dated; Belvedere has a new dynamic Principal, will be the first elementary school in Fairfax to implement the IB program in Fall of 2013. The student population is very diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

I is an educational learing machine for kids! My child loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

The Advanced Academic Program is an excellent opportunity for more advanced children to further develop and improve, (and not getting bored), beyond the standard class room curricula. The AA Resource Teacher, does an outstanding job in this respect. However, as far as the normal class activities goes; it depends entirely on the teacher's capabilities and attitudes. Unfortunately, the principal is most interested in being a principal, and does not foster any welcoming environment for parents to get, and be involved with the school. This is evident when you look at the participation at the PTA events. Fund risers are always the same old hat, new initiatives, of any kind, are non-existent. Spend one year involved in activities at Belvedere ES, and you will know how the next year will pan out. And the next....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

I am very surprised at this schools ranking. I moved here from Frisco,Tx which has excellent schools. My children LOVE Belvedere! They are being challenged, have great responsibilties in school, and are having fun. The teachers and staff are always kind and are prompt in handling any questions I have had. There are so many things going on at this school it is hard to keep up! I am truly happy with our decision to send our children here and hope others will visit the school before judging it. It really is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2008

I have been a Belvedere Parent for several years now. I completely agree that the Principal comes across as defensive. However, I do like the Assistance Principal and she is understanding, easy to work with, and does a good job communicating with the Parents. I also have a GT child and our GT experience has been good, so far. I was very disappointed with the K, 1st and 2nd, as a result of the no child left behind, my child was bored b/c he was not being challenged and as a result, I received daily emails about him talking in class. My expectations of the noise level in the lunch room/cafeteria are different than the people who run the cafeteria. I understand kids will be kids and they like to talk at lunch, but silence from the children should not be part of the lunch period.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

We are fairly new to belvedere. So far the principal comes across defensive, looks out only for her teachers and is not a student advocate. Parents that are advocates for their students are considered 'intense' helicoptering parents. so far not so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

The Belvedere GT Center has been a big disappointment for our family. The teacher turnover ratio is very high. For the past several years many of the teachers in the center classes have been new to Belvedere and new to the GT curriculum . The school administrators are remote and unapproachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

We have 2 chidren in this school. It is a very diverse, creative, and caring school. The Special ED program is fantastic full of amazing teacher with extra degrees and certification.,The ESOL classes are well done also. The GT center is highly regarded, and hard to get into. The principal is a hard driver, but runs a great school. The PTA is relatively small, but hard working. The school offers a number of afterschool programs: music, SAC, Young Astronauts... Classes are a bit large.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2005

I have tutored the kids from several elementary schools such as Baileys, Glen Forest, Parklawn and Belvedere. I would say all staffs and teachers are friendly, helpful and devoted. However, Belvedere is GT center which accepts above-average students from other areas. When the principal and staff set a high expectation for SOL result, they trigger the competing atmosphere already existed between students. It's probably some of the reasons why Belvedere gains great scores.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
91%

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 73% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students86%
Female students86%
Male students85%
Black students77%
Asian students80%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students74%
Female students75%
Male students74%
Black students77%
Asian students93%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black students92%
Asian students100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students91%
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 Students74%
Female students77%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students89%
Female students89%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English96%
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 Students77%
Female students72%
Male students82%
Black students79%
Asian students100%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students80%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students68%
Female students64%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students71%
Female students68%
Male students74%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English89%
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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6540 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: (703) 916-6800

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