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PK-5
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Falls Church, VA
Students enrolled: 1,321

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6111 Knollwood Dr
Falls Church, VA 22041

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(703) 575-6800
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February 05, 2014
My son is a first grader and we are in the spanish immersion program - which is excellent. It amazes me how effective - and wonderful - the teachers are given the incredibly diverse student population. My son went to a private pre-school (montessori education) and I feel like Bailey's is along the same bend (as you can be in a public school setting). The experiences the children receive - with the arts and sciences magnet ad the CETA program are unparalleled. Is the school overcrowded - yes. FCPS has identified a solution to ease the overcrowding and return the current Baileys building to a small-school environment (it will be a lower school, K-2, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
I have two children at Bailey's and am very happy with the school. Maybe we have been lucky but we have not had any communication issues. One of my children has sensory issues and received extensive speech and OT through preK. We had him privately evaluated before kindergarten and were told he had caught up and didn't require services anymore but later, after we expressed concern to his teacher at Bailey's, the school was very proactive about evaluating him, providing suggestions, and monitoring his progress. I was a shock to us after hearing from parents at other Fairfax schools that you have to fight for services. My youngest is in the Spanish immersion program which is an amazing option.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2012
Bailey's could be a good school, but it has simply grown too large to be manageable. While there are many different programs available to kids I think for some kids it is just too much and does not leave enough time to focus on the basics. Also the teaching for us has been hit or miss. We have had some excellent teachers we have also has some bad experiences. If your child is outgoing, thrives in chaos and loves the arts then this is a great school. If they are reserved and enjoy focused structured days then it may not be a good match. I think the enrollment this year is more like 1400 with no good way to reduce that in the near future. Although the class size has remained a constant 20-22 kids. To do that they have put trailers on every possible piece of open space leaving much less space for play.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
If you measure the school by your children's happiness then Baileys is great. If communication is important to you well then look elsewhere. I learn more from my third grader than from any representative of the school, which is sad. The teachers and administrators seem used to dealing with less involved and less informed parents who might not ask questions or exhibit interest. Homework is non-existent. Not sure we will stay.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
We have had a great experience with Bailey's. My son is finishing kindergarten and is sad the school year is over and that he has to wait until September to go back. He had a terrible preschool experience (not at Bailey's) that destroyed his confidence and left him hating the idea of school. His wonderful teachers at Bailey's were a key reason he reagained his confidence and now loves school. He is leaving kindergarten able to read, write and do basic addition and subtraction. The full day kindergarten program was very important to us (as opposed to the half day offered at many other Fairfax County elementary schools) and the wide variety of special classes (art, music, pe, dance, etc).

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
I have had one child go through Bailey's and a second one almost done. Both have done Spanish immersion and seem to thrive in the creative and diverse environment. It is not perfect and is not a school if you think homework is an indication of scholastic rigor. Instead, the teachers encourage the children to think critically and learn facts in an interesting way. More work needs to be done with the Spanish Immersion program, mainly given the children need some grammar structure and the middle school doesn't really have the capability to continue the program well. But it has certainly given both children good accents and a solid start. Parents who get involved see the beauty and the magic of the school--others, who may view it from a distance, are quite likely to assume the worst. I"m pleased my children have had this experience and hope that Fairfax County Public Schools continue to ensure that it can continue.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
Don't let the low GreatSchools rating fool you--Bailey's does NOT "teach to the test". It is a science technology and fine arts magnet school. The teachers emphasize hands-on exploration and collaboration. My first grader loves science and comes home excited everyday. This week she wrote observations about the eggs hatching in her classroom, she ate a salad made of vegetables she grew in the school garden, and in her creative movement class they are working with their teacher to choreograph a piece on slavery. Her field trips this year included two trips to the portrait gallery to study portraits of Americans including George Washington and Rosa Parks; trips to the Kennedy Center (who the school partners with); and visits to the Lincoln Memorial to see where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. She wants to be the first woman scientist President. The teachers and the administration--in our experience so far--have been fabulous. Bailey's has more county teachers of the year than any other elementary school. They are dedicated to the students and to the mission of the school. Bailey's is a unique school and not for everyone, but we love it.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
We are a first year out of boundary family at this wonderful school. We were thrilled to have won the "lotto" and Bailey's has not disappointed us. We wanted our children here first and foremost because of the Spanish immersion program. It is unbelievable. However, Bailey s diversity is shaping my kids in ways no other school could have. In my experience, the teachers and staff have always been helpful and academics have been very challenging. My kids are thriving here. This is a very special school and my kids are getting the well-rounded education I hoped.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2011
Bailey's has been a huge disappointment for me from an academic perspective. I find that the teachers have very low expectations of the children, and teach only the bare minimum that the children need to get by. I feel the teachers are not prepared to go the extra mile for children who are performing above the bare minimum. I also feel that you are dismissed if you bring this up to any of the staff at Bailey's. My advice to any parent who values their child's education, don't send them to Bailey's. This is coming from a parent who really would love to keep her child at Bailey's because of the diversity. My other comment to parents trying to parse the various reviews, note that a lot of the good ones were all on or around October 5, 2009. I prefer to focus on the ones that a parent chooses to do on his/her own, rather than ones that appear to be a part of a concerted effort to boost Bailey's ratings--that's just my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
This was previously a good school (2001ish), but it has gone downhill since. My daughter went to a private pre school and many children from her private pre school went to this magnet school because of the reputation. However, since then, every single parent from my daughter's pre-school class (including myself) has removed their child from Baileys because of its horrible administration, poorly trained teaching staff, and poor learning environment. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE TAKE YOUR CHILD OUT OF THIS SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2010
All in all, this has been an excellent school for our family and we feel very lucky to be here. Make no mistake, it is very diverse and a large percentage of children are from low socio-economic backgrounds. However, they and all students are challenged and given a very rich experience- both artistically and socially. From a partnership with the Kennedy Center to every child being given a violin to bring home in 3rd grade, Bailey's students get all the amenities of a private school, with public school access. Every room has a Smartboard. Grants flow freely from numerous sources and the teachers are exceptional. The administrative staff has an open door policy and an amazing work ethic. I thank God we "won" the out of boundary lottery and are able to attend!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Bailey's teachers work so hard and find creative ways to teach an astonishing diverse student population. They give students (some who have never been in a school before) a fantastic foundation to build life-long learning skills and a committment to others.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2010
Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a unique school. It draws diverse students both from the nearby neighborhoods and from all over Fairfax County because a certain percentage of out-of-boundary students can enter via a lottery system. Baileys has some students in the Spanish Immersion program. The school has a superb, talented, and commited staff. The school is a CETA school meaning that it has a partnership with the Kennedy Center and integrates the arts into the curriculum. I have three children at Bailey's, have worked in education for over 20 years, and have never experienced a school as special as Baileys in my life!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
I love the emphasis Bailey's puts on Science and Art.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Bailey's is able to reach and educate not only my child, but also children who do not speak English, children from many different cultures, and children with special needs. There are a variety of programs at Bailey's that help to keep the kids connected to the school, and Bailey's teachers and staff are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love Bailey's for the incredible community from the teachers, parents, kids and partners. Baileys is forward thinking, innovative, creative and provides a warm, creative learning environment. We are an out of boundary family and choose to send our kids to Baileys.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Bailey's has wonderful dedicated teachers. It is the office and administration staff that I beleive are in desperate need of change. They are extremely rude (putting it politely) they lack the touch that is needed to work with children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Bailey's teachers use up to date teaching techniques and aren't afraid to use different approaches. The school strives to be a community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Baileys has an excellent staff and an abundance of parental participation. Bailey's is also one of the more diverse elemenary schools in the country and fosters an environment like no other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
spanish immersion, the arts, especially the opportunity that all 3rd graders play the violin! the international nature and the organized chaos that seems to work so well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
My son loves going there and is already learning so much!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The cultural diversity, richness of the magnet program, devotion of the teachers and staff and the pride I feel about being a part of this great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
I love the community feel of Bailey's, as well as all the programs other parents have mentioned. I have never once heard my kids say they are bored. They are continuously engaged and challenged. My eldest spent the summer telling me she was bored of vacation and really wanted to be at school instead! To me, that speaks volumes about how great Bailey's is.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Bailey's fosters a curiosity for learning in a supportive, creative and diverse community. What better gift could a school offer a child?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
there is an incredible arts integration, partnerships with the kennedy center, spanish immersion, science courtyard, queen of ten visits and complete drama program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The teachers believe in experiential learning, the parents are involved, the principal isn't afraid to make changes that aren't popular, if he believes they are the right thing to do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
So much diversity! Great Faculty and great science program

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
The Energy! The Teachers! The Spanish speaking experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
My daughter has felt that she belonged there since day one.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
There are so many programs through which the kids can enjoy learning. The art, movement, science, immersion, GT, and specials for kids not yet performing up to the norm are all terrific. The teachers and administrators really seem to care for the kids and the school environment. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
One of the only schools in the state that actually looks beyond the standardized tests and really encourages the kids to focus in other areas like music and dance. Bailey's also doesn't lack the focus on science and math either; they use great methods to reinforce the book learnings. Great kids, caring staff and wonderful teachers add to the experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
It's a wonderful school that blends children from very diverse backgrounds, both ethnically and economically. . . a caring place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
It's an awesome school, with special programs in the arts that are geared to helping children learn about many different subjects. And the students are from so many different cultural backgrounds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The most economically, culturally, linguistically diverse Elementary School in Fairfax County, a Title I school, Bailey's Elementary for the Arts and Sciences provides a vibrant learning experience through programs like CETA (Changing Education Through the Arts-a partnership with the Kennedy Center); partnership with the US Forest Service; outdoor education, etc. With projects such as Mural Arts where each class paints a mural under the guidance of a local artist; Cloth Stories, where children interview family members and embroider the story; or the Friendship Cultural Fence Project where each child paints a picket using themes from their cultural heritage, the diversity and experiences of the community at large become woven with the curriculum and the arts. The dedication of the teachers is very apparent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Bailey's is one of the most diverse schools in the country and it offers excellent programs--Spanish Immersion, focus on the Arts, etc.--, that attract students from far away.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 14, 2009
This school will exceed your expectations. Art, dance, technology, and dual language are offered along with an outstanding PTA sponsored after school program. We moved to this neighborhood because of this school. You should too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2009
Bailey's is great. The program, teachers and administration is great but the PTA is pretty scary.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
April 05, 2006
The value of a Bailey's education is immeasurable by test scores. We kept our GT child there for 5 years. After 'graduating,' she excells in conventional GT middle school, where she continues to be creative and fearlessly question... anything & everything! The founding principal was a passionate & dedicated administrator. The school ethic emphasizes respect, responsibility,& nurturing, despite pressure to apply NCLB standards to an 'Ellis Island' community (with turnover and high ESL). Multiculturalism taught my children to see character, rather than color, language, religion, or class--a valuable life lesson regardless of politics. Our current Bailey's student is gifted and faces learning challenges--but he's also motivated, curious, and loves school--to the credit of teachers who encourage his drive and recognize his potential. Parental involvement is high--and rewarding. Even without foreign language immersion, music & arts enrichment, extensive science, media, and technology resources--I'd still choose Bailey's for the teachers, smaller classes, and positive culture of learning. It's a special place.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Bailey's is an extremely diverse school with a wide range of learner abilities. If you choose to have your child go to Bailey's,you have to look at the entire education it offers. If you are a parent that realizes there's much more to making a school great than SOL test scores, this is the place for your child. The environment and the teachers are some of the most nurturing and creative I've ever encountered. Your child will learn the content areas through added art, science and technology teaching. The teachers work incredibly hard to do what's best for ALL kids. Yes, there are alot of ESOL kids- your child will appreciate diversity and respect other cultures so much more as a result. If you're looking for your child to do worksheets, tons of paperwork and constant SOL review, this is NOT the school for you. You must think outside the box.

- submitted by a teacher
July 04, 2005
The test scores are very low at Baileys, the major challenge facing the faculty is ESOL. Since the faculty has to focus on children who are challenged by english, their attention on excelling the educational experience is limited. If your child attends Bailey's you need to take this into consideration. If you are a parent who wants your child to excel you may want to consider a tutor, summer school, and home program. If you have a gifted and talented child or if your child has the potential to be, I would not recommend Bailey's based on the unique challenges that face the faculty. Bussing a child to Bailey wears on the child. It is a magnet school for a reason, they need your child to improve the overall performance of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2005
We applied our child to attend Bailey's. Went to open house, teachers and staff are very professional and all seem excited to teach and be there. They say they have the best qualified teachers. Facilities are very good with state of the art equipments. But test scores are low! I guess because of many non english speaking students.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
As a past teacher of Bailey's, who has also worked in other wonderful schools, I can confindently say that Bailey's has something uniquely special about it. Children receive the best education from highly talented teachers in an ethnically and economically diverse community. This is public education at it's best!

- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2003
We have only been at Bailey's for one year. So far the school is excellent. Our kids do have a long bus ride each day, but they managed it all right. This is a magnet school and is very special. I would not ever want to go back to our base school.

- submitted by a parent
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Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
6111 Knollwood Dr, Falls Church, VA  22041
(703) 575-6800
Last modified Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top