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5970 Meeres Rd
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

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September 14, 2014
This is the second year my son has attended Fort Belvoir Elementary School. We have had a great experience thus far. His Kindergarten teacher was amazing and so is his First grade teacher this year. My son has health problems which require me to go to the school twice a day to care for him and everyone in the school has been nothing but accommodating. When I had issues with things that were going on I never had to wait to get them sorted out. The principle and assistant principle saw me right away I think I waited 5 minuets tops. The ladies in the office are so kind and have done everything possible to make my visits each day as smooth as possible. It is a large school with lots of children and parents so yes the office can be hectic at times but I think they manage well.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2014
My school is Fort Belvoir Elementary. I currently have two of my children attending, I strongly believe this is an exceptional school. Last year my children attended first and third grades. The teachers in these two grades provided a excellent education opportunity for my children. The afterschool program of STEM and the additional tutoring enhance the overall experience. The teachers stay late beyond their required contract hours preparing plans and sharing ideas on how to nurture and develop their students minds for their utmost capabilities. The difficulties I have seen encounter there derive more from parents believing their rank (or should I say their spouse's rank entitle them to special considerations outside the very rules put in place for the security of our children. If parents spent more time with their children developing their reading, writing and math skills at home and less time indulging their own enjoyments on their computers and iphones then their children would be better prepared for the world.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
Sadly with the new principal arriving last year the school has rapidly declined. The office staff doesn't really care. They are too busy chatting each other up. Most of the teachers just don't care. For each grade there are good teachers. This school has had revolving doors when it comes to the staff. Every year you see new teachers. One teacher last year informed that ,"Parents are NOT allowed to park and walk their children into the school." Needless to say she also got slapped. One of the counselors asked what was going on. I informed her that I had walking my son in to the school for over 2 yrs. and now some "new" teacher thinks she's going to tell I can't? Wrong answer. Then with the new principal, your children can not hand out birthday invites ( we give them to whole class). No homemade anything, must be individually wrapped & store bought?! And the parents are discouraged from taking their kids to class in the mornings. Followed with , why are you here? , for what reason , where, and you can't do that , the teachers don't want to have to deal with parents before school.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
If I could control the rating the school would not even receive 1 star. First and foremost this is a horrible school. The new principal could careless about the interest and education of the students who attend. She knowingly allows teachers to mistreat children even when the teacher admits to it and it's beyond all rules to act in such manner. Some teachers honestly should no be teachers especially those with children entering kindergarten. Time to take this to higher levels.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
I have two children who have attended kindergarten and first grade at Fort Belvoir Elementary. Both of my kids are excelling and enjoying the classroom/school learning environment. Their teachers were phenomenal; I don't know how they do it! Based on this website, I was afraid that the student body was too large, discipline was a problem, and the education was lacking. That is not so! There is a large library for them to use, even parents are welcome! There is nothing lacking - science lab/STEM programs, art, music, PE, and the normal subjects. My kids LOVE it at Fort Belvoir and they certainly are high performers. The teachers and administration care for the students and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2014
This school is completely overcrowded and the staff have just given up. With the exception of about 1/2 of the Teachers, the school is just not good.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
I have never experienced any other schools but we love our daughters teachers so far. Kindergarten and first grade. We haven't had any problems and I love how organized they are. It makes me feel good knowing my daughter is in a safe environment. She is ahead and will be tested for advanced classes for next year and I feel the teachers are giving her the work she needs to push forward. We are even thinking about extending here just so she can have another year in this school. And that alone says alot because we don't care for the area at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
Fort Belvoir elementary school is overcrowded. The staff in the front office are rude and make the simplest task difficult. The new principal does not have a grip on the school. She doesn't return calls and her vice principals aren't picking up the slack. The teachers that my children had have are less than stellar. If your child is advanced they are too busy to bother with them My daughter spends way too much time reading at school because she is bored. My son, on the other hand, could use a little extra help and his teacher gets frustrated easily and leaves nasty comments on his homework. This school needs an overhaul.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
This is my child's second year here. Her 2nd grade teacher was great and patiently explained things when we had questions. My child is weak in math, but the teacher worked with her to improve. Her 3rd grade teacher is good, but I feel rushed by her. Conferences have been helpful. The school seems better this year under new leadership. Monthly newsletters are a new, informative feature. It seems not all children are recognized in areas where they excel and individual attention is rare. One evening last school year, I received a call from staff who rudely told me that my child was waiting to be picked up. My child is bussed to and from before/after care and has never done kiss-n-ride. When she realized the mistake, it was blown off. This year, when I called to check the status of a conference that I requested, I was told that one had been scheduled that I missed. I had been basically sitting by the phone waiting for someone to get back to me about it, so I know I didn't miss anything. When it was realized there may have been a mistake, again, it was blown off. I don't think the school is that bad, but it does depend on who you deal with. There is certainly room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
Poor Leadership. Administration only cares about kids whose parents are highly military ranked. Your child will left behind. They do not care for students who are not gifted.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
My daughter attended Fort Belvoir Elementary for kindergarten and 1st grade 2011-2013. We had a GREAT experience at this school. She had Ms.Murphy and Ms. Shroff and they were both AMAZING teachers . My daughter got a little behind a few times they went out of their way to make sure she got the extra help she needed. I was also provided with extra tips on how to help her at home. The staff were great with informing me right away with any issues with my daughter . Unfortunately we had to move and ate now on the hunt for another great school with amazing teachers like this one .

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
Hello, my name Clift Crump and my daughter (ANGELA D. CRUMP) attended Fort Belvoir elementary in the year of 2005, and she stayed there the next couple of years. And what I need for Tax audit purposes is " if you please" her record for that period, Thank you so much, I quite sure you understand.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
This school was not the ideal situation for our student. We are used to very good schools with teachers dedicated to differentiating and strong knowledge of teaching. Didn't find it there.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
Our son went here for only one year--thank goodness we pcs'd after one year. I am a former teacher, and what we found at Fort Belvoir Elem was below average teaching and leadership. Our son's second grade teacher did not have recent knowledge of ed research, teaching strategies, etc and didn't differentiate. Our son was not challenged at all; he was very bored. He was also exposed to inappropriate language and behaviors daily. It was an overall disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
I had 2 children in this school for under 6 months, very disappointing. My 4th grade student's teacher was very mean spirited, even went so far as to tell my child that she didn't want him at that school, nor in her class, and was glad he was leaving. My 6th grader failed to be challenged, admitted into the advanced program (I had to sign an approval for to allow him to participate, still have a copy of it), I was then told that he wasn't in the advanced classes, never was. My child was bored beyond belief. Very disappointing school atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
My daughter only went to this school for two months before we changed her to another school. The students are not challenged, the staff is rude, the teachers don't seem interested in the individual child. The behavior and language of the other students was not the environment I wanted my daughter to be in. If you are planning to move on base and have elementary age children, please consider some of the other schools available in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2012
I had children in this school for seven years. As long as there were no issues with my children's behavior, it was great. Unfortunately, the administration talks a good game, but won't follow through. After discussing a plan of action that both the parent and staff member agrees to, the staff member turns around and does something different with the child, as far as discipline. The parent only finds out about this when they try to follow through with what they had agreed to do (via the conference with the staff member) and the child reveals that what the parent was told would happen at school did not actually happen. This makes it impossible for the parents to instill consistency and respect for authority with their children. The school is illequipped to deal with dicsiplinary issues.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2011
I think this school was fantastic, I was a student here for 5th grade and while being here, the teacher's and faculty were very friendly and they did their job very well. I am currently Graduated and I just wanted to let you parents know that, your child will learn alot at this school and will have a great time. There is always something to do at this school and the activities they perform will inspire your child.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2011
This school is very large, and you never ever see the principal. The school as a whole does not seem very organized and it seems to be a revolving door of teachers. However my kids have always had great teachers that worked hard to provide a good educational experience for my kids. Probably the best teacher is Ms. Barber a 6th grade teacher. My child has a learning disability and never liked school. After having Ms. Barber his confidence is high and he is working on grade level (something he never has done before). She truly has a gift! I also must praise Mrs. Pena a 5th grade special education teacher who worked hard with my child as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2010
Fort Belvoir Elementary school has been a wonderful school for my children. I have three children at the school ranging from preschool to sixth grade. We've had some amazing teachers and some not so amazing teachers, but overall it has been a great experience. I love that they have inclusion classes for the special needs kids and the special ed teachers have been great. I will be sad to leave this school behind. The previous reviews about the principal are true, she is never around the school and really sweeps issues under the rug, but I assure you that the rest of the staff isn't like that. The PTO is probably the best you will ever see.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Fort Belvoir Elementary is a great school. Teachers, faculty, staff, and volunteers do a fantastic job and the encouragement and skill that they have shown to our kids, and as parents, we have seen first hand that they are providing a top notch education for our kids. Including children, like our youngest, who requires a special needs class, are the best that we've seen and we couldn't be more thankful for the job that they, and all the educators at FBES, do everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2010
I am not too particularly happy with the quality of Teachers nor the curriculum. I feel that all teachers should be accountable and present a lesson plan for the year/semester/quarter atleast monthly. There is an injustice when we allow our children to absorb the teachings on a whim of an educator.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
I already wrote another review, but felt compelled to write another one. My son has Asperger's and ADHD and I can tell you that there have been 2 years where we've had to fight for services. However the other 2 years were fantastic. His second grade teacher-Mrs. Mamo-and his fourth grade teacher-Mrs. McKay and Mrs. Bishop-were the best teachers ever hands down, end of story! They were so patient, always kind, always kept us up to speed on how he was doing.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
School is okay, Very crowded. My son didn't get a very good teacher. Classroom are very very crowded.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
Great school! I am in the school often and I always see smiling faces on the children and teachers. The staff (for the most part) is wonderful and the Pricipals and Counselors are always willing to meet with parents and resolve issues. The music programs are wonderful for young kids, and test scores are high even with the huge transfer rates. We love Fort Belvoir and we will be sad when it's time to move.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2008
I have left Ft. Belvoir after 2 years at this school. If I had to be at Ft. Belvoir a 3rd year I would have found a way to pay for private school to get my twins out of that nighmare. I was in the school every week in not every day yet I never ever saw the principal. I didn't even know what she looked like. Some of the teachers worked against the moms if we were officers wives. The classes were too big, the teachers were inept as a whole yet there were some teachers that were special and fabulous. Problems were never solved, rather they were ignored, test scores were all that mattered and leadership from the top was nonexistent. I wondered how anything was accomplished since the right hand did not know what the left hand was doing.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 27, 2007
I've been to better school.I've seen better control over the students in the class and in the caferteria. The principal doesn't seem to be doing her job as head of the school.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2007
I have had a great experience at this school and I have two kids diagnosed with autism. This is a great mainstream school and it depends on who you get for a teacher as to your childs success. We have been here for three years and only had one bad teacher out of 6. You write down what your child needs and do not back down, they will do great. Overall, great sipport from parents, tons of music and art. Sports activities are throught he youth services division. Academic programs are good. Great services for kids with learning disabilities even though it has a low rating.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2006
Fort Belvoir Elementary School is a Fairfax County Public School. Unlike most schools in the county, The school offers full day Kindergarten. Our family is very happy with the education provided to our kids. The school is VERY large, so much so, that it has 3 vice-principals, who have an amazing way of giving it a small schoolhouse feel. Our child looks forward to school every day, and has been blessed with incredible teachers. The school offers inclusion classes which keep the special education integrated with mainstream kids, which has been a bonus for our child. The school offers gifted and talented programs. Music and art highlights our childs' week, and the school has fine teachers for these subjects. In the 1st Grade, our child was not only introduced but studied great composers and learned to recognize the sound of an array of instruments. This school nurtures the military child.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
Honestly, I have been very disappointed with FBES. Great teachers are very hard to come by and the school is entirely too large for the principal to manage the issues that accompany every elementary school. She has proven this time and time again. Ms. Jane Wilson is a very pleasant woman, however in my experience, she very conveniently sweeps very important issues under the rug and does not hold teachers accountable. We have had a couple wonderful teachers at the school and a few very unmotivated, illiterate, passive aggressive teachers who basically did their own thing, resisting adherance to Fairfax County Policies. I realize that public schools in general are slipping, which is very apparant here at Fort Belvoir. I would not reccomend this school to anyone. This has been an unpleasant experience for myself and my children. Drastic changes need to be made!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
This school has been a nightmare. The principle is never available. They do not have an 'open door' policy. When a problem does arrise the administrators are quick to 'hush you up' and ignore your requests. As military families we have enough to worry about, we should not have to put up with the stresses of teachers and principles who do not respect our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
I recently moved here after 3 years in a Department of Defense school in Italy. I was very skeptical coming back stateside, but I feel we made the right choice by living on Fort Belvoir and sending my son to the Fort Belvoir Elementary school. The people there are awesome and very helpful. I have not yet volunteered, but I see parents all over the place, the school is large in size with about 1300 students, the principal knows each kid by name! My son is on an IEP and is excelling here. He seems very comfortable and that is a major plus. If you are moving to this area, I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2004
Fort Belvoir Elementary is an excellant school! It is big, over 1,100 students, but they've got a great principal, good teachers, and awesome programs. We are new here and have one child in 5th grade, 2 in 3rd grade (twins) and 1 in Kindergarten. They offer plenty of volunteer opportunities for parents and encourage parental involvement in the school. They have an awesome Saturday School program which meets every other Saturday morning. It offers some family togetherness time as well as a time when the parents are separated from their children. While the children are learning new games and sports, the parents listen to different speakers presenting a variety of parenting and school-related topics. Communication between parents and the teachers has been simplified by email. The school principal has a genuine interest in the students and their parents. I highly recommend this school to anyone with kids K-6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2004
Huge school. Over 1300 students. Second largest in Virginia. The largest is also on a military base. Faculty do a hot job in trying to manage the numbers. Teachers are great. I have a 1st grader that has attened two years and grade K student.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2004
My son has been attending this school since 2nd grade. He now is in 5th grade. He has an IEP and requires special services within the regular ed class. They have been wonderful in accomodating him. My husband has done whatever possible to keep us at Fort Belvoir so our son can continue at Fort Belvoir. Great communication within the special services department...have trouble getting some of the teachers to read his IEP or follow it. Overall, a good school that has been great for my child.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
For a military school system and the high turnover rate of students due to soldiers deploying in Operation Enduring Freedom. I would say that we could not ask for any better. I'm sure their SOL ratings would be much higher than that of comparison schools but remember what other school system has to deal with a high rate of new students at mid-term. I have the ut-most confedience in these counselors.

- submitted by a parent
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Fort Belvoir Elementary School
5970 Meeres Rd, Fort Belvoir, VA  22060
(703) 781-2700
Last modified Fort Belvoir Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Belvoir Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top