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Fort Belvoir Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 1174 students

 

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Posted Monday, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students69%
Female students73%
Male students64%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial67%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students61%
Female students66%
Male students55%
Black students31%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial64%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English63%

Science

All Students81%
Female students81%
Male students80%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial86%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
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 Students70%
Female students74%
Male students67%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial50%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students70%
Female students64%
Male students74%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial54%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%
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 Students69%
Female students72%
Male students66%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial54%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students72%
Male students66%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial69%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students65%
Female students68%
Male students63%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial58%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Science

All Students74%
Female students75%
Male students74%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial62%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%
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 Students78%
Female students80%
Male students75%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students82%
Female students83%
Male students82%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Fax number
  • (703) 781-2797

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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5970 Meeres Rd
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
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Phone: (703) 781-2700

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