We are looking forward to the end of the school year to get out of here. All good reviews for this school are based on its glory in the past when the previous principal took care of the kids' educational needs. Today, with the new principal the school is a joke. Many good teachers have left. Most of those who "teach" there now are nothing but overly confident below average "wanna be professionals". The school's low test scores reflect this perfectly - sadly enough they do teach to SOL, and yet can't even get that right. Class sizes are huge. Our kid is BORED in classroom and has a teacher who shouldn't be called a teacher at all, as she doesn't understand basics of teaching. Their new "counselor" is totally incapable of dealing with kids or parents, when there is no issue she manages to create one. To justify her existence? The only bright side are the afterschool activities, but the news are none of them will be available next school year when the school is going to be remodeled. Overall, this is by far the worst school and worst administration in the area. Don't be fooled, keep your child away from this disaster.
Forestville Is an outstanding school in so many ways. First, it offers educational programming that ventures outside of the state standards of learning (SOL) such as project based learning, advanced academic curriculum, Teachers as Leaders three year grant focusing on the development of higher order thinking skills, Renzulli Learning for all etc. Secondly it offers a wonderful education for all students, not just a select group, e.g. self contained Category B special education class, full time ESOL program, educators ranging from 30+ year veterans to early hire new professionals who are among the best in the state, "retake to mastery" formative and summative assessment policy, and other cutting edge initiatives. Thirdly, a wonderful student body is encouraged to show good citizenship through a vibrant Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program (PBIS), complete with over 15,000 Cardinal Compliments earned annually, and an adorable mascot Forest the Cardinal, plus an excellent counseling program which focuses on character development. Lastly (though there is so much more), the parents are wonderfully supportive as they put in thousands of volunteer hours annually and more!
Our children have received an outstanding education at Forestville in the seven years we've lived here. The teachers and staff are dedicated and caring. It's a welcoming environment for students and parents, and I've been impressed with the courtesy exhibited by students overall. I've yet to see a better school, public or private.
Large classes. Unqualified AAP teachers. Lack of in depth teaching. More like a club for volunteers.
I've been part of this community for over 10 years. In the past, Forestville treated all the students equally. Now, the goal is to make sure the SOL results coming out of Forestville are the best in the county. They teach to the SOL every single day!! According to guidelines, you don't prep a student for a SOL. Now, 3rd thru 6th graders are sent home practice runs. My 6th grade daughter was told "don't worry about that sort of math problem it won't be on the SOL!" Advanced Placement vs. who isn't is heard consistently at games, parent events, etc...some for it and others completely appalled by it. Class sizes are close to 30 or more per class. 50% of the classes are split between General vs. Gifted. Do you really think 50% are gifted learners? You don't even have to test in to the AAP as I learned recently when they 'offered' my child the chance to move "up." Ridiculous. The best teachers have either left or talk regularly about the horrific Tiger Moms vs. Weak Administration. Too much focus on the AAP is causing the General Ed children feel inferior and "not good enough." Remember, they are KIDS!
I've had three kids at Forestville, and know the school from K to 6. The teachers are committed and engaging, the front office staff is friendly and helpful, and the administration is very open. We've had a great experience at Forestville
Wonderful teachers and great PTA! We are so happy to see our child eager to go to school each day.
I'm a 6th grader(leaving for 7th grade in a few days, boo hoo:( ) and i've been at this school since kindergarten. This is a very nice school, and I will miss it a lot.. the education is great, and most everyone is friendly. if you go to this school, or have gone, you will agree that is an amazing school with great teacherw.
Update re: posting below-- Forestville has had a GT center for three years now. Parents of children selected for GT (now called Advanced Academic Program or AAP) can now choose whether to keep their child at the center at Forestville or send them to the center at Forest Edge.
Great school!! I enjoyed the website of the school and the amount of information it had provided me with!Absolutely great curriculum(Core Knowledge).Great communication among principal and parents!
Excellent school, extreme level of parental involvement (seems to be a committee for everything, very strong PTA). Mr. Harris (principal) has brought in a good leadership style for the school, and teacher quality seems to be improving under him. Fairfax County Gifted and Talented (GT) Program starts diverting many bright children to the GT Center at Forest Edge Elementary starting in 3rd grade. Absence of a center at Forestville means that you have to make a choice of where to send your child if he or she tests into GT. SAC program (before / after school care) is consistently good - even though SAC staff rotates among schools, the SAC director at Forestville has maintained a good program. Fairfax County Public Schools is a wealthy school district, and it shows in the availability of extracurricular activities. Also, the very high level of parental involvement and resources supplements programs at Forestville.
Excellent academics and teaching. One of the top elementary schools in Virginia.
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