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Mcnair Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 834 students

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 14 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted October 12, 2014

Too much competition among Indians to show off their kids and place them in AAP classes! I have lost faith in this AAP thing! I see it only as a label nothing more because of Indians... McNair has more students than it can handle! Mostly Indians so the school is going down the drain!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

Mc Nair used to be a good school. Now I am not so sure. Over crowded more than 1200 students. 5th and 6th graders are in trailer. Indians are competing to register their kids in this school and all are gifted trying to place them in AAP classes. AAP classes have more than 30 students some have 35. FCPS needs to do something about this! It is not fair to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2014

Some teachers in Mcnair are bullies and exhibit favoritism. They pick on certain children for even small reason. When kids start kindergarten they are new to the whole process. Teachers should be supportive. I have heard of extremely good teachers like Ms Beach but then there are others makes you feel like you rather home school. Communication between teacher and students sucks big time. When child does something silly you get a call and then teacher says that they will work with you. But when you reach out to them they get agitated and you get a cold shoulder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2014

I have 2 kids at Mcnair, The kids have been happy and so are we in general. Just worried about the rise in the number of kids registering every year.. The school has total 1200+ kids which is way too much for the school to handle considering the space, teachers, facilities. Also there is too much of homework for upper elementary due to which they are not able to do much of any extra curricular activites as opposed to other good schools in the area. Already they do a lot of work during school and again pressurized with homework once they get back home. Too much competition among Indians specially and peer pressure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2014

I think this is a great school. I have read some mean-spirited comments. If you have personal problems, then contact the teacher/principal. This school is doing the right thing to address the needs of all students.


Posted September 10, 2014

Very disappointed. My daughter has not had but heartaches coming here. There is no personal care or treatment, principal assistant is nice but Mrs Gooden, the principal has been very harsh and mean towards us. It makes me wonder why she would want to work with people/kids. It appears to achieve good grades,but I believe school should be about a lot more than grades, my daughter has Been begging me to be homeschooled since she started. It is over crowded, you literally have to wait 40 minutes in line to collect,it's not covered so imagine when harsh weather starts,, the place where she is collected is wild and my daughter has been pushed around. Read the reviews on google as well, it is important to know your school because once you are in that neighborhood it's impossible to be accepted in another one
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2014

Great school Grades............ then Staff, and New Principal are rude, mean, they gossip, try to dictate everyone, they treat you like a kick on the curb. They raise their voice to you and child and look down to you at all costs. Read the reviews from here, Google and any site. My advise is to take head and go else where
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2014

The registrar failed to contact my son's former school for his school records. They had me fill out a form with all the schools contact info and I signed it and they never sent it. They assigned my son to a classroom knowing nothing at all about him. I ended up being contacted by my son's former school asking where he was because they were never contacted for his school records and didn't believe we had enroll him somewhere else. This was a great deal of trouble for me that could've easily been avoided by the registrar doing her job. All she had to do was fax a form. Laziness at it's best. So if you transfer your kid to this school, do not have the false confidence that they will do a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2014

Great school, staff and PTA. However, I feel the homework load and project load is a lot, not required at elementary level. Too much pressure on the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2014

This school has a few teachers who show favoritism and are bullies themselves.They make false judgement about kids and have the guts to say it on a child's face. This encourages other students to make accusations and bully the targeted kid. They said to my child on several occasions that her parents are doing homework for her. Who gives them the right to fabricate such lies and thrust them on my child? She was humiliated and degraded several times. I can only imagine how that impacts the child's self esteem. Worst experience because of a few teachers who show favoritism, make false accusations and bullies students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

It's a great school but some teachers needs to focus on the kids instate of themselves and stop blaming parents for kids education. Teacher sees the kids more then the parents and parents do rely on the teachers for their kids education and lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

This is a great school. Both my kids receive excellent individual attention and guidance whenever needed. Special shout out to health room staff (Mrs. Cross) who helps my son with his diabetes management. The teachers are caring, smart and highly approachable , exactly what element school children need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

We love this school. Teachers go out of the way to support. They are very approachable and always willing to help out. The front office staff are also very courteous and helpful. Overall excellent library, indoor gym and again thanks to all the teachers and staff for making this school an awesome institution and making kids and parents very proud.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

We love this school; the staff is really nice and requests are done promptly. The education is great. Building is new. However, we do have an issue with the school not sharing information that I, as a parent, would like to know. Several kids in our class have had lice this year and the school does not alert the other parents. I believe every parent has the right to know if a child in the same class has something another child can spread. That is a parents first defense regarding their own child. Other than that the school is fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

Love Love this school! This school holds the Chess Tournament once a month, and my son loves playing chess there! The Chess teacher--Mrs. Chin dedicates all herself to kids' chess, she is a very great teacher! McNair ES is also one of the center schools of Fairfax County AAP program -- you will see how good quality the school is!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

First I gotta recognize there are great teachers on this school, however ... there are teachers who only care about themselves and its like a competition for them. About the office staff.... super rude!! I've only seen the principal being kind and always smiling but her staff .... totally rude, there is even a lady who will shout out loud to the children. There are some cases of bullying reported and teachers didn't solve the problem and took no action until it was elevated to the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

My son is in Kindergarten. His teacher was absent so many times and utilized worksheets as her main method of instructing the class. There was very little meaningful or hands-on learning opportunities in there. Also, she missed a lot of days. The front office staff is super rude. I volunteer every week and each time it was like walking into a negative environment. I never felt welcome. My child did learn a lot in his class, but I know his experience was not what we expected for his first year in school. The class also had 25 students. We are moving because we know this isn't the best fit for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2013

At McNair elementary most of the teachers are good. Kudos to Mr. D, Mr. White, Mrs. Chin and Mrs. Juntilla. My kids will have fond memories of this school because of these amazing teachers. However, I have had very awful experiences with the front desk staff. They are extremely rude. If you try to reason with them they will go the extreme of insulting you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

Looks like a buisness showcase group. Parents outwitting each other more than the kids enrolled. It has become a challenge for the parents to live up and excel rather than the kids wanting to do what they want. Parent involvement is to the level that it has become obstructive and derogatory thats why one star for that. Kids showing off their tech stuff and bragging who has IPAD or tablet to read rather than books.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

School is really good.Most of the Teachers are awesome.But the front desk people are not at all friendly or nice to the parents.Some people from admin also not at all friendly to Asians.In office we can sense discrimination.If this thing is fixed at McNair ,then it will be the best school in this area.


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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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

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 Students87%
Female students86%
Male students88%
Black students67%
Asian students93%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students88%
Female students85%
Male students91%
Black students67%
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English93%

Science

All Students89%
Female students87%
Male students92%
Black students69%
Asian students94%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students81%
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 Students81%
Female students87%
Male students75%
Black students53%
Asian students94%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students88%
Female students89%
Male students87%
Black students64%
Asian students98%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English91%
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 Students88%
Female students87%
Male students90%
Black students70%
Asian students96%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English92%

English: Writing

All Students85%
Female students89%
Male students80%
Black students80%
Asian students96%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students80%
Female students77%
Male students83%
Black students80%
Asian students92%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students80%
Female students76%
Male students86%
Black students62%
Asian students94%
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English88%
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 Students96%
Female students97%
Male students96%
Black students100%
Asian students98%
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students87%
Proficient in English99%

Math

All Students99%
Female students98%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English98%
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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