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2499 Thomas Jefferson Dr.
Herndon, VA 20171

(703) 793-4800
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November 20, 2014
I am appalled at the very racist comments allowed on this page. Any reviews mentioning race should not be allowed to stay, Great Schools! I have had two children attend McNair. One is in high school now and one is still there. We moved to McNair after attending a private college prep school out of state and found that McNair was ahead of where they were at our old school. I have found the teachers to be responsive and inclusive and interested in working with parents and honest about any possible issues with behavior or schoolwork. I do not have experience with the new principal yet but was very pleased with the previous principal. I do agree that the office staff could be more friendly. I have not experienced outright rudeness but do not appreciate unfriendly staff in a school setting where children may be affected. The population of the school is very diverse. I appreciate this very much, seeing my children interact with people from all over the world.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
January 06, 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
November 04, 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
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
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
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
December 06, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2012
The most rude staff I have ever seen. They never co-operate with parents. They always try to impose new rules like dictators, they always try to dominate on Parents like small kids or infants. Teacher are not best, whereas some of them are okey.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2011
My daughter goes to Kindergarten in this school.I will have to agree that some teachers are good and some are less than desirable.My daughter started with 18 kids in her class and now there are about 24. My experience with the office staff has not been very good. Anytime i have to go inside the administrative wing for something the cold stares and bad attitude just puts me off. Its the middle of the session and i hope things don't get worse than this.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
McNair is the best elementary school in Herndon school community. Teachers are Outstanding. Thankyou Mcnair.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
Great teachers starting from grade 3 to 6 . The teachers are excellent. They pay more attention kids. My kids have been here from kindergarden. When Oak Hill was the GT center, my kid went there for 3rd grade and then she had to come back to Mcnair as this became the GT center. I like McNair teachers performance when compared to it. Great school to send your kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
Our daughter Shria goes to 3rd grade at McNair ES. She has a great teacher, Mr. De and we are very much satisfied about our daughter's performance. He gives innovative & interactive topics for homework and encourages collective learning. He gives big topics to make my daughter to think big, do some research/study and make her to use Microsoft tools like MS Word & Powerpoint. Thanks to Mr DeFrancesco.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
This is a multi-ethnic School and you will not feel you are been segregated any where in the school. I feel always so much greeted that I feel shy.. I love this School....my both kids have been studying there since 2008 and I have had no complaints whatsoever. Keep up the good Teachers and Staff !!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2011
This a very great school and it is just perfect, i wouldn't need anything else.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2011
The staff in the school is not at all helpful.I found them to be very rude.My kid is not happy in the school.Unfrienndly envronment for the kids.English is not the main language spoken here.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2011
Great Great school....my first grader is thriving here!!! looking forward to our second child joining KG next september.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
I've put two children through this school in the last eight years. I have nothing but raving praise for the administration and teachers of this well organized, teamwork minded, professional, caring group. Every experience in music, academics, extracurricular, activities, clerical, and information management has been positive and superior. If you want your child to have ethnic diversity, wonderful curricula, be safe, excel, and grow, this is your school.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
McNair is a wonderful elementary school. With the new principal, and the status of a GT center, this school is drawing the top students in the area. Teachers are hard working and very dedicated. The principal is very involved and has high expectations of staff and students. This is a school to watch. PTA and parent center are very supportive and offer many opportunities. Excellent school. We came from a local private school , which ended up being far inferior to the education offered at McNair.

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March 24, 2010
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March 12, 2010
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no rating March 07, 2010
McNair Elementary has always been a great school. I am not sure why there are negative reviews about the school. Teachers and Staffs at the school are very helpful and cooperative. My both kids (daughter and son) go to the school. Teachers are knowledgeable and always appreciate students to perform good in the class. Recent changes to the school zone has balanced the student counts at the school. The school always organizes different evening activities that helps students to get involved in the events and have fun. I would personally like to be thankful of the Principal, Teachers, and Staffs about their excellent service for the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 07, 2010
McNair elementary is always been a great school. My daughter has been going to the school for almost 5 yrs. and my son started going this year. The school has always looking ways to improve their services and teaching styles. The school zoning that happened this year has helped a lot to improve their services further. The classrooms are more balanced in terms of students, Teachers are focused and very helpful, Staffs are very cooperative, and Principal is very attentive to the school and students. School has increased their evening events that helped students to have fun with the family. As a parent, I am proud to be part of the Mcnair elementary school zone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 03, 2010
McNair Elementary It's a great school with dedicated teachers and administrators lead by an awesome principal, she cares for the education of all children. An A school that have the best interest of your child education in mine where your voice is heard and your concern and questions are never look as little issues because your child education is priority # 1. Even in this hard economy where they had to make due with less resources than previous year, the school continue to stress the value of getting involved and partnering in your child education as the solution for your child academic success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 03, 2010
It is a great school with great teachers and wonderful principal and staff. The principal is very involved in knowing what's going on with all students and parents. I have been at this school for 5 years and my kids have done great at this school. My daughter has accomplish so much due to the teachers, No compliants about it. My children were blessed to have a warm, caring and absolutely wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
My Daughter started KG this year and its been a very positive experience. Excellent teachers in all grades, Fantastic and enthusiastic Principal and hard working PTA makes this a phenomenal school in every aspect. Looking forward to next year:)

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
My Son started Mcnair from kindergarten. From the the beginning he loves this school. I'm so happy. The principal is good, all the office staff and teacher are good. the PTA is doing good job.I will recommend this school to anyone. Till last year students population is high. Now everything changed.My son love this school.he never says no to school. he used to say ,whenever he is at home he is used to say I am missing my school.I'm missing my teacher.This year My son teacher is Mr.Russel.He is doing very good. My son is so proud to be a mustang Overall I like this school. One more amazing thing in this school there is parent center.Whenever u have time u can spent your valuable to help the school, or teacher. Overall I like this school

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
My daughter started at McNair last year as a Kindergartner. As nervous as I was (though being my fourth you would think I would be beyond that) I was comforted by meeting the principal as she helped my daughter out of the car in the Kiss and Ride. I truly think a principal is the heartbeat of a school and in McNair's case, Dr. West has been a strong and exciting heartbeat indeed. I have heard from other people in surrounding communities that McNair has been looked down on in the past and all I can say is that this is a treasure, albeit undiscovered in our midst and I am so proud my child is getting a well rounded, culturally diverse and nurturing education at McNair.

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June 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 26, 2009
I have worked at this school and it is a mess. Morale with the staff is low, and the teachers are hit or miss. Some are awesome and you are lucky if your child is put in their class, but others are less than desirable. It might be different now that it is becoming a GT school, but they just put all the 'smart' kids in one class, leaving no good role models for the other classes.

- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2009
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February 17, 2009
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February 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 01, 2007
Faculty/staff have a good rapport with the students, parents & fellow co-workers.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
My child is starting her 4th year at McNair and I can't say enough good things about this school. Every year my child has had an amazing teacher. The teachers and the administration really seem to care about the students. I have noticed that they also seem to really take the time to understand each child individually - what a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2007
Don't let the press and test scored fool you...this is an amazing school! Friendly office staff, wonderful teachers, and a great administration that can't be beat. The transient student population is the main reason for the test scores, but things are changing. McNair is truly one of the best schools I've seen.

- submitted by a teacher
January 20, 2006
It is difficult to judge a school and the rating might change from year to year due to different reasons. A school can be ok today and not too good in the next 2 years. SOL tests are not relevant enough because do not count in student's record, are not given to every grade etc. Some children learn a little more around Sol s period or are stressed unable to perform to their real level, so the results are relative. Having trailers on a new school grounds is a proof of poor developmental study and/or boundary problems. Some kids don't like at all. Having a new Principal might bring overall improvements. Some teachers are good and perform well; however too high turnover rate in the past 4 years. A higher involvement of parents in their children's education will help tremendous the children, school and ultimately the society.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
School standard is ok but not excellent.Teachers can be more responsive and proactive.This is the major difference I have noticed for my child as she moved last year from another fairfax county school to mc nair.Attention of the Teacher on an individual growth of student should be there as each child has various levels of skills.Teachers are the main media to get the talent out from them .As this sort of attention is very less in Mcnair which I feel the overall growth of my child is not what I expected in an year at Mcnair.Any ways its not the very best school but with little more restructuring and monitoring can be made the BEST of ALL

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Currently a teacher at McNair. A relatively new school with tremendous problems with teacher retention, overcrowding, large classroom numbers, etc. Has some terrific teachers, but also has some teachers that I would never let teach my own children. A very caring staff, but quality is hit or miss and morale is low. Extremely weak discipline program. Former principal was extremely difficult to work with. She has since 'left' and there is a new principal for the 2005-2006 school year, things may be looking better. PTA wants to be successful, but not much support from 1)parents, 2)teachers, or 3)administration. High percentage of English Speakers of Other Languages, which is a hurdle, but not a problem. Would have to be extremely selective with teachers before allowing my child to attend.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2005
We recently moved here from California. The difference between the school my child was at vs McNair is like night and day. I am extremely impressed and based on what we've been used to in California, now feel like my child is getting a private school education at McNair. Her teacher is amazing and I've been impressed with all the staff that I've met so far. While we are new here and still getting to know the school and the area, I can say that my child is very happy at McNair and comes home with new things she's learned everyday.

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April 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
As a prior pta president, i know that the teachers constantly strive to provide the best for our students. Teacher retention is not maintained due to high turnover. I firmly believe the issues are not with the students/teachers but due to a difficult princpal. Overcrowding due to the districting area and the heavy influx of new housing is an issue. Not sure where the parent of the june posting has been sending their children. We at mcnair have events going on for the family at least once a month: Spaghetti dinner night, science night, math night, language art night, end of the year picnics, book fair and pizza night, to name just a few. This is in addition to the concerts our bands, orchestras, and chorus students perform for us. The pta also holds classes for families on parenting issues as a bonus.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
This elementary school is approx 4yrs old, but already has trailors to try to accommodate overcrowding. Disappointed to know that the school failed 2004 SOL requirements and are giving parents the option to transfer to other schools. I'm sure the teachers are working their best to educate the kids, but they're hands are tied since the main problem with its student population is language barrier.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2004
I love this school! I think the staff and families are really beginning to work together to make this the best school for the students in the area. Fairfax County is an excellent county for my children to attend and I think McNair ES is top-notch and getting better as the school makes a name for itself. The staff is very young and enthusiastic! My kids are proud to be Mustangs and I have no complaints.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2004
This school is okay but not the best because they do not have any fun activities for the children to do (while having fun and at the same time learning) and they do not plan anything during school or things like maybe a bingo night for the family to enjoy together. Another thing is that the school gym is not the cleanest.

- submitted by a student
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Mcnair Elementary School
2499 Thomas Jefferson Dr., Herndon, VA  20171
(703) 793-4800
Last modified Mcnair Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mcnair Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top