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Herndon Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 857 students

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 10, 2014

Herndon Elementary has been an exciting and well rounded school for our children! In our experience the school staff has been caring, supportive, and responsive to our children's needs. The school offers a fantastic language program as well as an accelerated math opportunity for students. The extra curricular academic and arts programs are second to none! Above all, we have always felt secure that our children were happy and safe and receiving a great education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

Herndon can't teach children without problems. Heaven help you if your child has ANY special needs. It's gotten even worse this year than last, if that's possible. Several parents have been forced by the administration to sign off on IEPs that the school admits they aren't able to fulfill. The principal and two vice principals are only focused on the students who don't speak English. All the schools resources go to those students. Lots of parent volunteers try to make up for the deficiency but its a poor substitute. If you can send your children to one of the other public schools in the area you are much better off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

We loved our child's First Grade teacher, but that was three years ago, and the past two years were a nightmare for us at this school. We finally moved our son, and he's doing much better. If you don't know what an "Open Classroom" is, LEARN before you enroll your child. The breaking point, for me, was the day I came to deliver cupcakes for my son's birthday. Coats were piled on the floor (though there were hooks), kids were milling about the room, and a student was sitting at the teacher's desk, on her computer, and she was admonishing him to please leave it alone, but ultimately, he sat there and kept at it. I was so angry, I jerked both my kids from this school. People who have "nothing but praise" for Herndon, have apparently never shown up to the school during working hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

Our daughter is in 1st grade at HES and loves waking up and going to school every morning. Her kindergarten and 1st grade teachers have been nothing short of amazing! Obviously the teachers make all the difference in the experience, and we have been lucky thus far! For those that think that the school could be improved, I urge you to get involved and be a voice and advocate for your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Love Herndon Elementary!! As you can see from the posts below, some parents were upset last year because the school system (not the principal) switched HES from French Immersion to Two-Way Spanish Immersion. I for one think that the current principal is highly qualified and handled a difficult transition with class and grace and has made tremendous improvements to the school. The school itself parallels the Town of Herndon - a hometown feel in a big city. Herndon is the kind of place where everyone knows your name and looks out for one another. The neighborhood bond is strong, as is the school community. When you walk through the halls of HES you are smiled at and greeted. Even though HES is a large school, due to a dedicated and caring staff, it feels small and cozy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

The school has great diversity and some great teachers but we are experiencing a downhill slide to the overall performance. Students are not challenged, teachers are dissatisfied, and communication between school administration/teachers and parents is atrocious. This has been attributed by many to the current principal, who simply lacks the capacity, ingenuity, and communication skills to make things work better. It's her first job as principal and she may not have what it takes. The general feeling is that she is trying to serve to the lowest common denominator - an SOL focused approach. This school needs change NOW!! A majority of parents I speak with are very concerned about the school's performance.Hopefully the PTA can perform its function of facilitating that change before the problems become too big for quick fixes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

The school's problems can't be blamed on demographics. As others have said, few efforts are made to challenge kids at any grade level, and that was the case long before the rapid shift in demographics a few years ago. The unspoken message seems to be that kids sitting at their desks being quiet and doing rote tasks is what's valued. In six years at the school, I believe our child was assigned one project which required any level of creativity or independent initiative. The ongoing transition of the language immersion program from French to Spanish -- which is absolutely the right thing to do given the shifting demographics -- has been poorly handled by the administration, as was a serious personnel issue. There are a number of excellent teachers at the school, but the level of expectations and overall climate leave a lot of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

Herndon has become really bad in the last few years. It used to be a good school but something changed when the new principal got here. Many factors, like demographics and poverty, changed the student body and changed the school. Many children can't read or write but are promoted. There is a really big problem with students not being able to speak English. The county is trying to help with dual immersion Spanish but it could be years before that does anything. This is not a good school to pick if your child is bright. No challenges or programs for them. Several teachers here have switched their own kids to another school because of the challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

Communication from School to the parents is very poor. Leadership at this school is very poor. A few teachers are great but most of the teachers my children had were mediocre. The school administration is only focussed on bringing up test scores. They tend to not teach a subject unless there is a Virginia Standard of Learning Test on the topic. Overall, the School only teachesthe minimum for the students to pass tests. The administration does not advocate challenging students and driving for higher standards. There is a good core group of parents that volunteers at everything, but the majority of parents are uninvolved with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

4/26/13: Herndon ES is now a Title 1 school for 2012-13 school year. This is due to the number and percentage (over 50%) of Low Income students who attend this school. FCPS has decided to now phase out the French imm. program at Herndon and replace with Spanish imm. program. That decision is to cater to the LI students, most who speak fluent Spanish in their homes; and also to try to pull up those LI student SOL test scores. The French program students are the kids who pull up the SOL scores for this school. Many non-LI families are not happy with the decision to phase out the French program, and those French program families are now looking to place their student's in other FCPS schools. FCPS tried to keep this info. under the radar and out of the news, but the info. is public, and now spreading in the local community. Too bad, this used to be a really nice - and diverse - school. Our kids all went there (last in 2009), but it looks like Herndon ES may be on the way down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

My Son attended here only one year. We have to move and are trying to find a home in the school area, but no luck so far. My son loves his teachers and peers. I have nothing but praise for Herndon Elementary. I was a little wary at first because I had not heard anything (good or bad). I decided to give him one year there and see what happened. Oh so glad I did! I wish there were more parents involved in the school, but thats not the schools fault!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

From a parent prospective this is a very good school with very good teachers. It does draw from a very diverse community, but the teachers have effectively provided GT learning and the French and accelerated math program have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

I like that the school has a French program. I love the fact that the teacher is French and promotes that the kids only speak French while they are in the classroom. The teachers have empathy for kids that need a little extra time. They are teaching the kids the school material and what they will need to leave in sociaty, to get along with others. Problem solving, peer relations. The social workers care and follow up with the kids. Teachers invite the parents to volunteer help out and be part of the school experiance the kids go through. I volunteered last year and a parent sent me a note that the day I was there her daughter came home very excited, because I spent time with them and we read and did little projects. I invite the parents to volunteer. I plan on doing it this year aswell. Also, go and join your kids for lunch once in a while. I was privilage to have the time to go every Friday and since right now I have a 2nd grader he loved it and is asking me when I will join him again this year. Enjoy the time you are able to spend with them, and they can see that school is fun and you are able to join them in that part of their day as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

The administration is officious and bureaucratic. They are more likely to provide political responses to questions and problems than helpful support.. the French immersion program is excellent and this type of language program should be a staple of US education. Quality of teachers varies widely from OK to outstanding as I am sure it does in every school. Computer labs are good but computer education is not geared toward learning how to research and research tools. It is geared toward the least common denominator with all but the most basic needs studies left board and uninspired. In comparison to other schools in other states and rural areas the academics are very good and resources and opportunities are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

Academically the school is good. Regarding the school environment, strict rules must be enforced seriously against bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

Though his parents feel that his class is too large, our child loves the French program. The teacher is too overhwelmed to pay attention to individual students and he gets a lot of worksheet time. Despite that though, he has learned a ton of French. He wishes, as we do, that he had more time in G/T pullouts than he does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

Despite our excitement about the French immersion program, my child has not had a good experience at this school. The quality of the teaching varies greatly. The administrators are much more SOL-focused than child-focused.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

This elementary school is keenly focused on meeting the needs of all students, from G/T to ESL to LD. The immersion program is top notch and the teachers really go the extra mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

This is a wonderful elementary school. The opportunity for young children to undertake the French immersion program is a tremendous asset. No need for private schools here!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
History and Social Science

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

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

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 70% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students73%
Female students73%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students51%
Female students52%
Male students50%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students86%
Hispanic24%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students32%
Proficient in English68%

Science

All Students86%
Female students81%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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 Students61%
Female students61%
Male students60%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students40%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial64%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students65%
Female students70%
Male students59%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students60%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial55%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students47%
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 Students70%
Female students68%
Male students73%
Black students73%
Asian students69%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English82%

English: Writing

All Students62%
Female students62%
Male students62%
Black students40%
Asian students69%
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students43%
Female students47%
Male students37%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students60%
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White students56%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English45%

Science

All Students48%
Female students46%
Male students51%
Black students45%
Asian students31%
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students23%
Proficient in English66%
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 students77%
Male students65%
Black students85%
Asian students82%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students62%
Female students66%
Male students58%
Black students63%
Asian students80%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English74%
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

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630 Dranesville Rd
Herndon, VA 20170
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