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Herndon, VA
Students enrolled: 718

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2480 River Birch Rd
Herndon, VA 20171

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(703) 713-3000
(703) 713-3097
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August 05, 2015
The teachers and the staff at Coates are really good. They are approachable, kind, warm and they really care about our kids. This school has a strong PTA that supports the after school programs and lot of other programs that are really important for the kids to learn and thrive at this school.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
August 05, 2015
My daughter attended Kindergarten at Coates last year and her teachers were among the best that I have seen. She is really looking forward to her First grade here. They have great after school programs that are enriching and affordable.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2015
My daughter is coates student from past 2 years.This will be her 3rd year.from our experience I can say that coates elementary is a very good school with good staff. The teachers are very knowledgeable and shares a very good relationship with students. School has variety of after school programs. As this school is now GT center I am pretty sure that will be an additional star for this school.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
August 02, 2015
Yes, The teachers emphasize in developing students honesty,integrity and fairness. Teachers showed the personal interest and guidance which helped the students .

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June 12, 2015
Teachers are some of the best around - committed with high expectations - admin is caring, and student population is wonderfully diverse. Excellent afterschool programs. The low rating on this site does not do justice to this diamond-in-the-rough school that will undoubtedly improve now that it is approved for full-time aap.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2015
As a former parent of Coates Elementary School (and a former FCPS teacher), I can honestly say that the staff at Coates are some of the hardest working teachers I have ever come in contact with. There are a large amount of resources for every child, those who need the support and those who benefit from being at a school with additional programming opportunities. I heard that they will be having Advanced Academics and will get more resources as a Title 1 School for the 2015-2016 school year. What a gift to current and new students who will attend Coates next year!

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2015
One plus is that this school has a very wide range of ethnicity groups which is something I really like. Another would be that my son loved this third grade teacher and sometimes he and a few other students from the class will have "Lunch Bunch" with her (Ms. Toriano). According to him, many of her past students really enjoyed having her as a teacher and I would agree that she was a great teacher. The cons- very large racial issues with this school! I suppose that comes with the diversity among students but far worse here than two other schools my son has attended in Fairfax County. In addition, these kids feel much older than what they really are regarding crude language, "empowerment", and their interactions with adults. I have many issues with my son being bullied on the bus by older kids or kids who are are darker than him. He even had a kid ask him once if he was black and stated no and he's been bullied ever since. His teacher this year has a nasty attitude. At Back to School Night we couldn't imagine how she talked to kids after she kicked one parent and child out of her trailer. I'd say this is a 4/10 overall.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2015
Ratings given to Coates doesnt do any justice to the amazing staff. My son attended KG at Coates in 2013-2014 and based on the what he learned I will give a 10/10 rating. His teacher(Ms Laurie Connole)kept us updated frequently on my kids progress. We moved to a high rating school this year, and I can say with full confidence Coates is an excellent school. Ratings for sure will improve in the coming years.

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November 10, 2014
I love this school, my son was there last year in KG class and his teachers Ms. Hardin and Ms. Kethu were the best. unfortunately we had to move and Now he is in a different school in Loudoun county it's 8 out of 10 in 1st grade, but the stuff they are learning now, he already took it all in Kindergarten Class. 1st grade for him is like a repeating class. I'm thinking of taking him back to Coates.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2014
This school is underrated on this site! The teachers love what they do and it shows. The after school programs are such an added bonus. My child takes piano, plays chess, plays soccer and is in the Advanced Academic Program. Coates maintains a realistic classroom size and really look out for the welfare of their students. Thank you Coates Teachers and Staff for being a fantastic place of learning and development!

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July 20, 2014
My son just finished second grade at Coates. He loves his school, his teachers and his classmates. The teachers are very supportive and provides ample encouragement to the kids and he is all praises about them. He is a very shy kid but has a diverse group of friends who support each other, he helps those who struggle in reading and loves to compete with those who do well on math and spelling which are his favorite subjects. I am extremely happy to see him flourish in this environment. Parent involvement is key in the success of the kids and I provide as much support as I can while managing my busy work schedule. I look forward to another year in this great school.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2013
The children at this school are extremely over sexualized. I have severe bullying problems for my daughter in sixth grade. She has been called very vulgar, rude, and racist names. My family and I plan to move next month. In the mean time, she will be homeschooled.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
My son loves his school and learning lot of new things daily. I am happy to join him in this school

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September 06, 2013
My child just started kindergarten so my review is based on a very brief experience. I really love how the school feels, clean, bright and happy! I love the teacher, who responded to my email the same day I wrote it. I also love all of the technology they have available in the school. During the open house, various programs were presented, such as the PTA, and I got the impression that things are definitely moving in the right direction. I am looking forward to the Back to School Night when we can find out more about the academic standards.

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2012
Coates 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. 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

December 05, 2012
I've two kids who are in this school as 5th and 6th graders. Problem is, they don't seem to be challenged much academically. I suppose the root problem is the overcrowded public school system. My kids complain that the slower students are taking too much of the teachers' time and the faster pace kids are just not given enough attention. I do think most of the kids in this school are pretty well behaved so at least the school is doing something right. Couldn't give it 5 stars as the school and teachers NEED to challenge the upper grades more than what they are doing now to prepare them for middle school.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2012
Can't wait to change my address so my kid could go to a different school! Last week the school had the "Thanksgiving Luncheon" and the parents were invited to have lunch with their kids at the cafeteria. The students were with the assistant teachers, the actual teacher was having lunch in the Teacher's Lounge and, considering the ocassion, I expected at least that she could appear at some point to greet the parents....it never happened. Also, one of the assistants was speaking in a bad tone to one of the kids, in front of us! If that kind of tone is used in front of the parents, what can be expected when we're not there? Don't like this school at all, for this and other situations in which the teacher tell us that a "situation" happened during the day, but do not clarify and implies that the kid was in fault. We, as parents, have to take the role of private investigators to try to find was is wrong and what really happened during the school day. The assistants and have no experience working with special needs kids. Since we moved to this area, and my kid is attending this school, I hate Sunday nights, just anticipating what will happen to my kid during the following week at school.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2012
We love this school and I can walk my daughter there from my condo and it's been a fabulous experience. I can't say enough about this school!

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September 22, 2011
Excellent School and Great Teachers.Principal Karen Siple has handpicked the right teachers for the right job. My child started last year and has learned so much.We are very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2011
What a great school. My child started last year and has learned so much. We turned down gifted center to stay, knowing he will learn more at Coates. We told family members to move nearby to get to go here.

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March 31, 2011
THIS SCHOOL IS CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well i am student there and MY fifth grade teacher was mr.Ettere and now my sixth grade teacher is mrs.odonovan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they r wonderful... so if u get of have them U R LUCKY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY

- submitted by a community member

December 27, 2010
Great School and Great faculty. The principal Karen Siple has handpicked the right teacheers for the right job.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2010
This is an awesome preschool! My son went there for the Parents' Morning Out , 3 Year Old and 4 Year Old Classes. Having a boy with a late birthday, I was concerned about his preparation for elementary school. However, the staff at GHELC totally eliminated any worries I had. My son was more than ready for kindergarten when he finished preschool. In fact he had almost a perfect score on his entrance benchmark test the second week of kindergarten! His entrance scores were higher than the benchmark for the testing done at the end of the kindergarten year!! I attribute this to the professional staff at GHELC. The smaller class sizes allow needed one-on-one instruction. The staff is also experienced and educated in preschool education. They are also very caring and dedicated to each and every student. I would recommend them over any preschool in Chesapeake.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2010
I am currently a staff member of five years. I have had my three children enrolled over the years since 1998. Even before I came to work at GHELC, I loved the staff. It's a traditional school with a small town feel. Each one of the children are appreciated for who they are. The atmosphere is amazing and the school is excellent!

- submitted by a teacher

June 18, 2010
This is our 5th year involved with Good Hope and my second child attending. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children. I drive 15 minutes one way and pass many preschools - I would never choose another over GHELC!

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2010
GHELC is wonderful! My daughter had an awful experience at a bigger school and she wasn't ready for kindergarten. I held her back and she went to the 5 day a week class with Clare Stefan and Diane Osborne. She finished the year doing addition, subtraction and she can read shorter words! She is confident and egar to learn. I wish I'd have taken her to GHELC instead of the big school the first time around. I will be enrolling my son as soon as he's old enough!

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Coates Elementary
2480 River Birch Rd, Herndon, VA  20171
(703) 713-3000
Last modified Coates Elementary is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Coates Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top