Fox Mill Elementary is a top notch school on the border of one of the busiest cities in the country. It has hard working, positive minded, dedicated staff and administration. The students hail from a family centered community along with others pulled from across the county to participate in it's renowned Japanese Immersion program.
Fox Mill Elementary is a fabulous school with involved parents, caring teachers, and a proactive administration. The active PTA hosts many fun and creative fundraising activities through the year including The Son Challenge, Daughter Dance, Bingo night, and even a big Matsuri, Japanese festival. Our teachers go the distance. I went in last week for a parent-teacher conference and was really impressed how prepared the teachers were to talk with me and how well they understood my child. They are also involved outside of school hours - my sons teacher spent a Saturday afternoon with her students so they could sing at a Cherry Blossom festival and also volunteers with a running club after school. The Principal is great too - a group of parents suggested starting a cultural exchange school in Japan and our Principal has been out-in-front making every effort to get this going!
This is a great school with a wonderful supportive community. Your children will receive a great education at this school, whether you choose the Japanese Immersion program or the general track. Great teachers, strong principals and a caring community
The best asset of Fox Mill is its community... from dedicated staff and teachers to parent volunteers. Although the school building is old, when entering the school, you can immediately tell that it is well maintained and a reflection of the engaged student body. The principal and teachers are always working to engage students in actual learning and exploration that goes beyond just memorizing facts.
Great new principal who is bringing in fresh ideas. Dedicated staff. Very engaged parent volunteers who provide so many opportunities for students, both academic and social.
Fox Mill is a great school... it's a warm, fun, safe atmosphere for the kids to learn. Lots of great opportunities to get involved in the classroom and the PTA, which has a great relationship with the school staff.
My kids love it... lots of great teachers and lots of parent involvement. They loving seeing me and other adults in the classroom.
Amazing Japanese Immersion program. My kids get to learn another language at the same time as they learn math and science. Unique and very worthwhile program.
Fox mill is an amazing/brilliant school. My son is slightly hyperactive and needed structure and routine. Since starting at Foxmill his attention span, focus, attitude and all around behaviour is so much improved. The kindergarten teachers have been very communicative about my sons performance at every stage in the school. They are very creative and always kept the kindergarten fun and engaging. I owe a lot of thanks to the kindergarten teachers. My son has completely settled and is developing great. Thank you for bringing out confidence in my child.
They preach "academic rigor"...but do little to impress with teaching style. If your child's learning style differs from a teachers teaching style, you could be in for a LONG year. Not sure the teacher can, or has attempted to engage our daughters learning style, or many others in the class. We have had similar discussions of difficultly from other parents from the classroom. Biggest issue though it our child has apparently been "recommended" to the School Counselor for lack of focus (5 yr old)...We have yet to hear from ANYONE in the school about it...Our 5 yr old told us. WE asked the teacher (instead of being called or emailed), and we were told the counselor "is supposed to contact you". Been waiting for over a month. Far too much focus on the "Japanese Immersion program" from the administration with very little if any focus on the American Education program. They preach about how great the Japanese Immersion Program is...What about those students not in the Japanese Immersion program? So what I guess? Too bad so sad? Thats how we feel. We are thinking about sending our son to a different school.
We love the Japanese immersion program and my kids really like school. Most of the kids that attend Fox Mill are high achievers and generally do pretty well academically. I'm not sure this would be the best school for kids that struggle with minor disabilities and difficulty learning, but it's perfect for parents who want their kids in a more rigorously academic environment. We've had very caring and competent teachers with the exception of one that was unusually strict. The expectations were a little too high with her, but the rest balance learning with warmth, understanding, and support really well and the amount of parent involvement is impressive.
I chose this school last year and I was not wrong. We came from another country, with another language and my daughter started classes in January with no problems. The principal, the teachers, and the whole administrative staff were very kind. The whole enviroment, children, parents, neighbourhood is very friendly. I didn't see any kind of bullying between children. My daughter is very happy with all her new friends and I am very happy with all the things she is learning in the Advance Mathematics Course this year. I definitively recommend this school.
The new principle is amazing and so are the vast majority of teachers. Excellent school, great community. I can't say enough wonderful things. I feel very fortunate that my children are in such a happy environment when I drop them off each day. I don't know a single parent who doesn't love this school as much as I do.
BE WARNED! My child has attended Fox Mill for the last 3 years and now that we're FINALLY moving away she may regain some love of school again. I'm a certified teacher and spent months looking at schools and test scores because my daughter is ADHD and testing above grade level so I was looking for a school to nurture her. In 1st her teacher had to leave due to a personal tragedy. A NON-CERTIFIED sub took over the class and for 5 months my daughter was ignored. He sent inappropriate notes home on her work and admitted that "she was too much trouble and just had to let her sit". (Yes I am quoting exactly what he said in front of an entire IEP team which included counselors, principal etc.) No one blinked an eye about his comment. He also REFUSED to send work home for me to help her. 2 years later she struggles with gaps in her learning from 1st grade, hates school and tests well below grade level. The teachers daily try to help her but he allowed behaviors that year that have become learned and she has no motivation to unlearn them. 4 other kids that year were held back and I should have never trusted them when they she would get the extra help to catch up. JUST BE CAREFUL
FAIRFAX TEST SCORES ARE SO ONLY HIGH because they teach to the test. That is illegal. The idea of SOL testing is to see if students are really retaining what they learn. My child came home the beginning of 3rd grade worried about SOL tests. Then SOL Study packets and websites were being assigned. NOW I know why Fairfax looks so good on paper. If we ever move back to the DC area I'll avoid FAIRFAX County public schools. If kids can't remember or use what they learn from school throughout the year and years to come the school IS NOT DOING it's job.
Fox Mill is a very good school. It provides a very nurturing environment for the kids. It has a unique Japanese immersion program. Overall the principle, teachers, administration make it a positive learning experience for the kids. The negative point about the school is that there are not many competitive programs available. Neighbouring schools have MathCount, spelling bee, geography bee, Lego league, STEM etc. In Fox mill, you have Odyssey of the mind and likewise. If you like a small school and a very safe, nurturing environment for kids to excel, then Fox Mill is the school for you.
FME is a fantastic school with incredible staff of teachers. Everyone goes out of their way to make sure students excel. This is a great community of caring parents and teachers. I wouldn't put my kids anywhere else!
My child transferred to Fox Mill Elementary in the height of a divorce. He had a very tough time emotionally adjusting to our new life. Fox Mill teachers and staff went out of their way to make my child feel secure and stable. They hand picked his teachers, provided couseling and the Vice Principal even became hands-on, spending time with my son. I cannot say enough about the care and guidance my child recieved. He is now a happy, well-adjusted child, excelling in his classes.
If you have a child with high functioning autism, this school is not for your child. They are not prepared to adequately cover your child's needs. School staff, teachers and administrators are completely ignorant of high functioning autism nature and needs. Therefore, in this school your child will suffer.
This is a good school for most children. They need more resources for special needs children but they do try very hard to meet the demands of high achieving parents and their children .
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