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Dranesville Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 682 students

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Two of my 3 children have gone through this school and the changes that have taken over the years have been quite shocking. Enough so that I yanked my 3rd out and put him in private school. The principal and now two vice principals appear heavily focused on the students who don't speak English while the average to above average kids are all forgotten. They have added a GT program, but oddly there are kids in there with SIGNIFICANT behavioral problems and causing great disturbances for the others that want to learn. All the schools resources seem go to those students that have difficult with English. (Gotta boost those test scores to save jobs.) When your child is being partnered with another child to teach the other child BASIC ENGLISH something is wrong. My child is supposed to go to school to LEARN, not to be a teacher to someone else who doesn't even want to be there much less understand what's going on. Many of the veteran teachers are running away from the school in droves (or being forced out by the administration) so the turnover rate is high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

My son has been attending Drainsville for the past 3 years. He has loved all of his teachers. The office staff is all very friendly and welcoming. The kids that attend are very polite and thoughtful. I have been volunteering there every weeks for the past three years so I know first had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

This school is great. The teachers are fabulous and caring! The office is helpful and you get the overall feeling that all of the adults care about children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Dranesville teaches manner but the academic level needed to improve big time. Comparing to the other public school my nephew and nieces attended the level is beyond below...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

We love Dranesville! There is a strong history and many veteran teachers that are committed to kids and families. The PTA does a great job, there is significant parent involvement, and great school spirit. The school is clean and well cared for. We are very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

My kids went to this school for a few years and it started fine but ended poorly. Grades 1-3 were fine but grades 4 and 5 were terrible. PTA slaves get special treatment, of course, while teachers struggle to use the hard won equipment purchased through fund raising - smart boards are a joke. The problem in this school is teachers who are not held accountable for their poor work performance. If I performed as poorly, I would have been fired. With a few exceptional teachers aside, this school is terrible. I am considering home school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

My daughter has been very happy going to school here. She's been a student for 3 years now and she (and I) have been very happy with all the teachers she's had. It's a warm, caring environment. I've met with the principal and I think she is very personable and is doing a great job. Very happy that Level IV Academics are coming to Dranesville this fall. The PTA is also great, lots of opportunity for parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

My child has come home with soiled clothes several times that they didn't even notice had happened. The children noticed but not the two adults in the "small" class. My child says he wasn't able to get their attention to go in time. When he tells them he had an accident they make him fend for himself or even worse once time told him to stand in the sun to dry off. Three hours later when I picked him up he was still wet through his pants & undies & was even bluish, it was a cold winter day. Some power seeking rude staff . They never co-operate with parents. They try to impose new rules like dictators; they try to dominate on Parents like small kids. Teachers are not great, whereas some of them are okay. Some of the good ones cannot even speak up to their co-workers & help the parents. Communication varies greatly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

This school has undergone tremendous changes in the three years my children have been here. There seems to be a BIG problem with overall communication between those in charge and teachers. Principal Manoatl is a very micro managing leader who meddles quite a bit in the curriculum year to year. There is also a mismanagement of funds coming to the school and resources are NOT allocated to the places they need to be. There are many children in the school who do not speak English, and yet there are only two full time ESOL teachers to serve them. Teachers are rightfully annoyed and overall moral is so low, that some fabulous educators are leaving DES. Principal Manoatl concerns herself with aspect of "education" that really are none of her business. This school would be much better off taking a hands off approach to her educators and letting them do what they do best--teach! They know what works, what they need and how best to serve their students. I personally hope that Principal Manoatl gets board and moves on. This school could use some new leadership...pronto!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

Both of my kids love this school and we have been here for many years and gone through administration changes as well. The current administration and PTA do a TON of work to get parents and families involved with monthly activities. Not to mention keeping everyone up to date on events going on via newsletters/emails/website info etc. Fantastic school, Fantastic Administration and Fantastic Teachers - truly a rising star in FCPS. As for test scores, there is only so much you can do with demographics you are dealt with and if English isn't your native language, but the pull out specialists work diligently to get the kids that need extra help the assistance they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

Four stars out of ten is a gift. Dranesville was not a good school when we were there and I don't suspect much has changed. It is in the Fairfax County system, but don't be fooled. Look at the test scores. My child HATED going to school there. We are in a real school now and both of my children are learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

We have a new principal and great teachers! They really care about the kids, many of whom have challenges (disability, language, economics, etc). My kids love going to school on most days :) The parents are in the school on a regular basis helping in and out of the classroom. My oldest is in 4th grade and youngest is a kindergartener.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

Dranesville Elementary is a wonderful place. Everyone makes you feel welcome. Teachers are warm & caring & inspire the kids to strive for excellence. The PTA is very involved, committed & consistant in supporting the school. Dranesville is like an extended family & we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

I am very pleased with DES. The front office staff is friendly and helpful and welcoming to the kids and parents. Ms. Romberg is highly qualified and leads her staff with a hands off attitude, which gives them leeway to encourage our kids to be themselves. The teaching staff is awesome, retention is good. The school is neat, the library is big, and most teachers know all of the kids in the building. The SACC program could use deeper supervision though. In general, it is a wonderful place to experience elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2006

Dranesville Elementary is such a wonderful school for our children. We are so fortunate to have such a high achieving, well rounded successful program. The principal and staff are top notch and their ability to teach and share their knowledge with the children is outstanding. Great school spirit and excellent programs for the children. I highly Praise the school, staff and all of their efforts on behalf of the children. A+++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

The principals and office staff are wonderful! They have been very accommodating to my special needs child. Good class sizes. PTA efforts are outstanding, but parental involvement could be higher. You see the same parents over and over again volunteering at the school, attending special events. Tremendous effort has been put forth in 2005-06 to offer more after school programs. Academic programs are very good...lots of opportunity for kids to learn a variety of things.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
History and Social Science

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

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

All Students62%
Female students71%
Male students57%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students61%
Female students72%
Male students54%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English74%

Science

All Students81%
Female students83%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English86%
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 Students51%
Female students50%
Male students52%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient students22%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students54%
Female students44%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students54%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English70%
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 Students73%
Female students76%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students32%
Proficient in English86%

English: Writing

All Students65%
Female students74%
Male students58%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students52%
Female students63%
Male students44%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English62%

Science

All Students55%
Female students47%
Male students60%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students23%
Proficient in English65%
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 Students82%
Female students85%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students89%
Female students94%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English95%
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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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

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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