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Forest Edge Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 789 students

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2011:
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Posted February 5, 2014

this school is bad i hate it ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


Posted January 27, 2014

Was a student there myself in the late 70's/early 80's...very different school then. Now my son goes there and I can tell you compared to Armstrong Elementary in Herndon it is A LOT better! The teachers are happier, nicer, and more knowledgable and the paretns are more supporticve and involved in their school. I really apprecaite the diversity and the fact that the school caters to al learing styles and levels. The GT program brings in some of the brighter students from the area but the school also does a great job of determining ability leves and lettgint he kids work within their classrooms at their pace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

All 3 of my children attended Forest Edge - my third is still there. They received a great education and made many friends. The administration is terrific and constantly looking for ways to improve the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

Two of my children are attending Forest Edge and they are both very happy. I'm impressed that even with large classes, the teachers are exceptional and try to meet every need. I also like the fact that teachers communicate with me and are approachable. One of them emails reminders to parents regularly. My children have not had an issue with bullying and the school has a Character Counts program. The PTA is very active and the PTArt program is well-organized. Overall, the only thing I wish is that FFX Cty would include world languages in the program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

I was very excited about moving from Spotsylvania County to Fairfax County from an education perspective. However, her first grade teacher was completely unprepared and disorganized. This lead to disruptions in class and behavior problems with children. I should have known how the year was going to go when I walked into the classroom on back to school night, two weeks after school had started, and the classroom still had not been set up, things were still in boxes and the place was a mess. After that year was over, we moved to another school district and now my daughter attends Crossfield Elementary. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The new school is only 4 miles away, but WORLDS apart in terms of attentiveness, enthusiasm, support and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

My daughter loves the school and she has excelled tremendously. The teachers and staff are very proactive and concerned about the students. I am very pleased knowing that my child enjoys going to school. Whenever she needs extra help in any subject they are always on top of things and they always keep me informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2011

Forest Edge is not a good school. The first year my child went she got build my other children. The teachers there are not good at teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

children are bullied by both other students and faculty. Administration does not address these issues in the guidelines listed by Fairfax County Public Schools with the assaulting students nor the teachers . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

My children attended FEES for 6 years. 3 of those years were in GT. During that time both of my children were bullied by both other students and faculty. This was a yearly occurrence with both children. Administration did not address these issues in the guidelines listed by Fairfax County Public Schools with the assaulting students nor the teachers that injured my children. Some children's injuries were so serious they required emergency services and ongoing treatment. One of them has a permanent disability now. They were made to feel that they were the problem. If you are concerned about the safety of your children and the supervision provided, I do not recommend this school. My children did score highly on the SOL's and a few of GT teachers that were top notch. But, that being said, the stress was not worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2011

We have been a part of the Forest Edge school community for the past 6 years. My youngest daughter is now in 6th grade and we are so saddened to be leaving this extraordinary school. From the amazingly dedicated principal to the hard-working teachers, this school prepares children to go out and thrive in our diverse community. The teachers are well educated and enthusiastic about learning. My oldest daughter has found that she was beautifully prepared to succeed in middle school. I wish that I could name all of the staff who have made this school a welcome and nurturing environment for my children. They have been challenged and educated with care and respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

As part of a mentoring group at Forest Edge, I find it to be a very caring and creative school.


Posted June 16, 2009

My daughter just completed First Grade at Forest Edge. I was very impressed with her teacher and the administrative leadership. This school provides an excellent learning environment. Timely and appropriate communications are sent to parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Forest Edge may have lower test scores than a few other schools due to its social econic diversity. All in all it has more children pass advanced and fewer children fail than most others even those with much lower Free and Reduced Lunch %'s. I transferred my child there in the 1st quarter when it was determined he was 1 1/2 years below his grade level in reading and he had failed 2 of his 4 SOL's. What a difference, within two quarters, his reading DRA was at grade level and he is expected to pass in all subjects and pass advance in two. They use differencial teaching by breaking kids into groups based on skill level. Children may move to another level at any time. The principal is very open and very responsive to parent's concerns and works to partner with the parents for the good of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

If your child is in GT the school is okay. If your child is in community classes or special education.....find somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Mr. Bensinger is the best principal ever. He is very involved and in monthly talks to each grade lets them know what they need to. Most of the teachers are middling to good. Some were excellent, some were poor, but none were truly awful. When I was there the band made up for in enthusiasm what it lacked in talent, and that's all I remember of the extracurriculars.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2006

Forest Edge is the greatest school I have attended. I was at Forest Edge from 1st grade through sixth grade,and they wre the greatest years of my life. I graduated and am in seventh grade now, but wish was still back there. Forest Edge has AMAZING teachers and a wonderful principle. I love the extra cirrecular activities, and I will never forget Forest Edge Elementary School. The school I grew up in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2005

Forest Edge has a spirit for learning. When one of my children started to struggle in Math, his teacher immediately offered her assistance to help him one on one. Both my children look forward to going to school, this speaks volumes about the school. They have extracurricular activities, homework shop where kids can get extra help, and fun field trips. Forest Edge is what every parent hopes that school would be for his or her child. One other thing about Forest Edge is that the children learn how to be good citizens. Respect, kindness, and safety are encouraged on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

We love Forest Edge from the community spirit of the staff and volunteers to the high caliber learning environment. I especially like the fact that their focus is on reading and they have a strong extra-curricular program. From chess club to the orchestra, Forest Edge has it all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2004

The principal, teachers, and staff make this school feel like an extension of your family. The ratios are low and teachers truly teach to the student not just the topic.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students76%
Female students74%
Male students79%
Black students44%
Asian students92%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial80%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students70%
Female students62%
Male students77%
Black students50%
Asian students85%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial80%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students90%
Female students84%
Male students95%
Black students71%
Asian students92%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English90%
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 Students78%
Female students86%
Male students71%
Black students33%
Asian students100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students80%
Female students86%
Male students75%
Black students44%
Asian students96%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English90%
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 Students81%
Female students74%
Male students88%
Black students41%
Asian students100%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students84%
Black students63%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students46%
Female students40%
Male students52%
Black students25%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English58%

Science

All Students75%
Female students72%
Male students78%
Black students35%
Asian students94%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students29%
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 Students81%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black students45%
Asian students93%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students83%
Female students80%
Male students87%
Black students45%
Asian students95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English90%
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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