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11411 Ridge Heights Rd
Reston, VA 20191

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(703) 390-5600
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August 29, 2015
My child has had a great experience at Terraset. The reviewer who complained about fathers not being as welcome to participate is wrong -- dads are very welcome to volunteer at Terraset. My husband has spent as much time volunteering at school as I have. The Watchdogs program is not exclusive to our school, and yes there is a small fee, but it is so worth it. Ms. Trout is a fantastic principal and the renovations are beautiful. They took a cramped, badly outdated building and turned it into a gorgeous school, not sure why anyone would complain about that. Can't wait for the new year to start!

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Amount of homework: Too much
August 06, 2015
Clear instructions for homework are not given (this has been a problem multiple years.) Mostly the work is print offs (with typos) and when questions are raised the teacher's responses are usually, "I just printed it off, I didn't really look at it yet."

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August 06, 2015
With two children presently at Terraset, I've been disappointed that the quality of care and education doesn't match other Reston schools. If looking to buy, I'd pick a home in another boundary. Terraset is too focused on appearances and building renovations. Fathers wanting to volunteer are charged for the privilege (watchdogs.) Why in this day and age there would be a gender requirement for participation is beyond me. It certainly sends the wrong message to the children. Schools should reinforce that ALL adults are equal and therefore capable of doing ALL jobs. Teacher quality has been a mixed bag (some great, some quite bad.) Not even the principal lives in the community.

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June 16, 2015
We have one child finishing his 4th year at Terraset and another kindergarten. We absolutely love this school and are so lucky to have our kids enrolled there. The faculty, staff, and students are exceptional, providing a diverse, creative, productive, and educational environment. Principal Trout is incredibly involved and deeply cares about her students and school. We could not ask for a better school for our kids.

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May 30, 2014
My son is just finishing up second grade at Terraset. We have been so incredibly happy with everything since he started in Kindergarten. The new principal has brought a great philosophy to the school, and every child gets to do the level of work he is capable of. My son gets pulled out for advanced math and is reading far above the level of a typical 2nd grader, and they support him in all of his interests. In fact, he did have some problems with the social aspects of school, and the school counselor invited him into a small group lunch time setting to work on those problems. I cannot express enough how happy we have been. My younger child is starting Kindergarten in the fall, and I look forward to seeing how they work with her!

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April 18, 2014
Great school, great teachers and a wonderful principal. Very excited for the renovations to be finished.

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October 21, 2012
I had very bad experience at this school, one teacher my kid had was careless, lack of skills and punished my child for personal reason, not only in the classroom, but also by sending the administration false and intentionally misleading information.I'd give this teacher 0 star for the performance. some teachers are good,like the one my child had two years ago, that's why I am giving 4 stars for that reason. 2 stars average. The newly retired principal abused power, covered up to continuing her mismanagement. I am glad that there is a new principal now.I wish the teachers' quality could improve over the time under the new principal.

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July 13, 2012
Terraset Tiger Pride abounds! This summer about 20 of our teachers are volunteering their own time to run a summer reading program, two days a week, for 8 weeks. Isn't that fantastic! This is why Terraset is such a fantastic school... the teachers really care.

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July 12, 2012
I have had 2 boys graduate from Terraset and my youngest will be entering the 5th grade in September. We have had wonderful experiences with this school, especially with the special education teachers. Kudos to Ann Donovan and her special education team, to Ellen Cury, Terraset's retiring principal and to the other great teachers my children have had. Thank you!

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September 13, 2011
Terraset, it's community, staff, and PTA are top notch. With such a small population, the classrooms tend to be so much smaller than the surrounding schools. My son has had such amazing teachers every year, we know that this is just the right school for our family. I can not say enough about the leadership of the administration and the relationship that they have with the community. And our PTA... what an amazing group of parents that go above and beyond for the staff and students. We love Terraset!

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September 13, 2011
My family has been part of the Terraset Community for nearly four years. It is wonderful. The teachers, parents, adminsitration and environment all enable a positive learning experience. My daughter skips off to school every day with eager anticipation. Terraset offers a wide variety of academic, cultural and lifestyle opportunities in both its standard curriculum and enrichment programs... honestly, you couldn't ask for more!

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September 12, 2011
This school is a gem. A small school with an amazing and dedicated team of educators. Wonderful sense of community for the students and parents. Fabulous PTA. So proud to be a Terraset family.

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September 21, 2010
Terraset is a small school with low teacher to student ratios. There is a real sense of community where learning, mutual respect and fun are the focus. The multi-cultural nature of the Washington area and thus this school, offers a rich experience for the students.

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August 17, 2010
Because of this school's small size, students are more than just numbers, but individuals who are known by everybody from the principal all the way down to the cafeteria workers. Because this school has a high rate of students that qualify for free and reduce lunch, the principal is extremely dedicated to ensuring that the school has the necessary funding to make sure all students in this school are able to have all the educational opportunities they need. I am proud to be a Terraset Parent!

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February 10, 2008
Terraset is the best kept secret in Fairfax County! It is a small school with small class sizes. Terraset's teachers, their love for their students and the Parent Teacher Association are it's greatest assest. Extra curricular academic activities such as Math Night, Language Arts/Social Studies Night, and Science Fair illustrate the high quality of education offered at Terraset. Afterschool programs reinforce those high expectations as well. My kids and I have benefitted greatly by attending Terraset Elementary School.

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April 05, 2005
Terraset is a quiet success story in Reston. It is a small school, with small classes and a great student to teacher ratio. Its biggest asset by far is the staff -teachers, administrators, and resouce teachers love their Terraset children. They are totally committed to challenging each student to do their best. The children at Terraset are learners in every sense of the word - and they show what they know at frequent academic evenings- Math Night, Science Fair and Language Arts ngiht - which are always packed with parents and grandparents. My son is happy and learning - what more could I ask for?! Terraset is a success story- and all the children there have theiir own success stories to tell.

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March 13, 2005
My two children are challenged and thriving at Terraset ES. Terraset is a diverse neighborhood school filled with outstanding teachers, a top notch administration, and supportive families. In addition to the excellent academic programs, Terraset offers many extracurricular activities, from chess and Lego clubs to tennis. Terraset's art, music and PE programs are outstanding. I am confident that my children will leave Terraset as well educated and well rounded citizens.

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Terraset Elementary School
11411 Ridge Heights Rd, Reston, VA  20191
(703) 390-5600
Last modified Terraset Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Terraset Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top