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Springfield, VA
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6820 Sydenstricker Rd
Springfield, VA 22152

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January 23, 2015
My daughter is in her 3rd year at Orange Hunt and she as well as us love it. The teachers are engaged and friendly, respond quickly to emails and always have an open ear for concerns. To the topic of the not so friendly office staff - yes, they are not the warmest people on the first gimps. But if you are nice to them they are friendly and nice back, it is that simple people! They are very helpful when you need them to be and that counts. To the Principal Mr. Pensler: I do not know what some people understand under the term "not a people person", in my understanding of it it just does not match the person I see at school. He is at every event we attended, always friendly, outgoing and sweet with the kids. I especially liked his responds to an email from me with my daughters question if it would be possible to stay together with her best friend for the next year: That he believes that school is not just a place to learn math and sciences but also a place for kids to be happy and grow as human beings. Now, who would not like such an environment for their kids?!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2014
The 6th grade team is horrendous and the 5th grade team not much better. Hope your kids like videos because that is how they are taught math. The teacher hits play. The 6th grade team is the grumpiest group possible. At back to school night the heard all the parents in a multi purpose room where they spend the entire presenting a PowerPoint. The intent of the presentation is to scare the parents so that they will never question the authority of the 6th grade team. The entire focus of 6th grade seems to be social studies and making sure the interactive notebook looks pretty. You'll get an earful about the interactive notebook at back to school night. The school has a fairly new principal and based on the many staff turnovers and the entire PTA quitting I'm going to presume he is not well regarded by his staff or parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2014
In a nutshell, Orange Hunt Elementary has the potential to be a very good/great school. Many of the teachers care deeply for the students. Mrs. Kettler was amazing with our son a couple years back. Mrs. Frederick and the entire band/music department is excellent. I have heard lots said about the front office staff - mainly negative. I agree that this group of ladies is quite unfriendly, unwelcoming, and generally make you feel like you're "putting them out" when you ask the simplest thing, like to check out your child for a Dr. Appt., etc. This is a shame, because they are on the "front line" of interaction with the public and set the tone for the school. However, I believe the REAL problem is with leadership, or a lack thereof. The Principal does not demonstrate the traits of a leader when he is in front of parents. He comes across as inept and I believe he is in over his head at this school. It amazes me that the district would allow this to happen. This year, the entire PTA board resigned after struggling with school leadership. A change is needed at OHES. We've had an overall good experience sending 3 students here, but COME ON FFX CTY ISD....get a REAL leader please

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
Yes the office staff is horrendous, very unfriendly & rude. Orange Hunt School & neighborhood does have a strange vibe. They are either warm, fuzzy & fabulous or extremely unfriendly. I have lived here for several years. We have had mostly great teachers and good experiences with the teachers. I have 1 in German & 1 not in German. I have not experienced the separation of German and not, quite the contrary. My kids have many friends in both programs. Also I have been to only a few of the German events and you do not need to be in the German to enjoy them. Actually most people who state this have never attended a German Event. Try one before you judge. Like any school it has some annoying parents, kids & teachers, I don't think that differs from most schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
We are very happy with the school. Teachers are accessible and creative. We love the German program. What a great opportunity for our children! An additional bonus are some cultural events like the lantern walk for Saint Martin. The office staff, principal and assistant principal have always been friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
This is my daughter's first year at OHES. She was in another Fairfax County school for Kindergarten. This has been a great transition! Her teacher has communicated when needed and answered emails within a day. The principal is involved in events and you can tell he has a great relationship with students; he is friendly, positive and supportive. I was worried about being accepted by parents based on previous reviews but I have not experienced this. You just have to get involved where you can. I work full-time and can only volunteer if it is an evening event but everyone has been nice so far. I had no issues with office staff when I was checking on her transfer status. No school is ever going to be perfect, but my daughter is happy and I am happy and I am glad we moved to this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
This is our daughter's first year at Orange Hunt and she is having a fantastic experience. Her teachers are top notch - very warm, bright, and organized. As a former FCPS educator (currently staying at home full time with children) I am extremely impressed by the strength of the academics at Orange Hunt and by the supportive way in which students are challenged to work hard and strive beyond what is required. The communication between the school and home is very regular and detailed. It is also really nice that many of the children/parents stay after school on the playground. Orange Hunt has a terrific sense of community and our experience has been first rate.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
This school is terrible like other posts have said. The teachers have no attention to detail and do not want parents involved. There is a terrible group of cliquey parents who exclude other parents from participating. A lot of the staff is snobby and talk down to you as a parent. Awful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
We LOVE this school!! There's an old saying, you can't appreciate the good until you've experienced bad. Well, last year at a different school my daughter cried daily and faked sicknesses, she was in kindergarten, because she didn't want to go to school. OHES is a great school! She can't wait to go to school!!! The teachers are excellent and encourage hard work, independence and self worth, invaluable life skills in my opinion. The teachers are loving and understanding but strict, exactly what rambunctious children need. We couldn't be happier!!! The principal was kind and communicative the few times I spoke to him. Some people aren't able to see a great thing because they don't know what a bad school is really like...

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
We've had our children in this school for 3 years and the teachers have been absolutely awesome. Our kids were behind in reading, and they brought them up to standard. Our oldest is now ahead of her grade-level reading. Our son is autistic, and the teachers and intervention staff have been supportive all along. Bullying is not tolerated. The principal and vice-principal make this school a great place for kids. There are numerous opportunities for parents to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
We moved here two years ago and I must say that we are very pleased with the teachers and the staff. There are schools across this nation that do not have half of what Orange Hunt offers and provides. Going to meetings, speaking with teachers, asking for and offering suggestions is a yearly process to enhance the school and the students time spent there. My children are very happy and want to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2012
I have two girls attending Orange Hunt; one in the German program and one not. The school has been an excellent environment for both my daugthers and I am puzzled by the previous posts regarding the school principal. He is young, energetic, and engaging. He is at every event and has made the school overall less 'clicky' (before there was a sense of having to be in the German program to be special). There were some issues with an under performing Kindergarten teacher, which were addresed and she is no longer employed by the school. My daughters look forward to going to school every day and take pride in being 'Owls.' When my 1st grade daughter had issues adjusting I communicated by email with the teacher and she responded very quickly and resolved the issue. I am confident that OHES is preparing my kids well and giving them a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
We just recently moved our child out of Orange Hunt elementary school and we discovered that our child does not meet standards at another Fairfax county school. The grades given and feedback from Orange Hunt said that the child exceeded standards, but now the new school is addressing these shortcomings. We find this unacceptable and alarming. There is no relationship between teachers and parents and you are really treated as a hassle. The school principal is living in his own world, does not greet parents and avoids any confrontation. He is so unfit for this position in terms of people skills. The Orange Hunt school also has a really bad environment where any parent whom speaks out or complains in order to address concerns is labeled as going against the family(the school). The school also covers up any problems instead of addressing them and pretends there are no problems. The school is overall hyped up much more than what it really is. Keep your eyes open, proactivity assess your children, stand behind your children and speak out for your child; this school has most people fooled as to what is really going on.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
We had our children in the German immersion program because we thought it would be a good fit for them. They are fluent in German. Being a native German (30years+), one would think that I would know German, but according to the second grade teacher, who is not a German, my word knowledge was not sufficient. Wrong words were taught in math, but according to her, they were correct. English only speaking parents are in the dark due to the lack of understating. Parents should not have to put up with sub-standard teaching just to learn another language. The new principal is a disaster to say the least. This is his first year and one could only hope, for the school s sake, that he finds a new job away from Schools. He lacks any basic proper communicating skills to say the least. Is this school good? Not for parents who are actively involved in their children s education and are asking questions. We have been exposed to other Fairfax county schools and Orange Hunt does not meet the standards by far. There are by far much better schools in this area to choose from. Every school goes through good times and bad times; Orange Hunt is certainly on the down swing for sure.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
We have two children at Orange Hunt. This is the second year for my older child and she loves her teacher and is thriving at school. I will say, her teacher goes out of her way to ensure good communication with the parents, which really helps. I've been in to volunteer and always feel very welcome in her classroom. My younger child is in Kindergarten. The Kindergarten classes are over crowded due to budget concerns, and are only half-day programs, for the same reason. I'm not particularly worried about him, because he's already a strong reader and good at math, but I don't feel he's grown at all from anything done at school. All of his advancement this year is because I spend an hour each day working with him at home. I feel like the teachers are doing the best they can, but really, 27 Kindergartners is just too much for one class. The ones who need extra help or extra challenges are going to fall through the cracks. Other reviewers have mentioned the unfriendly office staff. I will admit, I have found them a bit cold myself, but the more I volunteer and the more they see me, the friendlier they have become. If you're having issues, try to be part of the solution.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
New to Orange Hunt this year. Fairfax County schools are great and my children have great teachers. My problem is with the office staff. They are the most unfriendliest stuck up bunch of people I ever met. They have a cold and callous way about them. At first I thought is was just me, but after reading reviews here I see others have experienced the same thing.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
I've been in the German program since 1st grade. Currently, I'm in 8th. I know that the first grade German teacher can be harsh but she is actually really nice! Make it through that year and you will have the best time of your LIFE in the German. It's like a family. All the kids stick together and there really aren't many bullies. I love this school. I did everything. From Patrols to News Crew. I really stress that THE GERMAN PROGRAM IS GREAT! I'm not even in high school and have 2 language credits.

- submitted by a community member
January 25, 2011
My daughter is in kindergarten at Orange Hunt. She is vision impaired, and the staff has been excellent. The administration support is fabulous. On the first day of school, the principal rode home on the bus with my daughter to ensure that the bus driver knew which stop my daughter was to get off at, and to assign a student helper. That alone put all of my fears at ease. It is a large school that is small in community. We love Orange Hunt.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
I LOVE orange hunt and i have been here for 7 years. I am a sixth grader and me and all my friends love our school to, And if your to snotty, stuck up, and spoiled to realize that, your loss.Sure they dont have the friendliest office staff, but the age of a teacher doesnt matter! Just beacause they are old doesnt mean they are a bad teacher! Orange hunt is the best elemtary school ever, Those sangster kids think they are so much better than us just cause they are in a gifted school that isnt even any better than orange hunt! Listen to your kids for a change instead of being selfish, your kids will say they love the school, take it from a student that went there for seven years. I LOVE my school

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2010
Our son attended for 1st grade after "winning" a spot in the lottery. Although he learned German, his teacher was past retirement age and should have been retired a decade ago. The term "helicopter parents" was probably coined at this school, which we found out when turning in special assignments: the parents had completed them ! The front office staff were miserable, unpleasant at best and were rude numerous times over the nine months that we attended. The kiss and ride line was conducted like a military drill and the chiidren were constantly yelled at and called by a number, not their name. The worst straw that broke the camel's back was the day that - on my son's birthday - they shut the door in his face as he was walking in with arms loaded down with cupcakes...and we weren't even late! Wouldn't go back if you paid us.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
The most unfriendly staff and school! The Kindergarten program is a joke. We are fortunate that our 3rd grader got a good teacher. If I had known what I know now I would not have moved into this neighborhood with this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
One of our kids has special education needs and the "teacher" from Orange Hunt didn't help with any progression- didn't even listen when being spoken to! Spoke AT our child and heard what s/he wanted to hear. Administration and environment of the school is overall unfriendly. Our child didn't attend full time, but even with the few amount of visits there we still dreaded it. We recommend Sangster.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
I love Orange Hunt Elementary because it has dedicated teachers and a great learning program, including German immersion. Both my children, one in K and one in 3rd grade, like to go there and have always liked their teachers. The principal is extremely dedicated as well. I can highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2010
The German Immersion program is a big pro. All German after school activities are paid completely by German Club dues and not PTA money like one reader suggested. This school has the most unfriendliest front office staff one can imagine. 'Barracudas' comes to mind. I also agree that the school teaches just for the SOL testing. GT is a joke! Even the kids think so. The school does not put any attention on spelling. No spelling tests what so ever. Worked out great for my oldest who despite 6 years Orange Hunt is now a great speller at Washington Irving MS but is not working at all for my younger two. I had to hire a tutor and hopefully they will catch up. This school does indeed not cater to special needs. They drop kids with reading problems and you have to fight to get them any extra help. Change is needed!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
Teaching to the test, unfriendly staff who prefers to communicate via email, unresponsive leadership. Best features: partial German immersion and art/music. Without that, a pretty mediocre school.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
Last year, our twins went to 1st grade at Sangster Elem; they received a great education and we were most satisfied with the entire staff. Because my wife and I are German speakers, we enrolled our children into the 2nd grade at Orange Hunt to participate in the German Emersion Program. This was a terrible mistake. It seems the culture at Orange Hunt discourages parent involvement. Interactions with our children's teachers are conducted primarily via email. Our children's teachers have also demonstrated an inability and unwillingness to conform to the special needs of one of our children. After speaking with other parents, who expressed similar concerns, we decided to pull our children out of Orange Hunt and put them back in Sangster. BTW, the German teacher's command of German was only mediocre.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
I am very surprised by the high rating on this site when over the past three years, I have heard so many complaints from parents. Of course, these parents do not have children in the German Immersion Program. It is well know through the school that the Germon Immersion parents run the school. I particularly like how they use funds to sponsor German events but say the events are open for 'all the students.' My children have no interest in German events, but they would like to see a Smartboard in their classroom. And we'll celebrate the German holiday Sankt Nikolaus Tag in the classrooms, but forget Christmas. And I will echo the sentiments of others on this site, this school has given up on differentiated learning, or maybe my children have just not had the teachers who demonstrate differentitated instruction to GT learners or special needs.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
We are an AF family and have lived all over the U.S.. Orange Hunt is a good school. Dr. Ryan is nice and some of the office staff are very nice, but I have to say that I have not been pleased this year with a few things. My number 1 complaint: USE BLACKBOARD!!! Kids forget to bring papers home! Parents need to know what's going on! Utilize parent helpers if teacher's don't have time! Esp. in the 6th grade! Responsibility is one thing...Being able to check up on something is crucial. 2. Kiss and Ride needs to be overhauled! Use parent volunteers to help keep the line moving. DON'T lock the doors when you clearly see that someone has held the line up!! Especially when it's raining! It was very, very irrritating and it happened many, many times! 3. Be more welcoming! It makes a difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2008
Great school, particularly for the Partial German Immersion program. The teachers and principal have been great so far, after four years of attendance from our oldest daughter. They definitely drive the academics, but there are also a lot of extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
Finishing our 4th year and have been happy with the school. Friendly environment.The PTA has provided lots of extracurricular activities, community events, and helped fund excellent field trips.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
Orange Hunt is fantastic - Mrs. Cunningham (1st grade) is wonderful, structured and great w/ the kids. We have 3 children there now and they all love the school and thrive academically. Everyone on the staff is helpful and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
I really like Orange Hunt. The school is very well organized and has many parent volunteers. Dr. Ryan is a fantastic principal and the teachers really care.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2006
If you are the parent of a special needs kid, do your research. OHES has limited resources & knowledge for dealing with 'challenging' kids. OHES has the potential just like all Fairfax County schools to be exceptional but falls short. Staff & leadership, with a few exceptions, is average at best.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2006
We moved to Fairfax County last year from California. So far, OHES has lived up to the FCPS reputation. Mrs. Cramer and Mrs. Doyle are fantastic as a kindergarten team. Our son is way ahead of his friends in California and he is thriving socially. It seems like the school is dedicated to the kids and not a flaky social theory or political agenda.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Overall unfortunately disappointing. We thought it was ok until we found out about Sangster. If you want German immersion, then Orange Hunt is of course the way to go. It's GT program is poor, though, and they don't even seem to be too interested in catering to GT students. I guess they've just given up competing with Sangster in that arena and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
I love this school.When i se my kides oll the taim i se a change that is way .I now they have a good teathers.To.Thank u to help our childerns to be a good citizens.Bay. Tibebe

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
Lovely facility and wonderful programs, and there are good parent school communication programs in place but there is a 'cliquishness' in place that is sad to say divided along socio-economic/ racial lines. My children are happy and this is due in no small measure to their teachers and our efforts on their behalf. We moved to Orange Hunt Estates so they could attend and recommend the school on its academics, fine arts, and German Immersion, but if your child is gifted and black you will have to fight hard for services and recognition and you will never get the warm fuzzies from parent groups or staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
This is our first year at OHES having moved from another Fairfax County elementary school. I am tremendously impressed with the PTA and the new Principal Dr Judy Ryan.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
The administration and the teachers at Orange Hunt Elementary School are top notch. The love and care they show the children is evident. We have excellent teachers who are dedicated to the students' achievement. I am happy to send my children to a school where they get a great education, make good friends, and are being prepared to be our future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
Orange Hunt is great! I'm impressed with the parental involvement and volunteerism. We moved here about 8 months ago and my daughter loves it. The teachers bring out the best in kids. Before moving here, I've always heard that fairfax county has some of the best schools in the country. If Orange Hunt is any measure, then I definitely heard right. I wouldn't think of sending my daughter anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
Orange Hunt has a false reputation. The principal, administrators, teachers and parents are very snobbish. Children there act like total brats. In the upper grades 5, 6, if you dont belong to the cool group count on your child to be treated as an outsider. I took my children out to a school where kindness and family enviroment counts.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
Orange Hunt is filled with great teachers, great kids, terrific administrators, and wonderful parents. The German Immersion program is fabulous and the new renovations are beautiful. Orange Hunt is an outstanding school.

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Orange Hunt Elementary School
6820 Sydenstricker Rd, Springfield, VA  22152
(703) 913-6800
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