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PK-6
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Springfield, VA
Students enrolled: 542

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5411 Nutting Dr
Springfield, VA 22151

(703) 426-3600
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October 28, 2014
The new principal is awesome, she is an excellent communicator, she responded to my email within the hour and followed up with me regarding my issue. She is very proactive, visible, and competent. We also love the community feel of the school and neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2014
Ravensworth is a great school. My kids have made some wonderful friends and the immersion program is going to leave them a step ahead.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
We have had a wonderful time at this school. I also have a special needs child and have had a wonderful time with the program. The teachers have taken every suggestion and made more to make the learning experience great for this child. It has been so great that even know my child had the option to go to another school we did not take advantage of this option. My kids are not in the immersion program and have thrived and done well. I really appreciate that the teachers my kids have had holds them accountable to do their best - even if they kids are excelling. I do hope there is less of an emphasis on SOLs in the future but I do think my kids are learning and SOLs are a fact of life every student has to deal with. I don't have any experience with the new principal but I look forward to changes she has planned.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
We have been in the Ravensworth neighborhood and school for two years now, my son is in the second grade. He is not in the immersion program, I prefer that he gets his math and science skills down instead of a second language at this point. We are very excited about the new principal and the security changes she is making. The staff is always very kind to him, including the nurse who will call if he gets hurt, and his teacher is always open to communications with me. He is in a happy and secure environment, and we love that he can walk to school (with supervision of course)! He does not have special needs so I cannot speak for those folks, I can only say that we have been pleased. He is reading by leaps and bounds and he loves the art program as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
I have two children at Ravensworth Elementary who have had an overall positive experience with the school. We have a new principal who has already brought new energy and positive changes to the new year. I have never witnessed bullying at the school, but sincerely hope that the new administration will adhere to a no tolerance policy. Our children deserve a safe and happy learning atmosphere. Our school needs parent involvement in order to be successful and volunteers are greatly appreciated by the teachers and PTA!!! Ravensworth does have talented and caring staff and teachers in the immersion program! The first year can be overwhelming and I do hope that the new principal is able to restructure the curriculum and make the program more cohesive for the lower grades. I have heard from numerous families and have experienced with my own kids, that if you can get past the first year in immersion...it is rewarding and worth it. I am excited about the possibilities for our school and think we are on the road to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I can't speak for the bullying complaints in previous reviews, but my experience with Ravensworth over the past 4 years has been mostly positive. The teachers are committed, the staff is fabulous, and with the new principal, we already see many much needed changes in the school. Sure, there are a few bad apples, but you get that at any school. The new administration has brought about a new energy and a new way of doing things, even in these first few weeks of school. Starting last year, the PTA has been committed to bringing in classroom hands-on STEM workshops, science fairs, chess club, after school fitness, Global language classes and so much more. Parents are involved in the school and there is always a large turnout for family fun activities like the ice cream social, bingo night, parents night out, movie night, etc. This school is making great strides to become one of the best in the area! I can't wait to rate this school 5 stars in a year or two!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I have been a parent at Ravensworth Elementary for 5 years now. There have been ups and downs as there would be with any school. We are all super excited about the recent changes with the administration. There is a new level of energy that has already brought on positive changes and fostering a renewed sense of school spirit. We are also going to be undergoing a complete renovation over the next few years. My kids are in the Spanish immersion program. First grade is a challenge for many different reasons. Just get through it...some of the brightest, most gifted teachers are further along in the program. This school community is supported by two great neighborhoods (Ravensworth and Signal Hill). The type of neighborhoods where people know each other and come together to get things done. We have found a place where kids actually WALK to school! We could always use more volunteers, but we manage to do a lot of special programs above and beyond the general curriculum because parents step up and volunteer.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Bullying behavior is accepted at this school as documented by several different families. It is unbelievable that the administration has no clue how to handle reports of bullying that are even witnessed by other students. Run, as far away as you can, if you happen to fall within their school boundaries. Just read other reviews on this site in regards to bullying. It is happening and is allowed to continue. How sad for the poor little victims who speaks up and are met with no solutions from administration. Clearly, it is a huge problem that continues year after year. We are glad this school no longer has any part of our child's life.

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2013
I'm sorry to hear that bullying is still going on. My son also endured years of taunting by other students under the same administration. Even then the attitude was "Johnny you shouldn't do that" and that was that. My son still talks about being harassed and he graduated four years ago! There are teachers who are outright mean to the students. If a child is special needs or doesn't fit in Fairfax County's neat little box, don't expect understanding. If you can, look for another school. If not, good luck.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2013
The teachers are not to blame for this failing school. The administration is incompetent. If your child is middle of the road or can qualify for GT centers, you'll be fine. Anything else, you will be spending a lot of time fighting for what they need and know that this school will fight back, belittle you, insult you, and bully you. Bullying is out of control in this school and addressed but not enforced. All 3 of my children attended this school and all 3 hated it. All 3 endured bullying. It is not a happy place to be educated. Good luck.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
We are moving at the end of the month to another area and our child will go to another school... we are really sorry about leaving Ravenswoth ES... It has been a great place for our son. If we could, we ll stay there. A great community and he has a great teacher in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Thank you for everything. We ll miss you!!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
My kids have been going to this school for 3 years now and love it. Kids are friendly, teachers are wonderful, and my kids can't wait to go to school in the morning.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
This school is awful. The administration is very difficult to deal with, ignores parents' concerns, fails to encourage excellence in teachers and does not support the few good teachers that have not yet left. It is clear that neither the administration nor the teachers recognize that the target audience at elementary schools is children--children of differing learning styles and personalities. Parent involvement is weak and the PTA is at constant risk of being disbanded simply because the administration does not support parent involvement. It's a shame.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2012
I have 2 kids in the immersion program at Ravensworth. While I think it is a good program overall, we have been quite frustrated with the lack of good communication to parents about assignments and tests. Teachers are supposed to post homework assignments, notices of upcoming tests and study materials on the Blackboard 24/7 site. None of our kids' teachers do so. Making matters worse, the school sends home piles of paper, but again, often there is no explanation whatsoever about the units/subject matter being covered in the class, nor any guidance for non-native Spanish speaking parents. The classroom work and homework is copied from a workbook with VERY poorly written Spanish. Even fluent Spanish speakers in our extended family have trouble understanding the homework problems because the Spanish is written so awkwardly. The immersion teachers don't seem to want to help parents by providing extra resources.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
There is a wonderful community feeling at this school and I am so pleased that our daughter attends Ravensworth. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved and the administration is very welcoming to parents in the school. Our daughter is in 2nd grade in the immersion program and I am torn about whether to stay here or go to a full time/level 4 Advanced Academics (GT) school next year because we love the school culture and community so much. But some teachers are better than others and generally there is room for improvement in parent communication about academics. Immersion is not a fit for all and can be the cause of some negative reviews by parents,.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2011
We pulled our kids from the immersion program after one year. Whatever Fairfax Schools once were, that is no longer the case. Our children's classroom sizes were 29 and 27, rules indicated no immersion class over 24 because of the nature of the program. The size of the classes reduced teachers to child managers, not teachers. Conferences were exercises in message management; everything was "fine" and "no problems" smiles all around. The kids tell a different story of the teachers screaming at the students to "shut up" . When confronted with said information in conference, teachers would delve into their displeasures and dislikes of the administration. In a separate conference with administration to express concern about teacher behavior, administration would delve into their displeasures and dislikes of the teachers. Professionalism does not exist at this school. I would like to add more about the staff and administration of this school, my displeasures and dislikes, but what would be the point. They didn't care about our concerns when we were there in meetings, face to face..they certainly are not going to care about a review on a website. If you can, avoid this school

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
Excellent Spanish Emmersion Program. The teachers are wonderful

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2009
no stars curent leadership is ruining school

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
The Good: Excellent SAAC; Very clean; Most teachers are good, some are excellent; Safety is very good; PTA Grace Art and Assemblies; Excellent Admin. Assistants. The Bad: The Principal does not interact well with parents. Parents must complain to have some basic issues (e.g. class size, emergency communication) rectified. Critical input may be met with punitive administration measures. K-3 gifted differentiation weak or non-existent. Bottom line is Admin. spends energy 'controlling' parents rather than working with them. Too bad because that is weighted most heavily in my rating...

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
I can only speak for the afternoon preschool program, but I am amazed at the communication and the dedication of the staff. My son's teacher is making a big difference in her student's lives, and she is one of the best teachers I have encountered. I am so happy that my son was placed at Ravensworth.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
A new principal this 07-08 year and new solutions at Ravensworth have greatly improved student-teacher ratios and allowed Spanish-immersion children and non-immersion children to mix in classes within a given grade. The new principal is offering assistance to parents who's children are in the immersion program for subjects such as math (taught in Spanish). My child is not in immersion but I am happy to see teacher resources spread more evenly. The music and arts program are on target and the school is business-partnering with a martial arts establishment for PE. LD programs are important to the school, but I don't know enough to comment. There's strong parental involvement but the same parents rather than new faces which would help spread the work. There's a Chess Club but no other extracurricular activities planned by PTA.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2007
As a military family, we have been in many school systems. Fairfax County has one of the best school systems in the country and the first school system we've been in that had a set curriculum for math and science. My daughters had almost no science previously and not only did they learn what was taught in their upper grades (they started at 3rd and 5th grade), but their teachers brought them up to their grade level by the end of their first year at Ravensworth. The staff is very friendly and helpful and my 2 daughters have had wonderful teachers in their 3 years at the school. The volunteers have really enhanced the learning environment for the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
This school needs serious help. Other than immersion there is nothing innovative about the school. Anytime you make a complaint or a suggestion, you are given lip service -- nothing more. There is an over-emphasis on SOL's and not enough on true education. The leadership is blind to the serious issues that face the school. This is truly said in an educated place like Fairfax County

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
While the Spanish Immersion program does well to enrich this school, the current principal has communication problems and does not seem to be open to the ideas of others. Very frustrating as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I was at Ravensworth for 6 years with two kids in the immersion program. We have recently moved out of the county and now realize the full extent of our fortune in having been at Ravensworth. There are some issues, but they are created mostly by the parents and their need to more about living in the problem instead of the solution. I have worked with both the previous principal and the current principal and have found both to have been responsive and caring. With regards to the comments about the support staff, they are incredible! Each member cares about these kids. Even Mrs. Brown the custodian is an active participant. I miss the school and hope they can overcome some hurdles created by the diversity of parental personalities.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
The new principal is very political and wants to please the parents. She fails to support the teachers and as a result, many of the good teachers have left after the first year with the new principal. Apparently there is a growing negativity among the staff. Teachers are hit or miss - some are great, some are mediocre. There is too much competition between the parents and a slight rift between immersion and non-immersion families. There are a lot of good families in the feeding neighborhoods and a fair amount of parent volunteers at the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
We have have been at Ravensworth 5 years with 2 children; one in Spanish: one special ed. We feel fortunate to be moving on this year. The immersion program is wonderful in theory but math is sacrificed for Spanish. Fortunately, our child finds math easy and the GT teacher, Ms. Burke, is fabulous. The special ed program is OK but the school is certainly not cutting edge as far as new approaches. Ms. Russell is excellent. The new principal adds nothing, niether good nor bad to the school, as a parent. However, I understand that some our favorite teachers have left or are leaving.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2006
We were very disappointed in this school. The new principal has poor leadership skills and lacks manners. Every time we tried to ask questions we were brushed off. My child started the spanish immersion program and loved her teachers but the program does not seem to be supported by the principal. I also listened to one of the third grade teachers speak spanish and her pronunciation was horrible. We are dissappointed in this school and have decided to send our child to private school.We have also learned that she is behind; but fortunately she is only going into second grade so we can catch up.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 09, 2006
We went to visit Ravensworth to see if it was the right school for our children. We are a military family relocating to DC. We made appointments to visit the public schools in the Burke/Springfield area. Ravensworth did not want to let us visit the school until we moved to the district. We finally had a meeting with the principal which was fine, and then a tour with the support staff whom were not well informed about the school and could not answer our questions. When we asked about something they said it really does not matter what school they go to they are all the same. We asked to talk to a teacher about the curriculm and they said we could not talk to the teachers. We made a decision to move to another area so our children did not attend Ravensworth. Not impressed found staff rude.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2005
I have 2 children: one who is an overachiever and the other who does not do as well. For the overachiever, Ravensworth was an excellent school. She was in Spanish language immersion and did very well. Most of her teachers encouraged her to excel. One flat out did not like her. For the child with difficulties, I had to pull her out. SOL and rote memorization is the focus of much of the academics at Ravensworth. I was also largely dismissed when I suggested that my child has a learning disability. This child now attends Bailey's and is doing much better with the arts and science curriculum there. In addition, Ravensworth is the home of the 'professional' parent. There is quite a competition among parents to participate in the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
We were delighted when all of our children finally left Ravensworth. The principal is political and appears to know very few students. He is folksy at back-to-school night but there is somthing disturbing about everything. Dual income parents are ignored by stay at home moms. The school sends children to two different middle schools and high schools so half of your childrens friends disappear after 6th grade. Spanish immersion is good when spanish is spoken at home since all homework etc. is in spanish so non spanish speaking parents are up the creek when helping their children. I had a severe problem with one teacher and was dismissed rudely by the principal and asst. principal...they had an end of year teachers party to attend. They really did not care to hear about my problem.

- submitted by a parent
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Ravensworth Elementary School
5411 Nutting Dr, Springfield, VA  22151
(703) 426-3600
Last modified Ravensworth Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ravensworth Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top