Every school should be this GREAT! The office staff meets my needs quickly. The teachers are respectful, knowledgeable, loving and or point. The teachers keep me informed and keeps my child on track in a polite, caring format. Best school we have attended.
My son just finished Kindergarten at WSES. We were initially excited about the hype the team of Kindergarten teachers advanced regarding their teaching style, approach, and results. My son entered as a strong student. I volunteered often in his class - the teacher/child ratio is high (25 kids to one teacher and one assistant), the environment is noisy and the kids expected to ultimatly guide themselves. My son tested very high at the end of the year - "he scored 195 out of 197!" - on a test that came with no explanation and when queried, ultimatly meant nothing. I enrolled him in an academic summer camp to keep his skills sharp. The camp teacher immediatly asked if he was a public school student and when confirmed, noted he had no grounding in phonics and couldn't read - "but he scored 195 out of 197!" After 8 weeks in camp, and a lot of hard work, my son is reading chapter books - on his own! - and working on fractions and word problems in math. Don't believe the hype...out of all the public schools, they may be the best, but that doesn't mean your child is getting the best education.....we aren't going back to WSES.
I rented a house, and got a job, and moved from halfway across the country so that my daughter could go to West Springfield Elementary School.
This is a public school that has a private school feel. It's smaller than other area elementary schools. There is very strong parent involvement and community support. Great teachers (although more new teachers than a couple years ago).
I can not say enough wonderful things about WSES. I have two children at the school (upper and lower grades). I have found all of their teachers to be outstanding and they are getting a wonderful education. The community around the school is great and the parents are very involved. The office staff are warm and inviting. I know that there is a concern about the focus on tests. I've been in several elementary school and think across the system the SOLs are stressful and impact the way teachers work. I don't think it is unique to WSES. The school has given my kids the tools they need to be very successful in their academic careers and they are very happy at school.
The author of the post in this thread who mentioned that this school places too much emphasis on testing has hit the nail on the head. This is an excellent school for the lower grades (K-2), but leaves a lot to be desired for the upper grades.
My son attended Kindergarten at West Springfield Elementary. This school is phenomenal! The kindergarten teaching team is outstanding! They have been teaching together for a long time and have there routine down pat. The parents are very active. The administration is involved and responsive. The office staff is friendly. The school is a good size. The last I looked this school was ranked 17th in the state. Housing in this neighborhood is very hard to get in to because of this school.
I started going to this school in 6th grade, and i loved it! I was very sad to leave it for middle school. Its very welcoming and everyone was so nice. I loved almost all the teachers. The consoler is great too! The principal and vice principal are mean though. But i loved going here sooooo much. If you can, definatly go to this school.
We are a military family and thankful to have stumbled upon this gem. The staff is outstanding. There is strong leadership from the administration and high expectations. These are the attributes we look for in a school.
While my children have enjoyed the school, we feel there is too much emphasis on test scores and not enough out-of-box thinking. The lead admistration (Jones), while competent, was condescending and unapproachable, leaving little room for maneuver by some outstanding classroom educators. We've noticed many neighborhood families disenrolling their well-behaved, talented childred to pursue less restrictive environments. There is also a high teacher turnover as well. We have moved our eldest child over to Keene Mill for the Advanced Academic Program. We are hoping our younger children test in as well.
Great school - the teachers really care and the whole school community is active in the learning process.
This is school is a great school. The more important is the curriculum of each grade level is very consistent. The kids learn a lot in a friendly environment. Parents are involved. And the staff is open. We moved in another state since September and my two kids and I can see the difference. Even when we were looking for a new school we tried to find the best in our new neighborhood, but the difference here, they train the kids to succeed in final tests not to learn all the year long.
We were new to the area (military) and stumbled upon this gem of a school. Sadly, we were only there two years. Our daughter was in 2nd and 3rd grade, and our son did one year of Kindergarten. Lots of parent volunteers, outstanding teachers. School should be rated a 10!
This has been our first experience with public schools and we are completely satisfied. Unfortunately we will be moving at the end of this school year and we are very sad to be leaving this school. It is a very warm environment for students and parents with a staff that is very approachable from teachers to the office. The 3 kindergarten teachers work together as a well-developed team which is a huge attribute for their Kindergarten program. My son has Mrs. Pagliaro and I feel that has been a great fit for us. I would and do recommend this school to whomever I talk to.
Fabulous school; our three daughters recieved an excellent education here. They were well prepared when they moved on to middle school. As parents we were welcomed with open arms to be part of the team. The PTA is very active and supportive of the students and staff. The principal is dedicated and highly motivated while the other staff are willing to put in the time it takes to make sure each student succeeds.
This school is the best! We are a military family and have moved back so our kids can attend WSES! Our 4 children are getting a 'private' education. The teachers are fantastic and strive to meet each child's needs and challenges. The ENTIRE staff has always respected me as part of the team and we have worked together to assist my child with his personal and academic issues. They are the BEST!
Wonderful teachers--the sixth grade team especially--very warm, like a family
WSES has basically provided our children with a private school education/environment. The teachers are phenomenal, and the parental involvement is off the charts.
One ofthe smallest elementary schools in Fairfax County. Great teachers and staff. Parents involvement encouraged.
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