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Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 760 students

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Posted May 16, 2014

My daughter has been attending KWB for 3 Yrs and I love it! I love all the teachers she has had and the Principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Best school ever! I cannot wait to enroll my kindergarter :) my two youngest siblings attend KWB for their elementary school career and nothing but good things came out of it.


Posted June 4, 2013

I have had a student in this school since it opened. 2 of my six children have gone here and my 2 grandkids go there now. This is by far the most exceptional group of teachers and administrators I have had the pleasure of knowing. The Principle is tough but fair. She expects parents to participate and understands but does not tolerate the tendancy we all have to be Papa/Momma bear thinking our little cub is perfect. When there is a problem or concern she is to the point, and is looking for the best way to bring out the full potential of the student. All the teachers we have had have been exceptional and have truly cared. Both my children who went there have excelled in middle and high school, and it is a direct result of the attitude, professionalism and caring of the KWB staff. My grandchildren have some issues due to turmol in their lives and the team at KWB have been very understanding and have helped us greatly to bring them along to where they love learning, behave (most times) and want to go to school in the morning. Go White Tigers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

My child had attended KWB and did not have a good experience at this school. I was told that my child was below reading level and he was not comprehending what he was reading. I was told by my child that he would ask the teacher questions and was ignored. My child was also made out to be the problem child when the teacher decided to make a behavior scale which showed different faces which represented how my chum did through the day and if it was a good day a piece of candy was given as if he was a pet. The principal is rude, she has no communication skills and her level of professionalism is at a zero. I felt my child definitely experienced prejudice and unfair treatment at KWB. Since leaving this school my child has excelled, is much more confident and loves the teacher as well as the environment. I will never recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

Barrett is so much more than a school to these children. They are very giving and caring. From providing free winter coats to shoes to furniture for the house of needy students. And they are getting a top notch education as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Top worst. School has very low expectations for the students. Teachers are constantly being moved around. Low standards. Not making Adaquate Yearly Progress. The list goes on...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

My son attended KWB for 3 years. He is a special ed student and most of the time it was a horrible experience for him. He was not learning and they were not teaching. The principle was hostile and not easy to deal with. He has now been in a Fairfax co. school for 3 years and and is reading near grade level. The move cost us financially but the experience has been priceless for Jacob. I am sorry we waited as long as we did to get him out of KWB. I would not recommend this scool to anyone with a special needs child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

Our experiences at KWB are excellent. We have two children attending. The third grader has one of the most enthusiastic and caring teachers I've seen. The other student's Kindergarten teacher means business and keeps consistent contacts with the parents. The office staff is helpful. The school also has lots of events and happenings during and after school. It's been a nice school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

This school has no communication skills. Some teachers lie about the assinments and most of all do no help your child. My child is scard do to the teacher yelling in many ways. I am suprized at this school of how there communication skill are so low and they are all so rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

This school leaves a lot to be desired. I transfered my child from this school 2 years ago, and it was the best decision my husband and I made for our child. Since leaving KWB, our child has gone from reading below grade level, and hating school, to being at the top of the class, and acheiving perfect attendance 2 years running. The principal is not easy to deal with. As long as you don't raise any questions about things in the classroom or at the school, you are fine, but the minute you shed any kind of light on any issues, you will definately have a problem with her for the remainder of the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

My child is in 4th grade. I have nothing but great things to say about this school. The communication is wonderful. I am a very active parent with my child and whenever I have a concern or question, the teacher, staff or principle is always there to respond in a very quick manner. My child has been at this school since kindergarden and I have not had anything except a very positive experience. I love this school and am excited that my youngest child will be attending in 2010. The staff really care about the students that attend here and their parents. We are very blessed to have such a wonderful school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2009

i am so pleased with the one on one attention staff as with their students. my children's teachers are very available to me and any questions and concerns that i may have. i truly believe this school puts the children first and because of this have noticed a significant improvement in both of my chilren's academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

I ahve nothing but good things to say about KW Barrett, my son was an original White Tiger and I too was apprehensive at first after having a bad experience at another school. I can honestly say that 2 of my children have attended Barrett and moved up to middle and high school with great success, my middle school son is also in accelerated math due to (I believe!) awesome teaching staff that was willing to go the extra mile, Kudos to the old NEW kid on the block! The principal/vice principal are great as well and really make things a family affair at the school. There are many teachers my boy's had so it is too hard to remember them all but I will say they were fantastic, every one of them. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

i am a parent of a very succesfull girl i am very satisfied
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

So far what I've see is staff that is very involved with the students and parents. i'm am pleased how my son's teacher works closely with me to ensure his best achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2008

Barrett Elementary is a good school if your child is one who does not have a learning disability/behavioral issues. My child was recently diagnosed with ADHD during 5th grade and previous to that, the principal and teachers labeled him as 'bad' and would send him to In School Suspension. Thank God for his 5th grade teacher. Beware of the principal - don't let her and the buttkiss parents fool you. If your child isn't the perfect student, you and your child will have a horrible experience. I am relieved that my child will be starting with a fresh slate at HH Poole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

Home of the White Tigers-KWBES A school where the children are First. We are the village that helps and cares for All! My daughter just graduated from this school and she topped out on the VA SOLS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

kwb is an excellent school. Both my son and my daughter (kindergarten and second grade) love to go to school. Although, my son had only gone to a two day half day preschool, he felt very comfortable transitioning to the all day, every day routine of kindergarten. That must say something for the staff. The curriculum for him has been outstanding. I only wish my daughter had gone to kindergarten here. We just moved here this year and my daughter had had a hard time in first grade and hated going to school. I ended up having to home school part of the year. I was apprehensive about moving here and placing her in the public school, but her teacher is a true gem. I can't say enough great things about her. There have also been numerous afterschool activities and family events. Barrett Elementary School (Team) truly is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2006

Overall, I can not fault the school for anything. Excellent teachers and assistants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

My son recently attended this school (He is a 1st Grader). I have since switched him to another school because we moved. In doing so, I have come to find out that my son is way behind. While he received awards at Barrett for being an excellent speller, he can barely keep up with his classmates at his new school. His teacher informed me after him only being there for 2 weeks, that my child is way behind. I am trying to figure out how a student that was doing so well is now behind. The only explanation is that he wasnt being taught at the correct pace. Now it is up to me to bring him up to speed. I am extremely upset!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students81%
Female students85%
Male students77%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students83%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students90%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students85%
Female students82%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black students96%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English98%
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 Students76%
Female students77%
Male students75%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial92%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students70%
Female students79%
Male students62%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial79%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students66%
Female students58%
Male students74%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracial83%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students79%
Female students77%
Male students80%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial92%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English81%
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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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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  • Ms. Kimberly J. Austin

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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150 Duffey Dr.
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-6464

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