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Sterling Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 537 students

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 13, 2014

We are gearing up for a great year at Sterling Elementary and are looking forward to welcoming back our wonderful students and families. One star left for what we will work to achieve this school year! As a teacher I feel fortunate to have the professional experience and dedication of our administration and teacher community to help our students succeed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 29, 2014

The teachers get 5 stars, as they have to deal with an inept principal and admin.........can the principal get a negative star ?....very rude person
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

We have been very happy with Sterling Elem. The teachers and staff work very hard to make it the best school it can be. I feel like my child is getting a good education And looks forward to each day there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

I have been very happy with Sterling Elementary and have a rising 4th and 1st grader, who both are achieving high academic success. There are many wonderful teachers at Sterling. I do notice some recent negative comments from staff about the Principal, who was new this past school year. I think change with the administration can be hard, especially when the previous principal was loved by all. Hopefully, these issues can be worked out and improved for next year. As a parent, I did not notice any change, and was equally happy with this school year as compared to past school years. However, if teachers are unhappy, I think it's very important for them to be heard and hope that will be the case.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2014

If you're a teacher looking for a job, avoid Sterling Elementary. There is a reason that there are so many openings. The administrator uses an intimidating style of leadership to RULE the school. This school used to be an amazing community of caring teachers and staff. In one year everything good about Sterling Elementary has been replaced with test scores and data. You'd be wise to look elsewhere. LCPS has plenty of other great schools to apply to.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 18, 2014

The exodus has begun. Three staff members contracts are not being renewed by the principal. Several teachers have already secured transfers within the district. A half dozen or more teachers have applied for other positions or are seriously looking to leave. Even our vice principal is leaving. Who will be left? This has been a very upsetting year for the Sterling Staff. If you weren t a target, you know someone who was, and the empathy you feel for them is quite unsettling. Back in January we filled out a Staff Survey to express our concerns in the only way we felt safe. This survey was never shared with us. Even the VP never saw it. Apparently even the administrative supervisor didn t find anything wrong with what we had to report, or I would have expected things to change. They didn t. We have all tried to hold it together for our students, but I assure you, it hasn t been easy. It is a daily trial to work in an atmosphere where respect is lacking, and it is understandable that we all seek to work in an environment where respect for one another is a given. Sterling will be losing many wonderful staff members who have given their heart and soul to this school over the years.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2014

Sterling Elementary School certainly is no longer an environment where everyone is welcomed. An inexperienced principal has set a confrontational tone which resonates throughout the school. Otherwise...5 stars


Posted April 7, 2014

Sterling Elementary School fosters an environment where everyone is not only welcome, but encouraged to be herself/himself. There is a definite devotion to the children from the Principal down to the Custodial Staff. I have 3 children here and while we would like to move for other reasons, Sterling Elementary is what is making this decision difficult. The staff does everything possible to be available for extra help on the academic as well as social side of things. With a new PTA president and new Principal, there were some changes but change isn't bad. If someone expects you to give more so you are a better teacher or student, shouldn't she be commended, not criticized. People should not be so quick to judge...the Principal invites the students in to have lunch with her almost daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

I am a parent at this school and have been for many years. If I were rating the school based on the teachers, it would be practically perfect. However based on the new administration, my rating is very low. SES used to feel like a big family and the students were definitely the priority. The school now feels like a prison and the new and young/inexperienced principal walks the halls like a warden. Parents no longer feel welcome and there is an obvious lack of interest in a partnership between the parents and the administration. This should not be our last year at SES but we are joining the mass exodus and will not be returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

I am a parent of a child at Sterling ES and a member of the staff. As a parent, I could not ask for a more challenging, enriching and loving environment. I have two kids, one that is currently enrolled in Sterling ES and one in sixth grade. My sixth grader was well prepared for middle school and was accepted into all honors classes. Because of the strong academic foundation he learned at Sterling ES, and from his home environment, he is a thriving straight A middle school student. I do not expect any less of my daughter as she is receiving the same support. Not only is there a strong emphasis on academics by the faculty and administration, but there is strong PTA presence that builds a sense of community between the teachers, parents and administration. In response to the May 2nd post: I disagree, completely. The kindergarten team is dedicated - staying late into the evening to prepare for class the next day; accommodating demands of parent requests - caring, positive, and nurturing. The faculty and staff at Sterling are, by far, some of the hardest working and dedicated teachers in Loudoun County; to say otherwise is unjust.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Sterling ES works hard to ensure a quality education for all its students. It's administration works hard to involve parents and listen to their concerns as well as the teachers' concerns. I work at Sterling and I want to respond to the May 2 post. I'm confused by the comment "parents who are brave enough to volunteer..." This school is very safe, with wonderful students and parent volunteers who are vested in their child's educational life. The kindergarten teachers are warm, compassionate, and caring. It seems like this "teacher" has a personal vendetta against a school that wasn't the right fit for his/her and their child. This school is definitely probably better off without them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2013

Sterling Elementary School is a warm, safe place where children learn and grow! I also feel that the comments made on May 2nd were made by someone who is trying to get back at a school or teacher for no real reason but they are mad about a certain experience or a few events that have occurred. The school is a wonderful place with teachers that care very much about each and every student. The kindergarten team and the rest of the school does exactly what they need to do to ensure that the students learn what is needed and feel safe while doing it. The administration may be in a huge transition but they will do what it takes to ensure the school community continues on a positive path. I think it is a terrible thing that someone would get on here and say things that are so untrue about such a great group of professionals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 3, 2010

Great teachers, great administration. It is clear that their goal above all else, is for every child to succeed in a safe and productive learning environment. A gem in sterling park!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2005

Awesome. I've had four children roll through Sterling Elementary. The level of instruction is excellent, the leadership infallible, and the emphasis on improving whatever might need to be improved is incredible. I'm constantly impressed with the curriculum, whether it be music, art, or general studies. Parent involvement could be improved due to the diversity, otherwise~ Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My daughter has attended here for three years and has received excellent instruction. The school is very receptive to parent input and has made me feel welcome as a parent volunteer in the classroom. The administration is also very professional and accessible, outside no matter what the weather to see that children are safe as they come and go from school. Recently renovated, the school is competitive with any newer facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2003

We are very happy with Sterling Elementary School. The staff is very good at keeping the lines of communication open with parents. The PTA provides may opportunites for involvement for parents, teachers, and staff. The principal, Mrs. Freeman, is very professional and is very easy to get in touch with. She is outside in front of the school every morning and afternoon to greet children and their parents, and makes a great effort to get to know everyone's name. She makes her presence known, both in the hallways and in the classrooms. We are very pleased with our experience at Sterling Elementary School.
—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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
81%

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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students66%
Female students63%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students88%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students63%
Female students56%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students81%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students90%
Female students81%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students96%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
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 Students53%
Female students71%
Male students36%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students71%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students58%
Female students69%
Male students48%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students80%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English62%
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 Students66%
Female students68%
Male students63%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students88%
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English81%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students59%
Female students55%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students88%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students47%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English68%

Science

All Students75%
Female students79%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English89%
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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200 West Church Rd
Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: (571) 434-4580

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