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2620 Gallows Rd
Vienna, VA 22180

(703) 208-7600
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February 17, 2015
Our kids love going to Stenwood very much, and my husband and I like the school too! It is a very caring staff and administration, they know everyone by name, and we have been impressed with the communication between school and home. All of our experiences and interactions with the aap teacher, counselor, music teachers, office, and administrators have been nothing but positive, and we wonder if those who have criticized them were disappointed with their own child's performance. We feel fortunate to have our children here, and will all be a little sad when it is time to move on!

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November 24, 2014
Stenwood Elementary is a good school. I have been very happy with this school for the past three years. For the most part, teachers are very knowledgeable. However, I do agree that the AAP teacher is lacking in knowledge and skills. She really doesn't seem to care. My children do love the school counselor. She is a great counselor who really knows the kids and families. She has always been very kind and supportive. The children in our neighborhood also love her. Former students often come back to see her. Unfortunately, the administration is a bit lacking. The AP is very kind but kept in the shadows. The principal is very controlling. The PTA has been great this year. They have provided a variety of after school activities that my children love. Overall, I am very pleased with our school.

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November 05, 2014
Had to write after seeing some of these reviews. The school counsellor is a shining star and a nice balance to the awkward front office and some of the less than stellar staff. My kid has had great classroom teachers , but the music teacher is a mini tyrant that shames and scolds and chooses very obvious favorites in class, it affects her grading as well. My kid used to like music.... The aap teacher is lacking knowledge and skill and the principal can be prickly and this may be the cause of bad impressions some have of the front office. There used to be weak offerings for after school activities but that is changing with the PTA effort.

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November 04, 2014
I'm surprised to see all the negative reviews here. This is our 3rd year at Stenwood (I have two children in the school) and we have had an overwhelmingly positive experience in every way! The 6 teachers my kids have had have all been dedicated, talented, communicative and energetic and my children have learned and flourished in their classes. We have also found that the students are warm and welcoming and we have never experienced, or even heard of, any bullying. In fact we moved to the school from a much smaller school and were nervous about the transition but it has been great - my children were immediately accepted and they made friends and have been very happy here. We appreciate that the school does extra events like Battle of the Books and the Geography Bee. My only suggestion is to have more after-school activities (and this year the PTA has worked hard to add several!). I highly recommend Stenwood. Also, the neighborhoods that feed into it (Stonewall Manor, Dunn Loring Woods, etc) are great neighborhoods for families.

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September 30, 2014
I had one child attend this school, and found everything from the teacher's to the counselor to the office staff incompetent. The counselor is overbearing and is in great need of personal development for herself, she should not be working with children as a role model. The office staff is rude and forget that you have a right to still be your child's parent. They have an attitude that they own your child once your child enters the school building. I have tried to figure out how to legitimately have my child pupil placed in another school. My only hope at this point is that we can move. Disappointing staff, when it is costly to live in this area, I would hope that the school would provide a quality education to the neighborhood it serves.

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April 23, 2014
Stenwood Elementary, Vienna VA The First grade teacher my child had was incompetent and lacked the ability to communicate any concerns she perceived concerning my child's progress. We moved to this area because of the positive reviews we heard about Stenwood, unfortunately this inexperienced "teacher" ruined our child's experience and others in her class.

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February 19, 2014
Repeatedly asking for help throughout kindergarten and first grade, we were assured that our child didn't need any testing. Upon switching elementary schools, the new school administration was confused on why our child's test scores didn't match her report card. The new school provided testing and indeed our child had an undiagnosed learning disability. Amazing well intentioned kinder and first grade teachers poured their energy into a child that should have been easily spotted by more seasoned special education, guidance counselor and other admins. I'm thankful on a daily basis that we are no longer at Stenwood Elementary.

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June 17, 2010
I was surprised to see all the positive reviews here! I had a terrible experience at Stenwood with my kids. The administration is seriously lacking in depth and experience. They don't seem to know how to handle problems that arise, or how to deal with over-bearing parents. They fired a teacher that my daughter loved because of a single incident where, as I understand, no child was hurt, lost, or scolded. They fired this teacher because of a parent's involvment in the issue, instead of taking care of it themselves. Also, the special education department is in serious need of new teachers and better curriculum for the students who are in special education (my son!). I was very disappointed with the experience here. (I do agree with other reviewers that the music program is excellent). I can't wait to move!

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January 30, 2008
This is a school where you can find true differentiated instruction, incredible parent and teacher involvement and leadership commitment. I am very pleased with the school and the school community.

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September 18, 2006
This is a fine school. Lots of parent involvement. Caring, competant teachers. I'm very pleased! They are very up on dealing with disruptive kids - bullies and the like - while knowing they are dealing with kids who make mistakes and are learning (growing up).

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September 07, 2006
Dear Parents, Stenwood is a great school with wonderful music program. The music teacher Marti Pittman has took the Advanced recorder ensemble to Norfolk to play at a ballroom with judges. Most elementary school dont even have a recorder ensemble. Also this school has many thing you can chose from music. For example i can sign up for chrous band and recorder ensemble all at once.

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June 11, 2005
Our daughter has attended Stenwood for the past two years and loves it. Her classroom teachers have been warm, caring, and patient -- qualities which are essential in helping her learn. Although her class size seemed large this year, she has become a great reader and has made good progress in her math skills. The centers approach seems to have worked for her. Parents are very involved, and there is concerted effort in keeping parents informed of school events. In addition to her wonderful classroom teachers, our daughter particularly likes the counselor, music, and P.E. teachers.

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February 23, 2004
Having a child with special ed problems the school seems to have the most difficulty dealing with these children. They have all types of resources at their disposal yet, my son has been in this school for 4 years now and we still have problems and no one has been able to deal with him effectively.

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September 09, 2003
My son loved this school! He said his teacher, Mr.Zirkle makes everything fun.

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Stenwood Elementary School
2620 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA  22180
(703) 208-7600
Last modified Stenwood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Stenwood Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top