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1741 Pine Valley Dr
Vienna, VA 22182

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(703) 937-1700
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May 15, 2015
I've had two children attend school here and both, sadly and to my surprise, have had negative experiences. While some teachers are excellent, there is great inconsistency across grades. With the new principal, The school recently became a "center" for AAP. While great for the school's wallet and reputation, I question whether it will benefit the community and the students it's supposed to serve. What was once a community school has now turned into a huge center (think Louise Archer version 2.0). I am very disappointed with the experiences we as a family have had here. The administration and teachers are non-responsive and there is a lack of transparency and communication from teachers to parents.

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September 30, 2014
This school is the best, my three kids all love it and excel both academically and socially. the staff at westbriar is very nice and kids are encouraged to respect and care for one another. it is a safe , sanitary, and positive environment in a great neighborhood.

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January 14, 2014
What a wonderful neighborhood school! I have had 3 children attend Westbriar, and I have loved just about every minute of it. Some years I have been actively involved and other years I have stayed on the sidelines. Either way, I know that my kids have been well cared for. It is evident in the way the teachers smile at the kids, encourage them when they struggle, praise them when they achieve, and correct them when they err. The principal is a pillar of strength as she should be in a growing community. Westbriar will always hold a special place in my heart even when my kids are grown and finding their places in the world.

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December 18, 2013
This school is very concerned about testing not so concerned about children's social development. If you have a robot child this is where he or she needs to enroll. We all know that children are not robots.

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February 07, 2013
This school has turned our life around. I spent a year researching Vienna schools for my eldest son, who has Aspergers and ADHD and is in 3rd grade this year. He is a twice exceptional learner, meaning he is highly gifted as well as having learning disabilities. We moved here before 2nd grade for this school and have not been disappointed. The special Ed services are amazing, as well as the overall curriculum in both general Ed and gifted. We came into the Fairfax system already with an IEP, so I cannot speak to the initial placement and eval services, but I will say that their attention to crafting high quality IEPs and following through is amazing. This is the first school where my son has had friends and is truly cared for by all teachers and the administration. The leadership is strong, emphasizing helping ALL children, regardless of ability. It is a very diverse school and community, with many countries represented due to diplomatic and State dept postings. We are so excited to send my younger son in two years, and we are confident he will be treated with the same respect that they have given our elder son.

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August 19, 2012
I cannot stress enough that if your child has any need for special education services, do NOT enroll him/her in this school. They are soley focused on testing achievements, which of course is very important but this school is not ideal for a child that is not neurotypical. After attending this school for 9 months my child's spirit was broken. She struggles socially and after the cold treatment she received from the General Ed teacher she fell into a depressed state, which is outrageous for a 2nd grader. I reached out to the school psychologist for guidance as it was painfully obvious that my child was not herself, and was told she could not help me. Apparently her main focus was the initial testing of students and not counseling in any way. The Special Ed teacher was flippant to say the least. An IEP was put in place and they had many goals written out for her but no strategies in place to help her achieve them. It was bad enough that we moved out of the district before the school year ended. After the first day at her new school she was completely back to her old self. Unless your child is a robot, I would highly recommend you look elsewhere for his or her education.

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June 28, 2012
My daughter has just completed Kindergarten at this school and unfortunately we are moving away from the area. We are VERY dissapointed to be leaving the Westbriar community. Our whole family have been welcomed with open arms into the school and my daughter has been very happy. The school s very diverse, which helps as we moved to The States from UK two years ago. There's lots of parental activity in the school and the teaching standard is excellent.

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January 30, 2012
We recently relocated to Virginia from Los Angeles, California. I had many concerns about the school such as its diversity composition, the teachers, administration etc... as a parent of a Kindergartner coming into a completely different environment. Now, I am pleased to say that Westbriar has succeeded in alleviating all fears. Mrs. Foster is an amazing Kindergarten teacher ,Principal Goodwin works hard to make Westbriar a welcoming enviornment for all students, and the staff are great in helping parents navigate the procedures of the school. Parents are very active in volunteering and the results of the hard work put in by all to make this a great school, can be seen in the children's caring nature, and also in the schools achievements of having been one of 86 schools in Virginia to receive the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence. I love this school and so does my six year old daughter. It's only been about four months, but I feel like we have been here longer. Westbriar truly cares about the well being of all its students and I hope my daughter can finish out her elementary years at this wonderful school.

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August 03, 2011
Our kindergartener came from an overseas pre-school experience, where he was taught in Japanese. Though we speak/read English he was not at the same standard as other English speaking students in his class. The teacher, Miss Couch, thought outside the box and had him work with the ESOL teacher throughout the year. While they do teach to the test (find me a school that doesn't), he made amazing progress over the year (from low 30's to exceeding the minimum passing requirements). The teachers & staff worked exceptionally hard and kept me involved with quarterly meetings to eval his progress. They did this on their own time and were very accommodating to my schedule. This type of care excedes concern over SOL's, it goes to the nature of caring about getting kids excited about learning. I do not regret moving here for this school. As for diversity, our Kinder class was comprised of children from Indian, Korean, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, Chinese, & Western cultures. A lot of Diplomat & foreign Executive kids, integrated with kids from working families. A really neat blend for ethnic & cultural diversity. No one culture emphasized. They all mesh letting kids be kids, not politicians.

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January 09, 2010
The school is a wonderful supportive environment. The staff we have worked with over the last 3 and 1/2 years have been the best! My children have special needs and their programs in that area are outstanding. They are currently working on creating a social program called 'Friday Friends' for children who need support in that area. I do agree that the children are taught based on the SOL's but that is a state wide problem, not just a Westbriar problem. I have also found that the new principal is much easier to work with and is far more supportive than our last principal who was only interested in favoritism and money raising.

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November 10, 2009
The school is over rated.The principal and administration impossible to work with.The teachers are good and care about the students.However the adminsitration wants them to teach to the test and only care about the SOL's.I moved to the city so that my child could become a well rounded member of teh society and I am very disappointed with the quality of the school.

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July 01, 2008
We moved to Vienna in 2005 and chose where we were living because of Westbriar......and we were very happy with our choice. The teachers have been academically challenging and caring at the same time. The administration has been wonderful and regularly asked my wife about our daughter's experience. Furthermore the parents have been very supportive and active in the school's activities. Westbriar is a great small school for any student.

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May 07, 2008
Wonderful School, excellent staff. I can only say good things about the academics. SACC is also good.

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September 10, 2007
This school is a good school for academics, but if you want your child to be happy, this school is not for them. I moved up here and I went to this school. Yes, there are some teachers that are very supportive and nice, but others that will make your child want to go home. I belive that the academics are excellent, but if you want your child to have a good time... go somewhere else.

- submitted by a student

June 01, 2007
We have had a great experience with Westbriar. My son and daughter are attention deficit. The school has very good special education programs that allow our children to be mainstreamed, but also provide adjustments when necessary. SACC program is also good. In general, the staff is very supportive. The clinic attendant is terrific.

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Westbriar Elementary School
1741 Pine Valley Dr, Vienna, VA  22182
(703) 937-1700
Last modified Westbriar 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.
Westbriar Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top