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Westbriar Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 532 students

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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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

Wonderful School, excellent staff. I can only say good things about the academics. SACC is also good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted June 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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History and Social Science

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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98%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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99%

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95%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 74% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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83%

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92%

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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

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students94%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students79%
Female students72%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students95%
Female students89%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English96%
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 Students95%
Female students93%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students96%
Female students94%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
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 Students88%
Female students90%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students85%
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English85%

Science

All Students92%
Female students93%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English94%
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 Students99%
Female students98%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

Math

All Students85%
Female students80%
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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1741 Pine Valley Dr
Vienna, VA 22182
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