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1903 Beulah Rd
Vienna, VA 22182

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September 11, 2014
Telling people not to move into this district is a little bold. I hope people who want to move into this area will visit Wolftrap to see for themselves. We have put 3 children through and they are all performing well above grade level. If you are unhappy here then homeschooling or private seem to be your best options. The overcrowding is a county issue which most schools are dealing with. They are so used to advanced students that it can be difficult to get services for a student who needs accommodations. Hopefully, they are getting better in this area.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
I am so dissapointed in this school. They classes are over crowded 30 students in one small class, with lack of space and qualified tearches. They took a special ed teacher and assigned her to a first grade class because there was a shortage of teachers. The number of students out number the school capacity and teacher ratio. The curriculum is below average and there is no follow through with homework or student progress. I bought my home to be in this school district...what a waste of money and time/effort. In fact, fairfax county school as a whole is over populated and is going down. IF you are thinking of moving into this district for the school..don't. You will regret it.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Compelled to comment after reading the last review. We were very impressed this year with how the principal (only in her second full year in the role) dealt with large class size issue in the second grade. 8 new second graders registered the month before school started making for very large class sizes. She worked with the County and internal staff to come up with options and was able to hire and add a new teacher to reduce the class sizes. The teachers have all been great. We have not used any external tutors or extra help and our child was able to qualify for the AAP program and has excelled at school.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
School is very overrated. Has a very wealthy student population of almost primarily English language speakers so of course they test well. Parents can easily afford to pay for tutors and extra help which leads to the very high test scores. Every classroom we have encountered has been overcrowded. Most of the teachers have done the minimum for our child, with the exception of one wonderful 1st grade teacher. School is also not accommodating to children with two households, principal has out right said she will only do the bare minimum of what the county requires. There is no follow through on having children complete assignments or take any responsibility for schoolwork. A big disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
I feel compelled to comment after reading the previous posts. The oversize class postings were primarily due to too many children in the 4th grade AAP class this year. The AAP teacher is so dedicated that she offered to help teach math to this grade in addition to all of her other duties. The class sizes and textbooks have to be addressed at the county level and hopefully the new superintendent will be receptive. The new principal is great and most of the teachers are very dedicated. Most of the teachers are taking AAP training or are already certified. There are so few children below grade level that the school is able to offer the AAP science and social studies curriculum to all 3-6th graders. The school uses their assistants wisely to offer flexible groupings in math and reading.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
As a parent and former teacher I was excited to place my children in this highly rated school. I was shocked when I realized the gifted program was flooded with students. They allow 34 + students in a class and have no plans to hire more teachers or add a trailer as a classroom. They can't afford text books for the students. A pacing system has been put into place to accommodate the large numbers and no texts books. Parents are hiring tutors and teaching at home to make up for the lack of education they are receiving in the classroom. I placed my children in a private school and they are excelling. The difference in expectations and curriculum being taught is night and day. We met some wonderful people at Wollftrap and I hope Fairfax County gives them the school they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
Wolftrap has changed. Many classes are 30+ in many grades, some are in excess of the VA state law size limits. Large class sizes are here to stay. Also, the new principal is changing the AAP program due to the very large % of AAP students. What exists now is cramming them into oversized classes and not providing fully certified AAP staff or full program academic services. I agree with the older posting and ratings from 2010 but not today's reality. Beyond the AAP issue is that some teachers are just "going through the motions" of teaching and need to retire. It is sad to watch the decline of this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2012
I have two children at this school. We have been happy with the teachers and staff. However, the class sizes are too big. My daughter's class has been on average 30 kids for grades 1 to 4 and it does not appear anything is going to change going forward. My son's class is 27 kids. I have no doubt that such a large class size is detrimental to the kids' school experience and learning progress.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
I have sent 2 kids through this school. Its a good environment with caring teachers. Both my children have done well and enjoyed their time at their.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
Kindergarten and first grade teachers and students seem to be more helpful and understanding of their fellow students with special needs. Once the special need student gets in the higher grades the attitude changes. Teachers and students alike have the attitude that special need students infringe on their time and space. Little understanding, tolerance or desire to help these students become part of the class is displayed. Special need children know they are different and yet they want to belong. They need the help of their teachers and fellow students to achieve this.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2010
I am a parent ( two boys; 7 and 13), a former science teacher (grades 5-10) and I worked as a director of a small private school for 4years. We LOVED Wolftrap and favored this school over any other elementary schools in Vienna town, McLean, Oakton and Mantua areas. Wolftrap has a very unique principal. She is running this school as it is her own household. She is monitoring dismissal EVERY DAY, despite rain, heat or cold. She knows every child, his parents and family. She is at every school event, celebration and activity. Teachers are thoughtful, educated, attentive and kind. SACC is great. Kinds feel very welcomed and safe in this school. Our older son just graduated from Woltrap and a little one is in second grade. They are both bilingual and gifted. Our older son is very shy, but little one is loud . School challenges and pay attention to gifted kids as well as to loud kids . Yes, you have to pay attention to your children education, help them and tutor them. We call it PARENTHOOD. If you want to pay money, place your children in private school and forget about them good luck.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
Honestly, I don't know how you could expect more from a public school. We moved into this area for the schools and Wolftrap has exceptional academic and extra-curricular programs. Students get into the Advanced classes based on five different components and three of them are quantifiable, so don't know how anyone could force their way into that. The principal knows every single student by name. The school has an uncommonly low teacher turnover rate, so the principal must be doing something right! Opportunities to volunteer and get involved are posted on the website constantly - making it easy to get involved. It has been a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
Meets every expectation I have for my children at an elementary level.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
We have several children who have attended Wolftrap from K through 6th grade. It's an excellent school with a wonderful, effective principal who knows every student by name, good teachers, and very involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
Agree with some others comments. Curriculum is weak, with inexperienced teachers. Outside tutoring is a must. If you have a bright kid, expect to need to be in the teacher's office to advocate for him or her. Loudest kids get the most attention, not necessarily the smartest. Most political principal you have ever seen. Works the crowds like a politician and plays political favorites, too. Had to fight tooth and nail to get child pulled up into AAP classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 17, 2009
Good place for my child. The teachers work extremely hard, and the children are treated well. Specialists take the time to know all the children. But, the number of students per class is too much in some classes.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
There is not much teaching in this school, be prepared to teach your child or get outside tutoring, otherwise they will be left behind in class. The teachers are not very well qualified. The school environment is very cold and PTA and some aggresive parents basically control the school environment. The school plays favoritism when it comes to GT center. They have great after school activities and SACC is pretty nice.

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October 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
Even though my child is on the top of the class I can not give credits to WES for this. Too many tests for the kids and not enough learning experience. However I am very happy with SACC at WES. Great SACC staff and great after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
Even though my child is on the top of the class I can not give credits to WES for this. Too many tests for the kids and not enough learning experience. The new principal appears to be caring but in fact I feel she only cares about the school rating but not about problems the parents discuss with her. However I am very happy with SACC at WES. Great SACC staff and great after school activities. Wait list for SACC is very long but if your child gets in, you will not be disappointed.

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November 16, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2008
Great curriculum, teachers, and adminstration!

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January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2006
Excellent parent involvement both in and out of the classroom contributes to the students success. The principal is new to the school and our interactions with her have been wonderful. She listens to your concerns and tries to resolve issues as best as possible. The teachers we have worked with this year have been great. They put the children first and make sure they understand the curriculum. If the student is struggling they offer a wide range of resources and ideas to supplement the class work to include a capable staff of specialists for GT and LD students. The school follows a program that teaches self-discipline, respect, flexibility, creativity, accuracy and other 'habits'. This year they started a Chinese language program that targets kindergarten and 1st grade students. Be warned that their SACC center is the smallest in the area and has a long waitlist.

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June 08, 2005
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December 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2004
my name is Julia.I started going to Wolftrap six years ago. When I finished primary school my parents moved me to England and no other primary schools could compare to Wolftrap. I loved it there.

- submitted by a former student
May 19, 2004
Wolftrap is a very nice school. I have found the ethical/caring about others reinforcement that is being taught to the student body very comforting. I think the class size is too large and that does cause me some concern.

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August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2003
The curriculum is excellent. There is some overcrowding. This year, some classes will be large, and most of the fourth grade is housed in trailers behind the schools. It's hard for new parents to get involved, because the PTA is extremely cliquey and doesn't welcome new members. Many extremely pushy parents hold their children back an extra year in kindergarten, so be prepared for your child to be in kindergarten with 6-7 year olds. Also, many children get a lot of outside tutoring so it may be tough for your child to keep up.

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Wolftrap Elementary School
1903 Beulah Rd, Vienna, VA  22182
(703) 319-7300
Last modified Wolftrap Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Wolftrap Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top