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Wolftrap Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 568 students

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Posted Friday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 7, 2014

This school is OVER CROWDED. They have more students than they could handle. In one tiny class, they shove 35 kids with one very stressed out teacher!!! If it were not for parents pushing their kids and getting them outside help, they would all fail. Since the school started Ive only seen the principal once ( first day of school). OVER rated...Vienna schools are good, except for this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted July 13, 2010

Excellent teachers and gym classes. Good music program. Playground has wide assortment structures for kids to play on as well as soccer and baseball fields.


Posted June 3, 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


Posted March 19, 2010

Meets every expectation I have for my children at an elementary level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—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.

82 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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

87 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 84% in 2012.

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The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English: Writing

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

73 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 89% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

95 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 86% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students94%
Female students95%
Male students92%
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Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students85%
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Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Science

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Female students98%
Male students100%
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Proficient in English99%
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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 Students93%
Female students90%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
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Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students97%
Female students100%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students96%
Female students100%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students100%
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Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
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White students100%
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Science

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
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White students100%
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Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities100%
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Proficient in English100%
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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Math

All Students97%
Female students100%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%
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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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

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Geometry

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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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1903 Beulah Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
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