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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meets every expectation I have for my children at an elementary level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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