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Frederick Douglass Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 447 students

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Posted December 21, 2012

Test scores don't always tell the full story. My oldest daughter attended this school for first and second grade and my younger one attended kindergarten here. My older daughter began kindergarten at a private school because her birthday is in December and was not able to attend FD that year. Her first grade teacher Mrs. Young was phenomenal. She knew just how to work with an extremely bright, highly energetic child. Her potential was recognized quickly and she took part in the Excel program. Second grade was a rough year behavior-wise for my daughter, but her second grade teacher, Ms. Munoz, kept in constant contact, especially when she felt like my daughter was not performing to her potential. The reading workshop group with another teacher, Ms. Weaner, was exceptional. My daughter said it was "so hard!" Ms. Weaner really pushed her kids to not only read but to comprehend, and skating by was not possible. Now we have moved. We are in Fairfax County, and my daughter says reading class is so much easier than Ms.Weaner's class, but boring and she would rather be back doing the "hard stuff to make me think." She is excelling in her new school, and FDES is part of her success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2012

Not only is the principal personally involved with the kids, but the entire staff is from the cafeteria men and women, all of the teachers, and the support staff. That's right, I said support staff. You don't always see a school that not only has great teachers, but a support staff to help them be great. We all know that teachers spend enormous amounts of time preparing the kids for the SOLs, and making sure all the students keep up, but having a teacher's aid or a counselor to help is key for successful students. When we bought our house a few years ago, we made sure to purchase in a neighborhood where our daughter could still go to Frederick Douglass. I know we made a great decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

I love the Pandas. My little boy attends FDES and he loves his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

this school is a wonderful school. it cares for the kids and teaches them well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

This is our 3rd school year here and we now have our 4th and youngest child attending Frederick Douglas. Our experience has been amazing. Our 5th grader was very 'challenged' in math. FDES provided special before school math groups to their struggling students to support the math curriculum and our son ended up scoring advanced proficiency on his SOL's. We have had two other boys at FDES with successful IEP plans and Speech programs who have progressed amazingly well. Our Kindergartner is very settled and happy already! We are a very happy family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2006

Although we belong in another school district, my special needs son (high-functioning ASD) attended FDES for his kindergarten year, and we couldn't be happier with his experiences. He was pushed to grow, but not pushed so hard as to discourage him (and us). i felt like i could work hand-in-hand with his teachers to resolve issues and celebrate his accomplishments. Last year his IEP case-manager hand-picked the students' teachers, and the classrooms set aside for students with special needs were clearly updated and well-funded. My concerns were met with respect and reasonable solutions. i couldn't be happier with my son's first year of school at FDES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

I had 2 girls attend this school from k-5. Cant say enough good things about this school. The staff are very kind. The school is clean and well run. Good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

We have recently moved from NW PA and in doing so our three children had to walk away from friends and history there. We have found the transition to go rather well, and the academics so far have been significantly more challenging for our children which is something we are happy with as well. Although we haven't been part of the school long, we are happy thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2003

have had 2 students in this school,problem is one was healthy one has had health problems since birth. healthy daughter had no problems at this school wish i could say the same for unhealthy daughter has been made to feel 'different' and thats not a good thing for a second grader.


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students79%
Female students78%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students68%
Female students67%
Male students68%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English85%
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 Students64%
Female students62%
Male students66%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students65%
Female students65%
Male students65%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English77%
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

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Stephanie Downey

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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100 Cedarmeade Ave
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 662-7656

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