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Springwoods Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 701 students

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Posted September 29, 2014

This school is Fantastic! The new administration is hands on and caring. I have a 2nd grader, a third grader and a 5th grader. We have been at this school the past two years and the teachers are caring and responsive. I am grateful that we moved into this area and will be sad when we transfer out of the area next summer. Couldn't believe the negative comments on the teachers and admin. Wonder what attitude these parents/children had bc there is no way that I believe this principal and teachers could be anything but helping and accommodating. I am a former teacher and know what good admin and teachers look like. Without a doubt I can say that 80 percent of the teachers and 100 percent of the current admin are stellar. Thank you Springwoods.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2014

This school, it's principal, and the majority of its staff are representative of the worst that the education system has to offer. There are one or two teachers that meet the standard, the rest are relics they'd dug up from retirement. The principal should be removed, as she is not a leader and is incapable of setting a course for the school. We have experienced racism within the school. One teacher in particular only favors Asian female students, reflective of her personal tastes. The retiree teachers are undertrained and worse don't care. How anyone rates this mini prison a 5 is beyond me. Va supposedly has some of the best schools in the country, if they counted springwoods i am positive this inflated information would change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2014

Where to begin? Despite claiming serious changes (in actuality they have just brought their school up to the physical standards expected within the state) very little has changed at Springwoods. The school is more concerned with 'equality' than it is with the education it provides its students. Go to their home page, when half your screen is covered in Urdu and other languages, it indicates two things 1) Teaching is near impossible given language barriers 2) Kids who speak english as their first language fall behind as a result. The standards for math and english are low, there is next to no homework of value, and this system is perpetuated by a principal who is more concerned with image than actually doing her job. Our children have fallen behind as a result of attending this supposedly 'great' school. The tenured teachers are unable to learn and adjust, they are jaded, and frankly ineffective. Look at how many teachers have been hired back out of retirement, how can anyone claim this is progress? And yet the board muddles through and pretends that by updating the building the education has improved. If you want to set your child back developmentally send them to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

Unfortunately this school has moved to being rated a 9 to a 7! We moved here based on the high rating. The administration has changed, which often adds to rating changes, but the overall quality of instruction is concerning. There are some excellent teachers there, but there are also "burnt out" teachers and either teachers who are inexperienced or just don't want to put the effort into their position. It makes us really question the administration because they all come from very mediocre schools and are inexperienced in their positions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

I have nothing but nice things to say about Springwoods so far. My son attended kindergarten there and I was thrilled with the knowledge he came away with. And the teachers/administrators were awesome - not only did they teach, but they cared. After the first day of first grade, my son came home and announced, "My teacher is really fun!" Looks like it's going to be another great year. Construction has been going on at the school over the summer and it is not completed yet. But I think it's to increase the size of the school (hopefully do away with the "trailers" in the back...) and also to upgrade the school technology. It will be nice when it's done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2014

We are a military family who chose to live in the area because of the great reputation of this school and we have not been disappointed! My children are now going into their 4th year at Springwoods and we have been extremely happy with their teachers and the administration. This past summer they have undergone construction making the school bigger and better. The new administration has been a welcome change to the community. Springwoods also has a strong group of parents/PTO that plan fun activities for the students throughout the year. I am a teacher at another school in the county and my kids choose to go to Springwoods instead of attend my school because they love it so much. If you are thinking of moving or buying a house in this area, I strongly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

I'm not sure why this school has received a couple bad reviews. This is by far one of the best schools my daughter has ever attended (including private schools). We have been to many schools across the nation (CA, WA state, fairfax county, private schools). In Fairfax county our daughter started receiving "average" scores on her tests after years of paid private school, which we were NOT happy about so we moved out to this area and since attending springwoods, she has scored in the top 10% of the nation. Staff and teachers are friendly. Yes, class size may be a tad bigger given the NOVA population but definitely not the biggest I've seen .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2014

Overcrowded, old teachers, old facilities, poor leadership, and more importantly a poor learning environment. Firstly, I would like to know how this school receives 5 star reviews? What is it being compared to? Out of the four schools our children this school has been the worst. There are only a handful of teachers that actually care, the classes are dark and over crowded, and the curriculum is basic and outdated. More importantly the the leadership at the school is not strong, and more importantly not involved to the extent they should be. The facilities are outdated, and the overall learning standard is very minimal. This school could improve by removing 'tenured' faculty, make teaching a priority, and work with the school board to facilitate additional facilities for the students. The school is more concerned with its 'diversity' ration rather than the quality of the education and the experience it provides its students. If you have not been anywhere else perhaps one could understand the perception that this school is great, but it is not. There are only a handful of teachers at springwoods that are up to par, hopefully if you attend, you will luck out and get one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

I bought my house based on the school my kids would attend. I did much research in the area and Springwoods continued to come through as a top rated school. My kids are now into their 3rd year at Springwoods and I have absolutely nothing ill to say of the facility or the education my boys are receiving. The bus transportation is punctual, the office staff is friendly and helpful. The new principal is very hands on and has small kids of her own. She is understanding and gets the job done. She is such a nice and compassionate person. The teachers are so nice and love kids. I like that I am welcomed at the school by name more often than not and asked to help out and me involved in my boys education. If you are considering Springwoods, don't hesitate. You'll be glad you enrolled your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

nosotros somos nuevos en esta area,y es el 1er ano de escuela de mi hijo,pero desde el primer dia el llego encantado y yo como padre me siento bien ver a mi hijo comodo,aparte el personal es muy amable y siempre estan preocupados por ayudarte y responder tus inquietudes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

We are thrilled with Springwoods so far. I admit I am a tough consumer to please, and typically have a complaint. I don't have any complaints. Our first experience with school has been wonderful thanks to SW ES and their staff! My daughter's teacher is fantastic! We moved our entire life around (including the sale of our home) so our children could go to SW ES. The school is organized, positive, nurturing, and welcoming. The principal left just a few weeks back and that had me worried, to date everything has remained the same, and I am so thankful. If you have a choice in where your child can go to elementary school, in my opinion you can't go wrong with SW ES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

I consider this school to be only slightly above average. It is by no means outstanding. We moved here last summer and were extremely disappointed with the 5th grade curriculum. The reason this school is able to keep its school of excellence status is because they blatantly teach to the sol test. Both of my children spent their entire last 9 weeks studying for their standardized tests. If you are coming from a below average school, you might be pleased with this school. However, if you you are used to an above average school you will be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

This school is fantastic! My son was a third grader there, and had some very serious learning problems. He needed to be moved to another school because of this, and in the many meetings we had about him, the staff had only his very best interests at heart. His teacher, Miss Doyle was just great with him, and in the end we were sad to go, but they were just meticulous with his testing, and the school psychologist Mrs. Ross really knows her stuff! It was hard for us to hear what she and the other staff shared, but it was all true and well researched. I am an AP at another school, and know a good staff when I see one, and only wish my staff was this good - very professional and knowledgeable. My son is now at another school that specializes in his type of learning problems, but had it not been for the Springwoods special education staff, we might not have ever known! The Principal should be commended for such an excellent staff that she has put together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2012

We are a military family and have been very happy with this school. The Principal, Mrs. Ripperger, is excellent, caring, very involved and supportive of both kids and parents. I have witnessed her actively recruiting excellent teachers she interacts with, so I know she has been involved in attempting to hire teachers who are compassionate, organized and motivated. The parents & PTO are phenomenal too. My 2 kids have received only the very best in the way of teachers - professional, patient, caring - the kind of teachers who just love and want the very best for kids. They haven't been the type who challenge children far beyond ability, which we appreciated- we've been to those schools & basically, the parents end up doing all the work that is too hard for the kids & the kids end up stressed out. These teachers know it is important to let the kids be kids & there is learning value in that. Like all the schools I've been to, if your child has borderline learning disabilities, they care, but they are underfunded & can't even really give advice lest they then be liable to provide assistance. I wish parents could opt to subsidize the program to obtain some help in these cases.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

My Child has really blossomed here. She came from Christ Chapel hating to read and despised homework, now she loves both! Her teacher is awesome and I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

We are a military family and have experienced several different elementary schools (I have a kindergartener and 5th grader). My husband and I place a high priority on education and want our children to attend excellent schools. Springwoods Elementary is fantastic and by far the best school we have ever seen. The staff is incredible and the teachers are top notch. This school has received many acedemic honors and I am confident that my children are getting a quality education. I volunteer in the school and get to see first hand how the staff, teachers, and students interact. Students are encouraged and learn in a stress free and enjoyable environment. You will not be disappointed with Springwoods!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Wonderful teachers, awesome PTO, great staff who all care tremendously about our kids and their success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We have the best kids, the best parents, and the best teachers :) We are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

My Dughter has been going to springwoods for 6 years and she loves it.All of the tachers there are very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Springwoods Elementary is a great school for my daughter. She has learned so much and the teachers have helped her with writing & reading. It is a really great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

117 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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

111 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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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92%

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92%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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95%

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99%

2010

 
 
99%
English: Writing

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2011

 
 
98%

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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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

All Students75%
Female students77%
Male students73%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students70%
Female students68%
Male students71%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students87%
Female students89%
Male students85%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English87%
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 Students76%
Female students78%
Male students75%
Black students62%
Asian students73%
Hispanic52%
Multiracial82%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students84%
Female students79%
Male students89%
Black students75%
Asian students64%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial64%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English87%
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 Students85%
Female students89%
Male students82%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English87%

English: Writing

All Students85%
Female students93%
Male students79%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students79%
Female students84%
Male students73%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students86%
Female students93%
Male students80%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students87%
Proficient in English86%
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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3815 Marquis Place
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 590-9874

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