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Woodbridge, VA
Students enrolled: 764

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13446 Princedale Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22193

(703) 580-9665
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Grateful to: School leader
September 17, 2015
Assistant Principal and Principal knows just about every kid by name. I don't know how they remember but I applaud them for that. Also thanks to the staff who work the pickup lines everyday. The pickup lines are horrible and they are out there everyday after school working the lines. Sorry you guys have to do that job but hey someone has to....so thanks!

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September 17, 2015
My 4th grader has been at Parks from K-4. My 2nd graders from K-2. There is a bit of high turnover in staff. The administration is "big" on academics, discipline & ensuring each kid is treated fairly. Its a strict environment where kids are expected to excel. If your child is self motivated, the better he/she will do here. You 100% have to work with your kids at home & stay on top of their academics or they may have a hard time here. The admin holds a ceremony every quarter to award the kids for their hard work. Parental involvement is extremely high. All of the friends that I've made since moving to Woodbridge/Dale City, I've met by going to different events at the school. The school is a health conscious environment &, in my opinion, frowns on unhealthy food items in the kids lunchboxes or carried into the school. They don't allow cake or cookies to celebrate birthdays either. The school is kept clean with lively & colorful walls, the cafeteria is clean & well operated, the office staff & nurse is organized, & the security is good. I have not experienced discrimination or negative treatment here. One thing that I don't like about the school is that there aren't a lot of after school activities. Mostly girl scouts and boy scouts. There are no sports leagues, etc. When I was in elementary, we had elementary sports leagues, majorettes, & cheerleading all held at the school after school hours. If you want your kids to be involved in extracurricular activities you have to go outside of the school and sign them up in a city, community, or district league. With the amount of land attached to many of the schools, the high number of kids, high parental involvement, and the close proximity to other nearby schools with large land lots, I would think that having after school leagues & other schools to compete against would be doable. Maybe there is a stipulation that wont allow it. Additionally, the zone for the school is a nice, family oriented, & diverse area in Dale City with single family homes & townhomes so many of the same students that my oldest daughter started with & befriended are still here. The school is diverse BUT the staff is not (I'm not sure why that is) however, the staff seems to have great control of the children. No school is perfect but this is a really great school. My kids are challenged here and overall they're doing well so I give 5 stars.

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September 02, 2015
Rosa Parks ES was a good fit for one of my children- an easy, bright child who is self-motivated. For two of my other children, both Special Ed students, it was a poor fit. They are a very regimented and somewhat strict environment, and for a child with processing, ASD or other special education needs, it's not supportive or flexible enough. The individual teachers vary in their approaches, of course- and some of better than others. The music program is wonderful, and the music instructor, Mr. Bernstein, is gifted at working with children- even children with challenges. The school presents well; the facilities are clean and new and bright. The office staff is sometimes hostile and not accommodating to parents, and this was off-putting on many occasions. If the tenor of the administration could find a way to be more flexible and less stringent, this could be a very successful school. Alas, for us, it was a mixed bag. If you have children with special needs or an IEP/504/BIP, exercise caution and stay on top of everything. Expect bumps.

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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
September 02, 2015
Again, different children, different results. My Special Ed students were both utterly failed by this school, to the point PWCS recommended we pull them and do home study. My bright, advanced placement child did very well.

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Develops grit: Disagree
September 02, 2015
No, I found the overly-strict interpretation of rules and focus on obedience as opposed to encouraging critical and creative thinking to be crushing, and not inspiring or "grit" producing.

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November 25, 2014
One of the best schools. They treat you in a very personal way. The principal and her assistant know each name of the kids. Staff make you feel at home. Discipline is great and they know how to challenge kids. Technology is updated. Overall, a great place to bring your children!

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May 28, 2014
Not sure what or who that previous parent is complaining about but my daughter has been at Rosa Parks for 4 years now and we love it there. The teachers that we have had and the ones I know are wonderful and have always praised and helped my daughter. Not sure how she can take a bad experience with one and talk bad about the whole school. I would recommend Rosa Parks to anyone, we love the staff and administration and could tell you many great things about them!

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March 18, 2014
This school was a horrible experience for our family. The students have no freedom at any point during the day, the teachers regularly tell the students how bad they are on a daily basis without ever acknowledging good behaviour. The guidance counselor especially bears caution as she levels unfounded accusations which cause much harm.

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February 21, 2014
My child attended Rosa Parks from 2nd grade through 5th. We were very pleased with the whole experience. Prior to Rosa Parks my child attended Pattie, and I can say first hand they are light years apart. Rosa Parks staff is great, teachers are kind and responsive, my student and I both love it.

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January 06, 2012
Rosa Parks elementary school is EXCELLENT! The past principal and current principal both have put their hearts into this school to make it what it is today. You can feel the warmth when you walk into the school. The staff knows each child by name and that is very impressive. My daughter always achieves honor roll and has learned so much in her 4 years at Rosa Parks. Thank you Rosa Parks staff for giving my daughter an awesome start.

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October 19, 2011
This is an excellent school. The resources seem to be used in the best way possible. Lots of technology and a fair amount of diversity in the staff...people of all ages, different ethnicities, & both genders.

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February 15, 2011
This school has everything I could ask for in a school. An administration that is beyond outstanding- very in touch, caring, involved, fantastic communicators, and quickly solves any issues. The instructors (including the music, art, PE, science, etc.) are very dedicated- and passionate about what they teach. The four classroom (home-room) teachers I've got to know very well are all exceptional! The classes appropriately challenge my children. My kids always come home pleased with this school. They love school- it is fun to them and they are most certainly learning every day. I feel like my children are treated like individuals here, not just a part of a group. They are very in-tune to my kid's feelings and immediately detect something when they aren't being their normal selves- and immediately contact my husband and I. The front office staff must have the greatest memories- they know the kids by their names and our situations at home. VERY HAPPY WITH THIS SCHOOL!

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March 20, 2010
Great leadership. Sound basics. Solid discipline. Strong communication. Family friendly. Principal makes decisions based on what she would want for her own children. Rich activities- talent show, music programs, fitness. Excellent music program. Instruction- Committed gifted education staff. Classroom instruction varies, as w/any school. History and science are given short shrift by most teachers. A science lab is in the rotation of 'specials' each week. Reading instruction is quite strong. Writing could be more rigorous. Kids are not taught cursive in any coherent way. Mathematics is a mystery- teachers have not bought into county's new math program and so they appear to rely almost exclusively on Accelerated Math which is a pretty boring and low level test/drill/test/drill approach to math instruction. This is an area where they could improve. Technology use by teachers is above average. PTO is active and school has good resources- it is relatively new.

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August 12, 2009
School and staff is excellent. They do everything withing their power to accommodate the student's needs. My son went from being labeled with ADD at a previous school to the gifted program on this one. They worked with him to see how they could help him better and in the process learned he was just bored and not challenged enough. This year he got a score of 600 on his SOL and that is a perfect score. This was possible thanks to dedicated teachers and a very dedicated and hard working principal, vice principal and encore teachers. No wonder it's been school of excellence since it opened. Every year teachers and even the principal are awarded by the county. Is by far the best school my kids have been to!

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April 29, 2009
This school is great! Being a military family, our kids have gone to a couple of different elementary schools. The school offers music, art, PE, computer and science labs as part of the curriculum and the staff and administrators know just about every child by name. They study and work hard, then are rewarded for their hard work! My 4th grader just attended an Honor Roll Sleepover at the school. The teachers send home weekly progress reports as a way of communicating about your child's progress. They are a little funny when it comes to any type of holiday celebrations. The children were not allowed to dress up for Halloween--even in Halloween t-shirts and their was no mention of Christmas or Christianity in their study of holidays. They also didn't allow any holiday parties. I know this might be considered nit-picky, but it was something that bothered me.

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April 25, 2009
I'll have to admit I was hesitant from the beginning about sending my children to public school. I was requested by another parent to give this school a try. Boy, am I glad I did! What an excellent staff starting with the Principal and Asst Principal. They make every effort to know each child by name, and what's going on in their lives to better understand their learning habits. This school goes above and beyond the call of duty, and I would (and have) advocate this school to any parent in this district. If you're not afraid to get involved in your child's education, you can't go wrong with this school! They are continually finding new ways to challenge and reward the students.

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December 29, 2008
The school does very well in communicating to parents via monthly newsletters/bulletins and the website; however, communicating on an individual level continues to be a problem, particularly teacher-to-parent and teacher-to-child, e.g., homework and test dates/results. While the focus of the school is on achievement--recognition of excellence in SOLs, attendance, and requirements toward the IBP--the emphasis tends to be all about the school (and the school district looking good), rather than what the school and the district are doing to promote the individual achievement of the child. Perhaps one cause is that funding is attached to SOLs and IBP, but this isn't likely the entire problem.

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March 25, 2008
Excellent caring teachers combined with high tech classrooms. We have been with the school for two years and love it. The kids all have so much pride instilled from the administration. The teachers provide additional resources and helpful hints when needed. Encore subjects are great and PTO is very involved. My kids love going to school. Thank you Mrs. Hart.

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February 07, 2008
Wonderful administration! I can't say enough about the dedication & professionalism of the staff. Academics are top notch & the parent is constantly informed. Administration makes children feel loved & often plans special events & gifts to reward their hard work. Absolutely love this school & feel honored to be part of the rosa parks family....Oh & the pto does it all for the school...A rock climbing wall...You name it!

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Rosa Parks Elementary School
13446 Princedale Drive, Woodbridge, VA  22193
(703) 580-9665
Last modified Rosa Parks Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rosa Parks Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top