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Fannie W. Fitzgerald Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 824 students

 

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Posted May 24, 2014

I have had boys attend kindergarten, 1st & 5th grade here. To be fair we moved in at the end of the year and I didn't get a good feel for the 5th grade here. Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers and I have weathered through together with my son. He is not the easiest kid in the world and the communication with the teachers has been wonderful! The principal is understanding but fair. This school is still very new and the past few years it has gotten much better! The rating may not show it but this school is at least an 8 in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

I have a child that attends this school, he just started his 4th grade year. According to my son some of the teachers are nice and others are mean, I will refrain from saying names but I'm sure any parent who has knowledge of the teachers will easily be able to figure it out. He has some trouble with organization (as I'm sure many 4th graders might) however, he gets bounced around from room to room during the day because they have put all students in ability leveled groups for different subjects (math and reading only as far as I know....which we were not told about or informed of; communication is a big problem). I don't know what happened to a teacher having a class and building and fostering relationships with the kids while teaching them. My son now gets tossed around from room to room for various subjects....no wonder the test scores are horrible and many students seem ill tempered or confused on a daily basis, they don't have a connection with a teacher nor do they have a place at the school (like their classroom) which they can call their own. It seems to me like the main focus has become SOLs and the kids are just being herded like cattle from room to room for test prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

I have had years of experience with this school and the teachers, so I can honestly say that I felt that I was sending my kids to a safe environment to learn in. They have had some good teachers in K-3rd, not so much in 4-5th; but the fact that the school may not be providing students with a quality education doesn't hit you as a parent until your kids enter the upper grades. Then you begin to realize (as I did) that they may not be able to compete in middle-school and on--unless you get them some type of supplemental education. I've hired tutors and did nighttime-homeschooling with my kids just to keep them on track. On another note, I like the fact that the kids are required to play an instrument in the 3rd-5th grades; the office staff is friendly and the teachers in the lower grades have been very responsive to calls and emails, however that has not been my experience from the upper grades--as they expect your child to be more independent. As a result of the change in leadership (principals) I think the focus has become more on passing the SOLs instead of providing students with a well-rounded education to help them be able to pass any standardized test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

Underated School. Great Experience. My kids are getting a grate education here. Nice, new facilities and repsonive teachers and staff have made the elementry school experience a breeze.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

my little sister goes to this school and she does not have a very good education i would not recommend this school. some of the teachers are nice and have good teaching skills others are not so great.


Posted January 20, 2012

ALthough the test scores don't show it, this is a great school! A prime example is Mr. Bloom, the Assistant Principal - he dealt with a teasing problem my son was having, and was just so compassionate and caring. I don't know the whole staff, but if he is any indicaition, they are top notch. I know he is new (from SC), but very professional, kind and caring. It's just too bad that so many parents don't get involved - this school could be so much more if they did! Great work Mr. Bloom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

My daughter attended Fannie (our base school) for summer school due to a deficiency in READING. The only thing she did in class during summer school was MATH! Thank God for school (we are transfer students at Montclair) of choice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

My son has been here two years now and he is very happy here, its a shame we have to move to another state. I feel that individual teachers make individual impact on our children. His first grade teacher(Mrs Werhman) was fastastic his second was not very good. His current third Grade teacher(Dr Weinberg) is awesom, even my son feels sad to leave and wishes he comes with us. These are some of the impact we want teachers to have on our children. The teacher commumicates very well with me and i'm very grateful for that. Don't know the principal that well but i guess she is doing a good job. Never had any problems with this school, therefore i will rate it as a very good school with excellent facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

I have had my child enrolled in Fannie Fitzgerald and found it to be a very repuable school. Although, being a brand new school it has it's share of issues. However, the Principal and her staff/administrators work very dilligently to ensure that parents are kept in the loop about their childs progress. As for the academics, they are not the Principals but the County's standards. I recommend that more parents get involved and volunteer to help support our new school and princepal rather than complaining. Everyone needs a little help now and again. And considering it is up to the parents and teachers to educate our children collectively, let's not just put it on the school. It still takes a village. Parents input still counts too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2011

The school's staff that is as welcoming and friendly as any other Prince William County school. The classrooms are well equipped, the librairy, music classroom, sportsfield, art room, outside garden classroom and gifted program are outstanding. I agree with another parent, it is the parents responsbility to get involved with the school activities and within the child's learning. This school is new and parent assistance with their own child's reading, math and conduct is needed to help the school establish the excellent category; placing such things on the classroom teacher is unfortunate. Fitzgerald 's staff is very nuturing to the students growth and positive parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2011

I really want to like this school, my child has gone to this school for the past 3 years and is performing well academically because I home school him (at night) and he has had some really good teachers--although the teacher this year did not quite meet my expectations. The school itself is beautiful and well equipped with top-notch learning equipment, nice size library, computer lab, media room, activity room, big class rooms, etc. The problem I have is the inability of the school to use the resources they have to help their students excel. Their website is a drag, and rarely updated in a timely fashion to be beneficial. The other problem I have with this school is the lack of interaction between the parents and the teachers; although that is something a parent should be pushing, teachers should be open to a relationship with their student's parents. There have been times when I felt like I was being a nuisance checking up on my son's performance and asking questions. The principle and vice principle are very nice--you have to get to know them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2010

A great school has: * Excellent teachers * Strong principal/school leadership * Challenging academic programs This school has none of these things. It's awful. The principal is deserving of a come-uppance, which is overdue. The other staff at the leadership level are hampered by the principals inability to delegate, designate, or communicate. Teachers can be wonderful, although the administration they struggle under makes it inadvisable to try hard. Performance is punished. Positive behavior is greeted with punitive results for staff and student alike by the principal. Replace the current principal and the school stands a chance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

My child has been at this school for two years. I read the other posts and while I agree with some of the complaints, I also put some of the blame back on the parents. If you take the time to get to know the principal when you are not angry with her you will find her to be a pleasant, likable person. If you can see my rating, you will see that the lowest score is for parent involvement. Parents have a responsbility to the school and their children. It takes a village and parents are the main componant of the village. As for teacher communication, I did not have a problem last year of this year with communication. FYI-the principal pushes the teachers for better comminication with the parents so maybe you need to talk with her if the teacher is not responding to you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2010

This school leaves much to be desired. Just because it is a "new" school doesn't mean that everyone needs to act new. Aside from the nursing staff, communication is poor - from the lack of promptness in sending home info to getting feedback from my daughter's teacher (not for the lack of my trying NUMEROUS times throughout the year). A uniform survey the last couple of days of school and they had the nerve to say there was a lack of response. Seriously?! I guess it would have surprised me had they sent the survey out in a timely fashion. The music teacher, while great in his own way, doesn't seem to know how to differentiate teaching methods between the various grade levels. I'm praying that my daughter's next teacher is a lot better than this past one because I'm looking to take her out of this school if no improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

This school has horrible communication. I never know what's going on in the school and by the time the teacher sends home the flyers the event has already passed. I was also told my son thinks "outside the box" too much and needs to think "inside the box". So basically he is too creative for them and doesn't give the common answer or adds too much detail to his answer. They don't want that. . Doesn't make any sense. And now they want school uniforms which I hope doesn't pass.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2009

I put my daughter in this school after home schooling her for a year and had nothing but regrets. The kids are undisciplined and the principal talks down to them as well as to the parents. She is very bossy and is not a pleasant person at all. My daughters teacher was wonderful though and very well liked by her students. I moved out of the area all together to avoid any more Prince William County schools. We are much much more happy where we are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2009

This school could be so much more with the proper leadership. Current leadership is inexperienced, not 'in-tune' with balancing the needs of the beauracracy with the needs of the teachers, students and parents. Teachers are treated as if they have no clue how to run their classrooms. Parents are admonished for questioning anything or anyone. Children are not treated in an age appropriate manner by the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Very unhappy with this schools system. No communication whatsoever!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

All the teachers are amazing professionals. My children feels like they really care about her and her education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

The school is beautiful but the kids there are very undisciplined. The principal seems to just talk down to the kids and put off dealing with any problems. I love the office staff and the vice principal though. They are great. The kids there, however, need much improvement.
—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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
History and Social Science

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
English: Writing

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students60%
Female students59%
Male students62%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial45%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students50%
Female students39%
Male students60%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial45%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students72%
Female students66%
Male students78%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial60%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English70%
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 Students59%
Female students66%
Male students52%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English57%

Math

All Students62%
Female students58%
Male students66%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English63%
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 Students75%
Female students68%
Male students82%
Black students77%
Asian students83%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial100%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students72%
Black students79%
Asian students83%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial92%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students71%
Female students65%
Male students77%
Black students81%
Asian students92%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial64%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students75%
Female students66%
Male students85%
Black students74%
Asian students100%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial86%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English78%
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".
  • No accreditation rating was reported for the 2008-2009 school year.
  • No accreditation rating was reported for the 2007-2008 school year.

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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15500 Benita Fitzgerlad Dr
Woodbridge, VA 22193
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