School Details

Canterbury Woods Elementary School

4910 Willet Dr, Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 764-5600
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 662 students 25 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

93%
79%
72%
97%
71%
65%
97%
88%
84%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
75%
70%
90%
79%
75%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
80%
73%
91%
80%
71%
92%
72%
69%
93%
71%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
85%
74%
97%
88%
78%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

99%
77%
61%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Canterbury Woods Elementary School is a public middle school in Annandale. The principal of Canterbury Woods Elementary School is Ms. Barbara Messinger. 662 students go to Canterbury Woods Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the 662 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Canterbury Woods Elementary School is 25:1. Holy Spirit School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 18%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 25% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SCHOOL! May daughter went to the D/HOH preschool and had the most fabulous wonderful experience. Her teacher had me at "hello". Creative bright intuitive warm caring & provided millions of opportunitites for my little girl to absolutely FLOURISH! Now she is 5 and in Kindergarten there. I had her 2nd grade brother pupil placed for a variety of reasons....we are out of the CWES boundaries & the school he would have gone to pales in comparison both academically & enthusiasm that is the happiest place on earth (CWES). It starts at the top and trickles down. Love warmth respect & LOVE OF LEARING is CWES!!!We are so happy we are there.

  • (2 years ago)

    I like C.W.E. We moved to the area last year and are very impressed with the school!!. Teachers are very interested on each child well-being are flexible and work hard for their academic goals. This school has an awesome special education team!!! All so experienced nice and involved!!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter goes to this school. The principal is a dynamic and strong leader. The school is vibrant clean and festooned with beautiful student art on the walls. The 5th and 6th grade honors band program is awesome primarily because of the director. The principal maintains high standards for the school and teachers. I reckon the scores are good at CBWES because it is a GT center.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our second year at CWES. We are very impressed. We came from another local Elementary school and the difference is night and day. Not only does Canterbury have Cued Speech Kennedy Center CETA Program Advanced Academic Program but they continually go above and beyond to add new programs to benefit the kids. For example all the teachers are required to study and practice Responsive Classroom. Most teachers take advantage of after school teacher training programs. The school strives for improvement all the time and is often picked for pilot programs - they were a year ahead of other Fairfax schools converting to online SOL testing and the new letter grade system. They seek out parent involvement (not a standard among all schools). The PTA is highly successful and sponsors great events and raises money responsibly (this year they eliminated their biggest fundraiser because they had too much money carried over from the previous year). Parental participation is outstanding. This is an exceptional school that is always asking 'how can we be better...'

  • (3 years ago)

    Not sure what a previous reviewer said about rude office staff. They are the friendliest group I've ever met. If they want to see rude staff swing by Frost middle school. That reviewer will be in for a 'rude' awakening. This is a top tiered school and deservedly so. We bought our home in this area for that very reason. GT program is awesome and the school is consistently ranked very high. Again deservedly so. They have a partnership with the Kennedy Center's CETA program almost all of the teacher enroll in after school continual enrichment and learning programs on their own time. Incredible school and great Principal who encourages both student and staff to do better and strive for higher goals. PTA is incredible and do so much for the school and kids. We are very happy.

  • (3 years ago)

    Office people are really rude. And PTA are already set up with friends. My kid was treated as criminal by other kids and punished so hard by the teacher. If you are not in GT class no homework and teacher really does not care about the student. Really rally a bad school.

  • (3 years ago)

    We just love this school! Our child just finished the second year at this school and the transition has been wonderful. The school counselors (including Ms. Dodds) are wonderful and supportive and the teachers are high energy and striving to do their very best for each student. The strings program is very very well run. The SACC teachers do a fabulous job with the program as well with the older students grouped together separately from the younger students. There is a strong PTA with many after-school activities including Girls on the Run Odyssey of the Mind chess club scouting programs and foreign language classes.

  • (3 years ago)

    CWES is a good school but there are some issues to be aware of. They practice "mass punishment" for the crimes of the few i.e. if a few kids are acting up the entire class gets in trouble (or section in the cafeteria) and has to suffer the consequences. This is not based on one teacher but is a common practice among multiple teachers and staff at the school. Some of the teachers are not fans of the principal--she seems a bit hands off in my experience of going through IEP mtgs (she never said a word) and lets her assistant handle other big issues of mass interest to parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Canterbury Woods. It's tucked in a private setting safe and secure feeling. All the teachers are wonderful hands on and great resources. They are really "with it" and are great advocated for the students. Diverse programs with friendly staff and quality children. I can't wait for the large-scale renovations which completes in 2014. Very exciting!

  • (4 years ago)

    FABULOUS school! The principal is wonderful and knows how to advocate for the school. The teachers are fabulous -- they even had Pajama Days when the students were having Standards of Learning testing this spring. The PTA is very involved and supports the students for field trips after school activities and a Laps for Laptops program. The school has an upcoming renovation scheduled and the entire community was welcomed to see the blueprints and plans. FIVE STARS!

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree w/the previous comments! I wish the actual building were newer and larger however the curriculum and the teachers and the staff are excellent and my son absolutely loves it there!

  • (6 years ago)

    Wonderful school. Especially love the art and band teachers. Great program for the deaf and hard of hearing. Caring teachers who go above and beyond.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school. We come from private and the program here is just as challenging and it has a great diversity of after and before school programs. The teachers are wonderful and the kids are top notch! )

  • (6 years ago)

    Most of the teachers are not very good

  • (6 years ago)

    great school for learning and children with dissabilaties along with lots of activities

  • (7 years ago)

    We chose the Canterbury Woods neighborhood when our kids were 1 2 and 3. They are now enrolled at CWES as 1st 2nd and 3rd graders and our entire family is happy to be a part of this school. Teachers are great...students get the best education in a small school setting. We love the staff and parents too!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is wonderful - a treasure in the heart of Fairfax County. What a find! Great teachers great staff great kids & great parents!

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