School Details

Cedar Forest Elementary School

3412 Massaponax Church Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
(540) 834-4569
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 733 students 18 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

64%
68%
72%
74%
66%
65%
88%
83%
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
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
71%
70%
80%
77%
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
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
73%
73%
68%
69%
71%
71%
73%
69%
75%
72%
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
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cedar Forest Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fredericksburg. The principal of Cedar Forest Elementary School is Mr. David O. Strawn Ii. 733 students go to Cedar Forest Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 30% of the 733 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cedar Forest Elementary School is 18:1. Lee Hill Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 64% 66%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 20%
Hispanic 12% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Cedar Forest is a well ran elementry school. The staff is commited to providing the best education possible in a public school setting and they do. We have two children that attend Cedar Forest. Both our challanged on a daily basis and have learned so much. It's amazing to see the kids PALS scores. The communication with the teachers and Mr. Strawn is excellant. For example I emailed Mr. Strawn over a hoilday weekend (thinking he would address it within the next few school days). I received a reply on the holiday that he would address it as soon as school began and he did. The school also has a 'Bulley Free" program and a Brain Gym which are two get programs. We are very happy that our children attend Cedar Forest.

  • (2 years ago)

    We are so thankful that our Son attends Cedar Forest. Our experience has been very positive. We feel the sense of community is very strong. We have always had open communication with his teachers and whenever there has been a question about his progress they are willing to meet with us. What a wonderful school!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is an Excellent school with very high standards across the board. All schools should model this type of excellence! Great teachers and Staff!

  • (3 years ago)

    As a staff member at Cedar Forest I am confused as to what the post on 4/11/11 considers "a sense of community." I would like to ask this parent if he/she has ever attend a school function. Here is a sampling of what CFES offers our community Annual Back to School Picnic (sponsored by the school and PTO) Frequent Open Houses and Curriculum Nights Quarterly Awards Assemblies for students (parents invited) Annual Tribute to our Military Veterans Annual Mothers' Day Breakfast Career Days Summer Orientation Programs for Kindergartners After School Remediation and Skill Review programs 5th Grade Intramurals What this parent does not also realize is the the staff frequently gives up it's Saturdays to visit students and their familes in their neighborhoods bringing educational materials food and fun. So I would like to ask this parent... What is your definition of "a sense of community"? Please share it with Mr. Strawn. He is always looking for new ways to connect to our community. Perhaps w ehave missed something.

  • (3 years ago)

    As the principal of Cedar Forest I would like to challenge the author of the post dated April 11 to contact me and discuss with me personally your comments that I do not care or that I am simply incompetent. Please give me the basis of your feelings. It is one thing to post a comment like that and another to have the courage to have an honest conversation. Cedar Forest is not nor will we ever be perfect. But we build on our strengths and work to improve or weaknesses. We invite our parents to contact us when they have concerns. Your post will earn you little in the way of a positive response if you do not speak with the person who is responsible for your school. Please don't hide behind negative and disparaging comments. 27 students per class? You live in a county that is like many in that it is struggling with a poor economy. Do you make you views known to our county leaders? Find a productive and positive way to make your voice be heard. Thank you.

  • (3 years ago)

    There is no sense of community at this school. The principal doesn't care or is simply incompetent. There are 27 students per classroom. That is not acceptable.

  • (4 years ago)

    The caring and professional principal teachers and lay personnel provide a foundation of old-fashioned standards (honesty positive attitude hard work and respect) while utilizing the best of modern technology (smart boards computers and highly experienced educated staff). Each child matters. NO BULLYING TOLERATED! We will miss the principle(Mr. Strawn) most of all!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I don't blame the lack of enthusiasm in the school soley on the staff I think the Superintendent of Spotsylvania Co. should be held accountable as well. How can you teach when you have no funds to buy supplies?

  • (5 years ago)

    Brand new school with a great administration and teachers. Friendly and caring...this group gets it! Average teacher/student ratios. Teachers make kids enjoy school. Unfortunately we are moving away...but we will miss this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Ceder forest is an excellent school1 I'm a 1st grade teacher and wow! this is the school that has your child's sucess!

  • (6 years ago)

    Cedar Forest is an exceptional school with high expectations and a positive atmosphere. The administration truly values parents as partners in education and the teachers are engaged and positive. Could not ask for a better experience for my kids.

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