School Details

Groveton Elementary School

6900 Harrison Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306
(703) 718-8000
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 735 students 13 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

53%
79%
72%
49%
71%
65%
69%
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

54%
75%
70%
66%
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

65%
80%
73%
73%
80%
71%
73%
72%
69%
53%
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

71%
85%
74%
88%
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

About this school

Groveton Elementary School is a public elementary school in Groveton. The principal of Groveton Elementary School is Mr. Richard Pollio. 735 students attend Groveton Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 61% of the 735 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Groveton Elementary School is 13:1. Hybla Valley Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 39% 11%
Hispanic 36% 18%
White, non-Hispanic 13% 46%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 19%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    We moved from Arlington County (Abingdon Elementary) schools to Groveton Elem. I was unimpressed the first year compared to Abingdon concerning the slower curriculum and less homework given. As my children entered the 2nd school year in 2013-2014 I noticed substantial changes. Some positives it is a community-based school the administration & staff are very attentive and make efforts to communicate & collaborate on your childs' needs academically. Groveton offers the Level III Advanced Academic Program (AAP) & now have a resident AAP teacher. I foresee a lot of great changes forthcoming. Definitely top-down the administration has fostered a culture of caring and devotion to their children. An observance I didn't experience with the teachers @ Abingdon.

  • (1 year ago)

    What a dedicated staff and administration. I live and work in this community and am so proud to be a part of Groveton's daily life.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter just started going to kindergarten. This is a great school. The principle Rich Pollio Assistant Principal Ms Peerman are very nice. They care for your child. Teacher is great and very responsive. I am in touch with her through email through "folder notes". There is a sheet coming home for every day of the week activities. My daughter loves her school and teacher. Keep up the good work.

  • (1 year ago)

    I remember coming to this school during 2nd and 3rd grade. This school has got to be the absolute worst school I had ever been to. I am currently a freshman in high school but when I was there it was extremely ghetto and the bathrooms were horrible.

  • (3 years ago)

    At first I was a little apprehensive about my child attending Groveton because of some of the reviews on here. However I can say that after my son has completed 1st grade and enters 2nd grade that Groveton is a great school. The teachers and principal are attentive and really take the time to know the students. He attended another smaller school in the area for kindergarten but I have found that I received better feedback from the teachers at this school. It is a very diverse and dynamic school that is a good learning environment for students. Office staff is very helpful also. Very community based school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has completed K and 1st grade at Groveton. He has been very happy and excelled academically. He has developed a real pride in his school community. The teachers and support staff have been friendly and warm. Many of the staff even know the names of my younger children who do not yet attend the school. The principal makes a point of getting to know all the children and their families. The community is very diverse and my child has benefited from this. He is learning how to get on in the real world where people come from all kinds of backgrounds both ethnic and socio-economic. The school celebrates its diversity in many ways. It holds an annual "Taste of Groveton" night where families share food reflective of their family background. The principal also speaks a second language.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am not sure what the previous reviewer meant when she said she was not sure of the backgrounds of the people who posted previous reviews. My husband and I both have masters degrees and are very pleased with Groveton. It is true it is a very diverse environment in every sense of the word but I see that as a plus. The school staff and adminstration work very hard at making it work and they succeed. My eldest just completed first grade and my youngest will start kindergarten in the fall. My daughter had great teachers who had excellent control of their class. I do not have experience with the upper grades but the kindegarten and first grade staff are great. They also have gifted music and gym teachers who are wonderful with the children. The school staff is also very diverse and is blessed with strong leadership.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am not sure what kind of backgrounds those who posted their review. I cannot wait until we move so I can take my son out of this school. My daughter attended Stratford Landing Elementary School more upscale and children are more affluent and civilized. Groveton on the other hand is mixed with underprivileged children who happened to be unruly. When I made surprised visit the class room was in total chaos. Sure if you compare the school in Ohio to Fairfax County School of course it is better.

  • (5 years ago)

    In our first months at Groveton I have been impressed with the quality of my child's teacher. There is excellent communication from the teacher. The school is very clean childrens' work is posted throughout the school and all the staff have been friendly and welcoming.

  • (6 years ago)

    I moved here from OH where I would have never sent my child to public school. I have been so pleased with the level of teaching and the challenging curriculum that is provided at this school. The school is beautiful and clean and the teachers are caring and willing to do anything to help your child succeed. I am also pleased with the gifted and talented opportunities available at the school. Also the teachers are GREAT at communicating with parents and keeping parents informed of the students' progress. Teachers also go out of their way to build the students' esteem. I am so glad that when I moved to VA from OH this was the school my son attended.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teaching staff are fantastic. The school is always clean and the children learn so much. I have 2 in the school and I am very satisfied.

  • (6 years ago)

    Groveton is a wonderful school doing a great job in a challenging community. It draws from a broad spectrum of economic cultural and social groups and a large number of its students are not native English speakers. Groveton celebrates its many cultures and does an amazing job of bringing ESL children along while providing plenty of challenge for even gifted students. All of our children attended Groveton and all became excellent students; three have gone on to GT programs honors classes etc. including two who were adopted as older children and spoke virtually no English when they started there. Statistics just don't tell the whole story. Groveton's talented dedicated staff and newly renovated facilities create a wonderful learning environment.

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