School Details

Forestdale Elementary School

6530 Elder Ave, Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 313-4300
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 621 students 14 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

75%
79%
72%
48%
71%
65%
76%
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

53%
75%
70%
47%
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

52%
80%
73%
53%
80%
71%
45%
72%
69%
44%
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%
83%
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

Forestdale Elementary School is a public elementary school in Springfield. The principal of Forestdale Elementary School is Ms. Cheryl A Toth. 621 students go to Forestdale Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 37% of the 621 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Forestdale Elementary School is 14:1. Springfield Estates Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 19%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 46%
Hispanic 23% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 11%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    My daughter has been with the school the last 5 years and the quality has dramaticly dropped. We started to notice a decline when she was in 3rd grade. Her teacher was out on medically leave for the first half of the school year. Instead of getting a steady substitute teacher the class had a different sub almost every day. The parents were not made aware of it and the school year was a waste. 4th grade was better but the kids were starting to be mean and a new principal was assigned to the school at the end of the year. Then things took a dramatic nose dive. Many teachers left. The principal implemented a no homework policy for the entire school without discussion. So not only was my daughter not having homework she wasn't brining anything home or having hardly any test. She had 3 the first quarter and we didn't even get her report card at the parent conference meeting. The teacher was "oh well". We pulled her out and she will be attending another school. When we turned her transfer paperwork in the front office said " well we should talk to you anymore". I was an extremely active PTA member. The principal didn't say good-bye or thank you for your service.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this School. I don't know why the scores are so low. I focus more on my own kids grades and how much they are getting out of the school. So far I have not been disappointed in any of their teachers or the education they are getting. One of my kids is going to another school for AAP program and I really don't see the difference between the two schools. And yet the score for the other school is much higher. That is why I say that as parents if we all focus on own kids and help them to succeed their is no reason why Forestdale's scores will not go up.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one of the best school in Fairfax country school. Great teacher and parents

  • (2 years ago)

    Please do not overlook this school because of it's number. Fairfax county is a melting pot of diversity and this school is no exception. My children have learned so much here. The teachers are wonderful! As for why their scores are down my only thought is that it has to be the parents. The staff has so much experience and education behind them and they patiently work everyday to keep the kids involved. I wonder how much work is done outside the school. Kids know so much more than we did as children and they can be hard to keep up with. ) The PTA is also wonderful and have done so much for the school! I've never seen a school that works as closely with parents as Forestdale. They encourage you to take part when you can and I love being able to stop by for lunch or help in the classroom. On a side note Forestdale has got to be the cleanest school I've ever seen.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school and great teachers! Had nothing but positive experiences! My children love the school and everything about it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I worked at this school and if you want a school where the teachers really care and the students are really sweet this is the school for you

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Overall score

(based on 9 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
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