Test scores don't always tell the full story. My oldest daughter attended this school for first and second grade and my younger one attended kindergarten here. My older daughter began kindergarten at a private school because her birthday is in December and was not able to attend FD that year. Her first grade teacher Mrs. Young was phenomenal. She knew just how to work with an extremely bright highly energetic child. Her potential was recognized quickly and she took part in the Excel program. Second grade was a rough year behavior-wise for my daughter but her second grade teacher Ms. Munoz kept in constant contact especially when she felt like my daughter was not performing to her potential. The reading workshop group with another teacher Ms. Weaner was exceptional. My daughter said it was "so hard!" Ms. Weaner really pushed her kids to not only read but to comprehend and skating by was not possible. Now we have moved. We are in Fairfax County and my daughter says reading class is so much easier than Ms.Weaner's class but boring and she would rather be back doing the "hard stuff to make me think." She is excelling in her new school and FDES is part of her success.
Frederick Douglass Elementary School is a public elementary school in Winchester. The principal of Frederick Douglass Elementary School is Stephanie Downey. 447 children attend Frederick Douglass Elementary School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 50% of the 447 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Frederick Douglass Elementary School is 16:1. Garland R. Quarles Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.9%||1%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.2%||0%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||50%||55%|
Not only is the principal personally involved with the kids but the entire staff is from the cafeteria men and women all of the teachers and the support staff. That's right I said support staff. You don't always see a school that not only has great teachers but a support staff to help them be great. We all know that teachers spend enormous amounts of time preparing the kids for the SOLs and making sure all the students keep up but having a teacher's aid or a counselor to help is key for successful students. When we bought our house a few years ago we made sure to purchase in a neighborhood where our daughter could still go to Frederick Douglass. I know we made a great decision.
I love the Pandas. My little boy attends FDES and he loves his school.
this school is a wonderful school. it cares for the kids and teaches them well.
This is our 3rd school year here and we now have our 4th and youngest child attending Frederick Douglas. Our experience has been amazing. Our 5th grader was very 'challenged' in math. FDES provided special before school math groups to their struggling students to support the math curriculum and our son ended up scoring advanced proficiency on his SOL's. We have had two other boys at FDES with successful IEP plans and Speech programs who have progressed amazingly well. Our Kindergartner is very settled and happy already! We are a very happy family!
Although we belong in another school district my special needs son (high-functioning ASD) attended FDES for his kindergarten year and we couldn't be happier with his experiences. He was pushed to grow but not pushed so hard as to discourage him (and us). i felt like i could work hand-in-hand with his teachers to resolve issues and celebrate his accomplishments. Last year his IEP case-manager hand-picked the students' teachers and the classrooms set aside for students with special needs were clearly updated and well-funded. My concerns were met with respect and reasonable solutions. i couldn't be happier with my son's first year of school at FDES.
I had 2 girls attend this school from k-5. Cant say enough good things about this school. The staff are very kind. The school is clean and well run. Good education.
We have recently moved from NW PA and in doing so our three children had to walk away from friends and history there. We have found the transition to go rather well and the academics so far have been significantly more challenging for our children which is something we are happy with as well. Although we haven't been part of the school long we are happy thus far.
have had 2 students in this school problem is one was healthy one has had health problems since birth. healthy daughter had no problems at this school wish i could say the same for unhealthy daughter has been made to feel 'different' and thats not a good thing for a second grader.