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The following directory of Fairfax County public elementary schools is a work in progress. Additional schools will be added periodically.

Annandale Terrace Elementary School
7604 Herald St., Annandale; 703/658-5600.
Principal: Andrea Garris
Grades: PreK-5
Students: 908 (as of June 2012)
Feeder schools: Poe Middle School, Annandale High School
Special programs and activities: The Parent Center offers parent liaisons who speak Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese, as well as English. The school’s precision jump rope team has performed at national and international competitions and on the White House lawn. There is also an Advanced Academic Level IV program.
Business and community partnerships: Cardinal Bank and the Sprague Center provide tutoring and equipment.

Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church; 703/575-6800.
Principal: Keith Hall, acting principal
Grades: PreK-5
Students: 1,232 (June 2012)
Special programs and activities: Magnet school offering partial immersion in the Spanish language, emphasis on the arts, Title I, Head Start, preschool special education, Young Scholars, theater for the performing arts, Reading Recovery, outdoor habitat learning lab, after-school enrichment classes. Bailey’s is one of 16 schools in the region participating in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Art’s Changing Education Through the Arts program.
Awards/special recognition: 2012 Red Apple Wellness Award.
Business and community partnerships: The U.S. Forest Service provides guest lecturers, field trips, and hands-on activities through its Sustainable Operations program.

Beech Tree Elementary School
3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church; 703/531-2600.
Principal: Terry Phillips
Grades: PreK-5
Students: 477 (as of June 2012)

What’s new: A massive renovation of the Beech Tree building was completed in February 2012, resulting in state-of-the-art classrooms and a new playground and blacktop.

Special programs and activities: Beech Tree uses the Responsive Classroom Approach to enhance the school’s strong sense of community building, Phillips says. Beech Tree also offers a Head Start class, a school-based Level IV Advanced Academics program, enhanced autism services, and a continuum of special education and ESOL services. Students in grades 1-5 have the option to learn Arabic through the Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program. Beech Tree’s Family Center, opened in September 2011, offers parenting programs on such topics as homework, child depression, and discipline strategies. 

Principal’s educational philosophy: Teachers work in collaborative learning teams, use the “plan/do/ study/act cycle” to plan instruction, and involve students in their own achievement progress. Students set academic improvement goals for themselves and learn to monitor their own progress. Special education and ESOL students receive instruction as inclusively as possible in the regular education setting. Teachers deliver instruction using a co-teaching model as appropriate. The school’s motto is “Accept Everyone; Lift All.”

Belvedere Elementary School

Belvedere Elementary School
6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church; 703/916-6800.
Principal: Cecilia Vanderhye
Grades: K-5
Students: 634 (June 2012)
Feeder schools: Stuart High School
Special programs: Outdoor classroom and learning trail, Responsive Classroom discipline approach, Advanced Academic Level IV Center, Young Scholars, preK program, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Belvedere News Network, Partners in Print family literacy program.
Awards/special recognition: Title I Distinguished School and Rising Star awards from the Virginia Board of Education.
Business and community partnerships: John Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Bren Mar Park Elementary School
6344 Beryl Road, Alexandria; 703/914-7200.
Principal: Anita Lynch
Grades: PreK-5
Students: 484 (June 2012)
What makes this school special: “The staff ‘s dedication and commitment to students and one another make this school special and unique,” says Lynch. “The students are gems and look forward to coming to school every day.”
Special programs and activities: “Being a Title I school, we offer schoolwide literacy and math programs for students and families,” says Lynch. “We celebrate learning each quarter with a continental breakfast or afternoon snack. Our staff offers extracurricular activities before and  after school. Through our Family Center, we host monthly parent meeting with varying topics.”
Principal’s educational philosophy: “We believe that all students can achieve and succeed in all their endeavors.” 
Awards/special recognition: Red Apple award from Fairfax County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services and Gold Award of Distinction from Healthier U.S. School Challenge.
Business/community partnerships: Springfield Christian Church provides school supplies and winter clothing.
Volunteer opportunities for parents: Parents can come to the Family Center to assemble classroom projects and make copies. Parents can also coordinate with teachers to work in the classroom or volunteer in the library or art room, and they are always welcome to help with PTA-sponsored events.

Bren Mar Park students taken part in a cup-stacking competition at North Springfield Elementary School.
7825 Heritage Drive, Annandale; 703/914-7300.
Principal: Cynthia Botzin
Grades: K-5
Students: 700 (June 2012)
Special programs and activities: Advanced Academic self-contained classes for grades 3, 4, and 5; professional learning communities; Step-Up Language Arts and Step-Up Math; Reading Recovery in the first grade.
Business and community partnerships: PricewaterhouseCoopers provides supplies and assistance for special events.

Columbia Elementary School

6720 Alpine Drive, Annandale; 703/916-2500.
Principal: Michael Cunningham
Grades: K-5
Students: 446 (as of June 2012)
Special programs: The Partners in Print family literacy program, Waterford Reading Program, Chess Club, Challenge 24 Tournaments, Positive Behavior Support program, Advanced Academics Level IV, Type to Learn.
Business and community partnerships: Thomas Jefferson High School students and senior citizens provide services to students who need support or enrichment.

Mason Crest Elementary School
3705 Crest Drive, Annandale; 571/226-2600.
Principal: Brian Butler
Grades: K-5
What’s New: Mason Crest, a brand-new school, opened in September 2012.
Special programs: Advanced Academic Level IV program; Professional Learning Community, with teachers working collaboratively in teams; School-Aged Child Care.
Volunteer opportunities for parents: Mason Crest parents decided to have a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) rather than a PTA.

Parklawn Elementary School

4116 Braddock Road, Alexandria; 703/914-6900.
Principal: Susan Akroyd
Grades: K-5
Students:  742 (June 2012)
Feeder schools: Stuart High School
Special programs: Living Fit in Fairfax, Waterford Early Reading Program, Step-Up Language Arts, Step-Up Math, Advanced Academics, Young Scholars.
Awards/special recognition: National Title I Distinguished School.
Business and community partnerships: Association for Supervision and Curriculum and the Mason District Police Station provide assistance through Mentorworks. The Springfield COSTCO, Harris Teeter, and Starbucks provide food and supplies. 
Weyanoke Elementary School
6520 Braddock Road, Alexandria; 703/813-5400.
Principal: Annette Almedina-Cabrera
Grades: K-5
Students: 585 (June 2012)
Special programs and activities: Title I, Reading Recovery, Step Up Language Arts, annual Cultural Heritage Festival. Students receive a free, healthy afternoon snack as part of the Virginia’s Department of Education’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program. Weyanoke participates in Character Counts, a national program emphasizing six essential life skills: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Feeder schools: Annandale High School.
Business and community partnerships: Reading buddy partnership with Braddock Baptist Church.

Woodburn School for the Fine and Communicative Arts
3401 Hemlock Drive, Falls Church; 703/641-8200.
Principal: Bridget Chapin
Grades: K-6
Students: 536 (June 2012)
Special programs and activities: The arts are integrated into all subjects. Woodburn participates in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. The Woodburn Academy for the Fine and Playful Arts offers after-school courses in drama, technology, crafts, and art, along with a step team and homework club. School-Age Child Care, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Young Scholars.
Feeder schools: Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church High School.
Business and community partnerships: Merrifield McDonalds hosts an annual fundraiser where teachers work in the restaurant.


  1. Where's Columbia Elementary?

  2. braddock elem could us a few updates,a new principal and a partial spanish immersion program make it a great school!