Are you looking for a new home near Cardinal Forest Elementary School? Finding a new home can be stressful, now, add researching schools to the equation and it can be overwhelming.

What are the most commons things parents want to know when looking for a home in near Cardinal Forest Elementary School? Well, I did a little research.

When looking for an elementary school parents usually want to know about the size of the school, the student to teacher ratio, the school’s ratings, and available options for before and after care. Below I’ve listed 4 things that will help you determine if Cardinal Forest Elementary is the right fit your you and your family.

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4 Things About Cardinal Forest Elementary


Cardinal Forest has an Advanced Academic Program for students in grades K-6. The school works with teachers to identify students that may benefit from the program, however, you can also request a screening of your child by contact the school directly.

Literacy is a top priority at Cardinal Forest. All teachers at Cardinal Forest teach reading and writing for two hours every school day. The school’s website includes helpful tips you can use at home with your son or daughter.

Specials at Cardinal Forest in a number of options for students interested in exploring their musical side. Students in upper grades can sign up for chorus, band, or orchestra. If your child joins either of these classes they will still have general music once a week.

Cardinal Forest has a BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, policy for students in upper grades. Students in 4th-6th are allowed to bring personal tablets and electronic devices to school to support their learning. The use of student-owned devices is restricted to instructional activities and only under the direct supervision of a staff member.


Cardinal Forest is mid-sized school by Fairfax County standards. The school’s grades span pre-kindergarten – 6th with between 625-650 students enrolled each school year.

Students living in the 22152 zip code, specifically in Cardinal Forest, Cardinal Estates, Charleston, Southern Grove, and Tivoli will likely attend Cardinal Forest. Cardinal Forest is in the West Springfield Pyramid that means if your child goes to Cardinal Forest Elementary they’ll go to Irving Middle School then West Springfield High School.

We always recommend you check out the Fairfax County Boundary Locator to confirm the schools serving a specific address before making any decision to buy or rent a home. 

School Hours

If you’re relocating from another part of the country you may be unfamiliar with the Fairfax County school calendar. School starts during the last week of August and ends in either the second or third week of June.

One important thing to consider is the school’s hours of operation. If you need to be at work by 8:30 that could present some challenges for you, especially if you’re commuting to the District or the Pentagon.

Cardinal Forest’s hours are Monday through Friday are 9:10 to 3:55 for students in kindergarten through 6th grade. There are two part-time preschool programs available between 9:10-12:30 and 12:30-3:50.

Cardinal Forest offers SACC which is a before and after-school program has with the Office for Children of Fairfax County. However, I have to warn you that SACC often times has a waiting list that’s months long. Check out the SACC website to see if there are spots currently available.

If you are unable to get your child signed up for SACC there are a number of private before and after care programs in the area that will drop off and pick up your child.

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement has been linked to student achievement. When looking for a school for your kids you’re also looking for a school that’s a good fit for you as well.

Cardinal Forest PTA supports the school through various fundraisers and events during the school year. The Cardinal Forest PTA sponsors many enrichment programs throughout the year, including the chess club, a running club, and a Lego, gadgets, and robots club. Check out their website for a list of upcoming events and meetings.

There are lots of opportunities to support your child and the school by volunteering in the lunchroom, office, and classrooms. Your level of involvement can be as much or as little as you like.

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Cardinal Forest Elementary School Ratings

Fairfax County Elementary Schools have numerous rating systems to measure the performance of schools in Northern Virginia. Two of the most popular methods are providing ratings based on test scores, and ranks schools by comparing them to other schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.* rated Cardinal Forest Elementary School as 4/10.* rating came in at 518th of 1,097 schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Students attending Cardinal Forest Elementary School will move through the Fairfax County Pyramid system to Irving Middle School which feeds into West Springfield High School. It is recommended that future home buyers use Fairfax County Boundary Locator to confirm the schools serving a specific address before making any decisions.

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Cardinal Forest Elementary School Location

Cardinal Forest Elementary School is located at:
8600 Forrester Blvd
Springfield, Virginia 22152.

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