Are you looking for a new home near Glen 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 common things parents want to know when looking for a home near Glen 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 Glen Forest Elementary is the right fit your you and your family.

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4 Things About Glen Forest Elementary

Academics

Glen 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 contacting the school directly. If your child is selected for the AAP program they’ll be pulled out with other students throughout the week for those subjects.

Glen Forest is a Local Level IV program for Fairfax County Advanced Academic Placement for grades 3rd-5th. Level IV advanced placement is a full-time program. Students that qualify for Level IV Services have the option of attending Belvedere or remaining at Glen Forest, their neighborhood school.

The biggest difference between the two programs is students enrolled. All students in full-time, center-based classes like Belvedere have been identified as center-eligible by a central selection committee and will be coming from several neighborhood schools. In a Local Level IV classroom at Glen Forest, the students are a mix of students who are center-eligible and high achieving students who are capable of working at an advanced level.

Enrollment

There are many activities for students before, during, and after school:

  • Student Fitness Programs -Fit Girls and Young Men in Motion
  • STEM Lab – Focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • GFES news show- Morning news program produced by and starring Glen Forest students

There are nearly 1100 students enrolled at Glen Forest Elementary each school year making it one of the largest elementary schools in Fairfax County.

Students living in the Alexandria and Falls Church subdivisions of Dowden Terrace, Virginia Heights, Hollybrooke, Lee Blvd Heights, Savoy Park, Skyline, and Waters Edge may attend Glen Forest. Glen Forest is in the Justice Pyramid that means if your child goes to Glen Forest they’ll go to Glasgow Middle School then Justice High School.

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School Hours

One important thing to consider is the school’s hours of operation. Glen Forest’s hours are Monday through Friday are 9:20 to 4:05 for grades K – 5th.

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.

Glen 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.

The Glen Forest PTO supports a number of activities in the community including social events and fundraisers. Each school year the PTO offers a number of fee-based after-school enrichment programs. They vary year to year and range from science focused to athletics and the arts.

The school welcomes parents to set up a time with your child’s teacher to volunteer in the classroom, read a book to the class, or come in to have lunch with your child. Your level of involvement can be as much or as little as you like.


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Glen 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 GreatSchools.org providing ratings based on test scores, and SchoolDigger.com ranks schools by comparing them to other schools throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.


GreatSchools.org* rated Glen Forest Elementary School as 4/10.
SchoolDigger.com* rating came in at 869th of 1,097 schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Students attending Glen Forest Elementary School will move through the Fairfax County Pyramid system to Glasgow Middle School which feeds into J.E.B. Stuart 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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Glen Forest Elementary School Location

Glen Forest Elementary School is located at:
5829 Glen Forest Dr
Falls Church, Virginia 22041.

The school’s main phone number is:

703-578-8000.

School Website:

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