Are you looking for a new home near Great Falls 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 in near Great Falls 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 Great Falls Elementary is the right fit your you and your family.

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4 Things About Great Falls Elementary

Academics

Great Falls 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.

Great Falls is a Local Level IV program for Fairfax County Advanced Academic Placement for grades 3rd-6th. Level IV advanced placement is a full-time program. Students that qualify for Level IV Services have the option of attending Colvin Run or remaining at Great Falls, their neighborhood school.

The biggest difference between the two programs is students enrolled. All students in full-time, center-based classes like Colvin Run 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 Great Falls, the students are a mix of students who are center-eligible and high achieving students who are capable of working at an advanced level.

Great Falls is one of the few elementary schools in the area that offers the foreign language immersion program. The two-way Japanese immersion program is only available through lottery selection.

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

  • Student Council Association -students can participate through classroom representatives and student officers
  • Chorus, Band, and Strings – students in the upper grades may choose to participate in one of these electives in addition to general music
  • WBRK news show- Morning news program produced by and starring Great Falls students
Enrollment

There are just over 500 students enrolled at Great Falls Elementary each school year.

Students living in the Great Falls subdivisions of Forestville, Lexington Estates, Seneca Green, Oliver Estates, Rivermont, and Weant may attend Great Falls. Great Falls is in the Langley Pyramid that means if your child goes to Great Falls they’ll go to Cooper Middle School then Langley 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

One important thing to consider is the school’s hours of operation. Great Falls’s hours are Monday through Friday are 8:50 to 3:35 for grades K – 6th.

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.

Great Falls 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 Great Falls PTA supports a number of activities in the community including social events and fundraisers. Each school year the PTA 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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Great Falls 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 Great Falls Elementary School as 9/10.
SchoolDigger.com* rating came in at 179th of 1,097 schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Students attending Great Falls Elementary School will move through the Fairfax County Pyramid system to Cooper Middle School which feeds into Langley 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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Great Falls Elementary School Location

Great Falls Elementary School is located at:
701 Walker Rd
Great Falls, Virginia 22066.

The school’s main phone number is:

703-757-2100.

The school’s public grades span Kindergarten – 6th with 546 students and 16 Student/Teacher Ratio.

Gender enrollment for the 2015 – 2016 school year for Great Falls Elementary School was 261 Males and 285 Females.

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