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

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4 Things About Sangster Elementary


Sangster has been awarded the State of Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award a number of times over the years. The school’s standardized test scores are some of the best in the state.

STEAM education in FCPS is an inquiry approach to teaching and learning where students integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to solve problems. Students in 4th-6th grade visit the STEAM classroom for at least one hour each week. Students on K-3 are exposed to STEAM lessons on a monthly basis.

Sangster has a Foreign Language in an Elementary School (FLES) program making it one of only a small percentage of Fairfax County elementary schools that offers foreign language. Students in Kindergarten through 6th-grade work on developing basic communicative skills in Spanish while reinforcing content from other subjects.

Sangster 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. If your child is selected for the AAP program they’ll be pulled from class with other students throughout the week for those subjects.

Sangster is also a Fairfax County Advanced Placement Level IV center for 3rd through 6th grade. That means all students in full-time Level IV, center-based classes have been identified as center-eligible by a central selection committee. If students attending neighboring schools do not have a level four program at their school they have the option of attending Sangster.

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

  • Band, Strings, Chorus, and Handbell Choir – students in the upper grades may elect to participate in one or more music program in addition to general music
  • Safety Patrol – Patrols support the staff and crossing guard during arrival and dismissal.
  • W.H.S.E. Morning News Show- student anchors run a morning news program each school day
  • SCA (Student Council Association) – made up of officers and representatives from each classroom. 

There are close to 1000 students enrolled at Sangster, making it one of the largest elementary schools in Fairfax County.

Students living in the Fairfax Station and Springfield subdivisions of Briarlynn Estates, Estates at Roseland, Lakewood Hills, Orange Hunt, and South Run,  may attend Sangster. Sangster is in the Lake Braddock Pyramid that means if your child goes to Sangster they’ll go to Lake Braddock Middle School then Lake Braddock 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. Sangster’s hours are Monday through Friday are 9:10 to 3:55 for grades K – 6.

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.

Sangster 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 Sangster PTA supports a number of efforts to enrich the lives of the students, teachers, and families at the school. They sponsor a number of popular activities each year 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.

Parents are active participants in the daily school life of Sangster students. Volunteers are frequently seen in the building reading with students or supporting math instruction.

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. You can sign up to volunteer on the school website which is linked below.

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Sangster 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 Sangster Elementary School as 9/10.* rating came in at 29th of 1,097 schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Students attending Sangster Elementary School will move through the Fairfax County Pyramid system to Irving Middle School, Lake Braddock Secondary School (Middle) which feeds into Lake Braddock Secondary School (High), 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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Sangster Elementary School Location

Sangster Elementary School is located at:
7420 Reservation Dr
Springfield, Virginia 22153.

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The school’s public grades span Kindergarten – 6th with 930 students and 18.2 Student/Teacher Ratio.

Gender enrollment for the 2015 – 2016 school year for Sangster Elementary School was 478 Males and 452 Females.

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Fairfax County Public School boundaries provided are compiled from various sources and change frequently without notice. The approximations provided on are for informational purposes only and you are not advised to use in determining the legal eligibility of an individual or resident to attend a particular school. Use our website as your guide while searching for the right home and school. To verify enrollment eligibility, contact the school, or county directly. Visit Fairfax County Boundary Locator to look up the schools serving a specific address. Always confirm with the district the accuracy of the data prior to moving forward with a sale or purchase of any home.
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