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.