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

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4 Things About Terra Centre Elementary


Terra Centre 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.

Terra Centre is one of the few schools in the area offering FLES, Foreign Language in Elementary Schools. The FLES program focuses on proficiency and purposeful communication rather than grammar. FLES approach is to teach language will reinforcing the content of other subjects. Students in first through sixth-grade participate in the FLES Spanish language program at Terra Centre.

Northern Virginia is a culturally diverse population and Terra Centre like most other Fairfax County Public Schools offers an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.

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

  • Band and Strings – students in the upper grades may choose to participate in one of these electives in addition to general music
  • Safety Patrol – Patrols support the staff and crossing guard during arrival and dismissal.
  • Discovery Garden-The Discovery Garden is a resource for interdisciplinary learning across all the major academic subjects areas, technology, the fine arts, and health and life skills.
  • Project LIFT – Summer reading program
  • SCA (Student Council Association) – made up of officers and representatives from each classroom. The SCA is a leadership and service organization that conducts service projects and promotes school spirit through leadership projects.  

There are about 600 students enrolled at Terra Centre Elementary each school year. That includes students enrolled full-time in grades K through 6 and also a handful of students in the part-time preschool program.

Terra Centre is located in the heart of Burke Centre and is part of the Robinson Pyramid that means if your child goes to Terra Centre they’ll move on to Robinson Middle School then Robinson 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. Terra Centre’s hours are Monday through Friday are 8:30 to 3:25 for grades K – 6th.  The hours for the part-time preschool program are 9:10-12:30 and 12:35-3:55.

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.

Terra Centre 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 Terra Centre 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.

Additional programs, such as Watch Dogs and parent volunteerism, boost the school and community bond.Terra Centre 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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Terra Centre 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 Terra Centre Elementary School as 8/10.* rating came in at 148th of 1,097schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Students attending Terra Centre Elementary School will move through the Fairfax County Pyramid system to Robinson Secondary School (Middle) which feeds into Robinson Secondary School (High). 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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Terra Centre Elementary School Location

Terra Centre Elementary School is located at:
6000 Burke Centre Pkwy
Burke, Virginia 22015.

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