Fairlington Pre School

★★★★☆
  • 3900 King St

    Alexandria, VA 22302

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  • 703-671-3939

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Other reviews of Fairlington Preschool ("FPS") date from 2010 or earlier, and FPS has made a number of changes since then. I think any parent looking for a half-day Pre-K option really ought to take a closer look to learn more about the ??new? FPS.
My wife and I have two sons, now aged 4.5 and 3, who currently attend FPS. Our older son just began his final year at FPS, and he has been at the school for the past two years; our younger son just began his second year at FPS.
Just prior to our older son's first year (SY 2010-11), FPS hired a new director, the dedicated and experienced Carol Keller. In a little over two years, Ms. Keller has implemented massive ideological, financial, and infrastructural changes that bear discussing. Prior to Ms. Keller's hiring, FPS apparently had been flagging under the less-than-optimal leadership of a temporary director. Since 2010, however, Ms. Keller has truly turned FPS around.
In 2+ years, Ms. Keller has implemented a new curriculum (HighScope) that focuses on guiding children to acquire new age-appropriate skills and abilities (learn more at www.HighScope.org), and has properly trained all the teachers in HighScope's approaches and methodologies. To the extent that some of the older or longer-serving teachers either could not or did not adapt to the higher standards Ms. Keller had put in place, those teachers have retired or been pushed out, and new, well-trained, energetic teachers have been hired to move the school into the future.
In addition to the curricular changes, Ms. Keller has apparently shored up the school's finances. The teachers appear to be happy with their salaries and with their access to materials necessary to execute their lesson plans, e.g., materials required for art, science, literacy, music, etc.
Based on my three years' experience with FPS through five different classrooms, I truly believe that FPS has been a wonderful place for my sons to learn, grow, and explore. My sons?? teachers truly seem to care about their development, and I am more comfortable than ever recommending FPS, particularly because I know that even more positive changes have been planned.
For their part, our sons have enjoyed their time at FPS. They regularly talk about art and science projects they have done in class, like when my older son came home last week and told me about gathering acorns and pine-cones on the playground with his friends, then "observing" those materials in the classroom with his teachers and learning about how seeds disburse and grow into trees. Both boys seem proud of the age-appropriate skills they have practiced and acquired--already this year my older son has mastered cutting out curves by focusing on properly using his "helper hand," and my younger son has proudly sung songs that he learned in school ("Friends, friends, 1-2-3, all my friends are here with me...") and begun showing me what he can read.
Importantly, we can always discuss new skills and lessons with our sons because their teachers regularly communicate the classes' daily activities to us. (How they do that varies by classroom.) We even get candid photos of the kids working and playing at school, and we can show those to the boys and ask about what they were doing.
While our boys spend plenty of time outdoors at home, not all children have that opportunity. For that reason, it's important to note that, weather permitting, the kids at FPS spend plenty of time outdoor working, exploring, and playing. FPS has an uncommonly large and varied playground (all fenced in) that includes open green-space, a hard court, a swing-set, vegetable gardens, a sandbox, and a wooded area with a looping trail and a circle of "learning logs" where the older children convene to learn lessons about nature and science. Our boys love the playground and running "missions" along the wooded trail. The existing play structure leaves something to be desired, but it works well enough for present purposes, and FPS (with the church's support) has well-publicized near-term plan to finalize the design, purchase, and installation of a large new play structure (probably from "Grounds for Play") that will really make the playground amazing. (Honestly, though, it's already pretty amazing; none of the other preschools we looked at had any real room for kids to run around, much less wooded trails for them to safely explore!)
On rainy days or for all-school gatherings, FPS uses the church's large cafeteria/auditorium, which works as both gymnasium and theater. They maintain a variety of indoor toys and games in there, so even when it rains, our kids get lots of exercise during recess.
Perhaps most importantly, we've gotten the benefit of this wonderful education for our sons at a price that's equal to or lower than other comparable preschools in Arlington/Alexandria. We like price, we like the program, we love the people: We just can't say enough good things about FPS, and neither can our boys!

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★★★★★

Other reviews of Fairlington Preschool ("FPS") date from 2010 or earlier, and FPS has made a number of changes since then. I think any parent looking for a half-day Pre-K option really ought to take a closer look to learn more about the ??new? FPS.
My wife and I have two sons, now aged 4.5 and 3, who currently attend FPS. Our older son just began his final year at FPS, and he has been at the school for the past two years; our younger son just began his second year at FPS.
Just prior to our older son's first year (SY 2010-11), FPS hired a new director, the dedicated and experienced Carol Keller. In a little over two years, Ms. Keller has implemented massive ideological, financial, and infrastructural changes that bear discussing. Prior to Ms. Keller's hiring, FPS apparently had been flagging under the less-than-optimal leadership of a temporary director. Since 2010, however, Ms. Keller has truly turned FPS around.
In 2+ years, Ms. Keller has implemented a new curriculum (HighScope) that focuses on guiding children to acquire new age-appropriate skills and abilities (learn more at www.HighScope.org), and has properly trained all the teachers in HighScope's approaches and methodologies. To the extent that some of the older or longer-serving teachers either could not or did not adapt to the higher standards Ms. Keller had put in place, those teachers have retired or been pushed out, and new, well-trained, energetic teachers have been hired to move the school into the future.
In addition to the curricular changes, Ms. Keller has apparently shored up the school's finances. The teachers appear to be happy with their salaries and with their access to materials necessary to execute their lesson plans, e.g., materials required for art, science, literacy, music, etc.
Based on my three years' experience with FPS through five different classrooms, I truly believe that FPS has been a wonderful place for my sons to learn, grow, and explore. My sons?? teachers truly seem to care about their development, and I am more comfortable than ever recommending FPS, particularly because I know that even more positive changes have been planned.
For their part, our sons have enjoyed their time at FPS. They regularly talk about art and science projects they have done in class, like when my older son came home last week and told me about gathering acorns and pine-cones on the playground with his friends, then "observing" those materials in the classroom with his teachers and learning about how seeds disburse and grow into trees. Both boys seem proud of the age-appropriate skills they have practiced and acquired--already this year my older son has mastered cutting out curves by focusing on properly using his "helper hand," and my younger son has proudly sung songs that he learned in school ("Friends, friends, 1-2-3, all my friends are here with me...") and begun showing me what he can read.
Importantly, we can always discuss new skills and lessons with our sons because their teachers regularly communicate the classes' daily activities to us. (How they do that varies by classroom.) We even get candid photos of the kids working and playing at school, and we can show those to the boys and ask about what they were doing.
While our boys spend plenty of time outdoors at home, not all children have that opportunity. For that reason, it's important to note that, weather permitting, the kids at FPS spend plenty of time outdoor working, exploring, and playing. FPS has an uncommonly large and varied playground (all fenced in) that includes open green-space, a hard court, a swing-set, vegetable gardens, a sandbox, and a wooded area with a looping trail and a circle of "learning logs" where the older children convene to learn lessons about nature and science. Our boys love the playground and running "missions" along the wooded trail. The existing play structure leaves something to be desired, but it works well enough for present purposes, and FPS (with the church's support) has well-publicized near-term plan to finalize the design, purchase, and installation of a large new play structure (probably from "Grounds for Play") that will really make the playground amazing. (Honestly, though, it's already pretty amazing; none of the other preschools we looked at had any real room for kids to run around, much less wooded trails for them to safely explore!)
On rainy days or for all-school gatherings, FPS uses the church's large cafeteria/auditorium, which works as both gymnasium and theater. They maintain a variety of indoor toys and games in there, so even when it rains, our kids get lots of exercise during recess.
Perhaps most importantly, we've gotten the benefit of this wonderful education for our sons at a price that's equal to or lower than other comparable preschools in Arlington/Alexandria. We like price, we like the program, we love the people: We just can't say enough good things about FPS, and neither can our boys!

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Unfortunately, there are many reviews from parents who have a grudge against this school due to a difficult time that has come to an end. Fairlington has had and will continue to have a respectable reputation in Alexandria, and is recommended to many parents by other schools that do not take two's. The new teacher in the "Orange Room" is a state-certified, former public school teacher who will be implementing a genuine Pre-K program with literacy and numeracy enrichment activities. The Green Room students sign in inside the room, not outside where other parents can see, thus this misunderstanding.

For more information from the source, call 703-671-3939, or email FairlingtonPreschool@gmail.com. Perhaps some misunderstandings can be cleared up.

The church is actively pursuing a program-building director while having an interim director with a master's in early childhood who is working at the school all summer to ensure that the program grows and that the quality improves.

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★★★★★

Unfortunately, there are many reviews from parents who have a grudge against this school due to a difficult time that has come to an end. Fairlington has had and will continue to have a respectable reputation in Alexandria, and is recommended to many parents by other schools that do not take two's. The new teacher in the "Orange Room" is a state-certified, former public school teacher who will be implementing a genuine Pre-K program with literacy and numeracy enrichment activities. The Green Room students sign in inside the room, not outside where other parents can see, thus this misunderstanding.

For more information from the source, call 703-671-3939, or email FairlingtonPreschool@gmail.com. Perhaps some misunderstandings can be cleared up.

The church is actively pursuing a program-building director while having an interim director with a master's in early childhood who is working at the school all summer to ensure that the program grows and that the quality improves.

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This school has been great in the past, but think carefully before choosing it now. It's had a rough year and a half after hiring a new director who was unorganized, unfocused, and didn't care about parents at all. She was just fired, and they are searching for a new director (as of May 2010). Yes, the school overall is wonderful - but it's hit or miss with teachers. Purple Room leaves a lot to be desired; Ms. Barbara and Ms. Grace in the Yellow Room are phenomenal. The two classes for 4 year-olds are not created equal: the Green Room does not prepare students as well for K as the Orange Room (parents are still signing students in at end of year in Green, while Orange room has students signing themselves in - big difference!) Unfortunately for this school, the big draw is Mrs. Johnson in the Orange Room - she's beyond great and one of the best preschool teachers in the state! - but is moving on to teach at the college level. The teacher who is slated to replace her does not come close to her credentials. So...choose carefully! The facilities are older and not quite as nice as many preschools, but the staff definitely cares about the children. My three children have done well there, but we're happy to be heading out in a year of change and turmoil. Look at other schools first.

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★★☆☆☆

This school has been great in the past, but think carefully before choosing it now. It's had a rough year and a half after hiring a new director who was unorganized, unfocused, and didn't care about parents at all. She was just fired, and they are searching for a new director (as of May 2010). Yes, the school overall is wonderful - but it's hit or miss with teachers. Purple Room leaves a lot to be desired; Ms. Barbara and Ms. Grace in the Yellow Room are phenomenal. The two classes for 4 year-olds are not created equal: the Green Room does not prepare students as well for K as the Orange Room (parents are still signing students in at end of year in Green, while Orange room has students signing themselves in - big difference!) Unfortunately for this school, the big draw is Mrs. Johnson in the Orange Room - she's beyond great and one of the best preschool teachers in the state! - but is moving on to teach at the college level. The teacher who is slated to replace her does not come close to her credentials. So...choose carefully! The facilities are older and not quite as nice as many preschools, but the staff definitely cares about the children. My three children have done well there, but we're happy to be heading out in a year of change and turmoil. Look at other schools first.

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Fairlington has been an incredibly reliable program for over 40 years. Parental complaints on this site are from parents who have only had their child in school for one week of summer camp, and who didn't actually read the policies. Both of my daughters attended Fairlington and have gone on to great school success. They prepare your child for school well. A nuturing, safe environment, with plenty of developmentally appropriate and exciting projects!

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★★★★★

Fairlington has been an incredibly reliable program for over 40 years. Parental complaints on this site are from parents who have only had their child in school for one week of summer camp, and who didn't actually read the policies. Both of my daughters attended Fairlington and have gone on to great school success. They prepare your child for school well. A nuturing, safe environment, with plenty of developmentally appropriate and exciting projects!

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Never returned my calls, or emails. They misplaced my E-Mail address more than 4 times. Mrs. Maria, summer camp teacher,seemed frustrated and never smiled. Spray your kids for mosquitoes before every class, even on days that they are not supposed go out to the playground.

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Never returned my calls, or emails. They misplaced my E-Mail address more than 4 times. Mrs. Maria, summer camp teacher,seemed frustrated and never smiled. Spray your kids for mosquitoes before every class, even on days that they are not supposed go out to the playground.

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It's a great preschool. My son loves going to school there. He has blossomed into a well-rounded young boy while attending school there. The teachers are great too.

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It's a great preschool. My son loves going to school there. He has blossomed into a well-rounded young boy while attending school there. The teachers are great too.

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Definitely the best pre school is the area, possibly in the state. The teachers are superb and they almost always stay after school and keep an eye on your kids if you need them too. TOO GOOD!

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Definitely the best pre school is the area, possibly in the state. The teachers are superb and they almost always stay after school and keep an eye on your kids if you need them too. TOO GOOD!

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