Cardinal Forest Elementary

Public PK, KG-6

 8600 Forrester Blvd
       Springfield, VA  22152


 (703) 923-5200

District: Fairfax County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
545th of 1,102 Virginia Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  15.3
Number of students:  629

Racial breakdown:

White:
41.5%
Hispanic:
27.8%
Asian:
13.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  29.4%

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We updated the 2018-19 rankings and test scores for this school on Monday, August 19, 2019.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2019, Cardinal Forest Elementary ranked better than 50.5% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranked 73rd among 136 ranked elementary schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 55.99. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Cardinal Forest Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (41.5%), Hispanic (27.8%), Asian (13.8%). (See more...)
Compare Details 29.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cardinal Forest Elementary is 15.3. 71 elementary schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
Compare Cardinal Forest Elementary employs 41 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2019 Rankings:

Cardinal Forest Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Cardinal Forest Elementary 545th of 1102 Virginia public elementary schools. (See Cardinal Forest Elementary in the ranking list.)

Fairfax County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Fairfax County Public Schools 40th of 132 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cardinal Forest Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 64.30 367th 1062 65.4%
2006 57.85 468th 1071 56.3%
2007 36.04 819th 1083 24.4%
2008 35.88 819th 1081 24.2%
2009 59.98 428th 1082 60.4%
2010 65.82 356th 1113 68.0%
2011 72.05 241st 1117 78.4%
2012 67.60 315th 1117 71.8%
2013 53.47 555th 1120 50.4%
2014 50.73 589th 1110 46.9%
2015 39.92 770th 1100 30.0%
2016 35.52 821st 1096 25.1%
2017 43.26 713th 1099 35.1%
2018 57.48 518th 1097 52.8%
2019 55.99 545th 1102 50.5%

Data source: test scores: Virginia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 2.6)
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by a parent
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Open Quote This school is one of the worst elementary schools not only in Fairfax county, but in the entire state. It does not measure up to the reputation that Fairfax County has for the quality of its schools and is consistently in the habit of treating education as an absolute joke. The curriculum is followed only superficially and there is absolutely no evidence that the teachers are invested in their students. Communication is at is absolute worst. If you have a child in this school, be prepared to teach your children any and all concepts that are supposed to be taught in school. Otherwise, your child will be disadvantaged. If you are planning to move to this area specifically for this school, please do yourself a favor and reconsider your options. You will be greatly disappointed. I am very much looking forward to have my child leave this school and hopefully catch up in middle school. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Open Quote If I could give it zero I would. Principal needs to retire already. It’s hard to believe the principal and vice principal are so called early education experts. Some teachers are good, but leadership is lacksidaisical, completely disorganized and unimaginative. Test scores are in the crapper and no one seems to be holding the administration accountable. This school sucks. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Open Quote Very happy with the excellent teachers! My kids have been challenged more than at other schools and have met or exceeded expectations. Close Quote


by a parent on FaceBook
Monday, April 4, 2016

Open Quote We are very disappointed with our experience at Cardinal Forest. If we could move, we would. If we could afford private school, we would send our children there. Such an overall lack of staff moral and ineffective administrators. We would never recommend. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, September 4, 2015

Open Quote Terrible administration, the principal seems to think she is in command of the parents. Some good, concerned teachers but otherwise no. Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Open Quote The school administration is, in my experience, punitive and non-responsive. The handling of special education children is especially troubling. Close Quote


by a parent
Friday, October 17, 2014

Open Quote I think your child's experience depends on the teacher he/she has for the school year. It has some school activities throughout the year and fundraisers too but overall it seems there is very little parental involvement and it's sense of community seems lacking. Not one of the better schools in Fairfax County. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, January 25, 2010

Open Quote Very committed and experienced staff. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of teachers with 10-20 years of experience, the type my sons really do well with. Learning is adjusted well to meet the learning needs of each child. Opportunities for advanced children are plentiful. The before and/or after-school SACC program is a blessing to working families - and fun for the kids. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Cardinal Forest Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 648 643
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 619 614
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 570 570
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 590 585
1993 396 42 95 60 2 n/a n/a 0 595
1994 390 45 84 49 3 n/a n/a 0 571
1995 395 56 122 57 4 n/a n/a 0 634
1996 395 56 122 57 4 n/a n/a 0 634
1997 423 55 128 71 4 n/a n/a 0 681
1998 410 55 110 74 2 n/a n/a 0 651
1999 422 54 115 71 4 n/a n/a 0 666
2000 425 55 121 69 4 n/a n/a 0 670
2001 421 53 120 83 3 n/a n/a 0 680
2002 379 53 135 100 3 n/a n/a 41 711
2003 379 53 135 100 3 n/a n/a 41 711
2004 355 49 137 121 1 n/a n/a 37 700
2005 335 47 133 116 0 n/a n/a 43 674
2006 322 51 120 103 0 n/a n/a 40 636
2007 288 59 110 113 0 n/a n/a 48 618
2008 275 63 103 110 1 n/a n/a 51 603
2009 243 62 77 117 0 n/a n/a 60 559
2010 241 61 86 123 2 n/a n/a 60 573
2011 230 62 88 164 4 0 44 0 592
2012 230 57 93 170 3 0 37 0 590
2013 236 56 87 171 1 0 39 0 590
2014 237 64 101 172 1 0 42 0 617
2015 250 65 92 180 1 1 43 0 632
2016 255 71 93 176 2 1 39 0 637
2017 273 68 88 184 4 1 39 0 657
2018 261 63 87 175 4 1 38 0 629

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Cardinal Forest Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 643 36.2 17.7 n/a
1990 614 37.5 16.3 n/a
1991 570 36.9 15.4 n/a
1992 585 37.6 15.5 n/a
1993 595 2.1 283.3 n/a
1994 571 34.3 n/a 12.1
1995 634 n/a 0.0 11.0
1996 634 n/a 0.0 11.0
1997 681 n/a 0.0 13.7
1998 651 n/a 0.0 13.8
1999 666 38.8 17.2 17.4
2000 670 n/a 0.0 17.7
2001 680 38.6 17.6 17.2
2002 711 52.3 13.6 17.2
2003 711 52.3 13.6 17.2
2004 700 44.8 15.6 20.8
2005 674 41.8 16.1 20.8
2006 636 47.0 13.5 20.0
2007 618 50.1 12.3 18.9
2008 603 38.0 15.9 19.2
2009 559 32.0 17.5 19.8
2010 573 33.0 17.3 26.1
2011 592 36.0 16.4 26.0
2012 590 42.5 13.8 26.8
2013 590 41.5 14.2 30.3
2014 617 43.1 14.3 30.6
2015 632 46.0 13.7 29.0
2016 637 42.0 15.1 27.0
2017 657 33.5 19.5 28.0
2018 629 41.0 15.3 29.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Cardinal Forest Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 643 36.2 17.7 n/a
1990 614 37.5 16.3 n/a
1991 570 36.9 15.4 n/a
1992 585 37.6 15.5 n/a
1993 595 2.1 283.3 n/a
1994 571 34.3 n/a 12.1
1995 634 n/a 0.0 11.0
1996 634 n/a 0.0 11.0
1997 681 n/a 0.0 13.7
1998 651 n/a 0.0 13.8
1999 666 38.8 17.2 17.4
2000 670 n/a 0.0 17.7
2001 680 38.6 17.6 17.2
2002 711 52.3 13.6 17.2
2003 711 52.3 13.6 17.2
2004 700 44.8 15.6 20.8
2005 674 41.8 16.1 20.8
2006 636 47.0 13.5 20.0
2007 618 50.1 12.3 18.9
2008 603 38.0 15.9 19.2
2009 559 32.0 17.5 19.8
2010 573 33.0 17.3 26.1
2011 592 36.0 16.4 26.0
2012 590 42.5 13.8 26.8
2013 590 41.5 14.2 30.3
2014 617 43.1 14.3 30.6
2015 632 46.0 13.7 29.0
2016 637 42.0 15.1 27.0
2017 657 33.5 19.5 28.0
2018 629 41.0 15.3 29.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Virginia Department of Education.

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