44 out of 10GreatSchools

Douglas Macarthur Elementary School

Alexandria, VA
  • Public
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  • Grades PK-5
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  • Enrollment: 734


Douglas Macarthur Elementary School
1101 Janneys Lane
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 461-4190
Douglas Macarthur Elementary School is located in Alexandria, VA and serves grades PK-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 4 out of 10
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Reviews16 Reviews

3 & 4 th grades were good, because the teachers were very good, and had a firm grasp on how to teach neurodiverse children. 5th grade has been a nightmare. ACPS needs to step in.
This is a wonderful school, full stop. The fact that DMES is rated a "3" is offensive, and says much more about Great Schools' silly algorithm than anything else. My family has been thrilled with the teachers and staff, and we have made great friends with other families. My son (first grade now) is thriving and couldn't be happier. For any prospective families put off by the score: please know there are MANY families at Macarthur who could easily afford to send their children to private school, and much prefer the excellent education they are receiving.
My daughter just finished 1st grade, so we have two years of experience with Mac, and we have had such a wonderful experience! So pleased with this school. The teachers are just top notch. She had Ms. Hellmuth this year, who is amazing. Absolutely incredible in terms of reading/writing. I couldn't believe how much she'd improved by the end of the year. We also had the BEST kindergarten team we could ask for last year.When I asked my daughter what she'll miss about MacArthur this summer, she said "the teachers." Most kids are super excited for summer break, but not my girl. She already misses school and wishes it would be back in session!
If you are an average or above average student with no special needs or behavior challenges, this is a good school. Not great...good. If your child needs anything special...a 504, IEP or just individual attention...not so good. The administration has not been proactive or even up to date on laws and regulations. Good news is that there will be a new AP that will hopefully have more knowledge. School atmosphere is kept cool and orderly...no talking in the hallway and all straight lines...not child friendly. Teachers are mostly good or Great! There is too much pressure on them regarding testing and keeping the kids under "control". We have LOVED our teachers:-)
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