For the past thirty-five years since the school opened, Springwoods Elementary School’s faculty, students, and parents have strived for excellence and have achieved great things.
School of Excellence, 2000-2014– Springwoods attained this designation for demonstrating high levels of performance.A School of Excellence must be fully accredited by the state, make Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act, and achieve an overall score of 90 out of 100 points on PWCS Strategic Plan-based measures.
Top 25 Percent of Northern Virginia Elementary Schools, 2012 – Northern Virginia magazine August 2012 included Springwoods Elementary School as being on its list of top 25 percent of Northern Virginia Elementary Schools. The selection was based on four different attributes: the percentage of students who passed the 2010-2011 Standards of Learning test (SOLs), the percentage of students who performed above average on the SOLs, the percent average of how students performed on SOLs in a three-year time period, and the percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunch.
Silver Award Best Practices in Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2012 – The award was based on the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard. Springwoods Elementary School received this award for fostering a healthy environment where learning is supported by good nutrition and increased physical activity.
Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 – For the past four years, Springwoods has received the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program created by the Board of Education to advance Governor Kaine’s “competence to excellence” agenda. Springwoods Elementary School was recognized for meeting all state and federal achievement benchmarks for at least two consecutive years and achieving applicable excellence goals for their school classification. Schools also earned bonus points for other performance measures, including the Governor’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Scorecard.
Virginia Department of Education Three Year Waiver, 2011–SpringwoodsElementary School has been awarded a three year waiver from annual accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education for having achieved pass rates on the Standards of Learning of 95 percent or higher in all four core academic areas.
One of American’s Healthiest Schools, 2010 – Health magazine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have recognized Springwoods Elementary School as being one of “America’s Healthiest Schools” as part of the Healthier US Schools Challenge. Students at Springwoods are taught to live by the ‘95210’ principle – that’s nine hours of sleep, five servings of fruits and vegetables, no more than two hours of screen time, at least one hour of exercise, and zero sugary drinks per day.
No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, 2008 – Springwoods was one of six schools to receive this prestigious award for helping students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests and making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
Washington Post Top 100 Northern Virginia Schools, Rank 40, 2008 – The ranking is based on a “Washington Post” analysis of Virginia Department of Education records of scores where students rated “advanced” on Standards of Learning tests in reading and math in grades 3-5. Springwoods Elementary School was one of nine PWC Schools that were in the top 100.