Award Year: 2020

Poplar Tree Elementary School

13440 Melville Lane
Chantilly, VA, 20151-2463

(703) 633-7400

Ms. Susan Andujar, Principal at time of Nomination

Fairfax County Public Schools

School Website


Poplar Tree Elementary School will work as a collaborative team to meet the needs of each student, to foster high student achievement, and to inspire a love of learning in a safe and caring environment. Poplar Tree dedicates itself to the belief that all our students will be prepared for a rapidly changing technological world and will be able to think critically and creatively, make responsible decisions, and learn to cooperate and work productively within the school and community, while becoming life-long learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 41%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 46%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Students actively engaged in learning!

Students actively engaged in learning!

At Poplar Tree Elementary School, we have forged supportive partnerships among the total school community to include the staff, students, and parents. The school's work ethic and willingness to collaborate is evidenced by our ability to involve all staff members and parents in many decision-making processes that benefit the entire school community. The climate and culture of our school is an inclusive and inspiring place to be.

Our school is thriving on the path of blended learning. Poplar Tree is an ambassador for blended learning throughout Fairfax County Public Schools. We are often approached by members throughout the county to showcase our transition into 21st century learning. We are committed to furthering the technology skills of our staff and students. We help students utilize technology effectively to provide rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students, which will in turn help to prepare them for life outside the walls of Poplar Tree.

The positive impact of blended learning can also be seen through the implementation of Project Based Learning (PBLs) as students feel a greater ownership and empowerment over their work. During PBLs, students work on their Portrait of a Graduate (PoG) skills such as collaboration and creative and critical thinking skills. These are honed during such learning tasks. This positive learning practice and student-centered approach not only makes Poplar Tree an awesome place for children to learn, but makes it a great place to work as teachers witness student learning in an impactful way.