Award Year: 2021

Sangster Elementary School

7420 Reservation Drive
Springfield, VA, 22153-1327

(703) 644-8200

Ms. Allison Jankovich, Principal at time of Nomination

Fairfax County Public School District

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Sangster's school mission, in alignment with Fairfax County Public Schools, is to engage, inspire, and thrive.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 14%
Students engage in differentiated learning tailored to their needs.

Students engage in differentiated learning tailored to their needs.

At Sangster, we focus on the whole child and are equally dedicated to seeing students grow academically, emotionally, and socially to become productive and contributing citizens in our ever-changing global community. We believe that students learn best in a safe, caring, and positive learning environment that stimulates intellectual curiosity, fosters a commitment to lifelong learning, and promotes strong character development. We are a proud Positivity Project school that embeds the learning of character strengths in our daily morning meetings and encourages students to have an "other people matter mindset."

Sangster is recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community school where teams are committed to providing students with high quality tier one instruction through collaborative planning, data analysis, and responsive instruction. During our daily intervention and enrichment "Falcon Time" block, teams target instruction to re-teach or enrich students based on what they have learned and/or what they need. Our Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team helps to identify and monitor students who require specific academic and social-emotional support by name and by need. Sangster has significantly increased achievement scores of students who receive special education services by improving the fidelity by which specialized programs are delivered, program matching for every student, frequent parent communication, and consistent collaboration between special education and general education teachers.

Sangster's strength lies in the culture of belonging that has been established, where everyone who walks through our doors is valued and appreciated. We benefit from an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and have been recognized as a Virginia Distinguished Purple Star School for supporting military connected students.