Sunrise Valley Elementary School (SVES), located in the community of Reston, is founded on providing students a strong instructional program that enables them to become independent learners and problem solvers. The SVES community maintains high expectations for all students. SVES students become readers and writers able to use these tools for reflection, learning, and enjoyment. Mathematically, students not only learn to compute efficiently and effectively, they learn to use mathematical understanding to solve real world problems. In science, teachers foster a curiosity about the world, help students understand experimental design and learn how to find answers to their many questions. Social studies is designed to help students build background knowledge, encourage historical thinking, learn about world cultures, and make connections between the past and the present.
In 2006, FCPS awarded SVES a "Habits of Mind" focus school grant. This focus maintains that future success in life is based upon not only knowing information, but knowing how to act upon it. Technology serves as a tool to facilitate learning. Students have access to five mobile labs with wireless laptops, classroom computers, and a computer lab. All teachers have digital cameras, LCD projectors, and laptops. The majority of teachers have SmartBoards that are utilized to make learning more interactive. Each teacher maintains a Blackboard site keeping parents and students informed about learning opportunities, events, and homework. The visual and performing arts are integral to the instructional program, and students in each grade level have opportunities to perform and share their talent. The media center is literally at the center of SVES and serves as a valuable resource for all students. Children have numerous opportunities to perform community service, and sixth grade students assume important leadership responsibilities throughout the school.
Parents volunteer in all aspects of the school. The school is a community of learners in which teachers, students, and parents learn together to provide opportunities for high academic achievement, personal success, and responsibility for learning. Sunrise Valley believes that all students learn from their strengths and work to provide all students with opportunities to feel successful. As a result, we value collaboration over competition.
Hand in Hand with the Community: Sunrise Valley forms a circle in which all children shine.