Niche Ranks Waxpool as Virginia’s Best Elementary School


Niche ranks Waxpool Elementary School first among Virginia’s 1,124 elementary schools. 

Opened in 2019, Michael Pellegrino is Waxpool’s inaugural principal.

The Niche rankings designate Goshen Post as the third-best elementary school in the Commonwealth. Brian Klippel is the second principal of Goshen Post, which opened in 2018.

Founded in 2002, Niche provides in-depth profiles on every school and college in America based on more than 140 million reviews and ratings provided by students and families.

A dozen other Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) elementaries place in the top 100 statewide. These schools include Madison’s Trust (47); Rosa Lee Carter (52); Lowes Island (53); Legacy (54); Mill Run (59); Aldie (64); Moorefield Station (77); Creighton’s Corner (78); Liberty (86); John W. Tolbert, Jr. (87); Lincoln (97); and Cedar Lane (99). Newton-Lee (109); Emerick (111); Little River (113); Ashburn (118); Pinebrook (126); Cardinal Ridge (136); and Discovery (141) fall into the top 150 schools. 

Niche ranks elementary schools based on five criteria:

Academics Grade: Based on state assessment proficiency and survey responses on academics from students and parents. This counts for 50 percent of Niche’s evaluation.

Teachers Grade: Based on teacher salary, teacher absenteeism, state test results and survey responses on teachers from students and parents (20 percent). 

District Overall Niche Grade: Based on rigorous analysis of academic and student-life data, along with reviews from students and parents (15 percent).

Culture & Diversity Grade: based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents (10 percent).


Parent/Student Surveys on Overall Experience: Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of students and parents from the school (5 percent).





Published October 27, 2023