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William Ramsay Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 727 students

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Posted March 6, 2012

Ramsay has had issues with lack of parent involvement for many years. The school has had 3 principles in the past 5 years. Teacher morale has been decreasing in the past 2 yrs. The PTA has a skeleton crew (I'm talking 3-5 people) of active members who have to work very hard to get anything done. The school does have some "fun" activities, but academic progress has been lacking for quite some time. The students are happy, yet oblivious to the declining reputation of the school. It is overpopulated with 750+ this year, with growth expected to continue. A lot of resources are used on ELL programs and improving reading levels. Afterschool enrichment programs are limited to teacher taught 'clubs' . The school's physical environment is dim, not like the brightly colored halls of the other ACPS elementary schools. The dumpsters are located right at the entrance of the school. Their playground is the least maintained in the entire ACPS system and the advertised Rec Center and Nature Center do not belong to the school and are not useable for school functions outside of school hours. One of the lowest ranking schools in ACPS for a reson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

I love William Ramsay ! It is a great school to go to. I love the teachers because they teach very good and if I don't get something they will CLEARLY explain that problem. They food is O.K. but i like the cheese sticks the most. They treat all kids with respect and do their job right. Make sure you see the school first. But I think you will FALL IN LOVE with it.


Posted September 19, 2006

Hello- my name is jeevana wells. My son started kindergarten this year. I really like that fact that they had a kindergarten -prep program. That really helped my son learn the new teachers and helper's. He seems to like the food there. He like s the pizza on friday's.He likes the libary and also the nature center. [He] also goes to the capanga school before and after school. They always have great activities and snacks. Jeevana wells
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

i liked this school very much. im not a parent but i attended a school i felt very safe. the academic programs are great they are activities that can keep kids out of gangs and drugs. Music teachers and other teachers are great people they help you out on any task. Parent involement is OK my oarent wasnt involed in any of the PTA meetings or anything but other parents were which is a good thing. Overall, this school is a good, safe, and diverse school i felt very safe here if you want to transfer to another elementary school choose William Ramsey, a good choice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2005

The staff and teachers at this school are fantastic. The principal is so wonderful, affable, and pays attention to detail. The school is run like a tight ship and is neat as a pin. My daughter learned a lot and always felt happy and safe there. The PTO is terribly small and there are very few volunteers. This can get old. Many of the children do not partake in play dates and birthday parties.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
80%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students75%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students62%
Female students75%
Male students52%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English70%

Science

All Students64%
Female students63%
Male students65%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students51%
Female students47%
Male students55%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English46%

Math

All Students45%
Female students39%
Male students52%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English46%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students52%
Female students60%
Male students44%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English64%

English: Writing

All Students42%
Female students53%
Male students31%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficient students25%
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students39%
Female students45%
Male students33%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficient students32%
Proficient in English46%

Science

All Students54%
Female students56%
Male students51%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Rosario Casiano

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Alexandria, VA 22311
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