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Henry Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 431 students

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Posted October 3, 2013

We have been so impressed with Henry Elementary. The principal is fantastic, approachable, and engaged. We've really enjoyed the teachers. My daughter has really enjoyed her time in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

Excellent school, fantastic teachers that really care and put forth so much extra effort for the children. I think Patrick Henry will be moving up in the rankings. Not sure why it's not a 10 or at minimum a 9, with outstanding test scores, bright cheery school & dedicated faculty. Mr. Ramsay and Mrs. Love are outstanding Pre-K teachers & Dr. Piehota is a super involved principal. Diverse, Involved & willing to go the extra mile. Fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2012

Great school. As a military family, we moved to Arlington this year (2012) and have a first and third grader at Patrick Henry. We could not be any happier with the school and the teachers. Classes are engaging but challenging - my kids are given a good bit of homework that seems to do a good job incorporating ideas from across the curriculum into the work. The teachers have done a good job assessing our kids and giving them appropriate level assignments. The Principal and PTA are extremely active, much more than we saw at previous schools, which has been a welcome change. Overall, Patrick Henry has been terrific - I would highly recommend it to any inbound families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

So often schools south of Route 50 get a less-than-stellar reputation among Arlington folks, but Patrick Henry is simply not one of those. It is far more diverse than many of the elementary schools in the Northwest area of Arlington, yet its test scores are through the roof! It's a community school with excellent teachers, one of the best playgrounds around, and ahas caring, involved principal. We like that Spanish is available as a class for all grades, but the curriculum is not immersion. We also enjoy the well-attended bingo nights and other community-oriented events - such as the Halloween parade for the homeless, Veteran's Day celebrations, and International Night! My children feel safe, cared for, and we believe they are challenged at Patrick Henry ... so what more can you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

On the whole, a good school, but lack of playground supervision led to some serious bullying incidents. Also disturbing was that the main bully was from a wealthy white family, while the victims were mostly Latino. My son was not a victim, but he went to pre-school with the bully and one of the victims and was pretty upset about the whole thing. The principal described the incidents as "fighting", but it was clear to my son and to other kids (they talked about it alot) that these incidents were not about two kids fighting but about one kid picking on other, smaller (but in the same grade) minority kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

Great Principal who is very involved with her school - parents, teachers, students. Teachers are excellent. The school has a library across its parking lot and is surrounded by a good neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

Excellent school! My child has disabilities and all the teachers, principles, and staff did everything they could to insure his learning abilities. They really know what they are doing. Thank, God for Patrick Henry Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

My stepdaughter attended 5th grade. She loved her teachers, especially Ms. Watson. She felt very safe there, made new friends, and got plenty of special attention when needed. Dr. Piehota is an excellent leader, and very approachable. The students had a lot of activities and field trips, including trips to the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson monuments in DC. My stepdaughter immigrated from China, and was surprised at how easy American math classes are. Everything was a review, and she always won all the math competitions in her class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2006

Patrick Henry Elementary School is a hidden gem inside of Arlington. We are military officers who moved here last year from a small town. We were a little intimidated by the thought of living in the 'big city' with our three young children, but those concerns evaporated the minute we walked into Henry and met the incredible staff and principal, Dr. Piehota. The staff couldn't be better, the student body is enthusiastic and wonderfully diverse from many different countries and the academic programs are all individually tailored to meet your child's needs. Our children love the school and have blossomed there. We just hope the military doesn't move us again as our kids have found a home for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2004

We have a kindergarten student entering Henry this year and are thrilled with the attitude of everyone involved in his education. We have been at another county school for preschool and thought we were spoiled there, but PH is totally outperforming our expectations! Frpm the principal to the library staff, everyone is completely committed. Just walk into the front office and see what kind of welcome you get! You do not have to get 'buzzed in', and there is not a high counter to seperate you from the reception area. A really friendly and warm place.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students96%
Female students97%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English97%
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 Students72%
Female students73%
Male students71%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students95%
Female students96%
Male students94%
Black students91%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students95%
Proficient in English95%
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 Students82%
Female students93%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students80%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English84%

English: Writing

All Students79%
Female students83%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students80%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students94%
Female students90%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students80%
Female students90%
Male students68%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English85%
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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  • Dr. Lisa Piehota

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701 S Highland St
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (703) 228-5820

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