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Henry Clay Elementary School

Public | PK-2 | 360 students

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Posted April 15, 2013

We moved here 2 years ago and we are very happy with Henry Clay Elementary School. The entire staff functions as a team and the atmosphere is supportive, uplifting, and respectful. We have 2 kids there now, and our only complaint from them is how they will miss their teachers when the school year ends. Parent involvement is wonderful, the principal and assistant principal go out of their way to make every child know that they are looking out for them, the teachers are phenomenal, and the school nurse is a treasure. It isn't perfect, of course, and I'm sorry the other reviewer has had such a negative experience. I would recommend going to the principal with such concerns, as she is very effective.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2013

I moved here a couple months ago and my daughters grades have dropped. There is also an issue with bullying here. My daughter has been called names that she has never even heard before, and I'm assuming the teachers are clueless to what's going on with this. I'm glad that she doesn't have to be at this school very long. I have a son that attends John M. Gandy Elementary and his grades have improved and he loves it. I don't understand how 2 schools in the same area can be so different.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2011

My son attanded this school last year. Teachers are responsive & supportive. They give positive response to your concerns. If you are willing to work with teachers for your child's progress, they are very helpful. They also gave us the ideas and some materials to make the learning process easier and interesing for my child. I could see a big difference in my son's reading & math skills while he was in this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 24, 2010

Henry Clay is a great school. It is wonderful how well the staff and faculty strive for the standards of education. The standards of education for our kids in general has gotten out of control. Henry Clay listens to your concerns, your problems and loves to hear the positives. You can always lean a helping hand. Principal at HC is outstanding. She loves her job and does it well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2008

I have been so pleased with Henry Clay. This is our third year and all the teachers and staff know my daughter by name. The staff and pricipal bend over backwards to try to understand and meet the needs of a diverse population. While I would like to see ALL parents get more involved in school and PTA, I think many do. There is just great energy and a positive vibe as you walk through the halls
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2008

Another great school year begins at Henry Clay! This school and staff rock! If anyone has concerns about their child's experiences at this school, do not ever hesitate to stand up and express these concerns with the staff. They have been so responsive to my concerns and if communicated respectfully and empathetically, then you are guaranteed a very positive response.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2008

I love this school! My daughter is thriving in this environment, it is a small school and very innocent as it only goes up to 2nd grade. Everyone knows her name. The teachers are wonderful, very dedicated and warm. Parent involvement is great and we love how Mrs. Keck has transformed the school in so many positive ways over the years. We are sad that next year will be our last at Henry Clay.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 18, 2008

I could not be happier with my experiences at Henry Clay. I was quite nervous about my son entering Kindergarten, especially as I did not know very many people in Ashland. However, I joined the PTA in order to be a part of the school and even with working a full time job I try to stop in and volunteer in my son s class as often as possible. We have received a very warm welcome at the school and I am extremely pleased with the progress he is making. We were planning on moving to a bigger house outside the Henry Clay School District, but we have put those plans on hold because we are so happy with this school. It is a small school with small classes and I think they are doing a fantastic job. A great big thanks to the entire Henry Clay Staff!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2007

I am disappointed in many aspects of this school. I think that there are teachers who care, but I am not sure about all of them. I do not like the tone of some of the voices I hear in some of the classrooms. I think that there are parents who care, but don't feel comfortable to participate in the school. I know a select group of parents who do a lot for the school, but that is it. I think the environment has changed significantly in the past three years, and it does not appear to me that it is for the better.
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Posted April 6, 2007

I am disappointed by what I see at this school. I don't think the leadership is going in the right direction. What is pta doing to help the students?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2007

All three of my children have attended Henry Clay over the years. I have always found the teachers to be sincere and concerned about the students and willing to help parents in just about any way they can to help children succeed. However, the principal is cold and insincere to parents who are not in a certain socio-economic income level. Her inability to 'mingle' with the community at large speaks loud and clear to those less fortunate. She has not been a positive influence and I have seen the school atmosphere and spirit become less and less during her time at Henry Clay. It is very unfortunate for Ashland and Hanover County schools. Her actions speak louder then words and just because she looks the part it does not mean she acts the part.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 12, 2007

I have 2 boys in Henry Clay. We moved here from Roanoke, Virginia. They attended Glen Cove Elementary there. We moved here and they go to Henry Clay my children come home sick at least once a month with some type of bug. The teachers at this school don't want to be bothered with students who are less than perfect. They make the parent feel as if its our fault as parents if our children don't succeed. Accredited or not this school has room for improvement in a major way. Good staff or not the Office workers aren't teaching our kids!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2006

THe level of parent involvment seems to be very low. PTA membership is less than 25% of population. The school offers music, art, gym,library, and this year has added technologies. The children have access to computers in the classrooms. The faculty and staff are great to work with. The schools goals are reasonable and acheivable. Their are many resources available to all students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2006

The new reading and Math programs instituted by the new principal has achieved tremendous result. The Kindergarten PAL test scores increased dramatically the highest scores increased by a third and the lowest scores were reduced by two thirds. Henry Clay also achieved Annual Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act and as always meet the SOLs and improved. These test results should answer any doubts about the leadership at Henry Clay, the ability of our teachers, and the reading and math programs that are in place. Henry Clay has provided an excellent educational experience for my two daughters and the community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2006

I am glad that my child is through with Henry Clay. I never felt accepted there as a single working parent.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2006

This website has given parents a place to write their opinions on the school and the changes made there. Telling other parents that their opinions are not accurate because your personal experiences have been positive takes away their right to express themselves. Also, telling other parents to 'Grow up' doesn't help the situation. My personal experiences with the teachers have been positive, but that doesn't mean I haven't seen things that really should be changed. Just because staff is friendly doesn't mean that they like the changes made their, either. The teachers are aware that Ashland is a close knit community and also that the gossip wheels are turning. They are doing what they have to do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2006

HC is not only a good school, but a fantastic school. It is the school you would want your child to attend if you had any choice at all. It is old fashioned in the sense that the classes are small, the school welcoming and the teachers caring...genuinely. It is cutting edge in that the latest techniques are used in teaching and teachers and staff are inserviced regularly. The students are from varied backgrounds and with only 3 grades, have a chance to grow at their own pace. The classrooms are bright and happy places to be. A truly terrific atmosphere in which to learn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 6, 2006

Henry Clay Elementary School is a fabulous foundation block for a lifetime of education. When I enter the school I am greeted by everyone from the administration to the janitorial staff. My children have thrived at Henry Clay through the administration of two fabulous principals. My daughter left second grade reading on a 4th grade reading level and my son is above average in every subject. There are parents with children in middle & high school who continue to volunteer at Henry Clay due to the warm family environment. It is very easy to critisize and point the finger while in the comfort of your home or office. Every Henry Clay family is invited to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of our children. Henry Clay is a magical place where my children took their first steps into the world.It is here they began their love of education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 4, 2006

I am a parent of a student at this school and also maintain many working relationships with members of the community. My family and I have lived in other areas of Richmond and within the State. In doing so, I've never experienced such a polarized response to positive change and growth as I have within this community. It saddens me! This is a great community and this community and school has worked very hard to develop/maintain a positive partnership/collaborative experience. I know that if I was to have any concerns about the direction my child's education was going, I would, out of respect for them, myself, and their educational experience, be the first to address this with their educators. It truly is a parents responsibility to set the tone by taking the initiative to address those concerns directly and not indirectly/passive aggressively through a website in cyberspace. Grow up!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 26, 2006

This year was not good for my son. He is in the GT program, and I do not feel that his academic needs were met this year. His teacher communicated with me, but the gifted specialist needs to be better at talking about my son's progress. He really seemed to enjoy PE and Art.
—Submitted by a parent

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

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310 S James St
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: (804) 365-8120


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