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PK-2
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Ashland, VA
Students enrolled: 360

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310 S James St
Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 365-8120
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September 23, 2014
I am beyond pleased with this school and my kids' experiences there. The staff and resources are top-notch. I feel my children are very loved the second they walk into the doors and are greeted by the administrative staff every morning. The principal takes time to learn every child's name...and every parent's name as well! Every teacher my child has had has been beyond incredible as well, and my children are thriving academically and look forward to attending school every morning. I think the education they are receiving is on par with private schools and I could not be happier with this small, wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2014
I have looked over the comments and think the ones from 2006 are too old to know the reality of the school. The principal is great and her support staff is wonderful.. Your child will experience a warm and inviting atmosphere.my neice and nephew go to Henry Clay and Gandy. I love to go to their programs. They are happy, come from a wonderful family and live in a blue collar worker neighborhood with many children to play with after school. Are there problems? Please let me know of any school, home, family, state or country that does not have a problem! It takes work and communication. These people communicate, so talk to them, they are very friendly! I am just the aunt and I can see a happy and thriving environment! Try it, you may like it! Good luck with school and study!

- submitted by a community member
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
March 01, 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
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
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
October 07, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
October 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
September 05, 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
no rating 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
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
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.

- submitted by a teacher
April 06, 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
April 01, 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
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
October 07, 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
September 03, 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
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
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
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
June 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 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
June 04, 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
June 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
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
April 22, 2006
Henry clay was once an exciting school to learn in. That is no longer the case. Teachers were pushed into a reading program that they did not agree with. The decision was made by the principal and the teachers were not consulted in any way. They were sipmly told that this is the way it is going to be. Teachers from other counties used to want to come to henry clay, it was the place to teach if you were creative, exicted about teaching, and had the drive to work with children of many backgrounds and learning levels. That is no longer the case. The teachers are leaving. Our children need teachers who care! our teachers need a principal who cares! not only about their personal image in the community, but about the teacher's sucess in the classroom, but most importantly about the students. Hopefully they will have one soon!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
I know that there are some good teachers at Henry Clay. But, I also see teachers of low quality who raise their voice at children all the time. In the cafeteria, in the classroom, it does not matter. I also see lots of lots of worksheets being copied. That's not teaching. That is busywork. My advice to parents is to be aware of what is going on in the school.

- submitted by a staff
February 03, 2006
I have been involved with this school for 4 years as a parent and I have neve been happier. I was disheartened in Oct. when I heard about the new reading program. But, rather than voicing my opinion, I educated myself first. What I found in research changed my thoughts. I realize now that even though both of my children are good readers, they were missing skills. Skills which this program will teach them. After speaking with several people at the school and my children's teachers, I've come to the conclusion that my kids have never been in better hands. They need this. I urge other parents, before you cast judgement, do your research and make your own decision independent of the opinions or other parents, teachers, or students. I'm not interested in rasing my kid in a 'good little school'. I'm interested in preparing them for the world.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
I love Henry Clay Elementary. The teachers have a high level of expertise and instruct in a nurturing environment. The school has high expectations for all learners.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
I heard about this website from some other parents and I agree with the views that are on here. This school used to be a nice little school with friendly teachers. I don't see that as much anymore and that is sad. I have heard that the principal is causing a lot of problmes with the teachers and the kids are doing a lot of boring work sheets. My son doesn't know the difference, but he is a good student and does what he is told to do. He is going to the other school next year as a third grader so I hope he is able to do the work.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2005
Academic programs have gone back to basics. My child is not basic. Her natural ability to read and write have been deterred by a boring and unnatural curriculum. She no longer chooses to read and does not seem proud of the work she brings home and she is only eight. It would stay in her backpack if I didn't go through it every night. Last year she was so excited to tell me what she did in school. This year she doesn't seem to care. I like her teacher, but no longer feel that the school is a great environement because of the changes made. I've talked to other parents about this.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2005
I am saddened by the turn of events that has changed this school from a thriving environment for learning to one that is in the skill and drill and no creativity teaching mode. I have spoken to several teachers who feel the same way, but do not have a voice in the matter. The principal made the decision, and the teachers have to do it. I think there will be many good teachers lost over this matter.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
I do not like the reading program that the principal made teachers switch to this year. I have had two children attend, and I have always been happy up untill now. My child is bored and does not like school like last year. He say it is not fun and that he is bored. Last year he loved reading and his teacher. THis year he doesnt.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
We were satisfied until this year. The current principal has made changes to the reading program that are terrible. The community is talking. Many of us are looking at other options for our children next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
I was not happy with the Title I reading recovery program. The teacher was confusing when I talked with her. My child did not like having to go with her every day. My childs classroom teacher is great though so I have been happy there.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
This is an excellent school my daughter was not doing so well with her reading so they put her in the Title One Reading Recovery Program in October come Jan they were telling me that she was making excellent progress and were ready to test her to take her out. She passed with flying colors. She is still progressing and has found a love of reading and her other studies, they are great!

- submitted by a parent
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Henry Clay Elementary School
310 S James St, Ashland, VA  23005
(804) 365-8120
Last modified Henry Clay Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-2
Henry Clay Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top