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D G Cooley Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 560 students

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Posted August 16, 2013

My child is moving to the 2nd grade this fall. So, I can only comment on the lower campus. My family are local and we have live here in the county most of our lives. I am a little tired of people who have moved from larger communities complaining. We are a small county. We do not have many large industries here in the county that provide tax monies. This is a public school and with that there are going to be things you don't always agree with. My child has only had the best of experiences with the teachers and support staff as well as the principal. The school takes bullying as a serious problem and have programs to help students understand and know what to do in these situations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

Finally, I understand the vast bullying problem my child had at this school. Several teachers are secret "bullies" themselves. The school board is attempting to increase the salary scale which will hopefully attract a better caliber of teacher, but so many who are tenured are left. And there's nothing anyone can do about them. So very very sad to have such a poor performing school in such a beautiful county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

Had a not so good year 2011-12. My family moved here from the Prince William County school district. We had made the mistake of not checking into reviews of the schools before moving here. There is so much bullying and nonsense that goes on in the schools here, it's unbelievable, and NOT talked about. My older daughter was in Johnson Williams and she had a terrible time. My younger one in cooley cried everyday before and after school. We will be moving back to Northern VA this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

This school is a joke! Look at the test scores they really speak for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

Lots of changes in 2010-2011. I currently have a daughter at Cooley. Several of her teachers are wonderful! Two are not clicking with the children (and my daughter tends to like everyone) and one is not returning next year. I give props to Dr Geyer and Mr Carmichael for weeding out the staff as quick as possible. Thankfully the old principal is gone. She was the holdback for this school for way too long. So many teachers genuinely love and care for the kids. And staff. They implemented an excellent and creative PE program this year. May not be perfect, what school is, but they are quickly heading in the right direction. To the negative comments, I blame parental involvement. It is either too much or not enough. It is not ONLY up to the school to teach the kids, look in the mirror. I have 3 kids in Clarke schools and can count my serious complaints on one hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

2010 saw so many changes in this school. New super in the last couple years. Old Principal out, Dr Geyer in. He has removed many problem teachers and ones riding the wave to retirement. It is no longer multi-age learning as one called it. It is now grades 2-5. Some teachers are still unrealistic about homework especially upper grades. They implemented a creative PE program and Arts program with new teachers. I have a child at Cooley now, and look forward to my other 3 kids coming up thru this school. In a year or two, this will become the prek-1 school. Cooley will relocate to the soon to be former high school. I feel our kids get a great public education because we the parents are on top of things. If my kid fails in school, it is my fault not a teachers. If my child has a bad teacher, report them and move the child. I do know of 3 less desirable teachers (one is a screamer as children see her) that is not returning. We will miss the principal Dr Geyer! He seems to have his thumb on the pulse. Clarke Schools are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2010

Agree with the previous poster. This is a very disorganized school. I registed my child with three staff standing around with blank looks on their faces. Her classroom teacher turned out to be a "screamer" and most of the class seemed lost while I was there. There is no FT Nurse or Principal and instruction seems at random or whim.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

All I have to say is whom ever the person is that rated D.G. Cooley with 5 stars either works there or is taking some powerful medication to mask the disgraceful way this school is ran. My kids came from a private school, they are well ahead of most children in there class. Their teachers seem to think they are behind or right where they need to be. I've seen their text books, right now they are being taught things from the 2nd grade and they are in the 4th grade, GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!! If I had the ability to give them a nagative star I would!!!! I hope everyone that works there sees this and take some sort of action, because the children seriously deserve much better. There is just one good thing, the parents do get involved if that didn't happen I believe it would be total disaster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

This school is a mess. Just look at the test scores, they speak for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

this is a very good school so are the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

Don't be fooled for the small town appeal. D. G. Cooley has only a few outstanding teachers and these teacher leave at some point. Most of the teachers are very negative, as I have heard them in the teacher's lounge. The leadership is terrible. You only see the assistant principal outside certain teachers' classrooms and the principal does not take a stand on any topic. I am thrilled that they no longer have multi-age. Students learned the same information in the same format for two years. I am very disappointed with the education my child has received and I would not recommend anyone moving to Clarke County that has a child in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

Don't be fooled by the appeal of multi-age learning. My child did have a successful K/1 experience but when moving up to the 2/3, homework more the doubled and a lot of time is spent learning at the higher grade which would be great (I guess) if he/she is ready! The program is not as 'conformed to your child's needs' as one might expect. Principal is wishy-washy and some parents have not received help when needed. Something's not right. Some discipline/safety issues have been handled extremely poorly. We don't plan on returning next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

The multiage program at D. G. Cooley is one that strives to meet the needs of the students at the level at which they best can learn. Students spend 2 years with the same teacher, covering the SOL's in a variety of ways each year which we have found to be very enriching. The peace of mind that comes with my child returning to the same teacher is unmeasurable. There is less stress and more success. My children are thriving in the multiage program! Also, the PTO is outstanding. Never have I met more caring, dedicated people. They really make a difference, both in the lives of the students and the teachers!
—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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
72%
History and Social Science

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students77%
Female students83%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students66%
Female students60%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students91%
Female students88%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 Students79%
Female students82%
Male students76%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students68%
Female students67%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%
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 Students76%
Female students77%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students73%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students65%
Female students75%
Male students53%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students73%
Female students70%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%
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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34 Westwood Rd
Berryville, VA 22611
Phone: (540) 955-6120

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