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Kipps Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 527 students

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We absolutely love this school and all 4 of my kids have gone through Kipps (4tth currently in 2nd grade). The administration (Mr. Widrig) and staff teachers are phenomenal. They are caring, the teachers love their job, respect each other and it shows. This school has a positive inclusive vibe from top-down. AND they are very welcoming to students from all countries/backgrounds. I firmly believe the test scores are slightly lower just because of all the international students and students whose parents are visiting scholars, graduate students or post-docs at VT. But those families bring so much diversity and interest to the school. WE love how they are included, incorporated and welcomed (Unlike some of the other elementary schools that 'don't want those families' because they lower test scores). I would take Kipps real-world view any day and would rather have my child exposed to all of that and embrace that diversity. This is truly a great elementary school and everything you would want for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

We have been very happy with my child's experience in kindergarten. The teachers are kind and I receive more artwork than worksheets. I value the social experience as much as the learning. My child was quickly identified for advanced curriculum and the teachers have developed unique activities to ensure my child is challenged. I see the principal at all events. My child is happy and thriving. The staff are friendly. My only reason for the 4 stars is that the lunch room seems chaotic at times and I wish there was more emphasis on teaching empathy and inclusivity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

Great school, especially the music program. Mr. Chilcote has is a phenomenal music teacher- Kipps is lucky to have him. Have had children in this school for 10 years, and am so happy they have attended this school. Loved the teachers that didn't emphasize the SOL or "teach to the test"- wish those pressures weren't in force, as they are in all public schools. Thanks to all at Kipps for your hard work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

Kipps is really an excellent school. Since the redistricting last year, the school is not even close to capacity (unlike the other Blacksburg elementary schools). My daughter's class only has 17 kids in it and my son's only had 16 until 1 moved in. Small classes, wonderful teachers, very positive and challenging environment. I truly believe it is the best elementary school in Blacksburg.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

Great elementary school. Very nice teachers and staff. But I gave this school 4 stars because of the music teacher. He is way too strict and sometimes mean to newcomers to this school. It will be a very hard class for your child if he/she just entered and doesn't have advanced music abilities.


Posted September 15, 2011

Both of my children go to Kipp's and I am so very grateful for Kipp's, My youngest started Pre-K last yr and his teacher's go way beyond there duties as teacher's, Mikey truely loved Mrs.Wall and Ruppert and missed them so much through the summer, when we went for orientation both Makayla and Mikey went to see there teacher's from last yr. when I seen Mikey hug his teachers it brought tears to my eye's because I knew he no longer would these wonderful women everyday any longer I also seen that they both truely love there students,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

Kipps Elementary really is a great school. My child had attended Kipps, and the staff is friendly and understanding (especially the teachers.) My child does not attend Kipps anymore as he has moved on to a higher grade, and he misses attending Kipps so much. I would definitely recommend this elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

I was curious about the April review so I looked up Kipps report card. See https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/reportcard/. Curiously the Limited English Proficiency groups consistently past the test well above average: 95% for English performance; 92% for Math; 100% for history and 86% for Science, all according to 2008-2009 data.


Posted February 20, 2010

Everytime my daughter had lunch at school, she always found a gray hair in her food. Even I had lunch and I found one. The lunch ladies do not wear hairnets! And the cafteria is not clean, and the bathrooms' toilets don't flush and are not clean. Horrible. I would not reccoment Kipps Elementary, I don't know how the students there survive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

Our daughter was in kindergarten this year and had a fantastic experience. Her teacher was great, and really, all the teachers seem great. I'm astonished at the low scores. It's an international school (parents from around the world coming to grad school at Virginia Tech) so maybe the scores are affected by students who don't speak English?
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students83%
Female students78%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students79%
Female students75%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students87%
Female students83%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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 Students92%
Female students89%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students91%
Female students89%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 Students98%
Female students96%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students95%
Female students100%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students97%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Science

All Students95%
Female students100%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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2801 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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