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Gilbert Linkous Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 376 students

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3 stars

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Posted January 16, 2014

GLE is as good as any public school can get. Our kindergarten teachers are so dedicated and hardworking. They are not only academically challenging but down to earth about every child's life details such as opening a milk carton for them. They are caring and inspired to teach. I love seeing my child excited to go to school everyday. I used to struggle on the decision between private vs public. Struggle no more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

My child went to this school for less than a year. I pulled my child out part way through because of their discipline system. By December, they no longer used "warning" card turns. So any misdemeanor resulted in punishment: Running laps around the playground during their ONE recess...while all of the other children watched. THis was for infractions so serious as forgetting to have their parent sign their planner (3rd grader), forgetting to sign up for lunch, not putting their chair on their desk at the end of the day, etc. My child was a shadow of his former self by the time I pulled him. He was anxious every day about forgetting one of their million rules and getting punished. This might help other kids to be responsible, but my child is already very responsible and believes in following rules to the letter. However, GLE's rules were so numerous, even he couldn't be perfect 100% of the time, resulting in anxiety. At his current school, he got an almost perfect report card (lost 1 point in handwriting, that's it), and got a perfect score on 1 SOL and near perfect scores on the others. I am VERY happy I got him OUT of GLE! It was the principal's discipline program, btw.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

I work at this school and have grown to love it. The principal and teachers are all very supportive and work very hard to make sure the students succeed. There are many after school activities offered, advertised in the Orange Notes sent home with the students. If you do not hear about these classes make sure your child is bringing home the newsletter. There is a great after school care program that also runs through the summer and holidays.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 6, 2011

We recently moved to the area and are very happy with this school. Our kids are challenged academically and are given a quality, well-rounded education with small student/teacher ratios. We came from out-of-state and I am very impressed with the number and variety of after school programs offered. My kids have especially enjoyed the opportunity to get involved with theater. Meetings take place not only after school but on weekends as well. They have also enjoyed 4-H and chess courses. From what we have seen the principal whole-heartedly encourages and supports after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

We moved to Blacksburg just so our kids could go to Gilbert Linkous Elementary. The class sizes are small, the teachers are great, and there are some after school activities available though they aren't always advertised widely so that more students could join. A lot activities such as lego league rely on parent involvement so unless you are a stay at home parent, most don't have time to commit time to starting them up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

Good school if you can be satisfied with only the minimum and the basics! Small size elementary school, nice teachers and staff. Our biggest problem with the school (and the principal primarily) is total rejection of any after-school actitivities. Other elementary schools in the area host LEGO clubs, chess clubs, childrens choir, foreign language clubs, etc. Some are free, some require minimal pay. We, parents of Gilbert Linkous students, are left to scout extra curriculum activities on our own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

It is the best school in the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

Gilbert Linkous is an outstanding school. The teachers are awesome and the parents are involved. Our daughter loves going to school. Their SOL scores and other measures demonstrate a strong academic component.
—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.

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93%

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98%

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99%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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97%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

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100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students93%
Female students92%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students93%
Female students88%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Science

All Students98%
Female students96%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
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 Students88%
Female students91%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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 Students97%
Female students100%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students97%
Female students100%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Math

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Science

All Students95%
Female students97%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
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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