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Harding Avenue Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 273 students

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Posted July 24, 2013

Harding is a wonderful small school where the staff goes above and beyond to meet the needs of individual students. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in after school clubs, run by staff, parent volunteers, and Virginia Tech students. The level of parental involvement is excellent and there are regular school events that bring the community to the school. It's been an excellent fit for both my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2013

Harding Avenue Elementary School is a small K-5 school located in downtown Blacksburg. The small and open concept classrooms allow for a great learning environment. It truly feels like a community. There is GREAT community support from parents and Virginia Tech students. I can't say enough great things about HAE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

HAE is an excellent school! The teachers are very devoted to their students, as is the principal. Both of my kids went/go to HAE. Both kids have loved HAE and excelled there. It is a small school. and very multicultural. Many religions and ethnic backgrounds represented. They have a wide range of after school clubs as well. Their field trips include plays, walking field trips to the library, nature center, etc. I have recommended this school to friends as well who are moving to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

HAE is an amazing school which has become an extended family for us. The teachers and administration go above and beyond to educate and care for our children during the day. Test scores reflect this attention and care from the teachers and administration as Harding is one of the top schools in the State of Virgnia. Harding is somewhat unique in the area as it is very close to downtown Blacksburg so students are able to make regular field trips on foot to the Blacksburg library, nature center, and other museums in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

This school has a wonderful community atmosphere, caring teachers who are committed to the children, administration on top of the activities in the school and involved parent/families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Both of our kids are going to this school and they and we love it. It has a great sense of community. Don't let the open layout of the classrooms put you off. We have heard from middle school teachers that they can tell which students went to Harding because they are much less distracted than children from other schools. The staff are very friendly and communicate very well with parents. The standard of education here is one of the highest in Blacksburg and the SOL scores back this up. There are also many after school activities for the children to enjoy which are very well organized and structured.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

We could not be happier with this school! Terrific teachers and a very caring principal in a neighborhood school environment. The location is wonderful, as kids can walk to downtown Blacksburg or Virginia Tech for field trips. Your children are not one of many here, but are known and communicated directly with. And, the close proximity of parents mean high parental involvement. It's easy to get involved, and stay involved, in your child's education. This is an absolutely wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

Great school with wonderful and caring teachers, principal, nurse and staff. They provide many opportunities for parent engagement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

Harding is a fantastic elementary school in a fabulous community! We enjoy the interactions and support of the downtown businesses and with the campus community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

Harding Elementary is a very great school staff are very nice and willing to work with you if you have concerns
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

A truly fabulous school. The staff and the environment they create is absolutely top notch. My kids look forward to each school day, and it shows in their education. This school is a real asset to the Virginia Montgomery County Public School system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2012

The school here is incredible. I used to go to school here when I was younger and I will never forget the amazing teachers I had. Everyone was so committed to helping the children and the school had great after school clubs for any busy parent.


Posted December 4, 2011

Harding Avenue is a great school! All of the staff is committed to be the best they can be for the children. It is a very child centered school. My kids love going to school each day. I have been very pleased with the academics as well as all of the after school programs... art club, French club, computer club, Lego league, chess club, ect. They have VA Tech students come to HAE and help run the clubs. My daughter is interested in Computer Science because of the VA Tech volunteers that help run computer club. What great role models!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

I like the smaller classrooms at Harding it makes everyone feel like we are a part of a family instead of just an elementary school. Everyone from the lunch room to the principle is dedicated to the kids and school. I always see people smiling and enjoying their day. My daughter LOVES it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

We switched our daughter after 2 weeks being at Tall Oaks Montessori Kindergarten to HAE this fall and have been very happy with the switch. The school has wonderful teachers, staff and programs during and after school. The level of parent involvement is also very high, which makes it a great community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

I have two girls at Harding. I love the small school/community environment. When I call the school they know who I am and who my children are. My girls can't wait to go to school. Teachers go out of their way to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

This school is wonderful. The teachers work with each child individually. My daughter absolutely loves to go to school each day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2007

Harding Avenue Elementary is an open school which means only partitions seperate classrooms. The students and teachers learn to be very respectful of others sharing their space. Parent and teachers continually receive praise for their students when the students go on field trips.
—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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

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 70% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

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 73% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students97%
Female studentsn/a
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Math

All Students88%
Female studentsn/a
Male students89%
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 disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Science

All Students97%
Female studentsn/a
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%
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 Students93%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students90%
Female students94%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 students95%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

English: Writing

All Students95%
Female students100%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Science

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
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

  • 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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429 Harding Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Phone: (540) 951-5732

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