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Piney Branch Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 748 students

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Posted August 7, 2014

The initial principal hired a great staff. The staff remains. The current principal lacks interpersonal skills. She also has questionable judgement and management skills. Both self contained autism classes were removed due to her poor leadership. The AP that was there in 2013-14 was fantastic and a great balance for the qualities the principal lacked. I am not surprised that she left since the principal is not good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

The school has only been open since 2011, but there has been an administrative change - either the Principal or the AP - EVERY year since it's been open. Many parents are concerned with this constant transition. It's very challenging at the school to get answers over concerns. The administration, especially Principal Herritt, tend to run back to higher-ups at the Kelly Leadership Center for direction before they'll answer any concerns. We are lucky to have excellent teachers, an excellent support staff, and parents who give a darn - even though we could use more parent volunteers. Let's hope the next AP is parent-friendly, and isn't simply a pawn who has already drank the Walts' Kool-Aid. Just call me a dreamer...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

Overall the school is good regarding teachers and other staff, like the office staff. They are all friendly and my child has gotten a good education. However administration lacks a lot. Herritt only appears to care about test scores and finances. I doubt she even knows my child's name. I am hopeful that she will leave next year and someone else will take her place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Great atmosphere, full of support. We were so lucky to land in this district. Mrs. Stenner is a wonderful 1st grade teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Piney Branch is very well organized from the administration, down to the teachers. Each teacher I've been involved with has been very easy to communicate with and my kids have loved school since the 1st day on. There's a lot programs for kids to get involved with too, like robotics, cheerleading, math, sports. There is a lot of community support and ways for parents to get involved as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

Excellent school. Provides a vast program from 1st grade on up, including robotics, and computer science, mathematics, science and much more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

We love this school. The teachers that we have worked with have been wonderful and they take their job seriously. There is fantastic community support here also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

We just move to this area , but we all ready meet the teacher Mrs Grassy,she seems very nice and kind person. Everybody love her,kids and parents!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I have 2 children here (1st and 3rd). The teachers are wonderful and open and are great to work with. The education they are receiving is excellent. I am thrilled.
—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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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History and Social Science

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

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English: Writing

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 Students78%
Female students82%
Male students73%
Black students60%
Asian students88%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students77%
Female students76%
Male students78%
Black students71%
Asian students100%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students93%
Female students92%
Male students94%
Black students87%
Asian students100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students92%
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 Students68%
Female students69%
Male students67%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students79%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students81%
Female students77%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English82%
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 Students86%
Female students90%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students87%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students92%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students80%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students87%
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students88%
Female students88%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students81%
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

No accreditation rating data was reported for this school.

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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  • Russian
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  • Ms. Janice Herritt

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