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Carrollton Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 580 students

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Posted July 9, 2014

We are a military family that moved here last summer with 3 kids attending Carrollton last year; 1 of them is sadly moving on to Westside Elementary this fall. We loved this school, the principal is just amazing-he makes it a point to get to know all of the families and students, he values our input as parents and is always seen out and about the school-not hiding in his office like other principals we have experienced. My son had an amazing first grade teacher when he needed an extra push this year. The building is newer and beautifully kept. They are always having PTA activities and keep the parents informed. My only complaints would be the school lunches are kinda yuck with not a lot of fresh, healthy options (most schools are like this nowadays, though) and the girls/ladies bathroom by the front office always seemed to always be out of paper towels and most of the doors don't lock or close all the way...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

I have a kindergartener at CAES, and he absolutely loves his school. His teacher Ms. Hansen is wonderful, sweet, but no push over by no means! She challenges the children and just enough. She assigns homework, but not too much homework. The school's staff from the principal on down is warm, inviting and wonderful. The parental involvement is phenomenal and so is the PTA. There is always something going on that keeps parents involved and in the loop. We love this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

We are a military family and feel that this was one of our easiest transitions because of how wonderful this school is. Friendly staff, amazing teachers, and a welcoming PTA that is active. You can't ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

We are new to Carrollton Elementary this year. We are coming from a private school. We love Carrollton. The principal is fantastic and the environment is positive and welcoming. We are excited to be there. The only negative comment I could even begin to think of would be that the class sizes are large. But the school, the teachers, the environment.....great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

My son has had a wonderful year at carrollton. His teacher Ms. Morgan is fantastic. The school is clean and organized. The P.E teacher, art teacher and, music teacher are also fantastic. Nurse Stalls is so wonderful. We have had a great experience at carrollton. The only negative thing I can say is the office staff can be quite rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

As a military family departing the area we will miss Carrollton Elementary beyond words. My children were so blessed to have attended such an amazing school for two years. The teachers and staff were amazing! I always felt my kids were challenged. Mr. Goetz and Miss Novack go above and beyond. Not many administrators would spend a Friday night reading to students in their pajamas. Both are very present in the school and very approachable. All the staff have been wonderful! From the ones who get children in and out of the car, to the cashier in the cafeteria who makes every student feel special, to the resource teachers my children love and finally to Nurse Stalls who truly is the unsung hero of the school. A special shout out to the PE teacher Miss Jones who is teacher of the year. Her first year at Carrollton she ran the most organized field day I have ever witnessed. The PTA at Carrollton is like no other. The board works tirelessly to better Carrollton Elementary. Thanks to everyone at Carrollton Elementary for two wonderful years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2013

This is our first year at Carrollton and having moved around several times and experiencing several different schools, this school is BY FAR the best my children have attended! From the moment you walk through the doors, you are welcomed into the school. Both the principal and assistant principal are accommodating, extremely nice and are very easy to talk to if ever an issue arises. Both of my kids are having fantastic experiences in their grades and through my volunteering, I have gotten to know a lot of the teachers besides the ones my children have. The teachers are always happy to be in the building and truly enjoy what they're doing. There is a great mix of staff members - teachers that have been in education for 10-15+ years and teachers who have been in education for under 5 years. However, each teacher, no matter how many years experience, offers their classrooms the highest of quality of learning. I will be sad to leave when we transfer after next year, I wish I could take the school with me!
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Posted February 22, 2013

This is our first year at Carrollton Elementary and we love it! I have 2 children; one in first grade and the other in kindergarten. I love the atmosphere when walking into the school, no matter what time of day it is. The staff is amazing. When walking into the school, I don't think there hasn't been a time where I haven't come seen the principal walking the halls and communicating with kids and staff with a smile on his face. Teachers spend so much time outside their scheduled hours to prepare for each day's lesson, and it shows. The classrooms are not over crowded which makes for a better learning experience for the children. I would highly recommend this elementary school to anyone. My kids love going to school and that's very important to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2012

Think a principal doesn't matter? CAES is exhibit 1 that it does! Mr. Goetz was just hired this summer and he has changed the environment at CAES in just a few short months. You feel it as soon as you walk in the door- teachers and staff are happy (they love him too), the school is cleaner than I've ever seen it, and the parents don't run the school anymore. He is EVERYWHERE and always smiling, talking to kids, or parents. He's made changes to parent pick up to ensure that the students are safe and talks all the time about kids enjoying school. Then he puts his words into action and dressed up for Read Across America Day and reads to classes. I just saw him dressed up for Storybook Character Day today. Having 2 children already go through CAES, I wish that my last one had more than 2 years to go. THIS is how an elementary school should be. Thanks Mr. Goetz- you have made Carrollton a model school!!!
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Posted July 5, 2012

I would agree with the school - it truley is the worst one my children have attended. my children have been in the Chesapeake and Yorktown schools - Carrollton Elementary is by far the worst. Although, Smithfield Middle is great.. the priciple is just awesome and "for the kids."
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Posted June 12, 2012

I have a kindergartener & a first grader currently attending Carrollton Elementary. They have had outstanding teachers this year, as well as my oldest's kindergarten experience last year. I don't understand the post that is disgruntled over the drop off line closing at 9:00 if the tardy bell rings at 9:05. Why would you drop your child off that close to the time he/she should be in class anyway? I volunteer in my children's classrooms weekly, in addition to volunteering for special events (book fair, holiday shop, field day, etc) and have always been welcomed to do so. We are not from this area, but I find if you put on a friendly face, you will typically get one in return. Academically my children have thrived. My first grader is reading on a 6th grade level with 100% comprehension, and my kindergartener has made unbelievable strides this year. His teacher has gone above & beyond to communicate with us & keep us informed/involved on a daily basis. I have nothing but positive things to say about the teachers they have had & would choose this school again in a heartbeat. The resource teachers are amazing, as well, and do tons to enrich the educational experience at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

This is the worst school my children have attended. Parents are not welcomed at the school. There are many unwritten rules that parents are not aware of till you have broke them. For example school does not start till 9:05 am but you must drop off students before 9:00 am because they are done with drop off "around" then. It is a guessing game for parents to know what the policy is. If you ask you are answered with nothing but rudeness. I have tried to volunteer but my youngest who is not in school is not welcomed at the school. Although other young children are allowed because at this school it is all about what clique you are in. We just moved to the area and have been very disappointed. My child loves her teacher who is good at her job otherwise I would be homeschooling. I would not buy a home in Isle of Wight because the schools are so bad. Stay away!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

This is the first year my daughter has attended Carrollton Elementary and I would discourage any parent sending their child here. I feel that the classroom settings are not evaluated properly and I feel that the Assistant Principle does not promote a nurturing and learning environment for the children. Based on my experience, the children are learning inapproritate behaviors at school (based on poor classroom settings), then the staff is placing the responsibility to the parents to correct the behaviors learned at school. It's difficult to think that parents have to engage in all classroom activities to mitigate any potential behaviors that are learned at school. My daughter has attended two other shcools - this is the worst.
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Posted April 1, 2011

This is such a wonderful school. I have had the pleasure of being involved with Carrollton for the past seven years. Not once have I not been made to feel welcome nor have I ever been treated rudely. As for the rumor about the Principal, I've never known or heard of him leaving the building for an extended lunch. It is such a shame that someone would feel the need to spread unsubstantiated rumors. I've attended many evening PTA and school activities and have always seen at least one Principal and several teachers in attendance. All of the teachers and staff are dedicated professionals. They truly care about their students and want to see them succeed. The resource teachers are also incredible. The rest of the staff at Carrollton goes above and beyond the typical job duties. As a family, we have been extremely pleased with our experiences at Carrollton. Everyone, from the office staff, PTA, teachers and administrators, make Carrollton a warm and welcoming building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2010

My oldest just finished her K year-GREAT teacher (Mrs. Branch) and several good resource teachers (Art, Music, Library) but the administration leaves MUCH to be desired. They don't attend after school events, don't interact with parents/kids, and rumor has it that the principal leaves every day for a long lunch. The school is newer but does not look it and could be much cleaner/brighter. This school should be one of the best in the area but the lack of leadership is killing it. Mrs. Mungo deserves special recognition for being such a positive person in the front office.
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Posted January 23, 2010

My son has a great teacher every other year. So it falls on the great teacher to 'fix' what the previous teacher didn't do. My son has special needs, but is high functioning and while some teachers follow the IEP there are the off years when they don't. Not impressed with the school system overall, especially SPED and the upper grades. Luckily, I have friends that work in the school system that look out for my kids. But it shouldn't have to be that way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2010

I also agree about the special education department needing better structure. It seems as if a child falls behind, the blame-game ensues! Instead of attempting to construct a network of participation and communication between intervention teachers, teachers, guidance counselors, and parents on the child's behalf, it seems as if they would rather just ship the 'problem' to the next department. Also, the teachers are so overwhelmed, papers come home with 'needs improvement' instructions, but a month late! What do these administrators expect from these children and their parents, when the kids are already swamped with 2 hours of homework each night already? Do they want us parents to drill children that are already frustrated for 5 hours a night?!?! I'm tired of the lack of communication, overcrowding, and lack of empathy between the staff, pupils, and parents. Will be finding a better school system as soon as I have the means.
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Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are excellent and the administration is professional and caring. The children attending this school get a well rounded education provided in an attentive atmosphere.


Posted August 14, 2009

I was so impressed with Mrs.Stickland, my son had a bad kindergartner year...i really love this lady..So good with her techer skills and son came up in grades now loves to read..he is on third grade level...
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Posted October 23, 2008

The year my son spent here turned him around academically. Mrs. Adams was a wonderful teacher for him - she really pushed him to do his best and held all the students accountable and made them more responsible. Might not be for everyone, but definitely a good fit for us!
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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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students80%
Female students75%
Male students83%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students67%
Female students63%
Male students70%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students92%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities98%
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

  • 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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Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Governor's Award (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:05 am
School end time
  • 3:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Kevin Goetz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Smithfield High School Beta Club
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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14440 New Towne Haven Ln
Carrollton, VA 23314
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