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Clark Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 306 students

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Posted July 5, 2012

Our child has been a student at Clark Elementary School for three years. We love that the school is in the middle of a vibrant and interesting community, and has a diverse student body. The teachers are committed and caring, and the principal has years of experience in school administration. The class sizes are wonderfully small: so far we ve had the following class sizes: 13 kids in Kindergarten (with two teachers), 15 in 1st grade and 17 in 2nd grade. At Clark, our child has developed a passion and skill for African drumming, and has declared that his favorite subjects are science and math. The school building is beautiful, and a hallway was recently decorated with a new mural designed by our art teacher. This summer the school is adding a schoolyard garden and the students will help grow and pick the vegetables. If you're thinking about sending your child Clark, definitely come and visit! I think you'll be impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2012

I strongly believe the three previous reviews were not written by parents but by the same school administrator. What real parent uses the phrases: accountable, differentiating the curriculum to meet the learning needs of each child. Really? They sound like catchphrases lifted from a dissertation. So the only flaw is that the school needs a new playground? Give me a break! I can t imagine three separate parents having the time to diligently monitor reviews about their child s school and that each would submit positive reviews within a day or two right after the one negative review appears? My suggestion to the real parents - visit the school with your eyes wide open. Notice if the teachers ever smiles naturally around the principal. Does the staff act nervous when the principal walks by - do they hide behind a file cabinet? Do teachers avoid being seen talking to a particular teacher (a teacher that looks haggard and pecked on) else they also face the same wrath by the principal? Ask your third grade child if their teacher ever humiliates them in front of other students or the principal says something to a teacher that makes them sad. My child has!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

It seems like the OP has never been in the school. Our child is in his third year at Clark (he's in second grade) and the teachers have been excellent, attentive, and very well trained. And they care. Alot. There is a friendly, family-like environment and everyone is very approachable and accountable. My family is very satisfied with the school and are thrilled to see it improving and should be even better in the future. I rate the administration as top-notch, the teachers as very good (some are exemplary) and the facility is very good--the most beautiful school in the system. The only flaw, really, is the insufficient upper-grade playground space. There is an excellent pre-k play structure, and an adequate K-1 area. After that, the children are limited to an open field. If there's something that needs investigation, it's how a jewel of a school like this can have such a pitiful play area. The kids find a way to entertain themselves but they deserve better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

I strongly disagree with the review below. I have two kids at Clark, and for the most part we've had a wonderful experience. Classes are small (as is the school itself), the teachers are very caring and they do a great job differentiating the curriculum to meet the learning needs of each child. Some of the best teachers at Clark are true stars who manage to change kids lives for the better. Support services are extensive and in my experience excellent. There has been some turnover in principals in recent years, but the school now has a very experienced and talented principal who is building on some of the positive changes that were made last year. Test scores went up dramatically last year too. Clark does have a very diverse student population in terms of both race and income - that presents some challenges for the teachers, but also provides real learning opportunities for the kids. If you're thinking about Clark for your child, my advice is to visit and give it a chance. Also, the statement about the after-school program below is simply inaccurate. There are always multiple adults there...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

We have been very happy with our experience at Clark. The teachers are very committed to the well being and success of the students. The children are seen as individuals, with unique needs and strengths. The teachers are happy to communicate with us, and have been wonderfully attentive to our son's intellectual strengths, while still supporting him socially and emotionally. They have also been phenomenal about his medical needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2012

Terrible school. Teachers have no idea what they are doing. After school program is a joke. The students sometimes have no teacher to monitor them in a after school program. This school needs a review by the board of education.


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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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
History and Social Science

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

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students53%
Female students50%
Male students56%
Black students30%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English48%

Math

All Students54%
Female students50%
Male students59%
Black students26%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students61%
Female students53%
Male students71%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%
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 Students53%
Female students59%
Male students47%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English55%

Math

All Students71%
Female students65%
Male students76%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
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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1000 Belmont Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 245-2414

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