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Venable Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 322 students

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Posted April 16, 2014

I am a student at venable elementary and it is the best school i have ever been to


Posted March 12, 2014

Excellent. We've been so impressed by the dedication and motivation of teachers and principal. When we moved to Cville mid year, my son's teacher made a house visit to introduce herself. He has advanced beyond expectations both socially and academically. Every morning, teachers and principal are outside the school to greet students. The teachers are motivated, and I think that's in part because of engaged leadership. There is a refreshing lack of cliques or bullying. My only misgivings would be that there are few after-school organized sports (there is however gym-based PE, as well as music and arts classes) and I think the cafeteria could be improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

My daughter attended the 2008-09 school year. Being a military parent, I rely on great schools.net to find a school for my daughter. I originally wanted an Albemarle County school (Hollymeade), but they do not offer before/after school program. Charlottesville City Schools offer a before and after school program called CLASS. After moving to Charlottesville, I met two different parents in the city parks. Both had their children in Venable, but moved to the County and now regret it. Venable is that good. As I went through the school year, I met many more parents who pay the out-of-district tuition to put their child in Venable. Venable is that good. Venable is an academically-advanced school where they really push their students. My daughter struggled academically. For first grade she had an hour of homework each night, and over 15 hours of homework over spring break. Nevertheless, I would still keep my daughter at Venable had the military not moved me. They have lots of activities for the children, assemblies, and concerts the children participate in. The activities are more for the older students, than the K-3 it appears. The PTO is real active. The teachers even stay late after school to help the children. The library is well stock, the art program has money. The music teacher floats between schools, but there is a music program. And gym is three times a week. I would recommend Venable as the best choice for elementary aged children in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

I completely disagree with the previous comment. My daughter has been at Venable for 3 years and she and I love it. The teachres are very involved in students individually. The new principal makes sure there is not just teaching to the test. The parents and the teachres are very involved in all aspects of the school. This school recived awards for being health conscious. They have a whole wheat products program in the lunchroom. They don't sell any kind of candy or food items for fundraisers. My daughter is in 4th grade and we will truly miss the Venable community!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2007

Despite some commendable teachers Venable operates like a student factory where teaching is uninspired, heavily bureaucratic and unfriendly to students needing anything beyond the average. It's unfortunate, but the school slavishly puts 'the tests' above all. Venable is probably not too far below average.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students88%
Female students85%
Male students92%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students84%
Female students75%
Male students96%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students95%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
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

English: Reading

All Students72%
Female students76%
Male students68%
Black students27%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students83%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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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406 14th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 245-2418

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