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Charlottesville, VA
Students enrolled: 571

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2775 Powell Creek Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22911

(434) 973-8301
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March 28, 2015
We heard of Hollymead's positive reputation, but we have been disappointed. The curriculum and content are inferior to our experience in Fairfax County. Students are not expected nor encouraged to excel, and there is too much emphasis on the SOLs. There are both excellent and ineffective teachers. One child was punished multiple times for asking "too many" questions about class lessons. A previously very engaged student, he now knows never to ask questions in that teachers class. "Specials," primarily music and art, are high quality. Library and computer research resources are limited. Bullying occurs in every school. However, the response of the administration and many teachers at Hollymead is to deny it exists in the first place. One child experienced almost daily verbal and physical bullying from older kids, but the teachers saw nothing. Events that happened on the bus were captured on camera, and the driver and supervisor took immediate action. The administration continued to deny any events. If you have questions or problems, the first response from the administration is to lie hoping you will go away. When caught in the lie, they will stonewall you at every point.

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February 06, 2014
Our daughter is in Special Ed and we LOVE it!!! The teachers are amazing. She is just soooo loved ... it makes me tear up whenever we pop in and see the support that surrounds her. This school also has a very good reputation locally. But I don't know much about it other than Special Education.

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April 10, 2013
This school is amazing I love it. It feels almost like a second home to me and my brothers. All the teachers are really nice and supportive they give us tons of tips. This school is the highest quality of any school. They teach you about rumors and cyber stuff and even they teach you how to play nicely with others. Their music and art teachers both are amazing. Their physical education is perfect never could be better. Also their library is huge it is perfect I have been going here since kindergarten so did my seventh grade brother my little kindergartner brother too. I feel really sorry for those people who haven't been able to go to hollymead. But I'm mad at those who've insulated my school. The hornets will get you evil rude mean people, you can't hide from their wrath. Now I'm sorry people whom left after a year.

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January 10, 2012
This is a great school. All of the teachers are caring and creative. I have 2 kids. One that is in 6th grade now, but attend K-5 and another that is in 2nd grade. I didn't see them teaching only SOL stuff. A lot of the work the kids bring home is advanced and thought-provoking. Also, I'm not sure what the other posters mean by a lack of after-school activities. This is an elementary school... what do they expect? There are clubs and an after school program. There are also numerous sports outside of the school for the children to participate in. I think there are some parents that will never be satisfied, but as far as Hollymead goes you can't do much better.

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June 08, 2010
This school has been so good with our kids, I cannot say enough. My kids are younger (kindergarten, first grade) so issues like sports and extracurricular activities and SOLs have not yet been a part of our experience. For early childhood education, you will encounter some of the best teachers in the county at Hollymead. It is small enough there to feel like a family, and everyone knows the kids. I've been very, very happy.

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June 07, 2010
The teachers are caring and top notch, the community is affluent with doting parents. However- as another parent said- they are teaching to the SOL. If you have a child that does not like sports or is lucky enough to have a parent at home to help them partake in the few after school activities, your child will not be challenged. In addition- my son experienced bullying- and while there is lip service to "zero tolerance" in essence unless you have "proof" the concept is there is something wrong socially with your child... i/e he/she does not "fit in" . I am now homeschooling with greater success.

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April 03, 2010
This school has been a disappointment for us. We have been in two other school districts before this school and both have been better. The learning was better in both cases.

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January 26, 2010
This is a great school and most of the teachers really go above and beyond. However very unimpressive with the lack of adequate afterschool activities for the children or ridiculous limits on the number of children who can participate. Overall an excellent school but as with all the main concern seems to be teaching SOL materials. So with all schools we must ask are they really learning or just learning how to regurgitate certain facts??

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September 16, 2009
Great school, great teachers, great staff. The best!!!

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June 18, 2009
Hollymead is an excellent school. The staff is superb and the principal is very open to meeting with parents. Our son just completed kindergarten and is way above level in reading and math..his teacher was fabulous and creative. We have to move this summer (also military)and regret not being able to continue his education at Hollymead!

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May 25, 2009
We are a military family and have been very pleased with Hollymead. It is one of the best schools we have had so far. Great experience for our son.

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December 23, 2008
We have been quite impressed with the teachers and administration at Hollymead. It is a very organized and well managed school. We are quite pleased with the academic advances we've witnessed in our child. Parental involvement is tremendous. The PTO is strong and highly supportive of the school, and the teachers all seem very happy to be at Hollymead.

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May 07, 2008
By far one of the best schools your children will ever attend. The entire staff from the principal to the custodians are very kid friendly. The teachers are terrific not only because they are great teachers but because they genuinely care about their students. After 4 years in this community, I am sure we will look back and say that Hollymead was the best school our children ever attended.

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March 21, 2008
Hollymead is the best school my two children have ever attended. I have a fourth grader and a fifth grader now in their fourth years at Hollymead and we have been very impressed. As a military member, my children have attended other schools (in SC and AR) and this school is by far the best. The teachers and the principal (and assistant principal) are very involved with the students, know their names, and promote frequent evening school functions to keep the parents involved too. We will miss Hollymead when we move to our next assignment.

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April 30, 2007
I have been thrilled with our year at Hollymead and am so sad to leave. We have children in 3rd, 2nd, and K. We are military and arrived last year. I feared that my children would not easily make friends as the new kids. This fear never materialized. All of my children quickly made friends and were quickly taken in by the wonderful teachers. The administrative staff welcomed us with open arms. I have a son who is ADHD and can be challenging to teachers. The principal listened and carefully chose a teacher, Mrs. Winter, who has been nothing short of amazing. I'm equally as pleased with my other children's teachers, one of whom was teacher of the year last year! The academics are strong; there is opportunity for tutoring; and the homework is creative not just mindless busy work. Lucky you if your children go here!

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February 17, 2006
I have 2 sons at Hollymead.A 3rd grader and a 5th grader.This is their 1st year being at Hollymead.This is an excellent school to send children to.The teachers are great and caring.The principal is absolutely wonderful and professional.It's time to move on as we moved here for one year only(for my fellowship) but I guess we need to find a reason to stay here.The main thing that I am impressed about among others is it's dicipline.

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November 15, 2005
My son is in 1st grade at Hollymead, and we could not be happier with the education he is receiving. This school has wonderful standards of acedemics, but taught in a caring, personal way. You walk through the halls and everyone knows everyone- truly a special environment. My 2.5 year old who has Down syndrome gets speech therapy at Hollymead, and that too has been just wonderful. Everyone welcomes him as well! We will be relocating next year and the thing I will miss the most is Hollymead. We bought our house here specifically for the school, and we have not been disappointed!

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May 19, 2005
Hollymead is truly a neighborhood school with a wonderful sense of school community. My son is in 1st grade and is thriving because of two years of excellent and loving teachers. Support services in the areas of special education and gifted education are great. There are a variety of ways for parents to get involved and they do! My son enjoys his music and art classes and the school's new gymnasium will be dedicated on June 1st- Field Day! Regular school wide events are held such as Diversity Festival, Spring Fun Fair, Project Night, etc. We couldn't be happier with the qualtiy of education our son is receiving and the way we are welcomed as a part of the school community. -Kim

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February 06, 2005
I have a son in Kindergarten and a daughter in 5th grade at Hollymead. I have been very pleased with the academic curriculum, the teachers, principal and staff in general. The music and art programs are fun for the kids, and the teachers for both are excellent. This is a small, but well run school that my kids love. My son has adapted to school life very well, with caring teachers he is doing great. My daughter has been a gifted child in the past three schools she has attended (we are military), and was able to enter Hollymead's program too. She has always been an A student, with a B in math, which has been difficult for her. She has reached her goal this past semester of receiving an A in math, which we are grateful for. All her teachers are caring and approachable. This is a great school.

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Hollymead Elementary School
2775 Powell Creek Drive, Charlottesville, VA  22911
(434) 973-8301
Last modified Hollymead Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hollymead Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top