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Mary Carr Greer Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 439 students

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Posted January 13, 2014

We think Greer is a fantastic school. The "Great Schools" rating system is based primarily on standardized test scores, as far as I can tell. That's only one part of the story. Greer has fantastic teachers and strong support - each teacher has an in-classroom assistant in grades K-3, and classroom sizes are in the 18-20 range. There is incredible diversity, as well - students from all over the world, which gives the kids some great experiences. There's also an excellent G&T teacher, the principal, assistant principal, and staff are excellent...in short, this place is not a "2" out of 10 - it is WAY better than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

My daughter is soon to be a rising fourth grader. My daughter is diagnosed with ADHD. I can tell you that the teachers at Greer are marvelous. They found ways to teach my daughter despite her diagnosis, they bent over backwards, and together we created stategies for my daughter. My daughter has delt with a few bullies but I love the response from the teachers creating groups for girls to talk about their issues teaching them life long skills of problem resolving. The girls are meaner than the boys and very 'grown' but my daughter stayed ground and is succeeding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

As parent of a kindergartner, I am very satisfied with the way Greer school has been affording quality education to my son. I have not encountered any problem with the school authorities, particularly the teachers and office staff, who readily resolves queries. Having to attend to so many concerns at the same time can be a daunting task but I see them exerting their best to address everyone's needs. I highly commend Greer's dedication to the students' overall development. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2008

I'm not impressed with this school thus far (kindergartener). I'm dissappointed. We have had a number of issues (2) that havent been resolved to my standards involving cafeteria staff, and communication with Office and Classroom staff. My daughter's teacher is Awesome and so is the assistant, so it's not a class room issue at all, but the teacher and the office should actually 'communicate' about absences etc. to each other! School wide activities is lacking partly because they are below in stats for SOL's, so hence the 'tutoring' initiatives-great, but what about sports, clubs and the like for those not needing it. The extended day program is it for activities than your directed to the YMCA etc. The school is diverse, also a plus. The PTO seems to be very active. Those of us who have been victims don't want to be there any longer than we have to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

This is my second year having a child at Greer. We have loved his teachers and the overall experience he has had at school has been wonderful. As a parent volunteer, I have been able to watch his teachers and always leave impressed at what a great job they do. The new principal is fantastic, and the school is scheduled to be renovated and expanded over the next two years to make it even better. I love the diversity, and feel it is such a strength for the school. The after-school clubs are supposed to start in November, so we're looking forward to that. It's great to have that being addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

I came from Los Angeles, where the public schools were crap. I felt tears of joy in my eyes at my first visit to Greer. My daughter attended for Grades 1-5. She loved the school and flourished during her time there. (She hated to miss a single day!) I am a professor myself, and I was impressed with the involvement of the parents and the local PTO. The children were a wonderful diverse mix of kids from university and local families. The school has an expansive grassy play field surrounded by woods, with quality playground equipment. The teachers were well-qualified and involved. The only weakness of the school was the after-school program, which was mediocre. Even so, the school has so many positive qualities I feel my daughter was lucky to be a student. I would recommend it without reservation to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

I have two children at Greer, and I have been extremely happy with their education. The teachers have been caring and professional, and they gone out of their way to make sure my children have had the proper educational opportunities. The diversity is amazing: My son's two best friends are from Bangladesh, last year his best friend was from Russia. That type of diversity is something private schools try very hard to attain--here it's available for free! We have been very happy with Greer Elementary School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

I have not been very happy with this school. My daughter is doing well with academics, no problem there. Communication between home and school has been very difficult. Her teacher this year does not return phone calls and I have had to contact the principal to resolve issues when the teacher would not call back. Last years teacher didn't seem to 'hear' concerns at all. We are looking to move to get our child out of the school. Diversity in the school is great. Not a great deal of schoolwide activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2005

I believe the academnic content in the areas of Math, Lanaguage Arts and Science did not push my child to exceed. The teachers were extremely nice. There weren't very many extra-curricular sports activities available. Parental involvement was somewhat sluggish. At least that was the case for 5th grade parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

I am writing these comments as an involved minority parent. My daughter and I both agree the curriculum she received at Greer Elementary during her 5th grade year was above average. However, some of the minority students were not very disciplined which made for a difficult learning environment for my daughter. We tried repeatedly but to no avail to get the teaching staff to involve the parents of those students responsible for the disruption to the learning environment. I believe the teaching staff did not do all they could to rectify the day to day classroom interruptions caused by these students. Overall the teaching staff of the 5th graders were too lenient. We moved to another school district in hopes that this problem would be minimized in the coming school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

This School is Wonderful. The Diverse Student Population is such a great thing. My Children transferred from antoher disctric and thrived at Greer ever since. The level of Parental involvement is unlike any schoolI've ever seen and the PTO is very much into welcoming new families into the school disctrct. The music, art and sports programs at Greer are Awesome, Expecially Music. My children have never wanted to be in chorus or anything to that nature and the program they have going on at Greer has just made my kids wanna learn more about the fine arts. TEACHERS ARE AWESOME and the new principal this year was and is a great addition to an already TOP NOTCH SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
History and Social Science

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students56%
Female students63%
Male students50%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English54%

Math

All Students46%
Female students50%
Male students42%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students52%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English51%

Science

All Students67%
Female students73%
Male students63%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%
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 Students58%
Female students54%
Male students62%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English54%

Math

All Students70%
Female students67%
Male students73%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students100%
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 Students62%
Female students69%
Male students56%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English63%

English: Writing

All Students58%
Female students59%
Male students57%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students63%
Female students70%
Male students56%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students66%
Female students68%
Male students65%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English66%
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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190 Lambs Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: (434) 973-8371

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