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Hickory Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 455 students

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Posted April 9, 2014

This is a wonderful school! It is a relatively small school (about 400 kids in all grades), so the teachers and staff really get to know each child. There is a great sense of community with lots of parent involvement, family nights, and a Watch Dog program where dads and granddads help in the building each day. The teachers are top-notch; they incorporate many Montessori teaching methods and they do their best to help each child learn at his/her own pace. They have quality music, PE, and technology lessons. We chose to live here because of all the recommendations we got for the Hickory Schools and I am so glad we did! Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

I love this school. I have 5kids that currently attend here, and they all love their teachers so much they cried when the school year ended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

H.E.S. is a dream school! My son has attended H.E.S. for three years and has had three outstanding, professional and caring teachers who have instilled in him genuine academic curiosity as well as fostered a love of and excitement for learning. The electives teachers (particularly P.E.) are also highly creative and amaze me with the lessons/ activities that they plan for my son's class. The administration and PTA also work diligently and succinctly in order to create and maintain high standards and fun activities for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2010

Awesome staff at this school! My daughter was/is struggling in the first grade and Mrs. Pinello on down have been nothing if not encouraging and helpful in reaching a goal to get her on track to graduate to second grade! Communication is top notch and the classroom environment perfect! If you are enrolling your child in this school, they are in good hands!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

I Love this school! The administration is easy to work with and the teachers are excellent! I have 3 children in school this year and they love going to school! Everyone really seems to care about the children at this school! Pleasant change from the previous school my oldest attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

Still new in the school year but the school and staff seem to be wonderful. My daughter is learning alot in 1st grade and loves going to school everyday. Great area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

I have 3 children in the Hickory School system and I do feel that they get an exceptional education here. However, Hickory is very expensive by way of extracirricular activities. Last year I spent $3000 for my daughter to cheer
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2005

I Love this school it is a very personal inviorment the students are knowen and not just a number! I really love it and am sad since we will be leafing here this year. Thank you to all at HES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Excellent school, supurb teahers, family atmoshphere, small class sizes ( rare in Chesapeake schools system). I love this school and am very happy with the education my child has received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

I am a former student of Hickory Elementary. My father was in the Navy, so I have been to many different schools. Hickory, honestly, was the best schooling I received from either coast until college. I was in the G.A.T.E. program and was challenge well enough that I learned a good deal more in 3rd and 4th than several other grades combined. This is a thank you as well as a note of praise for an institution that does more than well for its students and families.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 22, 2005

I think this school is one of the best in this area. I have had my child in two of the private schools in this area ( claiming to be the best)and he has learned more at Hickory than either of those schools. Parents are very involved and the teachers are great. They are very good with keeping one on one with the children as well as with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students79%
Female students84%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students76%
Female students68%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities96%
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 Students76%
Female students88%
Male students68%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students74%
Female students71%
Male students76%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%
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 Students89%
Female students94%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students94%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students91%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students96%
Female students94%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
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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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:19 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Kimberly C. Pinello
Fax number
  • (757) 421-7096
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109 Benefit Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
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