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Grassfield Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 911 students

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Posted October 25, 2012

I throughly enjoyed being a parent of a student who attended Grassfield Elm. while Mr. Ruben was principal. He raised the bar very high for outstanding leadership, genuine compassion and caring for each and EVERY student, and going out of his way to make school a place the kids WANTED to be. The teachers are good and some are excellent. I feel my child is very well rounded and has been given unique oportunities at GFE such as Gator Clubs at enrich after school learning and create fellowship among the students. The talent show and dance are those extra special events that make GFE more then "just" a public school, it makes it special, different, unique and desirable. The new principal has ALOT to live up to and he will have to work hard to keep up the positive, upbeat atmosphere at Mr. Rubin created. GFE is a wonderful school, not because of the neighborhood or district it is in...but because of the dedicated teachers, and the support of a SUPERB principal who knew how to make things work and flow very well. He set a benchmark that other schools should use as a guide for achieving success. When a man knows every child name by heart, it speaks volumes. GFE, a school with character!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2012

GFE has been a great experience for us. Like others have stated there are some not so great teachers but I think you'll find that in ANY school in ANY district. We've had an overall great experience and definitely recommend this school to anyone looking to take their children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2011

First let me say that I love the principal at Grassfield. It is a very tough job but he knows every child by name and most parents too. He is very approachable and willing to work with parents if there are issues that need dealing with. In terms of teachers it has been pretty good. My kids have had some wonderful teachers and one real stinker. The PTA is very active and there are plenty of fun family activities to be involved in. I am glad my children attend this school and would recommend it to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

GFE is a good school in Chesapeake, but perhaps below average for the state due to many inexperienced teachers. The principal is excellent and knows every child (and their parents') names. The teachers are hit and miss as my two children have had both excellent and below average teachers. If your child does not naturally excel, they can get lost in the mix here. One teacher prepared my child for failure mid-year versus a plan for success. The PTA is very active and there is a lot of school spirit and Gator pride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

I have 2 children that currently attend Grassfield elementary school, and I gotta say so far I have not been very impressed with the teaching staff. This is my oldest childs second yeat attending this school, and I haven't liked any of her teachers yet! However, I do like my other childs kindergarten teacher. The school seems designed to cater only to stay at home mothers and not working moms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

We really love this school. I have 3 children attending and they are loving their experience at GFE! I highly recommend GFE! The kids are inspired and excited daily running in from the bus sharing the latest thing they learned. Go Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

This is an excellent school for my daughter who is entering her 2nd year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

Grassfield Elementary is top notch. We are lucky to have our children attend such a great school. Adminitsrators need to understand that 504 plans were not meant to wait until a child is failing because of health issues to get them help. But to be put in place to make sure that kids are not put in that position.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

I could not be more pleased with GFE. The staff is exceptional, administration is top of the line, and the kids show an eagerness to learn. There is a great show of pride in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

It would be very hard to find a school that is so dedicated to their children. I feel blessed to have my children attend a school where I know they are learning but aslo cared for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

As i former student at this school, i find some of the teachers not so exciting at teaching as most people have said! The school's entire extra curricular activities have been based around stay at home parents from my point of view.Both of my parents work and could not find the time to involve me in extra activities. The principal at the school is very dissapointing and i find that very important in every school, as a student! So total of the whole school i am dissapointed as you see!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2006

I am a parent of 3 children at GFE and I could not be happier. The teachers are so excited and eager to teach. Parental involvement is more than welcomed. The administrative staff is very professional, but approachable. Their teachers continue to challenge them by allowing them to complete assignments that are designed for students in higher grade levels, but not assignments that may be 'over their heads'. I appreciate the fact that the adm. staff and teachers encourage the children to accomplish more, but not by forcing or by 'pushing' them too hard. They also encourage student acceleration/promotion, but only if tested(knowledge as well as social skills). We're very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

Well rounded school. However, If your child requires special education services please don't attempt to enroll them in GFE. The child progress is held to a higher standard by the child in need of services and the parents but not the teachers. Maybe some of the teachers would benefit from additional training on how to interact with special need students as well as their parents. Chesapeake, VA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

I have had two children at this school and could not be happier. Very enthusiastic teachers. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to get involved and they have a very successful, active PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
91%

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 73% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students78%
Female students73%
Male students82%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students96%
Female students94%
Male students98%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities99%
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

English: Reading

All Students72%
Female students70%
Male students73%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students79%
Female students83%
Male students74%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial77%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students86%
Male students75%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial92%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students71%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial77%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Science

All Students87%
Female students85%
Male students89%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial92%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities90%
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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School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:19 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert J. Sander
Fax number
  • (757) 558-4486
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2248 Averill Dr.
Chesapeake, VA 23323
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