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Southwestern Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 515 students

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Posted February 15, 2014

Such a wonderful school! The teachers are amazing as well as the rest of the staff! Has a great "family" atmosphere and there are a bunch of wonderful programs for the students! This rating needs to be higher! Never judge a book by its cover, so to speak... I'm glad my children attended this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Southwestern Elementary is a great school. I've read all the reviews. As a parent I want to be fair in my rating of this school. I've had 3 children attend this school. We moved in the community in 2008. Since that time my children have experienced three different administrators. However, staff turn over is very low. The teachers that have left are those who retired or relocated out of state. To me that says a lot about dedicated educators. I can only say THEY LOVE THEIR STUDENTS including mine. NO SCHOOL IS PERFECT. We all have to do our part to support our children. I think as parents we have to remember with each new administration come new ideas and transitions for everyone. I've even seen it with my own children. Nonetheless, the complaining should not be directed to the school but to Chesapeake Public School Administration or the School Board. The involvement from parents of the community can go a long way. GET INVOLVED! In the six years I've been involved with the community and school I can only say I love living in a tight knitted community. Also I love the staff at Southwestern Elementary. My children also love going to school learning everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2012

Great school experience so far! We were a bit intimidated by less than stellar reviews from neighbors...however, their "knowledge" was based upon assumptions, not actual experience, as they do not send their children there. My son is in first grade now and has had two of the very best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of meetings, the principle is amazing...very dedicated and encouraging. The staff is overall very friendly and welcoming. Parent involvement and school activities are less than I would like, but most families are dual income and work full time. Curriculum is good so far. My son is very advanced, and each year the teacher has gone above and beyond to actually CREATE materials for him that are appropriate and challenging. Class sizes are small and the school is kept very clean and safe. Demographically, this school is not very diverse, and my one complaint would be that I have heard a few staff members speaking improper English, sort of slang, which only further promotes the stereotypes associated with this school. Reading, writing, math, science and social studies are all excellent from what I have observed through homework and projects. A happy parent here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

I was a student at this school and I gained a very solid foundation from this establishment. The staffing was up to date and current on all teaching methods and used each one to accomadate the different cultures and backgrounds of the children.


Posted November 22, 2010

my child is not challenged enough either it is almost 2011 and nothing has changed and my child needs more challenging work than 1-10 and alphabets she's on a first to second grade level at this school its ridiculous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My kids has attended Southwestern Elementary School for 2 years. We moved from Va.Beach to Chesapeake in 2009.I have given credit where credit is due.. in my last posted review! However, my greatest concern with S.W.E. school is the gas ordor that it always seems to have whenever I enter the school. I have brought this to many staff members attention including the principal. The first day I walked in the school with my kids in September 2009, I have smelled an gas odor. The reply I received whenever I mentioned it to a staff member is unacceptable to me. I am taking this issue as far as I can...so that this matter can get the attention it deserves.I complained last school term about the gas odor...the problem was so called fixed...this year will be different. I am not giving up!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

I also feel that the above average kid is not challenged. I can not understand why a child who can write his/her name is given a home assignment to say his/her name or if a child can count to 100 is given an assignment to count from 1-10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

No school is perfect, but I have never seen a more hard working and dedicated teacher than my son's. He has had the same teacher now for kindergarten and first grade. His reading skills are amazing and his math knowlege is incredible for a 6 year old. Whatever methods his teacher is using, she needs to keep it up! He comes home everyday saying how much he loves school and I was afraid that he wouldn't like it since I never did when I was younger. I am glad there are professionals such as Ms. Lee on the staff of SWE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

I think this 'whole' school could use some more training.....The front office personnel are very rude, the teachers make you feel like you are beneath them, when you ask them questions concerning your child you never seem to get a straight answer. To get an appointment with the principle is like the 'president' you have to go through major security to get an appointment to see her and then she is sooooo busy she is quick with you. I really think they should recognize that every parent is not ghetto and are adults and regardless they should at least treat them with some form of resprect starting with the front office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2009

My daughter transferred from another school in the district at the beginning of the 07-08 school year as a 3rd grader and it has been the worst move I have ever made and can't wait to get her out. If your child is an average pr needs help this school will help them, but if your child is above the curve and excels, they will be bored and not be pushed to reach even higher then they already do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

Love this school can't complain. Mrs Affeldt is the greatest. My daughters kindergarten class had only about 12.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

I love this school, compared to other city's the student teacher ratio is low. My child is in kindergarten and it is only about 12 students to 2 teachers. This school is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

I've had issues with this school as well. I agree that this school's primary focus is on being accredited and 'looking good' to the powers that be. For example, my son has known his alphabet since he was 17 months, & his first kindergarten report card gave him an 'S' on letter recognition. Subsequent cards gave him 'O's. I can only assume that this technique is used to 'prove' how well the teachers are teaching. However, his teacher & asst teacher have been really wonderful. I have never seen a kindergarten class with so many accelerated readers. Also note that the classroom sizes are small 11:1 and most of the teachers have advanced degrees. In short, we can sit & complain or we can jump in and do something about it. I intend to do the latter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

I have been trying to work with this school since my child was in kindergarten, he is now in third grade. He has been going to private tutoring so he would would be able to read. I finally gave up on receiving any help or support from the principal and most of the teachers. They only care about getting the school accredited, for example they offer 4 hours after school SOL help now for three months but have never offered any after school tutoring for his reading. My child does have an IEP and is suppose to be one of those children not left behind. It is impossible to work with this school. I have tried to voice my complaints and I do not seem to be heard, the school is the worst elementary school I have ever the misfortune of dealing with. Wanda Hatley
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

I have had a problem with this school. I have tried to get my daughter help with her reading and nobody seems to know how to help her. Teachers yeah right.The only thing they seem to be interseted in is bush's no child left behind. I think that was the worst thing to come because all that means is regardless of if your chaild is advancing or not he or she will pass.That leaves our children behind 4th graders with 2 grade reading levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

This school is very disappointing. the first visit my daughter and I had a teacher was yelling at a student as if she was out on the block somewhere. The staff is very unprofessional and the school appearance needs some upgrading. The childrens enrichment is nill and they only teach to pass the state test. nothing else is really encouraged.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
History and Social Science

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students69%
Female students76%
Male students64%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students43%
Female students43%
Male students42%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English44%

Science

All Students80%
Female students83%
Male students79%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%
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 students66%
Male students59%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students63%
Female students66%
Male students61%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%
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 Students60%
Female students67%
Male students52%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

English: Writing

All Students57%
Female students65%
Male students48%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students41%
Female students46%
Male students36%
Black students34%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities46%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English40%

Science

All Students63%
Female students61%
Male students64%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%
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. Sonya L. Beasley
Fax number
  • (757) 465-6314

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4410 Airline Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23321
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