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Colonial Heights, VA
Students enrolled: 735

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14801 Woods Edge Rd.
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

(804) 530-5733
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June 10, 2015
Our daughter started kindergarten at this school in 2012 and is wrapping up 2nd grade. Our son is finishing kindergarten this year at MCES. We have been extremely impressed by the teachers and administration and their passion for the students. They are frequently have special events and incentives for learning for the kids. We feel both of our children have received individualized attention to meet their academic needs. We have been impressed by how the teachers have uniquely challenged each of our children to grow academically. We understand the previous principal (before our children started) created some discord in the school and there were a lot of behavioral issues which had a negative impact on academics, but we have been nothing but thrilled with Mrs. Lenz, the current principal, and her approach and enthusiasm towards the students. She has been very responsive to any concern I have brought to her. At Kindergarten registration for both of my children, she was present and took their picture so she could have their name memorized by the time school began. She has called them by name ever since. The school was just on the news for celebrating their one million minutes of student reading challenge - where students were challenged to read outside of the classroom for a grand total of one million minutes and they exceeded their goal! I am so thankful that my children have a passion for learning because of the teachers and administration at MCES!

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Amount of homework: Just right
June 10, 2015
I feel the homework is age appropriate and helps to reinforce what is learned in the classroom and also is helpful as a parent to know what they are doing in class.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
All the teachers have been great to inspire a best effort from my children in regards to their coursework. They are encouraging but don't compromise the standard.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
It is one of their core values _ ROAR (a lion is their mascot) = Responsible, Achieving, Organized, and Respectful. Students are recognized weekly by classroom and quarterly in awards assemblies for these qualities.

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
They are very big on zero tolerance to bullying. All of the teachers my kids had were strong on caring for one another in the classroom.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 10, 2015
We have been notified of any issues of dishonesty by our children by the teacher. Any dispute or issue (which is rare) between our children and other students in the classroom or on the bus was dealt with quickly and fairly.

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November 16, 2013
Very friendly from the office staff to teachers to administration. They know who I am and who my kids are. I have 3 kids in the school and all have had great teachers and are doing well here, I am also very involved and always seem welcomed to volunteer.

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September 25, 2013
Unfriendly environment. Utilizes the method of yelling to try to control students. Very little interaction between administration and parents. The resignation of entire PTA in 2012 reflects the distance and dis-accord between high achievers and administration. Consistency in low SOL scores reflects my views based on first-hand experiences with staff. Favoritism displayed in CBG program by teacher. Do not reward deserving hard working students in achievements with certificates. I had refused to believe the negatives I heard about the school and still sent my child there. Sadly, I am at the verge of taking my child out. Very disappointed, very sad. By the way, this has nothing to do with my child's performance, because my child got all A's in the SOL and Honors in class in 2012.

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May 16, 2013
I love the school. My son is in the 2nd grade and he has been there since kindergarden. The communication in the school is wonderful. I know people have there own opinions but as a parent I stay active with almost everyone in the school. Education is very important to me and this school is excellent. They help me in so many ways. I requested a meeting with the some of the office staff and they agreed with out knowing all of the details of the meeting. I found that very heartwarming because they made time in their very busy schedules to talk with me. I think the meeting was more so to calm my nerves rather than to talk about my kid...and for that I thank them. I love this school. Mrs. Lentz is so down to earth and she get on the parents level and that made me feel not so alone. In my mind the head of the school is all about business and is on a tight schedule, but not her. She is very down to earth and I like that in her. Actually the whole front office iss friendly and down to earth. I feel so welcome.

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April 21, 2012
This is a fantastic school. The parent involvement is wonderful. I would hands down say the PTA is the best in the county. My son is on his 5th year and has never had 1 single problem. No one gets bussed in from the city, how ludicrous. There are always so many wonderful events being held by the school the PTA. People need to get over themselves and see this school for what it really is. Anyone that gets a waiver to another school is only hurting themselves and not to mention their property value. Another great thing about this school is the gifted program is held there. If your kid is fortunate enough to get into the program then it is very beneficial, just make sure to request they be tested in December.

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March 12, 2012
This school has been terrible for our child. This school lacks strong leadership! The principal offers no support for teachers or parents. I needed to have a conference with my daughters teacher and I wanted her to sit in on the conference. The principal told me that she would be unable to attend because she had a hair appt. Does this show her character or what? The behavior issues at this school are over the top, nothing gets down about the issues, only excuses are offered. I would not advise sending your child/children to this school.

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October 17, 2011
This school has been a terrible environment for my child. The school is a title I school and receives federal assistance when at-risk children are bussed in from the city. The more at-risk children they get, the more funds the school gets. The hotels in Chester have become apartments for immigrants which also attend the school. It is a rough environment. I know that the staff does care and tries their best, but they seem very overwhelmed with behavioral issues. I would not advise sending your children there. It is pretty much the same as sending them to a school in Richmond City.

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May 20, 2010
My son loves it! His teachers are very competent as well as caring. The principal has always addressed any concerns that may arise. The kids are very sweet.

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March 27, 2010
I urge you to check out the SOL test scores over the past 3 years. The scores reflect the quality of administrators and teachers alike at this school. Most every score and most every classroom have dropped below state standards. It is sad to see this school go in this direction.

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July 14, 2009
Teachers are great, especially in the CBG program. Resource programs are also outstanding. However, the school is large and we often feel like just another number, especially to the front office staff. I find their competencies lacking. Also, there is a lack of willingness to communicate with parents, given the size of the school. Not a very friendly atmosphere compared to other schools in the county.

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May 28, 2009
Great school. Great Parent Participation. Teachers are great and caring . Some come see your kids in outside of school activities and cheer them on . The kids love the Teachers . Great New School Thats on its way to the top .Great CBG Program . Highly recommend. Great Chesterfield school. Librarian very nice. Staff in Office very friendly welcoming, helpful . And parents are encouraged to come participate in Fun nights and other activities planned in the school.

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December 19, 2008
I have had 2 children go through this school and am on my third. I think it's a great school in general, but like most public schools, not all of the teachers are as great as you would like. The administration is strong and works hard toward excellence and now that there has been redistricting (in 2007) they have to work a little harder. My last child is in the center-based gifted program there so she will only get certain teachers and so far they are wonderful. The so-called 'resource' classes - PE, art, Spanish, library and music are all wonderful with v. strong teachers. This is definitely a school that cares, and it is a very attractive school as well.

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July 19, 2007
I have had two children go through Christian. I have been very happy with all of their teachers and the opportunities that they have been given due to their eduction there. One of my children has special needs and was given the individual attention that he required to be successful within a regualar classroom setting. The open library program available to the 3-5th graders is wonderful. The library media specialist does an amazing job supporting the grade level curricula.

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February 12, 2004
We moved to Virginia from Ohio and were quite concerned about schools. Marguerite has exceeded all of our expectations in terms of education. However organization when it comes to activities could be little more organized. That however may be due to the number of children in the school.

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Marguerite F Christian Elementary School
14801 Woods Edge Rd., Colonial Heights, VA  23834
(804) 530-5733
Last modified Marguerite F Christian Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Marguerite F Christian Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top