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Marguerite F Christian Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 735 students

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
92%

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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Writing

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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 students51%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students51%
Female students48%
Male students53%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English53%

Science

All Students65%
Female students68%
Male students62%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial70%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students62%
Female students83%
Male students43%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students55%
Female students68%
Male students43%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%
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 Students65%
Female students60%
Male students69%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

English: Writing

All Students57%
Female students57%
Male students56%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Math

All Students46%
Female students47%
Male students44%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English49%

Science

All Students58%
Female students50%
Male students66%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%
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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Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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