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Yowell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 646 students

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3 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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6 reviews of this school


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Posted September 26, 2013

Great school, wonderful teachers. Very impressed. This is a new County for us and so far we are really happy with this school, the parent involvement and the organizational skills and truly professional staff that makes this school an A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2013

Loved having my daughter switch to this school. Best school in the area by far! Never have had an ounce of problems. Go stallions!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

This school causes nothing but headaches. There are a few wonderful teachers, but the bad ones are so bad that it it impossible to overlook. The principal is awful. She only cares about what will make her look good, she has no business being a principal. The kids seem like they are in jail. They can't talk, touch the walls, or get off the "red line" that is in the hallway floor. The cafeteria often makes the kids eat with the lights off and punishes the kids who talk during lunch. I didn't think it was possible to have an elem school that my kid would want to go to, but Yowell is just *that* bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

My daughter has been attending Yowell for kindergarten this year. She has loved her teacher and been very excited about school everyday. Their reading program is awful. I asked a "reading specialist" if the program they were using was phonics based and she told me she did not know. I have never met or talked to on the phone with the principle of the school. When I had a problem I talked to the assistant principle. They do not communicate with parents at all. They seem to expect you to know everything already. The "newsletter" they send home is just ads. I don't think you should get home work in kindergarten but at this school you do and it is pointless busy work. The focus seems to be reading and not much else. They don't start math really till the 2nd half of the year. When my daughter first started getting home work for reading they didn't even send home instructions. I went by what my 5 year old told me her teacher said! the children don't get enough time to eat. the kids are not aloud to talk above a whisper or they turn out the lights. Parents are not aloud to eat in the lunch room with their children. You have to sit at a table in the hall with your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2011

Does not keep parents properly informed on what is going on at the school. The curriculum is seriously lacking. I did not like the principal. She seemed very defensive when talking to her about school things. I want my kids out of this school and district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2011

The schools curriculum is below average. They send out generic school district newsletter which only seem to tell you days off or advertise babysitters.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students82%
Female students82%
Male students81%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students66%
Female students64%
Male students67%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Science

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students92%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students78%
Female students84%
Male students71%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students77%
Female students81%
Male students71%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
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 Students70%
Female students69%
Male students71%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students23%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students72%
Male students66%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students78%
Female students78%
Male students78%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students66%
Female students69%
Male students62%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English70%
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".
  • No accreditation rating was reported for the 2008-2009 school year.
  • No accreditation rating was reported for the 2007-2008 school year.

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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701 Yowell Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: (540) 825-9484

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