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Potomac Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 603 students

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Posted April 23, 2013

This is a great school. I have my second child there. My oldest came thru PES and is now in HS and in Governors School. The principa and Assistant Principal are great. However, it is quite clear the office staff needs to counseled on professionalism. I have lost count in the number of times I have called and no one in the office could answer my question. I think it would help if they were on a level of continuous process improvement or even put on a performance improvement plan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

Potomac Elementary is a wonderful school! The teachers and staff are really there for the children. This school is well organized and our children love attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2011

I do agree with one parent who says the office staff nor a few other school personnel are not the greatest. My children were moved from KG Elementary and I have to say, it was a major disappointment having to deal with PES staff as compared to what I was use to at KGE. I mean. . . is it really THAT difficult to offer a smile????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Both of my children have attended Potomac Elementary. Like any school, parental involvement is key to a good education. Parents who take responsibility for encouraging, mentoring and directing their children throughout their learning years can expect the school system to complement their respective involvement. Good students are as much a product of great parents as are great teachers and schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

The facility is not as new and shiny and the other 2 elementary schools in King George County, but the educators are every bit as dedicated to their kids. I like the smaller, more intimate size of the school for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

So far so good I like the school and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

My son attended Potomac for Kindegarten through 2nd grade. While I was so excited for him to attend Potomac since I attended Potomac as a student and loved the experience. However, I was sadly mistaken. The office staff was the absolute worst. I can not count how many times I would send a note to school for my son to ride the bus as opposed to being picked up and I would get a call 2 hours later wondering where I was to pick up my son. I was so relieved once I finally moved and my son was no longer subjected to their neglegance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Potomac Elementary school. I believe that a lot of parents have transferred their kids because the other schools are newer. Newer doesn't mean better. Potomac has increased their test scores and have become more stable. They went thru a tough time recently (replacing staff and principal due to illness and other personal issues) but they have recovered wonderfully. My son is in 1st grade and I have had older children in my neighborhood (who attend the other schools) come to my home and see my son's homework and tell me that they haven't been introduced to his curriculum yet! My son transferred to this school and he has adjusted greatly and is one of the top kids in his class. He was very shy, but the teachers and the kids are great and my son has finally come out of his shell!
—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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
History and Social Science

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

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

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 74% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

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

All Students62%
Female students66%
Male students57%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students60%
Female students67%
Male students51%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students77%
Female students77%
Male students77%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%
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 Students96%
Female students98%
Male students92%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students93%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students75%
Female students85%
Male students63%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

English: Writing

All Students74%
Female students90%
Male students53%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students79%
Female students88%
Male students69%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students82%
Female students88%
Male students75%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students83%
Female students84%
Male students81%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students96%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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 "Accredited with Warning".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Dahlgren, VA 22448
Phone: (540) 663-3322

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