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A. Henderson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 582 students

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 28, 2014

The Principal leads with excellence, and as a result every member of the staff strives for excellence too. The school has superb administration, dedicated teachers, special programs such as STEM, and good music, art, PE and drama programs too. Each child is given a chance to reach their potential and provided with the support they need to be the best they can be. Parent involvement is very high with they have many volunteers. The school is a happy, bright, fun place and I am very honored to have my daughter attend such as a prestigious establishment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This school has moved up the ratings ever since Mrs. Bevans became Principal. She is very good, thorough, knowledgeable, dedicated and a true professional. She is always looking at ways of improving and doing better and the students and teachers follow her example. The ESOL and reading programs are superb. I could not ask for better and I look forward to many more years at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

Excellent administration and more excellence to come. Classrooms are engaging, excellent extra-curricular offerings, high quality performing and STEM program, there something for everyone! There's a place for every student and it's an exciting place to be! The faculty and staff feel more like a family, and much emphasis is given to the student. It's a smaller PWC school, so students are given more individual attention than they would receive in a larger school. The principal and teachers are VERY communicative, with very high standards for both students and staff. The parents are very involved with activities with a large volunteer and support to school...often you will find parents, grandparents and community volunteers. The staff can often be found given back to the community with varies programs. All around excellent school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My daughter has been a student at Henderson since kindergarten and she's now starting 4th grade. Her General Ed and Special Ed teachers have all been wonderful and she loves coming to school every day. Henderson has the excellent Olweus Bullying Program and she has never been bullied. SOL scores for Henderson have been outstanding and I've noticed the school's rating on this website has risen from 6 to 8 since the Principal, Mrs. Bevans, came to the school. She and the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Goddard, are super smart, friendly, innovative and strive to make Henderson the best school for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My child has gone to this school for 5 years, my only complaint is it's not a K-8. I don't want to say goodbye when my child goes to middle school. The support and care my child receives along with the positive learning enviroment is top notch! Thank you Henderson Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

We have enjoyed being a part of Henderson Elementary. Our 5th grade daughter has just blossomed. She loves school, her Teacher and friends. So we are thrilled with our choice to have her attend Henderson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

this school is an excellent school my youngest sibling is going here and he loved this school and teachers i would reccomend this school to anyone the only thing i do not like about it is some kids get bullied and not many teachers help that well


Posted March 21, 2011

My son has attended Henderson for g K-3. Overall, I have been very happy w/ the school teachers & administrators. As an earlier poster from early 2011 said, there are some busy-body parents who do think they run things. If we're talking about the same PTCO leadership - they were voted out for the 10-11 school year. When I noticed my son having continued difficulty in reading, I requested a Student Evaluation. Henderson officials were prompt in scheduling, and offering suggestions. I never felt pushed aside. As it happens, my son is ADD and at no time did the administration push medication. To date, for g3, they (& the teacher - Mrs. Meyers) have been great in working with me to try different things to help my son succeed. He's had a 180 w/ the *help* of medication. I do worry w/ the loss of the new Principal mentioned below (Mrs. Rineshuttle) - the current acting Princ, could be a problem. More extracurriculars would be nice, but since I can't afford anything, it's not a sticking/selling point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

Henderson is a great school. But it seems there are a lot of parents there who think they run the school. Class size is not the schools fault - It's the county and state government who don't put education first. If you think your child is not being challenged enough then you should take the initiative and challenge them. Your child is not the only child in that classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Faculty & Staff are friendly, right on top of things and very professional. Our children's best interest is primary. They been rated a School of Excellence numerous times and have implemented an Anti-Bullying program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2009

My oldest has attended this school for 6 years and my youngest from K-2. This is an amazing school with awesome teachers. There is quite a bit of parent involvement. The principal is an amazing woman. We also have an awesome assistant principal Felicia Norwood who is leaving for another school. She will be missed. If, I were not leaving the area. My youngest would continue at Henderson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

My son has attended Henderson for 3 yrs (1st - 3rd). He has had wonderful teachers for 2 of those years. Communication between teachers and myself was great because I made the effort to stay informed. I am not a fan of the 'new math', I feel students aren't given permission to learn in a way that works for them. My son is in the gifted program and I am very pleased with it. Disappointed in the lack of extracurriculars but it seems Henderson is making an effort to improve. I am impressed so far with our new principal. I think she will help bring some much needed change. There seems to be a problem with consistency in the curriculum, I often feel that parents are not kept well informed as to what the students are supposed to be doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2008

My two boys have been at this school for a number of years since kindergarten. This is a very good school. The teachers and office staff really care about the children and I always feel that my children are learning in a caring and safe environment. Excellent communication between teachers and parents. Afterschool activities are not important to us as we believe that is the parent s responsibility to be there for their children after school. Both of my children are involved with the gifted programs and it is wonderful. This school welcomes, encourages and enjoys parent involvement in classrooms and other school activities. Moving to this area for this school was the best decision we made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

I am saddened to read the awful reviews that parents have given Henderson. Our family moved to Virginia from Tucson last summer and it was our son's first year at Henderson (he's in the 2nd grade). We couldn't be happier. His teacher noticed that he was having a difficult time focusing, and he was later diagnosed with ADD. His teacher, the school administration, and the psychologist have all been wonderful and he is doing better now than ever, with NO medication. He would never have gotten this far if he was at a different school. Kudos to the teachers and staff at Henderson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

My son is going to this school and he is involve with the gift program and it was a great idea but it is not working. It seems that he is too bored with it. They need to step up and make it for challegeable for him. There ar too many student in the class room for a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

teachers and staff are nice. no extra curricular activities. poor commication between teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

My child attended Kindergarten in 2006-2007. We are very disappointed. Our child was harrassed and bullied by another student while the teacher could not catch it. I witnessed several incidents of pushing and shoving by the older children and the teachers, few and far between, never noticed. I would never recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

Academic programs average. Not the top local school. music, art, PE also average. Mrs. spear is a great 4th grade teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

We just finished our second year at Henderson and love the school. The only drawback is the lack of after-school activities available to the students. I would like to clear one thing up though- The student to teacher ratio says 16.6 to 1. This is not accurate at all. My son had 33 in his class last year, 24 this year. My other child had 28 last year and 24 this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

My son has attended Henderson through 4th and 5th grades. He has not been challenged academically despite numerous requests. Communication with teachers about what is happening in the classroom needs improvement. Curriculum does not follow textbooks and is therefore hard to follow. Zero after school activities makes socialization a challenge. They say they want parent involvement but it hasn't produced much results for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
History and Social Science

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

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 70% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
90%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students87%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracial82%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students82%
Female students77%
Male students88%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial92%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students91%
Female students88%
Male students95%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial92%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students89%
Female students87%
Male students91%
Black students86%
Asian students91%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students91%
Female students89%
Male students93%
Black students86%
Asian students92%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English93%
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 Students86%
Female students87%
Male students86%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students75%
Female students81%
Male students67%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students85%
Female students82%
Male students87%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English89%
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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3799 Waterway Dr
Dumfries, VA 22025
Phone: (703) 670-2885

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