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Falmouth Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 486 students

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Posted May 13, 2013

This school year my son has not been challenged to his full potential. For a 1st grader, I was expecting more homework and actual correction of his assignments. The teacher sends his homework home on Monday, which normally consist of a one math sheet, spelling word sort, come up with similar words that are within the sort, and a read a book. His class work was not graded until the weekend so I did not see it until the following Monday. The class size is too large for the teacher to handle alone with a 20-25 kid ratio to one teacher. I do agree that the staff is friendly, but good gracious and luck volunteering for anything. They would rather have teacher s spouses (w/o children) come help out vice an actual parent. So I would have to say no, they do not provide reasonable guidelines to volunteering within the school system. Maybe this school for me was a culture shock coming from a private school that had better communication with parents, and wanted more parental environment in school activities. I would have to say that the state score does in fact reflect the schools performance, and I would encourage parents to consider other education solutions for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2009

My son is in Kindergarten at Falmouth. On one hand, the staff is very friendly and the school is welcoming, and though I don't have a child with special needs, I can imagine this would be a great place for addressing those concerns. On the other hand, I feel like children who are academically capable might be missing important components of the education process here. There's so much focus on the test--which of course is geared toward the median--and so little time for creativity and socialization. Teachers seem overwhelmed by requirements and TV is used in the classroom too much, probably to give teachers time for administrative tasks. Since I have a smart kid and know exactly what I want for him, I'm disappointed with a reliance on worksheets and people who, even though they know him by name, treat him like a number.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Falmouth has helped my grandkids learn and be a better person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

Please don't be misled by the rating 'great schools' gave Falmouth. This IS a great school with a caring and dedidcated staff. I had a lot of anxiety about the school, as we transfered in from out of state. Not only does the school strive for academics, but they encourage good character as well. Please don't let the test scores discourage you. Take into account the number of disadvantaged and disabled kids that attend the school. The principal remembered my kids names after only meeting them one time, and we've always felt welcomed by all of the staff. My child was not challenged at all at our last school, but we are definitely getting what we need here at Falmouth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2007

What an awesome school. The administrators are wonderful. The principal knows all the students by name and is very involved. My son transferred from Hartwood due to a district rezoning. Initially I was concerned but that diminished quickly. The environment is much more conducive to learning and the school is organized. The majority of the teachers are very dedicated and work hard to give the kids a well rounded education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

My 1st grade son attends Falmouth Elementary and is learning so much this year! He had a strong teacher in Kindergarten at Falmouth and now he has a strong teacher in the first grade. I am very pleased with the Everyday Mathematics program the county adopted this year. He really know his stuff when it comes to math. His teacher this year is a strong advacate for reading for pleasure. As a parent, I am proud that he is attending and loving his school. I have also found the extracurricular activities to be extremely beneficial to his growth. I am in the education field and I am on the PTO Board at Falmouth, so I consider myself to be very involved and happy.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
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

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students66%
Female students75%
Male students58%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students61%
Female students64%
Male students57%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students73%
Female students80%
Male students66%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%
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 Students71%
Female students67%
Male students75%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students80%
Female students79%
Male students82%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%
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 Students77%
Female students79%
Male students75%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students68%
Female students79%
Male students57%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students77%
Female students79%
Male students74%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students69%
Female students68%
Male students71%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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".
  • 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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  • Mrs. Gayle J. Thyrring

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1000 Forbes St
Falmouth, VA 22405
Phone: (540) 373-7458

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