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Battlefield Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 647 students

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Posted July 30, 2013

<3 this school! I had two children attending their first year here, 2012-2013 school year. My daughter in K was having a very difficult time reading. Her teache,r Mrs.Cronk, went above and beyond for her throughout the school year. My daughter is reading ALL the time now and actually enjoys it! My other child, diagnosed ADD, was in 5th grade. His teacher, Ms.Miranda, was AMAZING. She instilled in him a confidence that was never there before....The staff and school have were very welcoming and pleasant through our whole first year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

My wife and I were concerned because our daughter could already read at a second-grade level when she entered kindergarten. We were extremely concered that she would be bored with the level of instruction. We needn't have worried. Our daughter's teacher (Mrs. Johnson) has decades of experience and decades of dedication, and found ways to engage our daughter throughout the learning day. Bottom line: Our kindergartener loves her school and loves her teacher. She is always learning and investigating everything that she does, and we credit Mrs. Johnson at Battlefield for stoking that learning fire in our child. This week, she is badgering us (mom and dad) about the details of how Santa delivers all of his brand-name toys in the span of 12 hours. This is what happens when you encourage a child to investigate. Now it's up to us to be creative and come up with a response that will satisfy a very bright 5-year-old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2012

My daughter used to love school...until she enrolled in Battlefield Elem. Now my kid who would cry if she was too sick to go to school, cries NOT to go to school. Every year I have to request a transfer from the classroom they put her in because the teachers want to be cruel, uncaring, as well as dismissive of the parents. Then I would have to fight and fight, and they would put her in another class, and it would be only a little better, but still really bad. The staff is very patronizing and spiteful. My daughter was getting A's in math for 2 grading periods. The 3rd grading period she suddenly recieved an F, and the fourth it went back to an A. All because in the 3rd grading period, I began to push about my daughter going into the Gifted program. Now most parents know, there is no way a straight A student can have such a dramatic drop in a grade, especially when I see all her graded papers have A's and B's on it. Next year I'm transferring my child to a different school in the district. I can not allow her to deal with BES anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

My son was in kindergarten and was switched out of his classroom with only 3 weeks left of school. The teacher did not want to answer questions I had about my child's education and was told she did not want to deal with me therefore it would be better for my son to be in another classroom. I wasn't even told about the switch until after it happened when he came home from school. He was traumatized by the event and even cried and asked for his mother. He is now attending private school and is still suffering from the incident that day. His doctor sent the school a note stating it was not medically feasible to switch a child out of his classroom. The principal still did not care and would not let my son finish the year in his class. I had to pull him out of his kindergarten year and he could not even say bye to his friends. He is still going through a lot because of this. Also, this school does not teach phonics and therefore, a lot of children will have problems with reading. They are taught to memorize words and not how to sound them out. Many children here struggle. With my son, he started there knowing more than when he left.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

Battlefield Elementary is the worst school in the county when it comes to education. I was lied to about my son's academic ability. The score on his PALS test he was given was a complete falsification. I had him tested by another kindergarten teacher that I knew personally and it proved that the school was not honest. They wanted to pull my son out of his class the next school year for remedial reading help because of this test score and he didn't even need it. His report card was exceptional and there was never any indication of any problems with his reading. Be careful that they are not doing this to your child for funding purposes. The principal totally disregarded my concerns and told me to leave the school and take my son with me. I can't believe a principal is capable of these kinds of actions and that the county allows it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

The open classroom environment does not work if your child has a learning disability or ADHD. My son started Kindergarten and was having many problems. Instead of helping him the school just sent him to the office every day. It took many months before we could get an outside evaluation for ADHD (he could not think because of all the noise). Whenever we tried to bring up any concerns they put it all on our son saying that even if he did have ADHD or an LD the open classroom environment wasn't the problem because "all the other kids have adjusted". The principal did not care about our son and it showed. My son grew depressed that it progressed to him cutting off his eyelashes in class. After that we ended up pulling him out of the school and homeschooling him for the last quarter of the school year. The only person who showed any concern for our son was the assistant principal who unfortunately retired this year :-(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Since moving to Fredericksburg, we have had great experience with everything except Battlefield Elementary! Coming in after the start of the school year was hard, and getting any information about anything was like pulling teeth! The few times I had to go into the office and ask questions I felt as if I was bothering the office staff, and being allowed into my children's classrooms to ask the teacher a quick question or make a simple inquiry was like getting into Fort Knox! The open classroom situation is somewhat scary (at least it is for us), lots of noise and distraction. We get very little information about anything coming home in the kids folders and the PTA is practically non-existent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2005

This is a wonderful school, I feel it provides my child with the teacher interaction she needs to function. She has been at this school for 3 years and has had a terrific teacher each year. The parent involvement is good at this school as well as the Principal and Vice Principal involvement. They seem to know everyone's name and remembers who their parents and siblings are as well. I would recommend this school to anyone who asked me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2005

This school is excellent. My children just started this school and love it. We moved from Manassas Park and Battlefield Elementary School is way far better for my children. Keep up the good work Battlefield!! They have excellent teachers to teach the students. The office staff is helpful. I love the open classrooms design.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Although my daughter is only in Kindergarten, I've come to find out that Battlefield is one fine school. The office staff are super friendly and her teacher is one of the most creative individuals I've ever met. Makes me want to go back to Kindergarten myself! The open class room atmosphere is a brilliant idea! Keep up the good work Battlefield!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

This is the BEST School here. The Teachers and Staff are Fantastic. My Daughter has grown and advanced so much in the 2yrs she has been there. Everyone here goes above and beyond their Job. We have a Wonderful Caring Principal and Asst Principal. The open classrooms make learning fun and Teaches the kids to learn to block out outside noises and distractions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Kids love this school-I love this school! The kids are thriving academically, emotionally and socially! Better than any other schools my kids have attended in all of our military travels(including Courtland in this same district (but also a good school),and Kraft Elementary in Hampton, VA.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
82%

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89%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

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 Students74%
Female students71%
Male students76%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial82%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students68%
Female students64%
Male students70%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial55%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students86%
Female students78%
Male students92%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial73%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English88%
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 Students73%
Female students73%
Male students73%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students72%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students50%
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 Students73%
Female students73%
Male students73%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial55%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English74%

English: Writing

All Students74%
Female students75%
Male students73%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial82%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students77%
Female students73%
Male students80%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial64%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students80%
Female students73%
Male students86%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial82%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English81%
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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11108 Leavells Rd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Phone: (540) 786-4532

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