I just read the test scores have been going down in the past three years.My interpretation agoing over them is there has been a new adminstrator for the past three years.which should amount to better test scores.However, it seems its been protocol at this school in the past three years to create a sense of not challenging the kids enough in order to become or stay fully funded as a title 1school.getting the scores up would mean less federal money going to spotswood Elementary.
I admit that I was nervous about the reviews I have read on this site and others but I am very happy so far. The staff is great and my daughter's teacher is amazing. I love that the PTO is involved. My only complaint is how many snow days they have when there is no snow on the ground and how there is no recess below 50 degrees but I understand that's a VA thing
Very pleased with the hard work of teachers, staff, and principals. Although the school has many challenges, everyone seems to put kids first.
My nephew and niece attended Spotswood some time ago. My mother was a parent volunteer for the years they were there and always had high praise for its staff. My daughter is enrolled there by my choice rather than at the assigned school. For the past three years, she has had wonderful, caring teachers and a principal who knows her by name, as she does all of the children in her charge. The PTO and its president are very active in working in the best interests of the school and its students. I could not wish for a staff that is more involved with the children and their parents. Various offers are made throughout the year for special meetings with the principal to share thoughts and ideas. As a teacher myself, I know what is involved within each school and I gladly place my daughter in the care of Spotswood's staff each school day. SPOTSWOOD ELEMENTARY is a great school and I am proud to award it five stars in every category!
As a former educator at this school, I don't think the person that commented about the safety of this school has "an ax to grind". I think they are telling it how it is. Many teachers have left this school because of unsafe and unprofessional conditions, myself included. We are all just wondering when the school board is going to realize they need to DO SOMETHING!
Wow the person who posted on January 12 really has an ax to grind! Spotswood is a typical elementary school in a mixed income area with a very dedicated faculty. Unique in its open campus style, it seems that much consideration is given to safety and this design as I NEVER see students alone. Perhaps the person who wrote the Jan review received what s/he thought was a 'rude' teacher b/c of the way that s/he acted? I have been involved with this school for more than 2 decades and while it has had its ups and downs, it always puts the children first. School violence is non-existent - it is an elementary school. Living in the neighborhood, I see kids with balls at recess every single day. That person certainly was mad about something. However, when checking out schools, always visit for yourself!
This school is quite possibly the worst in the county. The school has an "open campus" and small children are often walking around outside alone . The teachers send 5 year old's with a partner to pick up and deliver items to/from the office. The schools violence level is off the charts. The children are not even allowed to play with balls at recess because the administration can not control the students. The entire school has an air of intense stress and unhappiness. It is more like a policed state than a light and airy place for young minds to learn. The teachers are rude and angry and do not like the presence of parents for fear it would curtail their horrible treatment of the children. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COSTS!
I love how all the admin. staff and many of the teachers (even ones that my children have never had) know my kids' names, know that my husband and I 'belong' with my kids, and say 'hello' and smile at everyone! I've been very impressed with how they fit in Spanish language every week. I like how involved the PE teacher is with bringing special events to the school and getting many kids to participate (last year she had a before-school fitness program). My oldest had a tough time with the adding/subtracting/multiplying part of math in third grade and her teacher really encouraged my daughter and us to work on her skills. All in all, I'm really pleased with the school and the education my kids are getting there.
I have been impressed by Spotswood Elementary. It appears that standardized testing scores are trending upward, and the teachers seem genuine in their attention to children s needs. The programs offered outside of normal school hours have been well administered and they cover a wide range of topics that allow for a larger base of general knowledge. We make it a point to have our children ride the bus on most days, and I have been pleased by the professionalism of the bus drivers. It is my belief that this school (and possibly the entire school system) is on an upswing. Although I am not a teacher, my undergraduate degree was in education and I use a critical eye when viewing programs and activities in which my children are involved. I expect this school to earn a 5 star rating in the next couple of years.
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