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Botetourt Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 542 students

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Posted September 27, 2013

5 stars go to Mrs. Julie Johnson ! Which is K-Teacher , she is the most caring teacher I've ever met ! Love her and have so much RESPECT for all she does .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

I love this school. My child is in first grade and started this school in kindergarten. Her reading level was a little off when she started first grade and was reading at a preschool level. Now she is reading at a 3rd grade level. The teacher are wonderful and respond to ever one of my request, letters and emails. They greet you at the door and don't have a problem if you want to come and visit your child during school. I love this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

My daughter and I moved to Gloucester and she started 5th grade atthis school. I have had no issues at all what so ever with the staff or anyone at this school.If anything my daughter excelled wonderfully while at this school.I have no complaints about anything at all.Her experience at this school for 5th grade was GREAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2010

They aren't very good with communicating with parents. They also try to lie to the children about the sol tests saying it will "decide your future" even though one of the teachers told me its not true and its just to encourage children to work harder, but it only stresses them out. Most of the teachers are old-fashioned, and are very mean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

I love all of the staff! The atmosphere is great and my son has excelled in all areas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2009

It is true that some teachers are not as great as others in this school, but I think thats something parents will experience in any school district. Parents need to ask questions and demand that their child(ren) receive the attention and assistance that they deserve. The Principal here is not social or engaged with parents. Parents must actively initiate communications with the Principal. I think that this creates a problem that trickles down to the teachers. Stay engaged, ask questions and demand that your child receives the attention he/she deserves and you will get the results that are expected, but If you drop the ball on the child's education so will they.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I love this school. My child thrives here. My child is meeting all of my expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

This school lacks leadership from the principal. This is a great school if, in fact, your child didn't need a teacher for learning. Some teachers are excellent but will be where ever they teach. Writing skills taught at this school do not compare to others in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

My child attended kindergarten this year (2006) and I feel that this school did an incredibly poor job at educating new parents about what to expect during the school year. Neither the principal nor the teacher have provided any communication. We were not provided the opportunity to ask questions or receive information of the typical day for a kindergarten child. It is obvious that they have not made it a priority to ensure that children entering into the school system receive the best possible experience. The transition has not been positive! Concerned parents MUST stay involved!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

If you have a special needs child do not enroll him/her at this school. They will not listen to your input nor will they provide appropriate services. Only enroll your child if you are ready to go through 'Due Process'. There are not enough qualified special ed teachers at this school and they refuse to provide aides for special needs students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

I think Botetourt is a wonderful school. My son has Mrs. Worthington and is in first grade, she is a wonderful teacher. I really could not have asked for a better teacher. He comes home every day with a smile on his face and something new learned. They have something called walk n talk after lunch where the kids walk around and talk about there day with the other students and I find that is wonderful because it increases there social skills as well as gives them a break while they are at school. I think Botetourt is a wonderful school through and through an give it a A+ in my book.
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
85%
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

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

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

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students78%
Female students73%
Male students81%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students86%
Female students78%
Male students93%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Science

All Students87%
Female students80%
Male students93%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students83%
Female students88%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 students77%
Male students77%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students81%
Male students64%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students79%
Female students83%
Male students74%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students82%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities86%
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

  • 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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  • Dr. Bambi L. Thompson

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6361 Main Street
Gloucester, VA 23061
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