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Byrd Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 282 students

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Posted October 21, 2013

My daughter has attended Byrd ES since Kindergarten and she has had, for the most part, sensitive and intelligently engaging teachers. She has been in the Gifted track since 1st grade and we are often impressed by the level of challenge they provide the T&G kids. She frequently comes home wanting to discuss things like the meaning of 'pi' or 'colloquialism' or how to structure a business plan or strategic ideas. We also adore the nature-filled, friendly rural environment without the dreaded (sometimes correlated) provincial, narrow-minded thinking. My daughter goes to middle school next year and we will miss Byrd Elementary in Goochland! It is truly a special place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Byrd is a wonderful school. My daughter is in the 2nd grade and my son is in their new preschool. All the teachers we have had have been amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

My daughter has attended Byrd Elementary K-3rd grade and now into her 4th grade year. This school is wonderful. The school is small so the administration, teachers, and parents appear to know most all the kids by their name or their relations. There are opportunities for all children to excel and be challenged. My daughter is in the gifted program but I have seen other kids each year be offered some of the same opportunities as she has. All of her teachers have been totally different but all offered a safe and encouraging learning environment with open communication toward the parents. Our family has considered relocating at times for different reasons but the school system so far has kept our family from leaving Goochland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

My daughter started second grade at Byrd on Monday August 23, 2010. Our previous two years have been outstanding. Excellent teachers and small class room size made for a wonderful start to our child's education. Most important was our daughter's love of this school and the content of what she learned. There were opportunities for enrichment classes and subjects and the first grade teacher made learning fun for the kids. Reading is encouraged and rewarded as well as good behavior. I was a little disappointed in the class size of second grade due to budget cuts , but after meeting the curren teacher she appears to be fantastic! The school is clean, classrooms are bright and cheerful and the office staff and teachers have always been friendly and welcoming. There is also a New Gym and outdoor Science Lab that is Green and Earth friendly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

We have been at Byrd for over four years and felt that the third grade has been a transition, but one for the best. The children were challenged above and beyond and the SOL scores certainly were indicative of their hard work and the teachers hard work in preparing their lessons. We had great commnications with all the teachers and the office too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

My child has been at Byrd for four years now and some years are bad some years are great. I have to say the same for the teachers, some will take the SOL information to such a greater level and others teach only what they must and everything else is just too much work. I don't believe that teachers in general have our children's best interest at the forefront of their agendas nor do I believe they educate the parents on what is expected with the 'No Child Left Behind' mumbo jumbo! We did better with the 'RRR' and letting the teachers have some creativeness on how they teach. This day and age a parent better be a teacher them selves because that is what it is going to take to get your child in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

We love Byrd Elementary. The Principal shows true compassion towards the students. He has an open door policy and is very approachable. The teachers and staff are just as compassionate. I feel that the faculty and staff honestly care about my child's education. They have his best interest at heart. The ladies in the office know each child by name and usually can pin point which classroom my child is in before I can even tell them. When you call on the phone you can hear the smile in their voices. I can not imagine my child going anywhere else. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2007

Byrd School is an exceptional school. The staff is one of the most dedicated I have ever seen. The parent involvement is good, but with the competition is society today, and as hard as it is to relate this to parents: school must be a priority, challenge the students more and more.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 21, 2007

I feel that this school is not helping the children that need help the most. they do not offer extra tutoring of any kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2006

My child has finally made it to the 4th grade and I have to say these teachers are doing their best to get the child involved in school learning. They expect the students to raise their hand if they don't understand something.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

My son just completed 3rd grade at Byrd and my husband and I are GLAD it's over...There is a big disconnect from parents-teachers, from all school officials. I think that every teacher that 'teaches' needs to go to a MANDATORY Train the Trainer style classroom of 2-6 wks. Without this I feel like the bright kids are signaled out & this unfairly reflects to the 'world' that Byrd is doing a better job than they really are.
—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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
74%
History and Social Science

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students91%
Female students89%
Male students92%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students70%
Female students83%
Male students60%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Science

All Students98%
Female students94%
Male students100%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%
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 Students81%
Female students86%
Male students76%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students70%
Female students59%
Male students82%
Black students27%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students77%
Female students82%
Male students67%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students77%
Female students76%
Male students78%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students73%
Female students68%
Male students83%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students88%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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  • Mr. James B. Hopkins

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2704 Hadensville Fife Rd
Goochland, VA 23063
Phone: (804) 556-5380

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