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Keister Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 467 students

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Posted August 17, 2014

Some of the other ratings are old. My family's experience with Keister allows me to say it is an outstanding elementary school! Other comments refer to over-crowding and a principal who is no longer at the school. Over-crowding is no longer a problem for two reasons; 5th graders now attend middle school (they used to be at Keister) and city-wide there is a slightly lower number of children in the lowest grades. The current principal and leadership at Keister is outstanding. The mission of the school is clearly backed by action and responsiveness to individual students, teachers, staff and the school community as a whole. The school has great scores in regard to testing. But what sets it apart are the many and diverse programs that are not dictated by standardized programs; Keister involves families in every aspect of the school experience; they are attentive to students' needs and are willing to empower teachers. Keister has "walking days" three times a week, when they encourage all children to walk (or bike) to school; bused students walk upon arrival. The school has a garden that students get to work in, and provide food for the cafeteria. A dual immersion language program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

Keister is over crowded, and has really let instruction slip. There is a lot of talk about learning, but not a lot of anything except SOL prep worksheets. A huge disconnect between what gets said and what actually gets done makes it difficult for anyone to change anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

We are very particular about our kids school. We visited 4 local county and city schools before selecting Keister. We have not been disappointed. The teachers are exceptional. The school uses Singapore math and ISTEM, two evidence based instructional methods. Our children are learning Spanish in the early grades. The testing used by Keister was able to identify gifted abilities in our children. We have been happy with the challenge classes. Many of the parents are educated and/or invested in their child's success. The principal is hands down one of the best leaders I have met. She maintains a presence in the classrooms, considers the needs of the group well and builds an atmosphere of teamwork among teachers/staff/parents. She is truly exceptional. The diversity among the student body is a great benefit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2010

Though this is an average to good school overall with a number of strong teachers, it has been in a steady decline under the current/new principal (as evidenced by test scores and parent feedback). The principal may be "warm and caring," but shows no leadership or initiative in making the school better and appears to just be riding the school's previous reputation. Keister's ESL and free lunch population is lower than other city schools and it makes less progress with its student population than other schools. Keister's previous principal is now at Spotswood Elem and is making significantly more progress with a more challenging student population. As the 4 star review parent notes, parents and problems are dismissed at Keister and gifted and other programs are all but non-existent. There just seems to be less interest and less hard work at the leadership level at Keister.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

Keister has been under the leadership of a new principal for the past 3 years which has caused the school to loose it's excellent reputation. This school has not been good for my child because issues that I present as a parent are not taken seriously. I would not recommend Keister to anyone new moving into the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

Keister is a awesome school because it has a nacher trail,Energizers(dancing program),great teachers,and a beautiful back yard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2007

Contrary to what the previous review said, I think the principal is the best thing about Keister. She is accessible, warm, and caring. I think the biggest problem with Keister is the necesity of focusing on ESL students test scores. The ESL population is so high, that they have to--and they really do an admirable job in this area--but non-ESL kids seem to get overlooked. Especially those who are above average or gifted. This is, of course, not just a problem at Keister, but at all Harrisonburg public schools. Overall, this is a good school with a real warm community atmosphere, but as the parent of a gifted child, I strongly feel that her needs are not being adequately met. What's more (and this could just be her teacher) I feel like I am not taken seriously when I address this issue. This is one school that NCLB has not helped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

This school has fantastic teachers, and in 2004 it was a National Blue Ribbon School, unfortunately there has been a change in the principals and the school has totally changed for the worst. Student needs are no longer on the priority list.
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
95%

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

All Students80%
Female students79%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students70%
Female students67%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students82%
Female students77%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English96%
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 Students74%
Female students76%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students78%
Female students84%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students77%
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

  • 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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100 Maryland Avenue
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: (540) 434-6585

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