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Spotswood Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 429 students

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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014

This school is home to a culturally and linguistically diverse population of students requiring a community to come together in an effort to provide the foundation for a successful life. In addition, the school works within the community to balance and provide for the socioeconomic need of the the students and their families. The staff members at this school work diligently to provide an education to each student who walks into the building and embrace the unique educational challenges provided by the population. Encouraging social skill development, arts appreciation, academic development, healthy lifestyles, and an appreciation and respect for diversity, this school works hard to build a solid foundation for the future of its students.


Posted February 23, 2012

This school has a big heart & a true desire to succeed, however they are not fully equipped to do this. There are, what I am told by administration, more than 20 languages spoken in our school and yet there are few who can speak even the most common second languages. The classrooms can be chaotic due to the simplest instructions not being understood because the "No Child Left Behind" initiative simply tosses the children into an English speaking world an says learn it. That is not fully possible. Learning English is hard enough, but when they are supposed to learn a curriculum and the language, neither is accomplished well as the SOLs show. The teachers do not have enough resources to bridge the language gaps as few speak second languages. I will reiterate that this school has a HUGE HEART, but needs more tools and teachers to accomplish education on either side of the English language well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

This school is amazing - the teachers, the staff, the parents and the principals work very hard for the children, they teach them as individuals and progress them as needed, in addition to academics they help to develop good character, and present numerous family programs throughout the year to build community. Awesome school!
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
61%

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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students51%
Female students62%
Male students39%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students48%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English54%

Math

All Students23%
Female students26%
Male students20%
Black students25%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
White students41%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities24%
Limited English proficient students16%
Proficient in English36%

Science

All Students63%
Female students63%
Male students64%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English73%
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 Students54%
Female students52%
Male students56%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students60%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English57%

Math

All Students61%
Female students66%
Male students56%
Black students33%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English64%
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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Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Joy Blosser

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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