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Harry E. James Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 639 students

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Posted August 10, 2013

When I had to switch my kids form Prince George schools to Harry E. James in Hopewell, I wasn't sure what to expect since there were a few people who talked negative about Hopewell school but 3 years in this school my sons are doing great, honor rolls, advance in reading and great caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

This will be my childs 4th year at HEJ and I am very pleased with the teachers he has had. As far as parent involvement goes I interact with the teachers mostly through email and I am never turned down and the majority of the time get an answer very quickly. I do not feel that I need to actually go and watch my child in school because if there was a problem then I am aure the teachers would have let me know of some sort. I love the security they have at the doors and they have to let you in it makes me feel like he is safe! I also love the parent connection and with that in mind the teachers could post grades a little sooner. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

I have 1 child at this school and I feel that that Mrs Elliott and Mrs. Brown have help me alot to understand what the lesson plans where. I don't feel like I am alone when helping my child understand. How ever I don wish that the school could provide a tourting class after school Ms. C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

I am a parent of 3 children that go to this school. I am happy with my children's academic progress but, I don't feel that this school welcomes parent involvement. My oldest child went to a different school his first year and I felt very welcome to come to the school and check up on my child and his academic progress at anytime the teachers and staff members welcome you without any problems. With Harry E. James you need an appointment to come to the school and visit your child's class. If you do not have an appointment with the teacher they will refuse to let you go to the child's classroom. The purpose of coming without an appointment is to see how your children and their teacher are interacting without the knowledge of either of them knowing you are coming. Other than parent involvement this is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

I have taught at many schools in several states. I have 27 years of experience in the field of education. Harry E. James is one of the best schools in the U.S. The administration works well together to make our school safe place to learn. The faculty and staff are highly qualified and concerned about each student individually. We have a close knit staff that strive to improve themselves and the students each year. We were the first school in Hopewell to be fully accredited and have continued to be fully accredited as well as meeting AYP each year. Our school stresses technology and want each of our students to be well prepared to meet any challenge they may face.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 2, 2007

The academics at HEJ are great. They really challenge the kids. The school promotes parent involvement but does not seem to happy to have parents at the school. This is my second child at HEJ. I am more involved than I was with my first child and the involvement does not seem to be welcomed. When there is a problem with something, it seems that the only way to get people to listen, to the concern,is to get very upset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

As a one time parent of 3 children who have attended this school and now a staff member, I feel this is the best elementary school in Hopewell. My children received a quality education by some of the most qualified and caring teachers. Harry E. James was the 1st school in Hopewell to be fully accredited and has continued to improved each year.
—Submitted by a staff


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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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
63%
History and Social Science

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

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 Students62%
Female students57%
Male students66%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students42%
Female students36%
Male students48%
Black students33%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English41%

Science

All Students77%
Female students71%
Male students84%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%
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 Students62%
Female students60%
Male students64%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students48%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students68%
Female students67%
Male students70%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%
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 Students70%
Female students65%
Male students76%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

English: Writing

All Students61%
Female students64%
Male students57%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students80%
Female students73%
Male students88%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students82%
Female students74%
Male students90%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
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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Hopewell, VA 23860
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