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Ball's Bluff Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 746 students

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4 stars

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Posted April 2, 2014

Balls Bluff is a wonderful elementary school. The principal, assistant principal and staff are amazing and really care about the children. Both my children have IEP's and the communication as well as just knowing that the staff really care for the well being of my children puts me at ease.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

The staff really care about the children and open communication is their strong suit. I love this school. I have one child that graduated, another that is currently enrolled and a little one at home waiting to go. The teachers are amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

BBES is a welcoming school with a lot of great teachers. There is a lot of diversity, but I see that as a plus. I love that my kids meet and work with children from different backgrounds and cultures. That's preparing them for life! We've had nothing but great experiences in the classroom and feel the teacher don't get the credit they deserve! Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

I am not sure why this school has a 4star rating but this is my 2nd yr that I am sending my child to Balls Bluff. I am happy with the school and especially with the teachers. I have not interacted with adminstrative staff and the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

This school is terrible. My son has been going to Ball's Bluff for two years now and has had nothing but problems. My son has special education needs that are not properly addressed or taken seriously. He has an education plan that the teaching staff is supposed to abide by and they don't. There is a serious problem with parent/teacher communication. To get any answers or to find out what is going on in the classroom, the parent must engage the teacher otherwise the parent is in the dark. I plan on filing for a transfer to another school in my neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Ball's Bluff Elementary is a very good school with excellent teachers who want to see our children succeed. They provide a challenging and fun atmosphere where are children can grow and learn. Teachers, staff and PTA are all active in the school and community.We would highly recommend our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

I am a very satisfied parent of a Ball's Bluff student. Her teachers have been wonderful and have nutured and encouraged her to be a leader as well as a good student. The principal and vice principal are wonderful, too. Both are friendly, professional and approachable. Ball's Bluff gets an A from me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2009

I am a proud parent of a student at Balls Bluff Elementary School. I must say, as a life long resident of Leesburg, I am appalled at the community's view of this school. For all the diversity that this school offers, it continually is criticized for it's test scores. It's all about status and not quality of education for some. Considering the vast ethnic and socio-economic differences of the kids that attend this school, it's test scores are within a few percentage points of the 'stellar' schools here. ( FHR, for one). Not to mention that ALL the schools follow the SAME curriculum! I am glad my child attends this school. I would MUCH rather her be exposed to a beautiful rainbow than an unrealistic vat of 'sameness.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

The school is very good. I believe that the parients should be able to know exactly what materials the children are covering in class. There is a lack of teacher/parient communication. The PTA commity is very active.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

I have three children and coundn't ask for a better school. The quality of the teachers and administrative staff is incredible! They are there whenever you need them. This school has a hometown feeling that is very rare these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

Ball's Bluff is an excellent school with excellent teachers, principals and staff. Both of my children have gone from K-5 at BBES, and I could not have asked for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

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

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

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

All Students79%
Female students84%
Male students74%
Black students70%
Asian students80%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students81%
Female students85%
Male students74%
Black students90%
Asian students60%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students96%
Female students95%
Male students98%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students82%
Female students86%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students90%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students81%
Female students94%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students71%
Female students75%
Male students67%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English74%

English: Writing

All Students75%
Female students81%
Male students66%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students74%
Female students76%
Male students72%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students82%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English87%
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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