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Catoctin Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 502 students

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Posted Thursday, July 3, 2014

I couldn't be happier with Catoctin's leadership, teachers, and community in which my family lives in. Administration is responsive and proactive, teachers are wonderful, and the community is beautiful! I am proud my students attend a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

School is newly rezoned and includes several great neighborhoods with parents who really care about the school/education.


Posted February 23, 2014

Catoctin Elementary is a great school for your kids to attend. The principal, vice principal and all of the teachers are very capable and easy to talk to. The PTA is active and there is a boy scout pack that regularly meets at Catoctin which further enhances collaboration between the students, as well as building social responsibility, patriotism, respect for each other, and providing additional activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

My children attended Catoctin ES in the 2012/13 school year. The school is average. Communication is below expectation - both in frequency and quality. Lots of paper communication comes home with each child (duplicate) and too many resources to check to see what's happening or coming up. Teachers are reportedly unable to correspond with parents without prior review and approval of correspondence by the principal which impairs timely communication of current or upcoming events, or rescheduling of tests, etc. Very frustrating. Teacher quality is very good; we had wonderful teachers this year and were very happy with that aspect of the school. There seems to be little parent involvement. PTA seems to be begging for participation; and the same parents seem to step up. Overall - staff morale seems to need improvement. There's a disconnect between teachers and administration which may be a result of principal's micromanagement and lack of leadership/motivation. And as such, issues raised can take longer than expected to be addressed. My children were happy and performed well, but I would have liked to have seen staff encourage the kids more to go/perform beyond the bare minimum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

Unfortunately this school has been receiving an unwarranted amount of complaints this year due to several parents who are upset at the re-districting in Loudoun County. They are spearheading their efforts at the 5th grade level and they truly do not know what tree they are barking up. This School just hired a highly experienced 5th Grade teacher that comes with an impeccable pedigree of education and experience. Unlike many educators these days, this teacher s primary focus is on the education of our children. It is not just a job to this teacher; it is her life's work. Rarely do you find someone as dedicated, knowledgeable and caring as this "star teacher". So I am making a plea to all the parents who are frustrated with the change of schools. Please stop the complaining, your child is in the hands of a master educator. If your goal is to make the teachers frustrated to the point that they consider moving on, you may just get your wish and lose out on the best thing for your child. #Knowthefacts
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

My son was removed from this school following 2 years of issues. I am beyond disappointed with this school and it's staff. The administration does not seem to have good control over the daily operations at the school. Children are not being taken care of in the way they should be. My son will now be home schooled until another option is found.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2011

This is my family's third year at Catoctin Elementary. I love that so many children can and do walk to school from the surrounding neighborhoods. I appreciate that it is an established school catering to a community that includes families and teachers who attended Catoctin as children, teachers who have provided continuity by sticking around for decades, and a diverse group of families whose children spill out of the school each day as peers despite many differences. The teachers and staff are dedicated and supportive, and easy to communicate with. In volunteering with the PTA I have met many caring parents who reach out in different ways to support their own kids, the school staff, and the entire Catoctin community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

I went to school there for three years and loved every single one! THe teachers are fun and you learn a lot without really knowing it! THe only problem I had was not being challenged. I wanted to skip second grade for a higher level of classes I was not ready to give up my great teacher and good friends


Posted May 21, 2010

I am so happy to hear that Catoctin Elementary is a warm, energetic school. Both of my children attended Catoctin. One went on to Yale and is now a professor at TXA&M. The other went to Kettering, is a Mechanical Engineer and designs for Ford. Both continue to tell me that Catoctin played a huge part in their love for learning. Keep up the great reputation for Catoctin and the wonderful staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

I believe that often the work that a parent and/or child is willing to put into their education is what they will get back. Catoctin has received a less then positive response from the public over the last few years due to circumstances that were beyond the schools control. If you are looking for a fantastic education in a warm and inviting school, Catoctin is where you want to be. If you are looking for the glitz of a new building then look elsewhere. I believe that if you truly study all the statistics concerning Catoctin and view the big picture you will see all the fantastic things happening and the great education the staff is providing.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 5, 2007

Catoctin is undergoing positive change. There are many new teachers with energy that are reviving the spirit at Catoctin. Mrs. Moyer, Mrs. Stephens and the PTA are working overtime trying to restructure a school that was not on the radar of LCPS for a few years. It is now and lots of positive things are happening! It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

I transferred my second grader to a private school because of my disappointment with Catoctin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

I've been at Catoctin for 2 years now. What an outstanding school. From the front office to the teachers putting in the extra after school hours the staff is friendly and make you feel as though you are a part of a family. Everyone is always treated with respect and the staff will go out of their way to help the children and the parents. I find the administrative team to be knowledgable in all the aspects of the school system. My questions always are answered in a timely mannor. What a wonderful place to be and the kids have great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

After Mrs. Mills, the quality of this school is much worse then before. The principal is notvery responsive and the warm atmosphare is gone. But there are super teacher! (Mrs Shelton, Mr. Vadermer, Mrs. Benett for Music, Mrs.Wagner, Mrs.Bolden.) The Quality iismade by the teacher! The Quality Catoctin is lower then the other schools in this area. Catoctin is very unflexible for after school activitis. Creativity after school is missing! ( they ignore all offers of after school workshops for the kids)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

This is the second elementary school my children has been two in three years. I do not feel that the staff and environment are up to the same standards of the other schools in the area. The inside is very old looking and the teachers seem to be either very young or very old. The principal is not very responsive to questions and have a difficult time being available to discuss issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2004

Catoctin is a really good school that reminds me of the grade school I went to when I was a kid. The teachers are outstanding and the atmosphere is warm in this older, neighborhood-based school. If you are looking for a good school that your kids probably won't get re-zoned out of, skip the big-box subdivisions and check out the Southwest side of town. You'll be glad you did with this 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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
History and Social Science

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
78%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

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 Students78%
Female students80%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students59%
Female students66%
Male students54%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English59%

Science

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English83%
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 Students85%
Female students91%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students74%
Female students76%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%
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 Students69%
Female students59%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English74%

English: Writing

All Students57%
Female students57%
Male students56%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students8%
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students63%
Female students57%
Male students70%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English67%

Science

All Students75%
Female students65%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students36%
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

  • 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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311 Catoctin Circlecle SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
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