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Bedford Hills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 504 students

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Posted May 4, 2010

Parents, Administrators and teachers work together for the good of the students. There is excellent parent involvement and teachers go above and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

One of the reasons Bedford Hills is such a large school is because parents choose to live in it's district so that their children can go to this school. In defense of the school, the shuffling of teachers happened because many parents did not pre-register their kindergarteners so the school did not know until the first week of school that there would be so many students. Instead of complaining here, perhaps you should contact the school board and ask that they build an addition onto Bedford Hills so that the school can accommodate the number of students that attend. Once again, the reason there are so many children at Bedford Hills is because it is a great school and families move into the district so that their children can attend. My child was 'shuffled' so I have first hand experience with the situation and understand the reasons behind it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2009

This is a great school, but it is very large. They do not have enough teachers/ rooms to keep the student teacher ratio as low as it is at other schools in our area. They are doing things like shuffling a teacher from 2nd grade down to kindergarten two weeks into the year...these sorts of changes are not good for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

We have loved everything about Bedford Hills - the faculty, the facility, the class sizes, the principal, and the PTO. I have had children at BHS for 6 years - my oldest will go on to middle school in the fall, my middle child is in third grade and my youngest will enter BHS in another year. We were looking for a new house last year and actually chose to stay and complete an addition to our existing home rather than move to a different district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

This is one of the best schools in Lynchburg, I wish I could take the teacher from this school and put them at Dearington. The teachers her are wonderful I wish I could take what they know and bottle it for sale. my daughter attend this school and they left and came back, the school treated her so wonderful when she can back, i wish she would have never left.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

Bedford Hills is an incredible elementary. I think it is the best in the city. The teachers and faculty really know there stuff and are fully engaged in the class rooms. The PTO is wonderful and involved in all aspects of the school. The parents at this school are highly involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2006

This school is incredible. The PTO sends out a weekly email to interested parents with all the weekly activities and with a calendar of upcoming events. The teachers maintain control of the children and yet still manage to encourage creativity. The students are generally respectful. The school offers 'after school extras' periodically that are free--one of our favorite was African drums, with sewing and science fun also on the fun list. Parents are very involved and are encouraged to volunteer. The school doesn't constantly ask for fundraisers because of its successful annual fall carnival, which is very well done, with an incredible silent auction. The test scores are good, and the teachers have done creative things to improve them--including a 5th grade musical that involved the kids in presenting almost every social studies benchmark to the parents. All in all--just try to beat this school. Good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

I was comparing schools, and Bedford Hills had the best SOL scores of students with disabilities. My son made tremendous reading progress with the help his Special Ed teacher Mrs. Berkley and he had a few challenges. Unfortunately, we had to move, but I would recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

I think BHS is the best elementary school in Lynchburg. The building is beautiful, the surrounding community is quiet and free of dangerous elements, and the teachers and staff seem to genuinely care about the children. BHS gets two thumbs up from me!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
History and Social Science

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

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

All Students69%
Female students71%
Male students67%
Black students39%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students61%
Female students57%
Male students63%
Black students23%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Science

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students88%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 Students87%
Female students85%
Male students88%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students82%
Female students76%
Male students86%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
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

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students80%
Male students78%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students66%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students68%
Female students65%
Male students70%
Black students30%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Science

All Students71%
Female students68%
Male students74%
Black students35%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Faye E. James

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
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4330 Morningside Dr
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Phone: (434) 384-2221

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