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Paul Munro Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 383 students

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Posted May 3, 2013

I loved it here! Even though I left 5 years ago, the teachers were all really kind, caring, and ready to help. Everyone is really close and the atmosphere is great for young kids!


Posted November 10, 2011

Great small school with great parents that make sure the kids have everything they need! Thanks to our awesome parents we are able to offer tons of extras like lego robotics, wellness programs, Spanish and they help raise enough money through annual fundraisers to make sure we can get our teachers everything they need. PME is lucky to have some of the best teachers in the city!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

Our family moved to the Paul Munro attendance zone just so we could enroll our children in this fantastic school. The principal is outstanding as is the rest of the staff. We are extremely pleased with the wonderful academic experiences and the quality of education our children are receiving. Paul Munro provides an incredible environment for nurturing truly great students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

Our family has had an amazing experience at PM this year. We consider ourselves blessed to live and raise our family in Lynchburg...hard for us to imagine that all we have to do is pay our real estate taxes and we get access to such tremendous teachers and school community for free. Parents opting for private school over this gem clearly live in a different world than our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2011

PMES continues to achieve! "Paul Munro Elementary School has earned the 2011 Board of Education Excellence Award, the second highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP). Paul Munro met all state and federal achievement benchmarks for two consecutive years and made significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board. Three hundred and twenty-three Virginia schools earned this award. Congratulations go out to the Principal, teachers, staff, and students at Paul Munro Elementary." From LCS website report. This is just another example of what our Principal, teachers and staff are doing for our children. The post of 11/22/10 is nonsense, and I am disappointed that another parent would use this forum to express such nonsense. "Huge achievement gap" and "racial lines". Are you kidding me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

Paul Munro Elementary is Lynchburg's best kept secret. It is a small public school where everyone is made to feel welcome . The faculty and staff work as a team to ensure that every child has a successful educational experience. The principal practices an open door policy and encourages parents to take an active role in the school and their children's education. All of my four children have attended Paul Munro. Two have moved on and transitioned successfully to middle and high school. There success can be directly attributed to the excellent educational foundation they received at Paul Munro.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I am a seasoned teacher, though I have only been at Paul Munro a few years, who is thrilled to be in an environment where veteran teachers walk the talk of high expectations and honor each of our wonderful children; they are truly a most creative group of professional teachers. The children here are delightful and new students quickly realize that they are valued and safe in a school where integrity, kindness, and leadership are taught, developed, and expected. There is little teacher turnover because our children rise to our expectations, as evidenced by our consistently high test scores and strong student motivation. Our enthusiastic students show they value these achievements through their respect that they afford their teachers and classmates, making Paul Munro a delightful working environment. In addition, we have a professional, compassionate principal who clearly cares about each of our children. I feel so proud to be a small part of such a great school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 5, 2008

I have been thrilled with Paul Munro. My daughter attended PMES and is now in 7th grade and I currently have a son in 4th grade. The low student/teacher ratio, the dedication of the teachers, the commitment of a new principal all serve to make PMES an outstanding school and the best kept secret in Lynchburg. I have subbed a great deal at PMES and have never found the teachers to be cold only helpful and supportive. I have found the principal to be receptive to feedback and input both from me as a parent and a substitute. My only question to the other parent/sub is why do you even substitute there if you dislike it so much?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

I'm not sure where these people have been going!! I have found that all of my concerns have fallen on deaf ears with Mrs. Baer. Most of the teacher seem cold. I have listened to them berate children daily in the lounge(I sub often). This school is only good for 'neighborhood'children. There is no diversity, leadership, community, I could go on and on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

This will be the only year that I have all three of my children at Paul Munro Elementary. They are in grades 5, 3 and K. I love the small student/teacher ratio, the music program - both violin and resource music instruction, as well as the accelerated reading program. Although the principal is new at PMES, she has implemented some great programs and her 'open door policy' is to be commended. I have been excited to watch the parent involvement across social, economic and cultural lines. Their motto is 'We are Family' and this truly speaks to the atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

My daughter has been attending Paul Munro since Kindergarten, she is now in 3rd grade. I have to say that the only bad thing about the school is that we can't take the teachers with us where we are moving. Paul Munro is the best school in Lynchburg... by far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2006

Paul Munro is the best school in Lynchburg without reservation. The parents are very involved and caring, and the teachers are the best around. There is little turnover with the teachers, and it shows in how secure the students feel while they are there. The teachers seem to go out of their way to boost the kids' self esteem, and it shows in their learning. My daughter looks forward to going to school every day.
—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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

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

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
97%
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 students68%
Male students90%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students79%
Female students68%
Male students90%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students87%
Female students79%
Male students95%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students74%
Female students86%
Male students65%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students74%
Female students86%
Male students65%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students64%
Female students61%
Male students71%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students67%
Male students81%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students73%
Female students68%
Male students82%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students60%
Female students46%
Male students82%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%
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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  • Mrs. Donna D. Baer

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4641 Locksview Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Phone: (434) 384-1721

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