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Coles Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 501 students

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
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Posted February 26, 2014

The school improved a lot since last time I heard about them. Teachers are more involved and try to make the parents more involved and active. Overall their performance is very good specially the Principal is excellent. The best I have seen so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

I can not say enough wonderful things about Coles Elementary school. As a member of the PTA, I have worked closely with the administration which has been a positive experience. They are so supportive of our programs and they truly care about the children. The teachers are amazing! They are caring, dedicated, and fun! The atmosphere over the past year and a half has been a breath of fresh air....it is one of warmth, laughter and learning! We love Coles and proud to be roadrunners!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

My son just started elementary this year and I have a very positive feeling about it. Mrs.Richardson is Perfectly qualified as a elementary teacher; and most of all I know my son is in good hand:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

The school atmosphere is warm and inviting. From the administration to the teachers to the support staff, I have encountered nothing short of friendly capable people geared totally towards encouraging learning and good citizenship. The student-teacher ratio seems on par with other neighboring schools. Parental involvement in the classrooms is common to observe. I haven't had any direct issues to deal with concerning the new principle, but I've seen her regularly in the halls and she seems quite professional. My son has attended a full year here and will return again this year. He is engaged and eager to go to school; what more could I ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

Coles is an amazing school with a small family atmosphere. After all we only have 500 students and everyone knows the family members and kids. We have a wonderful new principal and you can tell that the morale of the staff has really increased. Teachers are rewarded by the administration and the atmosphere when you visit is so much better. My daughter has always had wonderful teachers. This year when we had an issue in the classroom the principal was more than willing to have a meeting and discuss concerns and then follow-up in the classroom to make sure the issues were resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

The change in aura in this school since the previous administrator left, is unbelievable. The warm, embracing feeling you get from the minute you walk into the door speaks for itself. The teachers also do not appear beaten down, as they have in years past. The new principal and assistant principal bring a new level of warmth and approachability that was not there before. Coles is a small, family friendly school. I am happy my daughter goes there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

My child's kindergarten teacher was excellent. The ESOL teachers and front office staff are very friendly and helpful. I am so glad that Principal Alfie Turner is leaving Coles (I feel bad for Potomac Middle, though). Principal Turner reprimanded me publically in front of other parents and students for accidentally picking up my child using the wrong procedure at the beginning of the school year. I agree with the other reviewers that Principal Turner is a very gruff person. I heard from another teacher that Principal Turner yelled at a teacher and made her cry. Very sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

My son attends Coles and is in Kindergarten. He has been very happy. He is inspired by his teachers to want to learn. His teachers work closely with him as he is advanced to ensure he is being challenged on all levels. The staff is top notch, friendly, quick to help and resolve any issues. This first yr has been a great one and we look forward to the next school yr. Principal Turner is amazing. She definitely is about making sure the quality of education is at its best and expects no less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

Coles is rapidly declining. It is amazing how many fantastic teachers leave every year due to the authoritative leadership style of the principal. Education has no place for this type of leader. PWCS will never be a world class school system if it allows for this type of principal.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2011

I love this school but they are lacking in communication. The supply list that was mailed home was incorrect for 3rd grade. I spent over $40 and a quarter of the supplies were sent back home - they were the wrong color - but no colors were specified. The agenda that we purchased isn't used except to send home their behavioral sheets each day. In the past, the monthly newsletter has had incorrect dates and the Sunday phone calls are so long winded that they are often cut off before any real information is shared. I am also concerned about the division of the 3rd grade classes this year. There are kids with extremely varied learning abilities in my child's class. Why weren't the like learners grouped together? Kids are told to ask the peers at their tables for help before going to the teacher. Was this done to increase test scores?? My child is bothered by other children for answers constantly and stated on many occasions that she is bored. Last year, the teacher was amazing. The teacher this year didn't even bother to introduce herself during the open house and seemed indifferent. This is not a great way to start the school year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

I second the comment below regarding the decline of this school. In 6 yrs time this school has gone from being the place to be to the last place you wanna be. The staff turn over has been a sure sign of poor leadership. The teachers are great teachers but are so beat down, stressed and under motivated that it shows in the overall mural and atmosphere. There is a string disconnect between the patents and staff leadership which hinders the school from having wonderful events for parents and students to enjoy. Thank God she hires great teachers otherwise this school would be a 0.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

coles school was a great school several years ago, but recently has been greatly suffering from poor leadership. the current staff moral is extremely low, and is reflected in the schools test scores which have declined in recent years. the county needs to step up and find a new leadership for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

hello i would just like to say coles elementary is a great place to be


Posted January 28, 2010

My kids enjoy Coles. They run a tight ship and we have enjoyed all the teachers we have had there. They run a no bully program that I love. There doesn't appear to be many after school programs, but I would use them anyway. I could be happier with my childs progress in school and their enjoyment of school also. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

We have three kids that attend Coles Elementary. We could not be happier with their progress. The Principal runs a tight ship and expects the best out of everyone who works there (she is a military wife) and the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2008

Don't get me wrong Coles is a great school, however I think that the Principal needs to treat her teachers different as we have lost many great teachers since the Principal has come to our school. I think sometimes she is to harsh- on the staff. I for one as a parent feel that she is to harsh. Not only as a school we should appreciate our teachers, janitors, school bus drivers, office staff as equal. I think as a parent I would like to see the school do more for others as well (janitors, bus drivers) I do not think we do enough to show our appreciation to them. The Janitors clean the school and take pride and the Bus Drivers drive our kids to and from school. I hope that the Principal will take care of these for the 2008-2009 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

We were going to send our daughter to private school after kindergarten. However, we're so impressed with Coles that we've decieded to keep her there. I can't believe how well she reads already! She has Mrs. Rucker and Mrs. Hupman and loves them. I feel the school strives to go well beyond the state standards and I'm impressed with how much she has learned. The principal, teachers and staff go above and beyond on many levels. We're happy to be a Cole's family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

I also wanted to say that in AZ they had after school activities for kids. My daughter was student council historian, she was also historian for the drama club, she had cheerleading, and karate. School's for elementary kids out here don't have anything for them. I think the extracurricular activities would benefit kids <and they have to maintain a C average in order to participate> I don't think they should have to wait till middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2004

This is one of, if not the best school I have ever seen. My son (kindergarten)loves coming here and I can tell that the teachers go out of their way to help all the children. Keep up the great work!
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students73%
Female students82%
Male students66%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English93%
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 Students75%
Female students76%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students73%
Female students73%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracial90%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students39%
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 Students78%
Female students76%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students63%
Female students72%
Male students55%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students28%
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students75%
Female students69%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English84%
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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7405 Hoadly Rd
Manassas, VA 20112
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