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Signal Hill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 654 students

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Posted yesterday

The new principal I heard is from Ashland ES and lives in the Ashland Community. I have not heard good things about her leadership, communication, and character skills from some friends who live in the Ashland Community. I want our school to be the best, and I don't trust her right now. We have not started the school year yet, and it concerns me greatly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

This will be th4th year that my child has been going to Signal Hill Elem. We have been extremely happy with the teachers, admin staff and PTA We are looKing foreward to another great year. My only complaint is the school web site is not kept up to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

We moved from out of state. My son was a grade ahead of where his 2nd grade class was. No tests or grades. My biggest concern was no spelling tests his vocabulary and spelling has fallen so far behind as a result. I wouldn't recommend this school. Both years he has attended both teachers have taken a leave of absence during the year for more than a month.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

We're a military family, and I used to be a teacher, so between my daughter and I, we've attended/taught at dozens of schools throughout the US. Our daughter only attended fifth grade here, but I have nothing but positive things to say. The 5th grade teachers are all fantastic, and I'm sad to see a couple of them retire. The administration is supportive of military families, my daughter loved PE for the 1st time ever, the French teacher is amazing, the librarians are fun and enthusiastic, and the music and art programs have young, enthusiastic teachers as well. My advice about the dreaded science fair project is: Don't miss the evening meeting the teachers provide for the parents beforehand!!! It was only an hour, and they explained everything from start to finish, and their willingness to go above and beyond made for an excellent learning process for my daughter. The staff's level of organization eliminated an untold amount of stress and tears!! I can only speak for our fifth grade experience, but I'd tell any military family arriving to have confidence in sending their child to Signal Hill Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I have two children at Signal Hill. I like the school for the enthusiasm and commitment of its staff. It really creates a positive learning atmosphere where the students can feel valued and appreciated. They have interesting chess and robotics clubs now, and we like the French program too. The school library has everything a child may need or want to read, and the librarian is very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

Signal Hill is great school. I am very impressed with the principal's leadership at that school. My two sons attended have been attending that school for 4 years. They have never had any problems whatsoever with either the teachers or students. Academically, I feel they are very strong. This is a school to watch in my opinion. My wife and I are extremely pleased with that school. We like the family atmosphere fostered at that school. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

I have had three children attend this school and my family has bee involved with the school for 8 years. While there are some nice elements to the school: anti-bullying program and the learning garden to name a few there really is a lack of solid leadership at the school. My children went from a very strctured preschool where things like table manners were reinforced to a school where there are no teachers in or near the cafeteria during the entire lunch period. They rely on the cafeteria workers to handle the discipline for the room along with doing their primary job. All teachers and adminstrators eat tucked away--far removed from the chaos. My children have learned disgusting table manners at this school. My children haven't been challenged by any teachers. I feel that the teachers are aiming to get all children to be 'average': what an aspiration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

My children are very smart and have never fit 'inside the box'. They have their own style of doing things. Some of the teachers there want to force children like mine to fit inside that box. Other than that I love the school and have spent many hours voluntering there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I have a first grader at Signal Hill who is above average in math and reading. Her teacher has given her the attention she needs to excell and not get bored with the classwork. The communication from her teacher has been helpful. It is a little overcrowded currently (2008-09), but that will be changing next year when another school in the area finishes its remodeling. Overall we've been very pleased! I love their garden program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

They have excellant teacher and are the best for your child
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2008

The staff at Signal Hill is fantastic. They are inspired and inspiring. The French program is really wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

This school is wonderful! My fourth grader has been inspired by the teachers and subjects taught. He started off doing average and is now doing well above average. The teachers are to be credited with the improvement. My first grader is doing average or better in everything but reading. Recognizing that she needs a little extra help, the school referred her to a reading recovery specialist. They called me in to talk with the specialist so I know what steps they are taking and what I can do to reinforce this when she is home. The communication between the teachers and the parents is outstanding and the principal is everything a principal should be. Only suggestion I have is I would like for a sidewalk to be built on Signal Hill Rd from Liberia Ave to the school. That would let parents be more actively involved during school programs and such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

We have been 100 % pleased with Signal Hill Elementary. Teachers are enthusiastic, with a good teacher to student ratio and the school has a wonderful positive attitude. There always seems to be something to be involved in if you would like, from a wonderful assortment of extracurricular activities to fun family functions. Most importantly, my children LOVE school, are HAPPY and can't wait to go to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

I'm not impressed with this school at all.Being new to the area and having a child start kindergarten, you would think that there would be more info to parents about the programs, there is a lack of organization, lack of communication from the principal leadership down. It is over crowded. And then that PTA, that is just a joke! It is a click,. Overall will be glad to leave..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

My [child] has had several issues at this school primarily do to the lack of leadership by the administration. He had two teachers in a row take maturnity leave early in the school year. The school chose to use different substitues for the majority of one of the school years instead of replacing her with a perminent sub until she returned. Teaching stafff has also talked down to us as parents during meetings. Avoid this school under current leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

My fourth grader loves this school. I feel that all of her teachers have been outstanding and yes they do have programs for spanish but my daughter says it doesn't interfere with what they do in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

If you can avoid this school, it is the best optoin. Unsatisfactory programs, adminstration can't 'adminsiter', there really needs to be a change at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

A nice variety of program are available. Teachers are usually young and while they might be smart, they lack practical application and experience to properly deal with a variety of kids or the teachers are very experienced and then they have lost the motivation to tackle a new way of approaching a topic with the children. It seems to be a 'top down' approach to not bring parents in as partners in education. Our family has found it very frustrating to stay involved in our child's educational experience (including education, discipline and extracurricular activities). Much of the information that comes home is outdated, events have already occurred and they certainly don't keep a website with updated information. The only thing useful I have pulled from the website is the telephone number for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

This is a Great school!! Both of my children (6) and (10) attend Signal Hill and they love it. The teachers are very respectful and this school is more organized than the majority. Great School!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

We will be moving since this school is over crowded and in a somewhat poor area of the county. The school spends a lot of time with the non-english speaking students. Also not at all happy with the lack of communication.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
History and Social Science

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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

All Students87%
Female students84%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial73%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students71%
Female students68%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial55%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English70%

Science

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 Students86%
Female students88%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students79%
Female students86%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English79%
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 Students80%
Female students73%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students64%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial73%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English83%

English: Writing

All Students80%
Female students81%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students79%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial91%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students58%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial91%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial91%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English94%
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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