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Swift Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 837 students

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Posted September 4, 2014

A wonderful school with excellent teachers, located in a great community. Virginia teacher of the year Award 2013/14
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2014

Been involved with Swift Creek Elementary for many years. What was once an amazing school has dramatically deteriorated because of current administrative leadership and forced changes by the school board. What used to be a cohesive, positive, and close knit community of teachers, students and parents has become a cold and unwelcoming environment, so much that many good staff members are choosing to leave. Despite losses, the remaining teachers are great, they do their jobs to the best of their ability and they really do love the kids. Problem is the current administrator does not give her teachers the flexibility and support they require. Teacher morale is in the toilet, no one wants to be there anymore and it's understandable, even as a visitor one can sense the tension and unhappiness upon entering the building. Swift Creek once had a great principal who gave plenty of guidance and support to the staff and it was obvious. All one has to do is look at our test scores over the last two years since the administration changed. We have experienced over a 30% drop and it's not the fault of the teachers. SCES needs an overhaul in the top seat, if it is ever to get back on top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

My children have been going to SCES for 3 years and I am disappointed to see this negative feedback. SCES is a great school with great teachers that care. The administration is no different than any other public school - this I know from other parents. I always get great service when I call. I would rather the administration be with our children, like they are instead of sitting behind a computer answering email. Our children get a great education here and are thriving. Emailing is not the way to handle an issue, it is making a phone call or stopping by that makes a difference. I recommend SCES for your child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

I am very disappointed in this school. There are some really wonderful teachers here, but the administration is terrible. The principal here is not supportive of the teaching staff at all. It is a constant struggle between the staff and the administration. Unfortunately, the tension can be felt as soon as you walk in the front office. You can forget about trying to get a response if you e-mail certain people. I understand that all of the staff is very busy, but at least respond to your student's parents. There is also an issue here with certain students getting preferential treatment. We moved here because this was supposed to be a great school, but our experience has definitely proven otherwise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

Teachers are wonderful but very unhappy with current principal of last two years and are beginning to leave the school. High level of stress at school and poorly managed staff firings. No communication between principal and parents even regarding drug-related arrest of teacher during school day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

We have been very pleased with this school. All schools have areas they can improve, but overall we have had a great experience with the teachers and staff. The principal calls with a weekly update for parents every Sunday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I am not impressed with this school. I would love to give you all the details but my child still attends and I dont want to jeopardize them any more than the staff already does. Lets just say they are more worried about the SOL testing and keeping their jobs than really caring for students. The staff is very young and comes with a wishlist of great ideas but the administration within is not open to these new ideas. The Office personal could use a shakeup and the school psychologist was ready to retire many moons ago, put her out to pasture. I have witnessed alot of nonsense and really wish i could elaborate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

Very happy with school and teachers. My daughter love the school and I like the academic programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

Another concern is safety, school opens at 9:05AM, you won't be able to get in until then, when the weather is warm, kids gather on a small area next to the parking lots where there is lots of traffic during school hours. I am not sure why they want to keep kids out before 9:05, could be liability issues. Lastly, the interaction between parents and the school is close to none. The channels are open, but whatever concerns you have for the school, you won't hear anything back. You don't know exactly how your kid perform relatively to the rest of peers, yet you see your child gets E for each category, we need at least get the distribution, if everyone gets an E, then E doesn't mean anything special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The Teachers and Staff are wonderful they care for the kids and ensure the parents are involved with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

As a former student myself of SCES, a daughter of a staff member AND the parent of a currently attending child and a child to start in two years, I can say w/out hesitation, SCES is the best elementary school in the district. Super teachers and aides, many of whom have been with the school for longer than 10 years! Caring office and administration staff who listen. Excellent parent/guardian participation, volunteerism is very high @ the school. I made certain my family lived in this district b/c there is no better elementary school around! Love those SCES Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers/staff, wonderful Principal. Open to parent involvement and our kids love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Amazing school in general-great teachers/environment :)


Posted August 10, 2008

Nothing but positive, wonderful experiences for our kids at Swift Creek- we never want to leave!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I feel the school should think of additional ways for security of the kids and also the school building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

We relocated here 1.5 years ago, and have had an absolutely top-rate experience. This is especially significant because my stepdaughter requires special education, and last year she finally performed at grade level. This was largely due to the tremendous support we've received from Ms. Bray, Ms. Tanner and others at SCES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

My son attends this school the curriculum is designed to encouange the student in all subject...this school rocks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

We've had three kids go through this school. The only thing we can say is that it's fantastic. The teachers are great, the facilities are well-maintained, and our children got an excellent foundation. What other school principal knows the name of *every* student and his parents? I don't think you can do better than SCMS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

Well, what can I say about SCES? Only that it was one of the most fantastic schools that I've attended! The academic program was shocking; I always had so much fun that I had no idea that I was learning. My classes were all very hands on and informative, and SCES prides itself in having some of the best teachers out there. The music program was fantastic, with an optional chorus and great productions done by each grade. We even performed the Nutcracker, a hybird of dance, acting, and singing in third grade. The art and sports programs were also good, with great projects in the studio and school spirit on the field. Parent involvement was also a huge part of this elementary school, with many parent-required activites throughout the year. Lastly, SCES has the most friendly, involved and caring principal ever.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students80%
Female students90%
Male students72%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students71%
Female students70%
Male students73%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Science

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 Students77%
Female students80%
Male students73%
Black students60%
Asian students80%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students79%
Female students77%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students88%
Female students87%
Male students91%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students92%
Male students82%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students69%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Science

All Students92%
Female students89%
Male students96%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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13800 Genito Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 739-6305

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