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B.C. Charles Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 570 students

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Posted October 29, 2014

Great neighborhood school. The teachers, staff, parents and students are outstanding. Become a volunteer or join the PTA and you won't be disappointed. They are all very loving and welcoming!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2014

Great teachers! Great school! This is a great little community of families. School is welcoming and inviting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Agree busing is a problem at this school. The inclusion TAG program creates a large disparity in the the regular classroom. If you are looking for a neighborhood school then look further. For my child who is not considered 'gifted' he is in a class with significant learning issues and discipline problems and only 3 other children from our neighborhood. His self esteem is negatively effected and not given the same educational opportunities as his peers in the TAG program. My suggestion is look into the magnets in the city if you child is average and does not test into TAG. You and they will be happy to be constantly reminded that they are in a lower performing classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

It's a really good school but starting in 3rd grade they start 'busing' in students and also discipline problems. The PTA is very active and gives so much to the school. The teachers are top notch. It is just disappointing that the discipline problems go up starting in 3rd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2007

The teachers are wonderful! My child has learned so much this year. Have a concern about discipline and the way the principal address them. The assistant principal seems to be on top of things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

School and staff are excellent. Principal has been difficult to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

I went to Elementary School here, and let me tell you, it is the best school anyone could want to go to. The staff is extremely encouraging and supportive. The teachers worked one on one with me in any area that I needed help. I have many memories that linger throught the hallways of BC Charles, and I will never forget them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 31, 2004

BC Charles is one of the best schools in Newport News. We are fully accredited and supply the best resources available to our students. The entire staff is caring and understanding of student needs. Our PTA is 150% and extremely supportive of the needs of students, parents, and staff. Currently, our principal is Mrs. Fritzinger. I have one child that is a junior now and one in second grade. I would not want to relocate unless I can find a school that has the same standards as Charles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

This is an excellent neighborhood school! The best faculty and great student body. I had three children graduate elementary school here after pulling them out of private school. It was the best choice for us. This is a school that cares.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
96%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
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 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 Students60%
Female students67%
Male students54%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Math

All Students50%
Female students52%
Male students48%
Black students29%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

Science

All Students70%
Female students73%
Male students66%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%
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 Students70%
Female students74%
Male students67%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students76%
Female students79%
Male students73%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%
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 Students46%
Female students40%
Male students51%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English46%

English: Writing

All Students51%
Female students57%
Male students46%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English51%

Math

All Students53%
Female students51%
Male students54%
Black students39%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English53%

Science

All Students66%
Female students65%
Male students66%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%
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 Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
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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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Reggie Alston

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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701 Menchville Road
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 886-7750

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