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Hidenwood Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 498 students

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Posted April 22, 2014

I love this school . My son is in the third grade and I've had nothing but good experiences. The teachers are involved the principal as well. They work with the kids and they are truly committed to helping them excel in learning. His teachers make sure that I'm aware of everything that goes on with him and they go above and beyond and it's truly appreciated. I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

Hidenwood is a great place! Love our daughter's teacher and the resource teachers are awesome! New PTA this year is much more involved and active. Go Huskies!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

I am a parent of a kindergartner this year 2013, and was very anxious to send my child to our neighborhood school because I had heard and read negative things about the school online. My experience has been the complete opposite of everything I've heard. The teachers and staff are warm, welcoming, and deeply committed to creating a strong learning community. The student body is diverse, representing a wide cross-section of the families who live and work in Newport News. The principal and assistant principal mr. Hochman and Mrs. Smith are dynamic, involved, and motivating. This school is a neighborhood gem!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Hidenwood is a really great school. One of the things we love best about Hidenwood is that it feels like a place where everyone knows who you are. The staff and teachers are all wonderful and are really invested in the kids' success. Great school- no idea why the ratings on here are so low! Part of the challenge in the Newport News school system is that kids are still bused in from parts of the city that are relatively far away from the school itself. The Parent Involvement team is really active in getting all parents involved. We love Hidenwood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

My daughter attended HIdenwood for the 2012/2013 school year as a kindergartner in Mrs. Powell's class and I was thrilled with her whole experience..Mrs. powell and the wonderful principal Mr. Hochman both called me personally on seperate occasions if there was good news (improved reading test scores for my daughter)or concerns (my daughter did have a rough day which landed her talking to Mr. Hochman about correct behavior,which I appreciated)the staff at the school is always kind and friendly and the children for the most part all look well behaved in hallways,cafeteria,etc there were plenty of opportunities for parents to participate in activities as well..I should add my daughter did not attend any preschool and was nervous about starting school but she loved her first year at Hidenwood,can't say enough good things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

This school continues to improve under strong leadership. I notice people don't post comments on here very often and some of the reviews are very old. The school continues to stress rigorous expectations for all students and encourage parent involvement. The atmosphere is welcoming and the staff collaborative.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 16, 2012

We're big fans of Hidenwood and enjoy the attention our daughter is getting from her teachers, particular Ms. McNichols is very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

The experience you have at Hidenwood is completely determined by which teachers you are assigned. In one classroom my son's teacher communicated and things went very well. The next year, things went so poorly we left mid-year. Administration did not even ask why. For the money, you can probably find a better program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

I think Dr. Hill is doing a very good job. I am impressed with her credentials as an educator. She seems to care about the children, the parents and the teachers.


Posted April 4, 2008

I think the principal is doing a good job! I can't understand why anyone would say otherwise! Let's support our teachers and the new principal! This school always needs our help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

Some of the teachers are wonderful, others leave much to be desired. The school, in general, has no control over the children. Most parents do very little to be involved in the school. The principle blows a bunch of smoke up your backside when you confront her about anything. It's an old school that needs tons of work and should not be open for classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

The PTA in past years has been small but wonderful. A lot of parents at Hidenwood will not help out. Teachers are great, but the principal is awful. She does not care for kids and only cares about looking good in front of the higher ups. You will never see her in the cafeteria with the kids or in the halls. She stays in her office or out to lunch. Since she has been there the test scores have went down and we did not make AYP this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2007

Hidenwood has an amazing group of teachers and students. I am not impressed with the new principal that is there now. The parent involvement is very low. There are usually more teachers at PTA meetings and events than parents. However, the parents who are involved are wonderful and supportive. The school's academics are right in line with what Virginia state mandates, but I think the teachers have had a lot of creative control taken away from them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 7, 2006

Hidenwood started the year out strong with parent involvement but since the middle of the year has lost my involvement. Family involvement needs to be more interesting activities. We work all day and we do not always want to attend another workshop, the are educational but sometimes it is too much. The teachers at Hidenwood are friendly and helpful they do address the needs of the children. I would like to see me extra curicular involvement for the students and more communication between the parents and the teachers! Over all it is a school my son has enjoyed for the last 2 years. We will soon find out the outcome of the SOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2005

Hidenwood is a good school with great teachers and great a Asst. Principal. Others employees could use a reality check. However, there is no denying that our teachers are unbelievable. They are devoted and passionate about teaching our children to the best of thier ability. Parent interaction is very low but there are those parents that are VERY active. I don't think the parent involvement is the school fault but rather a sign of the times, people need to work. You can't blame a school system for the rising cost of living.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

We were very happy with Hidenwood Elementary school. Our girls went to this school to finish out the year. We moved from another state, the staff was great, the teachers were very good and overall we were very happy with the instruction. Parent involvement needs to be higher but it seems like they are heading in the right direction. Overall I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

Overall, Hidenwood is a good, not great, but good school. I would like to see higher test scores, more parent involvement and more opportunities given to the teachers to actually teach. We have some amazing teachers at Hidenwood, and I would like for them to be able to more freely share their talents with our students. I feel that there is far too much focus on the SOL's and not enough on actual learning. That said, we have had some changes over the last two years and we are still experiencing some growing pains. Hidenwood is definitely a work in progress, and well worth the effort that staff, parents and students put in to it. Overall, we have a wonderful teaching staff, and a small, but extremely dedicated PTA. I believe that Hidenwood will become a great school in the near future with focus, detirmination and more parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

This school has a lack of leadership, organization, and professionalism. Do not send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

Teacher is great, new to school. However, lack of involvement in pta from majority of school parents and staff. Daughter complains of dirty restrooms constantly. Seem to be 'blown off' by principal when approached with learning environment issues. Seems to need more organization and emphasis on accelerated reader program and sol scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

Wonderful school, New principal and great teachers. My daughter loves it and feels very comfortable there. There should be more parents involved, but that is not the schools fault, it is the parents that need to try harder.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
History and Social Science

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

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

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

All Students65%
Female students67%
Male students63%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students63%
Female students67%
Male students59%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Science

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students83%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
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 Students68%
Female students71%
Male students65%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students58%
Female students53%
Male students62%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students60%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%
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 Students63%
Female students69%
Male students55%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

English: Writing

All Students52%
Female students68%
Male students32%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Math

All Students62%
Female students67%
Male students55%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Science

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students71%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities78%
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

  • 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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Newport News, VA 23606
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