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Joseph H. Saunders Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 701 students

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Posted yesterday

The assistant principal is terrible! She is rude and seems to not like children. On the plus side, the principal and 1st grade team are great. There is a bullying problem, especially during lunch and PE (the time when there is not a lot of structure and/or supervision), that could be addressed by adding more adults who were engaged with the students during unstructured times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

The communication (or lack thereof) between the parents, administrators, and students is horrible. The ladies in the front office are very standoffish and seem to be unconcerned about any concerns parents may have. The curriculum is not challenging and my child simply does not enjoy attending this school. Parent involvement is lacking as well. I am praying I can find a new school for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

This school is fantastic! My son has attended for Kindergarten as well as First Grade and I have been incredibly impressed with both teachers, but mainly his first grade teacher. He's in full day TAG and I couldn't be happier with the education he's receiving. The office staff and assistant principal aren't the friendliest, but it's something I can overlook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

This is one of the most pathetic schools in this area. The teachers, the curriculum and anything else that has to do with this school is unsatisfactory. I feel like my kindergartener could learn more from my 10 month old then these pathetic excuses for teachers. Most of them come off as ignorant uneducated slackers who could care less about our child's education. It is disheartening to know that our tax dollars are going to people who see our children as tax dollars. I have had nothing but a terrible experience within this school. This is why my child will be attending another school next year and everyone I know will never attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Not a good school. Teachers don't listen to the children. The principal don't listen to what you have to say. Assailant principal is rude. My son went to this school for two years and both years were bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

This school is awesome!! The office staff is friendly and helpful, and they work so efficiently together. The teachers are very knowledgeable, and enjoy theis jobs. The parent involvement is superb, and the curriculum is challenging and the kids seem to thrive at this school. There have not been any serious discipline problems, and the counselors and staff always encourage open communication and positive friendships among the students. They help the children to think before taking any action, and use positive reinforcement when the wrong decision is made. I would recommend anyone new to the area to send their children to Saunders!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

This is the school I always wanted for my child. The teachers are supportive and caring, the staff looks out for the kids, and the Principal (Hochman) is the coolest, most educated, and kind principal that a kid and his parents could want. The education is top notch and parent involvement is high. The school is also safe and fosters friendships and positive peer pressure. I love Saunders Elementary!
—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.

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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
History and Social Science

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students62%
Female students66%
Male students58%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Math

All Students53%
Female students59%
Male students49%
Black students32%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English54%

Science

All Students74%
Female students81%
Male students69%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%
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 Students51%
Female students65%
Male students37%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Math

All Students50%
Female students56%
Male students43%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English49%
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 Students58%
Female students55%
Male students61%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

English: Writing

All Students54%
Female students61%
Male students47%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students61%
Female students55%
Male students67%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Science

All Students77%
Female students72%
Male students81%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities85%
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

  • 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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  • Timothy Edwards

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