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Newsome Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 676 students

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Posted June 22, 2013

This school is racially biased and their low scores prove the mentally of the school. My daughter in law was so glad when school was over and said they would move just to get away from this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

As a teacher at Newsome Park, I can state without hesitation that this is a great school with hard-working and caring people. The teachers arrive early and work late to meet the ever-changing needs of a diversified class of students. The building may be old, but the ideas and teaching methods and materials are new and current for today's students. Parents are a regular presence in the building and security is on the premises to ensure a safe and orderly environment. Newsome Park is a school that is meeting the needs of the surrounding communities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2009

I love this school and was surprised to see its Great School rating at a two. I really love this school and think that all the teachers work incredibly hard for the students. There are many resources available for students who are struggling and for parents who may need help outside the school. We were not members of this school before the current principal came on board so I have nothing to compare her to. I will say that I am surprised with it being an math and technology magnet, that they don't spend more time in the computer lab or have greater access to computers in the classroom. That said, I am still thrilled that I chose this school for my kids and love spending volunteer time in the classroom. I wish more parents would volunteer, but I do see good turn out at after school and evening activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2008

This school has gone down hill since Dr. Teston left. Magnet school just doesn't seem to fit any longer. There are a lot of disruptive children and they aren't being dealt with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2007

My child has attended this school from K until now 4th grade. The school has gone down hill since the closing of Briarfield, with much larger classes, and should no longer be considered a 'Magnet School' as it seems a majority of teaching time is spent correcting disruptive students. My child will not attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

I am a teacher at this school and really enjoy teaching in my classroom. I love parent involvement, but I do not agree that parents should be volunteering in their own child's classroom on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 1, 2006

I absolutely love this school. Always met with a smile. Any concerns are addressed and put to ease. The teachers actually *teach* the children. I volunteer in the class and have a wonderful time with the students. I just wish all the teachers welcomed parents in the class. I have two children enrolled. One teacher loves having parents interacting and helping with the class, the other barely communicates. I would definitely recommend Newsome Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

I made the right decision in choosing Newsome Park Elem. School. I can see how my 2 kids transformed into a brighter and futuristic kid. I am amazed with all the things they have learned in school. Newsome Park is a good foundation, it has a quality teacher-students and teacher-parents relationship. All the staff, most specially to the Principal, Dr. Jay Teston, are very approachable and helpful to all the students. I am very proud to be a family of Newsome Park Elementary School. By Mrs. A. Florendo
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

This is school is excellent. Their academic program is great. The teachers are well educated and take their time with each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

I have 2 children in this school and I am very pleased with their progress. I volunteer at the school and have really learned that the methods they use to teach the kids are very effective and rewarding. the teachers and staff are great and have always treated my concerns with respect. It is a comfort to know that no matter where I move in the city of Newport News, my kids can continue to attend Newsome Park. I was leary about the long drive for kids on bus, at first, but they seem fine with it and actually use the time to bond with others and unwind from their day. My daughter frequently does her homework and is ready to relax by the time she gets home. I visited 4 other schools before choosing Newsome Park and I would recommend it to all. D. Nicholson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2004

This is an amazing school! They base their teaching on the way children truly learn! It is wonderful to watch my children 'learn how to learn' and to see how much they enjoy the process! The teachers are caring and professional, the atmosphere is electric, and the result is one of the most effective learning environments I've ever seen. You must go and see for yourself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2003

I think more parents should be involved. This is a great school the teachers and staff are caring and really are there for our children. I have two children currently at Newsome Park and it's a long drive but it is really worth the educational experience.
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
History and Social Science

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students37%
Female students60%
Male students22%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English39%

Math

All Students16%
Female students26%
Male students11%
Black students17%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities18%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English17%

Science

All Students40%
Female students48%
Male students35%
Black students39%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English42%
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 Students34%
Female students38%
Male students30%
Black students33%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities36%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English34%

Math

All Students25%
Female students24%
Male students26%
Black students24%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities26%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English25%
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 Students36%
Female students33%
Male students40%
Black students31%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English36%

English: Writing

All Students33%
Female students45%
Male students19%
Black students30%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities39%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English33%

Math

All Students26%
Female students27%
Male students26%
Black students22%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities31%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English26%

Science

All Students39%
Female students38%
Male students41%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English39%
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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4200 Marshall Ave
Newport News, VA 23607
Phone: (757) 928-6810

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