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Newport News, VA
Students enrolled: 560

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826 Moyer Rd
Newport News, VA 23608

(757) 886-7783
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Map of R.O. Nelson Elementary School address.
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 28, 2015
I personally as a parent I will recommend this school. the teachers are very kind and making sure the kids learn. My sons has a great experience here. One is 1st grade and 3rd grade. We really enjoyed everything from lessons,environment,office staff, school activities and the teachers personal care for all the students. We are sad that we need to leave and transfer. Overall this school is highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2014
I have always enjoyed RO Nelson. I went there and my son is currently attending. Most of the front office staff are polite. The front office can be busy at times to the point it seems like you are getting a cold shoulder. Most of the teachers work hard to get the students on track with their education. I did have to send my son to Sylvan, but that was a personal choice just to make sure he was where he needed to be academically. I am a little nervous because we will be moving to Va Beach for 2014-2015 school year, and I don't know how good their TAG program is. Basically what I am saying is overall Nelson is a great school and we will miss it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 04, 2014
R.O. Nelson has the worst administrator ever. She is disrespectful to the staff and is unfair. Nelson deserves a change. I hope the school board moves her for the 2014-2015 school year. Better yet, let her work at a prison.

- submitted by a community member

December 17, 2013
This school SUCKS! I never felt welcome at all. They treat parents like criminals. I have a child with special needs since she's attended here everything that she's learned from her prievous school has dropped. ALL of our hard work, she doesn't even seem to be the same happy little girl. When you walk in the office NO ONE greets you. Their ALL waiting for the next person to greet you. I really dislike having to say this, because i always try to see the good. But I must tell the truth. Very slacked when it comes to homework. The home work they give not even a 14 year old can understand it. I've been praying on it, and I'm taken my child out of here asap.

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2013
My school is a great place to learn and get family and teacher support. It has rated among the best in the state of Virginia and has a strong PTA.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2013
This school is definitely NOT worth its rating. Beware...if your child is not excelling prior to enrolling or gifted they will be lost in the weeds. This school concentrates more on the naturally talented and gifted than helping the kids that truly need it. Thankfully we had the income available to send him to Sylvan Learning for additional one on one tutoring. My son successfully completed the first grade this year, just wish we didn t have to spend additional money for him to do so. Wish they would have helped him succeed and cared about all their students.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2011
This school is OK--but after returning from having kids there from 1990-2004, I was most disappointed in the PTA . There is no welcome table, it 's not easy to join and get involved . Made me very sad to see the clique that runs the program there. I never felt very comfortable, and it was something I was so looking forward to. I pray that their PTA will bring back a table and welcome more parents to be an important part of their community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 06, 2010
R.O. Nelson is an excellent school. There are a variety of programs to meet the needs of students. The teachers and administrators are outstanding and dedicated.

- submitted by a teacher

March 12, 2010
This place is great if you have perfectly average kids, an abundance of patience, and the means to attain aide for your child's special needs outside the school system. Otherwise, be prepared to spend a couple years of your child's education battling for his or her access to necessary resources and diagnostics. And often still not receiving them to everyone's satisfaction. Also, familiarize yourself with all their handbooks and learn the key phrases early. This could save you months of stress waiting for them to come to the same conclusion that only takes you a few days to realize.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2009
My son has attended this school both last year and again this year for the TAG program. The teachers and staff are wonderful. From a military family perspective Newport News public schools are very good for handling Gifted and Talented education.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2009
My daughter was in this school last year and returns to it this year for TAG. It is a wonderful schooland the staff is great (I work there so I have gotten to know a few.)

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 21, 2008
My son attends Nelson and I think it is a great school. The staff are very helpful and they are very caring. I am in the Navy so I have experienced the best and worst of the schools. This is a great one...

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 28, 2008
Nelson is a great school. Their principal is the most involved of any I've seen. The teachers are wonderful and involved enough to make a great balance between home and school. My daughter has been there since Kindergarten and she has had a great experience.

- submitted by a parent

April 08, 2007
This school is phenominal. It works to keep the children excited about learning, to help the children become better citizens, and all around individuals. They are better prepared for their next steps in life when they attend this school. As a military family, it's nice to find a school where my child feels at ease.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2007
This school has a fantastic curriculum for the Talented and Gifted program. Excellent and very involved principal, teachers, and staff that make learning fun and productive. A wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2006
My daughter is in her second year at R.O. Nelson (4th grade, TAG program.) I am absolutely thrilled with this school. The teachers make the time to give each of their students the attention they need. The curriculum is stellar. If the childen are having trouble, the teachers set aside their time to help. The counselors are wonderful. Beings we are from a military family there have been times when they have been needed, (when her father has to be gone.) The activities are family based and there is a great school/parent involvement ratio. They are always willing to answer any questions. I am really glad my daughter was picked up for the TAG program at R.O. Nelson. I would recommend this school to anyone with children in grades K-5

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2004
I beleive that this is a good school they are very community active ....however i think that the teachers are not as involved as they should be my son has been there for two years now and i have found the teachers both years to be very minimally involved one on one with the students and they are small class sizes my son has like 15 students in his class. sometimes at this age they need a little one on one that is second grade.

- submitted by a parent

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R.O. Nelson Elementary School
826 Moyer Rd, Newport News, VA  23608
(757) 886-7783
Last modified R.O. Nelson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
R.O. Nelson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top