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R.O. Nelson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 560 students

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Posted Sunday, 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


Posted April 4, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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


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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Writing

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students72%
Female students76%
Male students67%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students64%
Female students60%
Male students68%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students81%
Female students83%
Male students78%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities88%
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 Students83%
Female students83%
Male students82%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students90%
Female students83%
Male students97%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 Students67%
Female students73%
Male students60%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

English: Writing

All Students67%
Female students75%
Male students58%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students68%
Female students74%
Male students60%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Science

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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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826 Moyer Rd
Newport News, VA 23608
Phone: (757) 886-7783

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