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Richard T. Yates Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 459 students

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Posted July 19, 2013

I love this school. Many of the teachers have worked here throughout their teaching careers. It's a small school so everyone knows everyone. The school will have a new principal this year. I am looking forward to meeting him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

I have recently moved from Yates Elementary to Florida. Naturally, I am researching schools on great schools. I don't understand how Yates is a 2 with 70-80% of students passing the SOLs in reading while the schools I am looking at in Florida are 7s and above with only 40-50% of their students passing reading on the FCAT. Parents look to this website to help them make the extremely important decision of what school is best. I am very skeptical as to whether great schools is ranking schools accurately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

I am surprised that Yates has only a 4. My granddaughter has attended for two years after being at a school in NoVA. She has blossomed under the tutelage of Ms. Wood, Ms. Zappia, and Ms. Bryant. All of the teachers are very into their jobs. They work with the children at all the levels depending on need of the child. They have many clubs for the children, as well as a wonderful library filled with challenging books for all levels. Ms. Johnson, the principle, is very friendly and strives to challenge the children to do their best. I volunteer 2-3 days a week so I have first hand knowledge of the overall picture of the school and its' employees/teachers. They have many evening programs to recognize the children who prosper. I am glad we have a couple of more years before my granddaughter has to go to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

I love Yates. I am extremely surprised at it's low rating. I would highly recommend Yates to any parent. My children have been going to Yates since 2004, and I would not have them go anywhere else. There is a very involved PTA there. The teachers are fabulous, and it's good teachers make a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

My child had a really good teacher but we were disappointed by some other aspects at the school, including the front office staff and the principal being overly political.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2004

So far so good, as far as experiences go at Yates. I am involved in what my son's learning and I feel strongly that a parent is the one to reinforce what their child is learning while keeping a very open line of communication with the teacher and office staff. Yates knows me pretty well and they also know that I will be involved in every aspect of my child's school career. I'm excited about sending my almost 5 year old to kindergarten in the fall. I will be equally involved in her daily school activities; because it's my job. The teachers are there to teach to the best of their ability, not babysit and raise the students. Raising the students should come from the parents. Yates Elementary promotes family, which I really appreciate!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
History and Social Science

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
91%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

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 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
English: Writing

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

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

All Students65%
Female students64%
Male students65%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students51%
Female students50%
Male students52%
Black students23%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students68%
Female students67%
Male students70%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%
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 Students64%
Female students63%
Male students65%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students61%
Female students57%
Male students64%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities69%
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 Students71%
Female students72%
Male students70%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students77%
Male students60%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students76%
Female students72%
Male students80%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students78%
Female students74%
Male students83%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
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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