Yates is an excellent school. The teachers are wonderful. They care about the students, and are more like family members. I considered sending my daughter to a local Christian school, but she was happy and had excellent grades and friends at Yates. The state of Virginia is failing this school based on SoL (Standards of Learning) scores. Very unfair and misleading. These scores are skewed based on the failing scores of bused students from poorer areas of Newport News. Other nearby schools score better, because they don't have students bused to their schools.
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.
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.
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.