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Ghent Elementary School

Public | K-8 | 559 students

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Posted January 2, 2013

I'm a Parent of a 8th Grade student who has been at Ghent since Kindergarten. I LOOOOVVVVEEEEEE this school. The teachers are soo compassionate about their student, willing to put extra work into every child, giving special attention to every child, treating all of the students the same - regardless if they have special needs or not - and because most of the students have been there since Kindergarten, the teachers for the next grade level already know how to handle them. I'm going to be sad to have to put my daughter into another school, even begging the Principal to extend the school to 12th grade. Currently, Ghent is the only Open Classroom and Open Campus school in Norfolk, meaning you dont have to live in the Neighborhood to have your child attend this awesome place
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

Great school, both my kids go. Teachers are caring and curriculum is guaged towards the student ability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

Their teachers care about the kids and their teaching methods are great. No child is ever board or left behind. If the child is not up to level they work with the seperately to bring them there. If I child is ahead, they put them with others that are on the same level and give them a little bit harder work. My son is in 8th grade and goes to the high school part of the day because his math skills are on a 10th grade level. When he struggled in reading at 6 years old they caught the fact that he had dislexia and worked with him to control it and now he is in all honors classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2009

I am so thankful I learned about this school before my son even started. He has now in 8th grade. We are actually sad this will be his last year at Ghent. The smaller class sizes and the caring teachers have helped my child to excel. I really feel he has been given the best education public school could offer. We are so appreciative of the staff. I know he has a solid foundation and is prepared for high school anywhere. This school is K-8, another positive feature. This school should be used as an example for all Norfolk Public Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

The staff is very curtious and knowlegeable always there to answer questions and to help parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

i love it! the teachers are great
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2008

high academic standards, great kids, dedicated teachers. a great alternative to the district schools in norfolk. however, research on my norfok district school, shows better test-scores and a higher rating among parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

Academics and moral standards are impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

The qualities of academics, oversight and vision of administration, and ability of staff make this school the best in Norfolk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2007

I just want to add that the sibling rule has changed. Sadly, a younger sibling in not guaranteed acceptance at Ghent with their older sibling. A lottery is used now, children are picked randomly. Ghent is a great school, but this is devastating parents who were hoping their children would be together. They were told when their older child started that their younger child would be automatically accepted. Something to think about if you have more than one child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

My family has a very long history with Ghent School. The school's curriculum falls in the category of public schools guidelines; however what makes Ghent an exceptional public school is the teacher/staff support, teaching abilities, tactics, and involvement.The parent involvement level is extremely high. The school does lack extracurricular activities; however it is made up with great academic performance as well as hands on and field trip experencies that highly beneficial to the students. Ghent is an above-average public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

Highly focussed institution. The teachers care and probe the students to learn. Concepts taught to think out of the box and so critical thinking is developed. Art and music programs are available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2004

Ghent has been a great school for my 3 children. They offer Middle School if your child is excepted. Once you have one sibling there, other siblings automatically can attend both elementary and middle school. It lacks middle school sports, which I am told they are working on. Teacher turn over is low and the teachers there takes an honest interest in your child's progress not just academically, but socially also. They stress all academics and offer very strong instruction in the language arts area.
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

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 74% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

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 75% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 71% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students82%
Female students82%
Male students83%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students76%
Female students76%
Male students76%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 students73%
Male students69%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students77%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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 Students73%
Female students82%
Male students59%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students87%
Male students73%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students80%
Female students87%
Male students68%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Science

All Students75%
Female students79%
Male students68%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%
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 Students74%
Female students86%
Male students62%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students89%
Female students100%
Male students76%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities100%
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 Students74%
Female students95%
Male students60%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students58%
Female students70%
Male students52%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%
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 students71%
Male students63%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

English: Writing

All Students74%
Female students75%
Male students73%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students78%
Female students50%
Male students88%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students50%
Female students55%
Male students46%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial50%
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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200 Shirley Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517
Phone: (757) 628-2565

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