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W.H. Taylor Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 466 students

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Posted January 13, 2014

Taylor Elementary is competitive, has an awesome staff, has wonderful and insightful principal, and has an active PTA! Both my spouse and I have higher level educations and are professionals and decided to public school are kids here and have not regretted it one bit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

my son is in first grade at Taylor. We have been happy with the way his teacher has been able to personalize his learning experience. In first grade there are children who are at a wide variety of reading levels, etc but there is definitely an effort to maintain an academically challenging environment for all. Great library as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

My daughter is a rising first grader at Taylor and we LOVE IT. It is a wonderful neighborhood elementary school - great teachers, great staff, the principal is visible and involved, even answering the front office phone at times, the selection of after school programs is fantastic, the YMCA after-school is awesome, and the PTA puts on some amazing events for the kids. My daughter is thriving and we are very pleased. All in all, a WONDERFUL school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

We moved to the Ghent area specifically because of this school's reputation, so I feel like I need to update the reviews. First, the test scores dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010 - the rating went from a 9 to a 5! But, more disturbing, the school did not breathe a word about the SOLs when the scores came out. That exemplifies the administration at Taylor: lack of communication. It seems as though the parents are the least significant cog in the education machine. If your child is screened for speech problems or receives the flu shot, the parents receive no word. If there is a special event taking place, hardly a peep, or maybe a one day notice. I hardly know what my child is studying or doing from week to week. The art program is nonexistent. We have received nothing - not a single thing! - from the art class. Language programs - none. Yes, you can pay for after school classes, but nothing during the regular school day. The PTA raises A LOT of money, and yet the school charges for field trips and after school clubs. Teachers are constantly asking for school supplies. What does the PTA money go to? The school has declined and shows no signs of turning around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

This is one of the better schools in Norfolk, however the academic challenges presented to the children are subpar. I fear that minimal academic requirements will hinder these children in the future when competing nationally. we have been to some other schools out of state that really had a much more intensive academic program and teacher coomunication. There is a no bullying policy, however, there is still a lot of bullying and the "fix" for the bullying is to send the "victim" to the school counselor rather then disciplining the child who engaged in the hurtful behavior. The special education staff is very kind and commited, however the school lacks the resources to put into place better services for special ed students with unique needs. I think if you have to live in Norfolk, have a child without special needs and cannot afford private school, this is the best option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

I think W.H. Taylor is an amazing school. My kids absolutely love it and we all feel that we are part of a community within the school and PTA. We walk to school every morning along with the other families on our block. The PTA is fantastic and offers the kids all kinds of cultural opportunities (like attending the Nutcracker). I honestly can't imagine how anyone could have anything less than rave reviews for the school. My children do not have learning difficulties, so I can't evaluate that area but one of my kids is a 'challenging' gifted student and the program has been great. I have to counter one of the other statements on here - West Ghent IS NOT a bad area. On the contrary, it is probably the most exclusive neighborhood in Norfolk. Many of the students are the children of ODU professors, Sentara doctors or Naval Officers. The catchment area for the school does include some less affluent areas, but I consider this a good thing. If I wanted my children to only be exposed to children just like them, I would send them to private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Wonderful teachers, active parents, warm friendly environment, great neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

I have two kids in school here (Pre-K and 1st grade) and we feel like the luckiest family in the world. It is such a fantastic neighborhood school. Even the setting is idyllic- set back on a quiet street. So far, the education has been everything we hoped for and more. Great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2010

Fantastic public school! Incredible principal and teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

I have 2 children there. The school is nothing compared to the public school they attended in Tampa nor the private school one attended in Alabama. The school is better than many other Norfolk public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My son's first year at Kindergarten was absolutely fantastic. He made lots of good friends, learned to read well, and loved all his teachers. Taylor has wonderful Music, P.E., Art, and Enrichment Programs. We feel so lucky to live in the Taylor zone and have the opportunity to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2007

great school my child recently went from taylor to the exclusive ruffner young scholors. it is a great school in a bad area. dont be afriad to go ther she loves it there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2007

This was the first year our children were public schooled. They were homeschooled from the start. My daughter went in with severe dyslexia. A parent had to volunteer to teach The Wilson Reading System, the school didn't offer that option. My son has Bipolar disorder but made an a/b average. Yet, the school failed to protect my son from the constant bullying of the other students because of his high IQ yet low social skills, and my daughter from the constant teasing because of her inability to read well. what hurts most was the constant justifying by the teachers, and the principal, for this kind of behavior, which opposed the schools 'No bullying policy'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

Taylor is a wonderful school. My child was there for 2 years and had 2 great teachers! It has that small neighborhood feel, and the principle is wonderful! The school has a great handle on discipline, but still allow the kids to be kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2006

GOod school in the city of norfolk. High test scores. Good parent involvement. Small neighborhood school. A real community feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2006

I truly believe that the adminstrative support, outstanding instruction, diversity, and positive atmosphere allowed my daughter to grow and prosper, and helped to create a love for learning that she has carried with her to our new home in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Great job, we miss you!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
83%

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 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students79%
Female students89%
Male students71%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students64%
Female students68%
Male students60%
Black students32%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students82%
Female students86%
Male students78%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students76%
Female students78%
Male students74%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students73%
Female students72%
Male students74%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%
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 Students80%
Female students84%
Male students76%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students94%
Male students74%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students78%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students80%
Female students84%
Male students76%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

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  • Music teacher(s)

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
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  • Miss Mary Ann Bowen

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

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  • Art teacher(s)
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  • Counseling
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1122 W. Princess Anne Rd
Norfolk, VA 23507
Phone: (757) 628-2525

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