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James Hurst Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 760 students

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Posted May 1, 2014

My child is recently new to James Hurst elementary. I have yet to have a bad experience with any of the faculty as of yet. Her teacher is aware of certain problems she's having and she along with after school tutoring is really helping her be prepared as possible for the SOL testing coming up. I believe that being a helpful parent and being involved in your child's schooling will make for a great partnership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

James Hurst is a horrible school. The administrators don't care at all about the students! The teachers are miserable which makes the kids miserable. They come home all wound up because they have been sitting in a classroom for 6 hours with no outside time or PE. Children need to get exercise and be allowed to play. The teachers and principal talk horrible to the kids and then wonder why they have behavioral problems. Communication with parents is awful. THE woes school by far!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My 11 year old little girl and my 10 year old son now both attend James Hurst Elementary since April 2,2014. We moved from Suffolk and they were bullied, harassed and extremely lonely. Not only was the staff more than kind and very efficient, within days my children were at peace and happy again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

For those children that continously misbehave, are the teachers communicating with the parents? Are the parents just not responding? Maybe in some cases, but I strongly believe that the teachers aren't communicating with the parents in an effective manner. My experience with this school was that the teachers rarely wanted to communicate. I felt that I was bothering them when I tried to convey my expectations. I had concerns that my son was not grasping the material, my response from the teacher "I don't have time to sit and cater to those that don't get the material. (as she was shaking her head at me) and uh I think he ADHD." This is exactly how she said it to me. This was a highly inappropriate response from a person that is supposed to be professional. Another teacher told me that my son was writing bad to make her angry. Is that a sane thing to say to a parent? Clinically, I would say that she has some issues and needs to speak to someone immediately about possibly getting on some medication. Everything about this school is appalling. The clientele, the teachers, administration. Just bad. Run away if you are thinking of moving to the area. Run fast or homeschool!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

Ok see all the bad reports everyone puts up. Now let's get to where the problem start home. Teach your children respect they will most often get it in return, portsmouth and many other cities have the same problem, at what point did parents put all there faith that school was going to raise and teach there child(s) what they need to learn for there future, how to act,right from wrong ect. That parents decided to bring into this world wake up. As a parent one 30,27,24,17,13 and last but not least 6, It's my job to make sure they do learn at home as well as school and behave.so let's see if teachers and all at the school level just had to teach all would be good now right. Takes some responsibility for your children. Has to start somewhere how about home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

This is the worst school ever. Some of the teachers are bullies and liars and they feel like they can say and do whatever they want without consequences. They are disrespectful to parents and the principal is just as bad. She personally told me that she doesn't get paid enough to deal with drama. What are you a principal for? Hate is a very strong word but I HATE this school. The school board needs to do a clean up around that school. Some of the teachers and principal needs to be replaced. I wish I could give this school no stars!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

This school is a joke. The teachers there think they can do what ever they want to the students, and get away with it (ie. grabbing, and yelling)... but sadly this is not the case. They will eventually have to pay for their misconduct. I'm taking my child out of there A.S.A.P.. If you are moving to this area, please think twice before enrolling your child in this school. Parents beware. I would rate this school a negatve 0, but I have to rate it at least one start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2012

My child continues to be assaulted either at this school or on the bus. When a parent tries to bring it to their attention it is simply brushed off. Short of going back to school myself, what do I have to do to make sure my child is safe. Some parents should raise their children better and this sschool really needs to get the safety of students under control. This kind of stuff is what the 5:00pm news is made of. We need to protect our children from bullys and ignorant staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

In the 100+ days that school has been in session my daughter has been without soy milk a total 6 weeks. It's a medical requirement due to an allergy yet the cafeteria ladies keep giving excuses why they don't have it. Plus my daughter as well as several other children have been assaulted by a male student in their class - Kindergarten - and the principal is doing nothing more then keeping the student in the office. What does a parent have to do to keep his/her child safe in the school? Even the board of education doesn't seem concerned with this, if this is how the schools are run then maybe it's time for a change! I question the principals abilities to run the school and keep our children safe. I've also heard some disturbing things about how the principal feels about extra curricular activities, not to mention the lack of a PTA and the inability to get one formed even though we have people willing to hold each position.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

No recess, Minimal PE that is not well rounded, terrible communication, my kids came home everyday complaining of cold bagged breakfasts that they ate at their desks, burnt lunches which the teachers made silent 4 days per week, kids stealing pencils or whatever they had and teachers denying that they saw or heard anything of it, and to top it off after one full school year my children are behind in studies (my 4th grader had no science and only minimal Language arts and math so that they could focus on slavery and the civil war all year). My first grader was on red behavior almost daily because of (quietly) not paying attention, yet got straight A's and the teacher refused to adjust anything or even have him evaluated for advanced classes, talk about a confused child! One of my children was bullied and while the bullying did stop, the school actually told me that they couldn't do anything because the parent would never cooperate (b4 talking to the parent) I will not under any circumstances ever send my children back to this school! I have decided to home school my children until we move to a neighborhood with better schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

Horrible school. No recess or physical education. Teachers not great and principal is the worst! Not happy with their performance at all! Needs more parents to speak up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2010

they don't deserve any stars for anything that they've done or that they are goin' to do. It's lice infested, the staff is RUDE and inconcsiderate by anyone's means! I wish more parents would be the voice of their child (ren) to ensure that their education isn't waste. My child will be removed from this school and start 4th grade with a BANG!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

Ms. Pooley, my daughter kindergarden, worked with my husband and I to teach my 5 year old to read. Now she is reading really well. I will truly miss her. From Trinity Hill Parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I loved the school and both of my kids were honor roll students. I felt like the school did everything to keep them on track and push them foward.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

The teachers at jhes are extraordinary yet have the struggle with admin. Who do not allow involvement of the parents. Jhes school principal also has seen fit to do away with the pta for next year which will hurt the little help there. Need to have more parents in school & an unbiased prin. Who cares for the students & not self
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

There are some truely great people teaching at this school, doing the best with the students that come to them daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

After a full school year, I can safely say I'm looking for a new school for my children. This school is full of misbehaving children, teachers who can't control them, and an overall bad place to be. Teaching staff forgets to do things; I was never informed of picture day! This is not at all a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2006

I like this school...The staff there is friendly & helpful...My son came from another school that lacked communication with parents & students...The 1st 9 weeks that just passed, he made honor roll!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

I have strong concerns about this school, its lack of communication and ability to challenge all of its students. I also have strong concerns in how the staff treats the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

The first, and worst, school my child attended. The teachers are quick to hand out punishment but do not work with the kids to help them do well.
—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.

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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
78%
History and Social Science

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

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 74% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
89%
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 students85%
Male students59%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students62%
Female students65%
Male students60%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Science

All Students84%
Female students95%
Male students74%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%
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 Students58%
Female students53%
Male students62%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students53%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students68%
Female students58%
Male students76%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%
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 Students81%
Female students80%
Male students82%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

English: Writing

All Students52%
Female students53%
Male students50%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Math

All Students65%
Female students62%
Male students68%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students74%
Female students69%
Male students78%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%
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 students80%
Male students68%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students91%
Female students90%
Male students92%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

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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 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

Geometry

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
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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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

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  • Mrs. Evelyn L. Whitley

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18 Dahlgren Ave
Portsmouth, VA 23702
Phone: (757) 558-2811

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