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John Tyler Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 722 students

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Posted April 28, 2014

John Tyler is one of the best schools in the district. Our scores are going thru the roof. I am proud to be a John Tyler tiger.


Posted September 27, 2013

John Tyler Elementary School is one of the best in Portsmouth. The teachers are well educated and nurturing to students and parents. They helping to train our children to be "good citizens". By making education exciting, interesting and challenging the teachers and staff are fostering lifelong learning. Like most public schools in the USA John Tyler is in need of financial and technological resources to stay current and relevant to today's world. I would love to see more partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide volunteer support and other resources to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

This school cares about their students! Lucky to have my child attend here. Parent involvement is up to you, If you want to be active there is a lot of space for you! The kids are nice but there are always kids that misbehave, but over all the school is very good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

WHOOPS! I HIT A BUMP, CAUSING ATHE MISSPELLING OF THE WORD "ALTHOUGH" IN MY RANT.... STILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CONSTANT MISUSE OF PRONOUNS AND ENGLISH AMOUNG ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES. IF PARENTS CAN NOT SPEAK PROPER ENGLISH, IT IS PASSED DOWN IMPROPERLY THROUGH THE GENERATIONS! I'M JUST AN AVERAGE PARENT THAT HAS A "PET PEEVE" TOWARD ADULTS WHO HAVE LIVED IN THE U.S.A... FOR MANY YEARS, YET REFUSE TO SPEAK IT'S NATIVE LANGUAGE! THIS IS NOT THE COUNTRY YOU IMMAGRATED FROM; SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. I WOULD NEVER GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND FLAUNT ENGLISH BEHIND OTHERS' BACKS, GOSSIP, ETC. IN A LANGUAGE SOMEONE ASSUMES- ASSUMES-OTHERS DON'T SPEAK FLUENTLY. I DON'T LET PEOPLE KNOW I SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH UNTIL I RESPOND TO A GOSSIPER IN SPANISH. THE LOOK ON THEIR FACE IS PRICELESS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

My daughter attends this school and I feel that their is too many children in her 4th grade class. There is nearly 28-30 kids in one class with only one teacher. The Math teacher is terrible. I have sent several notes to her regarding my child and it seems as if she just ignores what I tell her.I just can't seen to understand how she's teaching the kids. My daughter comes home so confused about her Math assignments. The Math teacher needs to take some courses herself to learn good methods of teaching 4th graders Math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

The principal at this school tries to stay out of any situation he can. Instead of having an open door policy. The students do not get any recess time in the winter despite having sunny days, there are plenty of excuses in summer as well. One was too many students on the playground another was a student having medical problems. Yet the 2nd graders are expected to stay put like robots during class and during other classes they must attend. They are also expected to do well in their yearly tests, kids need play time to let off steam. P.E. is only held once a week! This will surely bring students medical problems! If students are doing well and can take on more of a challenge they are ignored and made to sit through the brain numbing class. If your child has a disability learning i suppose that will be noticed but if your child can take on more he'll only remain stagnant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

I absolutely love this school! My son was constantly in trouble at his previous b/c his teacher and adminatrators did not understand or care to find solutions with his ADHD. His 1st Grade teacher at John Tyler went above and beyond to help him learn in a way that worked for him. He is reading at a 5th grade level now and has honor roll every 9 week period. He become where he loved go to school instead of dreading it. I look forward to my son future years at John Tyler
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

My son is in kindergarden at this school and I am so unhappy. At my son's pre-k school, he read way above level and they never had any discipline problems out of him. His pre-K school put a note on his file stating how well he reads and also to keep him challenged. This is the 2nd month of school and they still are not challenging him and he is constantly on color change. This bothers me as a parent because I know my sons abilities and when a child isn't challenged they get bored and they get in trouble. I have went as far as contacting the principal and he promised me they would challenge him, but I needed to understand that the classroom was very crowded and they would do the best they could do. There are 31 students in my sons class with 2 teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

I have 3 kids in this school 6th grade, 4th grade and k. I love this school and the admid. however i do not like the fact that we were rezoned last yr. my k student has 26 kids in her class and my 4th grader has 25 and when you have that many kids in one class the kids suffer. My 4th grader scored a perfect on his social studies sol last yr and my 6th grader scored a perfect on her reading sol last yr besides over crowding i really love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

I have the greatest 6th graders ever. I teach U.S. History, my classes are on task every day. We have fun learning History and my students and I are are totaly into the challenges we face together. I also have the greatest group of parents any teacher could ask for. They send in supplies, support from home and keep me informed. And regardless of what some may think, we have the greatest Administrative team a student, parent or teacher could dream of. Watch the Tigers and listen for the roar.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 7, 2008

My son has been in this school 6 yrs now and I must say, this school is going down hill. They have rezoned yet again and still have overcrowding in the classrooms in spite of adding on a wing to a newly constructed building. This year, something new- some grades have 2 teachers to a classroom to accommodate over 30 kids in 1 classroom! The discipline needs improvement too. Kids are getting away with too much and they know it. Lots of bad attitude kids and bullying. Dont want to 'suspend' kids- wont look good on the schools record from what I heard. My kids have never written a book report this whole time in this school. Teachers are forced to focus their teaching only on what is needed to pass the SOL's for accreditation. On a positive note, there are many great teachers who care and do a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

This is our first year with John Tyler. My daughter is in kindergarten. I feel many improvements could be made, but overall I think they do a good job. I commend portsmouth schools for working so hard to beat their bad reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

JT is a great school. I have had children in the Portsmouth City School System since 1993 and am quite pleased in the much needed inprovements made by our Superintendent. The teachers and staff have always been quite willing to meet my concerns in a positive manner. The school is fully accredited, and I know the work that my 2nd grader routinely does - I did not do in the 2nd grade! PTA and parental involvement could be better, as we came from Churchland Elementary where it was quite high. But that does not reflect on the school. Keep up the good work John Tyler - this family in Portsmouth is very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

I have two children that attent this school and in my opinion it is one of the best schools in Portsmouth. They could improve on having extra activities for the children to join. Parental involvment could improve but that lies with the parents not the school. I am sure every teacher would welcome you into the class if you wanted to help. All the teachers there seem to care about the children and do there best with what they are given to work with. My hat is off to all of them and every teacher. It takes a special person to begin with to want to sit in a room all day with our children and take the time to teach. Maybe we should all stop complaining and appreciate these wonderful people who dedicate their lives to our children. To all the staff at J.T.- Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2007

Horrible school, children are seldom disciplined. Classes are overcrowded. The teachers act like they are burnt out! There may be 1 or 2 good teachers in the school. Extra curricular activities consist of chorus and that's it. Thank god for the music teacher or we wouldn't even have that. For this to be a new school it sure is in a state of disrepair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

This is a wonderful school. The children are for the most part well mannered. The parents try to be a part of what is going on. Papers are sent home two to three times a week and information is always given on upcoming events. Field trips are planned and the children are a part of the classroom decisions that are made. The staff is friendly and is willing to go the extra mile for the children. As with every school there are some things that could improve. The PTA has gone down hill a little, but with help from parents is trying to raise again. The building is over crowded, by the staff does the best they can to acommadate. The school is fully state accredited. Not all schools can say that. Thanks JT for a job well done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2004

This is a good school. The teacher care about the children and go out of their way to make sure that their needs are meet. As in every school not everyone will be statisfied. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2004

My 2 children went to JTES this past school year. I was very dissapointed with the treatment my daughter that is in special ed. recieved the first 2 months of school. My other child who had been in 2nd grade but in a 3rd grade reading class the year prior to coming to JTES, was put in 3rd grade reading again due to 4th grade reading classes being too full. So she did the same things with the same books all year. There were also very few extracurricular activities to get the children involved in their school. The PTA mettings and programs were poorly planned and I usually didn't find out about them until the evening of the event. My children's school work was sent home about once a month. I feel my children's education has suffered and they will not be attending JTES this coming school year.
—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.

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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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
History and Social Science

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Writing

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
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

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%

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

All Students65%
Female students67%
Male students63%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students60%
Female students67%
Male students51%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students69%
Female students71%
Male students66%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
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 students78%
Male students64%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students64%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
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 Students70%
Female students71%
Male students70%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

English: Writing

All Students64%
Female students79%
Male students57%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students70%
Female students61%
Male students75%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Science

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students60%
Female students62%
Male students56%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Math

All Students68%
Female students62%
Male students75%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
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

  • 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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3649 Hartford St
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: (757) 393-8879

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