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Westhaven Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 613 students

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Posted February 8, 2013

when needing to speak with some one normaly you brushed off. i feel that with 50 page lession plains ever week the teachers are being pushed to only teach to test, in the past 2 years when i have went to drop off goodies to teachers, i have not been allowed to go back to the class rooms or walk my child to class, my child cant carry a laundry basket full of school supplys. parents that want to be invalved are pushed away, and discuraged. I ued to help out even in classes i had not kids in, because i loved the kids the teachers, but being pushed away, why would i want to help now
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2009

Student achievement has greatly improved, as well their moral to learn. All the teachers work really hard trying to teach, engage students in various fun activities to help them implement the knowledge they have learned in the classroom. The school's report card shows how much the school has improved over the years, therefore parents and the community should support the school and be excited there are highly qualified teachers and great leadership in the building. With God's blessings the school will continue to do well.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2009

Teacher are observed and evaluated every day at different times of the day by many different people. The currrent administration has gotten rid of teachers that they felt were not doing their jobs. There are certain steps that must be taken before the renewal of a teacher's contract can be denied.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2009

I was appaled last year when my son entered this school at the midway point in the term and his grades from his previous school were not considered. His first report card was horrible, due to lack of grades. Also, I attended an assembly earlier this year and frankly, I wanted to snatch my son out of there immediately. What an embarassment. I have since not allowed my son to attend assemblies. I am not going to let him make a spectical of himself. Trust me, the rest of the children allowed to be embarrassed on the stage do it for him. This school really needs to step up. This just a suggestion, but I believe that some of your teachers need to be re-evaluated, ASAP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

Much improved since the current administration took over.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 28, 2009

Academics and displine have improved due to teacher expectations. Also due to administration expectations of the staff. Teachers are checked on daily to see that they are on schedule and that all students are involved in the lesson.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 25, 2007

Westhaven Elementary has been a great disappointment the last 3 years. My childs' academic progress has suffered dearly due to this. Parents are no longer allowed to participate and be involved in the most crucial years of a childs life. Every attempt to interact with school functions and celebrations have been denighed. Children now express that they hate going to school. School use to be a fun place to learn. Now it is like being in prison. I wish the principal and more teachers at Westhaven would have a change of heart and genuinely cared about how the children are progressing and cared enough to make a difference. I'm praying for a positive change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2006

The school was great when my child was in pre k and kindergardenand then when he was put in the 1st grade with 26 other students he could not consentrate and so he failed the 1st grade with a's in math. After numerous atempts to correct the problems and meeting with teachers and Asst.Principal I guess he had become a problem and he was suspended once and sent home several times for playing and sleeping. The times I did go to the school to pick him up and went to the classroom it was total mayhem with kids running around and the teacher yelling -my son now goes to private school and it costs me but he is now doing great and his last progress report was 9 a's 2 d's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2006

Parent level involvement is at a minimum in this school, however the parents that are involved are extremely passionate about all the kids and dedicated in keeping others (parents) updated and informed as much as possible. It also has a new principle, whereas she is trying extremely hard to make this a safe & interesting learning environment for the children, she isn't a people person, and instead of being involved with the children and their views, she seems to step back and allow teachers to handle all behavior issues, which leads to differences of opinions between parents and teachers (who are left to be judge and jury). The child has a voice, just as an adult does. And shouldn't be told to stop tattling when something is happening to them. This seems to effect a great number of the kids that are in the the lower grade levels K-2.
—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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
61%
History and Social Science

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
86%

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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
76%
English: Writing

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

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students67%
Female students65%
Male students70%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students59%
Female students68%
Male students50%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Science

All Students69%
Female students68%
Male students71%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
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 Students57%
Female students67%
Male students46%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Math

All Students61%
Female students69%
Male students51%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%
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 Students66%
Female students65%
Male students67%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

English: Writing

All Students52%
Female students69%
Male students35%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Math

All Students64%
Female students61%
Male students66%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students69%
Female students60%
Male students77%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities62%
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 Students73%
Female students65%
Male students80%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students76%
Female students69%
Male students82%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%
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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3701 Clifford St
Portsmouth, VA 23707
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