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Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 360 students

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Posted November 28, 2013

The school is in a newly built building, but the education is horrible. My son is not getting a good education here at all. They constantly mix him up with other children. One time they tried to convince me my son was fighting and was going to be suspended. After I further questioned this, they discovered it wasn't even my son. I beg you, if you are able to please do not put your child into this school. I will be removing my son from this school at the end of the school year. If I could do it now, I will. I am in the process of writing my concerns to the school board to inform them of my dissatisfaction. My son was regressing at one point, despite his dad and I working with him. Now we've begun working more aggressively with our son because even though he is supposed to be in Kindergarten, learning to read, and progressing, he is not. I feel as if I am sending him to daycare instead of actual school. I keep complaining about the level of progress my son is making ( bc they are doing things he has done since he was 3 years old) and we are now going into almost 4 months of school without any progressing. Please avoid this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

I am a former teacher at Oak Grove. I worked through the 5 princcipals in 6 years. The first of these was about to retire and offered no leadership. The next four each came into the school with an agenda that neither sought nor accepted any input from faculty or community. The entier central office staff as well as the onsite administration shows little but contempt for the school and the community of Oak Grove. An administration that worked with faculty and community to develop an educational plan based on the needs of the children could make that school effective and a blessing for the children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 13, 2006

The quality of education at Oak Grove is as good as any in the city. The teachers there are among the most dedicated I've ever seen. Problem... Central Administration: 5 principals in 5 years? A problem last year over SOLs, an inexperienced principal and asst. principal, new guidance counselor, new TITLE 1 Math, etc. Wouldn't it have been better for the students, and remaining staff at O.G. to get a seasoned administration to re-establish school? New principal is doing a good job, but has inherited a tough job. Why are there seldom more than 25 parents at PTA meetings?, is this the schools or the parents? Too bad other reviewer doesn't know that the administrator at the school is the princiPAL, not principle.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 26, 2005

In my opinion this school is a total failure to its students and the community atlarge. The test scores are way below national averages and the children apparently lack proper reading skills. In my opinion the principle should be fired or forced to resign. This is a total disgrace.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
History and Social Science

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

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
75%

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 73% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

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

All Students51%
Female students65%
Male students38%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English51%

Math

All Students51%
Female students57%
Male students46%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English51%

Science

All Students64%
Female students67%
Male students62%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%
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 Students30%
Female students33%
Male students24%
Black students30%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English30%

Math

All Students38%
Female students42%
Male students29%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English38%
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 Students50%
Female students55%
Male students43%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

English: Writing

All Students52%
Female students55%
Male students50%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

Math

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students79%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students78%
Female students79%
Male students76%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
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 "Accredited with Warning".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Accredited with Warning".

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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  • Ms. Jannie Laursen

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