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Linwood Holton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 628 students

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Posted September 26, 2014

My granddaughter went here for kindergarten and first grade. At end of first grade, she had all A's. When she moved to FL for second grade, she was tested and told that she is reading at a level expected of students going into first grade...a whole grade level behind. How is that possible? Cause the school lowers standards. Great principal who believes in self respect and discipline, and teachers, but kids won't learn much.


Posted March 2, 2014

Excellent school. Teachers are fair to students and they have an excellent relationship with each other. I have been impressed with how school is functioning. I ma an educator and can not think of a place where my child is safe and loved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I love Holton! My son started attending Holton as a VPI student and I have continued to be impressed as a parent ever since. The leadership is outstanding...Mr. Hudson cares about the kids, the parents, his staff and ensures our Lions receive the BEST everyday. The PTA and our parent volunteer network is simply amazing..from gardening to classroom help, it shows the parent commitment to make our school community a great one. I am looking forward to a great 4th grade year and am excited to see what's next on Holton's horizon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

The diversity of this school and the leadership is like no other. The teachers come from all walks of life and the discipline that is illustrated within the school is riveting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

This is indeed a great school. I am happy that my child will be starting school in a few more weeks. I am looking forward for enrichment.programs Holton has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2012

My child had a successful school year at Holton. My child is allowed to have a school day with learning and structure and extended day filled with enrichment activities. This school is a hidden secret.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

Personally, I think the five-star community rating is a bit over the top. After three years and two children at LHES, I am increasingly frustrated and disappointed in the school. I am often uncomfortable with how frustrated or irritable the teachers are. There is far too much yelling or arbitrary discipline. I am shocked on a daily basis and how rude the grown ups are to the children. Many of the teachers seem to feel powerless and therefore seem limited in what they are willing to do. I am sure that the teachers are more talented than they are allowed to be. School has sucked the life put of learning for my intelligent, Sensitive, interested children. They both hate going to school and complain that there is so much yelling or mean tones coming from the staff and teachers. Of course, there are exceptions. Holton is a city school with city problems. Diversity is excellent. A few teachers are superior. Parent involvement is excellent. Academics are fair. Field trips are good. Art is good, but only once a week. Homework is terrible and unnecessary. All mindless worksheets anne no substance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2010

It's like one big family. I love it there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 19, 2010

One of the best school in the city of Richmond, everyone from the Principal - Mr Hudson down to the janitorial staff is amazing. The PTA rocks and parental involvement is nothing short of outstanding
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

The level of parental involvement is amazing & the kids benefit from it. I am thrilled with the outdoor classroom and gardens. The teachers we have met rock.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

The parent support and recognition of Linwood Holton is like no other school. This coming from a person who has had exoerience with NYC public School, Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, and Chesterfield Public Schools. Parents really care and truly have the children's best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

This is a great school, we are thinking about moving and want to find another school just like this. The staff is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

This is my daughter last year at Holton. She started out in Kindergarten. We will truly miss Holton and its staff when she leaves for middle school. Mr. Hudson and his staff are always willing to help you with any problems you might have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

We now have two daughters at the school. We absolutely love it. The Princicple Mr. Hudson keeps everyone (students and teachers) focused on pushing themselves to do better. The PTA is strong and active. To date the teacher/student ration is low. We love the K/1st multiage classroom. The main intangible benefit is the diversity of the school community. Our children will have a more realistic experience of the world b/c of this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

Outstanding School. Our son enter Holton in kindergarten and completed 5th grade this year. Our experience with the administration team, teachers, and classroom environment measured above standard. Great work Holton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

Excellent School. My child has the opportunity to be taught the SOls and have a chance to participate in a structure after school activities.


Posted June 4, 2008

Our daughter is finishing her fourth year at Holton. It's truly an amazing place -- fantastic principal and strong PTA and parental leadership. The sense of community is strong -- Holton has become a key part of the life of Northside Richmond
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

We really have enjoyed our daughter attending Linwood Holton Elementary School. She participated in any and all school activities the school organize. Parental involvement is outstanding. The kids there out perform other area schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

My daughter began Holton as early as 4 years old in the VPI program. I was excited, however, she had no formal classroom instruction before this and it made me very nervous. She is now in 3rd grade and my family loves Holton and the Holton family. The school has stepped-up in every way to provide my child exceptional academic instruction, social interactions, as well as extra-curricular activities. I am proud to be a parent of a student at Holton. Go Holton Go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

My son is in the VPI program here and we love it!! the teachers are accessible and considerate. the work is appropriate. many field trips are planned and i've felt very welcome. the building itself is beautiful. Ms. Ragland is just the right amount of humor and discipline. I recommend it with 4 stars out of five.
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
History and Social Science

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

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 70% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

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 Students67%
Female students75%
Male students60%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students57%
Female students58%
Male students56%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Science

All Students83%
Female students82%
Male students84%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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 students76%
Male students64%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students67%
Female students73%
Male students62%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities77%
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 Students66%
Female students70%
Male students61%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

English: Writing

All Students80%
Female students86%
Male students74%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students57%
Female students55%
Male students59%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students76%
Female students76%
Male students76%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%
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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1600 W. Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23227
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