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Bellwood Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 455 students

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Posted August 27, 2012

Both my son's have attend Bellwood. It holds a special place for me because I also went there, as did my parents. My father was actually part of one of the first sets of students to walk the halls in the mid-1960's. Everything about this school is amazing. The staff is helpful, caring and genuinely concerned for the welfare of each child. It is true they know all the kids by name and recognize the parents. As with any school, experience is directly tied to involvement. I participate in all of the activities they have for the kids, and there are a lot. It really helps to make the children feel accomplished because they reward their progress in fun ways. As with any school, there are bullying issues, but I have never had a teacher ignore a request and they have always made themselves available should I need anything. The school is always clean, they have updated equipment, and I like how the Head Start, Pre-K, K and 1st grade classes have their own bathrooms. The social worker at the school is also great and they help a lot, with holidays, coats, everything. I love this school and would tell anyone to send their children there. They are also a National Title I school, which is a plus
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

I have two children who attend Bellwood Elementary and i absolutely love this school and would never want my children to go anywhere else . Everyone at this school is so friendly and helpful in any situation that may arise . I have had many friends move to my neighborhood just so their kids can attend this awesome school so that speaks for itself . I have never walked into a school where every staff member knows my kids names that amazes me every time i go there it is that family feeling that makes we want to encourage everyone to go there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My daughter attends Bellwood and is in kindergarten. I do not have a feel for the whole school yet but i do know that the teacher she has is wonderful!! My daughter has really excelled since the beginning of this year. i am looking forward to next year and hopefully she will have another great teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Oh my i'm glad i'm not the only one with negative remarks about this school and the principle they do allow bullies to get away with it i have been dealing with it all year on a daily basis and the principle does nothing she in my book is worthless now i can't say that every teacher there doesn't care because that isn't true but there are some that should not even be allowed to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

This is an excellent school. The teachers work very hard and the administration is supportive and involved. As with any school, the experience a child has varies with the teachers. I highly recommend this school. (The previous rater's comment that his or her first grader only has an opportunity to use the restroom at recess is completely false. All first grade classrooms have their own bathroom and students are allowed to use it whenever they need to. I question the validity of the rest of the rating.)
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Posted January 16, 2009

I one hundred percent agree with the negative comments for this school. The teacher that my daughter has rarely responds to parental concerns, and the only opportunity my first grader gets to use the restroom is during recess. The good reviews are so blatantly full of grammatical and punctuational errors that they hardly seem credible to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

I have 2 children that attend this worthless school. They do not punish bullies at all. The teachers do not seem to want to teach the children anything. They were in shock that my daughter who is 5, could count to 15 and knew her colors and shapes. They do not challange the children at all. Do not send your kids here. They will get beat up and picked on and the principal will act like it isn't a big deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

My child went to this school and didn't get the proper education he needed. The teachers don't work with the students and is a bad environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

The teacher are good in teaching, they are great for some idea how to teach your kids at the same time playing with them. They are friendly and kind. So, what can i ask for... just continue it and God bless!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

I have a child that attends Bellwood. They are extremely nice there. I was unable to buy him any back school supplies and they bought him a bookbag full of supplies. What a wonderufl school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

I have 2 children that attended Bellwood last year and another who will be attending this year. I have to say that so far all I have had with this school has been positive both of my children did very well this year and their teachers were always willing to make time to talk with me about any concerns I had. And everyone at the school that I met seemed to be truely concerned with the children and their education as well as staying in touch with the parents. Bellwood is a great school
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
History and Social Science

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

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 70% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
92%

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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

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

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Writing

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students63%
Female students57%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students64%
Female students59%
Male students72%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students85%
Female students84%
Male students86%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students59%
Female students69%
Male students51%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students81%
Female students79%
Male students82%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students94%
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

English: Reading

All Students75%
Female students78%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students73%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students86%
Female students81%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students94%
Female students93%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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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  • Spanish

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School Leader's name
  • Jennifer Rudd

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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9536 Dawnshire Rd
Richmond, VA 23237
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