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Dumbarton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 590 students

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We have started year 2 @ Dumbarton and it is going great so far! Last year after moving from Alabama we sent the kids to shady grove and to our surprise they were not comfortable. Upon switching to Dumbarton the kids got 2 screamers for teachers. I mean those ladies would've done fine as drill sergeants! Due to health reasons....in comes Ms. Ricca, a true Godsend! My son became so motivated. She had so much energy and a new outlook on teaching. I believed that teachers had a hard enough job without hovering parents. Ms. Ricca quickly put those thoughts to rest and welcomed volunteerism from day 1. The children had some issues with others in school and on the bus that required parental and faculty involvement. Despite the few hiccups, last year was a success! After a summer of leisure they were ready to get back in school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2014

My son started kindergarten last year. The teacher in his class was nice and cooperative. The new principal appears to be attitude. Didn't find the front desk staff rude. The school needs to focus on guiding and providing good opportunity to talented students too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

With the new principle there has been a major turn around at this school. All of the teachers my son has had have been great. They have been very open with communication. They have definitely increased the involvement with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

I agree with the commenters. This school is awful. My son went to Dumbarton in the fall of 2012 for pre-K. I did not like the principle's attitude at all and the front desk staff was mediocre. I would not recommend this school. My son was withdrawn after 2 months.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2014

I take back the review I gave on March 26, 2014. The school may be great but the administrators at the front desk and principal are not! Just rude, inconsiderate and do not remember anyone! If I treated my clients like they did me today I would be fired!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2014

the school is not as bad as the reviews is saying you may have your ups and downs but when you get teachers take care about your students that's what life matters. I've never ran into a teacher that didn't care about my kids have three of them there and every teacher that they have had their push them in a courage them to do their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

I"m giving this school one star only because there is no Zero star. Please do not send your child to this school as your child will not learn anything. The teachers are unresponsive and mean to students, plays favoritism, not remotely interested in teaching and frankly could care less about anything relating to the students, There is a lot of bullying and fighting going on on a daily basis and the teachers do nothing. Words cannot describe how horrible this school is and frankly most of the teachers should be fired or sent for more education , both academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

This school is awful and I would never recommend that any parent send their child here! The teachers are unresponsive and rude...at best. My sons self esteem has been damaged by his 1st grade teacher who probably should have retired 5 years ago. At least six others parents, that I know of, have complained about this particular teacher and the very passive principal could care less. Packing up and moving solely because of the school and the fact that I dont want my son in this unorganized, noncompasionate school any longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

horrible school this school is struggling to teach me anything that i don't already know from fourth grade right now i'm reading this book about what your 5th grader should know and so far i can't understand a thing in math,science,etc the teachers don't like you asking questions, truthfully I think their lucky to have a rating of 4.


Posted June 12, 2013

It took forever for the school to acknowledge my child's need for an IEP. I may just have had bad luck but first 2 teachers were ill-equipped to handle my child's needs. The first thought it was a discipline problem and lectured me in our first parent/teacher meeting, informing me on four occasions, "Discipline is love." When my daughter was diagnosed, the teacher would tell me, "I feel so sorry for her" when she exhibited poor social skills. The 2nd teacher was openly rude and dismissive of me and the concerns I expressed. I am fearful of how our 3rd year will go and what type of teacher we will get. Wish I could transfer to another school in our district but am not hopeful this can happen without moving. I need a more competent staff who knows how to better support a child with learning disabilities and who will treat parents of these children like partners and not like opposition or the enemy. The school would improve if they provided coaching to teachers on how to effectively and politely engage parents. I would never recommend this school if your child requires special education. It is a full-time job being an advocate for your child at this school. You also need thick skin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2012

We moved from an awesome elementary school in Littleton, Colorado. And I thought, the next school will have some BIG shoes to fill, as GreatSchools.org had rated them at an 8. So I began the comparison with the school my son was assigned to, Dumbarton Elementary. The overall rating of Dumbarton Elementary does not reflect the commitment nor the drive that the faculty and staff have for our students. They are my son's second home and he loves his school. He cannot go down the hallway without hugging his previous year teachers. He has found he likes Math, Science and even Social Studies. Now he wants to learn Spanish so he can help his fellow students. They have a "can do attitude" and strive to make this the best school. Everyone works hard and the diligently. I would have to say that the shoes have been filled. They have exceded our expectations in everyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

Wow, this is school is truly awesome I went here from 1st-5th here and I loved the diversity but now im in 6th grade I loved everything about it and so many clubs like saftey patrol and wildcat news and so much more


Posted June 18, 2011

The teachers at this school are professionals. They truly love their jobs and the children they teach. They are always willing to go above and beyond to help the students and community. They have an amazing school library that my children just love.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

In September our family moved from NJ to Va. I will say that I was nervous about Va school system. Surprisingly Dumbarton is the best school mty children have attended to date. The teachers and staff are great role models. They are always willing to assist and communicate with me. My children LOVE their teachers. My son for the first time EVER, had A's and B's. That shows you the hard work his 3rd grade teacher has put into working with him. It is truly appriciated. Christy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

My son is in his second year at Dumbarton and really loves it. The teachers there are stellar and seem to genuinely care about the students. Parental involvement is lower than I expected, but it seems to be gradually improving. The new principal (Mrs. Traveline) has been a very positive addition to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

The staff is fantastic! They have updated & new playground equipment. Our daughter has attended this school for 5 years & she has loved every teacher she has ever had! The homework/parent/teacher communication folders are an excellent way to follow your child's progress & keep in contact with the teacher should a question or problem arise. I can only hope that her middle school will provide the same level of excitement & enjoyment that Dumbarton has brought to our daughter. She will truly miss the school & all of the wonderful teachers! She seems to be receiving a top notch education & has excelled in every placement test, scoring higher than friends & family who attend private schools! I could not rate this school or the staff high enough! Even the janitor is top notch - he helped her when her tooth came out & was so kind to her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

The staff is courteous & friendly. An older school, clean, many nice team spirit paintings hand-painted here & there throughout the halls & cafetorium. 3 baseball diamonds & a running track, 2 separate playgrounds with age appropriate equipment & nice swings. They have set 'noise levels' for different areas of the school, which let the children know when to use normal speaking voices, whispers, when to be silent, or when it's okay to be noisy. These 'levels' they learn at school come in useful at home too! All the kids have 'homework/parent/teacher communication' folders to keep track of schoolwork & announcements. My son seems to be enjoying his first year in kindergarten at Dumbarton and I've heard only good things about this school from former students as well.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students64%
Female students66%
Male students62%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students58%
Female students51%
Male students64%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English59%

Science

All Students84%
Female students83%
Male students85%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English81%
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 Students49%
Female students52%
Male students45%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English55%

Math

All Students55%
Female students54%
Male students56%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English58%
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 Students69%
Female students80%
Male students57%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students60%
Female students64%
Male students56%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Math

All Students60%
Female students64%
Male students57%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English62%

Science

All Students74%
Female students78%
Male students69%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students67%
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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9000 Hungary Spring Rd
Richmond, VA 23228
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