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Gayton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 477 students

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Posted June 3, 2013

Wonderful committed teachers!!!! These teachers truly care about challenging the children and do an excellent job of it!!


Posted February 4, 2013

Gayton is a very family oriented school. Great friendly teachers, welcoming enviorment. I would recommend this school to everyone. Homework can be alittle challenging but i think this helps reinforce the classwork.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

Something is amiss when the principal herself takes vacations of several days' duration at random times during the academic year. Where is the school district administration that it allows this? The schools that I taught in (in another state) would never have allowed it, nor would any of my principals have ever even considered it. This reflects a lack of concern for both staff and students.


Posted October 13, 2010

The parents are very invovlved, the teachers are awesome, especially Mrs. Herbert and the staff are nice to wrok with as well. Great PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I agree with the positive comments below. A few comments on the gifted process: Gayton is lucky in that it has a small number of 3rd grade classes (where giftedness is generally honored). This allows the gifted resource teacher to have the time to pull 'identified' kids out of 1st and 2nd grade classes for weekly 'critical thinking' exercises. I wish it were more than once a week but I feel lucky that my son got the option at all in 1st and 2nd grades. I am disapointed by the lack of information released about gifted testing. I think they keep it secret because of the sensitivity around gifted vs not. I've had to do a lot of independent research to know what to expect as opposed to having it offered to me by the school. I imagine most public schools would be this way and its not specific to Gayton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

On the last day of kindergarten, my daughter asked me, 'When can I start first grade?' She had a talented teacher and made more progress than I though possible in just one year! I agree with the Dec 2008 post about lunch - I'm in there every week and the kids chatter all the time, not sure where that other parent got their info about silent lunch - HA! The playground rules have more to do with creating enthusiasm about moving up to higher grades with more priveleges - my kids play on all of the equipment after school with no problems. Gayton is a great place to start a child's education, and the community steps up to get involved at every oppotunity. Go Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

My son has entered kindergarten. I have been very impressed with the amount of parent/teacher communication. Our teacher has been wonderful with our son. I think their personalities are very complimentary, which is the luck of the draw sometimes. I would like to comment on the May 29, 2008 posting. The teachers and staff do have high expectations for behavior, which I think is wonderful, and it is true that the kindergarten kids face in the same direction at the tables, but this has to do with the age. 5 and 6 year olds are very easily distracted and I think this is just a way of minimizing that. I volunteer as a lunch monitor 3 days a week and it is a complete untruth that those kids are not allowed to speak at lunch. They talk to their hearts content. I know, I'm there. Our experience has been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

Each teacher my child has had has been wonderful. However I have many other concerns: the office staff is unwilling to help and speaks ill of other parents while others are listening; the sign-in process is a joke; no one is willing to recognize or test for gifted students until 3rd grade; there are ridiculous liability releases and permission forms; younger children are not allowed to play on certain equipment since gasp! someone might get hurt; kindergarteners eat at 10:40 AM because they all have to face the same direction and are not allowed to speak at lunch (my child made no friends that year since they may not speak during lunch, in the halls, or during class); children are not given any personal responsibility; I could go on and on. Basically, the teachers are great, but leadership is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

Completed first year with three children attending. This is a fantastic school that is very personable, welcoming to new students, focuses on excellent academic achievement as well as expressing overall concern for a child's emotional development. Teachers show true concern for children and communicate effectively with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2004

This is a wonderful school. We moved into the area so my daughter could go to Gayton. She attended kindergarten at Gayton and is entering first grade. We absolutely adored my daughter's kindergarten teacher. She was so involved with the children, she would call us if my daughter did something 'cute' during the day. The staff at Gayton is also wonderful. I volunteered in the school several times last year and never heard a raised voice. All children are actively engaged in their lessons. The atmosphere in the school contributes to the high learning and development standard.
—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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

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91%
History and Social Science

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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92%

2011

 
 
93%

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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

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
92%

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98%

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95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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100%

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99%

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 Students89%
Female students93%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students82%
Female students85%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students99%
Female students98%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%
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 students87%
Male students61%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students93%
Female students97%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students98%
Female students97%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

Science

All Students99%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

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  • School psychologist
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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Peggy C. Wingfield

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
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  • Counseling
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12481 Church Rd
Richmond, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 360-0820

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