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G.W. Carver Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 434 students

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Posted March 19, 2012

This school serves a widely diverse student population and has very professional and caring teachers, with few exceptions. The new principal is not nearly as approachable or interactive as the previous, and has instituted policies that discourage parental involvement and even presence at the school, treating well-recognized parents as potential threats to the students' safety. The physical education program is very poor. The instructors simply have the kids randomly throw balls around the gym, or run laps. Silly and preventable injuries from flying balls are common. There is no structured play. None. Kids don't learn anything at all from gym class - nothing about playing on a team, keeping score, rules of play, etc. It is a special occasion when they take a week to try to teach them how to skate. My child has never played kickball, basketball, dodgeball, or any other -ball sport during gym. Gym always happens in the gym - never outside, even on pretty days. I am appalled at the lack of any real physical education program. My child does not even look forward to it, and my child is naturally very athletic. What did you do in gym today? "Nothing." Maybe a hula hoop. ?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

This school exceeded my expectations, all 3 of my children are attending Carver and are thriving . The teachers and staff are caring & watch out for each individual childs welfare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2007

Great school, Excellent teachers. Very well rounded students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I feel proud to send our child to this school. Excellent teachers and an excellent principle. I believe they are setting the standard to follow.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
92%

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

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

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students86%
Female students92%
Male students77%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students84%
Female students89%
Male students78%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Science

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students96%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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 Students82%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students86%
Female students84%
Male students89%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 Students76%
Female students71%
Male students81%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students79%
Female students77%
Male students81%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students71%
Female students70%
Male students72%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students55%
Female students47%
Male students63%
Black students31%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

  • 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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  • Dr. Joseph T Coleman

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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