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Little River Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 826 students

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Posted April 27, 2014

Fabulous creative, caring and energetic teachers. Love the NEW principal and vice principal: Ms. Gross and Mr. Murphy make an excellent team!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

LR is an amazing school!. I'm the mother of 2 children. My oldest started kindergarten in 2006 (Mrs. Hardcastle's first year at LR) and spent all 6 years there before heading to middle school last fall. My youngest is in 4th grade. I also spent a decade teaching elementary school in Fairfax County. The majority of my children's teachers have been kind, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and dedicated. Did some teachers leave after Mrs. Hardcastle arrived? Yes, but that is always the case when there is a transition in administration. However, 7 years later, MANY great teachers remain. Have we ever had a bad teacher? Yes, but those are present in EVERY school (and nearly impossible to fire) and Mrs. Hardcastle is very concerned about the happiness and success of each student and works with parents to resolve problems. My experience with her regarding my own children has been only positive. I disagree that the children are bored. Loudoun County has a wonderful gifted program and mine have been challenged in the classroom daily. On any given day, you will see many parent volunteers. The specialists (especially the counselors, art, music and PE teachers) are absolutely fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2012

Hardcastle has ruined this school. The teachers are forced only to instruct to the VA SOLs and the children are completely bored. There is no energy in the classrooms as there used to be under the previous principals prior to the Fall of 2006 (when the current principal arrived). Now Loudoun County has started a new 4 point grading system and, of course, Hardcastle has no idea how to properly implement it. There is no consistency between teachers with grading and the leader of the school has not provided proper guidance to them. Many teachers at the school do not like the principal and so many good teachers that were hired under the previous principals, Reedy, left to teach at other schools after becoming frustrated with Hardcastle's style. Further, she does not encourage parent involvement in their children's educational decisions and makes parents feel unwelcome when they offer suggestions. Finally, there are way too many under utilized "Specials" teachers at this school that could be better served at schools where their services are really needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

Little River was a wonderful school with very high SOL scores and teachers under the previous principals but that has all changed the last several years. The current principal is simply horrible. She will not listen to parents' suggestions or concerns and there literally is no leadership at the school. Under the previous administration, the teachers were phenomenal and there was great energy in the school. Since this principal took over in 2006, all the good teachers have literally left the school (with the exception of a handful) and Hardcastle has hired mediocre teachers. Due to her lack of leadership, the teachers are allowed to do whatever they please and this has lowered the overall quality of the entire education at Little River. For example, she insists on using math investigations in her classrooms to compensate for lower state test scores and anyone who's done research on this teaching method knows it is subpar. It's really sad to see such a great school turn into such a fiasco. If a good education is important to you, don't send your children to this school. Many of our friends have sent their children to private schools instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2011

We have two children in this school and we are pleased with the quality of the teachers and the education. Our oldest child is sufficiently challenged by new concepts and our youngest child received additional help when we feared he was falling behind. The teachers have different styles and personalities that are recognized by the administrators and addressed in a meaningful way. For example, our youngest child was placed with a teacher that the administrators, previous year's teacher, and counselors felt would work best with his quirks. I'm impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

Our school has such a great sense of community, and our teachers and staff are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Great teachers, programs and parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

We love our school and our PTA!!!! Go Little River Eagles!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

It's a great school with a great staff who truly cares about the children. The children are in a loving environment all day long, and they are encouraged to learn in a way that makes it fun. The parents involvement at this school is great, many parents volunteer at the school and contribute to their kids success. We love our school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Good teachers, but there is way too much focus on sol test by school administrators. The principal makes things difficult for any student who is different, whether they are special Ed, ld, or gifted. If your child is average they will enjoy a good education in a safe andvwarm atmosphere. Parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Full of spirits and great teachers. My nephew has thrived there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I love the enthusiasm of the faculty and the tremendous amount of parental support and volunteerism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Great school with wonderful caring teachers and great community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Great parent involvement. They have one of the highest volunteer rates in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

The teachers are so nice and my kids love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

The teachers, admin staff and parent involvement make this school a wonderful place for our kids to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

Because the teachers are genuine in their care and concern of the children. They take the time to make it a safe and fun learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

L/R used to be great when Reedy & Maylo ran it but all went down hill w/ the coming of Mrs. Hardcastle. The newest VP is great, Mr. Pack, but Hardcastle is the cause for bring down parent involvement in older grades and causing teachers who spent many years at our school to transfer to new schools nearby. RETIRE PLS! HARDCASTLE....You're overdue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

The teachers, staff and parents really work hard to make our school a success and a wonderful place for our children to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

To the last parent (or school employee) that posted the remark 'many challenges for children that are ready for higher levels of learning' - that's absolute hogwash - there are quite literally no challenges for gifted children, very little to no differentiation in the early grades, and overall very little attention paid to the students vs. routine discpline and 'busywork'
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

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 70% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

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

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students83%
Female students87%
Male students78%
Black students73%
Asian students92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students76%
Female students81%
Male students71%
Black students55%
Asian students92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students90%
Female students94%
Male students86%
Black students82%
Asian students73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students89%
Female students89%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial83%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students87%
Female students84%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial83%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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 Students89%
Female students91%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students91%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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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South Riding, VA 20152
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