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Courthouse Rd Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 867 students

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Posted August 9, 2014

The new principal Mrs. Fields is totally not involved when it comes to IEP meetings. I truly miss Mrs. Baleko. She was an awesome principal and VERY involved. Very disappointed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

Outstanding school with actively engaged Principal, Asst. Principal, School Counselor, and PTA. As an extremely involved parent (and yes I work and still find time to volunteer), I truly appreciate the tireless efforts of the teachers, staff, and administrators. The PTA leaders each year volunteer countless hours doing awesome work with little appreciation or recognition. This is the only reason I gave parent involvement 4 stars. Only a small number of parents volunteer their time to help at school or with PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2012

I feel compelled to write an updated review of this school. Our family will likely be moving cities soon, so I was here looking at schools in another state and was surprised to read these reviews of our current school. I have twins in 3rd grade at CRES and we have absolutely loved this school. It's a large school, about 900 kids, but my kid's classes have always been between about 18-22 kids. The diversity is very good: ethnically, socioeconomically, and kids with different physical/mental abilities. The teachers we have had are outstanding. My kids score well above their grade level, but have never had a serious issue being bored in the classroom. When I have had a small issue, the teachers have been wonderful in working with me and my child so they get the most out of their day. We are just getting started in the SCOPE (gifted) program, but it seems very good too. Mrs. Belako, principal in her 3rd year here, is exceptional in how she places the children with the teachers that are best for them. The office staff is wonderful. The only reason i rate it 4 stars is that a couple of the 4th grade teachers are notoriously bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

I am an educator myself, and have had the multiple opportunities observing and volunteering with CRES. The teaching staff is outstanding, and the administration is the best in the county. Mr. McCrum is especially dedicated and professional. If your children are well-behaved, respectful and studious, you should not have any problems with them here.


Posted January 11, 2009

CE is an excellent school, with motivated teachers and caring support staff. Our daughter is blossoming here, and we were so happy that we bought a home to remain close by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

Not happy with this school. My child is in KG and the school assumes the parent knows everything without communicating. My child knows how to read, write, and some math and I feel like she's being 'dummed down' so that the other kids can catch up. I can't wait to move out of this area and get away from this district. When I mentioned that my child sounded like she was bored in the reports we were getting from the teacher, the teacher emailed me back one sentence... She isn't bored. Seriously considering homeschooling her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2008

Our children have attended CRES for the past year. We came from out of state and have been extremely pleased with the school. The principal and asst. principal are wonderful and truly care about the children and their needs. Both of our children have excelled both academically and socially. We feel they are getting a much better education than where we came from. I am at the school frequently volunteering and have only witnessed good things. We couldn't be happier with the staff. The only thing I would change is to see more parents get involved and volunteer, but that is probaly at most schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

This school is the bomb!! I would rate this the best school in Spotsylvania, VA. The 5th grade teachers are nice, great art program, great music program, etc. All and All, GREAT SCHOOL!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2007

Lots of inconsistencies. Really good art program. My child's G1 teacher was good w/ center time, however it did not reflect in homework. Math & spelling are below the current school my child at now. Lots of thinking outside the box. Gifted program involvement is minimal unless your child is in 3rd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2006

We had three children attend Courthouse Rd. Elementary. Two of our three children had newly graduated teachers, and the adjustment time had a price on our children's education and stability. The teachers had a difficult time handling the children, and since the teachers were trying to create a routine of their own, the price for the unstable every-so-changing environment, was on the children. Our middle child had a senior teacher, and after 1/2 of the year, she commented that 'she did not feel as though she belonged, and wanted to be homeschooled..school was miserable!' The A.R. reading program is very inconsistent! Children read books, but could never test. Considering that we were an involved parents, it was a very frustrating year. We considered strongly about homeschooling. As a car-riding family, the safety for picking up children is horrible!!! The school PTA hit rock bottom! Hope for a better year at Courthouse!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2006

The following represents our opinion of this school. The teacher did not appear to have control of her class with any regularity (we were in the classroom once a week as volunteers). There seemed to be very little other parent involvement. When our child needed some extra help, we discussed an action plan with the teacher and also asked for other suggestions. The teacher told us that she felt our plan was good and that the principal had been made aware of the situation. The principal later told us that if he had known that our child needed extra help, he would have made different suggestions because he felt that the plan chosen was not useful at all; then the principal wrote that he wanted our child to continue the same action plan for the summer with no changes or recommendations. Good availability of activities; poor leadership with multiple discipline problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

My son is in the langauge immersion 2 yr old program. His teacher and the program are wonderful. He went from saying around 10 words in August to talking in 4 words sentences at the end of the school year. The one thing I did not like was communications from the principal tend to be old fashion. For example, when asking for parent volunteers, they asked for 'dads to help with set-up' and for 'moms to bake treats'.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
History and Social Science

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
88%

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

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

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students69%
Female students67%
Male students71%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students63%
Female students66%
Male students60%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities93%
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 Students73%
Female students76%
Male students68%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students74%
Female students71%
Male students78%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%
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 students77%
Male students74%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students79%
Male students60%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students79%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students72%
Female students69%
Male students74%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%
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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9911 Courthouse Rd
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Phone: (540) 891-0400

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