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Riverheads Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 525 students

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Posted March 12, 2013

First, regarding the facilities. We have been told that the "pod schools," of which RES is one of 3, will be the next renovated facilities in Augusta County. I anticipate that by 2015 school year. The future middle school is at least a decade away. We would like to see more specific application for Gifted students before grade 4. As with most schools, the focus is on catching up the poorer students than pushing the challenging students. The AYP issues are not particularly well addressed by the administration, but I don't care much about that bureaucracy anyway. We have seen some teachers show an exceptional amount of creativity and ability to apply new methods...but we also have seen some teachers closer to retirement who seem to be mailing it in. Overall, we sense that the teachers are invested and care about the students. We see much more of the Assistant Principal than the actual Principal, maybe that is by design. We have consciously been very involved parents and the teachers and administration seem to have been welcoming. The PTA could do more, they seem to be comfortable organizing school-wide events and less interested in developing bigger picture ideas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

I have two children at this school. We moved from another district in Virginia where one child was in the gifted program. We came here and was given the run around about him being tested. When I have requested a conference with all my child's teachers only one shows up. How can the math teacher answer questions I have about reading? The principal gives text book answers when asked why the school hasn't made AYP. Saying the level they are to achieve is to high is not an appropriate answer. The school administration also doesn't listen about concerns until something happens that could get hurt happens. Thankfully no one did get hurt and that someone finally did something about the bus driver.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2012

All three of my children have gone to this school. The teachers and support staff are top-notch, in my opinion. The emphasis on learning is well managed and always in the forefront of whatever is being done at the school. The school may be older than some, but the structure is only a small part of the story. The teachers, from pre-K to the fifth grade are truly interested in their students and do a tremendous job with limited funding. If your child is at Riverheads elementary, you can be assured he or she is important to everyone working there. One visit to a classroom will show that each room is full of colorful, motivating materials and the children are well cared for. The level of parent involvement is unsurpassed! Thanks RES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Disappointed with lack of response to address special concerns/needs of students. Honesty and openness lacking. Feel parents are met with rehearsed answers instead of sincere concern for children who have needs that may not be convenient to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

I really do like the school, the teachers for the most part do care and try but was so shocked by the outdated problems! No lockers(I didn't realize it was a problem until my child pointed out how unprepared for middle school they would be not know how to use them!) Not to mention that they would rather pay money for a soccer field than for land for a middle school. I understand one can't compare with the other in price but there isn't even talk of one. Several elem. schools all merging to one outmoded middle school, sad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

I love this area and the school as well but we need to keep our ears and eyes open to what teacher instructs your child or children. I don't feel they monitor our teachers like they monitor our children. We need more help in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

I love this school because It has really helped my son who has disabililties and also my daughter goes there too.My son is in Kindergarten and My daughter is in 2nd grade.I rate this School #1 in elementary school in Augusta County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2006

I transferred my children to Riverheads last year. The staff at Riverheads are very on top of things and have a strong handle on where the childen are academically and go above and beyond meeting each childs needs. From observation, I have witnessed unbelievable parental involvement such as eating lunch with the children, volunteering for field trips and in the classroom.We were welcomed with open arms.Also, the encouragement and devotion of the teachers are few and far between. Riverheads is focused on the confidence and outcome of America's future.I have witnessed schools test children yearly and focus on test scores so much that they forget about the actual child. Comparing Riverheads to another school. I have not witnessed one child left behind. The school embraced my family from day one. From Mr. Bateman the principal,Mrs Fregosi, Mrs. Cox and the guidance counselor Mrs. Presbury, they made our transition extremely smooth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

The parents at RES are supportive and very involved aswell as informed. Mr. Bateman encourages the students and staff to work together to inform parents of the progress. RES has worked very hard to prepare the students for SOL's, searched to find the problems and worked with the students individually and as groups to improve this area. RES always puts saftey first and stresses the importance of working as a team to keep the children free of any attempted danger. The PTA meetings and parent meetings are seldom boring or routine. Updates and new information is always given aswell as information into individual student progress along with recognition. My students love this school, I feel safe and secure that the teacher's and staff right down to the janitorial staff each day give their all to educate and nurture my children. With recent violence in the world today, it is such a comfort!
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

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

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students72%
Female students74%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students74%
Female students72%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Science

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
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 Students54%
Female students51%
Male students57%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students55%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English54%

Math

All Students63%
Female students60%
Male students64%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%
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 Students74%
Female students83%
Male students67%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

English: Writing

All Students70%
Female students83%
Male students60%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students64%
Female students63%
Male students64%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
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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Staunton, VA 24401
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