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Northern Shores Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 760 students

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Posted June 4, 2014

We have 5 kids in this school and we love it! The teachers are amazing, the principal is great, etc. The teachers seem to really care about the kids and really help them to learn and understand. They go out of their way to help anyone that needs extra help in anything. I am very happy that my kids go to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

Since the Hispanic population is growing I am going to provide my review in espanol. Ha sido una experiencia maravillosa para mi hijo el haber comenzado desde kindergarten hasta segundo grado en esta escuela. Todas las maestras que tuvieron la responsabilidad de tener a mi hijo en su clase fueron estupendas entre ellas, Sra. Thomas y Sra. Meyers no tengo palabras por el excellente trabajo que realizaron. Les vamos a extranar!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

My daughter is now a 1st grader at Northern Shores Elementary. When she entered kindergarten, I was so nervous because she could not read and other students had the privilege of learning to read in preschool. IN 3 MONTHS after attending kindergarten my daughter was reading books! I could not believe it! I tried to teach her myself and couldn't do it, so I give her K teacher well deserved accolades. Her kindergarten teacher won Suffolk Teacher of the Year and she deserved it. I like how the school has many free and low cost activities like Family Fitness Night and Reading Night. The Suffolk Parks and Recreation (Rec) is attached to the school so before and after care is convenient and reasonable. The Rec also has low cost activities that my daughter has participated in like cheerleading and karate. The school is diverse and well run. I highly recommend Northern Shores Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

After two years at a private school, we decided to enroll our son in public school at Northern Shores. We knew doctors, teachers and other professionals who choose to educate their kids here. They all shared positive comments with us. After one year and an incredibly positive experience for our child, we now wonder why we ever sent him to a private school. Northern Shores may not be perfect, but it's pretty darn good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

I have a child who attended Northern Shores for kindergarten, first and second grades. All three teachers were good, but her kindergarten teacher was excellent and very experienced. My one complaint is the concern that teachers have very little room to vary from the standard curriculum. Team teaching may be good for new teachers, but doesn't allow those with more experience to utilize it. As a whole, though, I've been very pleased with NSES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

I feel that this is an excellent school. I have two children at Northern Shores, one in kindergarten and one in first grade. I am impressed with the teachers and how much my children have been learning. My first grader has been going to this school since kindergarten and both of his teachers seem to encourage him to do his best. My family and I are moving out of the area and the hardest thing for me will be taking my children out of this school and finding another school with the same type of teacher dedication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I continue to be impressed by the quality of instruction at Northern Shores. The atmosphere that has been created by the staff encourages all children to reach their potential. The school is to be commended for providing our students with a top notch education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

The majority of the teachers are terrific. There are a few that shouldn't be teaching, but that's the case in every school. The Adminstration, starting with the current principal, lacks quite a bit in interpersonal skills. They don't interact well with the parents or the students. Parental involvement is typically limited to the same few who seem to do everything and the PTA is very limited by the principal in what they are allowed to accomplish. The SOL push is strict, but there is little time for extracurricular activities and Suffolk, as a whole, places little emphasis on the gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

I have 2 children that attend NSES. Over the past 4 years, I have seen many positive changes. Parent involvement is encouraged by teachers and students love the interaction. SOLs are a concern for ALL Virginia schools. NSES teachers find new and interesting ways to challenge and help students while still meeting the standards for the state. Staff are caring and seem to be genuinely concerned for every student's overall well being. I think that there will always be some reason to complain. Nothing is as perfect as we might like. As for AR and AMath...my children love the challenges. Any parent who sees the programs will be amazed at the levels of growth that are achieved! The programs are focused on specific needs and are far better than any textbook I have seen. (challenging and yet able to pinpoint weaknesses before they become problems) No complaints here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2006

Teachers seems caring, dedicated and attentive. Principal & school board too focused on SOL (Standard of Learning) testing. Teaching stops for 2 months for preparation for SOLS. Do not like the A/M (Accelerated Math) program. Kids don't learn how to think on their feet or reason through a problem. Too many multiple choice problems. Good focus on teaching reading & comprehension. Too much emphasis on a testing/measuring program called A/R (Accelerated Reader). School has a gifted program but it is not well developed with specific goals or curriculum. A few parents are very involved in the school. The majority are not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2006

I have two kids here, one with SLD. This school treats students with respect. Great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

Good school with some great teachers!Limited on extracurricular activities and special services. Parental involvement and caring teachers makes this school a wonderful place for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

My son has attended here from K-5 (currently). It is a good school in general - I guess we always want more/better for our kids. Not a lot of extracurricular activities via the school, but the gym is part of the city's parks department, so there are some things there. There is a big focus in all Virginia schools on the SOLs (standardized state tests for accreditation), so there is a lot of very specific subject learning, and not a lot of room for 'free' learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

I don't think the school is creative at all, the reasaon why there the only school in Suffolk that meets state requirments is because thats the only thing that they do. There seems to be alot of fights to that teachers never see.
—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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

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 70% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

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 73% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

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

All Students84%
Female students88%
Male students78%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students79%
Female students81%
Male students76%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students88%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 Students79%
Female students84%
Male students74%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students89%
Female students95%
Male students83%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities91%
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 Students81%
Female students85%
Male students78%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

English: Writing

All Students74%
Female students78%
Male students70%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students82%
Female students79%
Male students84%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students82%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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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6701 Respass Beach Rd
Suffolk, VA 23435
Phone: (757) 923-4169

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