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Suffolk, VA
Students enrolled: 760

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6701 Respass Beach Rd
Suffolk, VA 23435

(757) 923-4169
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April 24, 2015
My family and I just moved to the area from Japan. Finding a school and home when you are living overseas is not an easy task. I relied on Great Schools to help locate schools that would fit our children's needs in such a life transition. We have a 5 year old who has no school experience. There was not much to offer in the way of preschool while living overseas and he missed the cutoff for Kindergarten by 4 days in which the school in Japan could do nothing about. When we got to Suffolk we were excited to get the ball rolling and enroll our 5 year old in all day Kindergarten at Norther Shores. When we went in to register the staff was so friendly and welcoming that I just knew this was going to be a great fit. As the days went on our Kindergartner started showing signs of anxiety and his wonderful Kindergarten teacher communicated daily with us. Due to the lack of school experience our son was not enjoying his first school expereience and his teacher and staff kindly and graciously worked with us to come up with a plan suitable for his needs. This is a great school and I look forward to watching my children grow here over the next several years.

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June 04, 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!

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March 05, 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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July 04, 2006
I have two kids here, one with SLD. This school treats students with respect. Great teachers.

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June 05, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Northern Shores Elementary School
6701 Respass Beach Rd, Suffolk, VA  23435
(757) 923-4169
Last modified Northern Shores Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northern Shores Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top