This school used to be above average, but now, it is fledgling. Factors playing roles in the decline include the insane (Board approved) school hours and bus schedules (9:30 school start -- home after 5:00), staff changes (teachers who used to teach 3rd grade are now teaching second and so on), shared staff with neighboring primary (K-1) school and overall stress of "memorizing" and "passing" the ridiculous Standards of Learning Tests (SOL) Virginia has adopted. Students are "herded" through. My child was on A/B honor roll but scored poorly on the SOL -- so we got a letter saying she may not move up to the next grade. What??? I don't think the teachers are lazy as other posts indicate. I think they are overworked and undervalued and forced to get through too much information in such a short amount of time. I believe while there students are well cared for -- they just aren't being taught the skills needed. The school is old, but well maintained. It does smell like a male locker room down one hallway. The office staff is rude and disinterested. The PTA is comical but I do like the principal. Just not sure she can do her job given the limits placed on our educators.
This is my child's 3rd year at this school and I am glad it will be the last. Parent parcipitation has never really been big. It seems it's always the same parents. Children are bussed in from downtown Suffolk neighborhoods to create racial equality, so says the Public School Amins. But this only seems to cause a rift in the groups of kids in the class. These other kids are not from our area neighborhoods and therefore are not included in some of the recess play and that is how the discord begins.I don't understand that since there seems to be recial equality in the whole area of northern Suffolk. These children are being taken out of their neighborhoods and away from their neighborhood friends and forcing them to join in with other children that have that neighborhood bond. It just doesn't make sense. We also don't seem to get good communicatioin from the school itself. Notices come home on a 1/4 pc of paper! There is no longer a full time librarian. We share resource teachers with Florence Bowser. And last but not least, the classes are PACKED. My child's class has 28 children in it. There is no room to move in the class! Driver Elementary is going in the wrong direction!!
Bad news on so many fronts. We just finished the year here and would have pulled our children out except for the fact that switching schools mid-year is hard. Inconsistent discipline is a huge problem there. We had problems with a bully who was given "another chance" over and over while terrorizing classmates. The school did not care. The work was easy, too easy, and not enough homework so parents can know what's going on. Our daughter was absent for 3 days and we asked for the make up work and the teacher could not come up with anything! They handed us a general curriculum guide instead. The whole place is just a sad mess. We won't be sending our children there next year.
We are a military family and have experienced many different elementary schools in the U.S. Our experience with Driver has been positive. Our son's teachers have been excellent...both experieced and dedicated, with great discipline over their students. I am involved in the school (volunteer) and I haven't experienced or witnessed anything akin to the negative posts on this page. I would describe the class sizes as "at capacity" not overcrowded. The building IS very old, and I would like to see a more expansive library. That is why I didn't give the school 5 stars.
Great school ~ most of the teachers really care about the students. The building needs repairs, but the staff try to make it look nice anyway. The students are learning and seem very happy.
This school has poor academics, lazy teacher's, rude students, and most parents don't care anyway. The work is too easy and kids are NOT challenged. Grades are give-away's. Tests are all multiple choice, even MATH!! No working out of problems, just select A, B, C, D. Teacher's do not communicate with parents and parents can never visit their kid's classroom. They treat the kids like retards and thats what the school produces. The principal is awful, snotty, and rude to parents. No one cares and it shows big time there.
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