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Driver Elementary School

Public | 2-5 | 352 students

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Posted October 6, 2014

I am glad that we moved from this area so I could get my child out of this school. My child is an honor roll student and scored extremely well on the SOL's. But I believe that is because at home we work with our child on all homework assignments and study hard for tests. I was happy with the teachers but not so much with the principal and the office staff. We were also not happy with the fact that children are bused in for down town Suffolk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
History and Social Science

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students80%
Female students83%
Male students78%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students69%
Female students69%
Male students68%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students86%
Female students87%
Male students85%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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 Students86%
Female students82%
Male students91%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 students76%
Male students72%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

English: Writing

All Students66%
Female students78%
Male students57%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students71%
Female students79%
Male students64%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students64%
Female students65%
Male students63%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Melodie Griffin

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
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  • Tutoring
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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4270 Driver Lane
Suffolk, VA 23435
Phone: (757) 923-4106

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