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Florence Bowser Elementary School

Public | PK-1 | 247 students

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Posted January 10, 2014

This was my son's very first school. He had the BEST Teachers ever...Jenny L. Kelly F & Robbin. The rest of the staff is pretty phenomenal too! I would recommend anyone sending their children here if you want the best teachers, staff and overall feeling. They ALL go above and beyond all expectations. WE REALLY MISS THEM ALL!!
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Posted November 7, 2011

FBES was a gem in the Suffolk School system. Unfortunately, the Superintendent and School Board have elected to increase class sizes to above the Virginia Board of Education and Virginia legislature standards. Now good teachers and aides are unable to provide the attention and direction needed for an excellent education. At times they are reduced to providing crowd control. The students, PreK through 1st grade, are overcrowded, denied needed individual attention. Children who need extra help are being missed and students who could excell are not challenged to do so. Communication with parents has also suffered, making it difficult to continue educating the students at home. This is not a reflection on the teachers, but on the conditions provided by adminstration moves.
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Posted October 10, 2011

Due to the reshifting of teachers within the Suffolk Public Schools, the class sizes are at and above maximum capacity this year. Unfortunately the kids will be the ones to suffer for the lack of School Board planning and lack of City Council Funding education. I have lost all confidence in the Suffolk Public School System and will be sending my children elsewhere.
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Posted September 18, 2006

Due to a recent re-zoning of schools in the area the class size is now around 18 students per class. The staff is wonderful.
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Posted May 4, 2005

Nice small school for the younger set. Teachers know the parents and know the children too! This is because the school is only for PK4-1st grade.
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Posted January 2, 2005

I had one daughter graduate from this FBE and 2 sons currently attending this school. I really feel confident in my children's education at this school plus am very active in the school as well.
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Posted July 6, 2004

My son just 'graduated' from Florence Bowser. If you let the outside of the school scare you, then you miss out on some amazing teachers. The teachers are wonderful and so are the resource teachers. I would like to see some more maintenance done (my son dealt with a leaky roof in his class for too long) and the school food is not very healthy. But those are district problems. We'll miss FBE!
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  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

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4540 Nansemond Pkwy
Suffolk, VA 23435
Phone: (757) 923-4164

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