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Colvin Run Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 876 students

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Posted October 28, 2012

Our experience has been that Colvin Run is an excellent school with a wonderful administration and very caring teachers. The principal has brought great programs to the school and the children (and parents) love him! The parents are highly involved with the school, making it an even more enriching environment for the children. We couldn't ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

I have two children in the school and we have experienced grades K to 3rd grade. The principal has brought some great programs into the school including violin for all 3rd graders, music for all 4th graders and Spanish - all with no county/state support. The parents and kids here are great. I haven't been pleased with the teachers though. For example, the way 3rd grade teachers drop all their teaching to focus on prepping for the SOLs but I think this is not a unique problem at this school. There is no focus on the individual child unless your child is struggling or has special needs, but again probably not unique to this public school. My 3rd grader was taught multiplication just long enough (for 2 weeks) to pass a test and then they never covered the topic again in class. The way teachers don't notice the needs of their kids is a bit disconcerting and the way teachers and the rest of the staff don't communicate is a problem too. I think a lot of problems at this school come from the State's focus on SOLs as well as other issues of teaching to the average kid or the AAP kids with little support for the above average kid who may have slightly different learning needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

We moved here two years ago and have two children at Colvin Run. I feel very lucky we chose to buy our house in Colvin Run's district. We were previously in another school that was also highly rated in another state but it doesn't come close to Colvin Run as to what actually happens in an average day. There are high expectations, the kids are challenged and they meet them - its amazing! I was a room mom my first year so I could meet people and found it incredible how many opportunities there were to volunteer. I know every one of my children's classmates by name as well as teachers and other specialists. They are all kind, open, approachable people. The kids themselves are great kids, it is such a happy place. There is a wonderful anti-bullying program in this school that fights it by encouraging every kid to be an advocate for their classmates. The whole school pulled together to dedicate a 5k fun run's proceeds to a terribly ill student's Dr. bills. And there are many other wonderful charitable activities. I credit all the opportunities to volunteer and be at the school as my window into my children's world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

i am a student at colvin run and have been there for 4 years. with the exception of fourth grade, all my teachers have been really nice. the principal is very good but it's the vice-principal who rules the school behind the scenes. overall a good school.


Posted January 1, 2012

Definitely a school that has great potential but is split with some very awful teachers as well. My son encountered impatient, screaming teachers in 3rd grade, rude and belligerent teachers in 5th grade, and general lackluster teaching in 4th and 6th. Not so great teachers, but a great afterschool program at SACC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

I have three children and have been at Colvin Run as a parent since 2005. With the exception of one year, I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of the teaching. The administration and PTO have worked together and brought language into the school when the school board could not produced the funding. It has a very strong sense of community. I can't thank the school and community enough for supporting our family during a difficult time. Truly an amazing place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2011

We are a military family so our children have attended 3 different elementary schools in 4 years. I can say without a doubt that Colvin Run is the best school we've ever attended. The principal is very forward thinking. He brings many different innovative programs and opportunities for the children at the school. We love all of the teachers and staff, too. The parent involvement is very strong. We feel so lucky to be at such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

This school is ok, not great as I hope for. There are some great teachers and bad ones at well. The administrators are always on the teachers' side. There are a lot bright kids at this school. I guess we can't expect much from public school with the strong teacher union.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

We have 2 children currently at Colvin Run and have been there for 6 years. We could not be more impressed with the school, culture, students, and staff. I think the fact that it is the AAP (GT) center for the area makes the environment so conducive to learning. We have several friends that have moved their children from private schools and they say that Colvin Run is a huge step forward. Parent involvement and support is also the highest in the area, which lets the teachers focus on the students. I would give the school 6 stars if I could!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

A wonderful school with an extremely dedicated staff (teachers and administrators) who care about the education our children are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

Very happy with my kids teachers. I love this school and feel very lucky my kids are getting such a good public education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I disagree with some of the negative comments regarding olvin Run. We have 2 children here (one in GT and one in Kindergarten) and have found the Administration and staff to be consistently outstanding in quality, responsive and friendly. In addition, Colvin Run offers some of the most comprehensive programs (including 26 languages offered before, during and away from school via Rosetta Stone) in the nation. It is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

We moved to this area a few years ago because our child was about to start kindergarten. A few years into Colvin Run Elementary we realized we've made a mistake. Paying so much money on property tax with the hope that our child will get one of the best education turns out to be a disappointment. Things have gotten a lot better with the new school principal over the last year. But if you are thinking of moving here because of the school, think again. The parents-teacher organization gives you a false sense of welcoming and friendliness, whilst in fact you'd better just ask how high when they tell you to jump. A lot of parents are truly good and devoting volunteers, but a small group of high-profile, brown-nosing, soccer moms call all the shots.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

You should note that this is a 'GT' center - and there is in fact a sharp division among the 'gifted' and 'non'-gifted students. With a very few exceptions, I have found both the administrators and the teachers pretty unresponsive; they seem maybe to be coasting on their reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

The administration does not respond to parental concerns regarding the quality of teaching. They stonewall by saying, 'You are the only parent we've heard from about this supposed problem,' when in fact many parents complain. Teachers know that the administration will back them up no matter how unsatisfactory they are. This is a great school for teachers and administrators, not for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

This school is absolutely fantastic! I cannot imagine another public school in the country having better facilities and academic programs. Extracurricular activities are plenty. The school system encourages parent involvement.
—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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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History and Social Science

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

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99%

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94%

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98%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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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.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
99%
English: Writing

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

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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62%

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93%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2011

 
 
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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 74% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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99%

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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

All Students90%
Female students95%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students83%
Female students92%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students95%
Female students100%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students94%
Proficient in English95%
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 Students93%
Female students97%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English96%

Math

All Students88%
Female students88%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English89%
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 Students97%
Female students100%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students97%
Female students100%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

Math

All Students87%
Female students91%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students96%
Female students98%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%
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 Students97%
Female students99%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

Math

All Students98%
Female students100%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities93%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%
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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