July 14, 2015
My child's experience at College Park Elementary has been stellar thus far. She just ended her kindergarten year, and I am thoroughly satisfied. The low rating would concern any parent at first glance. However, I personally witnessed my daughter and her classmates excel in reading and mathematics, and the concern easily diminished. In regards to teacher effectiveness, by the end of the school year 2015, she was reading on a second grade level. Virginia Beach Public schools has a preset expectation for kindergarteners to read on a level 3 by the end of the school year. The lowest rated child who started school not even knowing sounds and letters ended at a level 8, while others averaged between 12 and 16. As College Park is a Title 1 school, the students have access to additional learning tools and activities to assist in their progress. The school hosted events such as Math and Literacy Night, Science and Technology Night, and provided all students with free online books. To engage the community and parental involvement, the school hosted Family Fun and Fitness nights, Breakfast with Santa, and a Talent Showcase. There were many other events that we were available to encourage student, teacher and parental involvement. To that point, if there is anything negative to be said in this review, it is more about the administrative inconsistencies parental involvement and less about the teachers. I volunteered weekly to assist with various scheduled activities throughout the school. The purpose was to show up for my child and any other child who did not have a parent available. It will always be easier to lay sole blame on teachers when children do not excel as expected. However, the absence of parental involvement was not only noticeable, it was shameful. I read a review written earlier this month that mentions Principal Wynn, who left College Park in the summer of 2014. As inaccurate reviews can direct a person's opinion, the review author must not be a current student's parent. If they are, please see the aforementioned comment on the lack of parental involvement. To the point of administrative inconsistency, I believe with the new team of Dr. White and Mrs. Fonville will be amazing. I have always maintained a village mentality for my child an other relatives. The teachers, staff and administrators seem to have that same mentality. We will return for 1st grade.
- submitted by a parent