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Kempsville Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 501 students

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Posted July 9, 2013

Great School. Teachers are very involved and actually care about their students success. HIGHLY RATED!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

We are a military family and finally out of 3 states, these are the best schools my children have attended. I have been pleased with all of their teachers over the last two years. There are lots of extracurricular activities for the older kids like Student council, strings, lots of parent and PTA involvement. Buying a house in this school district was a great choice 7 years ago and remains a great choice today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

Great school, atmosphere, teachers, principal, and learning curriculum. Blessed to have had 2 children go through this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

Fabulous school! Teachers are intune with the children. The overall support at the school is great too. I highly recommend this elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

Great school. My grandchild attends. Parents/grandparesnts are welcome to help in the school. It is a wonderful school overall.


Posted September 3, 2008

My daughters attend this school. I'm continually impressed with the professionalism of the teachers and staff. My daughters teachers have gone above and beyond for them on many occasions. My girls love school. I am confident that this is one of the best schools available to my girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

Kempsville Elementary is a wonderful school and it grieves me to read the one disgruntled parent remark. It's so not reflective of the whole. KES has a solid commited team of professional educators who successfully educate and inpsire our chidren daily. I am very pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter has been going to this school and I absolutely love it. The teachers are very dedicated and work well with the students. I always feel confident about sending her to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

Kempsville Elementary School has a fantastic group of teachers and parents who work together synergistically to develop the best education environment for the children. I am thrilled to be a part of the school and would strongly recommend Kempsville Elementary to anyone looking for a top of the line school dedicated to the development of excellent students - both academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

This school has had 3 principals in as many years. We got lucky with the last one, but the current one 2007-2008 is constantly making reference to her former school and the way that they did things. She is changing year long traditions and mediocrity. Morale among the staff is at an all time low and it is obvious. The parents do not have a voice and the school has become watered down. It is my opinion that the VA. Beach School Board does not care about the children and the parents (who pay their salaries) and they are putting in administrators who could care less too. What a shame and utter disappointment. Send your children to Birdneck where the principal cares.
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
History and Social Science

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

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students76%
Female students71%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial82%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial91%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students82%
Female students74%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial90%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students73%
Female students80%
Male students66%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students85%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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 Students78%
Female students81%
Male students76%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial64%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students79%
Female students92%
Male students68%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial91%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students77%
Female students76%
Male students79%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students77%
Female students70%
Male students83%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%
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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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Lori Hasher
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (757) 474-8513

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Girls on the run
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Kempsville Middle School
Larkspur Middle School
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570 Kempsville Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Phone: (757) 648-2720

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