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Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 669

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1444 Dunstan Ln
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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(757) 648-3920
(757) 460-7516
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April 17, 2015
Second year at this wonderful school! I cannot stop saying how well organized and effective this school is. All teachers are amazing, our experience with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade are outstanding. Teachers ,who really love their jobs, go far to provide our children everything they need to succeed. Special education staff is very caring and so cooperative. No signs of bullies or mean kids at all. My children love their school and look forward for every new day there. Principal and Vice principal are very professional and caring. I highly recommend this school for all caring parents. After extensive research, I can truly say I chose the perfect one!

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February 19, 2015
My kids transferred here after having a terrible experience at John B. Dey. This school has been amazing! The teachers and staff really care about their students and you get a "home-like" feeling as soon as you walk through their doors. Parent involvement is high and offers a lot of chances to be a part of the school. My daughter went from being friendless and hating school to loving it again and feeling a part of a community. Our other child who started kindergarten also looks forward to school everyday. What a great school!

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November 04, 2014
This is our first year here. I am very excited about the culture of the school. The teachers and administration are amazing. The only thing bad I can say about the school is that parking is HORRIBLE. The school is nuzzled in a neighborhood with extremely limited parking. Unless you are staff, you likely are parking blocks away for pick up/drop off or school meetings.

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September 02, 2014
This is a first year my son attend in the Thoroughgood elementary school. He very enjoy everyday in his class. The school staff and teacher are very nice and we will continue the less of the year in this school

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June 11, 2014
I love the small class sizes and the teachers are amazing! My son has a wonderful foundation and love of learning instilled be the teachers and staff at Thoroughgood Elementary.

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April 22, 2014
The staff go above and beyond to help the kids succeed! The schools is like our second family. There is a ton of parent involvement, in the classroom and planning after school clubs and activities!

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November 20, 2013
We love it.. this is the BEST school my daughters have ever attended. Our experience with the teachers and actually everyone is outstanding. You will never regret bringing your child to this school. We miss thoroughgood elementary school.

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January 25, 2011
A Wonderful school!! The teachers and staff are caring and involved. My daughter loves going to school. The first grade teachers are very caring and involved. Regular communication with teachers and my child feels challenged and nurtured. Have a very bright child and the teachers are more than willing to work with us to ensure that she is receiving enrichment and learning. Very pleased. Tons of ways to be involved.

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April 08, 2010
My child attended TES for one year. At the time, they permitted team teaching in first grade. He thrived there. The specials (PE, art, music) were wonderful. The PTA offered excellent programs to foster family involvement. Our favorites were Family 1 mile run/walk; Fall Festival; Bingo Night. The school was well organized. The staff and volunteers were always welcoming and kind. My child was excited to go to school and learn and we enjoyed the opportunities the school provided for us to get involved. (Citizen of the Month celebrations, too) The school itself is old and shows signs of aging, but the dynamism in the classrooms keeps the atmosphere fresh and alive.

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August 09, 2009
Parents don't seem to realize that the decisions of the teachers and principal are based off what is best for the child. This is an amazing school with great teachers and a principal who goes above and beyond to make each student feel special and reach his or her full potential. I will make sure to stay in this district until each of my kids are through elementary school.

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January 24, 2009
This is an excellent school that takes the time to get to know the students and the families. It is a tight-knit neighborhood school with activities for children with a wide variety of interests. The principal and assistant principal sincerely care about the concerns of the parents. I have two children at the school and am so pleased with the challenging education they are receiving.

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October 14, 2008
I have concern about the work load the children recieve for homework. The amount of projects and the overall teacher attention that the children get. Homework in just about every subject every night gives the children no down time. The required reading and projects make the family time scarce. There is no time left for any extra activies without the race against the clock. My biggest question remains unanswered with how homework effects their precious SOL scores. My child did very well on the SOL and still has at least 2 hours of homework a night.

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October 13, 2008
As a parent of two children who have attended this school for the past 8 years, Thoroughgood Elementary School does a phenomenal job. They sincerely care about the parents' thoughts and concerns and how they apply in the classroom. The PTA is very involved and there are always parents in the halls and classrooms helping wherever than can. Both of my children went on to highly successful middle and high school years. One of my children had special needs and the school seemed sincere in their desire to accomadate him. Thoroughgood is an aggressive and high achieving academic school. I highly recommend this school to anyone!

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June 03, 2007
My children have attended Thoroughgood for the past 7 years. I have been extremely happy with the quality of education at our school. We have an excellent principal and teachers who truly love to teach. My children have enjoyed so many aspects of school at Thoroughgood. They have participated in extra curricular activities such as ORFF, Soarin' Seagulls Dance, Destination Imagination, Chorus, Geography Club and Bee. We have an extremely active PTA that provide funds for many great programs and events throughout the year. Thoroughgood is one of Virginia's best public elementary schools.

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February 03, 2007
We moved from another public school system in the State of Virginia and I am just amazed at how different the attitudes are between principals and teachers at both schools. Our previous school genuinely cared about each child. This new school carries a defensive attitude about parents observing their child in class or questioning how and why certain things are done. The teachers definately teach only to the SOL's . What a joke. The kids end up getting extra work, become bored because of the slow pace, and hardly do any hands-on learning. Everything is taught from the texts and do not allow for the joy of learning by exploring topics of interest. Creativity is very low at this school. Worst of all, the attitude seems to be coming down from the Principal which makes any changes unlikely.

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October 15, 2006
This is a good school for the average to above average student. As a mom with two children who went through the school my first had no trouble. My second had a learning disability and they we not at all willing to work with the IEP or help her to succeed in any way.

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August 21, 2006
Teachers are great, but cirriculum is focused on only one item--testing standards. Parents were told at the beginning of the year, 'if it isn't in the SOLs we don't teach it'. Teachers teach only to succeed with the SOL tests at the end of the year. Creativity, and altering the depth of a subject based on interest and student ability seems non-existent. For example, your first grader that can read like a 4th grader will be given exactly the same homework as a slow learner. In fact, all 120 or so children in the 1st grade were given, exactly the same homework. If your child is bright, she will be bored. I feel sorry that the true talent of these awesome teachers is being so confined. I would rather have my child excited about learnng than passing some state test with flying colors.

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November 02, 2005
This is a wonderful school.

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Thoroughgood Elementary School
1444 Dunstan Ln, Virginia Beach, VA  23455
(757) 648-3920
Last modified Thoroughgood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thoroughgood Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top