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W.T. Cooke Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 708 students

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Posted January 20, 2013

We are a military family that had to temporarily evacuate from Japan in March, 2011. The administration and teachers at Cooke were very welcoming to our family. They placed our kids with great teachers, acclimated me to the routine and in a very short while, we had a had a little bit of "normal" back in our life! Thanks especially to Rosemary, and all of the wonderful staff that supported our family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

Cooke is a GREAT school my seven yr old is flourishing there and my 12 year old went there previously, (special needs) he did GREAT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

Cooke is an outstanding school. This will be my daughters second year there and we are thrilled to be a part of such an amazing school. As a mother of 5, and this being my youngest, I have been through my share of school experiences. I can say nothing negative. I'd be will to put Cooke up against any private school anyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

This was my child's first year at Cooke and I have to say I am utterly disappointed and wish we could relive the whole year over at a different school. His teacher should NOT be teaching elementary students as her demeanor is more suited for college age students. This really intimidates the children and therefore they suffer in so many ways for it. Such a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

Cooke School has everything you could hope for in any school, private or public. The principal, Ms. Sessoms, is amazing. Her leadership and guidance has raised the bar for teachers and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

Amazing School with amazing principle and staff! The entire vibe is positive from the moment you enter the building and what an awesome learning environment that makes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

I'm very happy with Cooke! My son is doing so well there! His reading skills are soaring! They are very dedicated to the children! They have great Math, Science, & Music programs also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2007

Cooke is a GREAT school. You won't find a more dedicated Principal, Vice Principal and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2003

I have been a parent of W.T. Cooke for six years now and found only genuine caring, leadership and dedication in all of the teachers, staff and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
88%

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

All Students83%
Female students85%
Male students81%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial92%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students87%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial92%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students88%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 students70%
Male students84%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students91%
Female students94%
Male students89%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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 Students77%
Female students81%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students77%
Female students84%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students77%
Female students76%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Science

All Students78%
Female students76%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Barbara Sessoms
Fax number
  • (757) 437-4711

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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1501 Mediterranean Ave
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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