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Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 719

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957 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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(757) 648-2120
(757) 437-4792
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April 08, 2015
I always had good experiences with the staff, but I will say that the kids that attend are more mean spirited than other schools. We had bullying issues daily. But I don't see that being the fault of the school. The district for this school is primarily low income and unfortunately with low income neighborhoods come low income scum that do not know how to properly raise children.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
Teachers and staff are all excellent, my daughter has learned so much at this school and the parent/teacher communication is great.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
My child started kindergarten this year and absolutely loves the school and her teacher. The administration is awesome, always friendly and willing to help the students /parents in whatever they may need. I have never walked into the school and not been greeted warmly. The parent teacher communication is great, and I love how informed they keep the parents. So happy we decided to come to Birdneck elementary. The whole school makes learning fun, and encourages each student to thrive. Very happy parent!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
was the best school Ive ever taken, the teachers are very nice,in 5th grade, there was many field trips.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2013
Our 2 children have been lucky to be a part of the Birdneck family for 4 years and now we have to move on, just like all the other military families. It has been a tough road for our children and the staff of Birdneck have been amazing. They are professional and supportive. The families of Birdneck come from many different backgrounds and children are continually enrolling and moving away. The staff is very welcoming and makes transition easy. The number 4 rating doesn't truly capture Birdneck's greatness. We came from an area in the U.S. that has top rated schools and that is our basis for comparison.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
This is a good school. My son loved his teacher, Mrs. Scott. The staff is very polite and filled with school pride. I love that when we lived in base housing across the street, every court had their own bus. So my kindergartner was on the bus for a short time. There were no other stops! Very reassuring to a worrying mother!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
Never Again. The VP of this school is rude uncaring and just awful.. A "SNAKE" When I called to speak to her on the phone, she is always in a meeting or at lunch and never calls back. she has no heart and very sneaky. She placed my child in the wrong grade and advanced classes at that after I told her that my child is behind. Then the day I took him out of school and placed in a private one she called his other school asking questions and saying he cannot read or write. So please watch the VP and when you deal with her.. she is not kind and cares only for herself and school budget. watch out for this witch.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2012
Other schools had written our son off as a "problem child". Noone took the time to investigate beyond the behaviors that didn't fit "in the box". This school took the time! Our son is finally thriving and is being seen for the special boy he is!! We are so greatful to this school. We love it!!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
Don't judge a school by test scores alone! This is a school with a diverse socioeconomic demographic- many military and lower income households BUT the school does so much to help ALL of it's students maximize their potential. It's got a differentiated curriculum from gifted to remediation, extra funding and resources due to "Title I" designation, small class sizes..... exposure to kids and families from diverse backgrounds. We are very pleased with Birdneck and are glad we chose to stay with our "neighborhood school". From the office staff to the on site After-Care staff and all teachers in between we appreciate their genuine, caring efforts.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
LOVE this school!!! We are a military family and move around A LOT. It is always a little scary where your children will attend school and what type of environment they will be in. Since going to Birdneck elementary our children have expressed nothing but happiness. As with every school they have attended they are still straight A students and thriving here. We are parents who do check out the schools prior to moving ANYWHERE and we do recommend this one. Before enrolling your child at any school I would suggest going in, talking to the principle and staff as well as the teachers your child/children will have and see if it s a good fit.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
This is THE WORST place a child can EVER GO!I am all for safety and learning and unfort. you wont get either from here. The past 2 months we have 2 diff bullying issues where NOTHING has been done. I guess its promoted! The VP and Principal (HA) BIG JOKE scared of the students and parents of color, and is a serious waste of Tax $.His grades have gone down and HE HATES going there because he is treated unfairly, and bad. Its a shame that living in the neighborhood that we do paying 500,000 for a home and my son HAS to attend this school. RE-ZONING is deft needed. I wouldnt reccom. this school for a goldfish. VERY DISGUSTED with it and EVERYTHING about it. If you are any kind of parent and love your kids DO NOT send them here. Will be contacting the BOE and Super. of VA Beach Today!!! ZERO STARS is not a choice but it should be!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2010
This school is a great school, The teachers and staff actually CARE! The teachers go above and beyond for their students. The parent involvement is wonderful. My son is now in a different school due to Military transfer and we miss Birdneck greatly.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2010
I loved this school! It was one of my favorite schools! My teachers rocked! It was great all around the students, teachers and prinicpal! love u birdneck!

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2010
The school's resources are stretched too thin, to the detriment of the students. The teachers and staff are nice, but nice only goes so far. Out of 5 school's in three different states, this has been the most disappointing experience. The school cuts corners on federal IDEA and NCLB laws, walking a very thin line between compliance and non-compliance. If you're like me and researching schools your child might be assigned depending on the residential address you choose, keep looking. Residential-wise, if you've looked it up and found that your child would go to this school, chances are you're moving into Wadsworth military housing, or one of the few streets worth of middle class housing, or into one of the rare economically depressed areas of Virginia Beach. Most Virginia Beach schools are excellent, but this one is an exception for various reasons including its lack of resources and geographic/demographic boundaries.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
I have been a parent of bridneck children since 2006. I love this school. The teachers are amazing they really care about my kids. I have three kids there now and am so sad we have to leave at the end of this school year. Parent involvment is great, I am there everyday helping out and so are many many other parents its a wonderful little family I am going to miss

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
I have had five of my children attend Birdneck one of which graduated last year. Who is now taking all advanced classes in middle school, also is going to Europe this summer with people to people. The whole staff at Birdneck is wonderful. It has been a wonderful experience being there, I have been blessed to have wonderful teachers for all of my children every year. We also are a military family have dealt with many different schools. Their dedication is truly fealt.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
My child was a mid year transfer, and the teachers and faculty went above and beyond to help him catch up, teachers and staff get 2 thumbs up, the students are another story though, terrible parent involement through the school and at home. That may be reason enough for us to transfer to another school next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 18, 2008
My husband is in the US Navy. We have moved around quite a bit and my daughter has been bouncing from school to school and she is only 6. She was extremely behind and we were told by her last two schools that she attended, that she was a special student and would take a while to catch up. Birdneck Elementary did there testing and talked it over with the teacher and now my daughter is all caught up and there was never a major problem in the first place. I recommend this school to anybody. The staff and teachers at the school are wonderfull and very caring. They accomplished what I thought was immpossible. There dedication towards my daughter was touching. I give this school 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2006
Birdneck is a school that really cares about it's students and parents. It is not all show, as teacher go beyond the call of duty. I have a child that just left fifth grade and one in fourth this year. They were both very happy and never had any problems at the school. I would place my children in this school again. Just walk in the front door, you will feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
This school is the absolute worse! I will be putting my son back in private school after the experience I had with Birdneck. I was very disappointed with the teachers, the lunch set up and the principal. This school needs a whole new staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Birdneck Elementary is becoming such a wonderful school. Their kindergarten program is wonderful, once the kids get used to going all day. The principal seems to really care, she also seems to work hard!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
My kids went to this school for 4 years. There are several military kids in this school, due to it's position. I loved the school. Yes, there are areas for improvement. But overall, I highly reccomend it. The Principal tries very hard to get parents involved in as much as possible. The lunchroom monitors are very nice and courteous. Not just to the parents, but especially to the children. This school does everything within it's power to bring your child up to speed if they are behind. My son for instance went from a reading level of 2 his first grade year to a reading level of 15 in a matter of 3 months. I loved this school. Check out their SOL scores, they are impressive.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
Birdneck is a wonderful school! The principal is excellent! She knows the children by name and makes a point of engaging them in conversations. All teachers I have had experience with have been great. They have lots of evening events to encourage parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
fantastic academic programs, they have chorus and drama for the older elementary grades. They have a fantastic art and music program. Faculty is incredible!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
I am very happy with this school. I have 2 children currently in this school. One child will be entering 2nd grade and the other will be in half kindergarten half special ed. My son has PDD and ADHD and they have been wonderful with him. The school has brought him a long way in their behavior classes. He also gets speech therapy provided by the school. They have made it possible for my son and I to actually have conversations. It has been a blessing to have their services. The teachers are very patient and attentive to both of my children. My children enjoy going to this school and I have no worried allowing them to go.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2005
Birdneck seems to be an average school based on test scores but their bus routes are horrible and need to be improved. If your child has to attend Birdneck try to arrange other modes of transportation for your child to and from school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
I have had two children at Birdneck and the only problem we had was that one of my children was having problems learning and they just ignored her problems and sent him on to junior high school. They don't believe in holding children back. Other than that Birdneck is one of the better schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I have three children who were previous students of Birdneck, they are now 19, 15, & 12. I also have a child that will start K this fall. Birdneck was a wonderful experience not just for my children but also for me.

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Birdneck Elementary School
957 S Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA  23451
(757) 648-2120
Last modified Birdneck Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Birdneck Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top