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Birdneck Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 719 students

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Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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


Posted November 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
History and Social Science

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students68%
Female students63%
Male students73%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial45%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students62%
Female students53%
Male students71%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial29%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Science

All Students71%
Female students64%
Male students79%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial58%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%
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 Students65%
Female students70%
Male students60%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial80%
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students64%
Female students65%
Male students64%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial58%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%
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 Students65%
Female students66%
Male students63%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

English: Writing

All Students51%
Female students59%
Male students43%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students54%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English51%

Math

All Students58%
Female students56%
Male students61%
Black students35%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students72%
Female students73%
Male students71%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%
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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  • Mr. Irv Beard
Fax number
  • (757) 437-4792

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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957 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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