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Birdneck Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 719 students

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Posted December 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 10, 2013

was the best school Ive ever taken, the teachers are very nice,in 5th grade, there was many field trips.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.

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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  • (757) 437-4792

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957 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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