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Ocean Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 576 students

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Posted July 3, 2014

Love this school! One of the best schools my children have ever been too! Teachers are hard working and on top of their students. The staff all know me by name even though I am not a regular at the school. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

Great school, my children learned a lot and had great experiences. The teachers and staff were all very polite and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

My kids attend OLES. I feel this school, as well as all other schools in VA, are limited due to intense focus on the SOLs. They tout academic excellence, perhaps in regional perspective they are above average. I can't count how many times I've heard one of the teachers say, "well, we can't do that because its not on the SOLs. They don't need to learn that..." The school emphasizes teaching to the lowest common denominator. As for issues with staff, administration... Dr. Linda Reese, the new principal, is my all-time favorite educator. She is FANTASTIC and genuinely cares for the education and well being of EVERY child. Unfortunately she can't be everywhere all the time, so old habits creep back into existence. Since she has taken the position at OLES I have seen improvement overall with curriculum emphasis and teachers. I am so sick of the way the children are treated in the cafeteria. They are barked at, the lights are turned off and the children forced to eat in dark silence when it's too noisy. I have also witnessed a class compelled to walk through the hallway with one hand over their mouth and the other in the air forming a peace sign. I hope I never see that again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

I was hesitant on sending my child to OLES after reading some of the earlier reviews. I must say, I LOVE this school and so does my son. Our experience from registration to class room and teacher involvement is top notch. Great job to the front office and the everyday heroes, our Teachers. Proud Parent of a First Grader
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

I have two sons. They are 14 and 7. Both attended/ attend Ocean Lakes Elementary and I can't say enough about how wonderful everyone is there. Year after year, it has been fantastic. Teachers, staff, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

My child attends Ocean Lakes Elementary. He had an amazing experience in Kindergarten and loved school.OLES has top notch teachers and administrative staff. My sons teacher was always there to communicate with any concerns I had during the year. Most importantly this teacher made a big impact on my sons life. She was very patient with him and always encouraged him to do his best. The principal, assistant principal and student support team is AMAZING. I can't thank my sons teachers, Speech Therapists and Administrative team enough for all their dedication with all students at OLES. Its important for parents to get involved with the schools activities, PTA and take time to be apart of your child(s) classroom too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

This is our 3rd year at OLES and I can definitely say that with our new principal, OLES is 10 times better that the last 2 years. I can only imagine it going up from here. Teachers are caring, staff is going the extra mile and I am pleased with the effort, it is certainly paying off.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

Prior to my submission I read over the reviews of others. I was quite suprised to see a few bad reviews, but of course those were outdated and posted prior to my children attending OLES. I have two children who attend this school currently. We have been located here for 2 years since my oldest was in 2nd grade. I can only convey to you my experiences, but overall they have been great. In 2nd grade there were isolated problems only pertaining to the teacher resulting in children being placed in other classrooms and 2 parents withdrawling their children from the school. That teacher is no longer there. I assume she finally retired. The PTA was great, great programs, and great principal. During 3rd grade the teachers were fabulous! I couldn't sing their praises enough. The same thing with 4th grade, I couldn't sing their praises enough. With my second child they had a great teacher in Kindergarten and this year in 1st grade as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

I have two children who have attended OLES and I cannot imagine them going to school anywhere else. The teaching staff and administrative staff have been very caring and pass on postive instruction. Both of my children LOVE school and it's all because of OLES. They have not only gained a high quality education, but they have learned leadershiop skills, social skills, and good discipline. Technology plays a wondeful part in their education here!!! It's a safe place to spend their days, which is very important to me, as a parent. Security is paramount! My children have been well prepared for middle school and being model citizens. We have always felt like family here and love our school. Waveriders Rock!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2010

My daughter attended this school and I must say that I am very displeased. The my daughter was in the third grade. During our short time there, her teacher stated that she might be ADHD, she was non-cooperative in school, and various of other things. They had me so dumb-founded that I took my daughter to her pediatrician to be checked. The pediatrician disagreed with the teachers. I quickly dis-enrolled my daughter from Ocean Lakes and enrolled her into another elementary school. By doing that, it was a world of difference. My daughter grades went up. She continued on the the fourth grade and made honor roll throughout the entire school year. She is going to the fifth grade with flying colors. It appears that the teacher did not have patience and/or lacked teaching skills. The worst part of this story is that the principal and guidance stood behind this teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

I too havea child at this school and am in total agreement with the parents that are saying the staff is quite rude. My child has been bullied over and over and the administration staff seems not to care. bullying is a big issue here but then gain the kids see the staff actingv like bullies so what do you expect? I would love to have my child at a different school but with the new school change I am unable to transfer her out. I must say alot of the teachers are caring and do try thier best, I am a very involved parent, and see that the teachers are unable to do alot doue to school policies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

My daughter and I love OLES! She is in 1st grade and her teacher is wonderful. They have great programs and I've never had a problem with the staff. The only problem I have with this school is that the kids only get a very rushed, 10 minutes to eat breakfast in the morning. It takes my daughter a little longer than that to finish a meal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

Parental involvement always needs to be the #1 key factor to your childs success at any activity they do. I do however disagree with the parents saying the 'security lady' is too harsh. My two children starting this year 1st and 2nd grades love her to pieces! She has a very important job of keeping all our childrens safe around the buses and around the school grounds. She needs to be sure that the children understand the importance of safety! I appreciate her sternness! My youngest child has a high functioning form of autism. Our school has offered many recources for us. Options I didn't know existed! My daughter has an anxiety issue, she is made to feel more than welcomed to the guidence office for comfort! Let yourself be known around the school and be known! Make friends with the staff,they are there for your kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

I agree with the parent that said parental involvement will be the key to success at OLES, but I believe that to be the case with most all educational choices. I have two children currently attending and I feel the quality of the teachers is excellent. My boys are doing well and look forward to attending. I also agree with the parent who said that some of the staff is a bit harsh in how they deal with children. They are not 'mean', but they are a bit more stern than I would like to see (especially with the youngest kids who are just learning the ropes).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My 2 daughters (kindergarten and 4th grade) attended Ocean Lakes Elem. for 1 year. Kindergarten was fine but my 4th grader went from A's and B's in her other school to C's and D's at OLES. The staff was very rude and my children hated going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2007

This school leaves much to be desired. My 2 children attended for about 6 months (grades K and 3rd). Both of their teachers were wonderful caring and great at teaching the kids. Unfortunately the rest of the staff were not as great. The kids can't walk down the hall without being yelled at. They are greeting in the morning with a 'hurry up and get to class' (yelled very loudly) and they are yelled at all day long in the cafeteria, halls, library etc.! I was just amazed at how many of the adults at this school behaved this way. The security lady made my kindergarten daughter cry twice in a matter of 2 months. The office staff was hit or miss with some being so nice and others making you feel very unwelcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2006

When we moved to Oklahoma my daughter was 2 years behind in English. I strongly recommend supplementary teaching of basic grammer. Also she had problems with a bully that was not addressed by school officials or the bus driver.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2003

Ocean Lakes Elementary seems to be a great school however, some of the teachers seem to not be interested in the educational growth of particular children. I think parent envolvement is the key to the success of a child attending this school or any other school. I wish I was able to enter the classroom more than I did this year.


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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
History and Social Science

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students82%
Female students81%
Male students82%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial90%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students74%
Female students74%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial90%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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 students76%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%
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 students85%
Male students70%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students71%
Female students79%
Male students63%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students68%
Female students69%
Male students67%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students78%
Female students77%
Male students78%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
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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1616 Upton Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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