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Tallwood Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 625 students

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Posted February 19, 2014

I am incredibly dissatisfied with this school! My child has special needs and because my child is not a behavior problem, such as being disrespectful, fighting, and being disruptive , the school acts as though they do not want to do anything to help. So they will allow her to just get by, as long as she is passing by a low D! I am completely frustrated here! And now when I walk into the school, I feel so uncomfortable and like I've done something wrong and they want to push me out of the school! Which in turn makes my family very uncomfortable!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter is in the preschool program. I can't even express how wonderful the teachers are. I was scared to send my daughter to public school, let alone special education, but I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I'm happy she'll be able to continue to Kindergarten at Tallwood Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

I love this school. My child was in the preschool program and had awesome teachers who help him to flourish. My child was premature and had many delays. When he walked into the doors of Tallwood Elementary, he wasn't talking and had other issues. Now my child speaks clearly, knows is colors, numbers, and is ready for Kindergarten. I am sad that he will be attending another school in the fall, but I am grateful that he is ready. I know it is because of the administration and the wonderful teachers who supported me through my son s preschool educational journey. Thank you Tallwood Elementary! You will be missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2010

This school has gone downhill significantly over the years. Most of the teachers seem to care (although many are nearing retirement )but the principal is apparently waiting for retirement, and the assistant principal is far too eager to put her own agenda in place. Add to that the major growth and change in the area in recent years and you have a school that is resting on its laurels of the past.


Posted May 21, 2010

The problem with Tallwoo is they teach to the lowest learner. If you have a smart kid, prepare for them to be bored stiff. They believe in being politically correct more than doing the right thing. A child brought a large knife to school and it was covered up. Parents were not told about it. It would have been a great oppurtunity for the staff and parents to communicate with the kids and tell them how to handle a dangerous situation. They have taken away student of the month and put into place a star of the week program so everyone can feel good about themselves. Why not still keep the student of the month program to recognize the kids who go way above and beyond?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

Administration is not communicative. The school is not welcoming and friendly. There is a lot of yelling in the building, at the kids, in general. Kempsville elementary is much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

Dealing with the administration about parent concerns is very frustrating. There is a lot of yelling that is unnecessary and not acknowledged by staff at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

Great school, great teachers, safe and friendly environment. The rate 4 doesn't mean enything for the education of my children. They spent 3 years full of happiness. AS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

My daughter, and other classmates as well, loved, loved...loves, her 1st grade teacher from last year, Mrs. Blake! She is awesome!! I've expressed some concerns I have had concerning my daughter...and just our children in general for this school year, and Principal Chowns did not hesitate to jump right on the issue, and he reassured me with two phone messages stating such. Overall, fun, safe place for little ones, with a great mixture of backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

Not happy with tallwood dealing with medical issues. Low parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2006

My son is a first grader this year and attended Kindergarten last year. The teachers and staff are excellent. The principal is very involved and really cares about the students. Everyone was extremely helpful and accomodating when my son had to have surgery and miss school for 2 weeks. We are moving out of the area and I am very sad to leave this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

My daughter's 1st grade year has been wonderful due to a teacher who is dedicated not just in scholastics; but teaches the children to be accountable for their actions. The job the limited number of PTA members do is great, but it is very disappointing how low the membership is. I wish more parents would step up to the plate and contribute. A $4.00 fee is not too much of a hardship for most people. I get tired of parents negativity about shelling out cash for school things when they aren't involved in the PTA & trying to be pro-active instead of reactive. You can only get as much out as you put in. I hope my dtr's 2nd grade yr. is as successful as this one. Nancy Shepherd. Proud PTA supporter
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students79%
Female students83%
Male students74%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial87%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students79%
Female students75%
Male students83%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Science

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students72%
Female students81%
Male students64%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial56%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students87%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 students74%
Male students55%
Black students59%
Asian students80%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial73%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

English: Writing

All Students71%
Female students88%
Male students53%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial73%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students72%
Female students79%
Male students66%
Black students61%
Asian students90%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial85%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Science

All Students69%
Female students80%
Male students59%
Black students63%
Asian students90%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial71%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities47%
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

  • 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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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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