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New Castle Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 787 students

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Posted July 19, 2014

The staff is very welcoming and friendly. Dr. Hughes (the principal) has done an amazing job hiring the right staff who love the children and encouraging a great learning environment. I could not be more happy with the way an elementary school is being ran.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2014

My daughter went to this school for 4 years. We had amazing experience. The education quality including care for gifted kids and extra curricular activities are great. We are lucky to have this school in our community. The principal is very dynamic and energetic. Teachers are always ready to help! Would recooment to anybody who wants a good school with descent environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2012

New Castle is a caring, well rounded school in our community. It is by far the best experience we have had in dealing with a public school. The front office staff are friendly, caring and have a servants attitude. The principal, assistant principal, librarians, read specialist, and counseling staff are all ranked outstanding in our book of rankings. The cafeteria manager is friendly, caring and works well with the parents. We will be moving this year to another state, not because we are military, but because of new adventerous chapters in our lives. We can honestly say, NEW CASTLE will be the school that we compare all other schools to. We love you NCES and will miss each and everyone of you! Most success and blessings to all of you and it is with a heart of gratitude we thank you for all you have done in our child's life. It has been all positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2012

I love this school and my son who is entering the fourth grade is looking forward for the new school year.The teachers are great.My only concern is that the gifted children that are in the clusterd classroom should be given more challenging work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

All the teachers and staff at NCES care about the children and the school. The principal and assistant principals are wonderful, always accessible and ready to help. The teachers go the extra mile to help students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

So happy we ended up in this school when we moved to VA. We love New Castle Elementary; I volunteer and you can tell the love that the teachers and administration have for the children. NCES is a fabulous school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2009

If your child is at or below grade level, then this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2009

Principal, Assistant Principal and Guidance Counselor are always seen out and about in the hallways interacting with the students. The teachers are very friendly and expect a high level of performance from their students. Absolutely fabulous school!


Posted November 30, 2009

I love this school. My kids are thriving. The school really seems to care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

Wonderful school and wonderful teachers. The volunteers are great. I love the school activities sponsored by the PTA. NCES challenges my children academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

New Castle Elementary has every ingredient making it the perfect school. The administrative staff, teachers, assistants, cafeteria personell and the custodians are wonderful. Every person working and volunteering at New Castle work in almost a magical harmony making it an excellent environment for any child. Every teacher is committed to making sure every child is learning the material. They use many teaching methods and are always open to trying new things. They are on the 'cutting edge' of education. They also offer a quarterly program called 'Future Dragons' for the younger children exposing them to the school environment so it won't be as intimidating when it's their time to enroll. Their PTA is at 100% and I'd venture to guess atleast 75-80% are highly active within the school. I've been so impressed that I continue to drive my children out of zone daily so they can enjoy school at New Castle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2005

This is a wonderful school with wonderful staff. The principals, teachers, and guidance counselors have worked to bring my child a long with with his issues. I can't say that my children have ever been in a school before where the staff genuinely care about the children's well being. Parent involvement is very high and this can be attributed to the level of comfort New Castle staff allow parents to feel. Programs are excellent. My son at 6 years old is doing things proficiently that I thought were too advanced for him. Excellent teachers, excellent staff. They care about your childs success.
—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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Writing

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

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 Students87%
Female students91%
Male students84%
Black students86%
Asian students88%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students84%
Black students73%
Asian students82%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Science

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students95%
Black students100%
Asian students94%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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 Students83%
Female students88%
Male students78%
Black students69%
Asian students75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students88%
Female students84%
Male students92%
Black students69%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black students77%
Asian students82%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students91%
Male students74%
Black students85%
Asian students75%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students74%
Female students66%
Male students82%
Black students54%
Asian students80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students78%
Female students75%
Male students81%
Black students73%
Asian students67%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
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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4136 Dam Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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