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Matthew Whaley Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 471 students

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Posted January 15, 2012

This is a beautiful, unique school with lots of history located in Historic Williamsburg. Teachers and staff are very caring. My daughter has attended 3rd and 4th grade at this school and she says "This is the best school ever". They make learning fun !The communication between the teachers and the parents is great. This school also offers after school activities for the students on certain days and consistently provides opportunity for advanced education.This school is a 5 star!! Definitely a great school!~!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Very close knit community. Special historic buidling. Great teachers and caring staff. All around a very special school!


Posted September 16, 2009

It is award winning; every grade level performs an annual production; it is physically beatiful; it has a unique history; the staff and students are the best ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

4 years ago, our family moved from Williamsburg to Florida. My son was at MW for Kindergarten and 1 semester of 1st grade. Sadly, Florida schools were all they are rumored to be. What a contrast! Now, we're finally back 'home' and I'm happy my son gets one more year at MW. I couldn't be happier with the attention and kindness we've received through every moment of our re-entry. It's great to be back and my kids love coming to school here! Honestly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

My children love this school ,Moving from Nj to Va has been the smartest move my family has made, The teachers have done a wonderful job with both my kids, threre both in third grade twins. I was sad when i heard the Mrs Miller had moved to a differnt school my daughter really likes her she looked out for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

My children were enrolled at Matthew Whaley for only a short time before I began to see a difference in their attitudes, their love of school, and their reading abilities. It was amazing to me that so much growth could occur in such a short period of time. I feel as if the school community as a whole engulfed my children with support and high expectations. From the moment we first arrived and met with the office staff and the reading teach for placement (and incredibly detailed feedback for such a short 10 minute assessment) till the end of the year fifth grade graduation experience for my oldest child, we have all as a family, appreciated how lucky we are to be at Matthew Whaley. Partners in Print, an incredibly involved PTA, strong teachers who keep in great communication, super after school programs, building cleanliness....the list goes on and on!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2008

As a teacher at Matthew Whaley, I've been amazed at how much effort the entire staff puts in to make everyone successful - students, student-teachers, new teachers, and each other. Kids are challenged but very well supported as they learn. We use lots of research-based strategies for best practices. Being right next door to Colonial Williamsburg is a plus too!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2006

What a wonderful school! My daughter Brittany went to Matthew Whaley from kindergarten to the first few months of 3rd grade,until we moved. She is now in the 7th grade and still talks about how much she misses this school. The teachers she had were all wonderful and there was always something fun planned for the students. You do not see an elementary school now that offers art, music, computer, etc. for our younger students. It's wonderful! This is the best elementary school around. Thanks, D. North
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

Being a military family I am always concerned about moving so much with the children. Matthew Whaley has made our children as well as us the parents feel very welcomed. I take my hat off to the staff and principle of Matthew Whaley.
—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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

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

All Students78%
Female students77%
Male students78%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students80%
Female students72%
Male students89%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students91%
Female students87%
Male students95%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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 students76%
Male students95%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students79%
Female students71%
Male students88%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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 Students88%
Female students89%
Male students86%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students82%
Male students81%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students84%
Female students81%
Male students86%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students86%
Female students81%
Male students93%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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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301 Scotland St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 229-1931

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