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Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 509 students

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Posted September 12, 2013

My son just started Kindergarten at Clara Byrd Baker. We couldn't ask for a better teacher. She makes an exceptional effort to keep us informed, daily, about our son's progress. Our son also comes home every day excited about what he did in school. Glad to know our shy little guy is so engaged!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

We have had some excellent teachers at this school and some REALLY mediocre ones as well. The administration is the downfall of this school. The principal interacts with the students very little and shows little or no enthusiasm. I have been very disappointed in how he has 'resolved' problems that my children have encountered. (More like swept them under a rug) Luckily, we have had a couple of excellent teachers that made our experience at CBB more positive than negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

unfortunately our school has the lowest rating. I blame this on the principle and vice principle who do not support the teachers. They are not fair in allowing all children participation in clubs. Their focus is only on passing sols which unfortunately all schools are doing due to the no child left behind act. The superintendant does nothing with the many complaints on this principle even though the writing is on the wall-look haw the turnover is here! So far we have seen one great teacher- Mrs Seftas- if there are more- Iwe haven't seen them. This can be seen in our low scores in this school- we need a new principle to turn it around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

CBB has some wonderful teachers and resource teachers. However, the principal provides no leadership whatsoever. For those parents that have had deal with serious problems, he would rather brush the problem under the rug than problem solve. There is no support with discipline problems and the academic programs lack sound thinking. Currently, while CBB has the highest demographics, it has the lowest SOL scores. There are some major problems here, and the guidance counselor is the main person who keeps the school afloat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

I can't say I love or hate CBB. The teachers are really hit or miss. I have been disappointed at times - my daughter had an awful experience with her 4th grade teacher. She was mean and really didn't seem to like teaching at all. We have also had issues with the principle as his leadership.. He doesn't handle issues as necessary. He was of no assistance when my daughter was a new student being threatened by her peers. Now my son has been fortunate to have newer teachers who are excited about their profession. So like I said hit or miss at best. I am also disappointed in the lack of after school activities. My son had the choice of Yoga or Nutrition. Wow! Good luck with this one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

Great School! My kids love it. Excellent staff with an outstanding curriculum including music, art, and other activities. The best library in the area. Lots of extracurricular activities for the kids. It is safe, clean, and in a great area. We moved here for this school and are staying in the area because of this school as well as the middle and high school. I drive further to work so my kids can be here. You will not be disappointed in Clara Byrd Baker or any school in James City County for that matter. Come be a part of it. You will not be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

The Principal at Clara Byrd Baker is a very nice person, but has no handle on the many dicipline problems at the school: fights, uncontrolled behavior in the classrooms. In many cases teachers do not even send the kids to the principal's office because they know nothing will be done. While my children have had several excellent teachers (most of which have now left the school) a large number of teachers yell at the children and don't seem to like children very much. The school has a Wonderful Art Teacher, Mrs. Christoff, and very active parents. The bottom line is however, with so many ill-behaved students and unhappy teachers - I would not reccommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

CBB is an excellent school and I would highly recommend it to everyone. The leadership is strong, the teachers are highly qualified and very happy to include parents and the administrative staff is wonderful. My children have both blossomed beautifully under the expert and caring guidance of the teachers and staff in the last 4 years and they love going to their school. No matter if a child needs extra guidance or is above average, the teachers will respond immediately to help each child grow to his or her full capacity. I am very impressed with the insight, effort and care the teachers put into each individual child. The environment is friendly, very family orientated and professional. We will really miss everyone at CBB when we move next summer and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this outstanding school for 5 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

Great school. Great teachers and parents. New school should lower students and help with crowding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

My son has attended this school for his 6th year now. The administration is excpetional(a very dedicated and 'hands on' approach) Though a big school, it has not affected the personal-ness of the school , nor my sons academic progress. I would recommend this school to anyone who has children. The PTA is very involved and works well with administration, and the teachers are top notch. The guidance counselor is superb. An excellent choice in schools. We actually chose this school over a private school. The availability of Band, Chorus Chess Club,etc. is great! We have another child that will be a part of the Baker school in 2 years and we look forward to another long relationship with Baker!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

As the parent of two children who attend CBB I can attest to the good experiences my children have had there. The teachers have been extraordinary. The administration and staff have been terrific. There is a fabulous guidance counselor available to students and their families. A very active PTA continues to contribute to the greater good of the school. I would have no problem recommending this school to anyone with children. Currently the school is over capacity due to housing developmentin the general area. Thus far it not affected the quality of education my children are receiving. Construction of an eighth elementary school should relieve this problem in the future.
—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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 73% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

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 Students81%
Female students84%
Male students75%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students79%
Female students80%
Male students79%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students83%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students74%
Female students84%
Male students65%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students76%
Female students79%
Male students73%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%
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 Students81%
Female students80%
Male students82%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students72%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students75%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Science

All Students71%
Female students64%
Male students77%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities77%
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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