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D.J. Montague Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 431 students

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Posted October 31, 2013

We just moved to the area. All of the teachers, office staff, nurse, and principle - everyone at dj has been nothing but a true joy & blessing! I am so glad my child is a student here at dj!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

We moved to a great neighborhood in JCC thinking the schools would be excellent. I had to pull my kids from this school mid year due to several issues with teachers and safety. My child was actually bullied by her kindergarten teacher and brought in to a room where several adults were standing over her telling her how terrible she was (I actually witnessed this act). I would be very careful about sending your child to this school. If you choose to do so, I would be present in the classroom as much as possible. Moving to JCC was the worst decision we could have made for our children's mental and academic well-being. We are now living in York County and extremely pleased with the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

This school is improving, but still has a ways to go to get up to par with its neighbors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2012

My son attended this school for 2nd grade. Unforeseen circumstances led us out of the area. Mrs. Korabek constantly gave my son positive reinforcement. My son was and still is very quiet in class. She was able to identify that his quietness was self discipline and respect for learning. Ms. Awad introduced my son to the sounds of Louis Armstrong and enriched his love for jazz. In a time when reserved and polite children are being ignored or misunderstood I look upon our experience at DJ Montague as one of the best thus far. My son constantly misses and talks about this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2012

My experience was awful. My child's first grade teacher called her a Kate bloomer and would crumble her art work up and throw it into the trash while my child stood their crying. I also reported that a boy in her class was touching in a way that was not ok me or my husband. Afterwards, I was told that my volunteering duties were no longer needed. We were treated awfully. We then later turned to homeschooling till we could move to a better district. It appears half of the population homeschools their children there and now I see why. Today my daughter is in an top notch school and us doing well but every now and then she mentions her 1st grade teacher and laughs and says oh mom I am in the honour roll again but be because I was a late bloomer! It is never never never ok to say such things to a child and than god she told me so I could help my child. If your a parent if influence down there...your be fine they seem to pick on children whose parents can't fight back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

I just wanted to leave my input on this school. I had just recently moved to the area over the summer and have been living in York County. While our child is attending a fantastic school in YC, we are looking to buying a home in JCC. We had been looking at homes zoned for this school. When I first looked at all of the comments and getting some input from parents in the area I almost immediately thought, no way on this school. But then I really started to realize I needed to see things for myself and not just go off of others opinions(or what they heard). Well I am so glad I did this. I called Lynn Turner(the principle) and made an appointment to meet her in person and see the school. Well let me tell you that not only was she one of the most warm and engaging people I have ever met, she took an entire hour out of her day to sit down one on one with me and tell me about all of the wonderful things that are happening at DJ. She then took me on a tour and introduce me to numerous staff members, and brought me into classrooms. Not only was everyone very nice but all of the children seemed extremely well behaved. This is proof that seeing things for yourself is important.


Posted April 13, 2011

Lynn Turner, DJM newly appointed principal, is absolutely fabulous! She is a natural born leader, educator and advocate for our children, their education and success in reaching their full potential in school. The staff, faculty and administration are also a reflection of her leadership and skills. DJM is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

DJ prepares children to be successful in the future. Both my children attended DJ Montague and I thought other parents might want to happen to students after graduation. One graduate college with a BSN and is a registered nurse and my second child is at MIT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

Great things are happening at DJ Montague since the arrival of the new principal and assistant principal last fall. The new principal, Lynn Turner, is a leader and had changed the culture from the teachers to the bus drivers. Both of our children love DJ. It is well on its way to back to becoming the wonderful neighborhood elementary school that it has historically been.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2010

My children love DJM and have done very well at this school. My new middle schooler was very well prepared by the tteachers at DJM. She has all A's in MS and is doing advanced work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

I had to pull my two children out of DJ. When my youngest started K. It was obvious his teacher would be better suited for a teaching position higher than grade K. She nick picked on his behavior and seem to forget that 5 year old children need to have fun with learning. She was very insistent on her side but not at all interested on my side of the issue. The curriculum set by the district is out of date and over all everything is to relaxed. But everyone does their best with what is given. I think more attention should be given to the teacher 's strengths and then place them accordingly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

Our child has spent two wonderful years at DJ. Our child had challenges and received a tremendous amount of support and is now above grade level in some areas. Her first grade teacher was the best teacher I've ever seen and I have worked in the school system for many years. The principal and vice principal (who are being sent to other schools) were kind, welcoming, and responsive. No school is perfect, and there are challenges unique to each population. This school needs support from the WJCC administration and community. I believe many of the problems that occur in most schools stem from poor leadership at the school board level. There will be a lot of changes in this new school year and I hope it will only get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

My child has has two physical acts of violence occur in the last year at DJ Montague, and the new principal did nothing! DJ Montague has turned into an inner-city school being run by out of control children and an administration that does not care! I plan on pulling my child out and placing my child in a private school! I would also like to add that if the school does not do well on the Benchmarks this year, it could be the last year that DJ is open!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

All 3 of my children has or is attending D.J. The teachers are excellent. They strive to do whats best for the child. Their communication with me as a parent is amazing. I recommend D.J to every parent that wants the best for their childs growing mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

My child just completed Kindergarten at DJ and although my child did well, I am not convinced it was due to the teachers. I believe my child was ahead of the curve because of the great preschool education received. I am not sure if I want to send my child back for first grade. I had the opportunity to volunteer in the school and I was not impressed with the level of education provided in one first grade class. In my opinion DJ has a long way to go. We need more parental involvement for one, and we need teachers that are willing to teach ALL kids, not just smart kids. I think the principal did the best job given the circumstances. Overall, I was underwhelmed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

We are extremely happy with the teachers and administration at D.J. Montague. Although one of our two children had learning issues they were very supportive in doing everything possible to help him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

I am very happy with all that is going on there to help my child and others. He was on track or above until he had a poor teacher last year. I was ready to move him but the school and his new teacher have worked with him - before after school and whatever it has taken to get him back on track and he is doing great. Don't judge this school on a few bad apples, the staff and teachers on a whole are very caring and good at what they do. The Administration could use some new blood and update the school a little. Over all I would not pick any other public school in the area above DJM.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

We have 2 children at DJ Montague and are very disappointed. One is gifted and the gifted program is a joke - two years in a row they 'ran out of time' to work with his group. The other is gifted but has learning disabilities and this school and system is a complete failure, mostly with the administration but also with some teachers. Most, not all, of the teachers are very caring and devoted to their profession, too bad they are at a school that does not have the same standards. If you are looking to come to the Williamsburg area, you can do much better than DJ Montague.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

We chose to have our second child attend DJ Montague because of the wonderful experience our son, (who will be going into 9th grade this fall)had throughout his entire time there. He left DJ and went to middle school and has remained an honor roll student for all of 6th, 7th and so far, 8th grade. I truly give his positive experience at DJM, credit for this! Our twins will be attending kindergarten there as well in 4 more years and we look forward to it! Keep up the great work. Mr. Walk is the BEST!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

I am a teacher and have taught in three elementary schools. My children attend D.J. and I couldn't be more content with the education they are receiving. The staff is incredible! The bond they have with one another reflects in the teamwork they instill in the children. It is an excellent school that I wish I had the opportunity to work at. Their dedication to education is evident. The school is beautiful and well laid out. The P.T.A. has done a great job with programs and the staff has also done an impeccable job with Relay for Life. I am so pleased that my children are fortunate enough to attend such a phenomenal school at D.J. Montague!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
77%
History and Social Science

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%

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 70% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
91%

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 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

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n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

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 students82%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students72%
Female students76%
Male students69%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial55%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Science

All Students92%
Female students89%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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 students82%
Male students73%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students80%
Female students87%
Male students73%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%
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 Students86%
Female students85%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students76%
Male students60%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students88%
Female students93%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Science

All Students72%
Female students70%
Male students75%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities78%
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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5380 Centerville Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 258-3022

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