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Bel Air Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 567 students

 

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Posted June 16, 2014

Excellent principal, vice principal, administrators, great spirit, no bully policy, kids earn rewards, extra saturday classes to catch up, smashing bricks for SOLs, orchestra in 5th grade as an option, kids love this school. 3-5th grade teachers seem very good, high level of advanced degrees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2012

Prior to Bel Air, my fourth grader attended Fannie Fitzgerald for two years and did not do well. Now he is thriving and doing awesome--kudos to a fabulous and responsive staff and admin team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Bel Air made a lot of changes for the better when Bruce Lieby was brought in the year before my oldest (now in 5th) entered the school. Clint Mitchell (his asst principal) took over and has run with the base he was given. I am very impressed with the dedication of the teachers he has brought it. There are plenty of resource aides for those who need it. They are offering various programs from Saturday Academy to help students needing a boost, evening programs to help parents see what the students are learning, homework help nights, there is now a Head Start class in the school and there is talk of another summer class for rising Kindergarteners to help prep them for school in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

I just love Bel-Air! The princpal Mr. Mitchell is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2008

My review is mixed: Both my children had great teachers here. On the other hand, both teachers are transferring to another school next year. One child is still at Bel Air and doing very well. The other was having troubles that the school wasn't addressing to our satisfaction. Efforts to resolve them with the staff left us feeling intimidated and demoralized. Of this academic year, one review has been posted. I concur with it in that the teachers are patient and willing to work with the children etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

Bel Air is a fantastic school. The teachers are very patient willing to work with the children and the parents on problems and difficulties encountered during the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2006

I am thrilled with Bel Air. I just learned that the PWC Schools are increasing Phys Ed and physical activity for students as well where many counties are cutting these programs! Academically I am pleased with Bel Air as well! Mr Leiby retired this year but his Assistant Mr Mitchell is taking over. We could not be more thrilled with his appointment to principal. We are certain he will continue the great work Mr Leiby did is his three years at Bel Air
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2006

We recently moved our children to this school from another PWC School and we are nothing more than astonished at the Leadership, commitment to success and care and safety of our children. The teachers are quality that our children have and have worked with us to make the middle of the year transfer smooth and eventless for our children. One of children has Type 1 Diabetes and the entire school from Mr. Leiby, front desk staff, school nurse, teachers and cafeteria staff have been extremely helpful and reassuring that our child is safe and developing educational wise while in their care during the day. Any parent with a child that needs medical assistance knows that the assurance you get from another while your baby is in someone elses care is golden. This has been an great school and hope that leadership and commitment continues. PWCS support your staff. $$$$$$$$$$$
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Mr. Libey is a great improvement over the joke they had last year and it can honestly be said he genuinely cares for the children. As for teaching quality: These teachers have nil for a budget they do try their hardest for the kids, though I find some of the other teachers are falling back on that too much to say 'therefore I cannot do anymore for my job, so let the parents worry, let it fall on the parents,' even though some of us do partially home school our children. Then there's the attitude held held by a couple of the staff members that is purely draconian and they do not belong in an office environment dealing with children and parents. Overall, though, despite some people that need to be re-educated, the school has a caring staff.
—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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%
History and Social Science

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
94%

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

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students72%
Female students77%
Male students67%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students60%
Female students66%
Male students54%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English63%

Science

All Students90%
Female students95%
Male students85%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students96%
Proficient in English87%
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 Students70%
Female students67%
Male students72%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students80%
Female students84%
Male students74%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students69%
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

English: Reading

All Students69%
Female students71%
Male students67%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students59%
Female students67%
Male students49%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students57%
Female students58%
Male students56%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English67%

Science

All Students73%
Female students67%
Male students79%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English76%
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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14151 Ferndale Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Phone: (703) 670-4050

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