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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 527 students

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Posted September 11, 2013

King elementary is a small neighborhood school with good class sizes and a caring group of teachers and staff. The kids are taught to be DREAM students and to have respect for themselves and others. My second grader is safe and being taught the curriculum as well as to respect diversity and help others. The spark program is an added bonus for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

King teachers are very dedicated to a great and diverse student body. I have been impressed with their enthusiasm and ability to focus on a love of learning. I also like the new principal's efforts to engage the community more. Our children have had an excellent experience so far and I recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2009

Mr.Shaw was doing great job with this school but the new administration is just terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

I've had 5 kids go through this school system. It was a great place for the kids until this year with the new principal. Since then, the problems have been numberous. There seems to be a lack of control with the older students. The teachers particularly in grade 5 do not have control and they don't treat all the kids the same. The teachers in the younger grades, especially kindergarten have been fantastic and do a great job giving the kids the foundation to be good students, but the new adminstartion and some of the younger teachers cannot control the kids. There is also a huge lack of diversity among the teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

The school was great until 2004 when most of the good teacher left for a new school. The principal had to hire a new assistand principal and about 14 new teachers. All personnel were White, no diversity. This school has a very diversed student population, and the teachers did not reflect the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2005

Both of my children graduated from this school. Both went there all the years between Kindergarten and 5th grade. This is an absolutely outstanding school. Great school spirit. Part of the community in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

I am very pleased with the education my daughter is receiving at King. Mr. Shaw and all the ladies in the front office know the kids by name and whose class their siblings are in. They encourage parent volunteering and to come have lunch with your child during the day. The teachers are invested in my child's learning. They rotate through art, music and PE schedules. They have safety drills including 'bully' drills. I was disappointed that they did not teach phonics in kindergarten. They focused more on whole word learning. (So we supplemented with a phonics program of our own during the summer. Now I have a 1st grade reader! I believe a combination of phonics and whole word reading works best). I highly recommend this school. We will be sad if we ever have to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

My oldest daughter started kindergarten this year, and I couldn't be happier! Ms. Parker and Mrs. Radeke are WONDERFUL! The teachers are willing to work with a child to make sure that each child is getting the education and care that they need on an individual basis. Mr. Shaw is FABULOUS. He is outside every day with the buses, and makes sure to speak to the parents coming to pick up their children. All of the teachers that I have chatted with in passing are just as friendly and caring to the children, even if they are not in their class. This is a GREAT SCHOOL!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This is the best school my children have ever attended in a grade school. The kids are wonderful acting because of the teachers and how they manage their classes. But, the most awesome principal is there, Mr. Shaw. I am a military wife and I have been over the last 18 years to many school districts (every 2&3 years) w/3 children. He is so wonderful. He knows each child by name, he makes sure of it. And, he makes sure to ask the parents what their name is and he remembers you just as well. He goes out to the busses and makes sure the kids get out their safely and behave. But, you really don't have to worry about that, the kids do mind because they are treated with respect and in so doing act respectful. I love this school and sad to leave it-my child will be going to 6th grade now!
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
History and Social Science

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students75%
Female students76%
Male students74%
Black students77%
Asian students80%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students67%
Female students64%
Male students69%
Black students60%
Asian students90%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English74%

Science

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students85%
Black students81%
Asian students90%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students72%
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 Students91%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black students94%
Asian students85%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students88%
Female students93%
Male students81%
Black students84%
Asian students85%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students78%
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 Students78%
Female students89%
Male students69%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English82%

English: Writing

All Students75%
Female students86%
Male students64%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students83%
Female students89%
Male students79%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English85%

Science

All Students81%
Female students83%
Male students79%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students76%
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

  • 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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