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River Oaks Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 611 students

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Posted April 11, 2012

My child has attended River Oaks for several years. The school has declined in the last few years with low parent participation to an increase in discipline problems. The tone of the atmosphere/climate is set from the top down (leadership/administration). Instead of them being PROACTIVE, the administration is mostly reactive, but mostly INACTIVE. Unruly, undisciplined/mal-behaved kids & their parents run this school, NOT the leadership/administration. Students are allowed to blatantly disrespect teachers & staff with little to no consequences & they know it, so it just continues with minimal discipline action issued, i.e., time-out, no recess, warning, etc. As a parent, I emphasize the importance of education, how to act accordingly & the consequences of chosen actions, so I don't have to visit the school because my child is misbehaving. Meanwhile, my child is subjected to disruption/distraction daily from kids whose parents don't emphasize the same & who look at the school as a "baby-sitter". There are many teachers who are good at what they do & should be applauded, but there are many others who only see this as a paycheck. This is a sad look at our upcoming generation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

My daughter was in kindergarten this year and we couldn't have asked for a better school experience than the one we had at River Oaks. The teachers and staff are wonderful and took the time to get to know her. Whenever I was on campus or was just dropping or picking her up, we were always greeted with hellos or told goodbye. We were never ignored. The curriculum was rigorous enough for my daughter and it was tiered to meet the needs of all learners. River Oaks is a wonderful example that a child does not need to go to the newest school in order to get the best education. It is the teachers that make the difference not the building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2009

The teachers at this school are wonderful. My girl likes all of her teachers so far and actually enjoys going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

It's a great school, teachers really care for their students. And discipline is good too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

Larger than average classes result in kids sitting right on top of each other and teacher losing control of classes. Bulling tolerated and not addressed unless pushed by parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2007

My 7-year old daughter is a prime example of what I see in every student at ROES. ROES provides opportunity, tools and positive reinforcement that enables our children to exceed even their expectations. The look and sound of a child when they have accomplished a task is a wonderful gift to experience! I am confident that My daughter excels because her teacher says she can. She believes in her teacher, Ms. Barrett, and is encouraged to challenge herself daily and to use what she has learned in the classroom, outside the classroom. ROES students have the unique opportunity to showcase their talents in many interesting and fun ways. ROES is the reason for all the new-found confidence I see in my child. We are still amazed by the things that she will do and what she does. ROES has set the stage for a great educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

River Oaks Elementary is an amazing school. The administrators, teachers and staff are kind and caring. The Spanish program is excellent and the PTO offers many family activities. My eldest daughter was so inspired and well taught by her fifth grade teacher (Ms. I. Burt) that she came up with a 'life plan' which included her goal of attending Harvard. I still have two children at River Oaks and I must say, everyone makes you feel like your a part of the River Oaks family. It is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

This is the 9th year of having my children at River Oaks and have several years to go! We have been with 4 principals so far. I love the school enviornment. The teachers and staff really care about the students and are always finding new and exciting ways for the kids to learn. River Oaks has that family feeling that you don't find to often these days. My oldest is in high school and my next oldest is in Middle School. Both have gone on to the IBMYP program and now the oldest is in the Cambridge program. River Oaks definatley prepares the students and gives them a firm foundation for higher learning.
—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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
History and Social Science

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
English: Writing

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students79%
Female students82%
Male students77%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students71%
Female students74%
Male students69%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English65%

Science

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students100%
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 Students60%
Female students60%
Male students60%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students65%
Female students66%
Male students64%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English68%
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 Students72%
Female students82%
Male students64%
Black students72%
Asian students80%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English73%

English: Writing

All Students68%
Female students84%
Male students51%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students51%
Female students59%
Male students44%
Black students51%
Asian students60%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students78%
Female students85%
Male students72%
Black students76%
Asian students80%
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English81%
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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16950 McGuffeys Trail
Woodbridge, VA 22191
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