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Holz Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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2011:
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Posted April 6, 2006

My child goes to Holz and I am very involved in this school. Our family's experience has been very good. My child gets love, support and a great education. All of her teachers have been loving and kind to her and she has learned to read, learned her math facts and made many friends. Our principal is a fair and kind woman. It hurts me to read the comments on here, because with respect, I could not disagree more. Sometimes people write things on the internet that amaze me. Holz is a special and wonderful school. Blake, Holz PTO President.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

Holz is one of the finest elementary schools I have ever seen, from the principal to the academics offered to the level of parent involvement. I have lived in 2 other states where the schools are said to be top quality. My children have received such a better educational experience at Holz than at either of the others, and one was a private school in a major city. My children are finally learning the basics they will need in higher level courses in secondary schools and in college. Not only that, but the fine arts offered here greatly surpass my expectations. The principal is actively involved in the life of the school, offering positive, strong, no-nonsense leadership to the faculty, the students, and the parents. I could not be more pleased with my children's school, and I highly recommend Holz to anyone coming into Charleston.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2006

I definately agree with negatives posted. This is one of the wealthiest areas of West Virginia. Parents believe in education, but they expect too little from this school. 1. Observe the discipline techniques by teachers - they are not the most effective (grabbing out of children's hands, yelling, etc.) The curriculum seems to be 'drill and kill'. Little time spent on the arts- no presentations where children have the opportunity to 'present' programs and be on stage. Art is patterned and plenty of busy work, drill sheets and coloring sheets. The teachers do not seem friendly. Very few happy smiles and seemingly enjoyment for the job. They do not greet the children joyfully- and seem to lack iniative and creativity.The pricipal is not open to comments and suggestions by parents. Overall, it is not a great school like it is drummed up to be. Blue ribbon in 1993. This is 2006!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

very good gifted program teacher, strong PTA, small class sizes, onsite music teacher, art instruction and exposure to foeign languages. over all probably one of the best elementary schools in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

My last kid is in this school. I cannot wait to get her out. The teachers read their curriculum. There is no personbality and not an obvious love for teaching. It is sad. I also do not care for the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2005

One of the top public elementary schools in Charleston. Very active PTO and teachers who take a great interest in their students. I have four children who will have passed though this school. The school just recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Parents and PTO support music and arts education in face of lack of financila support from County Board of Education.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

42 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
70%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
72%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students50%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Title I50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%

Reading

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Title I45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%

Science

All Students62%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%

Social Studies

All Students50%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Title I50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%

Reading

All Students59%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Title I59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%

Science

All Students33%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Title I33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities35%

Social Studies

All Students54%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Title I54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%

Reading

All Students88%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%

Science

All Students66%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%

Social Studies

All Students63%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 1%
Black 2% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1505 Hampton Rd
Charleston, WV 25314
Phone: (304) 348-1906

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