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Holz Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 23, 2013

The principal is a royal.....never mind. WHO does she know? She is totally incompetent.TOTALLY. You have no idea what we go through every day. It is a horrible environ.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 13, 2013

Holz is a wonderful school. The teachers for the most part are caring and loving and prepare them for John Adams. It's funny how parents will bash teachers and the "clan" like VOLUNTEERS in earlier reviews. Per usual, staff and clan like moms all disrespected despite all the hard work and effort that goes into involvement in a public elementary. I'm not saying it is perfect, but that's a very hard goal to achieve. Hope our teachers know that most of us love and appreciate all they do in preparing our children for the next level of education. As far as test scores go, I'd like the parents to sit down and take a standardized test like that and see how their scores come back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

The main problem with the school is the attitude of the teachers and administrators. Mrs Hovis needs to be fired. Total lack of regard and responsability for her students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

My child is in Ms. Hovis's second grade class. She is a VERY involved teacher, who takes her job seriously. The kids all love her, because she is friendly, fun and seems to enjoy what she does. I have never heard a teacher scream at a child or use poor grammar, and I believe the teachers dress for their jobs. They are teachers not business professionals. This is a great school with a great staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2012

It is very sad that our children must go to this school- a BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL????? I have no respect for the Blue Ribbon process. The teachers are unprofessional, use poor grammar, scream at the children, dress unprofessionally, have poor working habits, very poor teaching techniques and overall poor teachers. It is such a shame to put our darling children in these schools. If you have a choice do NOT send your child to this school...but then again, where do you go. The private schools are not much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

Extreme clan like behaviour exhibited by the staff and Mothers. Our family moved here because of my Husband's Gov. job. We were shocked by the sad difference in education of a supposed blue ribbon school and the inner city school my children attended prior. We much prefered the curriculum of the school my children attended before Holtz. I hope that my review stays on this site, as it has been removed a month ago, and I am hoping that our pain will give guidence for other parents gong through similar situations at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

My child recenetly reported to me that a teacher at holz put her coffee cup in front of her mouth and said to another teacher these adhd kids r so annoying. This bothers me because this was done in front of my daughter who has add and needs extra help in reading and this woman is her reading specialist. My daughter was so sad and said i cant help it if im not as smart as the other kids. My daughter also tells me the various websites like victoria secrets and facebook that teachers visit during class time and u wouldnt believe the stuff she tells me about thier personal lives as well. It disturbs me. Are these teachers concerned with educating or thier personal lives. After almost 5years at Holz i have only met one teacher that truly cares about teaching children and that is Tamara Hovis she deserves the Blue Ribbon and so much more. If your child lands in her classroom you are very lucky. Im very distressed and worried about my daughter however my options are very limited and home schooling is an option i consider more and more everyday. Parents i urge u to go to netflix or your local library andvwtch a documetay called Waiting for Superman. KCS should be added.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2011

MY GOSH.... Just read the test scores...that says it all. SOMETHING needs to be done. Do these educators NOT get it?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2011

I moved from another state and it cannot touch our previous experience. Check the TEST SCORES on this site to see how well this school is doing. HORRIBLE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2011

My daughter is in 2nd grade and has attend Holz since kindergarten. Her K teacher, Julie Wisecup was excellent, as was her 1st grade teacher, Rachel Sweet. Her 2nd grade teacher, Tammy Hovis is also excellent. The do all sorts of Art projects and Music. She is on the A honor roll, what more could I ask for. Every employee of this school is great from the custodians to the cooks to the teachers to the principal. She loves her school. the PTA does everything they can to help the school. To the ones that have complained about fund raisers & such, the school only gets like $5 per kid per year for everything they need. If more parents would volunteer to come in & do crafts & things with the classes they would do more. The teachers have to teach certain things by the end of the year if not,they get in trouble so they do what they have to do. My daughter is in speech therapy, which is another "special" thing that they have for the kids and it has really helped her. She has friends from every part of the school district, South Hills and Loudendale and all the kids are treated equally. this is the 3rd elem. school that I have been invovled at & is be far the best! Dawn Taylor
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

My children have each had excellent experiences Holz Elementary. All schools have issues, but this is one of the best you will find. I was once a teacher and I know a bit about how these places are run -- blame the school board and/or KCS administration -- not the teachers or the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

This is a fantastic school! Mrs. Daniels who teaches 1st grade is incredible. Her goals are high and her patience is as well. My child started off struggling and now is striving. They are a little strict on sugar but other than that it's a great school. The staff knows your children and truely care for them. I can't say enough good things!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

I've read all the parents' comments...some with good reviews and some not complimentary of the school and the teaching staff. I think it's very difficult to accurately judge a school simply by assuming that one curriculum or style of teaching is the answer to every child's short-comings. There are too many variables and too many theories on why one child is thriving and the other struggling. The only true merit of measure whether a school is meeting all the requirements to be recognized as 'good' is its product. I know that Holz is producing more 'ready' children to the next level rather than the contrary as some of the parents are saying. My wife and I are extremely satisfied with the leadership, the curriculum and appreciative of the time and effort that each teacher provide for our children. This after researching each school in the District after moving from Pittsburgh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

The kids sit all day while the teachers lecture. This is not a great learning environment. I always learned in school that children should have INTERACTION, not lecture. Dictatorship with the PTA. Principal leaves a great deal to be desired. NO stars for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

The teachers are obviously not happy. How can you teach little children and be so unhappy? Look at the dress code - jeans and a sweat shirt at parent programs. I cannot wait to get my little girl out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2007

We have chosen this school over leading private schools in the area. Why? It is a caring environment for our child. Our child's teacher (J. Wisecup) is excellent. The PTA provides afterschool enrichment programs free or at low cost to our students- spanish, chess, math clubs. In addition, teachers frequently attend school sponsored events such as carinvals to mix and meet parents and students in an informal environment. As for fundraising, the PTA asks for donations of any amount from parents instead of sending fundraisers home from school every month.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

As a parent of three that attend Holz, and a transfer from another Charelston school, HOLZ is one of the Best!!! As we could all agree no system is perfect.. The curriculaim is a mandate from the County so for those parents complaining have you went to a PTA or LSIC meeting? I am the current 2006 /2007 PTA President and this year we have offered 3 different after school clubs, we have had 2 family nights. I believe that it takes the parent and the teachers to make a great school. The teachers that my childern have had are very caring and they differntly go out of their way for the kids. Monica Mawyer
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2006

I'm very pleased with the school and how caring the teachers are. Our second grade teacher, Tammy Hovis, went above and beyond the call of duty and attended little league basketball games and baseball games. I would recommend the school to any young family looking for an active PTO and challenging classroom environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

It is clear that those expressing negatives spend very little time at the school and do not involve themselves in the school's activities. First, Holz stresses academics for a reason. Schools are designed to provide the students with a solid education. Second, the school communicates frequently through papers sent home with the children in their backpacks. Third, parents have ample opportunities to participate in school activities. The PTO is constantly looking for volunteers to help with school ctivities that do not involve fundraising. The principal and teachers are highly motivated and have worked hard to increase academic performance and provide assistance to those students having problems. The PTO also sponsors several initiatives to help students with academic problems. This is a solid school.
—Submitted by a parent


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


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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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