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Overbrook Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 468 students

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Posted August 17, 2011

I love this school my son had adhd impulsive disorder and the principal, secretary, and the counselor have been so helpful in making my son feel comfortable and keeping me informed on whats goin on with him. I thank them for making these years a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

My family moved here from California three years ago. Our first year here, we had our children in another school and were shocked at the drastic difference in admin and how behind the classes were. When we put them in Overbrook, I was thrilled to see a professional and caring staff. With three kids, we have very different personalities and needs among them, and I have been quite satisfied. The Principal, counselor, secretary and teachers have been wonderful, (with the exception of one out of five teachers I've experienced.) In particular, our youngest's Kindergarten experience was great...and he was the one we were most concerned about. K teachers there have a good balance of dicipline and understanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

Overbrook has a special educator who is trained in Slingerland, a classroom-based Orton-Gillingham technique. She is demanding, but helps students make great progress in reading.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 2, 2009

My daughter has been at Overbrook for 6 years now. I have never had a problem with anything at all! My daughter is working at a 7th grade level in many subjects (but only a 5th grader). I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

Both of my children attended Overbrook Elementary and received a solid foundation for educational development and learning. They were given a caring and encouraging environment to learn in and this base was instrumental in their success in junior high, high school and college. Both children are successful adults and I atribute a lot of this to their initial exposure to a quality education system at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2008

There are some quality teachers at Overbrook. Unfortunately, there are some who are less than adequate. The administration is a nightmare. Incompetent and virtually useless. I agree with the first poster that some parents are excluded. there are some wonderful parent volunteers, but there are also a couple (one who is there daily) who just shouldn't be there. They don't interact appropriately with students or other parents. Very unprofessional. I think most of the blame for this lies with the administration. Overbrook is in desperate need of strong and competent leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

Teachers are under great stress to deleiver high test scores, they tend to be aloof and non-responsive. Quality of teacher continues to go downhill as better teachers leave for other schools. Have been to the board office more then once over teacher and principal behaviour, and each time official at board backed us which helped the situation. A few parents seem to run the school and excludes parents who want to contribute. A notable drop in both funds raised and parent participation has occured over last four years, and according to parents is a result of the principals lack of leadership and the few parents who refuse to allow participation from others not in their 'click'. Weberwood and Holtz are far superior choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

All three of my sons have attended Overbrook, the youngest since kindergarten. There is a better racial mix overall than is typical in WV. The teachers seem to really care about my boys and they are all doing well here. The middle school and high school that Overbrook feeds into are extremely demanding so they need a good foundation here and are getting it. High marks for this school, although the 'portable' classrooms (in reality trailers) are undesirable and a hassle for the students to have to learn in them. The professional staff is amazing and quick to meet you half way. Do not expect an easy school, Overbrook is demanding for both students and parents. I believe it is worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2003

My daughter transfered to this school from another during her first grade year. She is a special needs child recieving additional help in math. I could quickly tell a difference in the quality of education she was recieving. Not only did she begin to grasp math concepts she had been struggling with, but her general level of anxiety over school decreased and she began to enjoy school more. I also applaud her teachers and principal for their attitudes toward me and my daughter; they see her as a child who is doing her best to overcome her difficulties and they always treat her with kindness and respect. Although attitudes are less notable than math skills, they make a big difference in her education.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
74%
Social Studies

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
68%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
69%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
77%
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 Students71%
Black58%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Title I71%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities73%

Reading

All Students73%
Black58%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Title I73%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities78%

Science

All Students65%
Black58%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I65%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities65%

Social Studies

All Students62%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities61%
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 Students53%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities62%

Reading

All Students60%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities67%

Science

All Students40%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities46%

Social Studies

All Students50%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities9%
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 Students67%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%

Reading

All Students74%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Title I74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%

Science

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Title I72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%

Social Studies

All Students57%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Title I57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
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 81% 92%
Black 11% 5%
Asian 8% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • WV Exemplary School (2012)
  • WV Exemplary School (2011)
  • WV Exemplary School (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • ESL services
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Barbara J Floren
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (304) 347-7494

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • ESL services
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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218 Overbrook Rd
Charleston, WV 25314
Phone: (304) 348-6179

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