School Details

Norfolk Highlands Primary School

Test Scores by grade

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Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Chesapeake Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
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86%
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Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Chesapeake Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Norfolk Highlands Primary School is a public elementary school in Chesapeake. The principal of Norfolk Highlands Primary School is Mrs. Shawnia C. Smiley, who can be contacted at Shawnia.Smiley@cpschools.com. 360 students go to Norfolk Highlands Primary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 43% of the 360 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Norfolk Highlands Primary School is 22:1. Cornerstone Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 51%
Black, non-Hispanic 32% 33%
Multiracial 11% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    Great staff great school. Safe learning environment. Love that my kids can walk to school.

  • (7 months ago)

    MUST READ! I'll make this short and sweet. I've had nothing but trouble with this school. Everytime a parent wants to speak to the ascendant priciple the so called dr. Is always in a meeting. Yeah well that's not true because she went running by me while I was signing in just to pretend she was In her office. She didn't know I saw her. She ended up walking up from behind me 30 seconds later. Be honest that what we need. Attention parents watch out for your child being tardy and some one signing off on it. Note. My name was forged and they said my child was tardy. My child was not tarty and we the parents didnt sign anything. To make it worse they wont show you you signature because there said there are other names on it. Really?! Grow up. Ive had one more instance where they lied to me and other parents. We really need change. Someone should investigate this school and make it right. I urge the other parents to post there troubles on here or somewhere online also so others that dont know will know. I know I will share my experiences. So far all negative. Good day.

  • (8 months ago)

    Norfolk Highlands Primary is the most disorganized school. They switched my sons teacher and did not tell me. They lost his school pictures and acted like it was nothing and they told me I had to find out where they were. His jacket got misplaced I don't know how many times in both kindergarten and first grade. His pants got ripped they don't how it happend. He got hit in the face and they don't how that happened. He also had a special education teacher that was in his class to help him and other students. She left and now they have substitute teacher and they did not notify the parents about this change. When he started kindergarten they did not send us anything to let us know when there would be orientation. So we missed that. This year they sent us a letter stating he was starting kindergarten but he was starting first. The principal needs to take a class on how to relate to children with austism because she just does not get it.

  • (1 year ago)

    Aside from an issue with the previous principal and gifted teacher I would have to say the years my children have been at this school have been good. I have found that many of the other parents can be a bit exclusionary though. This will be the 5th year for me as an NHP parent Mrs. Beasley as principal left quite a bit to be desired especially following after Dr. Hutchens who was well loved. I have high hopes for the new principal Mrs. Smiley. We've been quite pleased with just about every member of staff we have encountered at this school and some can be overlooked (like the horrible woman in the lobby).

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Teachers and really care. My daughter loves it and I do also. The staff knows me by name and are great with the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great School. If all schools could be this helpful this caring and this intelligent about their educational programs this country would be so much better off.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our family has been associated with Norfolk Highlands for 7 years. We have had three boys go through NHS and have 1st grader this year. Office staff truly cares about the students. The teachers sincerly desire for the students to succeed and become good citizens. The PTA is small but active. The one thing I am disappointed in is the level of involement from parents and it only gets worst the older the kids get. Great job Dr. Hutchens and staff. Wish I had a few more boys to start at Norfolk Highlands; we will have to wait for my Granddkids!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Norfolk Highlands has always been a good small town school. The atmosphere has changed so much that I could not wait to get my son out of there. I would not send any child I care about to Norfolk Highlands.

  • (6 years ago)

    my son dalton filmer started hos kindergarden here and he had a very enjoble time with this school ..they are very well mannerd and polite scjool i have seen thus far..i as a parent have had a pleaure being involved with the school funtions and pta ..thank you N H P for the great care and learning you and staff have givin my son hope that he is in the 1st grade as well sincerly your flora

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been especially pleased with NHPS as a parent that only placed my children in Parochial Schools for better education. Norfolk Highlands exceeded my expectations and the only drawback preventing this school from being rated as a 10 is that no foreign language is offered to students. I highly recommend this school and the staff and principal are outstanding mentors.

  • (7 years ago)

    Wonderful school. My son is in third grade and my daughter is in a Special Needs class and has special medical issues. This school has the best nurse. The office staff is friendly and helpful. Great Principal she is approachable friendly and has your childs best interest at heart! Best school in this area.

  • (7 years ago)

    Wonderful staff!! Great overall school...My daughter is entering 2nd grade this year and has been going since K. A+++

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter has attended this school from pre-school to first grade. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Norfolk Highlands. The teachers are caring understanding and patient. The nurse is the best around! The bus drivers have made sure my daughter and I are comfortable. My child has special medical needs and they have gone above and beyond making sure she has everything she needs to succeed! I think this school deserves an A!

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