School Details

Ball's Bluff Elementary School

821 Battlefield Pkwy NE, Leesburg, VA 20176
(571) 252-2880
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 746 students 18 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

79%
78%
72%
81%
73%
65%
96%
91%
84%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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 2013
  • Loudoun County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
78%
70%
81%
81%
75%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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 2013
  • Loudoun County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
81%
73%
75%
83%
71%
74%
77%
69%
84%
85%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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 2013
  • Loudoun County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ball's Bluff Elementary School is a public elementary school in Leesburg. The principal of Ball's Bluff Elementary School is Dr. Melinda D. Carper. 746 students go to Ball's Bluff Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 30% of the 746 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ball's Bluff Elementary School is 18:1. Leesburg Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 63%
Hispanic 24% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Balls Bluff is a wonderful elementary school. The principal assistant principal and staff are amazing and really care about the children. Both my children have IEP's and the communication as well as just knowing that the staff really care for the well being of my children puts me at ease.

  • (1 year ago)

    The staff really care about the children and open communication is their strong suit. I love this school. I have one child that graduated another that is currently enrolled and a little one at home waiting to go. The teachers are amazing!

  • (1 year ago)

    BBES is a welcoming school with a lot of great teachers. There is a lot of diversity but I see that as a plus. I love that my kids meet and work with children from different backgrounds and cultures. That's preparing them for life! We've had nothing but great experiences in the classroom and feel the teacher don't get the credit they deserve! Go Tigers!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am not sure why this school has a 4star rating but this is my 2nd yr that I am sending my child to Balls Bluff. I am happy with the school and especially with the teachers. I have not interacted with adminstrative staff and the principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is terrible. My son has been going to Ball's Bluff for two years now and has had nothing but problems. My son has special education needs that are not properly addressed or taken seriously. He has an education plan that the teaching staff is supposed to abide by and they don't. There is a serious problem with parent/teacher communication. To get any answers or to find out what is going on in the classroom the parent must engage the teacher otherwise the parent is in the dark. I plan on filing for a transfer to another school in my neighborhood.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ball's Bluff Elementary is a very good school with excellent teachers who want to see our children succeed. They provide a challenging and fun atmosphere where are children can grow and learn. Teachers staff and PTA are all active in the school and community.We would highly recommend our school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a very satisfied parent of a Ball's Bluff student. Her teachers have been wonderful and have nutured and encouraged her to be a leader as well as a good student. The principal and vice principal are wonderful too. Both are friendly professional and approachable. Ball's Bluff gets an A from me!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a proud parent of a student at Balls Bluff Elementary School. I must say as a life long resident of Leesburg I am appalled at the community's view of this school. For all the diversity that this school offers it continually is criticized for it's test scores. It's all about status and not quality of education for some. Considering the vast ethnic and socio-economic differences of the kids that attend this school it's test scores are within a few percentage points of the 'stellar' schools here. ( FHR for one). Not to mention that ALL the schools follow the SAME curriculum! I am glad my child attends this school. I would MUCH rather her be exposed to a beautiful rainbow than an unrealistic vat of 'sameness.'

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is very good. I believe that the parients should be able to know exactly what materials the children are covering in class. There is a lack of teacher/parient communication. The PTA commity is very active.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have three children and coundn't ask for a better school. The quality of the teachers and administrative staff is incredible! They are there whenever you need them. This school has a hometown feeling that is very rare these days.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ball's Bluff is an excellent school with excellent teachers principals and staff. Both of my children have gone from K-5 at BBES and I could not have asked for a better school.

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