School Details

Ghent Elementary School

200 Shirley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517
(757) 628-2565
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 533 students 15 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

82%
64%
72%
76%
50%
65%
92%
69%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
58%
70%
83%
59%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
61%
73%
82%
60%
71%
80%
58%
69%
75%
64%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
55%
74%
89%
65%
78%

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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
52%
75%
58%
28%
61%

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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
52%
71%
74%
53%
70%
78%
43%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
70%
76%
100%
72%
83%
100%
67%
76%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course 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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ghent Elementary School is a public middle school in Norfolk. The principal of Ghent Elementary School is Dr. Thomas Mcanulty. 533 children attend Ghent Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 29% of the 533 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Ghent Elementary School is 15:1. Blair Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 52% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 43% 63%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 58%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm a Parent of a 8th Grade student who has been at Ghent since Kindergarten. I LOOOOVVVVEEEEEE this school. The teachers are soo compassionate about their student willing to put extra work into every child giving special attention to every child treating all of the students the same - regardless if they have special needs or not - and because most of the students have been there since Kindergarten the teachers for the next grade level already know how to handle them. I'm going to be sad to have to put my daughter into another school even begging the Principal to extend the school to 12th grade. Currently Ghent is the only Open Classroom and Open Campus school in Norfolk meaning you dont have to live in the Neighborhood to have your child attend this awesome place

  • (2 years ago)

    Great school both my kids go. Teachers are caring and curriculum is guaged towards the student ability.

  • (4 years ago)

    Their teachers care about the kids and their teaching methods are great. No child is ever board or left behind. If the child is not up to level they work with the seperately to bring them there. If I child is ahead they put them with others that are on the same level and give them a little bit harder work. My son is in 8th grade and goes to the high school part of the day because his math skills are on a 10th grade level. When he struggled in reading at 6 years old they caught the fact that he had dislexia and worked with him to control it and now he is in all honors classes.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so thankful I learned about this school before my son even started. He has now in 8th grade. We are actually sad this will be his last year at Ghent. The smaller class sizes and the caring teachers have helped my child to excel. I really feel he has been given the best education public school could offer. We are so appreciative of the staff. I know he has a solid foundation and is prepared for high school anywhere. This school is K-8 another positive feature. This school should be used as an example for all Norfolk Public Schools.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff is very curtious and knowlegeable always there to answer questions and to help parents.

  • (6 years ago)

    i love it! the teachers are great

  • (6 years ago)

    high academic standards great kids dedicated teachers. a great alternative to the district schools in norfolk. however research on my norfok district school shows better test-scores and a higher rating among parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Academics and moral standards are impressive.

  • (7 years ago)

    The qualities of academics oversight and vision of administration and ability of staff make this school the best in Norfolk.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just want to add that the sibling rule has changed. Sadly a younger sibling in not guaranteed acceptance at Ghent with their older sibling. A lottery is used now children are picked randomly. Ghent is a great school but this is devastating parents who were hoping their children would be together. They were told when their older child started that their younger child would be automatically accepted. Something to think about if you have more than one child.

  • (7 years ago)

    My family has a very long history with Ghent School. The school's curriculum falls in the category of public schools guidelines; however what makes Ghent an exceptional public school is the teacher/staff support teaching abilities tactics and involvement.The parent involvement level is extremely high. The school does lack extracurricular activities; however it is made up with great academic performance as well as hands on and field trip experencies that highly beneficial to the students. Ghent is an above-average public school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Highly focussed institution. The teachers care and probe the students to learn. Concepts taught to think out of the box and so critical thinking is developed. Art and music programs are available.

  • (10 years ago)

    Ghent has been a great school for my 3 children. They offer Middle School if your child is excepted. Once you have one sibling there other siblings automatically can attend both elementary and middle school. It lacks middle school sports which I am told they are working on. Teacher turn over is low and the teachers there takes an honest interest in your child's progress not just academically but socially also. They stress all academics and offer very strong instruction in the language arts area.

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