School Details

John Tyler Elementary School

3649 Hartford St, Portsmouth, VA 23707
(757) 393-8879
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 773 students 23 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

65%
67%
72%
60%
59%
65%
69%
76%
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
  • Portsmouth City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
64%
70%
69%
68%
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
  • Portsmouth City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
67%
73%
64%
56%
71%
70%
65%
69%
85%
74%
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
  • Portsmouth City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
66%
74%
68%
76%
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
  • Portsmouth City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John Tyler Elementary School is a public elementary school in Portsmouth. The principal of John Tyler Elementary School is Dr. J. Wayne Williams. 773 students attend John Tyler Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 53% of the 773 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John Tyler Elementary School is 23:1. Westhaven Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 71% 74%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 23%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 54%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    John Tyler Elementary School is one of the best in Portsmouth. The teachers are well educated and nurturing to students and parents. They helping to train our children to be "good citizens". By making education exciting interesting and challenging the teachers and staff are fostering lifelong learning. Like most public schools in the USA John Tyler is in need of financial and technological resources to stay current and relevant to today's world. I would love to see more partnering with local businesses and organizations to provide volunteer support and other resources to the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school cares about their students! Lucky to have my child attend here. Parent involvement is up to you If you want to be active there is a lot of space for you! The kids are nice but there are always kids that misbehave but over all the school is very good!

  • (3 years ago)

    WHOOPS! I HIT A BUMP CAUSING ATHE MISSPELLING OF THE WORD "ALTHOUGH" IN MY RANT.... STILL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CONSTANT MISUSE OF PRONOUNS AND ENGLISH AMOUNG ADULTS IN THE UNITED STATES. IF PARENTS CAN NOT SPEAK PROPER ENGLISH IT IS PASSED DOWN IMPROPERLY THROUGH THE GENERATIONS! I'M JUST AN AVERAGE PARENT THAT HAS A "PET PEEVE" TOWARD ADULTS WHO HAVE LIVED IN THE U.S.A... FOR MANY YEARS YET REFUSE TO SPEAK IT'S NATIVE LANGUAGE! THIS IS NOT THE COUNTRY YOU IMMAGRATED FROM; SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. I WOULD NEVER GO TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND FLAUNT ENGLISH BEHIND OTHERS' BACKS GOSSIP ETC. IN A LANGUAGE SOMEONE ASSUMES- ASSUMES-OTHERS DON'T SPEAK FLUENTLY. I DON'T LET PEOPLE KNOW I SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH UNTIL I RESPOND TO A GOSSIPER IN SPANISH. THE LOOK ON THEIR FACE IS PRICELESS!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attends this school and I feel that their is too many children in her 4th grade class. There is nearly 28-30 kids in one class with only one teacher. The Math teacher is terrible. I have sent several notes to her regarding my child and it seems as if she just ignores what I tell her.I just can't seen to understand how she's teaching the kids. My daughter comes home so confused about her Math assignments. The Math teacher needs to take some courses herself to learn good methods of teaching 4th graders Math.

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal at this school tries to stay out of any situation he can. Instead of having an open door policy. The students do not get any recess time in the winter despite having sunny days there are plenty of excuses in summer as well. One was too many students on the playground another was a student having medical problems. Yet the 2nd graders are expected to stay put like robots during class and during other classes they must attend. They are also expected to do well in their yearly tests kids need play time to let off steam. P.E. is only held once a week! This will surely bring students medical problems! If students are doing well and can take on more of a challenge they are ignored and made to sit through the brain numbing class. If your child has a disability learning i suppose that will be noticed but if your child can take on more he'll only remain stagnant.

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love this school! My son was constantly in trouble at his previous b/c his teacher and adminatrators did not understand or care to find solutions with his ADHD. His 1st Grade teacher at John Tyler went above and beyond to help him learn in a way that worked for him. He is reading at a 5th grade level now and has honor roll every 9 week period. He become where he loved go to school instead of dreading it. I look forward to my son future years at John Tyler

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in kindergarden at this school and I am so unhappy. At my son's pre-k school he read way above level and they never had any discipline problems out of him. His pre-K school put a note on his file stating how well he reads and also to keep him challenged. This is the 2nd month of school and they still are not challenging him and he is constantly on color change. This bothers me as a parent because I know my sons abilities and when a child isn't challenged they get bored and they get in trouble. I have went as far as contacting the principal and he promised me they would challenge him but I needed to understand that the classroom was very crowded and they would do the best they could do. There are 31 students in my sons class with 2 teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 3 kids in this school 6th grade 4th grade and k. I love this school and the admid. however i do not like the fact that we were rezoned last yr. my k student has 26 kids in her class and my 4th grader has 25 and when you have that many kids in one class the kids suffer. My 4th grader scored a perfect on his social studies sol last yr and my 6th grader scored a perfect on her reading sol last yr besides over crowding i really love this school

  • (6 years ago)

    I have the greatest 6th graders ever. I teach U.S. History my classes are on task every day. We have fun learning History and my students and I are are totaly into the challenges we face together. I also have the greatest group of parents any teacher could ask for. They send in supplies support from home and keep me informed. And regardless of what some may think we have the greatest Administrative team a student parent or teacher could dream of. Watch the Tigers and listen for the roar.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been in this school 6 yrs now and I must say this school is going down hill. They have rezoned yet again and still have overcrowding in the classrooms in spite of adding on a wing to a newly constructed building. This year something new- some grades have 2 teachers to a classroom to accommodate over 30 kids in 1 classroom! The discipline needs improvement too. Kids are getting away with too much and they know it. Lots of bad attitude kids and bullying. Dont want to 'suspend' kids- wont look good on the schools record from what I heard. My kids have never written a book report this whole time in this school. Teachers are forced to focus their teaching only on what is needed to pass the SOL's for accreditation. On a positive note there are many great teachers who care and do a great job.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is our first year with John Tyler. My daughter is in kindergarten. I feel many improvements could be made but overall I think they do a good job. I commend portsmouth schools for working so hard to beat their bad reputation.

  • (6 years ago)

    JT is a great school. I have had children in the Portsmouth City School System since 1993 and am quite pleased in the much needed inprovements made by our Superintendent. The teachers and staff have always been quite willing to meet my concerns in a positive manner. The school is fully accredited and I know the work that my 2nd grader routinely does - I did not do in the 2nd grade! PTA and parental involvement could be better as we came from Churchland Elementary where it was quite high. But that does not reflect on the school. Keep up the good work John Tyler - this family in Portsmouth is very pleased!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two children that attent this school and in my opinion it is one of the best schools in Portsmouth. They could improve on having extra activities for the children to join. Parental involvment could improve but that lies with the parents not the school. I am sure every teacher would welcome you into the class if you wanted to help. All the teachers there seem to care about the children and do there best with what they are given to work with. My hat is off to all of them and every teacher. It takes a special person to begin with to want to sit in a room all day with our children and take the time to teach. Maybe we should all stop complaining and appreciate these wonderful people who dedicate their lives to our children. To all the staff at J.T.- Keep up the great work!

  • (7 years ago)

    Horrible school children are seldom disciplined. Classes are overcrowded. The teachers act like they are burnt out! There may be 1 or 2 good teachers in the school. Extra curricular activities consist of chorus and that's it. Thank god for the music teacher or we wouldn't even have that. For this to be a new school it sure is in a state of disrepair.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school. The children are for the most part well mannered. The parents try to be a part of what is going on. Papers are sent home two to three times a week and information is always given on upcoming events. Field trips are planned and the children are a part of the classroom decisions that are made. The staff is friendly and is willing to go the extra mile for the children. As with every school there are some things that could improve. The PTA has gone down hill a little but with help from parents is trying to raise again. The building is over crowded by the staff does the best they can to acommadate. The school is fully state accredited. Not all schools can say that. Thanks JT for a job well done.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a good school. The teacher care about the children and go out of their way to make sure that their needs are meet. As in every school not everyone will be statisfied. Keep up the good work and have a wonderful school year.

  • (10 years ago)

    My 2 children went to JTES this past school year. I was very dissapointed with the treatment my daughter that is in special ed. recieved the first 2 months of school. My other child who had been in 2nd grade but in a 3rd grade reading class the year prior to coming to JTES was put in 3rd grade reading again due to 4th grade reading classes being too full. So she did the same things with the same books all year. There were also very few extracurricular activities to get the children involved in their school. The PTA mettings and programs were poorly planned and I usually didn't find out about them until the evening of the event. My children's school work was sent home about once a month. I feel my children's education has suffered and they will not be attending JTES this coming school year.

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