School Details

Smith Station Elementary School

11600 Catharpin Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
(540) 786-5443
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 793 students 16 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

61%
68%
72%
52%
66%
65%
82%
83%
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
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
71%
70%
61%
77%
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
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
73%
73%
74%
69%
71%
64%
73%
69%
75%
72%
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
  • Spotsylvania County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Smith Station Elementary School is a public elementary school in Spotsylvania. The principal of Smith Station Elementary School is Michelle L. Colbert. 793 students attend Smith Station Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 22% of the 793 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Smith Station Elementary School is 16:1. Commonwealth Gov .Sch. is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 66%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 28% 20%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    We love Smith Station Elementary school. In every school the teachers and staff help make the environment what it is. Our children are blessed to have incredible teachers - perfect for them. All parents are encouraged to volunteer their time during Career Day events and to help the teachers in a way that the particular teacher needs help with. Our children are learning a lot. We do have to supplement the learning (but we've always had to supplement the education even at the two private schools my daughter has attended prior). Our children's homework load is manageable. What can I say the teachers are magnificent (at least the ones our children have). We were a bit nervous coming from private school to public school but Ms. Primo has kept the class sizes small and things so far have been great!

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is fantastic. The administration is understanding and supportive of students. They are dedicated to assisting parent and their children in making school a happy and successful place to be. The school counselors are also creative and caring and really available to assist children that need some support. My child has attended this for 4 years and every teacher has welcomed parental involvement and truly wants the best for their students. Great school!

  • (11 months ago)

    The reviews and decline in star ratings from 2007 until current speaks volumes. Our experience has been the same-going from hopeful to bad now worse. New Principal closed in her office all the time even the kids talk about never seeing the Principal. Parent involvement not recommended is understatement. Recess cancelled often kids physically hurt by other kids and no notes sent home or emails/calls. I'm not in support of just guessing what happens with my children from 8 30-4pm 5 days a week. I expect communication and ability to participate and be involved. Very disappointed will be exploring other options. Principal obviously just waiting for her next promotion. It's a gamble of what teacher kids will get and I value my kids time and intellect way more than leaving next year to chance.

  • (1 year ago)

    My kindergarten kids love this school. They have an excellent teacher who really knows each student and can teach to different levels. We have been super happy with how much they do and with the communication. We feel that the new principal could be more involved/visible to the parents. Overall we have really loved it

  • (2 years ago)

    We've had the opportunity to work with different philosophies/ teaching styles at several elem. schools and this one has been the weakest. Academics average- they 'teach to the test'. Teaching staff competent but do bare minimum. Parent involvement is NOT encouraged and is not looked at in a positive way. Very little home/school communication. Most teachers are impatient/annoyed if a child is anything less than a drone who sits and shuts their mouth. Lessons are quick and practice of concepts are minimal. My children mention their teachers yell. The school is run without concern for child well-being/morale. Recess/physical activity are not encouraged. Recesses are scheduled at the very end of the school day. Half the year recess is cancelled due to poor behavior of one student or due to weather. During lunch breaks they are not get up for any reason. Foul language taunting and teasing is an everyday occurrence (parents can attend lunch- check it out). To address bullying you fill out a form nothing is actually done to address it. If you voice concern it goes ignored. After school enrichment is non-existent. The art/music program is "filler". I would not recommend this campus.

  • (2 years ago)

    One of the worst schools my son has gone to. The teachers where very rude in the starting of the 4th grade. My son has anxiety and she yelled at him multiple times witch cause him to have school phobia also dire need of therapy and he has severe emotional trauma. And the staff is just as bad. I surprised because the principal should have more control over this. My son is now being homeschooled while recovering. I would NOT recamend this school at all!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had a great experience with this school. My daughter has loved going to school and the teachers are great. I think there could be more enrichment/after school activities but overall a good school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kindergartener is having a great experience his first year at Smith Station. It helps that he was very well prepared by an excellent preschool program. His current teacher is superb. My other son who is in 2nd grade is having a less enjoyable year. He detests the numerous worksheets that he has to work on at school and dislikes the homework. I think it is time for Smith Station to revisit its homework policy. It is far from certain that homework is beneficial at the elementary school level and some students have much more of it to do than others depending on their teacher. I'd rather my son read for pleasure or play outside. I regret that he does not have PE every day as he could really use the physical outlet.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child has been very fortunate to attend SSES for all 6 of her elementary years. The amount of individual attention that has been given to her learning needs is indeed a reflection on the quality of instruction that is expected on all levels of this staff. The principals support high instructional goals and learning is integrated throughout the day with projects practice and technology. Homework has been a reflection of what is being taught in the classrooms and is vital to the program of instruction. Needless to say my daughter has been extremely fortunate to be able to attend this school and will surely miss the attention and dedication of this staff to her education. We only hope this continues at the next level of her education.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two kids attending this school. I have been very pleased with the education they receive. Students have art music spanish computer lab and PE each week. The PTA is super and has fundraisers that don't involve kids selling items. The school has an active guidance counselor an onsite nurse a large library with helpful librarians and para-professionals who assist teachers as needed. The food quality is good and my kids want to buy lunch at least three days a week. The office staff is helpful the principal and assistant principal are wonderful. There is onsite before and after school care provided through the Champions Program. I highly recommend Smith Station Elementary School.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have moved out of this district but my son was in this school for 3 years and had fabulous teachers. We were very happy with his class room size and the experience here. He learned to love reading and still is loving it.

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