School Details

Birdneck Elementary School

957 S Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 648-2120
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 753 students 14 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

68%
78%
72%
62%
74%
65%
71%
86%
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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
72%
70%
64%
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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
77%
73%
51%
75%
71%
58%
76%
69%
72%
77%
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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Birdneck Elementary School is a public elementary school in Virginia Beach. The principal of Birdneck Elementary School is Mr. Irv Beard. 753 children attend Birdneck Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 70% of the 753 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Birdneck Elementary School is 14:1. Seatack Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 48% 28%
White, non-Hispanic 42% 56%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Teachers and staff are all excellent my daughter has learned so much at this school and the parent/teacher communication is great.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child started kindergarten this year and absolutely loves the school and her teacher. The administration is awesome always friendly and willing to help the students /parents in whatever they may need. I have never walked into the school and not been greeted warmly. The parent teacher communication is great and I love how informed they keep the parents. So happy we decided to come to Birdneck elementary. The whole school makes learning fun and encourages each student to thrive. Very happy parent!

  • (1 year ago)

    was the best school Ive ever taken the teachers are very nice in 5th grade there was many field trips.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our 2 children have been lucky to be a part of the Birdneck family for 4 years and now we have to move on just like all the other military families. It has been a tough road for our children and the staff of Birdneck have been amazing. They are professional and supportive. The families of Birdneck come from many different backgrounds and children are continually enrolling and moving away. The staff is very welcoming and makes transition easy. The number 4 rating doesn't truly capture Birdneck's greatness. We came from an area in the U.S. that has top rated schools and that is our basis for comparison.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a good school. My son loved his teacher Mrs. Scott. The staff is very polite and filled with school pride. I love that when we lived in base housing across the street every court had their own bus. So my kindergartner was on the bus for a short time. There were no other stops! Very reassuring to a worrying mother!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Never Again. The VP of this school is rude uncaring and just awful.. A "SNAKE" When I called to speak to her on the phone she is always in a meeting or at lunch and never calls back. she has no heart and very sneaky. She placed my child in the wrong grade and advanced classes at that after I told her that my child is behind. Then the day I took him out of school and placed in a private one she called his other school asking questions and saying he cannot read or write. So please watch the VP and when you deal with her.. she is not kind and cares only for herself and school budget. watch out for this witch.

  • (2 years ago)

    Other schools had written our son off as a "problem child". Noone took the time to investigate beyond the behaviors that didn't fit "in the box". This school took the time! Our son is finally thriving and is being seen for the special boy he is!! We are so greatful to this school. We love it!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Don't judge a school by test scores alone! This is a school with a diverse socioeconomic demographic- many military and lower income households BUT the school does so much to help ALL of it's students maximize their potential. It's got a differentiated curriculum from gifted to remediation extra funding and resources due to "Title I" designation small class sizes..... exposure to kids and families from diverse backgrounds. We are very pleased with Birdneck and are glad we chose to stay with our "neighborhood school". From the office staff to the on site After-Care staff and all teachers in between we appreciate their genuine caring efforts.

  • (4 years ago)

    LOVE this school!!! We are a military family and move around A LOT. It is always a little scary where your children will attend school and what type of environment they will be in. Since going to Birdneck elementary our children have expressed nothing but happiness. As with every school they have attended they are still straight A students and thriving here. We are parents who do check out the schools prior to moving ANYWHERE and we do recommend this one. Before enrolling your child at any school I would suggest going in talking to the principle and staff as well as the teachers your child/children will have and see if it s a good fit.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is THE WORST place a child can EVER GO!I am all for safety and learning and unfort. you wont get either from here. The past 2 months we have 2 diff bullying issues where NOTHING has been done. I guess its promoted! The VP and Principal (HA) BIG JOKE scared of the students and parents of color and is a serious waste of Tax $.His grades have gone down and HE HATES going there because he is treated unfairly and bad. Its a shame that living in the neighborhood that we do paying 500 000 for a home and my son HAS to attend this school. RE-ZONING is deft needed. I wouldnt reccom. this school for a goldfish. VERY DISGUSTED with it and EVERYTHING about it. If you are any kind of parent and love your kids DO NOT send them here. Will be contacting the BOE and Super. of VA Beach Today!!! ZERO STARS is not a choice but it should be!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is a great school The teachers and staff actually CARE! The teachers go above and beyond for their students. The parent involvement is wonderful. My son is now in a different school due to Military transfer and we miss Birdneck greatly.

  • (4 years ago)

    I loved this school! It was one of my favorite schools! My teachers rocked! It was great all around the students teachers and prinicpal! love u birdneck!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school's resources are stretched too thin to the detriment of the students. The teachers and staff are nice but nice only goes so far. Out of 5 school's in three different states this has been the most disappointing experience. The school cuts corners on federal IDEA and NCLB laws walking a very thin line between compliance and non-compliance. If you're like me and researching schools your child might be assigned depending on the residential address you choose keep looking. Residential-wise if you've looked it up and found that your child would go to this school chances are you're moving into Wadsworth military housing or one of the few streets worth of middle class housing or into one of the rare economically depressed areas of Virginia Beach. Most Virginia Beach schools are excellent but this one is an exception for various reasons including its lack of resources and geographic/demographic boundaries.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been a parent of bridneck children since 2006. I love this school. The teachers are amazing they really care about my kids. I have three kids there now and am so sad we have to leave at the end of this school year. Parent involvment is great I am there everyday helping out and so are many many other parents its a wonderful little family I am going to miss

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had five of my children attend Birdneck one of which graduated last year. Who is now taking all advanced classes in middle school also is going to Europe this summer with people to people. The whole staff at Birdneck is wonderful. It has been a wonderful experience being there I have been blessed to have wonderful teachers for all of my children every year. We also are a military family have dealt with many different schools. Their dedication is truly fealt.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child was a mid year transfer and the teachers and faculty went above and beyond to help him catch up teachers and staff get 2 thumbs up the students are another story though terrible parent involement through the school and at home. That may be reason enough for us to transfer to another school next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    My husband is in the US Navy. We have moved around quite a bit and my daughter has been bouncing from school to school and she is only 6. She was extremely behind and we were told by her last two schools that she attended that she was a special student and would take a while to catch up. Birdneck Elementary did there testing and talked it over with the teacher and now my daughter is all caught up and there was never a major problem in the first place. I recommend this school to anybody. The staff and teachers at the school are wonderfull and very caring. They accomplished what I thought was immpossible. There dedication towards my daughter was touching. I give this school 5 stars!

  • (8 years ago)

    Birdneck is a school that really cares about it's students and parents. It is not all show as teacher go beyond the call of duty. I have a child that just left fifth grade and one in fourth this year. They were both very happy and never had any problems at the school. I would place my children in this school again. Just walk in the front door you will feel welcome.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is the absolute worse! I will be putting my son back in private school after the experience I had with Birdneck. I was very disappointed with the teachers the lunch set up and the principal. This school needs a whole new staff.

  • (8 years ago)

    Birdneck Elementary is becoming such a wonderful school. Their kindergarten program is wonderful once the kids get used to going all day. The principal seems to really care she also seems to work hard!

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