School Details

Coles Elementary School

7405 Hoadly Rd, Manassas, VA 20112
(703) 791-3141
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 501 students 16 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

73%
76%
72%
69%
70%
65%
85%
87%
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
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
74%
70%
73%
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
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
75%
73%
63%
71%
71%
83%
76%
69%
75%
81%
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
  • Prince William County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Coles Elementary School is a public elementary school in Woodbridge. The principal of Coles Elementary School is Ms. Kathryn Forgas. 501 children attend Coles Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 27% of the 501 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Coles Elementary School is 16:1. Thurgood Marshall Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 23%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 41%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 8%
Hispanic 30% 24%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    The school improved a lot since last time I heard about them. Teachers are more involved and try to make the parents more involved and active. Overall their performance is very good specially the Principal is excellent. The best I have seen so far.

  • (11 months ago)

    I can not say enough wonderful things about Coles Elementary school. As a member of the PTA I have worked closely with the administration which has been a positive experience. They are so supportive of our programs and they truly care about the children. The teachers are amazing! They are caring dedicated and fun! The atmosphere over the past year and a half has been a breath of fresh air....it is one of warmth laughter and learning! We love Coles and proud to be roadrunners!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just started elementary this year and I have a very positive feeling about it. Mrs.Richardson is Perfectly qualified as a elementary teacher; and most of all I know my son is in good hand )

  • (1 year ago)

    The school atmosphere is warm and inviting. From the administration to the teachers to the support staff I have encountered nothing short of friendly capable people geared totally towards encouraging learning and good citizenship. The student-teacher ratio seems on par with other neighboring schools. Parental involvement in the classrooms is common to observe. I haven't had any direct issues to deal with concerning the new principle but I've seen her regularly in the halls and she seems quite professional. My son has attended a full year here and will return again this year. He is engaged and eager to go to school; what more could I ask for?

  • (1 year ago)

    Coles is an amazing school with a small family atmosphere. After all we only have 500 students and everyone knows the family members and kids. We have a wonderful new principal and you can tell that the morale of the staff has really increased. Teachers are rewarded by the administration and the atmosphere when you visit is so much better. My daughter has always had wonderful teachers. This year when we had an issue in the classroom the principal was more than willing to have a meeting and discuss concerns and then follow-up in the classroom to make sure the issues were resolved.

  • (2 years ago)

    The change in aura in this school since the previous administrator left is unbelievable. The warm embracing feeling you get from the minute you walk into the door speaks for itself. The teachers also do not appear beaten down as they have in years past. The new principal and assistant principal bring a new level of warmth and approachability that was not there before. Coles is a small family friendly school. I am happy my daughter goes there.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child's kindergarten teacher was excellent. The ESOL teachers and front office staff are very friendly and helpful. I am so glad that Principal Alfie Turner is leaving Coles (I feel bad for Potomac Middle though). Principal Turner reprimanded me publically in front of other parents and students for accidentally picking up my child using the wrong procedure at the beginning of the school year. I agree with the other reviewers that Principal Turner is a very gruff person. I heard from another teacher that Principal Turner yelled at a teacher and made her cry. Very sad.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son attends Coles and is in Kindergarten. He has been very happy. He is inspired by his teachers to want to learn. His teachers work closely with him as he is advanced to ensure he is being challenged on all levels. The staff is top notch friendly quick to help and resolve any issues. This first yr has been a great one and we look forward to the next school yr. Principal Turner is amazing. She definitely is about making sure the quality of education is at its best and expects no less.

  • (3 years ago)

    Coles is rapidly declining. It is amazing how many fantastic teachers leave every year due to the authoritative leadership style of the principal. Education has no place for this type of leader. PWCS will never be a world class school system if it allows for this type of principal.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school but they are lacking in communication. The supply list that was mailed home was incorrect for 3rd grade. I spent over $40 and a quarter of the supplies were sent back home - they were the wrong color - but no colors were specified. The agenda that we purchased isn't used except to send home their behavioral sheets each day. In the past the monthly newsletter has had incorrect dates and the Sunday phone calls are so long winded that they are often cut off before any real information is shared. I am also concerned about the division of the 3rd grade classes this year. There are kids with extremely varied learning abilities in my child's class. Why weren't the like learners grouped together? Kids are told to ask the peers at their tables for help before going to the teacher. Was this done to increase test scores?? My child is bothered by other children for answers constantly and stated on many occasions that she is bored. Last year the teacher was amazing. The teacher this year didn't even bother to introduce herself during the open house and seemed indifferent. This is not a great way to start the school year!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I second the comment below regarding the decline of this school. In 6 yrs time this school has gone from being the place to be to the last place you wanna be. The staff turn over has been a sure sign of poor leadership. The teachers are great teachers but are so beat down stressed and under motivated that it shows in the overall mural and atmosphere. There is a string disconnect between the patents and staff leadership which hinders the school from having wonderful events for parents and students to enjoy. Thank God she hires great teachers otherwise this school would be a 0.

  • (3 years ago)

    coles school was a great school several years ago but recently has been greatly suffering from poor leadership. the current staff moral is extremely low and is reflected in the schools test scores which have declined in recent years. the county needs to step up and find a new leadership for this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    hello i would just like to say coles elementary is a great place to be

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids enjoy Coles. They run a tight ship and we have enjoyed all the teachers we have had there. They run a no bully program that I love. There doesn't appear to be many after school programs but I would use them anyway. I could be happier with my childs progress in school and their enjoyment of school also. Great School!

  • (6 years ago)

    We have three kids that attend Coles Elementary. We could not be happier with their progress. The Principal runs a tight ship and expects the best out of everyone who works there (she is a military wife) and the kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    Don't get me wrong Coles is a great school however I think that the Principal needs to treat her teachers different as we have lost many great teachers since the Principal has come to our school. I think sometimes she is to harsh- on the staff. I for one as a parent feel that she is to harsh. Not only as a school we should appreciate our teachers janitors school bus drivers office staff as equal. I think as a parent I would like to see the school do more for others as well (janitors bus drivers) I do not think we do enough to show our appreciation to them. The Janitors clean the school and take pride and the Bus Drivers drive our kids to and from school. I hope that the Principal will take care of these for the 2008-2009 school year.

  • (6 years ago)

    We were going to send our daughter to private school after kindergarten. However we're so impressed with Coles that we've decieded to keep her there. I can't believe how well she reads already! She has Mrs. Rucker and Mrs. Hupman and loves them. I feel the school strives to go well beyond the state standards and I'm impressed with how much she has learned. The principal teachers and staff go above and beyond on many levels. We're happy to be a Cole's family.

  • (9 years ago)

    I also wanted to say that in AZ they had after school activities for kids. My daughter was student council historian she was also historian for the drama club she had cheerleading and karate. School's for elementary kids out here don't have anything for them. I think the extracurricular activities would benefit kids <and they have to maintain a C average in order to participate> I don't think they should have to wait till middle school.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is one of if not the best school I have ever seen. My son (kindergarten)loves coming here and I can tell that the teachers go out of their way to help all the children. Keep up the great work!

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