The Quality Hampton Roads Area Schools

Hello Hampton Roads,

Have you ever wondered about the quality of schools in our area? Many people purchase homes based on the school district and better schools tend to support higher home values.  To help evaluate the public school system in Hampton Roads, there are a couple of resources I would recommend.

The first is the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has a wealth of information valuable to all parents of school aged children.  The quality of schools is based on a number of factors including accreditation, proficiency in subjects such reading, math, sciences and attendence rates to name a few.  The website also offers insight into the learning climate noting incidents that detract from a learning environment as well as teacher quality, noting teacher-student ratios and levels of educational degrees achieved.


Report cards are also available for each school division, a particular school, and the state of Virginia.  To give you an idea of how each school system fared compared with the state and with each other, please see the table below noting some key findings:


Public School Division
Fully Accredited Schools
Attendance
Reading Proficiency
Math Proficiency
Science
Proficiency
Social Studies Proficiency
The State of Virginia
86.3%
95%
80%
79%
82%
86%
Virginia Beach
100%
95%
86%
84%
87%
88%
Norfolk
61.4%
94%
71%
70%
73%
78%
Chesapeake
84.4%
95%
82%
84%
87%
90%
Portsmouth
63.2%
94%
71%
71%
75%
83%
Suffolk
72/2%
95%
77%
78%
79%
83%
Hampton
65.5%
95%
76%
75%
75%
82%
Newport News
55.3%
95%
70%
71%
74%
80%

The other resource for researching school systems is GreatSchools.org .  What's nice about this particular site is that provides reviews which can be from parents, students and teachers. Learning about someone else's experience can add another dimension that the numbers alone won't tell you.

Together, the information found on both this site and the VDOE site provides a good overview of a particular school's strengths and weaknesses and can help you decide what would be a good fit for your family.

Thanks for Reading, 







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