If you’re moving to Virginia and are considering the quality of education when deciding where to live, you’ll soon find that the northern part of the state has quite a few private schools. This is because many of its affluent residents are connected to careers in Washington, DC.
It’s impossible to rank private elementary schools since most specialize in one or more areas. Some feature curricula solely for the gifted and talented, while many are linked to religious denominations. Others draw students particularly proficient in sports like soccer.
A number of Internet sites rank public schools. Many of them charge parents for database searches. Most of the free ones only allow you to search by the name of a school, city or school district.
However, SchoolDigger is a free site that also allows you to pull up the top public schools in all 50 states. Its Virginia elementary school rankings are based on the results of Standards of Learning (SOL) math and English reading tests. These exams were administered to third, fourth, and fifth graders during the 2008-2009 school year.
Unless otherwise noted, each school listed serves pre-kindergarten (PK) through fifth grade. Here are the top schools among 1,050 Virginia elementary schools:
Lincoln Elementary. Located in Purcellville, it’s part of the Loudoun County Public School system. It earned a first-place rating with a 100.0 average in SOL math and 100.0 for SOL English, for a combined score of 200.0.
Old Donation Center. It’s a public magnet school serving grades 2 through 5 in Virginia Beach. It tied for first with a combined SOL score that was also 200.0.
Virginia L. Murray Elementary. It was the third school to earn a combined 200.0 rating. Located in Charlottesville, it’s part of the Albemarle County Public Schools.
Hilton Elementary. Situated in the city of Newport News, this school earned a 99.3 in SOL math and a 100.0 for English, for a combined score of 199.3.
Shady Grove Elementary. Part of the Henrico County Public Schools, this Glen Allen school’s combined score of 198.7 broke down into 99.7 for SOL math and 99.0 for SOL English.
Pinebrook Elementary. This Aldie school is part of the Loudoun County Public Schools system. It scored 99.3 on both English and math for a combined SOL score of 198.6.
Fairfield Court Elementary. Its combined score of 198.3 split into 99.3 for SOL math and 99.0 for English. It’s located in Richmond.
St. Charles Elementary. A combined SOL score of 198.0 earned this Saint Charles school a spot in the top 10. The rankings were 98.0 for math and 100.00 for math. It’s part of the Lee County Public Schools and has grades PK through 7.
Abbs Valley Boissevain Elementary. This Boissevain school is in Tazewell County. Its results were 99.0 for SOL math and 98.7 for SOL English, or 197.7 combined.
Hunt Valley Elementary. Located in Springfield, it’s a Fairfax County Public School. Its combined 197.6 SOL score included 99.3 for math and 98.3 for English. Students are in grades PK through 6.
The SchoolDigger site is also useful for finding data on the total number of students and a school’s student/teacher ratio.