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  • Bay View Elementary School6

    Norfolk, VA | Norfolk City County

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    December 18, 2014


    I attended this school from 2002-2007 from k-5. It was an outstanding school with great teachers, administration, and a great counselor. I would definitely recommend this school to others and hopefully my kids will attend this school as well in the near future.

    April 22, 2014


    This is a great school with a great principal who has incredible experience and handles situations with such poise and professionalism. She is so well-liked that I hear about students stopping by the office to see her and the office staff just to say hello. We are very pleased and being new to the school systems and all that goes along with that, this school has made it a great adjustment for my child.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 3, 2013


    Bayview Elementary....I had the same experience regarding award ceremonies. I wasn't able to attend because the teacher did not communicate them until the night before and we weren't told by the school in a timely manner. I am hoping this is better this year as we love everything else about the school. If not we are going to look into a private school.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 3, 2013


    Bayview Elementaray....I too hope that there is better communication this year. This is not a strong suit of this school. Award ceremonies are planned weeks in advance.....the parents should know the date weeks in advance also to make arrangements to attend. These are very important events in the eyes of the child. On another note the PTA is wonderful and the events they and the school coordinate such as dances, etc. are wonderful and very well organized.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 27, 2013


    I am the assistant principal at this school. Our school has a family atmosphere and we believe in providing an academically rigorous education. I am sorry that a parent felt we did not promptly return a phone call. If anyone has a question, comment or concern, the princial and I are ALWAYS available. Please contact the administration if you ever feel that your concerns are being neglected. Our phone number is 757-531-3030.

    Submitted by a teacher

    May 8, 2013


    My daughter has attended school at Bay View Elementary as a first grader this year. Her teacher has been wonderful but the school has not impressed me one bit. The school is irresponsible about communicating events and what is going on with your child unless it is PTA fundraising related. I've called and left a gentle message twice asking why I'm not given more than a two day notice to attend my daughter's award ceremony so that I can take off from work. I have not even received a call back to explain, let alone to help me find a solution so I can be there to support my daughter without getting in trouble with my job. I do, however, receive many phone calls to remind me of when the fundraisers are due weeks in advance and periodically in between. The playground is disgraceful, my daughter gets to play outside on average 3 times total per week yet is constantly preparing for SOL testing she will be taking next year, and they will be taking their first and only field trip on the second to last week of school. I know that little kids need to be outside and parents should be able to be there to support their children's achievements and so far Bay View has been neglectful of both.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 18, 2012


    My son and I both LOVE Bay View and the staff. Any time I had a concern, it was answered promptly and handled if necessary. We are really going to miss Bay View when we move!

    Submitted by a parent

    June 8, 2009


    I have two children that currently attend Bayview and I feel that there is an extreme lack of communication between the teachers and the parents. I have written numerous notes to both teachers requesting information regarding grades, events, etc. and have never received information in return. My daughter is in Kindergarten and she is not being challenged in the least. I made a request for her to be placed in a 1st grade reading program and never heard a word back. The only response that I got was that the computers would adjust to her reading level. I would like to see more information sent home with the kids about what they will be doing in the upcoming weeks. Spelling words, Upcoming Tests, etc. It would be very helpful to know when we need to help our children study!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 2, 2008


    Both of my children attend this school. We love it. The teachers are great with the kids and are always helpful in anyway possible. The kids enhoy going to school and are involved in many activities. I would recommend this school to any family in Norfolk

    Submitted by a parent

    January 9, 2008


    I have a daughter that is in 1st grade here and my son graduated last summer after having been there since he was in Pre-K. I attended this school as a child too! I can't say enough good things about the teachers and staff here. They are always available and always a pleasure to talk to. The curriculum is rigourous, but not outrageous. The community of parents and grandparents gives the school a family feel that I appreciate so much. I look forward to my daughter's remaining 4 years there!

    Submitted by a parent

    March 19, 2006


    Three of our four children started Bayview in January of 2006. Our family is very pleased with Bayview. There is a reasonable amount of homework provided and extra help is given by the school when a student is encountering difficulties. The teachers are very encouraging and we love the emphasis the school places on Math (First in Math) and English/Reading (AR program). Many parents walk to school with their children and wait for them at the end of this day and this gives my wife and I a sense of community and opportunities to meet other parents. Our biggest complaint with the school is our children get a substitute teacher more often than we wpould like (mostly to fill in for teachers at meetings or conferences). We look forward to returing to Bayview in the fall.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 24, 2005


    This school is like an extended family. Everyone takes great pride in this school. Overall, my kids had positive experiences. The only negative side to this school and schools in Virginia across the board is the amount of stress they put on the children regarding testing for the SOLs and the amount of homework was excessive. Many parents voiced their concerns about the many hours of homework handed out daily to our children. My children were among the 'high achievers' cluster and most of the class was required to attend a 'stress management' counseling session in the guidance office. My kids are smart but generally don't stress about school or tests. They've attended several other schools and have never needed counseling for stress before or since. I feel this was a result of one teacher who put the kids on pins and needles about the SOL tests.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 31, 2005


    My son had a wonderful 2 years at bayview. His grades went up , Sol tests were high and the teachers went the extra mile to help him out

    Submitted by a parent

    July 27, 2005


    My daughter just finished her first year at Bayview, and I was mostly impressed with the staff and the school. The Kindergarten program is very good, as long as you are a parent that takes an interest in your child. I found that the kids that had parents that were involved and helped with homework and read to their kids, did well. The others did not do so well. I really believe that school is a collaborative effort and if parents and teachers work together, Bayview can accomplish great things.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 1, 2005


    I can tell you all three of my kids went to this school. I am excited about the music programs they do such a wonderful job with the strings programs. We do have problems with teachers not taking into account the ADD problems with the students. There is also to many problems with parents hanging out all day at the school pretending they are helping when in essence they are only looking for their own child to earn higher marks or get special attention. It's not fair to the other students whose parents don't have the luxury to hang out all day when they have to work and provide the necessities for their family.

    Submitted by a parent

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