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  • Kilby Shores Elementary School5

    Suffolk, VA | Suffolk City County


    October 27, 2014

    My son attends the early education program at Kilby Shores, this is his second year. I strongly agree with the fact the office staff is more than lacking in the organized and friendly department although we have had pretty good experiences with my sons teachers. If you have a child with special needs and are questioning whether or not Kilby Shores is a descent school, I would say YES in this department. My sons teachers the first year fell in love with him and were very involved in his home and school life and we noticed a lot of changes in our sons speech and demeanor (for the better) - same goes for this year. I would not say it is the IDEAL school we would have chosen but I do feel their early education teachers are very good with the children from what we have experienced!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 23, 2013

    I am in the 6th grade at Forest Glen Middle School. I went to Kilby Shores for grades 3-5 and I didn't like the custodians and the lunch ladies. I also didn't like the food there. Let me be the first to say the the food there was terrible.

    June 5, 2011

    worst school ever!!! Can't wait for my son to go to middle school! They can't care less about their students. They only care about the SOL's

    Submitted by a parent

    February 6, 2011

    Kilby Shores is a Wonderful School! The teachers, staff and administration are great! There are lots of activities for students - the garden and cooking clubs and lots of others clubs, A.R. awards, parent workshops, and the PTA is great! The PTA has talent shows, school yard sales to raise money, and movie nights for families! My kids have received a great education over the past four years!

    Submitted by a parent

    December 7, 2010

    My two daughters attended Kilby Shores for a year and a half. One had great teachers, the other had a nightmare teacher who appears to be protected by the principal. Although my daughter did very well b/c we spent hours reteaching and learning at home, nothing but temporary test prep, wordsearches, worksheets, yelling, and coloring was being done in the 3rd grade classroom....forget about quality teaching and learning. The principal is rarely there or available and did not respond to emails. I am an involved parent with great kids and a teacher myself. I hope that Kilby Shores has a dynamic change in leadership with real teaching and learning (not just test prep) and classroom management skills in the future or it will continue to crumble. We want much more for our children and have chosen to now educate elsewhere.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 11, 2010

    GREAT TEACHERS-GREAT EDUCATION. I will have to disagree with the negative comments about Dr. Oliver. Ever time I come to the school Dr. Oliver is there to greet the students. I personally have had two encounters with her about my children and both times she called me back the same day and returned my emails promptly. Additionally, she followed up with me. Being in the military and transfering quite frequently I know that each school has issues however, Kilby Shore is an excellent school and both of my children love going to school each day. And I think that only is the most important aspect for me. Most people who have negative comments are those parents who have problem children who expect the public school system to fix what they should be fixing at home. This school is also military friendly.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 19, 2009

    In an ideal world every child would have caring parents who look out for their best interest at school and home. They would be involved in their child s classroom and have their name known at school. Unfortunately this is not the case for many children today. Not every parent has the luxury of spending time in their child s class. To take time off of work to go back numerous time to work out issues that may or may not be getting addressed the way they should. This is a sad fact but true. My child is one of the lucky ones. I have been able to work in the school, volunteer and be a squeaky wheel. I want Kilby Shores to be a school where every child has the opportunity to excel and their parents don t have to fight tooth and nail to be heard. That is not my idea of what a good school should be. The Administration needs to be aware of what has happened to the reputation of a once great school and take responsibility for the loss.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 18, 2009

    Kilby Shores IS a GREAT school! Look, we all know that there is always room for improvement. If you don't like how something is being done, then do something about it. GET INVOLVED!! If each child had one representative from their home, actively involved in what they were doing at school, things would get better. I had a situation with one of my kids last year, and after bringing it to Dr. Oliver's attention it was handled. She may not always be visible, but she does return phone calls and emails. Our kids will not get everything they need to be educated, productive members of society from school. It starts at HOME! I assure you when they know your name at school, they are going to take your situations seriously. Sure, there is work to do. Are you doing your part to make Kilby Shores the best it can be?

    Submitted by a parent

    January 15, 2009

    Kilby Shores is an excellent school. Many of the teachers have been there for many years. Just like any school however, the parents themselves only get out of it what they put into it. Parental involvement in any school is critical. Dr. Oliver has alwlays been available to address any of my concerns and the teachers my daughters have had have always gone above and beyond to ensure my children reach their highest potential. I have one daughter in 'odysey of the mind' which meets after school. It really challenges her imagination and I am so thankful for the teacher that puts in so much time to offer this to our students.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 12, 2008

    I was very disappointed with the education my children acquired at this school. The teachers do not properly inform the parents of what the students are learning. Students do not get practice and repetition. They are taught how to temporarily pass a test. Homework assignments bear little resemblance to class work. My children will attend private school next year.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 5, 2007

    My daughter went only to kindergarten here, but I was really pleased with the teachers and the whole school staff. It was sad we had to move.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 15, 2007

    I am very pleased with Kilby Shores. There are so many enrichment resources available. There are numerous clubs (over 25) so that each child has a chance at getting into one. There are so many types of clubs that attract various interests to meet the needs of everyone. Technology is integrated into instruction frequently through computers and the Smartboard. Chorus, recorder-karate, talented art, and many other enrichment classes are also available during school hours. The school participates in GRADESPEED to keep me posted of her current grades which is wonderful! As for the teachers and principal, they have all been very responsive in any concerns or comments. They also seem to have a genuine interest in the students and parents.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 21, 2006

    My daughter just completed Kindergarden thru 2nd grade at this school. I am very impressed by this school and am sorry to be transferring out of the area and having to leave this school behind. Mrs. Erdie Hutchings in the 2nd grade is the most wonderful teacher you could ever imagine.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 17, 2005

    Overall, this school is excellent. My daughter went here from 3-5 and my son is in kindergarten. Unfortunately, we are moving. My children and I are really going to miss everything about Kilby Shores. I would really like to stress to all parents of children who go there, please get involved in PTA. There are so few people who are willing to give a few hours of there time for the good of the children and the PTA really needs your help.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 28, 2004

    Kilby Shores is the cleanest, most attractive elementary school I have ever seen. My two boys have done very well there. The staff is excellent and the principal is beyond compare. The staff is friendly and professional, and the children are well-behaved. I like the high standards set forth by this school.

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