J.V. Washam Elementary

Public K-5

 9611 Westmoreland Rd
       Cornelius, NC  28031

 (980) 343-1071

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District: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
89th of 1,434 North Carolina Elementary Schools

Student/teacher ratio:  20.0
Number of students:  1,033

Racial breakdown:

African American:

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.4%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

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Compare Details In 2018, J.V. Washam Elementary ranked better than 93.8% of elementary schools in North Carolina. It also ranked 15th among 106 ranked elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 90.34. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (74.3%), Hispanic (10.1%), African American (8.3%). (See more...)
Compare Details 18.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at J.V. Washam Elementary is 20, which is the highest among 107 elementary schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District! (See more...)
Compare J.V. Washam Elementary employs 51.5 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

J.V. Washam Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks J.V. Washam Elementary 89th of 1434 North Carolina public elementary schools. (See J.V. Washam Elementary in the ranking list.)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools 108th of 199 North Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for J.V. Washam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2007 79.14 187th 1293 85.5%
2008 85.74 111th 1324 91.6%
2009 85.91 112th 1354 91.7%
2010 84.42 127th 1363 90.7%
2011 80.66 195th 1381 85.9%
2012 83.62 133rd 1388 90.4%
2013 78.99 241st 1403 82.8%
2014 89.48 107th 1390 92.3%
2015 85.97 146th 1440 89.9%
2016 90.68 79th 1425 94.5%
2017 87.64 115th 1429 92.0%
2018 90.34 89th 1434 93.8%

Data source: test scores: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

J.V. Washam Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: North Carolina Dept of Public Instruction

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by a parent
Friday, August 4, 2017

Open Quote Great families, students and staff who love the students. Our kids have loved being at Washam. We will be sad when they move onto Middle School. Close Quote

by a parent
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Open Quote We had multiple children attend JV Washam from 2015 to 2017, prior to relocating again (military family). Overall we felt largely positive about the school, although our kids definitely had varied experiences. Our younger kids just naturally love school and so far have done well every school they've attended. I think that is largely a reflection on them rather than the school. Compliant, obedient, reasonably smart children are going to generally fare well in school, despite the occasional ogre teacher whose retirement is overdue. Our older child, however, has a very kind, gentle personality but also has a very difficult time feeling motivated and connected at school. This one lacks confidence and struggles to focus. He feels like his effort does not matter. He is never a disruptive child, but he is easily discouraged and will withdraw. He needs LOTS of encouragement and positive reinforcement. He needs to feel connected and safe. Frequent moves can impact some children in positive ways while others suffer and disconnect. Our child had a very difficult year made even worse by the dynamic created by the inflexibility of two of his teachers and the tendency schools often have of pushing extrinsic motivation over valuing and nurturing intrinsic motivation. Kid is struggling? Punish, embarrass, restrict...threaten the already weak connection and ramp up the pressure. Blame the parent. Offer to increase communication with parent but don't follow through and act as if it impedes your job. In summary, we worked with both classroom teachers and the school counselor in order to engage our child, but their approach was all about maintaining and increasing pressure on the child. In response, our child developed psychosomatic illnesses over the year, headaches, vomiting, all due to anxiety over school. We watched our child become miserable over school and sink further into feeling helpless to change it. We heard, "My teacher HATES me--she makes fun of me in front of the class. If I ask her for help she gets mad and tells me to go back to my seat." The guidance counselor has a cute wardrobe but offers absolutely NOTHING beyond that. She seems inexperienced and awkward at best, and I'll just leave it at that.
Oh, and, WTH is up with a school lunch schedule that begins at 9:45 a.m.? The school is over-capacity and starts lunches before 10 a.m. in order to accommodate the volume of students in the cafeteria.
There is a definite lack of diversity in the school as well. It is mostly white upper middle class families. Nothing wrong with that demographic, but I would love to see the schools achieve more balance. Interestingly, schools in the area with essentially the opposite demographics tout their diversity, but IMO, 80+ of any one race or ethnicity and economic level is not diversity either.
Highlights for us were a few individual teachers who were simply nice, engaging people. Close Quote

by a parent on FaceBook
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Open Quote Excellent school, great staff, great PTO and parental involvement, clean and safe school. Couldn't recommend it more highly. Close Quote

by a parent
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Open Quote My daughter has attended since it opened. Great teachers, wonderful staff, excellent safety and learning enviornment. Very active PTO, and great community involvement. Close Quote

by a parent
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Open Quote JV Washam has excellent teachers and administration, who care about the whole child, not simply a test-score child. Though the children still score well on exams, they learn about character, responsibility, and community in practice (not only theory). Similar to a private school environment, administration and teachers know children in all grades and show encouragement and dedication to all children. Close Quote

by a parent
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Open Quote Great School and great community! Close Quote

Enrollment information for J.V. Washam Elementary

Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2007 561 46 18 23 1 n/a n/a 42 691
2008 635 52 19 42 3 n/a n/a 44 795
2009 672 108 27 59 0 n/a n/a 0 866
2010 724 115 29 65 1 n/a n/a 0 934
2011 780 70 31 71 1 0 53 0 1006
2012 821 77 38 80 0 0 35 0 1051
2013 853 87 41 85 0 0 33 0 1099
2014 833 99 39 82 0 0 25 0 1078
2015 774 84 35 76 1 1 21 0 992
2016 756 86 32 80 4 2 25 0 985
2017 768 86 34 104 2 3 36 0 1033

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at J.V. Washam Elementary

Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 691 n/a n/a 14.6
2008 795 48.9 16.3 12.9
2009 866 51.5 16.8 14.2
2010 934 52.0 17.9 20.4
2011 1006 54.2 18.5 20.8
2012 1051 59.4 17.6 19.9
2013 1099 57.7 19.0 19.9
2014 1078 56.0 19.2 18.5
2015 992 50.0 19.8 17.2
2016 985 51.0 19.3 20.0
2017 1033 51.5 20.0 18.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio J.V. Washam Elementary

Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2007 691 n/a n/a 14.6
2008 795 48.9 16.3 12.9
2009 866 51.5 16.8 14.2
2010 934 52.0 17.9 20.4
2011 1006 54.2 18.5 20.8
2012 1051 59.4 17.6 19.9
2013 1099 57.7 19.0 19.9
2014 1078 56.0 19.2 18.5
2015 992 50.0 19.8 17.2
2016 985 51.0 19.3 20.0
2017 1033 51.5 20.0 18.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

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