Bon Air Elementary

Summary:

Bon Air Elementary is a public elementary school in Bon Air, Virginia, serving 578 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Chesterfield County Public Schools district, which is ranked 75 out of 131 school districts in Virginia.

Bon Air Elementary consistently outperforms the Chesterfield County and Virginia state averages in Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments, particularly in Mathematics and English Reading. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, Bon Air Elementary had higher proficiency rates than the district in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade SOL Mathematics and English Reading. The school also has a more diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic students and a lower percentage of White students compared to nearby schools like Robious Elementary and Greenfield Elementary. Additionally, Bon Air Elementary serves a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students, with 40.66% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.

Despite its strong academic performance, Bon Air Elementary has experienced a decline in its statewide ranking, dropping from 119 out of 1,096 Virginia elementary schools in 2015-2016 to 601 out of 1,114 in 2022-2023. The school's performance also varies across different student subgroups, with lower rankings for disabled students and Hispanic students compared to White students. However, Bon Air Elementary still outperforms nearby schools in the Richmond City Public Schools district, such as Miles Jones Elementary, Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary, and J.B. Fisher Elementary.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 8701 Polk St
       Bon Air, VA  23235-3403


(804) 560-2700

District: Chesterfield County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
601st of 1,114 Virginia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,742 Help


Students who attend Bon Air Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Robious Middle
High:    James River High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.2 Help
Number of students:  578

Racial breakdown:

White:
58.1%
Hispanic:
26.0%
African American:
6.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.7% Help


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Compare Details Bon Air Elementary ranks worse than 53.9% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranks 17th among 39 ranked elementary schools in the Chesterfield County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 51.13. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (58.1%), Hispanic (26%), African American (6.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Bon Air Elementary is 15.2. 26 elementary schools in the Chesterfield County Public Schools District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Bon Air Elementary is $6,742. 24 elementary schools in the Chesterfield County Public Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Bon Air Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Bon Air Elementary 601st of 1114 Virginia public elementary schools. (See Bon Air Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Chesterfield County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Chesterfield County Public Schools 75th of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Bon Air Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Bon Air Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 82.96 90th 1062 91.5%
2006 84.44 53rd 1071 95.1%
2007 86.25 37th 1083 96.6%
2008 85.10 36th 1081 96.7%
2009 83.66 54th 1082 95.0%
2010 80.28 94th 1113 91.6%
2011 71.60 249th 1117 77.7%
2012 73.98 219th 1117 80.4%
2013 78.67 166th 1120 85.2%
2014 81.25 135th 1110 87.8%
2015 67.93 330th 1100 70.0%
2016 82.15 119th 1096 89.1%
2017 73.06 258th 1099 76.5%
2018 71.12 296th 1097 73.0%
2019 71.18 301st 1105 72.8%
2021 58.27 489th 1103 55.7%
2022 58.99 489th 1109 55.9%
2023 51.13 601st 1114 46.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Bon Air Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 50.59 590th 1100 46.4%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Bon Air Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 22.01 285th 324 12.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Bon Air Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 49.37 602nd 1093 44.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Bon Air Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 36.57 395th 564 30.0%
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Rank History for White students at Bon Air Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 58.41 432nd 984 56.1%
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Data source: test scores: Virginia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Virginia Department of Education

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by a student
Saturday, March 7, 2015

Open Quote I am 22 now, but attended Bon Air Elementary as a child. My time in 5th grade features some of the worst school experiences of my life.

I had social issues, apparently: a lack of wanting to volunteer to speak in front of the class. For this, they stuck me in with the special education classes despite having perfectly normal grades. I was only shy. Putting me in with mentally disabled students did nothing to bolster my confidence, as I thought something must be wrong with me.

Though I had friends, I enjoyed the occasional time alone at recess. Normally I would watch other kids play ball. When a student complained that I wouldn't play with them, the teachers forcefully made us interact. This disturbed me as this other student had a deeply perverted obsession with me that would follow through to 9th grade in high school before I had to move from the district. I avoided this other student for a reason, but the teachers would not hear of it.

In 5th grade, the school had a Christmas "sing along" competition in which the students would have to sing a song on-stage in front of the entire grade. Even as the child whose shyness was mistaken as a disability, I could not opt out. These teachers knew I couldn't speak comfortably in front of a crowd. With tears in my eyes before my performance, I asked the group of teachers if I could please, please not do this. I was terrified. Within that group, I suppose not a single teacher thought "maybe these students should have the OPTION to do this". They made me do it anyway, I couldn't speak on stage, and thus completely embarrassed myself in front of the entire grade.

I have never forgiven them for this. I suppose they thought forcing me into an uncomfortable situation would help me overcome my insecurities? In reality, this experience absolutely traumatized me. Even as an adult it makes me cry simply thinking about it.

The teachers are probably gone by now, but I still have to question the school's policy on shy students. Are they still considered mentally disabled? Is forcing a child into a non-curricular situation they DO NOT want to be participate in still common practice?

I've gone to therapy for this instance even in adulthood. The memory of my time on stage lingers in my mind with deep regret. It is a shame I was forced to feel this way, when a teacher, who already knew I was severely uncomfortable to the point of tears, could have questioned whether participating was truly the best idea for every student.

I do hope this school has learned more compassion and understanding for individual students who simply do not fit in the cookie-cutter mold, without shoving them in with the mentally disabled. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Bon Air Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 593 593
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 629 629
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 580 580
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 594 594
1993 543 27 9 1 0 n/a n/a 0 580
1994 526 27 11 2 0 n/a n/a 0 566
1995 475 34 8 4 0 n/a n/a 0 521
1996 475 34 8 4 0 n/a n/a 0 521
1997 497 28 9 7 0 n/a n/a 0 541
1998 495 34 7 9 0 n/a n/a 0 545
1999 487 38 8 4 0 n/a n/a 0 537
2000 468 29 10 7 0 n/a n/a -4 510
2001 440 35 10 11 1 n/a n/a 0 497
2002 418 33 11 14 1 n/a n/a 0 477
2003 418 33 11 14 1 n/a n/a 0 477
2004 398 39 14 16 3 n/a n/a 0 470
2005 369 37 10 17 4 n/a n/a 3 440
2006 340 28 24 37 4 n/a n/a 4 437
2007 335 32 32 49 0 n/a n/a 4 452
2008 331 49 31 51 0 n/a n/a 0 462
2009 347 57 39 49 0 n/a n/a 0 492
2010 388 54 36 54 0 n/a n/a 0 532
2011 355 47 37 89 1 0 37 0 566
2012 360 46 35 102 0 0 31 0 574
2013 396 46 35 103 0 0 37 0 617
2014 420 40 25 118 0 0 34 0 637
2015 420 50 26 128 0 0 29 0 653
2016 394 45 21 131 0 0 24 0 615
2017 415 53 18 140 1 0 23 0 650
2018 418 39 16 135 1 0 33 0 642
2019 399 45 16 146 1 0 32 0 639
2020 387 33 17 156 2 1 28 0 624
2021 371 37 18 149 2 1 27 0 605
2022 353 36 19 152 1 0 30 0 591
2023 336 40 19 150 1 0 32 0 578

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

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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 Bon Air Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 593 31.0 19.1 n/a
1990 629 34.5 18.2 n/a
1991 580 33.0 17.5 n/a
1992 594 33.6 17.6 n/a
1993 580 30.5 19.0 n/a
1994 566 22.9 n/a 3
1995 521 n/a 0.0 5.4
1996 521 n/a 0.0 5.4
1997 541 n/a 0.0 6.1
1998 545 n/a 0.0 7.2
1999 537 32.0 16.8 9.1
2000 510 n/a 0.0 7
2001 497 31.8 15.6 9.3
2002 477 32.0 14.9 10.1
2003 477 32.0 14.9 10.1
2004 470 30.0 15.7 n/a
2005 440 29.0 15.2 10.8
2006 437 29.0 15.1 17.3
2007 452 29.9 15.1 17.4
2008 462 24.5 18.9 18.2
2009 492 25.7 19.1 21.1
2010 532 26.8 19.8 24.4
2011 566 29.0 19.5 26.7
2012 574 32.0 17.9 28.2
2013 617 35.0 17.6 25.8
2014 637 33.4 19.0 27
2015 653 37.0 17.6 28.9
2016 615 37.0 16.6 31.7
2017 650 38.2 17.0 31.1
2018 642 40.0 16.0 30.7
2019 639 40.1 15.9 34
2020 624 40.0 15.5 37
2021 605 38.5 15.7 n/a
2022 591 42.3 13.9 39.1
2023 578 38.0 15.2 40.7

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Bon Air Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 593 31.0 19.1 n/a
1990 629 34.5 18.2 n/a
1991 580 33.0 17.5 n/a
1992 594 33.6 17.6 n/a
1993 580 30.5 19.0 n/a
1994 566 22.9 n/a 3
1995 521 n/a 0.0 5.4
1996 521 n/a 0.0 5.4
1997 541 n/a 0.0 6.1
1998 545 n/a 0.0 7.2
1999 537 32.0 16.8 9.1
2000 510 n/a 0.0 7
2001 497 31.8 15.6 9.3
2002 477 32.0 14.9 10.1
2003 477 32.0 14.9 10.1
2004 470 30.0 15.7 n/a
2005 440 29.0 15.2 10.8
2006 437 29.0 15.1 17.3
2007 452 29.9 15.1 17.4
2008 462 24.5 18.9 18.2
2009 492 25.7 19.1 21.1
2010 532 26.8 19.8 24.4
2011 566 29.0 19.5 26.7
2012 574 32.0 17.9 28.2
2013 617 35.0 17.6 25.8
2014 637 33.4 19.0 27
2015 653 37.0 17.6 28.9
2016 615 37.0 16.6 31.7
2017 650 38.2 17.0 31.1
2018 642 40.0 16.0 30.7
2019 639 40.1 15.9 34
2020 624 40.0 15.5 37
2021 605 38.5 15.7 n/a
2022 591 42.3 13.9 39.1
2023 578 38.0 15.2 40.7

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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Per Pupil Expenditures for Bon Air Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $00 (0.0%) $5,515 (100.0%) $5,515
2020 $00 (0.0%) $6,084 (100.0%) $6,084
2021 $29 (0.4%) $6,713 (99.6%) $6,742

Data source: Virginia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Bon Air Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 301st of 1105 Elementary schoolsRanks 601st of 1114 Elementary schools
 26.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Bon Air Elementary)8575.8
 9.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Chesterfield County Public Schools)8467.4
 16.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8269.1
 12.9%
3rd Grade English Reading (Bon Air Elementary)7161.1
 10%
   3rd Grade English Reading (Chesterfield County Public Schools)7366.9
 6.1%
   3rd Grade English Reading (Virginia)7166.1
 4.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Bon Air Elementary)8973.5
 15.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Chesterfield County Public Schools)8567.5
 17.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8369.7
 13.3%
4th Grade English Reading (Bon Air Elementary)8571.1
 13.9%
   4th Grade English Reading (Chesterfield County Public Schools)7973.5
 5.5%
   4th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7572.7
 2.3%
5th Grade Mathematics (Bon Air Elementary)8748.7
 38.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Chesterfield County Public Schools)7650.8
 25.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8167
 14%
5th Grade Science (Bon Air Elementary)8765.1
 22%
   5th Grade Science (Chesterfield County Public Schools)8167.7
 13.3%
   5th Grade Science (Virginia)7966
 13%
5th Grade English Reading (Bon Air Elementary)8973.8
 15.2%
   5th Grade English Reading (Chesterfield County Public Schools)8171.6
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7871.4
 6.6%
6th Grade Mathematics (Bon Air Elementary)10093
 7%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Chesterfield County Public Schools)8055
 25%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)7857
 21%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students639578
 9.5%
African American4540
 11.1%
American Indian11
Asian1619
 18.8%
Hispanic146150
 2.7%
Pacific Islander00
White399336
 15.8%
Two or More Races3232
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients34%40.7%
 6.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Bon Air Elementary

Students at Bon Air Elementary are 58% White, 26% Hispanic, 7% African American, 6% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 578 students attended Bon Air Elementary.

Students who attend Bon Air Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Robious Middle
High : James River High

Bon Air Elementary ranks 601st of 1114 Virginia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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