Henry D. Ward Elementary

Summary:

Henry D. Ward Elementary is a public elementary school in Richmond, Virginia, serving 470 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Henrico County Public Schools district, which is ranked 77 out of 131 school districts in the state.

Henry D. Ward Elementary faces significant academic and socioeconomic challenges compared to nearby schools. The school has a much higher percentage of African American students (75.11%) than the surrounding schools, which range from 42.82% to 89.51%. Academically, Henry D. Ward consistently ranks in the bottom 20% of Virginia elementary schools, with proficiency rates in Mathematics, Science, and English Reading that are lower than the district and state averages. For example, the school's 3rd grade Mathematics proficiency rate was 43.33% in 2022-2023, compared to 64.36% for the district and 69.1% for the state. Additionally, Henry D. Ward has a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 81.64% to 89.57% over the past three years, significantly higher than the surrounding schools.

While the nearby schools, such as Montrose Elementary, Fair Oaks Elementary, and Cashell Donahoe Elementary, also face challenges, Henry D. Ward Elementary consistently performs worse than its peers, suggesting the need for targeted interventions and support. The school's relatively high student-teacher ratio, ranging from 14.6 to 17.5 over the past three years, may also indicate a need for additional staffing and resources to support student learning.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 3400 Darbytown Road
       Richmond, VA  23231


(804) 795-7030

District: Henrico County Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
966th of 1,114 Virginia Elementary Schools


Students who attend Henry D. Ward Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Elko Middle
High:    Varina High

Student/teacher ratio:  14.6 Help
Number of students:  470

Racial breakdown:

African American:
75.1%
White:
14.7%
Two or more races:
5.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  89.6% Help


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Compare Details Henry D. Ward Elementary ranks worse than 86.7% of elementary schools in Virginia. It also ranks 35th among 45 ranked elementary schools in the Henrico County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 16.21. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (75.1%), White (14.7%), two or more races (5.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 89.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Henry D. Ward Elementary is 14.6, which is the 22nd best among 45 elementary schools in the Henrico County Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Henry D. Ward Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Henry D. Ward Elementary 966th of 1114 Virginia public elementary schools. (See Henry D. Ward Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Henrico County Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Henrico County Public Schools 77th of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Henry D. Ward Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Henry D. Ward Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 61.78 413th 1062 61.1%
2006 45.19 690th 1071 35.6%
2007 38.86 769th 1083 29.0%
2008 42.91 733rd 1081 32.2%
2009 41.17 764th 1082 29.4%
2010 41.54 804th 1113 27.8%
2011 47.80 665th 1117 40.5%
2012 43.13 736th 1117 34.1%
2013 37.78 791st 1120 29.4%
2014 25.23 951st 1110 14.3%
2015 24.34 936th 1100 14.9%
2016 33.15 852nd 1096 22.3%
2017 25.68 939th 1099 14.6%
2018 27.52 898th 1097 18.1%
2019 25.32 933rd 1105 15.6%
2021 37.40 737th 1103 33.2%
2022 18.63 945th 1109 14.8%
2023 16.21 966th 1114 13.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Henry D. Ward Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 16.41 975th 1100 11.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Henry D. Ward Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 19.46 934th 1093 14.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Henry D. Ward Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 35.16 431st 579 25.6%
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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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Enrollment information for Henry D. Ward Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 254 84 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 342
1996 254 84 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 342
1997 282 116 3 0 1 n/a n/a 0 402
1998 256 145 3 2 0 n/a n/a 0 406
1999 262 157 2 0 0 n/a n/a 0 421
2000 258 175 3 0 0 n/a n/a -4 432
2001 235 169 4 1 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2002 240 181 4 0 1 n/a n/a 3 429
2003 240 181 4 0 1 n/a n/a 3 429
2004 252 213 4 0 1 n/a n/a 6 476
2005 225 220 4 3 2 n/a n/a 14 468
2006 200 227 4 4 2 n/a n/a 32 469
2007 198 203 3 3 2 n/a n/a 53 462
2008 197 231 4 4 2 n/a n/a 56 494
2009 200 226 7 4 1 n/a n/a 56 494
2010 186 228 3 4 3 n/a n/a 46 470
2011 196 259 2 7 2 0 14 0 480
2012 204 277 2 7 3 0 22 0 515
2013 192 309 3 9 4 0 19 0 536
2014 184 327 3 9 5 0 11 0 539
2015 196 335 2 7 3 0 20 0 563
2016 146 334 3 3 2 0 31 0 519
2017 144 325 1 4 1 0 19 0 494
2018 112 351 0 5 1 0 23 0 492
2019 101 363 2 13 1 0 23 0 503
2020 95 368 1 14 1 0 22 0 501
2021 73 355 1 20 2 0 21 0 472
2022 79 378 2 19 0 0 23 0 501
2023 69 353 1 22 1 0 24 0 470

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 Henry D. Ward Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 342 n/a 0.0 27.2
1996 342 n/a 0.0 27.2
1997 402 n/a 0.0 28.6
1998 406 n/a 0.0 33.5
1999 421 27.0 15.6 45.4
2000 432 n/a 0.0 41.7
2001 409 31.0 13.2 42.5
2002 429 34.5 12.4 39.7
2003 429 34.5 12.4 39.7
2004 476 34.0 14.0 41.3
2005 468 33.0 14.2 39.2
2006 469 35.0 13.4 44.4
2007 462 40.5 11.4 50.9
2008 494 25.5 19.4 48.9
2009 494 24.5 20.2 48.6
2010 470 25.5 18.4 55.9
2011 480 26.5 18.1 55.2
2012 515 30.9 16.6 55.7
2013 536 25.8 20.7 58.2
2014 539 23.0 23.4 59
2015 563 32.0 17.5 65.5
2016 519 30.0 17.3 63.2
2017 494 31.5 15.6 65.4
2018 492 30.0 16.4 67.5
2019 503 33.5 15.0 91.3
2020 501 30.0 16.7 81.6
2021 472 27.0 17.4 n/a
2022 501 28.5 17.5 81.6
2023 470 32.0 14.6 89.6

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 Henry D. Ward Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 342 n/a 0.0 27.2
1996 342 n/a 0.0 27.2
1997 402 n/a 0.0 28.6
1998 406 n/a 0.0 33.5
1999 421 27.0 15.6 45.4
2000 432 n/a 0.0 41.7
2001 409 31.0 13.2 42.5
2002 429 34.5 12.4 39.7
2003 429 34.5 12.4 39.7
2004 476 34.0 14.0 41.3
2005 468 33.0 14.2 39.2
2006 469 35.0 13.4 44.4
2007 462 40.5 11.4 50.9
2008 494 25.5 19.4 48.9
2009 494 24.5 20.2 48.6
2010 470 25.5 18.4 55.9
2011 480 26.5 18.1 55.2
2012 515 30.9 16.6 55.7
2013 536 25.8 20.7 58.2
2014 539 23.0 23.4 59
2015 563 32.0 17.5 65.5
2016 519 30.0 17.3 63.2
2017 494 31.5 15.6 65.4
2018 492 30.0 16.4 67.5
2019 503 33.5 15.0 91.3
2020 501 30.0 16.7 81.6
2021 472 27.0 17.4 n/a
2022 501 28.5 17.5 81.6
2023 470 32.0 14.6 89.6

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.
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Henry D. Ward Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 933rd of 1105 Elementary schoolsRanks 966th of 1114 Elementary schools
 2.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Henry D. Ward Elementary)6443.3
 20.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Henrico County Public Schools)8164.4
 16.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8269.1
 12.9%
3rd Grade English Reading (Henry D. Ward Elementary)5546.7
 8.3%
   3rd Grade English Reading (Henrico County Public Schools)7064.4
 5.6%
   3rd Grade English Reading (Virginia)7166.1
 4.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Henry D. Ward Elementary)6751.4
 15.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Henrico County Public Schools)8167.1
 13.9%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8369.7
 13.3%
4th Grade English Reading (Henry D. Ward Elementary)6956.2
 12.8%
   4th Grade English Reading (Henrico County Public Schools)7473
 1%
   4th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7572.7
 2.3%
5th Grade Mathematics (Henry D. Ward Elementary)7652.4
 23.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Henrico County Public Schools)8466.6
 17.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Virginia)8167
 14%
5th Grade Science (Henry D. Ward Elementary)7451.8
 22.2%
   5th Grade Science (Henrico County Public Schools)8268
 14%
   5th Grade Science (Virginia)7966
 13%
5th Grade English Reading (Henry D. Ward Elementary)7856.1
 21.9%
   5th Grade English Reading (Henrico County Public Schools)8069.8
 10.2%
   5th Grade English Reading (Virginia)7871.4
 6.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students503470
 6.6%
African American363353
 2.8%
American Indian11
Asian21
 50%
Hispanic1322
 69.2%
Pacific Islander00
White10169
 31.7%
Two or More Races2324
 4.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients91.3%89.6%
 1.7%


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Students who attend Henry D. Ward Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Elko Middle
High : Varina High

Henry D. Ward Elementary ranks in the bottom 13.3% of Virginia elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 470 students attended Henry D. Ward Elementary.

Students at Henry D. Ward Elementary are 75% African American, 15% White, 5% Two or more races, 5% Hispanic.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Virginia Department of Education.

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