Swift Creek Elementary School8

Midlothian, VA | Chesterfield County

February 26, 2015

Swift Creek is located in an established, wooded community outside of Richmond. The neighborhoods have wonderful walking trails to community parks, playgrounds and to the schools! Swift Creek has some marvelous teachers- bright, creative and caring. Students are greeted each morning with a smile and an energy and enthusiasm for learning. Our experience with local middle and H.S. students has also been positive and we have heard great things about Tomahawk Middle and Clover Hill H.S. I think the caliber of young people locally speaks well to the academic and social experience from growing up in the Midlothian area. Security measures have been added throughout Chesterfield County to help ensure the school safety. Swift Creek Middle is in line for a new buzzer system to admit individuals into the school building and across the county ID's are required/checked before each student is released to a parent or guardian. Driver's License's are also scanned for those entering the office to volunteer or meet their students. We feel this is an excellent place to raise and educate our children- kindergarten and beyond!

Submitted by a parent

February 7, 2015

My son is currently in his third(3rd) year at Swift Creek Elementary School. There are numerous items I will comment on. First & foremost, is the sense of "entitlement" and the aura that staff and parents seem that they have. I have never been around so many people whereas they think that they are better than everyone else. It is amazing how many people really think that SCES is all that and especially the area(ie. Brandermill). FYI.....Brandermill has/is been going down hill....and it will continue to get worse. Second, the administration/staff is so consumed with themselves....it is truly laughable. As stated, this is the third year and they are STILL asking for my ID!!! Every week!!! NO attention to detail whatsoever. Third, the ingress & egress to this facility is terrible!!! I have sent numerous communications to the school/school board and the local police......but to no avail. It's a wonder no one has been injured. As far as the actual education/schooling is concerned, my son was recently "switched/moved" to a new teacher....and needless to say.....he/I are not impressed. So, in summation.....I would rate the facility about a 2 and the school about a 5.

Submitted by a parent

October 6, 2014

This school is fantastic! With three kids, I have had many different teachers and can say wholeheartedly that all the teachers have been wonderful. My children are happy here and enjoy learning. I believe the administration makes every effort to deal with issues in a timely and respectful manner. They truly care about ensuring the safety and happiness of their students. SOL testing and teaching to the test is a state-wide issue. Testing has become more rigorous for all county schools in the past few years and simply can not be a reflection of the teachers/administrators. I am proud to say my children attend SCES!

Submitted by a parent

July 26, 2014

Been involved with Swift Creek Elementary for many years. What was once an amazing school has dramatically deteriorated because of current administrative leadership and forced changes by the school board. What used to be a cohesive, positive, and close knit community of teachers, students and parents has become a cold and unwelcoming environment, so much that many good staff members are choosing to leave. Despite losses, the remaining teachers are great, they do their jobs to the best of their ability and they really do love the kids. Problem is the current administrator does not give her teachers the flexibility and support they require. Teacher morale is in the toilet, no one wants to be there anymore and it's understandable, even as a visitor one can sense the tension and unhappiness upon entering the building. Swift Creek once had a great principal who gave plenty of guidance and support to the staff and it was obvious. All one has to do is look at our test scores over the last two years since the administration changed. We have experienced over a 30% drop and it's not the fault of the teachers. SCES needs an overhaul in the top seat, if it is ever to get back on top.

Submitted by a parent

March 27, 2014

My children have been going to SCES for 3 years and I am disappointed to see this negative feedback. SCES is a great school with great teachers that care. The administration is no different than any other public school - this I know from other parents. I always get great service when I call. I would rather the administration be with our children, like they are instead of sitting behind a computer answering email. Our children get a great education here and are thriving. Emailing is not the way to handle an issue, it is making a phone call or stopping by that makes a difference. I recommend SCES for your child's education.

Submitted by a parent

March 5, 2014

I am very disappointed in this school. There are some really wonderful teachers here, but the administration is terrible. The principal here is not supportive of the teaching staff at all. It is a constant struggle between the staff and the administration. Unfortunately, the tension can be felt as soon as you walk in the front office. You can forget about trying to get a response if you e-mail certain people. I understand that all of the staff is very busy, but at least respond to your student's parents. There is also an issue here with certain students getting preferential treatment. We moved here because this was supposed to be a great school, but our experience has definitely proven otherwise.

Submitted by a parent

July 7, 2013

Teachers are wonderful but very unhappy with current principal of last two years and are beginning to leave the school. High level of stress at school and poorly managed staff firings. No communication between principal and parents even regarding drug-related arrest of teacher during school day.

Submitted by a parent

December 11, 2012

We have been very pleased with this school. All schools have areas they can improve, but overall we have had a great experience with the teachers and staff. The principal calls with a weekly update for parents every Sunday!

Submitted by a parent

August 12, 2012

I am not impressed with this school. I would love to give you all the details but my child still attends and I dont want to jeopardize them any more than the staff already does. Lets just say they are more worried about the SOL testing and keeping their jobs than really caring for students. The staff is very young and comes with a wishlist of great ideas but the administration within is not open to these new ideas. The Office personal could use a shakeup and the school psychologist was ready to retire many moons ago, put her out to pasture. I have witnessed alot of nonsense and really wish i could elaborate.

Submitted by a parent

January 11, 2012

Very happy with school and teachers. My daughter love the school and I like the academic programs.

Submitted by a parent

January 30, 2011

Another concern is safety, school opens at 9:05AM, you won't be able to get in until then, when the weather is warm, kids gather on a small area next to the parking lots where there is lots of traffic during school hours. I am not sure why they want to keep kids out before 9:05, could be liability issues. Lastly, the interaction between parents and the school is close to none. The channels are open, but whatever concerns you have for the school, you won't hear anything back. You don't know exactly how your kid perform relatively to the rest of peers, yet you see your child gets E for each category, we need at least get the distribution, if everyone gets an E, then E doesn't mean anything special.

Submitted by a parent

April 30, 2010

The Teachers and Staff are wonderful they care for the kids and ensure the parents are involved with the school.

Submitted by a parent

February 18, 2010

As a former student myself of SCES, a daughter of a staff member AND the parent of a currently attending child and a child to start in two years, I can say w/out hesitation, SCES is the best elementary school in the district. Super teachers and aides, many of whom have been with the school for longer than 10 years! Caring office and administration staff who listen. Excellent parent/guardian participation, volunteerism is very high @ the school. I made certain my family lived in this district b/c there is no better elementary school around! Love those SCES Gators!

Submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009

Great teachers/staff, wonderful Principal. Open to parent involvement and our kids love it!

Submitted by a parent

September 15, 2009

Amazing school in general-great teachers/environment :)

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804.New.Home (804.639.4663)
1 Park West Circle #203
Midlothian, VA 23114

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