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Valley Springs Middle

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Posted January 18, 2013

As a parent, I have nothing but praise for the educational system in place at VSMS. My son has transformed from being a shy boy to one who exudes confidence. His grades have gone from average to AB honor roll. He's had some of the most influential teachers of his young life. The only negative comment is the food but that can easily be overcome by a bagged lunch from home. Well done all at VS.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

Vally springs is OK but I would not recommend it. Their staff are mean sometimes. the food does not realy taste good eather.


Posted September 3, 2009

The staff there are very rude sometimes but an alright school
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2009

valley springs middle school is better than any other scool including cane creek because vsms focoues on you childs education to get good grades and a good life.no there not a goof off school like cane creek with all there laghfing and play vsms is deticated school and if your child goes here you will will be proud of there dedication,and foucus on there home-work,school,life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

I am currently attending Valley Springs and would not recommend it for anyone considering to enroll their child. The teachers can be a little bit hostile and the principal uncautious. There are a few cliques, but not as much as you may see at other schools. I personally have had friend that was busted and expelled for having drugs. (So, yes drugs are a problem). And the food is disgusting and unhealthy. There are hardle any choices for chores and electives and only one language is taught and that is only for one semester. Students interested in band may only take band and PE as their electives for the whoel year. Test scores are unsatifactory.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2007

My son is attending Valley Springs for the first time in 8th grade and we have been very impressed so far. The curriculum is much more challanging than we were expecting! My son talks about his teachers and what he is learning almost daily. There are also plenty of wonderful extracurricular activities for children to be involved in. Thanks Mr. Rookey and Mr. Tenney for the positive impact you have made on our son this year! He has a renewed interest in Science and Writing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Valley Springs is an excellent school. My 3 children have all experienced a loving, supportive atmosphere during their middle school years. One of them is a special needs student and the other 2 were in the gifted program. The teachers at every grade level are very professional with high expectations. They balance this with a true love for their profession and their students. I'm sure there are families that have negative experiences and no school is perfect, but you will be very lucky to have your children in this school. By the way, student diversity is a plus...not a problem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

This school puts on a good front for everyone. A lot of teachers that have been teaching for 20+ years that still teach with an iron fist and no modifications. The evidence of 'the haves and have nots' is a big influence in this school. There are many 'clicks' and 'gang members' that don't get spoken about. Rethink this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2007

Valley Springs is an excellent school from an academic and activities available standpoint. The leadership at the school is your typical education system stereotype. The socio-economics mentioned in other comments are not the fault of the school; yes most kids are from middle to very affluent backgrounds but I have not seen that being an issue. It's a great school and the testament to it is that many, many families are trying to buy residences in that school district and finding out that is one of the most expensive in North Carolina.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

Considered the best in Buncombe, but compared to what? Not a great school at all. Disappointed. Socioeconomic differences between the children (haves and have nots) is a real problem. All children deserve love, attention, and proper care, but they are not all getting it in this area of NC. Teachers seem to care. However, they spend much of their time trying to discipline kids who act out, all day. Princ and VP are obviously not able to control the problems. Drugs are a huge problem in Asheville. Personal crime & violent crime are much higher than national average. cnnmoney.com can tell you more about that. The stats listed here are not accurate. The scores are much lower. North Carolina Report Card (web site) will give you the accurate scores. Last year (06) they would not release the math test scores for 7-8 months. Scores were terribly low. No chorus, drama club.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

It is a good school. however this is not a perfect place, as many people think. Asheville NC is VERY diversified. Very. The diverse children are all in school together. They have officers on staff at the school at all times. The guidance counselors are great. Principal is OK. VP Is OK. Nothing to write home about. Check out provate schools as weel, prior to enrolling here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2006

The school is a decent one, however there are safety issues that are kept secret. Many of the teachers are great. The principal tends to avoid any confrontation or TRUE discussion with parents. However, he will call you and he tries to 'act' as though all is well. Guidance counselors seem to really care. Office staff is friendly and helpful. They have sports and extra C activities, dances etc. The school is under construction in parts. They are adding on a huge section. 24-30 kids per class in 2006.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

Our experience has been excellent with Valley Springs Middle School. Valley Springs offers excellent academic preparation for high-school, a safe environment, and quality extra-curricular activities for the students. Parental involvment is encouraged, and the local business community is very supportive of this school. The Principal, Mr. Keever, has always made himself available to meet with parents for any reason. Valley Springs' Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team took the #2 spot in the World Championship in 2005. Valley Springs offers a strong Academically Gifted program, with emphasis on challenging students who are advanced to explore advanced topics in Math and Language.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

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87%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

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Reading

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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students55%
Female54%
Male55%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracial33%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities14%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiency13%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students59%
Female60%
Male58%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial50%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students68%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Academically gifted94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students55%
Female60%
Male50%
Black28%
Asian80%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial58%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students61%
Limited English proficiency26%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
Black23%
Asian80%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial58%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities-5%
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiency11%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Academically gifted-95%

Science

All Students72%
Female72%
Male71%
Black45%
Asian90%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial75%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities21%
Non-disabled students78%
Limited English proficiency37%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Academically gifted-95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students91%
Female86%
Male-95%
Black79%
Asian-95%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students91%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Academically gifted-95%

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a

English II

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Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 52%
Black 16% 26%
Hispanic 15% 14%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian 0% 1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Edward Burchfiel
Associations
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (828) 654-1789

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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