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Fuquay-Varina Middle

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Posted November 9, 2013

We have moved a lot because my husband was in the military. This is the WORST school my daughter has ever been and I'm sorry that I have put here there. I am moving her to another school as soon as possible. She is picked on and bullied on a daily basis. When the admins speak to the other kid about what they are doing, my daughter still has to go back to class with them after. It stops for a little while then starts up again with the same child or various other kids. I've truly had it. We're not even have way through the first year at this school and I want her out of there! They need to stop making excuses for the problem kids and be advocates for the rest that are being punished as a group because the other kids cannot behave! I have been told by a neighbor that a kid pushed their daughter and all the kid got was a write up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2013

Ok, so here goes. We have moved a lot in the past few years, and have had to change schools several times as a result. All schools are going to have their pros and cons, but I have to say, out of all the middle schools my kids have attended- we like FVMS the best. Most of their teachers enjoy teaching, are in tune with the kids and how they learn, and they challenge the kids to do their personal best. My kids have come home on several occasions talking about how awesome of a teacher Mrs./Mr. So-and-so is. "She's not always nice, but she knows how to teach." - a direct quote from my 13 year old son, and "It was a lot of work, but I learned so much." from my daughter. I don't need someone to coddle my kids, I need someone to challenge them and make him think and grow intellectually. The staff has never done anything but friendly and helpful, always responding to emails with questions or concerns or calling with information. More than once I've gotten Sunday morning emails to follow up with questions from the previous weeks and phone calls after school hours to say how pleased they were with something or if they had a problem with one of the kids. Dedication speaks volumes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2012

If you have the opportunity to take your child to another school, please take it. I whole heatedly agree with the previous review. Teachers and administration drop the ball on a consistent basis in all areas. You have to be a vigilant advocate for your child, and not that most parents aren't but it literally became a full time job for me in order to see that things were done on behalf of my child. When it was time for the 2nd of my children to attend FVMS, I literally dreaded the thought. I contemplated moving just so I wouldn't have to go threw another 3 years there and I had a 5 year break between kids and nothing had changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

Unfortunately I have been very disappointed with FVMS this year. Teachers are quick to blame the students, quick to deny things that go on in their classrooms, and unwilling to keep parents informed. I have heard from several professionals within the community that this is a "pretty tough" school. In my opinion, it wouldn't be so "tough" if teachers and administration would be proactive instead of NONreactive. They claim to have a positive behavior system in place but many teachers DO NOT EVEN KNOW what it is! Unbelievable. In addition, I believe that the teachers AND administration do not respect the students or the parents. Students and parents are what give these people jobs, and if they cannot appreciate my child or myself then maybe it's time for a change. With the budget being in the sad shape that it is, it is imperative that WCPSS employ only the best of the best...and FVMS isn't even coming close to employing slightly capable people as far as I can see. Here's hoping for a much better year next year. My expectations are not high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I can't say that my daughter's experience here was very good. There are a few good teachers but I was surprised by the number of bad ones. One 8th grade teacher in particular singled my daughter out on several occasions just because of how she dressed and because she like to put streaks of color in her hair. It's tough to hear other students telling you how mean the teacher has been to your child during the year strictly on her looks. It also surprises me that someone who teaches in a middle school where students are taught to be an individual and not follow the crowd, would be so judgemental. As long as my child is doing well in school, not into drugs or alcohol or even cussing and her behavior is good, I count her haircolor and choices of clothing a minor issue. Shame that the students were fine with it but not some of the teachers. Hopefully high school teachers will be more professional and more tolerant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2011

I've carefully read each and evey comment concerning FVM I notice that a lot you are having the same problems I'm currently having or I've experienced in the past. I know that mom's know best I have to do what's best for my child and FVM is NOT.. What's best. It's sad too b/c my child made a lot cool friendship during his 6th grade. Parents we have to speak out more concerning this school it failed us and it will fail others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

Extremely dissapointing at all levels. Behavior issues are dealt with poorly, children are targeted and levels of help vary greatly. I got my child transferred to another school and he is doing vastly better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

I am going to have to rate this one low. We have lived in 3 different states and I would rate this middle school as the worst my kids have attended from all the schools combined. I completely agree with the other statements about professionalism. Walk around the school or have a conference and you will see what I am talking about. From teachers complaining about how many students they have in class, spending your conference time talking about how sick they've been all year which doesn't excuse bad teaching, and the office staff not being polite when you call in with a question. I can't say my son is getting a great education. There are also a lot of discipline problems. This really falls back on the principal. They should use the phone system more to update parents about upcoming events not just early release.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

There is no zero rating, so I have to check one star. This school is terrible. Good luck if you are putting your child here. 6th grade has been horrible! The administration is lazy, and the teachers are stuck holding the ropes. Children are trying to learn in classrooms that have too many kids, and it is noisy in the classroom. The heat was out for two weeks over the coldest part of winter, and they NEVER notified the parents. The kids and teachers went to school in classrooms where there was no heat and it was 40 degrees! If you have options - use them to stay out of this school - if not forget helping out to make it better as they do not appreciate anything you do. It has been a horrifying experience and it is only 6th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My daughter loves this school. She is on the A+ Honor Roll and is doing well. The Guidance Counselor for the 6th grade is great and very helpful...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

my daughter loves this school im glad the principle participartes in the students activities almost all her classmates are passing with a C or higher i recommend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

I love this school! I love every thing about it and how the teachers teach and how quick most of the students can learn the lesson and how we students are taught by activities and not always in books
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2009

We moved to Fuquay from Michigan last year and my daughter loves the Middle School! The teachers and faculty are wonderful. Overall I am very pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

I went to this school and the person who was in charge of it left and it went down hill from there..... And i left and went to another school....
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

I would have to agree with alot of the reviews. I have had two children at FVMS. The first year my son was there was great. After that there was a change in principal and it seems since then there has been a down hill slide. No sense of professionalism or standard of excellence. Teachers seem lackluster and bored. If you've got bored teachers you will have bored, restless students. Our son got through his years there and daughter is in 7th grade AG program. We are unimpressed and looking elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

My daughter is having a great first year at Fuquay Middle School. We were accepted at West Lake but turned it down because of year round schedule. I am very glad we did my daughter is making straight A's and we are very pleased w/ Fuquay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

The only thing good about this school is the football team.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2008

My daughter attended this school for six grade. I would never recommend this school to another parent. The teachers are lazy, do not respond to email, refuse to help the kids, and hold the children to assignments that were never made. Do not bother going to the assignment web page as it has not been updated in a year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

I come from Upstate New York and I'm rather disappointed in this school. There is a huge lack of communication and an imbalance in overall professionalism.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

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.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

300 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

All Students39%
Female46%
Male32%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial33%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities12%
Non-disabled students44%
Limited English proficiency7%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students40%
Female50%
Male30%
Black23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial33%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities10%
Non-disabled students46%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
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 Students39%
Female43%
Male35%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial23%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities7%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiency13%
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically gifted-95%

Reading

All Students42%
Female43%
Male41%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracial31%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities8%
Non-disabled students51%
Limited English proficiency-5%
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
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 Students31%
Female29%
Male34%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracial18%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities11%
Non-disabled students36%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English32%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant31%
Academically gifted75%

Reading

All Students40%
Female42%
Male39%
Black17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
Multiracial53%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities13%
Non-disabled students47%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Academically gifted89%

Science

All Students59%
Female52%
Male65%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracial67%
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities29%
Non-disabled students66%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
94%

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 Students61%
Female56%
Male66%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students62%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Academically gifted86%

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

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
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 51% 52%
Black 24% 26%
Hispanic 19% 14%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
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

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  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr William Chavis
Fax number
  • (919) 557-2754

Resources

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  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
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