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Oscar Smith Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 982 students

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Posted July 4, 2013

This school is good for your child to go to. I just pass to the 9th grade. The teachers in this school provide you with help when you need it . There are a lot of activities you can join . The teachers there are so nice you aren't gonna want to go home . If I have to pick a school it will be this one.


Posted April 9, 2013

The school is new and the equipment is really great. The teachers and staff are all really supportive if you remain in contact with them. Biggest problem with this school is the students and their parents. Lots of students from rougher areas are brought into this school. That combined with their already difficult age make bullying and some crime out of control here. As the neighborhood continues to improve these things have gotten better but its a very slow process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

I can say the teachers really do what they are trained to do my child had failing grades when she first came to this school and after finding the right mix of teachers she is now enjoying school and is an honor roll student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2010

I used to attend there but now I am a rising sophmore. I loved it!! I took advanced classes so I had some of the best teachers ever! They were all great


Posted July 17, 2009

I love the school. The teachers and staff really care about the students as well as the parents. There is alot fo communication between parent, staff, and teachers which makes it easier to make sure that your child is getting a quailty education. Since my child has been at this school she has really learned a lot. She is in the AVID program as well as the honors program. She plays the violin, viola, bass, and other instruments and all of this is possible because the teachers and stff work well ith the parents. Some of the students are a little energetic but that is not the schools or teachers fault. They do an excellent job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

I feel Oscar F. Smith Middle is a school that is overwhelmed with classes that are too large. The schools seem to be losing more control every day. I get a upset when I see what goes on, and what the students do and say in the hallways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I currently go to this school . and i love it. i love the teachers and there are alot of sports and clubs. people think of oscar smith and think of fighst but its not that bad. the only thing it needs to be updated and it is now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2005

I love this school! This school has great teaching and great students. I love the fact they give everyone such a good opertunity for music sports and clubs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2004

This school is a good school I loved attending it. One problem I have with this school is overcrowding. The school has over 30 portable classrooms and some children have to eat lunch in a portable classroom because the cafeteria isn't big enough. Another concern is about all of the fights and food fights that go on. But overall the curriculum is good and the chorus and step team sound great!
—Submitted by a former student


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

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

11 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students57%
Female students61%
Male students52%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial79%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students74%
Female students80%
Male students69%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracial82%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students65%
Female students70%
Male students58%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial82%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students64%
Female students73%
Male students54%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial60%
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students62%
Female students64%
Male students60%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

English: Writing

All Students56%
Female students60%
Male students52%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students66%
Female students67%
Male students64%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial70%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students70%
Female students69%
Male students70%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students94%
Female students92%
Male students97%
Black students96%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:53 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Judith C. Thurston
Fax number
  • (757) 494-7680

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
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  • Orchestra
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  • Drama
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