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Western Branch Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 872 students

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Posted June 19, 2014

The school can improve it's dress code, we can't wear things that show our shoulders which sucks! When it's very hot were gonna sweat and what girl wants pit stains >.< ew! Another thing is the teachers all seem like their just there to get paid so that shows the students to just be there to pass. The students just think that they can get at least a "C" for each class and be done with it, and sadly that's true. The next thing is the discrimination. A lot of white girls wear things way above 3'in from their knee and don't get in trouble. Then at P.E there is a group of popular white people that NEVER dress out but still get "A"s. I have a "B-" and have not dressed out like 3 times and I am great at health. So obviously there is favoritism at Western Branch Middle School. I am not racist, I don't hate on white people. I actually am white. Lastly I don't like how the staff shows students that what they wear is more important than their learning; say they will keep you in the office waiting for your parents that are at WORK when your shoulders are showing when you can be in english. Also they are teaching that boys will be boys and your back will distract them from their school work!


Posted November 15, 2012

I have 2 kids currently enrolled, they are not the best students academically but the staff and teachers are definitely doing a great job along with my family at homes assistance. I love the WB schools, I wouldn't want them to go anywhere else!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

Hello again.I am the angry parent who had the issue with the principle at Western Branch Middle School about my daughter's school pictures and still have an issue bcuz i still have not received them back yet. Anyway, when my daughter got to school this morning she immediently called me from the office claiming she wanted to come home bcuz her principle was being mean to her. I told her no stay ther if she has anymore problems to call me. now mind you I had to stop myself from going up there bcuz I am angry. But going back to what I said yesternday, as school staff/adult yes I understand the principle being upset with me bcuz we had a heated diccusion yesternday about my daughters school pictures, but to show that ANGER towards my child/student. YOU CANNOT B SERIOUS. Im thinking about going to the school board A.S.A.P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

When a military move forced us to decide where in the Hampton Roads area to live, we decided upon Western Branch because of the schools. But, then we still had to decide which middle school in the district was right for our daughter. We visited both schools, but after meeting with teachers and staff, we decided WBMS was right. The building was OLD, but the teachers were wonderful. Our daughter became involved and made great grades and great friends. She followed her siblings footsteps into WBHS and then received a college scholarship. She is now a Junior at UNF in Jacksonville, Florida!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

I attend WBMS im a *th grader for the 2009 2010 year i been goin there since 6th grade. The Band program to me its alwsome if you follow the rules and practice regualarly you'll be fine. Its a wonderful school you make a lot of friends, have okay food, and its just a enjoyable school. One thing i dont like are their sports some of the uniforms are awful!!!!(girls B-ball to be exact).............otherwise its a great school to attend
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 29, 2009

I was in the 8th grade class of 09 and i felt that the school was pretty average. The honors program and foreign language was excellent but i found that the band program was awful, I ended up dropping out. The 8th grade hallways will leak when it is raining and occasionally there is an odd smell in the air. I never saw the janitors, but they did keep the building pretty clean. From what others have told me the disciplinary program is excellent. The only thing that i found very disappointing was that there was no 8th grade graduation and that only one team from each grade level was allowed to go on field trips. My team was always told that there wasn't enough money to pay for field trips, yet one of the other teams went on at least six trips, to say the least it was rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

I attended this school my 7th and 8th grade years and it is wonderful. There is absolutely no bullying. There are teachers, principals, and security guards everywhere which controls poor behavior and bullying. I can't believe someone would actually say 'mixed races'. It's people that say those types of phrases that make this country racist. When I was at WBMS just last year very few, if any, discriminated. Our generation does not care about color or characteristics. The custodians do a fantastic job cleaning the building. When the students walk in the door it is spotless. We should appreciate what we do have instead of what we don't!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2008

Yes it's an old school, get over it! And what's this about mixed races?? Sounds like the school isn't the only thing from the 60s. As for this too crowded thing, I went to WBMS before there was Jolliff, we had over 30 mobiles so I know about overcrowding. No one after 2002 can complain about that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

it is old, 47 years old, mixed races, lots of bullying, trash in hallways, paint peeling on the walls, out of date computers and no discipline
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2004

I am an 8th grader in this school and I think it's a pretty good school. The teachers are nice,the kids are cool, and the school is colorful. There's definitely enough safety. I mean like they started this whole 'non-bully zone' thing when there isn't even any real bullying. I guess its a good thing though. It's really easy to make friends(theres a lot of preppy kids in this school who just love beig perfect) and the only thing I mainly don't like about this school that its pretty crowded. The hallways are not very wide.
—Submitted by a student


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.
English: Reading

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

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
91%

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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students72%
Female students72%
Male students72%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial60%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students76%
Female students73%
Male students79%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%
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 Students76%
Female students81%
Male students72%
Black students67%
Asian students82%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial78%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students67%
Female students73%
Male students62%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial62%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%
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 Students78%
Female students78%
Male students79%
Black students63%
Asian students71%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial79%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students78%
Female students85%
Male students72%
Black students67%
Asian students71%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial75%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students78%
Female students77%
Male students79%
Black students66%
Asian students79%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial87%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Science

All Students77%
Female students73%
Male students81%
Black students61%
Asian students71%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial78%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

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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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:50 am
School end time
  • 3:28 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Carol T. Stanek
Fax number
  • (757) 638-7926

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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