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Blacksburg Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 826 students

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Posted October 18, 2013

100% agree with few previous reviewers: teachers do not work well with students who do not fit their ideal student, there are favorites and then there are the kids that get marginalized. Students who need even the tiniest amount of help should transfer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

Very happy with BMS! My daughter just finished 6th grade and we were very impressed with her teachers and their educational curriculum. I highly recommend BMS to parents moving to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

the community of learning to which most educators at the school are dedicated
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 1, 2009

I like the way the school is designed and the pod idea is awesome. The teachers are ok some of them are awesome but others are bad. They sometimes play favorites and the students get by with alot of stuff. But overall it is a good school. One thing that does bug me is that at lunch some of my friends get stuck in the 7th grade lunch and its not fair bc there are 7th graders in my lunch!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2008

The teachers in the lower grades are mostly excellent, especially Mrs. K and Mrs. Whie (1st grade, not 5th). After that, students who need even the tiniest amount of help should transfer. Principal hates children. I don't know why she is there. She supports the most damaging teachers and brings out the worst in otherwise good teachers. Teachers routinely scshout at students inches from their faces. Very punitive and negative. I feel sorry for the kids in this school. We moved our kids as soon as we could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

Most of the teachers are excellent and care about their students sincerely. However, there is, sadly, also a significant number of people in teaching positions that are doing great harm to students and the school through bullying students. Even more sadly, when complaints are made they are ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

i love this school, actually i get sad when i go home!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2007

The school does not follow policies. This is a good school if your student does not struggle. They do not work well with students who do not fit their ideal student. Maybe this is why they cannot make AYP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

great school overall. The math program is considered weak by the high school math teachers. Very little after school help for Algebra and Geometry students. Parent teacher meetings usually result in defensiveness rather than concern for the student. Certain teams are the significantly better than others. no overall norm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

As a group, the teachers at BMS are top notch professionals. They have substantial experience, know their subject matter very well, and understand adolescents. The teachers collaborate wonderfully using a team approach, which effectively transitions students from the elementary to the high school format. The BMS curriculum is greatly strengthened by excellent specialties (e.g., band, art, tech ed, computer tech). The regular schedule, including daily PE, is an asset. The PE program, however, could be strengthened by shifting from using an antiquated, authoritarian model to developmentally engaging approaches (e.g., Kipps Elementary PE program). Except for the limited library resources, the facilities and equipment are state-of-the art across areas. At present, the school lacks a tradition of encouraging parent involvement, and most interactions with parents probably focus on problems. Encouraging parent involvement would create more positive parent-school relationships, expand assistance for individualized learning, and tap valuable community learning assets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

My impression is that if a child is not in the gifted program and if they in fact may have some learning issues, they tend to fall by the wayside at BMS. Also, once a child is labelled as a trouble-maker they tend to stay that way - there is no reward for improved behavior. There are definite favorites and then there are the kids that get marginalized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2004

BMS has essentially no program for gifted students other than the different math levels. At the same time BMS seems to have little ability to teach children who have trouble learning. Teachers are minimally concerned about the success of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

My child is a 6th grader at BMS and we were worried about the transition to middle school. However, the learning experience at BMS thus far has been nothing but wonderful. The pod set-up where the teachers act as a team is an excellent idea and both of my child's teachers have been very active in keeping parents informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2003

Blacksburg Middle School is doing a great job at teaching my child!! I am very satisfied with my son's teachers. Great job BMS!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students79%
Female students79%
Male students80%
Black students38%
Asian students91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students83%
Black students62%
Asian students91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students85%
Proficient in English84%
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 Students82%
Female students84%
Male students79%
Black students50%
Asian students96%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students74%
Female students77%
Male students70%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English73%
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 Students80%
Female students83%
Male students76%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students87%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial88%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students45%
Female students45%
Male students45%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students41%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English42%

Science

All Students82%
Female students83%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

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 Students94%
Female students99%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
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%
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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208 College St
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Phone: (540) 951-5800

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