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Joseph T Henley Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 807 students

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Posted June 5, 2014

Having moved during the middle of the school year from a very close knit school out-of-state, I was very concerned about my child adjusting to a such a large school. However, I have been so pleased with the support he has received as he's made the transition. The teachers, administrators and his grade level counselor have gone above and beyond to reach out to him and help him adjust. The students have welcomed him warmly. Not only has the school supported him emotionally during the transition, but academically as well. Henley is a challenging academic environment and the school has provided him with an opportunity to rise the academic challenges provided. As an educator and as a parent, I can honestly say that Henley is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Our school is focused on instruction. Provide excellent instruction for students. Provide opportunities for great electives and after school activities. If you could change the way the front office staff deals with both parents and students the environment would change dramatically. I consider that to be the only item that keeps your school from being just perfect.


Posted April 10, 2012

I recommend Henley Middle School. I've not known any students there who were unhappy with Henley (they love it). I think some of my son's teachers were truly the best--one of the upper level algebra teachers is one of the best teachers I've ever known. My child had a wonderful experience at Henley. There are great classes, wonderful teachers, opportunities to get involved. And, yes, there are a few children (as is the case in most schools) who seem to want to cause trouble, but they are a very small group and easily distinguished as the ones to stay away from. (It's their parents who are responsible for their poor attitudes, not the school.) I think the staff and teachers do their very best for all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

I am a student at Henley Middle School. Most teachers will get the job done, some with more expertise, but I noticed that on a few occasions, Henley's had a few worse choices in teachers. Most of the time, they were not there the next year. Some of the staff and teacher's seem like the kinds with obvious favorites. If you're not popular or don't have a certain attitude about yourself, they don't seem to enjoy your presence very much. Though many of the teachers do know where to place the standard for each level class. Students get a reasonable amount of recess time per day, too. Administration, however, doesn't seem too friendly, but will get the job done. Though there are some issue with mild bullying, Henley, over all, is a great school with many wonderful extracurricular activities students can participate in. If you want a good education and environment for your child, Henley the school for you.


Posted June 23, 2011

I have just graduated from Henley Middle School, a school that is lead by a man, Dr.McLaughlin, whose judgement upon punishments is seriously flawed, where in one situation a student who endangers their fellow students with rock throwing and impales a fellow classmate in the head, causing massive bleeding. These actions punished by a single day of In-School-Suspension, as apposed to actions classified as skipping class on a first offense are punished with a day of Out-Of-School-Suspension, and the revocation of precious privileges. This school has left me, a straight "A" student, seriously unimpressed with the unprofessionalism of their staff. Though, with as most situations, there are a few exceptions, a handful of teachers who offer exceptional teaching abilities, with subjects of both academics and life lessons. At the same time the rest of the teaching staff is constantly letting down students and parents with a lack of enthusiasm and impaired priorities. Though nothing really compares to the atrocities that they call their principals.


Posted May 24, 2010

I just got into sixth grade and I have the best teachers eaver. The teachers cover everything but make it fun. At HMS I have actuely loved going to school! I am in band and it is an amazing expirience! We are going to the spring concert and we have been doing exelent! Henley is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted March 4, 2010

Three years of fighting an administration that talks a good game, but is completely lacking in follow through has left me unimpressed. The staff is exceptional at circling the wagons and self preservation. If you have a child that functions without any outside help and you don't mind the fact that they receive more in the way of social indoctrination than education, this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

Having switched to Henley from a private school that our children attended for 8 years, I can say with confidence, that Henley does its job and does it well. The sad news to those who think Private school will better address issues of bullying or middle of the road learners is that, in our experience, private will do worse on both accounts. Privates resources are often more limited and the entitlement and elitism that comes with private make it even harder to address bullying. Middle Schoolers typically struggle with self esteem issues, EVEN the 'popular' ones, it is the nature of this beast. But I do believe that Henley does the best job in addressing any true threats to safety . and is available to children as they navigate adolescence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

My son started seventh grade in fall of 2009 and so far, he loves it. I've never seen or experienced any rudeness from the office staff. There are some excellent teachers, some not quite excellent but that's always the case. So far the administration seems terrific. I'll be watching throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

great teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

Seems to focus more on high ability students that will raise test scores for the school system. This happened to us at the elementary level as well. Our child is a student of average ability, a group that seems to be overlooked here. The school seems satisfied to keep these students where they are - little challenge or encouragement that will motivate them to achieve more. My child may never be an Albert Einstein but he has potential to go further, especially in math. He'll never achieve that as long as the school lets him slip through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

I have a child at Henley Middle School and I wish I had sent him to private school for three years. My child has had a few talented teachers that have helped him along the way and the guidance staff is amazing. However, he has been bullied not only by the students ( and then he was punished) but also by the administration! The office staff is rude. If your child is not a type A personality and VERY organized then they will have a tremendous amount of problems at this school. The administration does not focus on what was normally considered disciplinary problems and focuses more on small things that do not warrant in school or out of school suspension. The result is a group of students that treat each other very badly and know they can get away with it and are reinforced by the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

I'm currenly a student at Henley Middle school and do not like it at all. The girls are snobbish and the teachers are rude. The pricibal is mean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2008

This an excellent school, with some of the best educators, young and more experienced ones, in all subjects. The new administrators are extremely competent and responsive. Thestaff are competent and take great care of the kids. I don't care that they don't offer me a massage when I walk in. We have had 4 kids in this school and we have lived in other districts. To all newcomers -- this is where you want your kids to get their middle school education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

If your child has any difficulty in school, you will be very frustrated with Henley. Most of the teachers are very resistant to accommodating or motivating less than perfect students. The office staff and administration is cold and distant. When you enter the front office they act as if they are being disturbed or inconvenienced in some way. They act as if they own your child. The new administration overreacts to situations, and doesn't temper use of regulations with common sense. They tend to use policy and regulations as an excuse not to think. The school has a very left of center bias, and tends toward popular culture indoctrination in their curriculum. Controversial issues are taught as fact, and little tolerance is shown for opposing viewpoints. The guidance staff has been very good, but seems to be at odds with the teachers and the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I just recently had a bullying issue with my daughter. She was being bullied. The Administration (spoke with an Asst. Principal) handled it excellently! I'm very pleased with the outcome. I will say that the communication between teachers and parents is limited. I think that though the school is trying to teach the students to be more independent, they still need the parent back up, checking to make sure that work is turned in, tests and quizzes are studied for, etc. I would also say that while some parents are involved in their children's educations, others rely on the school to 'parent' their children, which is impossible. The basic values of politeness, respect for self and others and kindness are not being taught at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

I have had 2 students attend Henley Middle School. I have found if you have an overachiever you'll not have any problems and the teachers will love you and your student. If you have a student that struggles (especially a male student) forget it. Also the new administration this year runs the school in a military fashion. We had a bullying issue with my honor roll student and the pricipal's solution was to suspend the students if they made eye contact. We suggested mediation and he would not even entertain the idea. There is also alot of administration intimidation and bullying. We have 3 more months and we'll be in high school. Can't wait! On a positive note, there are a few wonderful teachers at Henley that have inspired my daughter to be a thoughtful, independent citizen. Bad part is you have to know who they are and request them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

My child attends Henley and although she has not been directly affected and I have not had problems with administration I have heard from several parents who have had numerous difficulties. The administration is rigid, unwilling to compromise, listen to parents, and militant in their discipline. Administration handles virtually all problems with students by giving them in and/or out of school suspension. This includes students who have never before been in trouble. As a parent I find it concerning that this school operates under a zero tolerance rule when Albemarle county does not advocate this particular policy and with good reason. Studies have indicated that Zero Tolerance is a poor means of discipline which can ultimately be very destructive to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

I have 2 sons at Henley, and I am very pleased with their education so far. While one son has been on all A honor roll the other has struggled some with math. I have found the teachers to be very interested in their students, and always seem to be available if needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2008

This school is an amazing school. The teachers are really interactive and get you ahead of the other schools. That way, there is not as much stress in the next couple of years.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students91%
Female students90%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities93%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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 Students90%
Female students94%
Male students85%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students90%
Female students95%
Male students84%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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 Students89%
Female students92%
Male students85%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial79%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students91%
Male students84%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial71%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students82%
Female students85%
Male students79%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students88%
Female students86%
Male students91%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial79%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

53 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 Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

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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Crozet, VA 22932
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