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Culpeper Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1109 students

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Posted December 22, 2012

Please update CMS data. Principal is now Mrs. Southard who tends to imagine her school just as an extended elementary school. Poor grouping in social studies and science classes, so the classes usually just serve the worst elements (be those children with attention disorders, learning disabilities etc.). Leadership is not focused on moving the top half of the school through the system faster or with more complete challenges in regular classes. Like another reviewer noted: limited foreign languange = Spanish 1 only. Some very good teachers and staff find ways of overcoming and compensating for the principal. Best department by personnel is probably social studies, however parents should realize that an above average child will likely be held back by some other child's behavioral or academic issues. Notably, a number of children in our neighborhood are being homeschooled to avoid CMS and its issues. Both Emerald Hill and the Culpeper High School have tended to be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

I transferred to CMS in 7th grade and all I can say is that the problem here is overcrowding. Most other things are good, especially the advanced classes, but there are about 30 kids per class, average, and the teachers have a hard time controlling the sheer number of kids in my grade, and blame for rule-breaking is spread over about 1200 kids if the culprit isn't caught. However, the classes are in good variety and teachers are okay.


Posted May 19, 2009

This is a nice school. The teachers are great, and I learned a lot last year.


Posted January 7, 2009

Culpeper Middle School (CMS) is a physically old building which sets a poor backdrop for teachers, students, parents and administrators. For example, ask them how many of the motors on the gym bleachers do not work; then stroll to their bathrooms. The county consistently provides less to this school (e.g, teacher/student ratio or $/pupil compared to VA averages) than they do to FloydTBinns (more federal $ to them). CMS also trails all of Fauquier County's schools in most categories. Many good teachers regularly migrate to the Fauquier system which does pay more. The one saving grace is that CMS does cherry pick staff from Orange County. Otherwise, the limited staff numbers can only provide limited class choices. For example, language choices are French/Spanish only in the 8th grade; pre-Algebra was lost; science & social studies classes are not tiered so the least common denominator determines class content and speed.


Posted November 28, 2007

I think this school is ok. I like the teachers but the administration staff, excluding Mrs. Reed, could use some help. However i do like the classes and teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2007

My son just started at CMS. So far, 6th grade is a vast improvement over his 5th grade year in elem. There are very good teachers, but many seem stuck in their ways. The curriculum seems challenging and appropriate. CMS offers many sports, clubs, performing arts, and other activities during the school day and after - this is a plus. The school gets great involvement from a very small group of parents; very minimal support from the majority of the parents. Seeing other comments about disrespect - I feel that many students are disrespectful of staff. Parents seem to believe a lot their children tell them - and many parents are on the defensive. Parents are demanding respect at home - so it doesn't come to school either. Overall the kids are good. All our schools here are short on funds.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 13, 2007

This will be my child's third year at CMS. She has done very well, and we have found the teachers to be caring and knowledgeable. Her favorite classes have been agri-science, math, strings, and language arts. There are some 'problem' students, as at any school, but learning to deal with peers who behave less-than-desirably is a life lesson that our daughter has experienced in a positive way at CMS. Our biggest concern about CMS is overcrowding; but we feel that the teachers and administration do a fine job. Our daughter is looking forward to 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

This was my daughter's first year in middle school and it was a terrible experience. There is no respect between the children and the teachers. I don't think the teachers set a good example, they ignore the discipline issues as well. My husband and I have always encouraged my daughter to be respectful, but at this school it is seriously lacking. If you must send your children to CMS, I encourage you to have your children tested for the Academically Challenged Education (which does seem to be excellent). My daughter will not be returning in the fall to this school! Parent involvement is so-so too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

I am an 8th grader at CMS, and it's not been a great experience. A few teachers are great... others arn't. There are very strict rules, none which make me feel safe. I am looking forward to high school next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

This is probably the worst atmosphere for disrespect I have ever been in.The respect my daughter was taught went straight out the door afte her 2nd year in culpeper county schools.I do wish I could pull her out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

I am a student in this school and I think this school is great. There are alot of nice people in this school and the teachers really try hard to help you.But, If you are a troublemaker and get on the bad side of the school then bad for you and your not goning to like it here.
—Submitted by a 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.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students70%
Female students74%
Male students66%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial72%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students65%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial60%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English69%
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 Students77%
Female students81%
Male students73%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial90%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students66%
Female students68%
Male students64%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial71%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%
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 Students64%
Female students66%
Male students61%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracial74%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English65%

English: Writing

All Students61%
Female students65%
Male students55%
Black students33%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial68%
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Math

All Students76%
Female students78%
Male students74%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial69%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English77%

Science

All Students79%
Female students78%
Male students79%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial78%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English80%
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 "Accredited with Warning".

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.

78 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.

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

Geometry

All Students100%
Female studentsn/a
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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14300 Achievement Dr
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: (540) 825-4140

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