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Benjamin Syms Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 850 students

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Posted April 17, 2014

Good people and teachers they are nice to the kid you can make friends easily


Posted March 31, 2014

This school is terrible. The teachers DO NOT help students that are in need of extra help. My son is a prime example. He asked several teachers, several times and got brushed off. The assistant principal and guidance councilor is of no help either. There is bullying, and I feel just not by the students but the teachers as well. I was told by a teachers' spouse that my child does not belong at Syms, he belongs at Spratley. What does that say? Avoid this school if you can, for your child's sake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

The teachers really care and are willing to help students that may need a little extra help. The administration is more than willing to work with children with disabilities and to accommodate to the needs of the child unlike another middle school in Hampton that was not willing to do so. I was very happy with the 7th grade teachers that my child had last year and am happy so far with the 8th grade teachers that he has this year. This school is very big on communication which is definatley high on my list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2010

The history professor said the students won't take the time to complete textbook- higher level assignments so he recommended simple word searches and crossword puzzles for homework each night.


Posted November 4, 2009

Syms MS is a very clean and fair school. There is no bullying. Everyone seems to get along. The teachers are great. They definitely teach the children. If you don't understand someone, they are more than willing to further explain and take their valuable time to help the students. The programs are exceptional. Go Hampton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

Benjamin Syms is a wonderful middle school. The lockers are a LITTLE small but i guess thats to assure that no one gets jamed in one. Lol! The teachers are as nice as they can be and the principal is wonderful! I havent had or witnessed any problems with bullies, but by reading these reviews apparently others have. Overall, I love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

it's a great fun filled school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2009

I am a parent of a 7th grader at Syms, Ive had three other children in Syms and had no problems, but my youngest has had nothing but problems, the school needs to get a handle on the BULLIES, there should be a ZERO Tolerence policy for this behavior, over all I think this problem could be solved, but the staff needs to stop ignoring issues and deal with them head on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

For Special Education this school needs assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

syms middle shool is an amazing school for my child to grow and learn in a healthy enviroment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

i am a student at syms and i am disgusted with everything that happens and goes on. i have witnessed way to many students being punished because of other peoples' mistakes. the students and teachers are rude and disrespectful. it is not fair for students like me to have to be around this behavior when all i want to do is learn. i would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

My daughter has been at Syms for a year and I have found the teachers excellent. The parents are kept informed with what grades and any problems their student is having. Safety is a priority in the school and on the bus. The principal makes calls home with important information regularly. I look forward to my child returning to Syms next year.looklooklokchireturning to Syms for the next year. to my child attending
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

It is an awesome school and the teachers have a wide varity of skills
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

syms is awesome.i love my teachers and the lockers are a decent size.the lunches are okay,but sometimes they just gross me out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2007

My twins grils love Syms they are new 6th graders and they love school so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

I am happy to say that my daughter and I have had a wonderful experience at Syms. We came from private schools and were worried about the transition of moving into a public school, and I have to say it has been a great experience. the teacher she has had have been terrific to work with and have been very helpful whenever either of us have had a question. I am surprised at the star ratings on Syms, wouls expect them to be higher- A school is made up of not only the teachers and staff but of the parents too- get involved and it makes it better for everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

My son (12yrs old/6th grader) suffers from Asperger Syndrome (AS). The 1st/2nd semesters at Syms have been outstanding thanks to his teachers/assistant principal who have taken the time to work with my son in order for him to adjust to middle school. However, since the 3rd semester, I feel that some students, teachers & guidance counselors are not aware of what 'AS' is and/or how to approach & work with a student who suffers from AS. Social skills with children & adults are very difficult for my son. My son observes every situation that affects him serious & significant; whereas (some) individuals at the school look upon him lame or inadequate. Twice, he has been approached by bullies (which the school has taken legal action). The school staff & students need to be educated because through the eyes of an 'AS' pre-teen, middle school is a cruel, hostile, environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2004

Let me tell you about this school or at least one teacher..Last night my sons math teacher called we spoke about the kids in my sons class picking on him.. When I mentioned that I wanted my son out of the class with the kids that were picking on him she told me that kids would be kids.. This is the same teacher that when a boy sprayed a perfume on him all she did was take it away from him and throw it away.. All the teachers have seen the harasment my son has gone through but not one of them has put a stop to it. I rate this school a 0.....
—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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
63%
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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

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 Students69%
Female students68%
Male students70%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial62%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students73%
Female students66%
Male students78%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial80%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students71%
Female students74%
Male students69%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial69%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students20%
Female students13%
Male students25%
Black students17%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students18%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities24%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English20%
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 Students60%
Female students71%
Male students51%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial55%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

English: Writing

All Students58%
Female students65%
Male students53%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial55%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students62%
Female students65%
Male students59%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial50%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Science

All Students71%
Female students68%
Male students73%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial70%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities31%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

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 Students91%
Female students93%
Male students89%
Black students91%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracial77%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Geometry

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students95%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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) 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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170 Fox Hill Rd
Hampton, VA 23669
Phone: (757) 850-5050

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