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Jefferson Davis Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 656 students

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Posted June 23, 2014

This school has really gone downhill since the new principal has taken over. She is not fair to her students. Then she wonders why half of her students do not respect her. Why would a student respect a principal who they see show favoritism to students of her same race. A student should not have to go though be judge by the color of their skin. Also how do you go from being principal at Eaton, to assistant principal at Davis then back to principal again. Someone on the school board is playing favoritism and the price is causing is our children education. So when parents of Davis decide to move their child to another school or take them out and home school them, then you will know why.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2014

I was a student at the school in 1963.at that time it was a very good school with excellent staff. I haven't been back there since.


Posted April 30, 2014

by far the worse school year ever! My daughter transferred here 213-2014 school year and it has been a nightmare. Unprofessional teachers. Teachers and principals have very low standards. Please do not send your children here. This school should be closed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

While the principal, Mrs. Winebarger is excellent and focused on helping each child reach their personal best not all of her staff seem to share her vision. Several teachers I have encountered seem ridged and inflexible in attempting to engage or tailor their curriculum to maximize the strengths of their students. The teachers that are consistently engaging and tailoring their curriculum are so well known that even students and parents that have never been in their class know them. Unfortunately, it seems as if most of the staff is unaware of or have lost the passion that would encourage research into how to best engage their students. Education isn't just about imparting information, but encouraging your students to become interested in the subject you are passionate about. Many seem to have forgotten that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

This school wasn't the best school. One of the classrooms Had a beetle come out of nowhere and startle the classroom. I liked the teachers. The girls gym isn't a good gym, the boys have the better gym their gym is roomy with beautiful floors. The fountains in the gyms and locker rooms don't look clean, taste like ranch, and aren't cool. Once you get out of gym and your hot and sweaty you would want cold water.The 6th grade wing has perfect temperature but the 7th had the hot temperature and the 8th had the cold wing. The school should make the girls gym look better, cool the water in the gyms and fix the temperatures, and get rid of the bugs.


Posted May 16, 2013

my daughter hates this school and i'm not really impressed either. debating on if she will return next year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

I was a sixth grade student here before moving to Newport News, and my time here was terrible. It's very unsanitary and many of the teachers, from my experience, were very rude. The curriculum is fair, but they offer no extra-curricular activities. The gym for the girls is horrid, and the gym for the males is fairly decent and much better maintained than that of the girls. Also, the school is located in a relatively "hot" area. I, personally, under any circumstances would not return to this school. I'd much rather take my chances with the magnet program.


Posted March 21, 2010

The school board needs to put cameras and microphones secretally in every classroom to see and hear what the other students are saying to each other.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2010

I go to davis now in the 7th grade and I have to say .... Best school & best school year ever! hope the same 4 next year!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

its ok...the children may be rude time to time...not to often do you see kids talking about innappropiate things.The teachers are So nice. but overall its a pretty good school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

i went to davis for to years and it was the best school ever.parents i suggest you send your child here theyll have a wonderful year the teachers make learning fun and exciting
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

This is a fantasic middle school. Someone I care for attends there and I feel it is better then some of the higher rated schools. To the staff: keep up the great work the kids enjoy being with you and that is key to a great education.


Posted July 4, 2007

I think Jeff Davis is one of the best Public City schools in the area. I have had 3 kids attend JDM in the passed 2 years and have not had any problems go unresolved. It has a very solid foundation, with a very caring staff. A school can only be as good as the teachers, students, PTA and parents can make it. If i could make one suggestion it would be to have more teacher/parent/student team building exercises to bring everyone closer...and help to mold the childrens minds in a positive direction. One of my other suggetions would be to encourage the staff to possibly interact more with the feeder schools and maybe have some type of consolidated community fundraiser to allow the children to do something positive, give the teachers and parents another opportunity to interact outside of the classroom and pull down those barriers that separate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

The success of any school depends on several factors: i.e., students, parents, teachers, and administrators. What has declined over the years is the parental involvement. If parents and students want a better school they have to look for ways to make the school better. The school has highly qualified and highly dedicated teachers who go beyond the normal school day to ensure the success of every student.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 21, 2007

i really like going to that school and the teachers are very wonderful with us and the y love us like their own children and the principal is wonderful he helps the kids with some of their problems and he is the best principal a school can have and he has a great leadership with the school and in every grade level we have a vice principal to Handel the children's concerns and they are there everyday and if they are not there the teacher will send you to the main principal and they will have to deal with the consequences .
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2006

I have a 6th grader who attends Davis Middle and an 8th who is now at Bethel. I am very unhappy with the lack of education. I feel that some of the teacher are there to just rec a pay check and not to educate the students. They don't offer any extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

I am an 8th grade student at this school, and I believe that this school is terrible! It is very unsanitary, it doesn't offer many extracurricular activities, and we have to ride horrible city buses, which have a bad history of leaving students behind.
—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 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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

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

All Students59%
Female students66%
Male students52%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students58%
Female students62%
Male students54%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%
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 Students59%
Female students62%
Male students57%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students14%
Female students12%
Male students15%
Black students15%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged10%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities21%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English14%
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 Students59%
Female students64%
Male students54%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

English: Writing

All Students59%
Female students65%
Male students54%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students57%
Female students56%
Male students58%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students71%
Female students61%
Male students80%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities76%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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 Students89%
Female students89%
Male students90%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%
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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