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Francis W. Jones Magnet Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 726 students

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Posted June 28, 2014

I've been in Jones for 2 years now. It has a great education and has exceptional expectations for the students. However, the science department is very poor they just dont know how to teach. I loved my algerbra teacher, he helped turn my C- into A+ year round! The elective teachers are okay and the coaches seem like they could care less. I highly enjoyed language arts and history here. There are hardly any fights and is safer than most of the other middle schools as far as I'm concerned. I would reccomend that you bring a lunch than buy it here, if the foods not undercooked then its then it burnt or tastes fake :(. There are several options.for clubs including that they take NJHS here seriously. Overall I have enjoyed my experience here and I am excited to finish the 8th grade here! (Do not take art here though favoritism is often expressed to those more experienced ;)


Posted December 12, 2013

Fun my teachers are fun and help me with my work. I really like going to school here


Posted October 18, 2013

This school is great because as a parent I feel like I am welcome to be part of my child's education unlike some of the other schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My school is very on top of there game. I love the personal emails from the teachers letting the parents, me, know whats going on w/my son and homework expectations
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I am giving a poor rating...the administration does not know how to handle a child with disabilities. They frequently stated that my child was doing things to get attention and that he should be able to do things just like everyone else. Every child is different and you cannot expect them to all act alike. When requesting things be put in my child's 504 plan I was frequently told that they could not do what I was asking. Some of the teachers would not follow the 504 plan. There was one excellent teacher that made my child want to learn, Ms. Eileen Hedberg. I pulled him from the school and am so glad that I made the decision to pull him out. He is now in a school that is much more accommodating to his needs and more willing to work with myself and my child then Jones was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Very dissatisified with the lack of willingness to work with children with disabilities and their families. There was no room for compromise. The was especially the case when it came to the administration. They seem to feel that at this school every child should act and do just like all of the others. No one child is alike. They did not want to make the accommodiations to my child's 504 that I was requesting even with the backing of a physician. There were teachers that were not following his 504 and when one teacher in particular was called out on it she made excuses as to why it was not followed. I am a very involved parent and will fight for my child rights to education. There was an exception at the school, one teacher understood, that was Eileen Hedburg. She was an exceptional teacher and took the extra time to help my child to make sure that everything was understood and wanted him to have a positive school experience. I am so glad that I decided to pull him out of the school and place him elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

I was a student at Jones for the last 3 years and my experience couldn't have been any better. It's definitely the best middle school in Hampton. There are always a few kids that aren't very nice (Bullies) but that comes with any middle school. I'm glad I didn't go to Syms because most of the kids there are obnoxious.


Posted December 6, 2012

I gave a lot of thought as to what middle school I wanted my rising six grader to attend. He really wanted the curriculum at a different school but I was warned about discipline issues there. When he got into Jones I was happy. He really likes his teachers but he has had issues with other students being mean and such. The administration has taken care of the situations as warranted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2012

My daughter Is having trouble in classes and with other children being mean and all the Principal could say was it was her fault.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

This has been a great school for my son and he has had some wonderful teachers. The band program is excellent, the music teacher is a very dedicated and puts a lot of time into teaching and motivating the students. He also had a wonderfully dedicated math teacher who email me regularly, letting me know what they were working on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

I am rating this based on when it is a Magnet School which it is not anymore. It was a great magnet school. Now the city changed the Magnet school to one of worse Middle School in the area so that they can bus the students there and increase ratings, funding etc. But Jones Magnet School "was" a great opportunity for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2010

I have been going to this school for 2 years and it has been the best.Jones has good staff ,students,and background.So you don't have to worry about fights or someone bringing drugs into school.Which happened at Spratly.


Posted May 14, 2010

Best Middle school in Hampton. Bar none. Principal and VP have been very responsive, great PTA officers, some awesome teachers (a few flakes, but still great teachers).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

I am a student at jones this year and it is awesome this year because they have a new sprit team this year .Im in 6th grade .I love it but the princibal is strict not that we dont need a pricipal like that but i think that Mr. Skinner sholud be principal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2009

I am a student here at jones in the gifted program and i am in the 8th grade. I have been here all three years and i am very glad i go to jones. I am in band and apart of the green team. There is no better middle school in hampton in my opinion.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2008

I am a student, and I think this school is very orderly and awesome. The teachers are great and everybody works together to make a great environment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

I love my school and exept for one of my teachers, I'll be really sorry to leave for high school next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

My daughter is now in the 7th grade here and I am extremely pleased with everything about this school. Teachers are fantasic, staff is wonderful. I am so thankful that she is a student here because I know she is getting the best education there is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

Hello my son has been going to Jones Magnet Middle School going on three years and this is his last. It is an accredited School and the the overall SOL scores are very good. This school uses non-traditional techniques to keep the students young minds attracted to the curriculum. The teachers and Administrators work together with all parents to better educate your child. No matter what the needs are ,the majority of the teachers really pay special attention to your child. Of course as a parent of a diagnosed ADHD child that special considerations come in handy. I highly recommend this school as a school of choice for your child or any other accredited magnet school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

MOST teachers are of good quality, parental involmentment is very high and extracurricular activities are far higher than any of the schools in our area. I've had 3 of my children go to this school and it's the same each year. Some teachers are difficult and embarrassed my children when they didn't understand. All of my children are special needs. When i complain to the school everything is denied and the teachers have a deaf ear. I was so tired of my 2 female children coming home crying. my son says when he's picked on he just ignores it which i encourge. I advise to be careful when you mention something unsatifactory.
—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.

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

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2012

 
 
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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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

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 Students78%
Female students79%
Male students76%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial81%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students82%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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

English: Reading

All Students74%
Female students79%
Male students67%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial71%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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 Students79%
Female students79%
Male students79%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students76%
Female students81%
Male students72%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students65%
Female students65%
Male students64%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial75%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Science

All Students83%
Female students75%
Male students91%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

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 Students97%
Female students99%
Male students93%
Black students95%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students96%
Female students98%
Male students93%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
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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1819 Nickerson Blvd
Hampton, VA 23663
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