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Paul Laurence Dunbar Mid. For Innov.

Public | 6-8 | 639 students

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Posted June 11, 2010

We have an outstanding science program called Earthzone. We have over 20 different species of amphibians and reptiles and a huge touch tank with horse shoe crabs and fish. Its an awesome school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

They have an outstanding theatre and music program, which is so incredibly important!


Posted February 19, 2005

We am pleased with the opportunities our four children and their peers are offered through Dunbar's magnet program. The meshing of various students from across the city, allows students to expand understanding and acceptance in learning and social relationships. The orchestra, band, drama, show choir, language and class exploratory system allow for exposure and involvement by any student. Sports program and drama shows welcome student participation at all levels of expertise. The well-planned assembly programs provide students with exposure to a variety of community and national activities. Academically, the classes are challanging for highly motivated students and supportive to those who need additional assistance in mastering skills. Dedicated and motivated teachers provide regular tutoring and assistance for mastery or enrichment. Our older children were well prepared for high school and college. The principal's focus on discipline, behavior, appearance and student accountability will benefit all long term.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

I think the principal is too mean to the children. He is making them tuck their shirts in and is being very strict. He should just go away.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 31, 2003

I have 2 daughters in this school...they were also students at Dearington School for Innovation during their elementary years...their experience at Dunbar has been a very good one..they both are achieving the grades and the active support of their teachers...the arts are not fully represented...but, all students are exposed through exploratory courses (6 wk duration) throughtout the year...in art, technology, drama, etc. The teachers are involved and caring..even though the school does have a high population of lower income children, and has it's share of safety issues...it has been handled without any problem to the population at large...discipline is swift and usually sure. I was afraid of the basic location of the school...but it has proved to be an excellant choice for my 2 girls.
—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.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students68%
Female students67%
Male students68%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial77%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students65%
Female students67%
Male students63%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%
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 Students67%
Female students65%
Male students69%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial71%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students42%
Female students40%
Male students43%
Black students28%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial47%
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English41%
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 Students56%
Female students58%
Male students54%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

English: Writing

All Students58%
Female students65%
Male students50%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students73%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students57%
Female students54%
Male students60%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%
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 "Accredited with Warning".
  • 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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 Students93%
Female students90%
Male students97%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

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) 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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1200 1208 Polk St
Lynchburg, VA 24504
Phone: (434) 522-3740

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