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Martinsville Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 535 students

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Posted May 20, 2014

Their way of conferencing is to gather all the teachers together in one room and do it together. What if I wanted to have separate conferences? I wasn't given the option. They are not welcoming as I just particiapted in exhibition night and all the teachers stood together against the lockers & chit chatted & laughed. As parents walked past them to view the exhibition, they had no personality or decency to speak to the parents nor did they welcome us. They barely spoke and that's because us parents said hello to them first. They looked at us like we were strangers. They didn't even make a comment to us like "your child was a great student, your child will be missed, your child came a long ways, etc. Heck they didn't even speak to my child whom they taught for 9 months. The only one that looked presentable was the math teacher Mr. Smith who greeted the parents and spoke on each kid. Overall, I just didn't feel like I got to know these teachers due to lack of correspondance, communication. They hardly ever had homework, school field trips, science projects, nothing.....basically no parent involvement & I don't even think I've ever seen the principle's face!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

This school is a very poor school and would not ever let my child go to this school ever again!their are poor teaching habiats and test scores are the lowest in the state of va.My childs grades have went down from a's to d's!this is your warning to all parents this school system is not good for sucess of your chid!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

I think that Martinsville Middle School was a great middle school for me. We moved from Detroit to Martinsville when I entered the eighth grade, and I was lagging behind in all of my classes. I told my mom everything that I was learning was new for me, so I didn't understand it. But the teachers helped me so very much and at the end of my eighth grade year, I achieved the presidential educational improvement award. I was pleased about the caring of the teachers for every individual child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2006

I am extremely disappointed in the quality of education at this school. The school focuses unsuccessfully on bringing remedial students to a passing level of state exams. Passing/advanced students are not allowed to move ahead at a more rapid pace, sacrificing the education of the majority of students. Tracking students is no longer allowed and advanced students are forced to repeat remedial work because they are not provided resources to move forward. Excellence is viewed as elitist and extracurricular educational activities are not supported by the school although sports teams are. Advanced students spend their time helping slower students rather than advancing their own education. All children are forced to spend classes practicing test taking skills, even if they have perfect scores on the state tests. This results in many children having no music, art, or language classes. We would leave if there were any affordable school option in the city.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

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) 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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
92%

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 Students62%
Female students62%
Male students62%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students75%
Female students73%
Male students76%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%
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 Students62%
Female students61%
Male students63%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students30%
Female students24%
Male students35%
Black students26%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students30%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities31%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English31%
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 Students54%
Female students68%
Male students40%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English55%

English: Writing

All Students55%
Female students75%
Male students34%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English55%

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

Science

All Students67%
Female students69%
Male students65%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities69%
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

  • 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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students76%
Female students83%
Male students71%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Geometry

All Students73%
Female students86%
Male students58%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%
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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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

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  • Ms. Cynthia Tarpley

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  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

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201 Brown St
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: (276) 403-5886

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