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Midlothian, VA
Students enrolled: 1,214

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1600 Learning Place Loop
Midlothian, VA 23114

(804) 378-7120
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June 11, 2015
I have 2 kids that attend this school. We have moved quite a bit so I have experience other schools in different states. I have to say this is the worst middle school I have experienced. My child was enrolled in AP classes because he was in honor classes in the state we moved from. After 3 weeks I was called in for a conference. I was told that he was not honor level and should have never been placed there. I was repeatedly told that he did not measure up to "their advanced students." They all keep referring to "their AP students" as if they were superior than the other kids. Instead of simply saying that my child needed adjustments, they approached it as a comparison to the other kids and how he did not measure up.. I left there thinking how this could have been handled better and made it about whats best for my child and not how he just cant measure up to the other students. He felt very depleted by how it was handled. I also think the administration here are very rude. I was actually told by an assistant principal that she would always take the side of the teachers when kids have an issue. REALLY?? So the teachers could do whatever they wanted and she would refuse to hear complaints. From being in Management my whole life I know this is not a way to run your business. Leaders are supposed to be open to issues and hear both sides and react appropriately. Not assume the kids are wrong. Makes me uneasy because as we all know Teachers are not always above reproach. Many cases of teachers being inappropriate at school. They need to overhaul the administration then maybe it would be a good school.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2014
I currently have an 8th grader at TCMS, I've had 2 other students attend this school that are now in High School. Our experience has been nothing but positive, they prepared and challenge my students to excel academically. As any parent knows not all kids are the same and one of my boys needed additionaly help with some of his core subjects. His first year as a 6 grader he received a 600 on his reading SOL, something I would've never imagined, that says a lot about teachers and administration. The teachers are committed, encouraging and will motivate students to challenge themselves. If any student is having difficulty with the curriculum they will make any necessary adjustments, give them help during lunch, before or after school they take pride in their students success everyone goes above and beyond to help students by teaching in a collaborative environment. Administration does a terrific job instilling a sense of community within the school, always supportive of their staff and fair to the students. I disagree with the parents who had negative comments directed at administration and the shool.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
I currently have a seventh grader at Tomahawk. This is my third child to attend this school, all in gifted honors. Our experience has been very positive. The teachers have been amazing and my older two were very well prepared for high school. As for the comments about the administration, I totally disagree with the negative feedback. The adminisrtation runs a "tight ship" which I believe is important when dealing with students in this age group. They are fair and expect all students to follow the rules. The rules and expectations are clear and I simply expect my kids to abide by them. I try to teach accountability and respect for authority. The students need to learn to be responsible for their decisions and to handle situations on their own. As the parent of a senior in high school I will tell you these are important lessons. I have stressed to my kids that they may not understand all rules or decisions but that they are in place to help ALL of the students. I would never want the repsonsibilty of 1200 middle school students to be placed on me. The teachers and administrators, are doing a fantastic job of preparing these students for the next level.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2013
This is coming from a STUDENT! Not one of the parents who listen to whatever their child says and thinks that their child is perfect. We do not go to school to do anything but learn. I myself have had many interactions (none that were bad) and I have not seen them act unfairly to me or any other student in the school. There is a handbook for a reason. Just because the administration abides by it does not mean that they are unfair. They try to make it one of the best working environments, and it is. Please keep in mind that the other people that have given reviews below did not give you their child's full record. You do not know what other behavioral problems they have. I hope you enjoy TCMS. Be sure to check out their app!! I have it and it is very cool!! -TCMS Student

- submitted by a community member

June 04, 2013
The test scores for this school indicate that it is an excellent school. However, it seems to support an impression I've had for a long time: that the schools with the highest test scores also seem to have the students with the most support at home, the most means, and the highest level of parental education. We moved here from NC (lowest $ per student in the country) where my son attended a STEM magnet school (also a neighborhood school), in a poor area of the city, with a big range in student abilities between the top and bottom groups. He took Highly Academically Gifted classes and thrived, despite a learning disability and ADHD. Here, he has gone from gifted to regular classes and is still struggling. During IEP meetings, I have been told I can't get some of the accommodations he's had before and I feel he needs because they "can't tell teachers how to teach" (BTW: I'm a special education teacher, so I know a little about his needs). It's a great school for specific types of learners, but if your child needs differentiated instruction, go somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2012
I have been involved with TCMS for three years. I think there are some amazing teachers and some not so great teachers, as in any school. My biggest gripe about the school is the administration. They are in it for themselves. When the first principal was there, the school was amazing. Since they changed the administration a few years ago, the school has gone down hill. Everyone seems to have an agenda to move their career up the ladder, not put the kids first and make the best environment for the students. In almost 24 years of having students in this county, this is the first school I've really thought poorly of the administration. I think it's a sad place to send your kids to when they are just numbers to make someone's resume look good. I would think schools in Richmond City would be better for my children.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2012
The teachers are great, but the administrators are completely ridiculous and only go by the book. My son's friend was suspended for ten days for accidentally running into one of the administrators, and it was put on his permanent record. I'm certain if he had bumped into another student no one would notice, but bumping into a school official? Ten days suspension. Middle School administrators should not act out of anger like that.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2012
My son's class was the first class to attend all three years at TCMS. He was in the gifted honors cluster and found the course work challenging. Overall, he had a teriffic middle school experience. I have three more children attending in the fall and hope their time at TCMS equals or exceeds that of my firstborn. I do not have any experience with the new principal, but I'm sure he'll be wonderful as well. This school is worthy of 5 stars and we feel very blessed to be included in it's zoning district.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2011
Everyone here seems to love band, but I'm in the Chorus program and love it so much! We have an amazing teacher who pushes us but doesn't over work us. Every year we go to a Choral Festival, which involves choral groups from all over the area. They rate you 1-5 in many different categories. Last year, all 6 groups got 1's!

- submitted by a community member

September 30, 2011
My daughter attended TCMS for 2 years and had a very positive experience. The teaching caliber far exceeded our expectations and she was encouraged to reach her full potential. I actually found the level of discipline refreshing. Many schools are afraid to discipline kids these days and I was very pleased to see that this school sets high standards and expectations and sticks to them.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2011
My child attended all 3 years at TCMS. I was very pleased with the proactive approach to bullying. I was also pleased how the school handled disruptive children in the classroom. The teachers are outstanding! My child excelled each year at TCMS. As for the review about the teachers coming from elementary school, that parent needs to get more information about the school. Several of the teachers came from the gifted program out of Manchester Middle and many were High School teachers that choose to come and teach at TCMS. What a wonderful group of teachers that care about education! My child is ready and equipped for high school, academically and socially because of her experience at TCMS! We hope the new administration will continue the path of the first.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2011
TCMS is a great middle school. Come see for yourself! The administration and teachers care about providing the best education for the students and do a great job. The people who post bad reviews are only upset because their children got caught doing something they shouldn't be doing. Take responsibility for your actions and teach your children how to do the same!

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2011
This school needs to be shut down! Do They have any idea how to deal with children of this age? Not only because of my grandson but for of other children Who has been mistreated and unfairly punished I'm sorry but we really need to look into this problem

- submitted by a parent

October 30, 2009
This is an excellent school. We re-located from Atlanta, where we did not have a positive middle school experience. My son is challenged and is excelling. He has been given opportunities to advance to honors programs and participates in sports. He is positive for the first time in his school career.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 28, 2009
My child attended 7th grade at TCMS last year and it was a terrible year for us. The teachers were pulled from Elem Schools so were not prepared for this age group. The Administrators were ridiculously to the book. They had no minds of thier own, simply followed policies like robots, no individual or independent thinking. I hope there will be some changes going forward.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 20, 2009
My child attended TCMS this year for 7th grade and hated it!! in my opinion this school is way too strict and issues detentions/suspensions for everything. This is only going to cause more student discipline issues as the children will begin to feel as if they cannot do anything right. We were highly dissappointed in this school and are now looking at private school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 08, 2009
I have two grandchildren who attend this school, who are excellent students, but I believe the Administration follows the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law, which is something which would help all the students to have a better appreciation of those who administrate over them.

- submitted by a community member

June 08, 2009
I'm a 7th grader who attended the first year of TCMS. I thought it was great! I have so many friends and the teachers are so nice. The administrators however, aren't the greatest they can be. Even some of my teachers don't think they're that great. Tomahawk participates in many charities and that's one of its greatest qualities.

- submitted by a student

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Tomahawk Creek Middle School
1600 Learning Place Loop, Midlothian, VA  23114
(804) 378-7120
Last modified Tomahawk Creek Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tomahawk Creek Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top