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Homer L. Hines Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 900 students

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Posted December 2, 2013

I AM A VERY MUCH INVOLVED PARENT WITH MY CHILDS LEARNING AND AS ANYWHERE NO SCHOOL, JOB, OR ENVIRONMENT IS PERFECT SO IF YOU WANT THE BEST OUT OF YOUR CHILDS EDUCATION, ONCE THE TEACHERS KNOW THERE IS A PARENT THAT CARES THEY CARE EVEN THAT MUCH MORE AND THAT IS WHAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED. THE GROUP OF TEACHERS MY SON HAS (HORAN, LANTZ, FAIR, BLAND, AND BATTON) ARE ALL GREAT TEACHERS AND SPENDING A DAY WITH MY SON ALMOST LED ME TO ENROLL, READY TO KICK THE CAN AND PROCEED TO THE 6TH GRADE. HINES HAS GREAT SPIRIT AND I BELIEVE COULD INCREASE THEIR RATINGS IF THE PARENTS COULD BE INVOLVED ONE STEP MORE THAN NORMAL. MY SONS GROUP OF TEACHERS MAKE LEARNING FUN AND RETAINABLE, FROM A PARENT OF A STUDENT WHO NEVER HAD A REPORT CARD WITHOUT A "D" OR "F" THANK YOU HINES FOR ASSISTING MY SON TO GREATNESS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

I attended Hines and I am currently a rising junior at Warwick. For me, Hines was fun, but you had to participate in something. I was in Chorus, and we won 1st place in every competition we competed in. There was great school pride, and there were few bullying issues. HOWEVER, my brother goes to Hines now- he is a rising 7th grader- and things have changed drastically. The teachers I had who I liked all retired, or got moved to a different subject (algebra to geometry). The principal left. This past year, students tried to poison a teacher by putting hand sanitizer in her coffee. My brother was bullied by a female classmate (he's popular, but he became a depressed over this). While I would have recommended this school one or two years ago, things changed. My advice is to bear through, and pick good teachers (Mr. Kohaut for geometry, Mrs. Harpst for 7th grade English, Ms. Rivera for 8th grade English, avoid Mrs. Parsons for 6th grade science at all costs). Whatever you do, become friends with Officer Roldan. He is amazing and helped me greatly during my years as a student. Good luck prospective students, you're gonna need it.


Posted April 17, 2013

This year Hines got a new principal. The whole year I've seen her twice. One time she was standing outside talking on her cell phone!The assistant principals are way too lenient on the kids. They refuse to suspend them if they can rewrite their violation. THATS WHY THE KIDS ACT THE WAY THEY DO!!! If you punish them, they will learn!Most of the teachers are great. They need to have stricter punishments and the principal needs to get involved! She needs to find another job and get somebody in that school who cares!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

The admin to this school is terrible! First I witnessed a security guard at the main lobby. Then as I roamed my way to the office to talk about my child's issue, the two women who where in the office were slow to acknowledge me. When they did the lady to the right said to wait for the lady in charge of my issue. Well that same person who's titled was just announced was sitting on the left. I guess she was too busy playing solitary cause after 20min she finally attended to my needs. The next time I had to deal with these so called customer service admin it took even longer. Why, I have no ideal since no one was in the office. Maybe cause they don't like their jobs. Maybe because they get paid no matter how they treat the parents. No wonder this school is in the low scores. And another thing, why the heck are there security guards and some are dressed in gang clothes with jewelry hanging from their necks like a thug? Doesn't that say inviting to someone who is new to the area? HECK NO! Now we pay taxes to this school who clearly doesn't use it wisely. If race is an issue with the ladies behind the counter this mother can give attitude right back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

this is the worst school i have ever encountered. now a 9th grader, i was in 6th grade when i went here. had to switch out after, because i was getting bullied. honestly, do not put your kids here. i moved and started going to grafton high school, about 15 minutes away. it is a great school, unlike HINES.


Posted November 4, 2010

Great school, great kids and great teachers. Hines Middle School is one step closer to perfection. Go Spartans!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2009

i went to hines for all grades (6-8) and im going to be a freshman in high school next year. i really think hines prepared me for the challenges i am going to face in the ib program. the teachers were very nice; they balanced the role between friend and teacher very well. however, i did have a few teachers who really made classes almost unbearable. those teachers' classes were where i learned the least. those experiences did teach me to teach myself, though so i cant really complain. all in all, i had a fun time and teachers make the transition from elelmentary to middle schoool easy but some teachers really shouldnt work there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2009

I went to Hines from 6th to 8th grade and I absolutely loved it. There are a few things that need some work but should improve within a few years. Most of the teachers I had were great. Some were very unorganized though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2009

All of the teachers don't back down on students. They help them and make sure that they understand it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2009

i love this school my teachers ms.bishop miss.tucker and miss.woods they are the best teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2009

Hines is still an unorganized school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

Hines middle school is the best school ever!!! the enviroment is warm and fuzzi lik a teddy bear and you never run out of things to do. There is no such thing as popularity cuz everyone fits in and has friends. We have an awesome prinipal and the 7th grade administrator mrs.Miles rocks out loud. The saddest part of hines middle school is either when you graduate or when your best friends do <3 <3 otherwise hines is non stop fun!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

I was concerned about middle school and had heard negative things about hines in the past. I have found Hines to be just fine! my child is happy and we have had no problems...Nothing at all major! we had a schedule problem that was resolved quickly. Hines has a new principal as of last year and i had heard, and have found to be true, he is great! Dr. Smith is very attentive and cares about the students. We visited twice last year and attended open house and back to school night and dr. Smith was visible and talking to people every time we were there. He even took us on a tour himself during the summer visit. My daughter is in with a good group of teachers, she's challenged (a lot of homework) and making great grades! We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

I went to the open houses during summer, heard the rave reviews about teachers, curriculum, communication. As of today. I've left a message in the office for the vp to call me concerning the purchase of some textbooks for home-never called back. The parent open house the week before school was a mess. No one at the door to greet anyone, tell us what to do or where to go. Did find 4 staff who told us it wasn't parents day at all ? My child didn't have a schedule yet and was told to just report to a home room teacher Mon and go from there. Got a bus number that was wrong. 1st week, he gets a schedule, then later it's changed with no notification or explanation. Lost Spanish, removed from Avid. E-mailed Avid teacher-NO ANSWER. Now Math changed. 'Why don't they want me in their class? Daddy?'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

I spent my sixth and seventh grade years here and am now in the tenth grade living in Japan, but when I saw that I could rate my old middle school, I could not resist. First of all, most of the kids I knew were nice, but they were out of control. It was a wonder I learned anything in calss due to the fact the teachers were always being interrupted by loud and noisy students. Not to mention that the TAG class (advanced class) was the worst of all. In sixth grade I was in normal classes and I thought the kids were rude, but in seventh grade and I was in advanced calsses the kids were unbearable! They were all know-it-alls who mistreated those who were not in higher classes. All in all, the students ruined the experience for me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2007

I attented Hines Middle School all three years from 6-8. I just recently graduated from eigth grade, and i'm currently an eager rising freshmen. The academics in Hines all boils down to the teachers, 100%. In Hines it seemed like, to get the fullest of a subject, you would have to have a certain teacher. The schools discpline has defintley buckled down these last few years. There are security guards on each hall way, and the rules are defintley enforced. Overall the students are either really mean, quiet or extremley nice. I could totally be myself this year, and even won Best Personality. My eigth grade year was amazing! The Eighth Grade Formal dance was amazing, and everything about my year was fantastic. All i can say is do your best, and look foward to eighth grade. :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2006

I think that the academics of the school is excellent, but it's a matter of whether the other students pay attention or even care. The grades schouldn't be blamed on the teachers or the principal. The world of the students is not really realized by the teachers. It's drama and fighting that gets in the way; the struggle to be 'cool' rather than outcasted. This school needs more unity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2004

Hines has good teachers and bad as with any school but the bad ones there are bad as they cuss at students, are lax in teaching skills etc.The ideal of clothing being an issue is true, class, status are the topics of the day & if you cannot afford the latest $200 this or that, a kid is an outcast.I would think uniforms or a stricter dress code would work.Social time seems to outweigh class time from what i have seen with my 3 who attend and all of thier friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

The main thing for my child is that I dont think they are diciplining the children and the teachers aren't doing their job very well. My daughter was very smart with great grades and since we came to this school they have dropped. Something needs to be done here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2004

Honestly I thought this was going to be a good school for my child where she could excell and be herself. But that was proven wrong my daughter could not be herself she wasnt getting the encouragement she needed from teachers. I would have never have sent my child there if I had seen the overall SOL scores. Now my daughter is highschool and her middle school years still affect her to this day in high school. That school wasnt a grade school it was more of a school to impress people with your clothes and style and my daughter did not fit in she was what they call an emo punk girl and she tells me everybody at that school was thugs or preps and they judged her before getting to know her.I hope you think about this. An upset parent.
—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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
66%

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 71% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%

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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students60%
Female students69%
Male students50%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Math

All Students67%
Female students72%
Male students62%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English67%
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 Students60%
Female students62%
Male students58%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial91%
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Math

All Students48%
Female students50%
Male students46%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students46%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English48%
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 Students53%
Female students59%
Male students46%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English54%

English: Writing

All Students52%
Female students56%
Male students47%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English53%

Math

All Students39%
Female students41%
Male students38%
Black students34%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students44%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English40%

Science

All Students65%
Female students66%
Male students64%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%
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 "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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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 students96%
Black students98%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Amanda Corbin-staton

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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  • School psychologist
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  • Counseling
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  • Gym
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  • Basketball
  • Track
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  • Basketball
  • Track

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Newport News, VA 23601
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