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J.M. Dozier Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1145 students

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Posted October 8, 2013

The Teachers at J.M. Dozier are outstanding. They are very interested in the children learning and they make it very interesting in the subjects that they know are needed for the child to succeed. I do not have very much contact with the Principal but the Teachers are on top of assisting the parents in matters that are necessary to solve any issues and concerns. Special Recognition to to Mrs. Marmon, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher. She really makes History come alive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

Dozier is an AMAZING school. I wish we could sit where ever we wanted at lunch and have a little more freedom but overall i enjoyed all of my years here. The teachers are great and always keep you on task and help you with whatever you need whether its personal or about school at the same time. Alot of teachers at Dozier can relate to your problems. There are comments about it lacking socialability and things but it really depends on your own opinion and not anyone elses. If it were mine, i'd say go to Dozier.


Posted January 3, 2012

the school is terrible social wise the kids bully you and throw things at you they also make fun of you the teachers are great and try to help you out in every way that you can but the school socially is very crude rude disrespectful foul language inappropriate talking fight almost every other month and bashing moments in the hallways and i f you dont fit in you just dont there is no way to come back from .


Posted March 4, 2011

Lack of communications between parents and school staff. The over all appreance is also lacking. Looks run down from the out side.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

We transferred to the area summer of 2010, and my daughter has started her middle school career at Dozier. I am very impressed with the teachers! There are two certified teachers in each classroom, and they show they care. They also maintain discipline and behavior, which is so important to the learning environment. My daughter is thriving academically. The middle school sports program only started two years ago, and considering, they do a fair job. The coaches put in a lot of time and effort; it certainly is not elite athletics, but I'm happy they are incorporating sports into the school as so many kids benefit from the team atmosphere and experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

I love Dozier. The teachers are caring and want all of us to be successful. So does Mrs. Seiders the school principal. Dozier is a great place!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

I like this school. It has a nice atmosphere, the teachers aren't drill instructors, and the area isn't that bad. Mrs. Seiders is a great principal and the teachers are always ready to help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2009

I love this school I have been going here since 6th grade and im going into 8th the teachers are excellent,they will help you with anything they are awesome!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2009

I've been going to Dozier for two years and I LOVE it! The teachers on my team at school offer a lot of extra help by staying after school on tuesdays and thursdays and allowing students to come to their classroom during lunch. There are also a lot of extra-curricular activities to keep the students busy. Our principal, Ms. Barnett, shows amazing leadership qualities and I think she has really turned the school around. It'll be sad to see her leave and she will be missed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2009

This was my daughters first year at Dozier, starting the 6th grade and I have to say that I am disappointed in the education my daughter has received. When I called there to voice my concerns about a particular subject and teacher, I feel like my concern were not addressed. I was also told that the 6th graders would not be having SOLs in this subject until 7th grade. Well....come to find out they do, and I don't feel that my daughter will do well at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

I love dozier and i think that this is an excelent place to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2009

I love this school. Dozier gives me a lot of extracurricular activities I can do. Their activities are so fun and ingenous. As I saw Parent Involvement has 3 stars. Well, I think that they want kids, like myself, to branch out..and maybe do some things on their own. Basicly I love Dozier and everything in it. Dozier is a great school and Dozier makes me want to go to school, and learn, every day. I Dozier!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 20, 2008

I think dozier is a good school because of the teachers and the awsome leaders of the school. but for the record Miss. diggs is an okay teacher at the end of the year. P.S fix the roof
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2008

Dozier is an excellent school. I have been going to this scholl every since sixth grade. I've watched the chages over the last 3 years and I feel we have made wonderful progress. The new principal is amazing! She is the former Reservior principal and she has done a great job so far. I am part of the Student Concil Association and we are doing an outstanding job working on the school. Dozier is under rated, its really a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2007

My three kids have all gone to this school and loved it. They recently recieved a new principal after a long period of time and the school has come up out of a huge hole. They have an excelant music department with the most students in all city chorus,band,and orchestra. Their band recently won the first place and overall trophie. They have after school activities every tuesday and thursday and have two to three basketball games that encourage phisical activity. There is just a good enviroment compared to many of the other schools in the city and is the best school system my family has been in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

We have moved a lot through the years and found this school to be very poor. There are too many students who don't care leaving the staff and security very busy. There are too many negative distractions. It has been my experience in other states and other school system that when your students grade drops to a 'C', a parent teacher conference is in order. However, if you request a conference at Dozier? You will be told they have to save the conference slots for the students who are failing. A school is only as good as the community it is in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2006

I have had 3 children go to this school. I am military and have seen several middle schools throughout the country and here in Virginia. In my experience the discipline is the best I have ever seen in hallways between classes (prime time for most incidents). Older students are not allowed in the halls where the younger students are. The classroom environments have varied with each of my children and is dependent upon the teacher. However all of the teachers my kids have had have been outstanding. My oldest graduated HS two years ago and my youngest is fortunate enough to have some of the same teachers. I have been very pleased and believe that this is the best public middle school in Newport News and Hampton. I have many friends with children in other area schools and our Dozier experience has surpassed each although Resevoir has good reviews also
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

My son went here last year. Being Military they attend many schools, and by far this is the worst school I have ever seen. The children run around and the teachers lack control of their classrooms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2004

I think the school has some great teachers. I am not impressed in general by the assistant principal of seventh grade or by the security personnel. I do not think yelling at students should be a rule of thumb. I also think some teachers need to find more time to teach students who are having trouble in certain subjects. A lot of parents would be thankful and fully cooperative to let the children stay after school. Thank you
—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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
60%

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.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

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 Students73%
Female students77%
Male students69%
Black students68%
Asian students70%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial67%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students82%
Female students83%
Male students80%
Black students78%
Asian students91%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial64%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English82%
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 Students68%
Female students76%
Male students62%
Black students58%
Asian students72%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students56%
Female students62%
Male students52%
Black students51%
Asian students60%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient students53%
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

English: Reading

All Students69%
Female students67%
Male students72%
Black students56%
Asian students90%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English69%

English: Writing

All Students62%
Female students67%
Male students57%
Black students51%
Asian students75%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students53%
Female students45%
Male students63%
Black students49%
Asian students60%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students60%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English55%

Science

All Students72%
Female students66%
Male students80%
Black students62%
Asian students68%
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English73%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

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 Students99%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black students99%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female students93%
Male students94%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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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School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
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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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Lisa Gatz

Programs

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  • Standards-based
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
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track

Arts & music

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