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Mary Passage Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 969 students

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Posted March 8, 2014

My children attended Passage Middle School. If not for the fact that my son and daughter had a wonderful, caring English teacher Ms. Rodriques, I would have pulled them out of there immediately. Unfortunately, she has left (all the good ones do) and my youngest is about to start at this school. I do not recommend this school to any parents who are able to send their child elsewhere. Most of the teachers do not know what they are teaching and they scream all of the time. Parents need to be more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2013

Principal has no idea what is going on in this school. Some of the staff has really pulled the wool over her eyes and she is not smart enought to figure it out.Their speical needs classroom is a joke. The staff does not seem to know what they are doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

This school is really out of control. Some nice kids there but the teachers are constantly yelling and there are at least 2 fights a week here. Maybe more. It is hard to concentrate with all the bad kids in class. I had a hard time making friends there but I guess the experience is different for everyone.


Posted April 11, 2013

Our daughter has attended Mary Passage MS since the 6th gd. & we've actually enjoyed it. Sure there's a handful of bad kids, but our daughter does not fraternize with them & really, what school doesn't have some "problem" students. The Principal & the assist. principal are very involved with the students. The main office staff is probably the only real complaint. I loathe having to go in there & having to deal with such rude folks & at times being ignored. So I just don't give any reason to submit myself to that environment. Otherwise, really good school & we plan on having our younger daughter attend in a couple yrs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

Horrible school filled with teachers whopass the buck. No one is accountable and there is 0 communication. The office staff is rude and the guidance counselors never have answers. Even the teachers here cant speak and spell so how are they supposed to teach my child! This is the worst school I have ever encountered and am moving my child to a magnet school ASAP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

We have moved around all over the United States with my husband being in the military. This is by far the absolute worst school we have ever encountered. Amazingly, I haven't found one parent here that likes this school and feels that their children are being properly instructed. My husband is constantly having to go over my child's algebra lessons with her because the teacher doesn't know how to teach the material. There are at least 3 security guards at this school and the teachers can't control their classes. I have never seen so many teachers at one school with such a "don't care" attitude about the students. I am so glad my child only has a few more weeks at this school and we can move on. I think the district would be wise to clean house at this school and start all over in the fall with a new staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

This school is absolutely horrible. My son started out at a magnet school but we transferred him because of the distance. He has been as Passage for a few months now and he is severely depressed. I have received numerous calls from teachers informing me of his depression. The teachers and principals allow bullying by not giving any consequences. Even some of the teachers bully the students. Unacceptable. I am working to get my son out of here a.s.a.p.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

Teachers need to be teachers and not friends. Do not curse in front of the children, do not call the children names, and stay off of Facebook while you are suppose to be teaching a class. Teachers complain that they want to get paid more ... well deserve it ....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The kids at this school don't know how to act right and need more discipline. They make fun of everyone just because they don't listen to the same music other people listen to, or they don't dress the same and can't do things others do. Overall this school is great, and the teachers are very nice.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

passage middle is the best school ever . the teachers are wonderful the band is great i love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

this school is the best . the teachers are so nice an the kids are great
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

I went to this school, the only problem i had with it was that the kids got out of hand, most of them picked on others just because of the kind of music they listened to. But the reason i liked this school was that the friends i made there ended being my best friends in the world! There band class was fantastic, i learned way more there than anywhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2008

Don't go anywhere near this school. If you're in this district, ask for your kid to be moved to Gildersleeve or the next closest school. The students are out of control and the teachers are frustrated with no solutions. I've tried for 6 months to make an appointment with the guidance counselor and not even gotten a return phone call. I'm very involved with my kids education and I can say this is the most stressful, least productive environment I've ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

This is a very bad school if you are looking for improvement in students grades. Much time is spent attempting to control students when in the end, no control is gained. Do not enter this school expecting good results.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 26, 2005

This school has been VERY disappointing for us. My son is always complaining that the teachers take almost all the time attempting to control the students and don't have enough time to actually teach them. This is a very disruptive school and the majority of the students are very disrespectul to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2005

Passage is a very good school when it comes to teachers and core subject classes. It is very strict on behavior, but a overall nice place to be at if you do what your told to.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students55%
Female students58%
Male students52%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial75%
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English55%

Math

All Students61%
Female students61%
Male students61%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracial83%
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English60%
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 students62%
Male students62%
Black students56%
Asian students100%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students37%
Female students33%
Male students41%
Black students34%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White students32%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English37%
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 Students57%
Female students63%
Male students52%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

English: Writing

All Students48%
Female students59%
Male students37%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English48%

Math

All Students31%
Female students31%
Male students30%
Black students30%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
White students39%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities3%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English31%

Science

All Students75%
Female students75%
Male students75%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities81%
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

  • 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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

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 Students81%
Female students80%
Male students82%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Geometry

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students88%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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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Nurse(s)
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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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Janelle Spitz

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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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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