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Azalea Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 917 students

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Posted October 9, 2013

My child's school is Azalea Gardens Middle School. I appreciate my child's teachers, they are very involved with her. They are just as concerned about her as I am. Unfortunately when it comes to help with bullying, the school is not so great. I called the office an hour ago and no one has returned my call. I let the secretary know that my child has been kicked and that another student put kick me signs on her and she said well i'll just give you the deans voice mail. We are not dealing with normal children. There is also another girl that bullies my daughter, I went to her parents house this morning and her grandfather could care less. I guess i'll just have to call the news or the police. After everything we've seen on tv about bullying, and young children taking their lives because others make it unbearable. Some people just don't care, i'm not one of those Moms who just says ignore it, because I know if she does it won't stop. I was bullied too as a child and guess what all those bullies now have very dissatisfying lives. I hope this school realizes that bullying doesn't discriminate against anyone and that it is a problem that needs to corrected & addressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2012

My son has went to this school from 6th to 8th grade.. I must say I was worried about it when he first started.. because he is a very quiet child. But he has done great.. The Teachers are amazing and have always kept in touch with me even if it's too tell me he is doing a great job or he has been too quiet again.. he hasn't had no problems at the school. His grades are amazing and if he need to stay after the teachers are always there to help.I have nothing bad to say about school or the staff they have always been a great help to me and my son.. I think half the problem with schools these days is the parents.. You don't let the teachers do there jobs.. This school is great..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

I attended Azalea immediately after I left St. Pius X in the sixth grade (I had to leave because my parents couldn't afford it anymore) and in my first quarter at Azalea I was assaulted 6 times. I was bullied because I had no friends at the time, but I made it out alright and gained a reputation of not only being able to defend myself, but also for defending others like me. The behavior of the "bad" students was a direct result of their home life; I actually ran into one of my bullies from Azalea while I was in college, and he apologized to me and actually bought me lunch. While I was there (1998 - 2001), I met some of the most important people in my life, and one of them was a teacher. He did more for his students in three years than most will ever do in their entire lives, and it's sad to say but it is true - he was an exception to the rule and without more teachers like him, and without some of the staff I had when I was there, I can only imagine the school has fallen back into social disrepair. There are probably dozens of kids being bullied by kids who don't know any better. The public education system is broken, but a single teacher CAN make a difference.


Posted May 19, 2011

This school is terrible. My son has been diagnosed with a mental disorder and started last year. He has been beaten up by bullies four separate times on the bus and after getting off the bus. Everytime this happened the faculty (dean and principals) made him feel as if it were his fault. the first time he did not fight back and was beaten badly and also reprimanded for not going "straight home" after school. The second time he was suspended for pushing the 3 students back as they were hitting him in the head. Yesterday he came home with a swollen eye and cheek and we were told this morning that it was "mutual combat" so he will more than likely be suspended again. supposedly he "mutually" decided to fight four other guys who grabbed him from behind and held him down while beating him. We have nowhere to turn to for help on stopping this from happening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

The teaching staff has been wonderful, but the upper management needs to be replaced. The lack of intervention the dean's and principal have in the inappropriate behavior and bullying is unbelievably appalling. The coaching staff uses inappropriate language towards the students and does no show support nor sportsmanship during games.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

Hostile learning environment. Student discipline is a joke. Assaults by students on other students are each treated as separate events so a history of repeated threats, abuse and assaults by one student to others is not taken into account. This is due to the leadership of the principle. When talking to the principle you feel as if you are bothering her. She doesn t hide her contempt very well either. Most of the teachers are fine if not great but the school is a breeding ground for bullies. It took the school a full quarter to find a Latin teacher for the advanced students making them work that much harder to catch up during the second quarter. Then there is the fact the school is falling apart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

This is an awesome school! It is one of the best in the city. I feel most parents, students and teachers complain because they have never experienced any other school in Norfolk. Azalea is definitely the best in Norfolk. As a teacher, I love going to work at Azalea. I have worked there for many years and we are a family!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 15, 2009

This was my childs first year in middle school and I had hoped that it would be a wonderful experience. But, all those hopes have been dashed. he comes home angry, in a rage or crying about how aweful the teachers are, the administration shows no concern, even when in a face to face conference with a parent. The principal comes across as 'why are you here and why are you bothering me.' I would not recommend this school to anyone. In fact the best thing the city could so is close it down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2009

It's my last year at azalea and the only thing that makes this school survivable is great friends and teachers. The school it's self is falling apart. When it rain chunks of the ceiling falls. A complete hazard to our well being but all they do to fix it is put cones around it.One of the girls bathroom is closed of due to a fire the have yet to fix that. It is always cold in on one side of the building and drafty windows do not help.On a better note, as a student in the honers cluster all the teachers are amazing I love them all. And I've made great friends this year (and crushes). If you can deal with a few unsafe things it makes for and amazing school that I don't want to leave. I love this school even if its falling a part.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 15, 2008

i also used to go to this school, and i thought that the learning structure was very well put together. i also say that the overall connection that the teachers had with the students was great-Brennon Kroon put this
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2008

I used to teach at this school. This is a very out-dated school with old equipment and classrooms. The school had very bright and wonderful students; however, a majority of the students were reckless, irresponsible, and generally distruptive to the educational process. Parent teacher contact was highly encouraged; however, it rarely produced any changes in student behaviors. The administration was not present and often arrogant in regards to teachers concerns and questions. The schools achievement numbers have been progressing, but those numbers always seemed 'sketchy' to the teachers at the school. The website is only good for contacting teachers through the email pages My tenure at this school was a horrible experience and I would not reccommend this school to any child, parent, or teacher. I have since moved on to another school in the Hampton Roads Area and would give this school zero stars if that was
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 24, 2008

My daughter went to this school for 3 years. Each year started off great but then regressed such that I never knew what was going on. Parent signature forms for projects are sent home to be signed for a grade but when the form isn't signed no one follows through to make sure the parents are aware of the project (and thus results in many missing assignments, bringing the grade for the class down!). The guidance office is of no help and I can never get anyone to return my calls. The school website is good in theory, but is not used or updated past the first few weeks of school. I give this school a D-!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

As a former student at azalea, this school doesn't even deserve one star. A very horrible school. All the teachers care about is their paycheck. They won't stay back to help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

Horrible school, if it wasn't for grinding the info out of my kids, I'd have no idea what's going on at the school. The have a website, but it's practically useless. The sports program is bad to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2006

This is an awesome school. You get the feeling the teachers and administrators really care about all the kids, form the first time I went in the office, I got treated like part of the family. All schools should be like Azalea. This is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

I feel that they need to have the auditorium remodled. The teacher have been great with my child his academics. However the school needs to offer more sports. The school need more money to make it a better facility for the students & staff. They need more computers in the class rooms also. They need to offer more foreign languages, this is needed before the student reaches high school. Because we live in a very diverse area, this is very much needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2004

Principal 'leadership'....She was alway 'in a meeting' or just plan unavailable whenever i tried to see her. To make an appointment to see her is a act in itself - you call, make the request, they relay the information to her, they call you back to schedule the meeting, with it often times being a day or two later and being passed down to a lower level employee who then tries to handle it over the phone - what a mess. Teacher 'quality' - just there to receive the paycheck. They seem to have the policy of pushing a child down and seeing how long they can hold them down before they drop out of school or get in serious trouble, then they label the child a problem kid. Where is the compassion to help succeed, to nurture and help grow = teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
n/a

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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.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
English: Writing

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

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students66%
Female students70%
Male students61%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial59%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students78%
Female students82%
Male students73%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial70%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
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 Students67%
Female students73%
Male students62%
Black students49%
Asian students69%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial83%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students36%
Female students41%
Male students33%
Black students26%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial50%
White students45%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities40%
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 students65%
Male students51%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial67%
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

English: Writing

All Students49%
Female students59%
Male students40%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial61%
White students55%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

Math

All Students18%
Female students12%
Male students22%
Black students18%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students18%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities21%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English18%

Science

All Students21%
Female students11%
Male students26%
Black students12%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students33%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities23%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English20%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students63%
Female students61%
Male students64%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial74%
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Geometry

All Students65%
Female students66%
Male students63%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%
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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7721 Azalea Garden Rd
Norfolk, VA 23518
Phone: (757) 531-3000

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