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Northside Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 785 students

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Posted October 2, 2011

I hate this school its just my first week! Im new and no one would help me catch up even the teachers!!!almost all of the students uses profane language and disrespect the teachers and teachers have no sense of humor their very strict and so serious theres no fun going to this school..believe me ive been begging my parents to let me change schools but no they dont believe me!! Every parents if youre child says they dont like the school or they hate it believe them...


Posted July 5, 2011

I went to Northside for only a third of the year, and i hated it. The only thing that is "decent" about the school is some of the teachers and on occasion the principle. This school is going nowhere. There are fights almost everyday and no one is disiplined. If possible, i would consider any other school over Northside.


Posted March 10, 2010

I am a parent of a 7th grader at tthis school.To say that I am unhappy is an understatement. The school is not supportive of its students. My child is in honors classes and still struggles to get help. The school is quick to punish the good kids while allowing bullying and tormenting of students. They claim to care about the children but I believe are more interested in getting parents to leave. Horrible school!!! So disappointed I wish military families had better options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

An awesome amazing school and great principal just needs better school food for the kids and needs to have more time for lunch that the kids can eat in peace.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

As a veteran teacher and a former teacher of this school, I question what level the problem falls on (school or district). But when a school has such a large turnover rate year after year, there must be a problem. Many try to 'blame' it on being a military area, but the year I left, there were only two of us in that category. The strong focus on SOL's burned both students and teachers out. Constant testing took place throughout the year. In the math department, we didn't give unit tests because we were required to give 'tri-weekly' tests skip a week and then give part B. Out of a 9 week period we tested them for 6 of those weeks. There is new leadership now, so hopefully changes to improve the quality of education for all have been made. From my experience, I would not send my child there.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 15, 2009

its my third year at northside and itsnot that bad. true it has bugs but i mean what school doesnt. most of the teachers are new and dont really know what they are doing. some of the teachers are 'mean' but what i have learned is the teachers aren't nessarily mean and dont care they just have a job to do and the fact that you want to go out in the hallway and see your girlfriend/boyfriend really doesnt matter to them. they have to teach you. not be your best friend. so if they are mean it doesnt really mean they dont like you it just mean that they are trying to get thier job done. and for everyone saying that private school is the only way to go, no its not. you dont learn real things. or make different varieties of friends. northsides not the best but itsnotthe worst
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

I have to say I read all the comments. Yes they may have issues. But I have to say my kids teachers are wonderful, helpful and care about the students. They stay back and work with them. They contact 'all' the time to report what my kids are doing or not doing. They encourage my kids to try out for things. I can say the school looks cleaner this year. I am really happy with Northside Middle School this year. I really like there guidance counselor. My oldest don't want to leave next year. Thank you teachers and staff at Northside for what a wonderful job you are doing this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2008

This was a verry awesome middle school I have ever been to! they just got there gym re-done and it looks great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2007

im in 7th grade and the teachers there dont care if you r hurting or anything. The school is very dirty and they have cocroaches in their food. DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2007

I have had 4 children attend this school. Each one has had issues with teachers and staff. The only ones that I have found to be concerned are the teachers that have been there for many, many years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

This school is very disorganized and disorderly. Attempting to arrange a meeting with the Principle is extremely difficult. Homework is rare. Some of the teachers are great however almost half seem just to be collecting a check. This really spoils it for those teachers truly interested in doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

Our childs experience there was awful. Teachers who could care less is all I encountered, very unsafe environment. I would never recommend this school to anyone. If you live in Norfolk private school is the only way to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

I do not know how these people can be talking about the same school my daughter attended. This school is horrible! Very few teachers care about teaching. Most kids who go there have no respect. Unsafe environment. We moved our daughter to a private school. I was very dissapointed in the staff at this facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

My 2 Kids both attended northside in different years. My overall comments is that yes it is rough, but by my children being african american, outgoing children, they were able to handle it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2006

My son has had a very positive learning experience at Northside. Not only are the classrooms staffed by competent, caring teachers, the school offers many extracirricular opportunities for children to develop a sense of purpose as they continue their educational endeavor. Northside offers parental online access to students grades and assignments, so being involved in your childs daily education is easy as setting up an account to check their progress. Northside has a wonderful staff of Guidance counselors who take extra time with every student they service, helping them choose the academic path that best suits the student's abilities and needs. The Administration is second to none and continues to be so year after year. A definite plus as a parent of a middle school student. The Technology Student Association is probably the best in Virginia as well. Northside Rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2006

Each and everytime I have had to call the school for anything, I have been treated with quick, courteous, and friendly responses. I was not happy to switch schools in the middle of my 13 year olds experience of her middle years, but Northside has been a wonderful transition for her, she has done remarkably well for her 8th grade, as well as my sixth grader, with out the Summer Transition program for rising 5th graders I don't think she would have done as well, but so far she has maintained excellent grades, and has become involved in the music programs, which is so wonderful to see, since she is so shy. Thank you Northside for making this school year a winning year for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

I have had two children attend Northside. They have both been involved in sports, clubs, and made good grades. Our family's experience at Northside Middle was very positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

The teachers, administrators and office staff are courteous and responsive. This is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

This school is a joke!! No call backs unless you are calling everyday. By far the worst school my daughter has ever attended. We will be moving her to a private school ASAP !! I suggest you do the same !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

I totally disagree with the above comments. Northside is by far the best school I have ever encountered. The principal is always available and willing to help. The teachers are great. I could not ask for a better experience for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
84%

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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
English: Writing

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

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students63%
Female students64%
Male students62%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial73%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students69%
Female students68%
Male students69%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracial75%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English70%
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 Students64%
Female students67%
Male students61%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial68%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students45%
Female students49%
Male students41%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial25%
White students51%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English45%
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 Students64%
Female students67%
Male students62%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial55%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

English: Writing

All Students62%
Female students68%
Male students58%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial48%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students38%
Female students42%
Male students34%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White students42%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English39%

Science

All Students37%
Female students27%
Male students44%
Black students31%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial36%
White students47%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English38%
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

  • No accreditation rating was reported for the 2009-2010 school year.
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Accredited with Warning".
  • 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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students94%
Female students96%
Male students92%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial94%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students89%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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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  • Mark Makovec

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  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
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  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
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8720 Granby St
Norfolk, VA 23503
Phone: (757) 531-3150

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