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Falling Creek Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1209 students

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Posted April 10, 2013

Chesterfield County schools are usually above average with excellent teachers and parental involvement. This one seems to be the exception. While the teachers are incredible, dedicated individuals, their hands seem to be tied. They don't have much parental involvement and seem to not want any. The quality of the education speaks for itself. If you read the student reviews, only one is free from a multitude of errors.


Posted November 15, 2011

I have had a bad experience with this school since my daughters started attending last year. One of my daughters was bullied by a boy, his mother, and his sister at the bus stop. She was so upset by this matter that it prevented her from taking the bus to school that day. She was told to report this to the principle and she did so. I guess she should have just kept it to herself. She was given two days in school suspension for defending herself against the two adults involved in this matter by using words only. Where is the justice in this situation when a 30 something year old adult is bullying by swearing and threatening my 13 year olds at the bus stop? I called the school about this this situaion on the day it happened. I did not receive a return phonecall for two days. I wll be moving shortly and I cannot wait to get my daughters out of this school. I am sick and tired of them being the ones paying the consequences when they are trying to defend themselves from bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

I recently moved and my daughter had to transfer to Falling Creek Middle. At first I was horrified, but after her first week I felt much better about her attending. She has only been in this school since March 2011 and her grades are much better and she really likes her teachers. She says there are some issues with students at this school, but she hasn't had any problems. I was extremly impressed with her counselor Ms. Craig and her teachers Ms. Holmes, Ms. Geter and her science teacher. They are wonderful and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

hi i went 2 this school. it was drama. but now that i am moving i am confident that u will pick the right school 4 your child. i no that mi mom did!!!!!!


Posted August 4, 2009

it is the best and you can make wonderful friends and learn from wonderful teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2009

I'm a student of falling creek and i would recommend this school to every one attending middle school! i love this school i do get bullied but we do have a guidance center where you can talk about all your problems and i went there and they helped me alot and shortly after that once i used my info the guidance person told me and after this i was fine no one bullied me and i was great the rest of the school year i hope everyone can find out how amazing this school really is:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2009

Im a student from Falling creek & i would not recommend anyone to attend this school. There's way too many bullies in there and fights!.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2009

This school is the best coming from a student currently attending the school. Its very well behaved,and i dnt know we are known for having low test scores because i get great grades! thank you for reading.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2008

My son was a student at Falling Creek 2 years ago. I jumped at the opportunity to move him out of there based on all of the things we had been through. He went from barely passing to honor roll in just a year. This speaks volumes to me about the staff and administration. I had to force the administration and teachers to involve me. Tell me, how does a child bring home a report card with all failing grades and the parent receive no prior communication. This was especially concerning to me because my son and I were hurricane evacuees from the Gulf Coast and at the time that I enrolled my son in Falling Creek I asked the guideance counselor to keep a check on my son to make sure that he was transitioning ok, being that we had just been through such a tramatic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

Falling Creek Middle is not a good school. I am a parent of a student who is constantly bullied. My child is very intellectual & the students pick on her because she wants to learn. The kids disrupt classes & the teachers & staff have no control over the students. I have to move because I want my child to have a better education which she cannot get at FCMS. The school needs a whole new staff & Discipline put in place. I would not recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

I'm currently a student at FCMS and i think this school is terrific. There is such a warm and inviting atmosphere at Falling Creek Middle. The teachers are awesome...they challenge everyone according to each person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

I like falling creek middle school,i don't believe it's the principal,teachers or counselors.I believe children and adults learn different ways.But I think we need to go back to some of the old ways,to give the children a chance to have the oppournity to pick up a book and read and learn.I know when I was in school,if I wasn't able to bring all of my books home, even on the weekend,I would of been lost.Also,alot of it is parnets just don't have the time to encourage and help their children or don't want to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2005

There is very little support from administration they do not seem to know what is going on in the school. Parent involvement isnot encouraged or accepted. The school administrators act as bullies themselves. The overall atmosphers of this school is not good. The teachers are not involved with the students. There seems to be a total disconnect between the students and teachers, administrators. i honestly cannot recommend this school to anyone, and am very happy that I have removed my children from this hostile atmosphers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

This school has a lot of great teachers who give a great deal of extra time in the mornings and afternoons working with students. A variety of activities are provided as well as activity buses 3 days a week to provide transportation for students who wouldn't otherwise be able to stay. Not many schools in the county do this. Falling Creek also has a lot of discipline issues and the students need to be held accountable for their actions. This doesn't always happen, however, has improved over the last year. We need more parent involvement and have a lot of opportunities for parents to be involved not only with after school activities but during school as well. Some opportunities for parents, teachers and administrators to work together are the back to school grade level orientations, Fall Cookout, Game Night, Health Fair, and the Parent Institute, all provided by Title 1.
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Posted August 8, 2005

The biggest problems here are the administration, lack of discipline and safety issues directly related to the lack of enforcement of school rules by the administration. Discipline appears unfair with victims being punished in the same manner as the perpetrators of violence. There is very little parental involvement within the school and administration does not seem willing to support parental involvment within the school setting. Teachers appear to be doing a good job considering the problems associated with the administration. In summary, this school could be a much better school if administration would work together with, instead of against, parents, students and teachers.
—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.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

17 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%

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 Students61%
Female students69%
Male students53%
Black students62%
Asian students88%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial75%
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students72%
Female students79%
Male students66%
Black students72%
Asian students82%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial70%
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students67%
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

English: Reading

All Students61%
Female students66%
Male students57%
Black students57%
Asian students75%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial64%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students35%
Female students34%
Male students35%
Black students35%
Asian students60%
Hispanic28%
Multiracial41%
White students42%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities38%
Limited English proficient students25%
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 Students60%
Female students60%
Male students60%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial57%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English62%

English: Writing

All Students65%
Female students69%
Male students60%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial69%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students61%
Female students66%
Male students58%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English62%

Science

All Students55%
Female students51%
Male students58%
Black students48%
Asian students90%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial75%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students44%
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

  • 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.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

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) 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 Students75%
Female students78%
Male students73%
Black students71%
Asian students100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial90%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English75%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Melanie Knowles

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  • Spanish

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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Track

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Richmond, VA 23234
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