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7401 Hull Street Rd.
Richmond, VA 23235

(804) 674-1385
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August 27, 2014
This school is absolutely unbearable. If you're not in the gifted program you don't get any advantages. Also many staff members are plain RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL. They speak to students as if they are nothing and get away with it because they are "adults". Adults should know better than to speak to defenseless students this way. How can a school stress anti-bullying, yet have a staff full of bullies. After sending my two daughters here, I may have to find a different middle school for my youngest.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2014
My 6th Grader (Honors) is attending MMS. I had 3 sons that attended years ago; it was a good school then. Admitting it has significantly declined. My child does HW and we check it together nightly; has always been a go-getter about schoolwork. Returned papers reflect A/Bs, but Edline reflect F's for same work. When my child asks teacher about it, told to "Sit down" or "We'll talk about it later." There is teacher retaliation against student, if parent notices a problem and goes to teachers/admin. Teachers spend more time doing other tasks than teaching. Students are often given work with no modeling or no/little explanation. Students are given fill-in-the-blank WS's, which are "notes" to study for exams. But answers aren't discussed/checked. Students don't know if their answers are right/wrong to study. If my child is absent (excused) and asks about missed work, it is put off or not given, and may later reflect as an F on edline. I understand teachers are in teams. Heard the other 6th Gr team is really good. But this 6th grade academic team isn't doing right by our children. Something needs to be done! If your child is in CBG though, you got it made; those teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
My daughter is in the CBG program. This is her second year and she loves it . The teacher's really challenge her and my daughter thrives on that, The teachers are pretty good about updating edline. She has been able to take French,Latin and Alg 1, which will make her competitive for the governor's school. She also enjoys participating in school clubs. I haven't interacted with the principal but do appreciate her weekly emails to the parents letting us know what's going on at school. I like the diverse population although CBG in general is not as diverse as it could be. My daughter does complain this year about the comprehensive students she encounters in her PE /health class, she says they tend to be more disruputive than she is used to, but that is not a huge concern. I am very happy with Manchester's CBG.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
Don't send your child to this school if they are not a CBG (center based gifted) the administration has a zero tolerance principle for mis conduct that is unreal. And the problem is they do not care and they have rules that will allow them to suspend kids unnecessarily. They get an "F". Worst school ever.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
I loved this school in sixth grade, but it quickly declined, and becam horrible. They do hardly anything about bullying problems, and most of my teachers do not help me. If you are not in the CBG program, you are over-looked and thrown to the curb. All the staff thinks about is the CBG kids. According to them, all other students are stupid, and will never become anything, even if you are in Honors. Although, most of us Honors kids could be in the CBG program, we choose not to because the most CBG kids are snobs. I would not recommend this school AT ALL.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2013
I've been to this school for 2 years this is my last year and take it from me, it's an okay school some kids push in the hallway and I push them pack but they don't seem to get it, in my opinion this school is okay in comprehensive but really good in CBG honesty i can stay here at my computer and complain because there is. A LOT of things I don't like about the school but it concerns more to the kids, thier not mature and some kids do talk back to teachers and get sent out of the classroom and wonder why? Which I believe ischemic not being mature, some kids and mostly guys will make fun of the kids of the way they dress which Is dumb but if u stand your ground at this school it won't be bad I promise. If a kid makes fun of you or parents if a kid makes fun of ur child don't worry, teach ur kids to stand up to those kids because they will earn respect I'm talking to much my point being 1. Kids are not as good as u hope they'd be mostly comprehensive 2. It really is fun there like today the 8th grade got to do do the Harlem shake in the cafeteria 3. Stand up for yourself 4. Teachers do care they really do 5. Have fun :3

- submitted by a community member
January 23, 2013
I'm a student at Manchester in the 8th and I personally LOVE but sometimes disagree with the school

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2012
I am a parent of two children in MMS. This is our second year. I have one in seventh and one in eighth grade. They are both in Honors not CBG but have several classes with the CBG students. I loved our teachers last year because they all participated in Edline which assists me in knowing what goes on daily. Will have to wait to see what happens this year. My boys tell me that the CBG students are treated more favorably than the other students and I have heard this is the same for more schools than this one. I rarely hear about fighting or bullying and my kids participate in sports. I am a member of the PTA and do participate in meetings. I believe the school is definitely progressing to become a great school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
After having 3 children come through Manchester, I will be sad to leave. What a great school with amazing staff. The teachers are nationally ranked. There are kids and programs from Center based Gifted to Special needs, Every child has a voice! Way to go Manchester!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2011
The culture in the Bldg has been that CBG is favored. I had a child in CBG and now have a child in Honors/Comprehensive. I had hoped that with the new administration last year this would be stopped. There is still hope. The issues need to be brought to the light and discussed by students, parents, faculty and administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I for one did not like the CBG kids.They were very mean to the others kids that were not in there class.All the teachers gave them more favor then the rest of us.And the 8th grade math teacher is very very hard on all of his students.He thinks just because he goes to VCU means that we should pick it up in a snap and he yells alot and dosnt not let us act like the teens we are.Sorry but it does not work like that.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 17, 2010
The teachers in the Center Based Gifted program are wonderful. My son is challenged and encouraged to meet and excede his academic goals. He is also able to participate in many clubs and activites The diversity of our school is great. Adults and children of many backgrounds get to meet and experience one anothers cultures. The administration, teachers and support staff are dedicated to giving our children the best education in a safe enivronment. The PTA is also Terrific (join your schools PTA they NEED YOU!). We will miss Majestic Pride.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 16, 2010
The Center Based Gifted Program is top-notch. I like that my daughter is challenged academically while still being able to participate in all the other activities and events of a regular public middle school. The administrators, teachers, and staff provide the leadership and support to make Manchester Middle School a place where students learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
They sponsor a great Center Based Gifted program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
The great teachers and the wonderful staff. The school really supperts its children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Manchester Middle School is a fully accredited school in Virginia. The school is located in an award winning school district, and the parents and the parents, administrators and students are responsible for its success! The facility is warm and friendly, the administrators work with parents as a team (beyond partnership) in achieving student s success. The expectations are very high, and students are expected to achieve them. Parent involvement makes Manchester a great place to educate 'twennagers'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Manchester Middle School has been the perfect school to enhance our children's educational developement. The teachers and staff are incredible. The teacher's make a special effort to reach each student and encourage and enrich their lives. The programs and activities are extremely beneficial. Middle School is a journey and this school leads in educational excellence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
We are proud to be part of such a great school. Our children benefit from our diversity and our administration's and teacher's commitment to excellence. Majestic Pride all the way!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
Diversity is a huge advantage for all of the kids. The entire staff has a great way of encouraging and expecting the kids to do their absolute best while enforcing a zero-tolerance disciplinary plan. Manchester Middle is an example of what all middle schools should be.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
I'm in the CBG program. I also have alot of friend in regular ed. MMS is a good school, no matter what people may say, even though it is all an opinion. the violence isn't uncommonly high, people fight in every school, and the few times it happens, those people get the prooper punishment. the teachers and staff work hard to make sure the students reach their potential, and the extra curicular activities are wonderful. Any diversity issues are choices made by the STUDENTS, and are stereotyped very much. i'm mostly white, but i have alot of friends of other races and religions as well. It really is a good school.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2009
I am a honors student from manchester and the teachers are really great they break things down and make sure you get them

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2009
I am a CBG student at Manchester middle. The teachers make sure each of their students understand what the class is studying and if they don't, they take the time to catch them up. Alltogether, I enjoy Manchester, though there's often violence and little signs of care for each other in the hallway.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2008
The adminisrators are nice to everybody and make middle school fun and safe.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 20, 2008
I am a CBG student at manchester and i think it is amazing. it might not be like any other middle school but it is in some ways. The teachers really do care about each of their students. There is a diversity so no one at manchester has to live in a ' bubble', it will prepare us for the real world. The students are very very school spirited everyone who goes to manchester has pride for it and everyone who goes there sticks together as one.At plays and ttalent shows the crowds are flooded with students they have so much pride. This is a perfect place for anyone and anyone can fit in somewhere at manchester.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2008
I am a student at this school. I think that this school is incredible awesome at everything.There is nothing from stop by and signing your kid up.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 15, 2007
I'm also a student at Manchester.I must admit, because I'm a CBG kid here,I think the CBG people get more oppertunities.A lot of people push in the hallways and there are some fights here. I still think that it's a pretty ok school.Though a bit below average.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2007
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April 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
Manchester Middle School has been a great experience for my 7th grader. The teachers and administrative staff are supportive and willing to provide the best education for each child, whether honors, CBG, regular education or special education. Regardless of the schools' location, once a student enters the building, parents are assured that the environment is safe and the students are given a quality education. The transition to middle school was smooth for my daughter during her 6th grade year. The 7th grade year is even greater. The Lancers & Navigators are the greatest! I'm sure all of the teams are great!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
I have 3 children attending Manchester Middle School. All 3 are honor roll students and involved in after school activities. They enjoy the school as well as their classmates. The teachers are easily reached through e-mail with any questions or concerns. The teacher of the year, Don Felice is the ultimate students teacher. He makes learning fun with his quirky stories and roll playing of important people in history. I am sure there are some teachers that are past there prime, but you will find that anywhere. I have chaperoned many field trips and I observe the same parents time and again. The diversity of the school allows the students to interact with all walks of life which prepares the students for life in America today. The trouble that occurs at Manchester is the uneducated families that move out of the city to the county, all they want is attention.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
The CBG students are not totally separated from the general population as suggested by one parent below. Only the four core courses - english, science, math, and social studies are specialized. CBG students get plenty of opportunity to interact with the 'reg ed' students in their language and other elective classes. In addition, Manchester offers excellent extracurricular sports and special interest clubs.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
I am a former student at this school as of 2004. This school now has many discipline issues. Everything at this school is based on FAVORITES. The principals don't communicate with the parents and don't give fair treatment to everyone at that school. When I went 35 students on one team were in dager of failing I don't just blame the student but I blame their parents and the teachers of that team. Now 100+ students are in danger of failing, but of course they aren't going to let the parents know this. It is a Shame that you can't walk through the hallways of that school without some smart little girl/boy saying stuff to you for no apparent reason, and they get a baby hand warning. The teachers get involved with it is almost too late.

- submitted by a former student
April 13, 2005
My problem with the school, as a mother of a seventh grader, is thier lack of morality in the school. The SLAM poetry thing they do is not screened by competent people. Yes I agree with freedom of speach, but there are some subjects that are just not apropreate for 11 to 13 year olds. I have to work twice as hard to make sure my daughter isn't de-sensitized.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 11, 2004
I'm not a parent, but an eighth-grade CBG student at MMS. I love Manchester and my teachers are great. The building is old (built in fall 1964), but it's wonderful all the same. Non-CBG kids may not enjoy the school much; I agree that CBG and RegEd kids are separated, so I don't know much about the other side of the picture. I do know that we have great after-school activities like drama and sports and clubs, all of which are open to CBG and RegEd. Electives are fun and are taught well. I will say, though, that the school is very crowded. I know I don't really qualify for a Parent Review, but maybe a kid's point of view would be helpful. I'll just say that I'll miss MMS very much next year.

- submitted by a student
July 10, 2004
My son has been going to Manchester for 2 years. Since his enrollment his self esteem has gone down 100%. I've heard that the CBG honors program is excellent. But, if your child is just an average student he will receive a below average education. The teachers do not go out of their way to help or listen to the students. The CBG students are totally separated from the general population, which I think is ridiculous. But, the CBG parents still complain that the school is not in an area they feel comfortable with. Again, my concern is what about the average students? I would not recommend Manchester Middle School to anyone. I am considering selling my home so my son will have the opportunity to go to a school where the principal and the teachers care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2004
As a parent of a gifted education student, I am very involved and interested in the quality of education that my son is receiving. While the physical plant of the school is less than desirable, the Administration and CBG teachers have been excellent. We are very pleased with the leadership provided by the Principal and the dedication of the staff. This is my second child to go through the CBG program, and although I was initially concerned with the location and quality of the school, I would not hesitate to recommend it to another parent considering the CBG program.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2003
The gifted program and teachers at Manchester are very good, but there seems to be some resentment of students in that program by other students at the school. There also seems to be some racial conflict at the school, but the administration and teachers keep pretty tight control over the students and discipline and safety isn't a huge concern. The fact that the school is a former high school provides some extra perks (e.g., football stadium) that other middle schools don't have.

- submitted by a parent
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Manchester Middle School
7401 Hull Street Rd., Richmond, VA  23235
(804) 674-1385
Last modified Manchester Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Manchester Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top