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Meadowbrook High School

Public | 9-12 | 1707 students

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Posted May 31, 2014

I could not be more happy with my daughter's experience at Meadowbrook. She was an underachiever in middle school; however, her placement in Meadowbrook's Success Program has created a complete makeover in my daughter. She now has a 3.8 GPA and scored pass advanced on two of her SOLs. As a 9th grader, she had the opportunity to participate in a College Prep program which recently took students to visit Longwood University. I am so glad that we stayed at Meadowbrook. I love the diversity and the unique opportunities it provides it's students. Go Monarchs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

Wow these negative reviews are untrue and incorrect. MBK has award winning programs in academics, arts, and athletics. It is a shame that a school that is a majority African American and Hispanic has to deal with these negative stereotypes from others in the county. MBK's TV production program won the state championship this year. No school in the Richmond area has anywhere near the media program that Meadowbrook possess. The MBK Success program has ninth grade promotion rate up to 97%. The Success program does community service and also partners with Microsoft to rebuild computers for families. MBK Theater program dominates the region and competes on the state level every year. As one of two IB programs in the county academics is rigorous and relevant. MBK also has an award winning JROTC program. MBK has championship level sports in football, basketball, and soccer. SOL scores are no longer the lowest in Chesterfield county and others schools in the area are now not out preforming Meadowbrook. Before posting untrue statements about a school you should come and visit and see the great amount of work admin, teachers, students, and parents are putting in at MBK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

If I can put a -0 I would. These kids are unruly,If one or two kids act out in class the teachers take it out on the whole class. Even discouraging kids by telling them they are all going to fail. They are only concerned about there deadline not educating the kids. God forbid a child has a question because they don't understand they said "not my problem, its your parents responsibility to teach you, we have a deadline to met". One has even said that she doesn't get paid enough to teach these kids and sits down to answers her cell phone to take care of personal things during class. Another teacher said to keep papers on the desk just incase an administrator comes in so they appear to be doing work. Don't ever tell them your child is getting bullied the teacher will befriend the bully and start disrespecting your child too. Staff make fun of the clothes the kids are wearing and so on. I think they need to remove the kids who are unruly keep them out of school let them be the ones catching up on school work, keep the program of TEACHING going. So sad these grown people are teaching this generation, the kids don't care because the teachers don't care. My child is outta here ASAP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2013

this is my freshman year in meadowbrook and so far it has been the worst ever the students are so rude and always causing at the teachers and students. this school doesnt even let us take txtbooks home cuz of the lack of books we bearly even have homwork cuz students dont do it there are some teachers who care and many that have already giving up and dont really care i cant wait to transfer next year .. i hope in GOD
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2013

MBK has a reputation for not being a good high school, but that is not true. This school has really turned itself around in the past few years, and the staff is working hard to prove that we have good kids. I'm tired of other people looking down on our students and our school. Come spend a day at MBK, and you'll find out that all those rumors aren't true.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 28, 2012

Staff is terrific and as long as rules are enforced things will continue to get better and better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 9, 2012

My son was a very good student thru' out the middle school and had lot of abilities to be an IB league student.starting from 9th grade thru'out 12th his scheduale never got straight at first it took the guaidance office almost about 3 weeks each year to get his classes right. By that time he missed classes for the subject he was suppose to have.There was no effort from school for him to cope up for missed time.So he struggled thru' each year not knowing initially whats going on.Took him more time to catch up as the base was missed.Also by the time he came to 11th grade there were multiple teachers left the school and he opt to not going into IB programme as all the teachers were leaving and went to AP classes. 11th grade again remain the same problem.12th grade for applying into the college, the counselors were never there to guide him or to submit his best resume to get into his choiced college and ultimately he lost his admission status although he did his best.In short we made a mistake to send him to so called IB programme school.He would have been better off staying into thomas dale.If you want your child to get admission in better college dont send them to meadowbrook.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2012

I have to wonder when the state is going to step in and do something about this school. It is ranked 305 out of 313 VA high schools. I am sure that it has its good points but based on a lot of reviews I am reading and its test scores, it soundlike an inner cis ty school. I am not knocking the school and I am sure the teachers are doing the best with the tools they have been given. It just appears that there is a lot of room for improvement and the state needs to step in. These young adults are this country's future. It is the government's job to provide the best quality education that it can.


Posted January 26, 2012

i honestly love my school i have been there for four years..you just have to do the right thing...some classes do have textbooks they send home to keep there all year and return at all and some are classes have class sets because students never return them..they dont give much homework due to students never doing it...its not has bad ever one puts meadowbrook to be...its not getto just kids needa do the right thing..every high school has the same thing going on...in the school is trying to bring up test scores but they cant when students are acting up
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2012

If you can help it, do not send your child to Meadowbrook. The students are unruly and the administration does not back up the teachers in areas of discipline. One of my child's teachers was absent one day, and because a substitute never showed, the kids were unsupervised the entire period. My child was never assigned textbooks because the teachers weren't allowed to send texts home because of lack of books. Also, my child was never given homework. They have the lowest test scores in Chesterfield county and the most undisciplined student body. DO NOT send your child to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

My grandson has had the misfortune of attending this school and let me say SHAME ON MEADOWBRROK, it has been a nightmare experience!


Posted July 22, 2010

mbk is a pretty good school but there are still kids that don't care about anything and just come to school to start drama...if you can get past all that then you can defintetly have a good time at meadowbrook- we have good sports (except for baseball/softball) and have good programs like esol, the mentor program, ap, and open ib enrollment (so you don't have to take a test to get into it). A few of the teachers are hard to learn from but even then they will still try to help you to understand the material.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2010

I am a Meadowbrook Senior. For almost four years I have heard nothing but bad things about Meadowbrook. From the administrators, all the way down to the students. We have changed alot since my freshman year. But what the student was saying before about the teachers pick favorites is true. Don't get me wrong, but alot of the teachers and a couple of higher ups even do this. It's not our faults that the bad kids are walking around thinking there the untouchables, its the teachers and administrators. Another thing is that people are getting suspended for no apparent reason. On Friday a kid was doing the right thing and not fight or even talk back to another student while the other one was provoking him. The kid that didn't fight gotten five days of suspensension while the one provoking it didn't get anything! This school is ridiculous!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2009

Since Ferrell's appointment as principal, the school's atmosphere and quality of leadership has gone down like a rock hitting the ground.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

it's a good school and they really care about your education!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2009

I HATE MEADOWBROOK. Mr. Ferrell is making some of the craziest changes to the school system. He even banned scarves! I want to transfer so bad even though next year is my senior year. The administration is so cold and disrespectful, I feel like I'm in jail rather than in school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2009

I do not like MBK at all it, over the years meadowbrook hugh school has gotten bad. Some of the teachers dont really care when we ask for help they all ways have some kind of an excuse on why they cant help us. MBk has one of the best football teams but that is not important i belive the education is more important and thats what we need to be successfull in life. i belive that some of the teachers are just here for the money they say, 'no child is left behind' well they try talkin students to get there GED which dosent make any sence they should be forcing students to graduate with there diploma there putting students down telling them they cant do it. I will be transfering to another school my Senior year beacause of all the changes MR. Pharell is making. so
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2009

One of the worst schools to attend, and I am certain that to make college and afterward a lot easier would be to avoid this school all together.


Posted December 21, 2008

MBK is the best. We have quality faculty and students. Our students are diverse and unique. I've been here 24 years and I don't want to teach anywhere else. I love these kids!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 4, 2008

No help from anyone, especially the administration. One of the worst high schools in Chesterfield County.
—Submitted by a student


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  • 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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

437 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
73%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
90%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
87%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students70%
Female students62%
Male students76%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English78%

Algebra II

All Students74%
Female students77%
Male students72%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English73%

Biology

All Students69%
Female students74%
Male students63%
Black students69%
Asian students81%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English72%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Female students75%
Male students68%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English72%

Earth Science

All Students69%
Female students64%
Male students73%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English70%

English: Reading

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students83%
Asian students91%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English86%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students77%
Male students68%
Black students72%
Asian students88%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English74%

Geometry

All Students70%
Female students70%
Male students70%
Black students69%
Asian students70%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English70%

History and Social Science

All Students64%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities64%
Proficient in English60%

Math

All Students64%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities64%
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students64%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities64%
Proficient in English60%

Virginia and United States History

All Students80%
Female students77%
Male students83%
Black students74%
Asian students100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English80%

World Geography

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

World History I

All Students76%
Female students71%
Male students80%
Black students75%
Asian students82%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English76%

World History II

All Students68%
Female students65%
Male students72%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English68%
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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Dr. Thomas Ferrell

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
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4901 Cogbill Rd.
Richmond, VA 23234
Phone: (804) 743-3675

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