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Providence Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 848 students

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Posted today

My daughter started 6th grade last year at Providence Middle School, I was impressed with their "Summer Camp" for 6th graders. She learned organizational and study skills. She was also given her schedule and learned how to get to every class. And they even worked on learning how to open their lockers. I have found it very easy to make contact with the principal, staff and every teacher. 6th grade was a wonderful experience and 7th grade is starting out just as great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2014

Providence is a diverse school with a phenomenal staff of teachers and administrators who care greatly about the students, the school and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Providence Middle School is a diverse middle school in Chesterfield County, VA. My two kids have gone there and we couldn't have been happier. The adminstration is top-notch as is the teaching staff. They answer my emails right away and problems are handled immediately. The guidance dept. was so helpful last year when my daughter was applying to specialty high schools. They went above and beyond all year long. My kids felt (feel) happy and respected there. Would highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2013

I myself went to Providence, graduated in 2013 and in my opinion it was an overall good school. Rumors might say that it is a bad school but truly it's not. The quote "bad" things about the school happen at every middle school. I would defiantly recommend students to go to providence. Current students, just make the best of your middle school years cus highschool gets a lot harder. Learn good study habits in middle school cus you will need them in the future.


Posted October 5, 2013

I love.our school it the best scbool.ever great teacher greay staff I lobe u sooooooo much pvms cant believe I have one more year left gonna miss you guys soooooo much


Posted September 25, 2013

This is my childs first year here at Providence. So far I have found that the teachers do not get back with you when they are sent an email. I would like for the teachers to respond in a timely manner. My childs grades have gone down and I would like to know why and the teacher hasn't responded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

The teachers are very friendly and helpful! The whole school seems to be very loyal to their beliefs and values! The Principal and teachers communicate greatly with the students and the parents. They are also very profficient.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

I have had one child finish at Providence and I now have a son that is currently enrolled here in the seventh grade taking honors classes. The school (staff) has always been respectful,understanding, and well informed of most questions I needed answered at times. The teachers from last year were on top of their game keeping me well informed of my childs progress at school and keeping Edline updatedfor me as well. This year has just begun but I already know three of my sons teachers and expect another great teaching year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

I went to this school in 6 Grade, i am now in 8 grade & when i went it was AWESOME. My dad also attended pms When he was An Child & said It was an loving School back then To.


Posted May 20, 2013

I attended providence for my 7th grade year. Its NOT a bad school. Its actually a great school. Yeah i ran into a fight with someone. but all and all the school is great. I didn't really have a problem with administration. except they do let certain people wear certain clothes and not others


Posted December 19, 2012

I have been going to providence since 6th grade.I am in 8th grade now. Yes providence has bullys and fights. But it has improved alot since my 6th grade year. If the person being bullied tells an administrator, it will be dealth with. All fights are dealth with. We have homework in all most all of our core classes most of the days. There is no more soar. Instead there is lunch in learn where your kid goes to the class that they need to do work in. Its not as bad of a school that everyone thinks it is. Its a great school.


Posted June 13, 2012

Worst school I have ever dealt with. Some teachers will not help the children when they need it. Will not answer question the parents ask. Do not follow Chesterfield County Guidelines. The administration does not care about the kids only a paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

My opinion is that one of the assistant principals at Providence Middle in Richmond VA shows blatant racism for certain children who are not of specific ethnic groups. This person allows certain groups to wear pants showing their underwear and high heels for these particular girls. This principal specifically calls out certain children for minimal disciplinary situations and allows others to be allowed to bully students, wear inappropriate clothing and basically act any way they want. I definitely love the diversity of the school and believe the teachers accommodate each and every student. I also believe that having a person in such a high level administrative position allowing them this kind of freedom is detrimental to each and every student at this unique school and can make for a horrible middle school experience.


Posted May 23, 2012

This school has a lot of problems esp. with the adminstrators you have one that will talk to the children like they are nobody. Parents please listen to your children when they tell you that the male adminstrator talks to them like they are nobody believe them have walked up on them before. I love my children& no child is perfect, they are no saints, yes all of them do things that will make you angry. But at this school they are the worse. everybody needs to be respected whom ever they are. Parents please listen to your children something needs to be done the students are always in the wrong if a teacher or administrator says they are wrong. Thats not how it is suppose to be their is always 3 sides to a story their side the childs side & the TRUTH! Not with Providence Middle School though right is right & wrong is wrong I will not put my other child in this Horriable School. I can not tell any one what to do but listen to your CHILDREN PLEASE PLEASE I know that they don't always tell us the truth but please this time listen.My child was bullied in the 6th grade nothing was done but when they took up for them selves they suspended him! teased 7th still going on still nothing done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

We recentely relocated to Virginia and I was a little unsure of what to expect from this school and the children in it because of a few negative posts on here. However, I will say that my daughter loves this school. She has had a few instances with students but she stands up for herself! If it gets to a point where I feel I need to intervene then I email the teachers and principle (I always get a phone call back and updates). As parents we need to step in and take action if needed. We cannot expect teachers to handle or be aware of every situation that goes on, and our responsibility as parents doesn't stop just because they are at school. The post from 2/15/12 all I heard was you told your daughter to keep telling different teachers (which is the right thing to do), but maybe its time for you to contact the teachers and or principle via email or phone. To the parent who posted on 2/16: the answer is simple, parents have to be involved and communicate with teachers and principle, and not put off our responsibilities as parents onto teachers just because our kids are at school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

I am new parent to Providence Middle School and my son has not expressed any negative behavior being shown to him. Your comment posted on 2/15/2012 really disturbs me and I bothered about any child being tormented at school. Whatever the issue the administration (leaders) are responsible for the safety of all students. This is a problem and how do we as parents fix this?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

This school as really gone downhill since the recent principal and school board officials have come on. I've lived in the area for 10 years now, and I put two other children through this school. My 12 year old daughter has been getting absolutely tormented at this school. She has told me about kids bringing pills and weed to school, and trying to get her to use them in the bathroom. She was being picked on by another girl and physically being shoved and elbowed as the girl walked by in the hallway. I told her to keep telling the teachers and principal. It continued. I told her to tell the guidance counselor. It continued. They kept telling her to just ignore it. Just ignore it? Are you kidding me? One day during lunch, the girl smacked her in the face so she left the lunch room crying and called me to come get her. They suspended her for leaving the lunch room. She has also come home with answers to their SOL tests, which is a big part of how the schools get their funding. I'm in shock at the things going on here and the lack of caring from the school board. I'm trying to get my daughter out of here ASAP. Please, keep your child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

My wife and I enrolled our two middle schoolers in this school despite warnings from friends in the area not to enroll them here. We had to move because of a job relocation and were having trouble finding affordable housing in the area, accept for houses in this school district. Now I understand why houses are cheaper in this school district; nobody wants to live here! Our son went from straight A's to C's and D's, and our daughter went from A's and B's to three D's and an F. Fighting and out of control children are rampant at this school. When we contacted administrators about our son coming home crying because he was being bullied, we were told by administration that it was part of life and he'd just have to ignore it and figure out a way to move on. The school board was also no help. I can tell you, the one review is spot on. This school is definitely the ghetto school of Chesterfield. We are moving out of this school district asap!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2012

Also wanted to mention that this school does a very poor job of preparing the students for High School. Both of my kids (one in honors classes one not) rarely had homework. This block schedule does not work as kids have instruction for 1 hr or less and then they get to do whatever homework they have between this SOAR time or the unused 30 mins or so in each class period. Maybe if they went back to 6 classes a day same classes every day these kids would - one have some homework to keep them busy in the afternoon but over all are kept busy in school and these behavior issues would cease.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

PMS is pretty much known as "the ghetto middle school" in Chesterfield. When they put in new administration my 8th grade year I was glad it was my last. Fights increased and as far as I've heard they've done the same thing since. Definitely 1 of the more diverse schools also. Even though the academics aren't terrible, they don't prepare you for high school as well as I had hoped. Overall decent school.


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.

About these ratings

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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
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 Students71%
Female students75%
Male students68%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracial73%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students78%
Female students82%
Male students73%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial71%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English79%
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 students74%
Male students63%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students47%
Female students55%
Male students43%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students45%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English50%
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 Students59%
Female students65%
Male students54%
Black students55%
Asian students53%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial46%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English62%

English: Writing

All Students62%
Female students75%
Male students51%
Black students58%
Asian students47%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial53%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students71%
Female students68%
Male students74%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students72%
Female students70%
Male students74%
Black students70%
Asian students80%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial80%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students20%
Proficient in English77%
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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students70%
Female students80%
Male students63%
Black students71%
Asian students79%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial58%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English72%

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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  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Dr. Derek Wasnock

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  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Soccer
  • Track
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  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
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  • Track

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Richmond, VA 23235
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