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Brookland Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1041 students

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Posted September 15, 2014

I rated this school at a one because of controversial math program called note- shot well achieve . Now the program is, producing some of the poorest SOL results in the state. We often wonder how the program continues with such awful records. It made these statements, "African americans just can t learn fractions" the program sets parameters to long division all year long, while the programs differentiates lesbianism into the target specific lessons. It introduces shapes,in the program terms such as bisect is presented in shot well math using bisexuals as the example. Students are taught that bisect, is like bi or bisexuals with encouraging follow up questions, yawl know what that means right?! We now see the correlation between program promoters lack of ethical standards and student achievement. We are enrolling in other classes this year. PTA Member
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This is my last year at Brookland, finally. I rated this school at a one because of the things I'm about to tell you about. Let me start out with the students, the students at this school are loud, they don't care about their education, and they get into to many physical fights. Secondly, the teachers, the teachers at this school don't care about our future and our education. I would have to say some teachers can teach and care but a lot don't. They don't teach us well, they go through material to fast. When we don't past quizzes, or test they put it on us. Also the administration is rude. They want us to pass the SOL so bad, but the teachers just can't do their jobs. Thirdly the lunch at this school is quite terrible, the food is dry, messy, and the pizza's are always non-cooked. Don't get me wrong there are good teachers and students out there.


Posted April 7, 2014

Took me 3 days to get someone from administration to return my call, very poor communication skills in the office. Certain issues need to be followed up on and things need to be addressed probably not brushes aside. There are some good teachers here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

That the Administration is neglectful in their decision making, when it is proven that a teacher has treated your child adversely through out the year. And then decide at the end of the year to change the child to a different class, when at this point will not have a positive impact on his grades or his self esteem. The Administration should investigate and actually keep to the action plan that was discussed with the concerned parent and not let things fall by the wayside. There are good teachers at Brookland, that are their as an educator and role models; and those teachers I give kudos to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

My daughter attended Brookland Middle for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Her first year at Brookland was okay. I was giving the school the benefit of the doubt because it is a very old school. Her seventh grade year, they started the construction to renovate the school. In my opinion, her last year was awful because she was given incorrect information to prepare her for high school. We had a few issues with a couple of her teachers, but got the issues resolved with a few calls to the Assistant Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

Horrible school. I wish I had some other alternative for my 6th grade daughter. She is picked at and bullied from the moment she steps onto the bus and the drivers and teachers do nothing. The impression they give is that they don't want to be bothered. If your child is at all different or emotional don't send them. They won't be allowed to defend themselves and the staff won't do it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2013

My son is starting his third year and the 8th grade at bms and it really has been a good surprise. I also heard alot of bad comment about this school that were really unjusified. He has had really good teachers who truly cares about his success. He has not had any bad altercations with any other kids and has made good friends. He has received honor roll several times. The renovations look great and are a true plus for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

My daughter started Brookland in 2013. The school year has just started, and I'm not sure quite what to think. I'd heard a great number of negative comments about the school and went to talk to the principal during the summer. He seemed like a nice fellow who genuinely cared about the students and was doing everything he could to ensure their safety and academic success. He helped us sign up for the "cub camp" introductory program and even gave us his direct cell phone number to call if there were any problems. My daughter had honestly been terrified about going to the school until that point. His reassurances quelled her fears, thankfully. Now that she has been in class for a few weeks, I can say that the teachers are nice, my daughter is happy, and academics seem to be in fine form. But there have been organizational issues and problems with distributing the school-mandated laptops that leave me a little worried. Worse, the principal has yet to return any of my phone calls. Bottom line: I think I like Brookland. I'm fairly certain my daughter will do well, even thrive. But I cannot shake that concern. So my final judgment will wait until I've seen a little more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

I wish i had done my research on this school before i moved to the area. From the first day i went to the school it was such a turn off, some students dressed as if they were going to the club,teachers sent about 3 students to the office to change. The students were using foul language and teachers just walked by without saying a word, seems like they are afraid of the students. On the first day my child started, he was teased about his clothes being "Gay" which was just a regular buttoned shirts and jeans, they asked if he was "Gay" because he has a "soft voice"..note he is in 6th grade. Students throw papers across the classroom. He was also grabbed on the butt which made him uncomfortable. I can go on and on about what happened during his first week at the school. He is coming from Pocahontas Middle School and i would definately give them a 10 star. I am not saying all the students are that bad, but something needs to be done at this school. They need to be more strict. Will definately be trying to move my child, i honestly fear for his safety. I feel so bad when my child comes home crying to me that he doesn't wanna go back there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

I only hear the teachers are good there, but we all hope there will be parental improvement quickly?


Posted October 7, 2010

Two of my children have attended BMS and it is terrible. Henrico County does NOT care about the well being of our children or our teachers. Some of the teachers and staff are great. Some of them need to GO. The administration is terrible and the children are basically permitted to do what they please, because the admin. staff does not want to deal with it. The classes are again over populated and the teachers appear to all hate it there. Maybe when Henrico gives this school a badly needed face lift and they get rid of some of the staff that should retire and or find another line of work, the school will improve. In conclusion Henrico NEEDS to step in, for our children"s education is at stake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

Brookland Middle School is one of the best schools in the county. The teachers have been extermely communicative with me, about my child and go beyond the call of duty to help their students. I feel that folks are judging the school to harshly. You get what you give. If you are not involved or interested in your childs education, then you can't complain if you get nothing back. They have been great with my child, and I know when my second child attends in a couple of years it will still be excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

My son is in his second year at BMS. His teachers are great in that they communicate with me and understand his learning disabilities. The problems we have encountered have been some of the students and how they seem to get away with their inappropriate behavior that includes language and bullying. Another area of concern is the administrators' attitude in dealing with problems - there have been a number of times when I have called to speak to someone and it is 2 days before a call is returned and then then response is 'Oh, well.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

I have a lot to say about Brookland. Most teachers are fantastic, with very few exceptions. The curriculum in the advanced/accelerated classes is challenging. If you had trouble in private school, you can try the regular classes. If you breezed by in private, the accelerated classes are a perfect fit! Athletics are good and the classrooms are tidy. The gym is nice, as well. You can carry around your book bag so you don't forget something in your locker as in most schools. The students at BMS are kind for the most part, and the principal and administrators are understanding. Technology is wonderful. You get the privilege of having an apple iBook. You can use it for reports, slide shows, and even making web sites. There are a few drawbacks. However, it could all be solved if people went straight to class without hanging out in the hall. Go Cubs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2009

This school needs to be shutdown. 1.health for children 2. teachers are horrible 3.way to many restictions on the computers 4. has no renovations 5.teachers dont care about the students
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2008

I think(As a 6 grader Of BMS), That the school is great. I love the campus and the teachers are Fantastic. I have no problems with the view or the students. I have a lot of friends there and i enjoy being there. It is not a lot of homework,And i Like how it is like a College Campus. The computers are cool.Brookland is the best school Ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2008

My child attend Brookland 2 years ago. The school was horrible. He was in all advanced classes, their were so many dicipline problems learning was almost impossible. The administration and county leaders should be ashamed to have Brookland preforming so badly. The reputation in the distric is embarrising. The teachers are VERY aware of the behavior issues but choose to look the other way until the poblems are out of control. I will never send any of my other children to Brookland. My son had serious making up to do once he entered high school due to the lack of education he recieved at Brookland(and he ws an advanced Honors student there). Patents should explore EVERY aternitave option before enrolling their child. One last note,the students for the most part are not children you want influencing your pre-teen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

My children are new to public school this year, and they are loving Brookland. They love the campus-style layout (one loves talking about things going on 'around campus'). The teachers have been great, and the accelerated level classes are terrific. The 'regular' level classes are fine, though from what one of my children says, there are a lot of students present in these classes that are not interested in learning. Go for accelerated classes, if possible. Guidance is extremely helpful, and the principal is very friendly and interactive with students, teachers, and parents alike. My daughter was thrilled when she started a chat with her on 'School Space.' Yes, the school is old (though I understand that it will be undergoing a facelift) and it is not a perfect environment, but there is much to recommend it, and the high standards of Henrico Co. Schools are very much in evidence here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

Brookland is old and broken. My daughter hates the school. I have never seen a school so filled with hate until I seen Brookland. I would prefer a school that is more interested in learning or the education of children. Henrico county schools are a full grade level behind on History. And I find that is an issue. These kids are not stupid. They are very bright.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

I have had two children to attend Brookland Middle School and they have thrived here. My children's pediatrician also attended Brookland and has good things to say about BMS. It is a wonderful school that you will get as you give.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
98%
History and Social Science

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

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n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students53%
Female students59%
Male students46%
Black students40%
Asian students70%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial90%
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English54%

Math

All Students62%
Female students66%
Male students59%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracial80%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English63%
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 Students68%
Female students72%
Male students64%
Black students62%
Asian students71%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial78%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students41%
Female students41%
Male students41%
Black students36%
Asian students59%
Hispanic33%
Multiracial47%
White students53%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities44%
Limited English proficient students26%
Proficient in English43%
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 students73%
Male students62%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial82%
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English70%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students82%
Male students64%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracial76%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students50%
Female students52%
Male students49%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial73%
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English52%

Science

All Students58%
Female students58%
Male students58%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English61%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students91%
Female students97%
Male students83%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Geometry

All Students96%
Female students93%
Male studentsn/a
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
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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