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Hidden Valley Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 761 students

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Posted May 15, 2014

I'm a student at HVMS and the teachers are absolutely great at teaching and they're very nice and helpful. Most of the people are super nice and are always there for you. There are many great classes to choose from that aren't in other schools, such as photography, art, crafts, keyboarding, foreign languages, and many other subjects. Although, some students happen to be very mean, by that I mean judgemental! If you have a mental disorder, you're most likely going to be bullied and made fun of. It's the sad truth. Even the teachers don't pay attention to the bullying in this school!! Just to let you know, this school is known as the "rich-kid" school, so almost everyone wears brand name clothing. I think this school is pretty okay, it's just not the best one. I've been to schools nearby and they're better, but that's my opinion. So, basically, the education is superb, yet some people are judgemental.


Posted March 21, 2014

HVMS shares the same name as a nearby country club causing many to mistakenly stereotype it's students. The truth is that HVMS students come from diverse backgrounds from both ends of the economic spectrum, with most reflecting the middle class majority of Roanoke County. The teachers and administration truly care about each student's well being and success. Their commitment to students's needs and academic excellence has twice earned HVMS the distinction of being named a Virginia School to Watch. No school is perfect, but HVMS teachers care about doing a good job and the leadership has successfully created a culture of learning and high expectations for all. This school is truly special!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

It does not get any better than Hidden Valley Middle! I have read plenty of positive reviews here of schools where low expectations, teacher laziness, and administrative intimidation prevail. It seems the misinformed opinions of a few vocal folks can skew a school's rating. Over the past few years Hidden Valley Middle has gone from good to GREAT in part because changing demographics have made the staff step up its game and sincerely work hard to meet the needs of every child. Middle school can be a rough time if life but this school tries hard to help kids through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2012

I think this school is very relaxed in some ways, but VERY STRICT in others. There are two policemen at Hidden Valley, and one comes every now and then with a dog to sniff lockers for drugs. And the students are vile! A family member of mine has been bullied constantly when she was in 6th grade. There are uncountable fights which happen almost on a daily basis. When my eldest family member first came to Hidden Valley Middle, the school was very good. It has rapidly gone down-hill, and now since I have been here I can say that it is really not a very good school at all. Just last Friday there were two fist-punching fights in the eigth-grade hallway. I would not say that this school is unsafe, but I would say, and I am, that it is not a good school to send a kid to. The kids who go there view you exactly as how you appear to be and are very judgmental, and drama and making-fun-of-poeple is apart of everyday school life here at Hidden Valley Middle.


Posted December 14, 2011

THis school is not for students who has disabilities. If your child is non-white, low income, low IQ, they will NOT be treated fairly. IF they are good in sports none of that applies. I am looking to move to a new school district. Going to the school board hasnt really helped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Apparently our child does not fit into this school's economic criteria or their mold for strict social guidelines. We moved here with high hopes expecting a better 'class' environment for our child than in the city. Tolerance and acceptance are not high on this school's list of priorities. Our son is unable to meet their expectations of him and is frustrated. We too will have to move him,if for no other reason, to protect his sense of worth. Social standing, your name, and your address count a lot here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

I am moving. And I'm sure I am not going to regret it. This school is all about cliques -you are either awesome or a loser- and the teachers certainly don't help that. If you decide to go here, get ready for a roller coaster. Although I had some amazing moments in this school, other schools are better. This school is filled with judging. All you have to do, is find the right friends, and act different with certain teachers. And in 8th grade, Pre-AP classes are a lot of work. Good luck,
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

My daughter is learning a lot, and not just in her classes. She really likes the band, and she seems to be having a good time and gaining some confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

Hidden Valley Middle School is a very modern and progressive school that genuinely tries help and improve children's learing process and there equal treatment of all Student's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

Very little cooperation between students and teachers. My daughter is leaving. Teachers do more of the bullying than students. Very prejudiced and work for the popular parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2006

Great teacher, over all a good school. The only thing is that there are TOO MUCH bullying and peer pressure involved that I had to move my kids to another district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

Great school if you can afford to live up to the standards the children demand of their peers, but you will need help if your child ever gets in trouble, begins to fail or becomes the subject of any gossip. The best thing I ever did was switch my child to another school to avoid endless bullying that got overlooked, especially when the bully was one of the popular or wealthier kids. Could be a great school if communication improved and fairness prevailed. Discipline is selective and unfairly distributed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2005

If your child is average or above you will not have any problems with Hidden Valley Middle, but if your child has any learning problems, they don't want anything to do with you, and that goes for all of Roanoke County Schools. I've been fighting for years to get help with very little success. They believe it they can't help your child no one else can and refuse to get outside help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

The teachers my daughter has had at HVMS have been very good at teaching what is required by the VA SOLs. There are art, music, and technology classes available. The choices in sports are expanding yearly. Parents are always at the school and my daughter feels safe there. I appreciate the so-called 'strict discipline'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2004

We expected great things at Hidden Valley, and academically it is one of the better schools in the area. The band is superb. However, the administration is not responsive. We moved our children out of this school. It was the best thing we could have done for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

Too much peer pressure to conform. Administrators who don't feel they are accountable to the parents. Way too status-conscious. My children are much happier since we pulled them out of Hidden Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

Great school!!!my kids have excelled at this school. I'm glad it's that strict. It's well run.Great teachers & staff. Very safe school. Lisa wood
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2004

Excellent school. Students are expected to do well in all areas, academics as well as conduct. Highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2004

Good learning facility but it is to strict. Woudnt recomend attending
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2004

The school has good instruction and a good staff. However, I have found that a good part of the student body seems to care little about their fellow classmates and teachers. Countless times I have heard other parents talking about how their child has been bullied or made fun of because of their religon, race, or most often, the amount of money their parents make.
—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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
English: Writing

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

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students89%
Female students87%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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 Students90%
Female students91%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%
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 Students91%
Female students90%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students91%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students95%
Female students94%
Male students95%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students92%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities97%
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) 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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
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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4902 Hidden Valley School Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: (540) 772-7570

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