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John Yeates Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1130 students

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Posted June 23, 2013

John Yeates is a great school with active parents and motivated kids. The faculty is always looking for ways to improve the learning environment with new projects and activities. I feel the academic challenge is adequate. I would like to see more extracurricular clubs and sports and of course adding Jr. National Honor Society would be a plus. These are more budget concerns and could be remedied by more support from our city council. We came to this school from a private school and we are very happy with our experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2012

I was looking for recent reviews of this school from this past school year, if anyone could help? I generally get a sense from the previous postings that its very structured and that could be great or stiffling as one review said. This may take away from a students learning experience. I did not see much complimenting the extra cirricular activities and placement for gifted students, has this improved since the last review was posted?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

JYMS is a great school. The principal is great and present at everything at the school. The teachers are outstanding. I was very nervous for my child to start middle school but all problems are dealt with quickly and there is not a problem with discipline at all. I love that they keep the grades seperated, they don't even pass in the halls at the same time. My child had a great year and we will miss this school! By the way, she was on the honor roll all year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

I am greatful for the sense of security and discipline at John Yeates. However, I feel that the school doesn't offer enough activities for students. I'm appalled that the school doesn't have National Junior Honor Society or Beta Club. I feel that the academic structure of the school is a bit too regimented. It seems as though my child is basically doing the same types of projects in all classes each year. Interactive notebooks are great, but come on guys. Let's try a little more imagination with our curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I attended this school for all three years, just moving to virginia for my 6th, and i had an incredible time :) I struggled a bit in 6th grade but it eventually evened out with help from my teachers and I was accepted into the IB program in 8th grade. The music program is also very nice. Although, Mr.Paquette is verry very wack outta this world, he teaches you what you need to know and more. He's a very very good teacher and although he's incredibly clueless as to whats going on in his class he's a great teacher. He greatly prepares you for a higher level of band and he has prepared us for marching band in high school :) (go warriors!! lol.) If it intrests you or your middle schooler I highly suggest joining his class in sixth grade and continuing through high school. It's worth it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2008

I think JYMS is a great school. Every thing is great there. The principal is great the staff are nice, the teachers are fantastic, and I could go on forever but the main thing I am saying is if you ever get a chance to send your child there, you really should. You won't regret it :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2008

i love(d) john yeates. Unfortunately, I had to move to Charlotte,North Carolina. We have fun, the teachers are ok, the food isn't all of that but its ok. I made a lot of friends and quick. My favorite teacher was Ms. Bougouneau.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2007

Discipline is the main objective at this school. It's unfortunate, but the teachers seem constantly on the defensive and the administration's principal objective is to maintain order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2006

This school is great I mean at sometimes Suffolk schools can get a little shaky and the teachers can too but other than that John Yeates couldn't be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2006

We moved here from Penn. right at the beginning of the 2nd semester. The Pennsylvania school was much further along in Math and Science and the guidance counselor at John Yeates was quite upset with the fact that they were taking courses that weren't offered here. The principal stepped in and allowed my 8th grade child to be bussed to the high school (and receive high school credit) for math and science but they would not allow my 6th grade child to take 7th grade science and math because of the way things are scheduled there. She was bored to tears- and wasn't tested for the gifted program until it was too late to join. Organization within the school itself is also very shaky- no one ever seems to know what the others are doing. And we knew of NO extracurricular activities at all- not even 7&8 grade cheerleading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

My daughters attended this school for a total of 6 years combined. During that time the demographics of the school's population had not changed much, 50% whites and 50% other. The atmosphere is generally tolerable and the teachers adequate. I find that there is alot of ridgid structure which somewhat gurantees order, however, stifles the child from learning how to navigate indepedently which is of paramount importance when they arrive to high school. Teachers tend to micro-manage the kids and not offer the freedom to be autonomous in alot of areas. As a very involved parent I found that visibility is the ticket to getting information and letting those there know you are very involved with your child and expect your child to be viewed and treated in a respectable manner.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
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 Students80%
Female students83%
Male students79%
Black students73%
Asian students100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial71%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian students100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial88%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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 Students75%
Female students80%
Male students69%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial89%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Math

All Students72%
Female students75%
Male students70%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%
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 Students71%
Female students76%
Male students67%
Black students66%
Asian students73%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial68%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

English: Writing

All Students59%
Female students66%
Male students53%
Black students52%
Asian students55%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial48%
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Math

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students73%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial68%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Science

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students83%
Black students74%
Asian students91%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial78%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%
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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students96%
Female students97%
Male students95%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

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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4901 Bennetts Pasture Rd
Suffolk, VA 23435
Phone: (757) 923-4105

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