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Landstown Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1502 students

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Posted April 17, 2014

Landstown Middle School is a great school! My children have been attending this school for the last three years and we have had no problems at all. It has been a wonderful experience for all of us. My children came from Christopher Farms elementary. Many of their friends went to another middle school close by in which they were zoned for and they have complained of bullying and fights at that school which is supposedly rated as an awesome school. I suppose there will be bullying at every school, it has been around forever and always will be but my kids have never complained about it here, I'm sorry that other parents/kids have experienced it but you can have your kids in an expensive private school and the bullying will be there too. Teachers at Landstown are very open and caring about our children. No complaints here whatsoever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2014

Landstown has been the worst experience for me as a student. I was bulled to the point of thinking that I could not go on any longer. I lost hope in every thing because of the students here. The students are full of them selves and will joke you until you loose hope in everything. The guidance counclers are very nice and help a lot but if you have the choice of sending your kid here, don't. Trust me as an 8th grader going into 9th. I hope high school is better.


Posted November 22, 2013

Son was bullied. When brought to the attention of assistant principal nothing was down. When my son finally got fed up and fought the kid they both got suspended and then the piece of trash bragged about it on Facebook and that his mom told him to talk about it offline. When I brought up that bulling was against school policies and the kid that was initiating the bulling should be expelled I was told I misinterpreted the guidelines. Not happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Landstown Middle is a great school! My daughter just started 6th grade and is in the Spanish immersion program here, that she started at Christopher Farms Elementary. She is zoned for another school but we decided we would give it a try. The teachers are awesome! I was very pleased at open house after meeting all her teachers. They really stay on the ball here. She is enrolled in all advanced classes and doing great so far. Admin here is very friendly. I was nervous about her enrolling in all advanced classes because of the rigors of these classes, but she loves all of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

My son started the 6th grade here in September and I have to say we are very pleased with this school overall. I have heard negative comments about this school prior to my son starting and I have to say, I was very nervous. I have had contact with many of his teachers already and have absolutely no complaints.. My son came from Christopher Farms Elementary which is a relatively a close-knit school and Landstwon is much more populated but he doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all. He is taking advanced classes even though his teachers at CFES didn't recommned it (they said classes would be too rigorous) and is getting mostyly A's and a few B's. Wow!! Parents, go with your gut instinct when you enroll your child in classes for 6th grade. The staff is extremely friendly at front security desk....never any problems, I have grown up here in Va Beach and attended the "Best" schools and there was bullying and fights in those schools as well. It is at EVERY school. My son said he doesn't see any of this and they are seperated from the 7th and 8th graders. Not saying there isn't in this school, but we have been fortunate to not encounter it. Awesome school and excellent faculty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

Love this school! Some of the other posts are bothersome. Bullying and discipline are issues in ALL schools. Most of the problems do not start in the school, but the school has to deal with it. Our family,with 4 children, has had nothing but great experiences at LMS. They were not perfect kids and had their share of parent/teacher conferences. Get in there. Talk to the teachers. Go to PTA events. Go to sports events. Go to Open House. I am always thanked for my involvement with my children's education by the teachers and principal. They do care. They have a great spirit for their school and students. There are very few schools in VB that offer the clubs, activities, and support that LMS does. Compare notes with parents from other schools, you'll see. Keep up the great work Landstown!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

My child is constantly being bullied. She was bullied her 6th grade year and now her 7th grade year. The administration has done nothing to help. The No-Bully Zone sign on the front door is a joke. They had 4 fights on Friday. This school needs a major overhall with their informing students of the consequences of treating people so disrespectfully! Parents BE WARE!!! This school is a nightmare. I can't wait until she's out of this school, I try to tell her it's not like this at other schools. Please choose a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

I have 2 identified gifted children (one in 6th & one in 8th) that attend this school. This is our third year there and we are very pleased with the teachers and also the staff. We came from Christopher Farms Elem. I do have to admit that it was a parental adjustment with how involved the parents are allowed to be in middle school. But it is probably for the safety of the students. The academics, foreign language programs, and athletics in this school are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2011

This school has got the worst reputation at the beach. I've had two children attended this school will not let my youngest go to school here. The teachers and faculty don't show any interest in the students. Most of the parents in my neighborhood find ways to get their children into PA middle. Overcrowding is another concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

I am a parent of a 7th grader at LMS, and have to say that we have been very pleased with the academics and extracurricular activities. The only really irritating thing we dealt with is their mindless policy on use of cell phones without regard to circumstances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2010

I go to LMS and in the 8th grade I have been their since my 6 th grade yeah...the school as a whole is amazing but its not very diverse and thats the only thing I hate
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2009

My son is currently attending LMS and is in the 6th grade. We absolutely love this school. The teachers really care about their students. They communicate well with the parents. We are in the military and unfortunately we are up for orders, if we had the opportunity to stay in Virginia my son would attend this school until he graduates, I am afraid I won't find a public middle school this good when we move. I give LMS 2 thumbs up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love that this school has so many extra-curricular activities to chose from, my daughter never gets bored. The teachers get an A+ from me as they all seem to love what they do and share that love with their students getting them excited to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

My daughter is clsoe to the end of her 2nd year @ LMS. As a fmily we have been very pleased with this school. The teachers all have been wonderful and more than willing to help. As far as all of the negative comments about discipline, I think that it is a good thing and am all for 'no tolerance' that is the way school should be. The teachers are not there to be babysitters for our children and as long as our kids know that we will stand behhind the discipline they are handed perhaps that will keep them from misbehaving to begin with. They are there to learn first and foremost. Overall my daughter has been nothing but happy and eager to go to school and her grades reflect that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

After reading the reviews I felt compelled to write. I have two children at LMS. I appreciate the strict security measures and discipline because I know that my children are safe and are being protected while they are in school. If a student is threatening other students or violating others right to an education they are dealt with swiftly with just consequences. This should be viewed as a positive thing not a negative one since students should know self-control and respect before they get to middle school. The teachers are great and are very accessible. The administration is fair and understanding. LMS is doing a great job of creating a safe neighborhood school in a somewhat rough area. The PTA provides good activities for the kids and is always visible. I've never heard a teacher say a negative thing about their school other than desiring more involvement from all parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

I have a daughter in the 7th grade,the school discipline is out of control and one way. Academic the school offers everything. Sports, at least have one sport as track were everyone can make the team even the slow kids sport keep kids out of trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

Warning to parents of special needs kiddos - be READY to advocate in behalf of your child and NEVER back down or give in & KNOW YOUR CHILD'S RIGHTS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

I've been going to this school for almost 3 years, I moved here in the middle of 6th grade. Overall I think that the teachers I have are pretty good, i haven't had one that doesn't care about their students. I've learned a lot and I'm involved in lots of after school activities. However, the school is a little bit too strict on smaller issues like the chewing of gum. That's not worth an ISS. Also, if you are tardy by even 1 minute just once, most teachers will take action and give you detention. I would understand if it was a persistent problem with the student, but not just once. Overall, it's a pretty good school if you know how to behave decently.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2006

As a parent of two students at Landstown, I'm quite concerned by the lack of a functioning PTA, the 'No Parents Allowed' policy, the threatening nature of the Principal (he is Way Too eager to call the cops), and the overall negative tenor of the school in general. I have had several teachers pull me aside to complain of poor working conditions and the 'police state' mentality of the admin. It's the communities school--can't the Principal get that?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

This is my students first year and a half at this school. There were a lot of policies that were not adhered to and I felt some staff abused the rules and does not take the well being of the student in mind. I understand that there is a 'no tolerance' policy however the 'victim' should not be punished. I ended up switching schools and my student went from C's to high B's. My overall satisfaction has been in the median.
—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.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

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 75% in 2013.

482 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

491 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students76%
Female students80%
Male students72%
Black students64%
Asian students73%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial72%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students68%
Female students69%
Male students66%
Black students55%
Asian students73%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial63%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%
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 Students76%
Female students79%
Male students72%
Black students62%
Asian students84%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial81%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students51%
Female students53%
Male students48%
Black students32%
Asian students75%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial58%
White students56%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students77%
Female students80%
Male students73%
Black students66%
Asian students77%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial78%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students67%
Female students74%
Male students60%
Black students56%
Asian students76%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial73%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students66%
Female students68%
Male students64%
Black students47%
Asian students70%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial67%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students83%
Black students67%
Asian students81%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial87%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

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 Students96%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black students90%
Asian students97%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Geometry

All Students99%
Female students99%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial92%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%
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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  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

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  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Mr. John T. Parkman
Fax number
  • (757) 430-3247

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Gym
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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