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6-8
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Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 1,564
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4696 Princess Anne Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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(757) 648-4800
(757) 474-8598
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June 08, 2014
I'm an 8th grade student at Larkspur Middle, this is my last year at this school. I transferred late last year from Portsmouth Public Schools because of bullying. Moving had to be one of the best choices I've made and attending this school was even better. Yes, there are still bullies etc, every school has them, you honestly just have to find your 'group' of people and you will go many places. The administration at Larkspur are very good people, although from my point of view they do overreact on somethings, but if your parent talks to them in a respectful manor & you as a student talk to them in a respectful way and explain yourself they tend to look at the decision. Regardless, I do recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2014
I love my school, it's great! I've seen negative reviews, but that's how it is when you're this young. You just have those days. I personally don't think anything wrong with the school. When something breaks, they get it fixed relatively quickly. The teachers are okay as long as you're a good student. The one thing I think the school has a problem with is how they deal with discplinary action. I've seen countless times where they've made a bad call on suspension or even expulsion. This is mainly at the fault of the higher administration. Other than that, I love the school, and I don't await the day where I go to highschool. Keep on rocking lions! :)

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2014
I am a student here. This school honestly still treats us like children. I gave it 2 because they try.

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2013
Larkspur Middle School is a great school. It all depends on what team your on. In sixth grade, I was in the giraffes which is the best team, or smartest team, to be on. The teachers were great, which was especially important since I was taking all advanced classes. The teachers didn't just pass or fail you, they made sure you understood and could be competent in the subject. I love larkspur and some of my relatives went there before I did and said the same.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2013
This school doesn't even deserve a star but I had to give it at least one. :( My son attends this school. It is by far the worst school we have ever had our son in. The teachers cannot control their classes, they do not care about their students, and the guidance department is horrible. I would NOT recommend this school to anybody. They do nothing to those that bully kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
My son is currently attending LMS as a 7th grader. This is his second year and he loves it. His teachers are great, and contact me personally, per my request, to periodically update me on his progress. He is an honor student and half of his classes are advanced courses. My son tells me how his teachers make learning interesting and appealing to him, and it makes me proud to know I have my son in a school where the teachers care about the students and are involved with their academic progress.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
All 3 of my sons have attended Larkspur M.S. The school is very large but I have always been very impressed by the personal attention my children have gotten from teachers, guidance and principals. The principal and teachers run things very professionally and treat the kids and parents with respect. No school is perfect and I'm sure the school has the normal challenges with having 1500 middle schoolers together as they go through the changes that puberty brings. My overall impression is that they handle it very well.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2011
when i first went to larkspur i thought it was going to be a horriable school and when i finally went the school changed mylife now i make awesome grades and in 8th grade there and it is one of the best schools i have been to in virginia beach the teachers are nice, friendly, and fun. When i had issues with a group of kids i told the assistant pricipal and she got it stopped forme... awsome school....

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2010
Well i'm an 8th grade advanced student in Larkspur for the 2010-2011 school year. I have been going here since 6th grade. It is very fun, teachers are very nice, and almost every student is really nice and easy to get along with. I'll be sad when I leave for high school next year!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2010
2010 is my child's first year in middle school. She felt very comfortable and was not intimidated by a larger school and older children. The 6th grade program encourages parents and students to become more familiar with what to expect and what is expected of students. The staff is kind and professional, and always open for communication. The school is well organized with guests and how they are to sign in; it is a sense of security to know that the school will not let just anyone in the building. There is a process and everyone is expected to adhere to it. I feel the students are safe and receiving a good education.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
The teachers & staff care so much and they really put more than 110% into their jobs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
The principal is great and really wants the kids to be a part of the school community.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
the food has mold the floor are dirty under the desk is gum every where

- submitted by a student
no rating August 04, 2009
Larkspur is the best middle school in my opinion. The teachers are great. Classes are easy. I was inducted into the national junior honor society (NJHS). I am now going into the 9th grade at Kempsville High School and I am going to miss Larkspur greatly. Thanks for the best three years of my school years so far. Miss this school so much. Haha. If you have a chose go to Larkspur Middle School.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
This school is decent. The staff are fun, although not the most experienced or best. The education, I would say is not really that good. It's enough to make me say its good enough. Friends in it are cool sometimes.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 07, 2008
I have 2 children attending this school and I am very pleased. Parents can be involved as much as they want to. I strongly recommend parents to volunteer just an hour a week to make your own opinion of the school. If you want to set up a conference with your childrens teacher you call the counselor and they will set it up for you. Teachers are willing to help your children and have tutoring sessions for students. You have easy access to the Larkspur web sight to e-mail teachers with your concerns and the teachers take the time to e-mail you back. I do know Larkspur is a caring school and wants ALL the children to succeed, but you cannot expect a school to do everything for your child, it takes family involvement for a students success too.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
This school is alright. I'm going into 7th grade this year, and I think the advanced courses are right on par for me. The downside is, sometimes it feels very institutional. The teachers are quite strict about things. Some of the teachers are real characters, too. I won't name names.

- submitted by a student
June 18, 2008
This school does not care about there students. They are very cold hearted. I have yet to meet a parent that is happy with this school. I am a military wife and know many mothers. The do not seem to want to take the extra step to help the children that need that extra push. I will do everything in my power to make sure my youngest does not have to go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2008
My daughter is in the 8th grade and will be going to Bayside Health and Science Academy thanks to the challenging courses my daughter had the opportunity to take while at Larkspur Middle School. I can't say enough about our great school. My son still has two years left there and I could not be happier. You can always trust that your child will be academically challenged and safe while attending Larkspur. Things happen in every school but I assure you when something happens at LKMS it is quickly under control thanks to the Administration. My favorite Vice Principle would have to be Mrs. Norris she keeps the 8th graders under control at all times. I don't know how she does but I know she does. The kids respect her and like her. I hope this reveiw helps any parent who is new to the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 26, 2008
My daughter is still doing well in this school and remains on the Honor Roll. She has been accepted to Bayside Academy thanks to her teachers and guidance counselors who wrote her rave reviews, and have been very helpful and supportive of her. What a change from the last school she attended nearly two years ago, when she was failing and the teachers didn't support or help her to achieve. The teachers at Larkspur, and the guidance counselors are the best!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 14, 2008
I love Larkspur Middle School. My Husband and I have a daughter who is in the 8th grade and our son who is in the 6th grade. They are both in Advance Placement courses which challenge them and give them opportunites for the future. I love the teachers at lkms. They are so supportive to the parent and student. Mrs. Morris the 8th grade principle is the Best. She has is so remarkable with the students. She keeps control with firmness but is fair at the same time. We are lucky to have her watching over our students. Everyone is wonderful at the school. Parents don't feel worried about your child attending there because, they will have a great learning experience there. I know we have and look forward to a bright future.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2008
We are very pleased with this school. Our son feels comfortable and independent there. He is in 6th grade and we first worried about the transition from elementary to middle, since he was coming from another city, but he has adjusted very well. This school offers advanced science, math and english courses for him, where he feels very challenged but not overwhelmed. Additionally, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students do not intermingle throughout the day, which we believe eases the transition to middle school. Each grade level is in its own wing, basically it's like 3 schools in one.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 13, 2008
I Love LKMS its da best school in the world. Go Lion!

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2007
My daughter was making D's until she came to Larkspur. Now she has been on the Honor Roll for the last year. She raves about her teachers, and her entire attitude has changed. She is encouraged, and this makes her want to do well. 100% turnaround from the last school she attended.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
October 02, 2007
Larkspur is a very educated school I love it their everything is just rght the people are nice (if you choose the right friend0 the teachers actually help you instead of telling you your wrong and thing like that I love it

- submitted by a former student
July 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I would like to commend Dr Cunningham for her efforts, leadership, and hard work with educating our children. It's not an easy job to get up everyday, come to school and deal with someone else's child. Over the past 3 yrs, I have seen Larkspur evolve into one of the leading middle schools in the area. There has been various programs as stated previously that have been influential and successful in the development of our children. I ask that parents also be mindful that it's not just the teachers responsilbility to educate our children, it's also ours. My daughter has flourished at Larkspur entering into the 8th grade next year. I have enjoyed working with the Principal, teachers, and staff. My daughter is not perfect, no child is. As parents we need to be more proactive in everything that involves our children, especially education. Less timeon the telephone and watching television.

- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2007
Larkspur is not about the individual child. They can gt lost in the system really quickly if the parent is not paying attention. Our child went from Honor Roll in 5th grade to struggling all year in 6th grade. When did we find out there were issues way to late to make a difference. If I could take my child to a smaller, more personable school I most definitely would!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2007
I do not like Larkspur Middle School. There are a lot of fights and the administrators do a horrible job at discipline. The teachers think that they a perfect and that everything we do wrong is all our fault and that we are lazy. Some of the teachers are good though. I am in 8th grade and just finished tech ed with Mr. Pugh. He is great. Overall this school is not the worst but could be a lot better. I hope that Kempsville High is better.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
Excellent school. The before/after school tutoring program for the students who need it is an obvious showing of the teachers & schools committment to providing a good program. The school is enormous for a Middle School and has over 1900 students. Each grade has their own 'wing' and is divided into teams. The grade separation and 'teams' help to relieve the feeling of being a number in a large crowd. Most of the teachers make a great effort to get to know their students and set a good example by their appearance and behavior.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
I personally like Larkspur Middle School. My twin sister and I actually enjoy coming to Larkspur every morning.It was a fun, and an exciting 1st year of middle school. Now we can't wait to go to back there for 7th grade in less than 1 month.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2006
I personally like Larkspur Middle School . I will be an eighth grader in the school as of next year, & the school is safe . There are fights but there are officers & teachers in every hallway so when fights break out, they are stopped immediately . I also love the art program . Ms Burton is very good at her job . I am taking keyboarding, art, advanced core classes, & full spanish 1 next year .

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2006
Currently, I am an eighth grader at Larkspur Middle School. The school is ... Eh? Okay. The extracurricular activities are decent. Last year, in 6th grade I was in art, but since I was pushing to take a full year language I had to miss out on Art. The art program at this school is marvelous, especially if you get Mr. Obermeyer. There are an awful lot of fights at this school & most of the time I only feel 50% safe. The school isn't the best, a lot are better.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
I have heard a lot of bad thing about this school, but in the time I have had my daughter there, I was really impressed. The teachers have taken time and special care with my daughter. The guidence office is always helpful and concerned about her education and happiness at the school. I have nothing negative whatsoever to say about Larkspur. My daughter has blossomed there.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 29, 2005
Larkspur is a great school with a bad rap. My children both attended the school and learned great things inside the classroom as well as skills to use outside of school. The teachers my children had were good and I heard almost all grand things about them. I think Larkspur gets bad attention due to its proximity to a high school with a not so good reputation. One of my children went through advanced classes at Larkspur while my other child went through with their special education program. I have nothing but good things to say about the teachers and the counselors that I have dealt with.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
The counselling dept has far to go. If a parent does not push, then a child could be left behind in their efforts to move up into accelerated, academy, governor's magnet or any other honor classes. We know, it happened to us but we still succeeded. The other child has been ignored except with any infractions occur, those are magnified without the school investigating the full story. That also has happened to us, but we fought back by using logic and requesting how this child is different from other children. When this was confronted, we found the school could not find him guilty of being any different from other children who were not 'acting out'. I don't think the school system is for the individual child but the accreditation as a whole, to the point of ignoring problems which can be handled with understanding and fairness.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
I hated Larkspur.I went from honor roll in elementary school to failing middle school.They blame 'US' the students instead of their inability to teach.They do give you extra credit things to do so you can pass at the last minute. They can't fail us all, that would look bad on them; wouldn't it?If you have problems, they accuse you of being lazy, immature or adjusting to middle school.They say this even when you are an eigth grader.They can never take blame.Principal and assistant principals are cool.They have an awesome music department.There are alot of clicks at this school.Lots of fights too.SOME teachers cuss and act more like students then teachers, but they expect us students to respect them anyhow.I am thankful that my HS teachers behave like teachers should.They're helping me makeup for all my lost time at Larkspur.There are a few wonderful teachers there, and I do mean a few!

- submitted by a former student
September 30, 2004
This is our second year at this school the first year was little it getting use to the school is large but I notice adminstration to very polite a little more organized than I expected for such a large school the children seem to love and teachers are willing to work with you and your child as long as you commounicate with them the PTa I did have to call the president to get involed I was not too impressed with that As a parent I think Larkspur is a good school for our children however more parent need to continue to be involved if the want to see any changes.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2004
I moved to the state of Virginia in 6th grade, afraid of being bullied and not having any friends. Larkspur is a very welcoming enviroment where I feel safe and can make new friends every day. The principal, Mr. Brumfield, is excellent and I belive that he truly loves coming to work everyday and seeing the students. Also, upon entering Larkspur, my grades have improved. I am in the National Junior Honor Society! I have also been accepted into First Colonial - the law studies academy. I will miss Larkspur so much when I leave but I'll still have all that I've learned.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2004
This is a wonderful school. Yes it is big but it is a school were all the grades are in a different hall way so you dont have to worry about your child being bullied. For 6th graders, dont worry lockers are easy and your teachers will help you. Your gym and cafeteria are just down the hall. Changing classes are easier for you because the classes are right next to each otrher. All the teachers and this is a good school. I hope that everyone agrees with my comments!

- submitted by a former student
January 29, 2004
This school is the most unorganized of any in the city. There is confusion on a daily basis and no real direction. My child came from Arrowhead Elementary where there was a great reading program and great parent-teacher communication. The communication ended when he came to Larkspur. If the PTA wants a parent to get involved, how would you know--we are never notified of any meetings. On an early dismissal day, no one knows what they are doing and the children are in total confusion. It is a terrible waste. They need some lessons from the staff at Arrowhead. The library went from a wonderful thing at Arrowhead to an off limits room at Larkspur. Even former teachers have left due to the lack of leadership and total lack of organization there. Something needs to change now.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2003
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Larkspur Middle School
4696 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA  23462
(757) 648-4800
Last modified Larkspur Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Larkspur Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top