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Larkspur Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1564 students

 

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Posted June 8, 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.


Posted 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! :)


Posted March 8, 2014

I am a student here. This school honestly still treats us like children. I gave it 2 because they try.


Posted 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.


Posted April 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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....


Posted December 1, 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!!!


Posted November 7, 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


Posted April 25, 2010

The teachers & staff care so much and they really put more than 110% into their jobs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The principal is great and really wants the kids to be a part of the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

the food has mold the floor are dirty under the desk is gum every where
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted July 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

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 Students70%
Female students71%
Male students68%
Black students57%
Asian students86%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial89%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students77%
Female students77%
Male students76%
Black students68%
Asian students94%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial85%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English77%
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 Students72%
Female students76%
Male students69%
Black students60%
Asian students86%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial85%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English73%

Math

All Students46%
Female students45%
Male students47%
Black students37%
Asian students43%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial69%
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English46%
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 Students64%
Female students68%
Male students61%
Black students58%
Asian students76%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial69%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English64%

English: Writing

All Students58%
Female students68%
Male students47%
Black students47%
Asian students73%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial59%
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English58%

Math

All Students50%
Female students50%
Male students50%
Black students37%
Asian students69%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial50%
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

Science

All Students67%
Female students60%
Male students74%
Black students53%
Asian students76%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial70%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English68%
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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students95%
Asian students96%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial97%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English98%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
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%
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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Special education coordinator
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Matthew Delaney
Fax number
  • (757) 474-8598

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
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  • Chaperone school trips
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4696 Princess Anne Rd
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