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Virginia Beach, VA

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4722 Jericho Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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(757) 473-5106
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October 07, 2014
Kemps Landing Magnet School is truly the best middle school around. Before going there, I went to private school and actually found the quality of education to be much better at KLMS than at my old school. The teachers are great, and strive to make sure that all the students succeed. 6th grade is normally a struggle for all students, and it is not uncommon to stay up past midnight to finish homework. Despite this, KLMS has an amazing program. Although all sixth graders must take Latin, in seventh and eighth grade they have the opportunity to continue Latin, or start Spanish, French, or Japanese. For math (I'm not sure if they still do this), children who score well on a test were able to learn Algebra I in sixth grade. Overall, the classes really do prepare a child for high school. Parents, take note: do not send your child here simply because he/she is gifted and the school has a good education. Your child needs to be motivated to learn and work hard so that he/she will not fall behind in class, which is an issue that I have observed throughout my years here.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2014
KLMS is an awesome school. The rumors of tons of homework in 6th grade are true. I'm hoping the rumor that homework decreases in 7th & 8th is equally true. My child came from ODC so we knew what to expect but it was still a bit of a transition. Your child must WANT to go to this school. My child has gotten straight A's the first 3 quarters of 6th grade because she wants it but she is stressed out a lot. KLMS definitely stretches her to her maximum potential. Orchestra alone is worth going to this school. Mr. Baird's orchestra program is incredible. My child is flourishing in his class. Even on days when we want to quit, we stay due to the outstanding orchestra program. The pre-algebra teacher is frustrating because she teaches by giving the kids worksheets to figure out instead of working the new concepts with them. The other core teachers are great. Latin teacher is great. Overall, great experience for gifted kids. It's nice that their classmates are all similarly gifted and friendships are easier in this environment for "smart" kids. Parental support is critical for success in 6th grade. I have seen huge strides in organization and work habits this year. Necessary to survive!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
My child is happy and finally starting to achieve to the best of their ability. What more can I ask? Having previously been to a school where we felt that our child was not having the chance to reach their full potential - it is reassuring to see them being stretched at KLMS. Whilst not achieving the highest scores in the Grade, I can see growth, both academically and in maturity, and my child is starting to grasp important life skills, such as being proactive, organized, hard working and working smartly. Yes, we have had complaints about the amount of work and grumblings about the odd teacher. However, we know that, as the parent of a new 'middle-schooler', we would see all of those points in any school (and to a point, see it as preparation for adult life). To us, the fact that our child has good friends, is happy, achieving better than ever before and has a positive, well-adjusted outlook, tells me that we have done the right thing. I highly commend this school to you.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
This school was amazing. All the teachers are awesome and everyone is friendly. This school is a calm and peaceful environment and would enter my kids in here any day.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
This is my son's last year at Kemps Landing. I couldn't be more impressed at the level of excellence the teachers here deliver. If you have a chance to send your child here, do not hesitate!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
There's really too much of everything at this school. They expect you to be gifted in everything. I'm not, I'm mostly gifted in the humanities, and the advanced math and science was really difficult for me. I have had 1/3 good math teachers while at Kemps Landing, and when your math teacher is bad and you are bad at math- life is hard. Expect 3 hours of homework and up to 3 tests a week Students are taking an extra class for a language. I then dropped PE to take another additional class, and it's crazy. I love the class, but it's really super hard to keep up. My self esteem is really low because I haven't had a chance to shine or excel in anything for 3 years. If you are good at math and science, you would like it because the humanities teachers know that most gifted students have a hard time with them. The students are great, and I've made lifelong friends, but the pressure is overwhelming. I think some people can do this, but not most. I'm a perfectionist, so it's hard for me to go here and not be able to always get 100%. I do well, but it's tough. Be ready.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2012
KLMS was an amazing experience for me. I feel it has truly prepared me for High School. As far as classes and teachers go, it really depends on who you get. Most teachers really want to help the student succeed and some seem like they want to just go through the required information as fast as possible. But these are few and far between. As a previous review stated, the child going really should want to be there. This will not only make doing the work easier but the social experince as well. The great thing about KLMS is that, if you so choose, when you apply for High School Academies, many of the friends you made at KLMS will probably be going there as well.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2012
I wanted to add a couple of things to my previous review. If a student comes here straight from their neighborhood elementary school they will probably find it more stressful than if they came up through ODC simply because they are used to being challenged and don't know anything different. Also, I think it is important that the child want to go there. Kids that are forced to attend sometimes don't apply themselves to the extent needed to succeed. Finally, as several others have mentioned, there are virtually NO fights, cliques, etc and this type of environment gives these kinds of kids, who might otherwise struggle socially in a regular middle school, a chance to shine without the social pressure.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
I would like to put the rumor of too much homework to rest. I never had a problem with the amount. If you just hop off the internet for 30-60 min, then you can definitely get the normal load done. The only exceptions are projects, reading novels, and if you continue Latin as a language. I've never stayed up past 11pm doing homework and that only happened twice. Next the classes. Classes are not college level at all. Most are high school level. My high school classes now require more attention then any of my past KLMS classes. Do the work and things go smoothly. BUT there are times where you really feel like high school that require prioritizing anytime management, but even those are not too hard. Plus they are a great stepping stone to high school. The teachers are great and give a very hands on approach and will give individual help. They care greatly and there is even a time set aside for a more personal experience if needed or a small "break" but I use that term loosely. To some this up, the homework comes in little to medium amounts that are very manageable. The classes are high school level yet they are taught with middle school kids in mind.

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2011
As a VERY recent graduate of Kemps Landing, I would have to say that this school is bittersweet. Sure, some of the posts about too much homework are correct, but this homework will prepare me for high school which is coming up in a couple of months. Us at KLMS, we like to think of ourselves as one big family. I honestly do not believe that there is another public school in the city that can say that about themselves. The teachers are get to know us well and they teach us very well. Although my positive rant of KLMS seems like Kemps is sunshine and rainbows, the teachers can seem to forget that we are teenagers who have social lives and only 24 hours in a day. Projects are very interactive and creative. They usually apply to a real life situation. I have heard from former KLMS students that their freshman year was a breeze. Kemps Landing will prepare your child for the best and worst of what is to come in life. It has taught me many lessons and has tested many other's morals and beliefs. This school, according to me, would be a 6 star school. Sadly, that is not a choice...

- submitted by a community member
December 09, 2010
SO MUCH WORK! I TALKED TO A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO SAID THEY DID THE MOST WORK AT KLMS THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. SCHOOL IS YOUR LIFE. COLLEGE CLASSES FOR 8TH GRADERS, REALLY? WHATS THE RUSH? WHY DO THEY NEED TO KNOW SO MUCH AT THE BEST TIME OF THEIR LIVES?

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
This school does not provide a good learning experience. They expect you to know and excel in things that you might not have learned a bit about in elementary school. They think that homework is a good idea. In some cases it is. It refreshes the memory of what you learned that day. But KLMS thinks that it is really good. REALLY good. It piles the students with homework so they remember and "get smarter". Don't get me started on the SRP stuff. My brother and I do not like this school. Thank you.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
My son is now a 3rd year at UVA. He is carrying a double major and also involved in many activities. KLMS provided him with a wonderful, strong base in regards to learning, studying, honor code, and community service. He has continued with all those through college. It was his decision to go to KLMS and then PA IB. Life isn't always easy and you have to work for what you want. If it is YOUR CHILD'S decision to go to KLMS they will succeed. The teachers at KLMS will educate and prepare your child for the future ahead in ways that cannot be measured. There are about 20 students from KLMS, of the same class my son was, now attending UVA. All succeeding. That says it all!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2010
I just want to say that KLMS is an outstanding school. I'm going into 8th grade there and throughout 6th and 7th grade I have been supported by the teachers and my fellow classmates and without them, I wouldn't have lasted this long. Sometimes the workload is a lot, but it helps challenge all the students to do their best and work their minds to their full capacity.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2010
Kemps Landing is an excellent program for anyone that wishes to challenge themselves. At times the work load may get stressful, but you can control it as long as you stay on top of things! The teachers are always willing to help and since it is such a small school everyone knows eachother and gets along! It's an AWESOME school!!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2010
I highly disagree with some of the reviews on here. I personally believe that this is the best environment for any truly gifted student to excel. First of all, the teachers are overall the best I have ever had. Secondly, it is not like a student who attends this school will not have a life. Extra-curricular activities are offered here and highly encouraged. Thirdly, the environment is fantastic. Believe me, gifted students are much better off around other gifted students rather than being subjected to a regular school environment. In this way, they will not be teased for being a so-called 'nerd', and will instead be accepted. Also, since it is a smaller school, it establishes a feeling of a scholastic family. Lastly, the work load really is not that bad. It may be an ugly school, but it has a great feel and gifted kids gain the opportunity they deserve.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2010
I a going to KLMS for my first year and so far it has been a very good school year, the teachers are very nice and expect a lot, there are no bullies and it is an excellent school

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 08, 2010
Kemps Landing is a superb school. The teachers and adminstrators ALL strive to do an outstanding job. I think the quality of education that my daughter receives here is better than I could get at any private school, not matter what the cost. No middle school in Va Beach or anywhere in the area could do a better job of preparing my daughter for high school, college, and a successful career. The citizens of Va Beach are lucky to have such an outstanding school, perhaps the best middle school in Virginia.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
Excellent school. However, there is too much of just about everything. If your child is gifted in a particular area, be aware that the school expect all students to excell in all areas. The result is that most children are not gifted in all areas, which will undermine their self esteem in one way or another if they don't excell in everything. The result is a tremendous amount of stress on the kids and parents alike. If you believe that your child should excell on her own with minimal input from you, think 10 times before applying here. You will be back in the bench again, helping your kid with huge projects. The children bring work home on all school breaks, so they never really get a break. Better to let your gifted child excell in a regular school than to undermine his/her confidence and strees them out in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 25, 2009
I don't want to discourage any rising 6th graders or their parents, but be prepared. The work load at KLMS is heavy. The staff are very well educated in working with gifted children but they definately need more training in the area of dealing with the social and emotional needs of gifted children of this age.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2009
Teachers go beyond their duty. Imaginative, creative, clean, well-organized, fun, upbeat school. Extracurricular activities abound and the students are spirited and well-adjusted. You'll love sending your student here.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2009
Both my son and daughter attended KLMS and both had great experiences. The staff was very dedicated and for the most part top notch. I can think of only a couple of times that I was not satisfied with the response I recieved when my child encountered difficulties. This is a magnet school and in the past was the main feed to the International Baccalaureate program at Princess Anne High School. This is no longer the case as VB has established an IB Middle Years Program at Plaza Middle School. If IB is your goal then MYP is the route because any child in that program who maintains the standards is automatically accepted to the IB program at Princess Anne. Also, the MYP prepares them more for the different aspects of IB (service projects, community service, etc)

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
up until reccently i loved klms. i felt at home there. im an eight grader and i wouldnt dream of going anywhere else. but they r making things not fun. its too much pressure we are all wearing thin and school is no fun anymore. i do recomend going here but it is a lot of pressure u have no idea how much unless uve been there, so be ready for it. it is rewarding if u make it through plus everyone is so nice and helpful if needed

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2009
I am the parent of both a sixth and seventh grader at klms. they both love their school and neither complains of the homework or seems stressed by the workload. they both came from odc and i think that helps alot. the teachers are the best and the staff seems to know their students well. yes, the expectations are high, but the work ethic and staff support is high also. the organizational skills, field trip opportunities, spirit of honor and pride are unsurpassed. one great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2009
I love going to kemps landing it is the best place for me. I cant imagine going to any other middle school. I moved to Virginia half way through fifth grade and i was so nervous about middle school in an unknown area. At Kemps Landing, you make so many new friends through after school activities and student led projects, that i was never lonely. The work load is harder and some teams have more work, but everyone learns the same material, there are just different styles of teaching. The teachers are the best out there and everyone of them gives something to me to help me with highschool. I am very sad that my time at KLMS is almost up and i highly recomend it for motivated students, you will not recieve a better education anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
March 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2009
The school has great opportunities, but I agree, If you don't stay organized, you will struggle. I have two straight-A daughters, one in 6th grade and one in 8th grade, and they have struggled a bit. My daughter in 6th grade balances her work with 15 hours of dance each week, but she does it so well that she is making excellent grades.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
I loved going to this school. The friends I still keep in touch with the friends I met (I'm in HS) and most of the teachers were fantastic. My favorite teacher of all time is Mr. Bone, the 7th grade English teacher.

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2009
Kempslanding is a great school. It has a small amount of students, but has great teachers. Anybody applying should be aware that if you do not STAY ORGANIZED and on top of your work that you will struggle. If you are a honest, good student Kempslanding will help you excel now and in your future. Great School, Highly recomend.

- submitted by a student
January 26, 2009
I don't see where the faculty of this school helps students who are struggling. My daughter is not doing well here and it is a little difficult getting the teachers to respond back in a tgimely matter. They have an after school study hall, but the class is not supervised welll and I think there is a lot of potential for a student to goof off. I don't think the team teacher's do a good enough job coordinating tests and projects with each other. I also this believe that this school could do a better job of transitioning students from elementary school into the 6th grade. The work load is tremendous. It did not take long for my daughter to get overwhelmed by the workload. Overall, the school is very good. I just think that parents should be aware of other aspects of the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2009
I love Kemps Landing. My child is always happy here.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2009
I am a current student at KLMS the Honor Code keeps us honest. Some Parents don't like the workload, but it is half the amount you might get in high school. It really challenges us, and it makes graduating from high school easier because we take so many college credit courses

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2008
The scores are high, the parent and teacher support level to students is high, the PTA support is high, the expectations of students is high, the freedom that the students receive is high. There are only 600 students in the school and it has a small school feel. There is an honor code that is upheld and no locks on lockers and no dishonesty tolerated. It's great. 30 min - 2 hours of homework per night.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 01, 2008
Kemps Landing Magnet School is an outstanding school in which teaching goes way beyond curriculum requirements and provided innumerable opportunities during the past three years for our daughter to extend her knowledge and understanding. She is keenly aware of the respect for academic ability and achievement fostered at KLMS; that plus the empowering relationship between her teachers and herself were factors which fuelled her pursuit of learning. KLMS successfully provided her with a wide range of educational opportunities tailored to meet the interests, aptitudes and needs of gifted learners. To say we are pleased with the school is an understatement.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
My child's experience at KLMS has been for beyond what I had expected. In her third and final year, she continues to be challenged in ways far beyond her peers at area public or private schools. Kemps Landing fills a niche in Virginia Beach that is much needed. The quality of the teaching staff is exceptional and the dedication to teaching motivated students is evident. I would highly recommend this middle school experience to anyone who is seeking a challenging curriculum designed for the high achiever.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
The best middle school in Virginia Beach. My son is in 8th Grade and his education is our priority. Keep up the good work Kemps Landing Magnet School. Semper Honore

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
You cannot find a better school! My daughter just completed 3 years and I was very impressed. It is such a shame that the city doesn't recognize what this school does and doesn't provide money towards better building etc instead of trying to CLOSE to school just to appease the tax payers in a higher tax area to provide THEM with a new school. To have a SAFE environment where you don't worry about drugs, theft (and with no locks!), fights, etc and all the hands on learning is a dream. More schools should follow the example. These kids come away with not only a great education but with pride, self confidence, trust, and HONOR.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
February 03, 2007
This school is by far one of the best in VA. The honor code they enforce really helps out the students.At that school they dont have locks on the locker and not one person has gotten something stolen.thats pretty impressive

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2006
Amazing and sweet school. Honor Code. No fights etc. Best middle school in Va Beach.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
Kemps Landing is the best school ever. There is rarely any fights or violence. This school challenges me and it really focuses on honor. The teachers are really great and you get to take high school courses in 6th grade. There are more than one quizzes or tests each day though. There is also ALOT of homework and it really cut back on my social life.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2005
I went to three seprate middle schools. Kemps landing by far was the best while there was a much heavier workload, this was the first school to actually challenge me and make me think. The teachers were all very good in their various subjects. I would reccomend this school to any gifted child.

- submitted by a former student
July 08, 2005
My child has recently completed 3 years @KLMS. While there have been some poor teachers along the way, his 6th and 8th grade teachers were great. My son has thrived and blossomed in this special school. I do believe that one of the huge advantages is the small size, and can't help but wish that ALL the city middle schools were smaller.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2005
My daughter has been in KLMS for almost three years. She has been stressed out every day about this that or the other. Her childhood for the past 3 years has been robbed from her, as the school stresses the importance of what to be when you grow up...forgetting that kids need to be kids, not robots. I am not impressed with the school in the least. When it comes time for my younger child to excel in school she will go to a private school not an over-rated gifted school that does not instill respect, discipline or morals in the students that attend. The kids conform to lying as a way of life. I am not at all impressed with this school and hope that other parents voice their opinions soon. MAD in VB

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2004
I recently graduated from Kemps Landing Magnet School and I would like to say that this school is a great program to apply for. I had no idea about this school until my fifth grade teacher wanted me to apply for it. Once I got there, the teachers were caring, and the students were nice. On the other hand, the work can be overly stressful and the projects can be very demanding. Only the students prepared to take on this work for advanced and gifted children should apply. After all this work, I felt that I did not want to apply for a magnet high school and wanted to just go to a regular school with less stressful projects and homework. But overall, this school has a great magnet program. I encourage any student who excels in elementary school in all subjects to apply. -Meghan Webb

- submitted by a former student
October 13, 2004
This school is a great place for any excelling student. They have very good teachers and my child has excelled while at Kemps Magnet.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
The school is a great place to make friends, but the teams are not split evenly through work. My eighth grade child had to participate in a year long project which she stressed about everyday while on the other team, they had barely any projects. I would not recommend it to anyone who wants to be treated fairly.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I am a parent of a past graduate (2002) and a current student in the 6th grade. I have been very pleased with the standards that are set at this school for each and every student to strive to excel. The teachers are very caring and the communication between them and the parents are excellent. The smaller classes (200 per grade level) are a very good environment for those students that are focused on learning at an accelerated pace. I have nothing but good things to say about this academic magnet school.

- submitted by a parent
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Kemps Landing Magnet
4722 Jericho Rd, Virginia Beach, VA  23462
(757) 648-4650
Last modified Kemps Landing Magnet is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kemps Landing Magnet Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top