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6-8
Public district
Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 1,257
 

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1700 Pope St
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

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(757) 648-4450
(757) 366-4550
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Map of Brandon Middle School address.
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 10, 2015
I am very happy I chose to go to this school. It's my final year here and I have loved every single year. My favorite teacher was Mrs.Seymore who has been teaching for 30 years. She is the sponsor of the step team and she is a really fun teacher. This school has many extracurricular activities to get involved in including robotics where you can build a robot and compete against other schools. All the teachers that have taught me teach me everything I need to know and will help me when I need help. They are really caring and want you to succeed. The other reviews say that there is bullying but that is not true. This school has started a CARE (Changing Attitudes Respecting Everyone) club to prevent bullying at all means. I love this school and wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

- submitted by a student
Develops honesty: Neutral
June 10, 2015
Teachers only pick on the kids they don't like and when there favorites mess up they don't care

- submitted by a student

June 10, 2015
I wasn't supposed to go to this school but I'm glad I did. The teachers here are so friendly and will teach you everything you need to know to pass the SOLs. There are a bunch of extracurricular activities to get involved in including enviroclub where you can plant vegetables in a garden. I loved my middle school experience.

- submitted by a student

June 10, 2015
I have had a great time at Brandon. Its all about finding your clique. I'm am an eighth grader about to go to highschool. I got into an academy and I wouldn't be able to do it without this school. You have to just make your own experience. Alot of teachers are nice and helpful. You will run into bullies but there are bullies everywhere. You will have bad moments but you will have bad moments everywhere. This school is great.

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2015
Our school is not a bad school, just has bad attitudes in its students. Our teachers nor our school can help their behavior, but can help how they disipline the actions the students take. Our teachers are very nice here and they genuinely love their jobs. It is true when people say we have problems with our school....what school doesnt have problems? With our problems comes learning, not only for the students but for the staff too. As much as we learn and have teachers teach the students, we have staff learning from the students. Our school is a good school, so help teach and form our school while getting a great education from a great school.

- submitted by a community member

April 22, 2015
This school makes me sick to my stomach. I hate this school I hate going here and I hate all the staff here to. The school is full of theives they stole my gym uniform twice and my perfume. And when I told the p.e teacher they didn't even care. If you want a good education and nice teacher I recommend Salam middle and high school. If your think about putting your child in this school I advise you to turn around and go to Salam. When I was in the sixth grade I went to a a game and I need a ride home, a male teacher over heard me and said that he would take me home and ever since then I hated this school. A 7th grade teacher call a student fat and stupid and he started laughing in his face. And 8th grade teach slapped a phone out of a students hand. Please read this review before anyone else's.

- submitted by a community member

April 06, 2015
DON'T DO IT. JUST DON'T. I am almost done with my three years at this school, and all of them were terrible. The teachers are not professional, the have a very threatening manner, do not actually teach the subjects, and are very bad with discipline. Another factor is that the faculty are also very unprofessional, they assign seats at lunch, and if you do not sit at them, you get suspended! They will not respond if you have a question and call or send them a note, they have lost many of my doctors notes that excused my absences and I got in trouble for it, the entire administration is very unfriendly, even with my parents, fights break out all the time, a child got arrested the other day for having drugs, and people get suspended for things that aren't even logical. (People also say they are racist, but I do not see that, same with bullying) Sanitation at the school is also very, very terrible. Truthfully, if i could rate this -666, I would.

- submitted by a community member

March 12, 2015
Horrible school!!! Being a military family and have travel all over the world this is worst mistake we had made putting our son in this school. A lot of bullying goes on in this school and nothing get done about it. Children are getting suspended for protecting themselves. The administration at this school is horrible and they don't care about these students of color. Children are getting bully not only by their peers but the teacher and administrator as well. I will always stand up for my children when they are being bully by their peers and nothing is being done. This school has the worst racial barrier that I have send and it's not only with the students the administration also. I will be taking my child out of this school. I want to give this school a rating triple zero but unfortunately it's not on the rating chart. I will be contacting the school board because this school needs to be investigated. Horrible Horrible school!

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2014
Horrible school!!!!!! The lazy administration at this school is more focused on discipline and suspending than teaching. Children are getting suspended for little to no reason at all! The school board needs to investigate this school and parents need to be aware that black children are being suspended left and right!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2014
I HATE THIS SCHOOL. I'm unable to give it 0 stars, but believe me I would. No need to go into the story but I removed my son because of racism in the administration. Period!

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2014
I LOVE this school!! I go there and I'm going to 7th grade I think most of the staff is really nice. It was a nice experience for my 1st year of middle school. I think the things I loved most were the teachers they helped me when ever I needed help and they made learning fun for us my favorite teachers in 6th grade are mrs. Hersey and mrs.Rose they were the best teachers I ever had. I did feel like the did a lot to prevent bullying. I have lots of friends and I'm happy at Brandon. I feel like I can be who I am at this school. And teachers except that. And I took orchestra this year and in was great and I felt like I exeled I learning how to play viola. This is the first year that I want to actually go back to school during summer. I give this school a big thumbs up rating!!!

- submitted by a community member

June 26, 2014
If I could give this school zero stars, I would. My son was a 6th grader in the school. The administration here is delusional, and some of the teachers are right behind them in the incompetent department. My son, who is a very outgoing, sociable kid, was hit by a girl during class. He got up and told the girl to stop hitting him. Apparently, telling someone to stop hitting you is considered "posturing to fight". The teacher sees this, and sends him to the principal's office, where is sentenced to one day of in school suspension, and so does the other child who actually put her hands on my son. In my opinion, my son and this other student getting the same punishment does not make any sense. The other student actually HITS my child and gets the same punishment as my son who did not even place a finger on the other student. Where's the fairness in this situation? Also, the teachers use threatening behavior towards there students. Total lack of professionalism my eyes. The adults employed at this school need to learn to work efficiently in their profession.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2014
My daughter is currently attending the 6th grade at Brandon. I was afraid of this school after reading some of the reviews but I have nothing bad to say. The school curriculum for the advanced class is very challenging. The teachers are VERY involved with the students. They are always finding ways to help their students. The teachers want to see their students succeed. Most children at the school are involved in extracurricular activities. My daughter had the opportunity to be part of the track team. The 2 track coaches are awesome. They push their girls to do better and excel in this sport. My daughter made good friends at Brandon. I was afraid of bullying but the school is though on this issue. The security at the school is superb. The school offers free tutoring. If you consider that your child is not doing great in class then make sure they attend this. Is your responsibility as a parent to make sure your child excels and do well in class. Tutoring will reinforce was being covered in class.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2014
The after school programs for students to participate in has more than half of the student population involved in clubs and athletics throughout the year.

- submitted by a teacher

January 25, 2014
I have had two children go to this school and have been pleased with the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2014
I cannot rate this school. I have been highly disappointed in this school. At first I thought it was due to a "middle school" but found out that it is from the diversity of students. Not sure about the staff quality. I do know I withdrew my daughter to homeschool because the atmosphere at Brandon Middle was beginning to change her character. I believe they concentrate on teaching SOL's and not the subject matter. Do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2013
This school has been the worst thing to ever happen to me. Let me lay it out nice and clear to any parent that might be considering Brandon as a school for their child. I've failed math for 3 years at Brandon. One semester down in high school and I've had a consistent A. The bullying was outrageous, I remember everyday walking into that school feeling worthless because how the other students treated me. I came home sobbing almost everyday because nothing was done to stop the bullying. The principal is so horrible words cannot describe. She DOES NOT care about her students in the least. She shouldn't be working with children. Guidance does NOTHING to stop bullying. When I entered high school it was such a wakeup call to not be threatened or looked down on. There's no fighting in the hallways, condescending teachers, or any of the cruel things I thought school was like because of three long, miserable, years at Brandon. I tried to be an active student at Brandon. I was an SCA officer and joined multiple clubs. But not even then was I spared from the horror behind those doors. I may have suffered everyday but now I feel I appreciate my high school academy even more thanks to Brandon.

- submitted by a community member

November 15, 2013
I absolutely hate that this school has such bad ratings. My son just started this year. He has always went to a Christian school so we were so nervous about him starting here, especially after reading the reviews here. I am soo happy to say that he absolutely loves it here, and I don't think could be happier. He loves all of his teachers, has made lots of good friends who stand up for what is right, and even security guards in the school are uplifting and seem to love the kids. I have had close contact with the teachers through email, and he even attends a club afterschool that supports our faith. I thought all that would have been lost leaving a Christian school. Anyways, just though I would add my input and say that in my opinion, Brandon middle school is an awesome school where the teachers and staff actually care about the kids and their well being.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2013
The education in this school is poor compared to other schools. The sanitary conditions of this school is so disgusting. And the guidance counselors did not help me when I wanted to change classes from Spanish to Japanese. I remember one of the counselors kept pressuring me into taking Spanish (I HAVE NO IDEA WHY), and wow, it's MY CHOICE in what class I want to take. Specifically I wanted to take Japanese because I am more interested in that language. But NO, she would not let me take it because she kept saying Spanish was easier and that there are still open spots for Japanese (I later found out that there were open spots for Japanese -.-). Poor teaching, poor administration, poor guidance counselor assistance, poor sanitation, overload on bullying = sums it up.

- submitted by a community member

September 14, 2013
Brandon Middle school is okay. All of my teachers are nice except 6th grade teachers Mrs.Harmon and Mrs.Downing I recommend this school only if you get the right teachers. The Guidance is horrible my friend was getting bullied and then got jumped at the bus stop and got in trouble for protecting himself and all they did to the bully was call his parents and give him 30 minute lunch detention.

- submitted by a community member

September 10, 2013
I have 2 children that attend this school. I agree that this school is not a great place. I have been very happy with the advanced teachers they work hard and make learning fun. Unfortunatly there are several teachers who are awful. I would say names but I am not sure i can. I would like to know why these teachers are still teaching. No teacher should tell a student to shut up. As for the P.E. department they need to learn how to respect the children and the parents. The guidence office is a mess. If you don't have to deal with them don't you probably won't get a call back anyway. I Have been waiting over year after numerous messages. I actally ran into the guidence lady in the hall way when i was picking up my child. And are who we trust with are hildren. I think brandon rules ore over the top. They can't even sit with their friends at lunch. YES they have assigned seats. The only 30 mins they can talk to their friends. I think brandon forgot how to treat people and why they have started teaching or working with kids in the first place. It is like a jail when the kids get off the buses. I am so greatful my kids have great teachers this year.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2013
I love this school, If someone threatens or bullies you, they get suspended! Most of the teachers are really nice, they have many clubs and great lunches!! one of the teachers is so nice she decided to buy me a yearbook in 6th grade!!

- submitted by a community member

June 24, 2013
I go to Tallwood now. I use to go to Brandon. It was the worst, nothing is done about the bullying and the principle needs to be fired and replaced. I had a good education there so I have to complaints about that but I hated how guidance put me in classes I didn't want to take. I was forced to take P.E. every year. I didn't even get to choose my freshmen year schedule. The teacher and principle show very poor leadership. Spare your child's innocence, that place is like the jungle where everyone pretty much gets bullied and the bullies never get disciplined. I remembered one time I was put in ISS just for standing for myself against a guy who kept picking on me.

- submitted by a community member

May 06, 2013
SAVE YOUR CHILD. Nearly everyday for the past 2 years I have come home sobbing. This school has changed me. Taken my innocence destroyed any happy emotion left in me. The students at this school bully so much and NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING Is done about it! There was a freak out about the other review on here saying this is the worst experience of their life. People freaked out a little and then everyone ignored it and tried to pretend it didn't happen. WHY NOT CHANGE IT? Try to stop the bullying not push what's happening in a corner and hope it doesn't happen anymore. The principal at this does nothing to stop it. No teacher or administrator does. Please spare your child of the misery and hold them tight knowing they still have their innocence.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2013
It took me till the middle of the 7th grade to adjust to this awful place. Right away there were serious problems with this school. For example, bullying. This school has said many times how important it is to stand up when you see someone being bullied. They keep telling us this and giving scenarios, yet they do nothing when the actual situation is happening. Wait, no. In a serious situation, the bully gets a "Don't do it again." and both the victim and the bully just get sent back to class. Or in some issues, the counselor finds out that the victim is suicidal and they call their parents. That's it. Now on to the teachers. I will admit, some of them are pretty great, but many of them are awful. Some criticize EVERYTHING you do, some treat you like kindergarteners, and the others just give you work and ignore you for the rest of the class. I find the ones that ignore us kind of funny though. They give us work, expect us to know it, then wonder why we're failing the class. Yeah, that's right. Here, most of the time it's not the student's fault for failing. There's a few reasons why I HIGHLY suggest you don't enroll your child in this school.

- submitted by a community member

April 20, 2013
We have experienced a lot of schools as a military family. Private, DODEA, and public. Brandon Middle School has been the worst experience in our entire lives. The guidance office does not look at students performance they place them in whatever class has a seat. The Administration does nothing to control the atmosphere. Kids are bullied, harassed and there is no repercussion. Good students are lost in the shuffle NEVER challenged and treated as a low achieving criminal. My own child's scores dropped from entering the school with scores in the 1200 range to 930 last month. DO NOT send your child to Brandon Middle School if at all possible. It is the admin and the guidance office I blame. I do like the teachers my student has had.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2013
This is our first year with Brandon and as of today, we've had two major bullying incidents that were handled so poorly that we had to escalate, send numerous emails, spend time tracking down persons who would not call back when they said they would and had to threaten to escalate above the school level. The school admits that they have a lot of work to do with handling emotional and verbal bullying. The only thing that works is persistant parental involvment. They won't get involved simply from the kids asking for help. I feel terrible for all the kids there who don't have parents who are willing to do anything it takes to get the matter taken care of. I hope changes will be made but right now we don't trust the adminstration to handle these incidents the correct way the first time. I will say that my child's teachers in the advanced classes are wonderful and he's very pleased with each and every one of them. When you have a child that loves school it breaks your heart when it's something like a bully that interferes with that.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2012
Very happy with this school. My daughter just graduated from this school and we had a very good experience. I like how every student is given a chance to work at their own level and can achieve at this level through the core teams that they belonged to. My daughter was in the core team with advanced classes and is all done with Geometry honors at 8th grade. The core teams were arranged through the subjects a student is taking. So everybody in it, is at least similar in intellect, behaviors, aspirations and temperament. Each core team got their own hallway and locker side, so bullying is minimized. She's very happy with this school and now she is about to go to Princess Anne High, International Baccalaureate Program. I can't speak for the others here nor I claim to know your real situation of being bullied or what your experiences with the admin and teachers are. But my advice for any parent would be, listen to the teachers first and be open to what they are saying. Only you working hand in hand with them could totally help your child. Don't take it as them being hostile to your child. Believe me 100 percent of the time, teachers really want to help.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2012
I'm a student at BMS but honestly I love it ! I'm also in the 6th grade but all the teachers are nice . My first year here is probably my best year ever at school !

- submitted by a community member

March 19, 2012
Again, Please let me stress to you the importance of knowing where you re going! I relied solely, on our real-estate agent. Legally, they are not allowed to inform you on much of anything regarding your environment or schools. I based my decision on our neighborhood; which by all accounts, is good! What I didn t realize, was that the school zone was clear on the other side of town. In my words, the wrong side of the tracks. I drove to the boundary and saw things that I wish I would have saw prior to my decision to purchase here. Brandon Middle School is nothing but low class! The kids are bullies! The school has done nothing, to help my child! I do mean nothing! When I asked to move to another school, the principal begged me to give this school another chance. Now, I am left with another incident, involving my child defending herself, and yet another OSS. My child is not perfect; this is known! But coming from somewhere, where she has never been in any trouble, to now having 2 OSS, 4 referrals, and now a Corrective Action Plan?? Really! My anger and hostility goes without saying, but there needs to be a better plan, a better administration, to protect the kids threatened daily!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2012
We just moved here from Texas and I had to make a choice on a home right away. While we love our home, we have nothing but trouble from day 1 with Brandon Middle School. Today, my daughter was kicked out of school for defending herself and trying to walk away from a situation; which led to the other part of the referral , skipping class. I could go on and on. The racial line is drawn very thick there. I withdrew my daughter after todays incident. I would rather homeschool her then to have to send her back to that miserable place again. I watched a teacher get into kids faces in the hallway, while he was screaming at them to SHUT UP! I informed the main office and nothing was done. They treat these kids like common criminals. I am a strict parent and have taught my two kids to always be kind and courteous, but that is not what they are teaching there. I agree with the comment below, how the teachers and the asst principals and office staff are the bullies! Without question, this is the worst school I have ever had the misfortune of going to. I am filing written complaints and pursuing this matter all the way until I cannot do anything further. Do not enroll your kids a there!

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2011
Brandon has had a bad reputation for years. I feel the new administration has changed things for the better. I see her outside in the morning greeting buses as well watching the activity buses leave at 5:30. My only complaint is the constant interuption of other students during instruction. I have heard this from many students. Instead of always blaming the teachers and administration, I feel the parents need to step up and discipline their children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 06, 2010
Excellent teachers, strong security, fun extracurricular activities and sports.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 16, 2010
the kids are out of control there way to much bullys

- submitted by a student

November 24, 2009
The Principal and her assistants are uncaring and there is no communication with parents, they are the bullys in the school, there is no respect for the students there, they are treated like a number.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2009
My child and I have been struggling constantly for the past 2 years. The bullying is out of control and no one seems to want to admit it. All I get is 'get your child counseling to learn to deal whith it' What kind of advise is that? The Teachers are good but the administration needs to really take a close look at the bulling policy.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2007
I was so excited at the very first open house we attended all we heard was how important communication between the school and parents would be. Over the last 3 yrs. I have written e-mails, hand written notes, and e-mailed with no replies. I have scheduled 4 meetings with various teachers to discuss my issues only to have them tell me about the discipline problems they have had with my child. Why wasn't I being told when the discipline problems were happening? Why did they wait until I came to discuss their lack of communication problems and other issues?? I am not saying all the teachers I have come into contact with have been this way but the good majority of them have been. It is very disappointing when you can't get help for your children.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2007
The school is fully of bullies.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2007
The teachers were good but I was very disappointed with the school and the lack of discipline and respect of the students. If I knew then what I knew now, I would have opted for private or moved.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007
The academics are fine, as well as the music, art, extracurricular activities. The issues we see as a relocated family is the bullying, lack of discipline, children who are allowed to bully and seem to get away with it. This is disturbing to a child who never encountered such issues in past schools. We are looking for alternatives.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2005
Academically I feel the school is fine. I think the teachers are good and have the students best interest in mind. My only concern is the bullying as other have stated. My son was constantly being pushed and hit most every day for a couple months before I became aware. How can that go unnoticed? I did bring it to one of his teacher's attention and she was very pro-active as well as the other core teachers she involved. It was handled but this is not the only incident. I hear the same things from other kids. Many kids are fearful of the other students. That is not a good learning environment to be in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 08, 2005
Well so far, Brandon has not been what I expected it to be. Its only been the third day and my son tells me that the cafeteria staff is giving him a hard time about remembering this 5 digit lunch code number. For crying out loud, he's not going to remember this number along with remembering his locker combination all in one night. This is all new to him. The teachers are kind of sassy allowing no excuses for anything. This makes me very upset because you should at least make the transition for sixth graders a little bit more 'user friendly.' So far i'm not impressed! Hopefully, it will get better. If not, I'm going to look into other options for school.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2005
I personally would not have bought our home, had I known it was in Brandon School District. Everyone I tell that our children go, or will be attending there, raise their eyebrows or say, ' thats too bad'. The problems at Brandon will not be solved by the present administration, because you cannot resolve something that you refuse to acknowledge.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 12, 2005
My child transferred from the West coast and we have found the school ACADEMICALLY not to be up to par with the school he was last with. The advanced classes are well below what my child is used to. The teachers are really nice, as is the staff. My child claims there is a racial barrier. One race pushes and shoves the other as they are going down the hallway, while the other uses the N word. It has never gone further, but still inappropriate. To the fairness of the school, we have not formally complained. After all this said my child overall likes the school. Overall, he feels safe. By the way, my child is white and the first people to introduce themselves to my child were the African American children. They were very kind. My child had had zero proplems making friends. Just stop the physical contact, all types.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2004
Brandon Middle is an overall good school. I believe that the students may bring some probelms upon themselves. Principal needs some work, but teachers and security are wonderful!

- submitted by a student

June 20, 2004
You get out what you put in! My son was actively involved during his 3 years and loved it. Middle school is harder than elementary school, just as high school is harder than middle school, but if you apply yourself, no matter what your surroundings, you will succeed. The child that left elementary school becomes a young adult while they go through their 3 years at Brandon and the teachers and staff at Brandon are there to make that transition as easy as possible. Any problem that ever arose, and they were few, was dealt with swiftly and fairly. The teachers were positive, educated, and caring. The security is friendly and responsible. The school is clean thanks to a great janitorial staff. As for the previously mentioned rodents...hey folks, wise up, they are even in your grocery store!

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2004
I feel his is a bad school. I am very unsatisfied with the way everyday problems are treated. Some of the teachers are ,I feel there for the money and not to teach the kids. There is deffinatly a great deal of education taught here. Lately there was a mouse at the school and it was brutely beaten with a broom, in front of the students. Over all out of a possible 10 I would give the school a 5

- submitted by a student

April 18, 2004
Not as happy with Brandon middle as I was with Centerville Elem.Alot of kids are mean & bullying.Don't think the teachers are as invloved with the bullying issue.Not as much parent involvment.I believe middle school years are trying years for young students.All three of my children have had something going on here.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2004
Brandon Middle School is not a good school. The teachers there are not good. The principal is not good. It's rats there and everything.

- submitted by a student

October 10, 2003
Brandon Middle School is a Virginia State Blue Ribbon Award winning school. It is an excellent school. And, I feel blessed that my daughter is a student there.

- submitted by a parent

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Brandon Middle School
1700 Pope St, Virginia Beach, VA  23464
(757) 648-4450
Last modified Brandon Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brandon Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top