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Virginia Beach, VA
Students enrolled: 1,311

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1370 Dunstan Ln
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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(757) 648-4600
(757) 460-0508
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October 06, 2013
Independence Middle School is outstanding. I like the teachers, Principal Manugo, all the assistant Principals, the office staff and the guidance counselors. I like the enthusiasm and positive vibe I received from the school. They are very dedicated in providing fundamental academics so students can build on their knowledge. They take themselves and students seriously. I would trust them with my son who is currently a 7th Grader. It's a school you want to choose not only for your child's academic but for their extensive extra curricular activities, safe school environment and dedicated extra staff like the Greeters as you enter the school and the lunch monitors who look after our kids when they are eating in the Cafeteria.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
My daughter is in the 8th grade, but she's new to the school. Unfortunately, the teachers and the students weren't friendly at all on her first day. They didn't try to make her feel welcome, and they didn't make an effort to accept her. I don't know what's the matter with people these days. Back in my day, I made the effort to reach out to new students and at least be friendly and introduce myself. And I would expect even higher standards from the teachers. I hope to some day revised this rating or delete it -- but as of today, I'm giving IMS One star only because it's the first day.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
Independence Middle School provided a quality educational program for my child. His teachers were strong and for the most part championed his success. The 2 head principals were vastly different with the lady being very hands on and visible. The 3 APs varied from strong on curriculum and instruction and great people skills [Mr. Jon Irby: 6th Grade Principal] to functional and fulfilling their duties at a level that appropriately met the needs of the students and staff overwhich they provided supervision. Mr. Rector, 7th Grade Prin., is a by the book no nonsence person; Ms. Timlin is a brand new administrator and tries very hard to be liked and to lead. The Head Principal, Mr. Manugo, prefers to let his administrative team do their thing. He is not as definitive as a leader as was his predecessor, Mrs. Woodhouse. Student Activities Director, Mr. Felton, lacks leadership and the qualities to deal with the public. He appears to be more interested in getting a high school than learning the programs for a middle school. The parents miss the previous SAC, Mr. Lawrence because he lived and breathed his job and was considered Mr. Independence. They named PTA scholarship for him.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2012
Amazing Teachers and programs! But the building itself it extremely outdated! other than that excellent school for a public school!

- submitted by a community member

March 07, 2012
I got o to Independence and i like it pretty well its so cool It offers a lot of things other schools don't. Most of the teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help someone out and overall a lot of them are pretty cool. I don't like Mr. Jon Irby the 6th grade principal. He is rude and i do not like his appearance, in my opinion he should lose wight and clean up his appearance.

- submitted by a community member

January 22, 2008
I was a 7th grade student at IMS and I would say that it is a very good school overall. They offer some courses like keyboarding, which I took and am now a great typer, that other schools do not. The school seems to be a head of all the other schools at times and I liked it that way just fine.

- submitted by a student

October 20, 2007
I've Been Attending IMS for three years.Im currently an 8th grader. IMS overall is a good school. They encourage you to get involved,whether it's in Sports or Academic teams. As the treasurer of the school Im telling you this year and the years to follow will better at IMS, with our new Principal Mrs.Woodhouse. She is setting the goals high this year and she is making us students strive for the best and for us to be the best. IMS has great opportunities in their academics they provide classes from advanced english all the way to geometry. Most of the staff are caring and will always be there for you. So im telling you if your son or daughter is comming to IMS it's going to be a great experience. I have to say Im going to be sad that Im leaving but once an eagle always an eagle.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 13, 2007
Ms Woodhouse seems caring and concerned about the students. 8th grade principal is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2007
You know what, I've been to this school for 3 years and it's been freekin' awsome! our sports teams rock, the teachers are cool, and most of the faculty is friendly. I have gotten straight A's for all 3 years and I have met so many wonderful friends and I am so sad that I will be leaving this school next month.

- submitted by a student

May 23, 2007
My daughter is an A student, very involved with sports and academic programs. Mr. Lawrence is great! Encourages the kids to get involved. If your child gets involved with the kids that want to excel and better themselves, they do just fine. The teachers do the job they are suppose to. At this age, kids know what is expected of them. Some just choose to do whatever they want. If it's education related, by all means look for help though Ms. Peebles. No School is perfect! Anywhere!

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2007
Independence used to be a good school with an excellent reputation, however it has deteriorated tremendously. It is now unsafe, mismanaged, and the the education provided is inferior. The leadership rarely communicate with parents or provide necessary feedback. This school needs an overhaul.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2007
I, too, have been sorely disappointed by IMS. There is truly a communication problem at this school. I was initially concerned when in September the administrative office had no information @ a PTA sponsored program. I also waited 3 weeks for a return call from the PTA representative. We have also experienced issues with fighting at the school. It took 9 days for the Student Resource Officer, a dedicated in-school officer, to return our calls. We are currently researching other options.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2007
I am very pleased with this school. My daughter has attended this school since sixth grade and she's now in the seventh.Whenever I have attended a school function or encounter meeting someone in the faculty they were all kind. My daughter has remained an Honor Roll student since sixth grade.Anytime I have called or emailed teachers they responded very quickly usually the same day. I like this school and plan for my daughter to complete eight grade here as well.Mrs. Peebles the principal is always on point whenever I come to the school.I am confident my child is safe, as anything can happen anywhere but I feel this school take percussions as any other to maintain a safe environment.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2007
No communication from administration and teachers. Safety is a concern. My son has been beaten on twice since school started in September. He is unhappy. I'm not sure if I will keep him here for another two years.

- submitted by a parent

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Independence Middle School
1370 Dunstan Ln, Virginia Beach, VA  23455
(757) 648-4600
Last modified Independence 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.
Independence Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top