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Independence Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1276 students

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Posted October 6, 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


Posted September 3, 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


Posted August 1, 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


Posted August 1, 2012

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 But the building itself it extremely outdated!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


Posted March 7, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students77%
Female students78%
Male students76%
Black students61%
Asian students79%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial89%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English78%

Math

All Students71%
Female students77%
Male students65%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial73%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%
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 Students76%
Female students78%
Male students75%
Black students51%
Asian students77%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial70%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students41%
Female students39%
Male students42%
Black students21%
Asian students58%
Hispanic25%
Multiracial38%
White students49%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English40%
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 Students75%
Female students79%
Male students72%
Black students60%
Asian students93%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial86%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English75%

English: Writing

All Students77%
Female students84%
Male students71%
Black students65%
Asian students100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial76%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students60%
Female students69%
Male students53%
Black students46%
Asian students75%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students83%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students55%
Asian students94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial89%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English82%
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students76%
Female students76%
Male students76%
Black students67%
Asian students94%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial81%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English75%

Geometry

All Students91%
Female students89%
Male students93%
Black students81%
Asian students90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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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Language learning

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  • Spanish

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  • Mr. Carey Manugo
Fax number
  • (757) 460-0508

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

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  • Orchestra
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