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Kempsville Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 866 students

 

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Posted September 13, 2012

The staff has been very helpful in helping my daughter transition from elementary. Despite the whole experience being overwhelming, we are finding that the staff is on top of everything and working to make her days go as smoothly as possible. I would agree that the leadership of KMS is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2010

There isn't much to crow about this school. I went to it and the teachers are average, the leadership is average, and there aren't any challenging academic programmes.


Posted November 27, 2007

I become more and more impressed with the teachers and the principal. Leadership is tremendous since Dr. Smith came. Teacher /Parent / student involvement is top notch and their reaching out to the community with movie night was wonderful. I love KMS more and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2007

I LOVE their band. The teachers are great! I absolutley LOVE KMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2006

I didn't know how great it was until we left the area. Fantastic course selection and outstanding extracurricular activities. Caring teachers and involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

I think that Kempsville Middle School is great! I am on my third child attending there and quite frankly hate the thought that next school year will be our last there. My third child came into the school with some learning problems that were not very well atttended to in elementary school. Within the first 2 - 3 weeks of school I had conferences with all of his teachers and his counselor. We discused plans on how to help him succeed and the teachers cmae up with great ideas and they were backed by the counselor. After several months his grades were improving and this second year of middle school is proving to be even a bigger and better success. All of the teachers and the counselor and the principal have been helpful and supportive. I will not move from this area because of the Kempsville middle and High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2005

There are many good teachers here, and I agree there are some who need to retire, but unfortunately that's everywhere. My main problem with KMS is lack of communication. They rely on the kids themselves as the only means of sending info home to the parents. They don't tell you something's wrong until it's too late to correct it. They don't offer assistance, you have to search for it, then beg for it. I understand a teacher's life is busy, but that's part of the job. My job is to cover the home life, their job is to cover the school life. If something happens at home, I let them know ASAP and directly (not through notes sent via my 13 year old). I expect the same in return. It's been like pulling teeth to get info on time. Other than lack of communication, it's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

While there are some good teachers at this school, there are some that should find another profession. Sixth grade is such a transition for these 11 yr olds, and it is very hard to have teachers striving to fail them. There is no understanding or compassion. The children are allowed no excuses. KMS promotes 'no bullying', but the staff practices bullying on a daily basis. The busses are horrible. The hallways are a free-for-all for unsavory activity. If your child is accused of something and later found to be innocent, they will never get an apology from staff who accused and bullied them. It sometimes feels like they don't really care if your child does not succeed. There is not a place that they can go for support, guidance, and understanding. Middle school staff needs to remember what a difficult time in a child's life this is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

*While this school is fully accrediated, when you read the report it's not great news. African American boys are falling short; more of them fail SOL's than pass. I don't know if it's lack of interest by their parents, or just apathy toward this state test. *The principal is effective in discipline but has been hog tied by some parents who were vocal to the School Board and got their children out of trouble. This event caused the remaining students & parents to be confused and angry. *The teachers are on the whole a wonderful group of educators and care about each child working up to their potential. *The facility is quite old, but is up for renovation soon. *Be a pro-active parent in Middle School, it will only benefit your child. They need you at this age, more than any other time.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students81%
Female students77%
Male students84%
Black students70%
Asian students73%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial80%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students75%
Female students73%
Male students77%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%
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 Students83%
Female students83%
Male students83%
Black students60%
Asian students91%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial76%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students66%
Female students63%
Male students69%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial75%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%
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 students76%
Male students77%
Black students58%
Asian students85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students78%
Male students67%
Black students62%
Asian students90%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students57%
Female students58%
Male students55%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Science

All Students85%
Female students82%
Male students88%
Black students67%
Asian students87%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial93%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
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%

Geometry

All Students95%
Female students98%
Male students91%
Black students85%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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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  • Dr. James J. Smith
Fax number
  • (757) 474-8449

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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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