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Virginia Beach Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 788 students

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Posted April 14, 2014

This is my daughter's first year. She is part of the art program at VB middle and loves it. She likes all of her teachers. Office staff and nurse are very courteous and professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

This was my sons first year at this school and being new to the area he was trying to make friends but instead my son was bullied and so on the resources was no help after the first month of complaining about the bullying about 3weeks of attending my son was jumped by several students after getting off the bus with a friend he was a target for being the new one to the area it was all planned by those students and a video of my sons beating was posted on you tube they allow the kids to walk home without the parents knowing!!! Which was a great concern if they weren't in walking distance you are as adults are suppose to make sure t these kid's get on there right bus and no other on several occasions I found out my son was taunt so much he was afraid to get on the bus so he would walk risking his life to predators out there and was to afraid to say anything about it so as quick as possible I put him in private school yet he hasn't adjusted yet because all the things he endured at VBMS I would say what looks good may not be good your child is not safe there don't trust the smiles the teachers give it's for show only Don't take your child to this school look into other's first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

I have taught at this school for many years. I love this school, the students, my coworkers, and thre administration. It was truly a neighborhood school until the visual arts program moved in. I think having a student in a school with less than 1000 students is a good thing. I have had opportunities to go to other schools but chose to stay here because I love the school and its family. I am shocked that so many people have such negative feelings towards us. I love my students and I work hard to try to see that each one gets a quality education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 29, 2013

Don't believe the hype that this is good school. New facilities are nice, but that does not equate to a good education. Our child never had homework or had to study and still seemed to always be on the honor roll. It is sad to see how far the public school system has fallen. On a good day this school cannot begin to provide the same level of education as a private school. Peer pressure is intense. Those who don't conform are bullied regularly. My child did learn all the " stuff" that you wouldn't want them to know or see. As a concerned parent I feel it is my duty to warn you. I can't directly tell you in this forum without being censored. It is up to you to do your homework and protect your child. The administration and especially the vice principle don't care. It is really quite disturbing. There are some caring teachers at the school. There are good kids at the school. But there is a bad element too. Compound this with a clear lack caring for the individual, which is in stark contrast to a smaller school environment and what you get is not good. In hindsight, I wish my daughter had stayed in catholic school. Caveat emptor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

I had five children go through this school in the past 12 years. If I could afford private school, my children would of gone to private school. The only good thing they had going for them was their band director who has consequently left for another school (you can only guess why). The bullying is an awful problem. I will agree with the other review. The administration is horrible! And yes, the teachers do a lot of yelling. However, there is one caring, smart and loving teacher in the Math department. If it wasn't for him my daughter's middle school years would have been a nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

I have had two children attend this school. Bullying was been a big problem. Guidance department is terrible for helping anyone and actually decide without discussion who is wrong. Second child had a good 6th grade but after that it has gotten worse each year. The principal and teachers apparently believe screaming is an effective teaching tool. They love to group kids together for projects so that the one challenged student brings down everyone's grades. Now I hear a teacher is bribing students with donuts if they all pass the SOL, which is so wrong in many ways with obesity and why a kid should do their best. I have nothing good to say about this school. I agree with other posters that the staff is big on gossiping about the students, very unprofessional. The VP, school RN and activity coordinator are great. The Visual Arts program is an exceptional opportunity but too bad it is in the school, which although new feels like a prison. Most families in this area who are financially able send their kids to private school or attend one of the middle school academies. The teachers really are very immature and need help in learning how to motivate without yelling, threats
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2011

This was an amazing school!! I attended it for the 2010-2011 school year. It was just built last summer, so everything is new. The teachers are kind and try there best to help the students (like me) who want to achieve there goals. The students are great too and try their best in all of their classes. The administrative staff are great at keeping the school safe. The best part is that they have a wide selection of classes and electives to fit your special needs. Virginia Beach Middle has also taken in the ODC Art Program and that makes it convienent for everyone! (including me) This is a great school and I recomend it for all students in Virginia Beach.


Posted September 14, 2010

This school is the worst school ever!! The staff is lacking in communication and management. Highly recommended to find somewhere else for your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

This is my first year at VBMS and it has to be the worst school i have ever been to in my life. THe teachers gossip alot and there are alot of bullies
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2010

This is my first year and so far it has went great. I was able to achieve many of my goals and there are many great teachers. We are now in the brand new school, but it is just too big.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2010

I am not impressed by the school or the admin. I am frustrated by the lack of behavior management in the classrooms and respect from the teachers to students and students to teachers. Nice new schools, but feels more like an institution rather than a school, cold and impersonal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

This school had to be one of the worst expirences in my life. The teachers gossip a lot. theres only 2 languages to choose from to take. The principal doesn't care about the students and the teachers don't either. Only a few teachers I actually liked. The school is very cheap and greedy. The only thing I liked about the school were the students who went there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2008

Beach Middle School was a true asset to my child. The student activites coordinator was the best in the city. He truly understands middle school kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

Good school all in all. Most of the teachers are good. The principal for the most part is of no help. Looks away from any problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2008

the 6th teachers in this school are nice and they teach the students very well. I like the electives in this school because they have all kinds of stuff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2007

The teachers are really informative and are very friendly. The principal was not very good but the good in the school outweighed the bad. The principal seemed to look away if there was a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

My son attended Virginia Beach Middle School for the past three years. He was involved in football, wrestling, track and baseball. The athletic director is the best. He not only cares about the kids but their grades as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

Virginia Beach Middle School was a wonderful place for my child this year. She was involved in several sports and the athletic director is the best in the city. He truly cares about the students just like the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

My child is finishing up her third year at Virginia Beach Middle, and I am very disappointed with the quality of education she has received. She has had only a few quality teachers in the past three years. I would say the majority of her teachers have been uninformative and unwilling to work with the parent at resolving issues. As far as the office staff most have been great, but the principle of this school needs to get her priorities straight, it is not about a few of the children, it is about all of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

I have had two children attend VB Middle and the only problems we have had is with the way the principal handles the teasing and picking on student problems with other children. She seems to look the other way unless a parent takes action and then she still tries to look the other way. The teachers and office staff are great though.
—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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

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 Students73%
Female students75%
Male students72%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial70%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students67%
Female students68%
Male students67%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial73%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities74%
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 Students81%
Female students81%
Male students81%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial85%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students57%
Female students53%
Male students60%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%
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 students76%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial55%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students70%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial68%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Math

All Students73%
Female students78%
Male students68%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracial72%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Science

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students86%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial94%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
n/a

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 studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
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 Students97%
Female students100%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%
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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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Sandra Brown
Fax number
  • (757) 437-4708

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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600 25th St
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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