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Kate Collins Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 680 students

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Posted August 20, 2014

This school deserves NO stars. This is by far the worst school I have ever encountered. I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING good to say about Kate Collins or the two female administrators who run it. Sadly, this is the only middle school in Waynesboro, so school options are minimal- if you have the means to home school your children they will be much better off. Communication between administration and parents is lacking and I question whether the education of the children is top priority here. Honestly, I think there should be cameras in every room of this building so that parents could monitor what is happening through out the day with their children. Perhaps then some things would change for the better...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Just as there isn't any perfect child - parent - hospital, etc. - there is any perfect middle school. However, KCMS ranks right at the top. They offer many opportunities for children with higher level math courses, middle school athletics, different clubs (Jr. Beta, FCCLA, Robotics...), dances, after school tutoring, summer school, high school credit classes, band, chorus, diversity, a great PTO and much more. KCMS has a supportive network of parents, teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries, guidance counselors, SROs, sped dept, & administrators! They do whatever is humanly possible to make sure that they are working together to do whatever is best for kids and the future of Waynesboro.


Posted June 15, 2009

I am a TAG student going into the 8th grade. I am not even in the 8th grade yet and i already have taken algebra 1 and got advanced profeicny. Like many other TAG students i also take honors english and got advanced profiency. Also, next year i will be recieving 3 more highschool credentials. So yes if you actually follow through the whole system there is plenty of things for a TAG student at KCMS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2009

My daughter is in her second year at Kate Collins. In every instance where she had difficulty, the administration stepped in and nipped the problems in the bud. I do agree with prior posts about not being enough for TAG students as my daughter is one too. What I would rate lowest is the parent involvement. I coordinate parent volunteers for PTO and try to provide lots of opportunity for parents to be involved with staff and we get very few volunteers willing to come to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2009

The staff my child has encountered while attending this school for the most part have been a joy to work with. My concern as the parent of a TAG student is that there are major problems with that program and no one seems willing or able to make the changes that are needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2008

I attend KCMS and although its not the safest or cleanest school environment around, I feel we do pretty well academically. There's a lot of great qualities too, like have you heard about us joining the 'Pay It Forward' movement? I'm not going to sit here and list them all but I am going to sit here to inform you that KCMS is a wonderful place for your kid to get an education academically AND socially.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2008

I have one child attending Kate Collins Middle School this year and another will be next year. At this school there seems to be no interest to improve the poor communication from school to parent. Regardless of the fact that there was a new principal last year safety and discipline were still huge areas of concern. Both of my children are T.A.G. students and it's a shame that this is the middle school enviroment that we are stuck with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2007

I am sending my children to Kate Collins Middle School only because there is no other public middle school in the City of Waynesboro. I hope the newly hired principal and asst. principal will devote themselves to revamping the disciplinary system and communicating with families of students. It is with trepidation that I send my third child to school there because my middle child had a lousy school year. If I could convince my husband to go to private school, our family would take our great SOL scores and hightail it out of there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2006

The staff at this school, esp. the principles and counselors, lack general understanding when it comes to dealing with the psychological well being of the children. Educating the kids in those respects are more important then looking for the trouble makers to punish. Teach them properly and there won't be any to punish. The school is pitiful as well as embarrassing to be associated with.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
49%

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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
English: Writing

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

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students67%
Female students70%
Male students63%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Math

All Students55%
Female students53%
Male students57%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities61%
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 Students65%
Female students72%
Male students58%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%

Math

All Students40%
Female students44%
Male students36%
Black students32%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracialn/a
White students44%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities42%
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 Students61%
Female students63%
Male students59%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students9%
Proficient in English64%

English: Writing

All Students60%
Female students68%
Male students51%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students9%
Proficient in English63%

Math

All Students73%
Female students74%
Male students72%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English72%

Science

All Students80%
Female students77%
Male students83%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English81%
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 "Accredited with Warning".

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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

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 Students89%
Female students89%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

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%
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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1625 Ivy St
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Phone: (540) 946-4635

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