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Grafton Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 862 students

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Posted June 19, 2013

My son had a great 6th-grade year at Grafton. He was involved in band and advanced academic courses. He--for the first time since starting school--was challenged, but was able to complete the requirements. The block scheduling prepares the students for high school and college. I found the teachers to be supportive, especially when I was deployed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

Some very mean kids ruin this school. Very cliquey. Outright bullying. Kids are very much involved in what you wear. Kids get shoved into lockers or books are knocked out of arms and then kicked down the hallway. The school corridors are so crowded that it's a game to the kids who do this as it's hard to retrieve the books. On an upside, there are some very caring teachers and a chance to find your niche at the different extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

A zero rating. I have never met a less responsive school when it comes to the needs of their students. They do not care if students are doing well, or if the parents are happy. They have the attitude that "if you don't like it, you can leave." Unfortunately, not everyone has that choice, and WE are paying their bills and salaries! Avoid it if you can, and I pity you if you have no other option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

i only went to Grafton my six grade year back in 2005-2006 and i LOVED it i made alot of friends and the teachers where nice and kind to me i took AP classes and it was like high school my older sister graduated from grafton middle when i came in and it was just a blast i made alot of friends and had a sibling relationship like school brothers and school sisters and unfortunately i moved to back to Hampton VA and i was really sad but im happy to say my junior and senior year of high school im going back to grafton and seeing all my friends and actually being happy I LOVE GMS/GHS


Posted August 30, 2009

My son went 3 years here and I am going to have 2 more kids going here. Overall it is fantastic although I wish there was more racial diversity here. My son has ADHD and kids with problems are sometimes not tended to due to the gifted kids that are predominant. If you are a parent looking for a superb school for academics and overacheivers this is it. If you have a child who is learning disabled you may not get as much help as you would like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

Grafton Middle School is one of the most involved schools that I have been involved with. The PTA is outstanding and does so much to improve the school's programs and involvement. Parents feel welcome. The students have a fantastic time learning with the outstanding staff at GMS! The Leadership/ Administration is awesome. They work well together and the kids are constantly learning new things. There are so many clubs, dances, cultural arts, and fun things to do. The social area is just as important as the education! The advanced classes are offered for the children that need challenges. The school stays real clean by the custodian's. Strong PTA! It's a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2009

My son loves being at Grafton. We moved last year from GA and the transition went quite smoothly. The entire staff is great and the principal is very hands on. He is quite visible and is always seen greeting students in the hallway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

This is the best school in the pennisula! Great teachers, kind students, and the school is huge! We always have a good time at Grafton! Acedemic success is very likely here =]
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

they really help the kids learn and the pta there is great
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

I am a student at Grafton Middle School, and I don't think that it could possibly be a better school. All the teachers are extremely nice, and the school makes sure that there is nothing like bullying, or something crazy like school shootings. I also believe that this school gives me the best education possible, I would highly recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2008

I am a former student and i loved Grafton and had the best time there. The teachers are very well educated and a lot of people are very involved. They have lots of sports and a variety of extracuricular with a lot of options. The principal, Dr. Hollar, is amazing. He's really funny but is fair and caring at the same time. The actually building is very clean and up to par, and in great condition. The fact that its also a high school complex makes a smooth move over to the high school, because you've already been slightly exposed to it. It's also not overcrowded. i really wish i hadn't moved away!! =( I highly reccomend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2007

I think this is one of the best middle schools I have seen out there. They really seem to care about the children and maintaining the school. They are open to parent participation and are very welcoming to the parents (new and old). Dr. Hollar is a GREAT principal! My child loves this school and soon will have another child attending there. She can't wait to go! Thanks Grafton for being an overall superb school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

I have been very happy with Grafton Middle School. Both of my kids are on accelerated tracks and the teachers have been terrific. The school is physically connected to the feeder high school so my son has made an easy transition into high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

Grafton Middle is a great school. It has one of the best music programs and wonderful athletics. There are a wide variety of clubs and groups. The teachers are wonderful. They really care about the young teens that they teach. It is clean, up to date, and modern. The principle, Dr. Hollard is fantastic. The school is full of smart gifted children and any parent would be proud to say that there child attend GMS. I love it. It is fun and has a diverse group of people to interact with. The lunches are tasty but, the lockers could be a little bit bigger.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students84%
Female students87%
Male students81%
Black students74%
Asian students89%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial100%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students99%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial96%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%
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 students86%
Male students75%
Black students69%
Asian students82%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial79%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students67%
Female students70%
Male students64%
Black students55%
Asian students73%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%
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 Students79%
Female students85%
Male students74%
Black students59%
Asian students92%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial92%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students78%
Black students55%
Asian students100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial92%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students59%
Female students55%
Male students63%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Science

All Students82%
Female students77%
Male students88%
Black students70%
Asian students92%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial83%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

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%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Geometry

All Students99%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%
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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405 Grafton Dr
Yorktown, VA 23692
Phone: (757) 898-0525

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