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John Adams Middle School

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Posted August 4, 2009

This comming year I will be in the eight grade at John Adams.While,yes it is a very good school, it has a few problems.There are some teachers there who may have a teaching degree, but they dont have the right personality to be a teacher.The second is that ,while, the students actions are monitered closely that facultys aren't. But overall the school is very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2009

if your not rich they all make fun of you and hurt you
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2008

As a student, i would know what goes on there. Its my first year, and i am all ready settled into it.at JA anybody is welcome. the new principle os great,and i just love her!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2008

I like this school. This is my third year here, and all my teachers have been awesome! JA might have started out this school year with a bad reputation, but we brought its good name back by our football team being undefeated again. Not many people can say that. JA is the best!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2008

I have been goin to JA for two years, and I admitt, there are a few teachers that are irresponsible and likely to be fired. But over all, you learn alot, and if you aren't committed and a hard working student, it will show. So, you know what they say. 'If you can't take the heat, get outta the kitchen!'
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2008

I thought this would have been a better school. Sad to say this scholl is lacking
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

Test scores speak for themselves. John Adams is the best middle school in the Kanawha Valley. The only complaint is traffic to and from school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2006

John Adams is an overall great school. I was in this school in grades 6 and 7, and was even a little bit sad to leave after my 7th grade year. The administration of the school worked well, and every time incidents occured they would work to renew policies. The teachers were great, and I think they even taught us more than the teachers in an 8th grade level class could do in a supposedly 'Superior' state in education. The PTA was very involved, and I believed it helped the school alot. The school is also not as bad as many say it to be, 90-95% of kids are great. JAMS is the best in
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 23, 2006

I love John Adams, the teachers are great and the dances are cool, plus the school isn't falling apart like most. the thing I enjoy the most is the freedom. Mostly because I just came out of fifth grade. It's a lot more free and we don't have to be watched in the hallway and elementary stuff like that. There is a lot though of down to earth smart people who go there. So to all parents out there around Charleston, if you haven't all ready consider sending your kids to John Adams this year or next year, because I don't normally like school, but here it is so great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2006

John Adams is a fantastic school! It challenges you to the best of you ability. Yes it is a tough school academic wise, but it helps you to become a better student. The teachers and staff are terrific! Both of my daughters loved their school years at John Adams. There are many extra cirriculars too! Overall, John Adams is a fantastic school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 13, 2006

My friend and I are both students at JA. This is a great school but, there are a few problems that really need to be taken care of. Students should be able to vote on what they want to do for an extracurricular activities. The most impportant thing in this school is the favorism of studeents. No matter what the students should be treated equally. John Adams is a very improved school since it was built but it still needs some serious stuff!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2005

I am also an eighth grade student at John Adams. I have been there for three years now, and I must say that I haven't been terribly pleased with the school for any period of time that I have been there. I'll say that many of the teachers are actually quite nice, but the majority of them don't try to discipline students. Sometimes the students can even be too much for the teachers. Last year, one of my favorite teachers left. If JA really is the best school in the district, I'd hate to see the rest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2005

I am a student at John Adams Middle School and I STRONGLY disagree with ANY of what you have said. Yes, there is taunting, but what middle school doesn't have that? Honestly, everyone had that same problem when they went through middle school, did they not. Secondly, yes, your child's grades may have fallen, but that is because it is the best middle school in the STATE! If you come from our school system and make good grades, you can get into almost any college you wish. My mom used to help enroll children into military academies and she informed me that if she saw you were from Boone County schools or a small school and got good grades, she hardly looked at them, for all you had to do was look at their test scores. We have WONDERFUL test scores and teachers and feel it is a FABULOUS school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2005

I would have to disagree with the majority of the reviews posted. I have put four children through this school and over the last 7 years as it has gone through transition from junior high to middle school I have seen it improve. The majority of the teachers are well educated, caring, and efficient teachers. The leadership is weak but the new assistant vice principal is a wonderful addition...firm but kind!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

Where do I start? My daughter transfered there in 8th grade. The school was not clean at all, and anytime I went in there after lunch, the stench from the restrooms off the lobby was overwhelming. She was picked on by the girls-which I understand is not uncommon there. The vice principal at the time was OVERLY tough on certain students, while she turned a blind eye to others. The police were up there constantly. The high school kids would come down to the parking lot and taunt the kids, throw things at them, etc. but my undetstanding was the lots were never monitored by adults. I reluctantly allowed my son to start 6th grade there last year. The behavioral problems have continued there, but he didn't seem to have the problems she encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

I think JA is a faboulus school. Its prepeares you for colege and other things in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

I feel that JA teachers are lazy and do not care about the students . My child allways did well in school until she attend JA and now my child does'nt even want to go to school. My child said that the teachers are rude,and do any thing they want. Also you only get your grade if you play sports and or live in south hills and have money. There for I recomend that JA is a awful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

We recently transfered our child to John Adams because everyone said the education was better at JA. let me tell you its not. My kids were honor roll students at their previous school and again at John Adams. There is no difference. I would even go as far as to say that overall the teachers at their previous school are more caring an have more compassion for the students than the teachers at JA. All schools are going to have there problems and I would say that JA has more than its share.
—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.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2012.

270 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

271 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

268 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
78%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

266 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

227 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
73%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 40% in 2012.

228 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

241 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
71%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
Black47%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Title I76%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities78%

Reading

All Students82%
Black53%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Title I82%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities84%

Science

All Students64%
Black12%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities66%

Social Studies

All Students65%
Black19%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I65%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West 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: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Black33%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Title I78%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities82%

Reading

All Students72%
Black40%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I72%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities75%

Science

All Students64%
Black33%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities66%

Social Studies

All Students71%
Black40%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Title I71%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West 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: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students73%
Black50%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Title I73%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities77%

Reading

All Students71%
Black55%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Title I71%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities75%

Science

All Students74%
Black53%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Title I74%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities77%

Social Studies

All Students55%
Black37%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West 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: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Black 7% 5%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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Parent involvement
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2002 Presidential Dr
Charleston, WV 25314
Phone: (304) 348-6652

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