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John Adams Middle School

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Posted today

This school is top in the county and top in the state. So is the high school. Our school is not usually over 75 degrees, or have low quality of technology. Our teachers are strict on rules and whoever said they aren't, is obviously not paying attention. You can get into any sport based on your skills not money, because we don't downgrade people. Yes, we have drama and rumors, but EVERY school has this. So for whoever said this school is nothing and is saying all of these rude things, then get a life and act like an educated human and realize this is with every school. Who ever moves into this district, John Adams is the one for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2014

I'm a student at John Adams and in my opinion it is the best school I could go to. The teachers have taught me so much even this year with how many days we had off. Sure the students have some drama but what school doesn't? The teachers treat us all fairly. They punish us if we need to be punished and reward us when we do good. Honestly I don't know where the whole rumor that the teachers treat students unfairly based on how rich or poor they are. I don't know about other people's experiences but from mine I can tell you that is not true. John Adams is a great school and if you are new to the area or are lookin for a new school for your kids, you should sent them to JA.


Posted April 9, 2014

I'm an eight grader at John Adams. Our school is most definitely the best school in the county, but the entire Kanawha County school system is horrendous. Basically, we are the best of the worst. The temperature in the building is usually over 75 degrees, due to the outdated boiler system controlled by the county. The school itself is in disrepair, and filled with technology that hardly works, and isn't repaired for weeks or even months. Teachers are substandard and oblivious to bullying often perpetrated by the upper class students. Furthermore, all programs affiliated with the school are classist and political, and it's highly common to not make a sports team if you aren't friends with their kids or rich. The health program is also inadequate, and provides us, the students, with outdated books and methods. The bullying and discipline in the school is abysmal, and while the false smiles and lies tell you something will be done, I can guarantee that no action will be taken. When a student decides to take action when all else fails, they are usually suspended and the bully let off scot-free. I feel quite honestly dishonored by the school system, but I doubt anything will happen.


Posted January 7, 2014

John Adams may have decent scores for West Virginia but its personally the worst school i have ever gone to in my entire life. If you arent a rich snob then most likely youll have trouble in school, and the teachers have almost no respect to the school or students; excluding a few. The kids cause drama and compete with other. all they care about is how expensive their jeans are and whos house has how many floors. Im not a top student and im not saying im a great person, but this school needs a major change from the building itself to teachers and especially the students attitudes.


Posted January 2, 2014

This school is a joke.. Teachers and staff are mean and rude. Some teachers scream and yell "shut up" at the kids.. I guess this is acceptable. If you are new to the area I would advise you to home school or enroll somewhere else. The students are rude spoiled brats! They are mean and non accepting of new students. The school makes it seem they are all that... Let me be the one to tell you different. My child would learn more sitting in front of a computer with a virtual teacher... Major changes for my kids next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2013

and they also treat the kids that are not rich differently. I live in a poor community and Mr. Mallory and Mrs. Jordan were the only ones that really treated me fairly.


Posted September 24, 2012

Lets be real, darilngs,John Adams was the number one shool in westest grades in all subjecs in West Virginia for the 2012 year and we have 3 out of stars while stonewall jackson one of the worst school in west virginia with westtest sores getting worse every year has 5 out of 5 stars,really..... SOUNDS LIKe A Lot OF PEOPLE WRItng HAte on John Adams..


Posted August 31, 2012

JA provides a warm, positive atmosphere with its open door policy, caring teachers and high standards. The children are educated, well rounded, diverse and manerly. JA is an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

Most of the teachers at JAMS are great! I admit, bullying and drugs are a problem, but not a large one. The chorus program could be better. I wish the computer programs and required school books used would actually teach us something, but this problem applies to all Kanawha County Public middle schools. John Adams is over all a good school. I would recommend going there. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D


Posted August 11, 2012

I love this school no matter what you say- we have SOME behavioral problems with bullying and drug use but it is limited to an extremely small group of kids. Just about every kid here is left alone, including myself, and I find that the programs here are very beneficial. French, Spanish, Geometry, Algebra, Physical Science.... what a way to get ahead!


Posted February 26, 2012

The administration and staff only do just enough to get through the day. The drug and bullying problems are a major issue which, I'm sure, makes teaching and learning extremely difficult. If we could afford to just homeschool our child - we would!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

We moved from another state to this school. I regret moving. The teachers are substandard. When I walked in the door the first day, I was shocked at their dress. Professionals dress like professionals. I spoke to the English teacher who used poor grammar. We are looking at other options, but cannot find one...as the Catholic school is not any better. This school is shocking. There are students being bullied with no correction from teachers. If you are reviewing this school, I advise looking elsewhere. Computers are old and not updated with software. Just look at the school from the outside....that says a great deal. We are going to suffer this year out and then perhaps move back to our Ohio Schools...no matter what.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2011

this school is horrible, im actually in the middle of transferring out to scms, anyway, i get picked on a lot because the way i dress, and the way my hair is, well i honestly dont care, but it just gets pretty darn, annoying, besides the fact of tht, the word creeker is used a lot, i am not wht they call a creeker, im not someone from the hills either, im from my mother, im just the same as anyone else, i breathe the same air as you, nothing you can do to stop tht, anyway, the principal isnt very nice, shes kind have rude if u ask a small question, answers with a smart allic attitude, and the teachers are ok, im happy to finish off my year at scms, then my last yr of middle school at sc, then go onto schs not go bck to be tortured twice as much at gw.


Posted March 31, 2011

I am a 6th grader ar JA and I like it. Most teachers are veryyy nice! I have had a couple problems in the past but I got those taken care of! I have enjoyed my year so far! I do Track and the coaches are sweet! They are a little hard but you kind of have to be when you're a coach! I'm not going to lie, there is quite a bit of homework through-out the week! I have read some other reviews and they say their grades have gone down since elementary school! Well, that was elementary school. Not Middle school! They teach you many to study and they even study with you! So, it could be your kid, not the school! I am doing well there! I study hard, and do my homework. Now, if their are anymore complaints please think about it, before your post it! Go Falcons!


Posted March 17, 2011

It is at best a mid-grade school the teachers were and still are on high horses. The wealthy students who have parents with "pull" get all the help while regular "white collar" kids suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

I am currently a 7th grader at JA, and I LOVE IT!!!! Yes some of the teachers aren't the best, but the majority of them are fantastic. Uhh, and I haven't heard anything about drugs before, we are not one of those schools. JAMS has an amzing academic program, and don't forget about the best athletic programs in the county!!! We have been undefeated for 2 years now. I played varsity softball last year as a 6th grader and we placed 3rd in the counties. JA Lady Falcons were an 11-3 team. This year we are going to take it aalll the way!!!!!!! NOW LET'S SHOW SOME FALCON SPIRIT!!!!!!!! GO COLTEN ROLLYSON #8!!!!!!!!


Posted September 2, 2010

i love it here in ja it is awesome......... the teachers in 6 grade aren't as fun or awesome as the 7 grade teachers. people... we dont have many behavior problems people god..... it all gets dealt with if u want to succeed in life, u need to go to JA posted by a student


Posted May 17, 2010

Kids are bullied, and nothing is done to stop it. Some kids who are not doing well, instead of help, tutoring and/or encouragement are instead berated by teachers and the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

When I was JAJH, there was only one year of Latin offered. I hope that has changed... for the better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2009

This is my second year at jams..Yes we have problems with behavior but it gets taken care of..I love it here but u have 2 make sure that u keep your grades up and pay attention..Yes i admit that there are some teachers that aren't fit too help with problems but there are some that can make it a whole lot easier for aslong as you are willing to work with them,and contribute your very own part..Lets go Falcons!!
—Submitted by a student


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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  • Football
  • Soccer
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  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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