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Horace Mann Middle School

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Posted November 18, 2013

It is absolutely awful. The teachers are uninterested and unmotivated. The kids are treated rudely and the level of education is completely unsatisfactory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

This is a great school with excellent teachers and an outstanding music program. A safe and fun environment to grow academically and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

Great start to another successful year at Horace Mann Middle School. The new principal made a very good first impression on students and teachers. I am so happy with the teachers commitment to making this an excellent learning environment for our kids. Academic achievements of the kids are great and the music program is outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

This is a pretty good school actually! HMMS is very well rounded in academics, athletics, and music. The principal has high standards and leads an excellent school.


Posted February 15, 2011

I think this is an excellent school. Any time I need a teacher, they return my calls and are alwayspolite and professional. The principal and assistant are excellent--they are strong leaders who demand excellence. I can think of no other school that is so devoted to academics, the arts, the community and athletics. All students are treated with respect regardless of who they are. I love HMMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

I am Georgi Rader, the Honor Society president of 2010, and I believe that HMMS is most certainly a fine school! Although the rule of No zip ups is a tad bit strict, the other simple rules are very easy to obey! Dr. Blackwell and Mr. Stowers stand outside to give you a handshake every morning and also ask how you are doing! It is the best start to a very positive school day! I will now now answer the criteria of a great school on the right, HMMS has exellent staff, all with a very positive attitude! I will say we are a very disciplined school, which shows strong leadership! Our academic scores- SRI, Westest, scores are very high! We are challenged everyday and that is exactly what we need!


Posted October 22, 2010

Very poor principal who demonstrates dictatorial attitudes and non responsiveness to student safety issues. If you like a martinet, and don't care about your student's well being then choose this school, otherwise move on....very quickly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

I am extremely disappointed with Horace Mann Middle School. There are a few fine teachers at HMMS who do a good job, but the bad teachers greatly outweigh whatever positive impression is made. All any parent has to do is look at the quality of writing displayed by the students who have commented here to know that spelling, grammar, punctuation and organization of thought are not given much attention at Horace Mann. Principal Blackwell seems to be more concerned with students feeling good about themselves than actually having them learn something and have a reason to feel good about themselves. Grade inflation is rampant, so that students think they are doing great even when they are not learning anything. They are being set up for failure. Overall, a pretty sad situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

i go here and it's the best place you can be.!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2010

This is to some of negative remarks about horace mann, we as parents can't expect the schools to raise our children. We raise them at home, and send them to school to learn. And the teachers @ horace mann will help out, if asked. Its one the best middle schools in the whole kanawha valley, so thank god our kids has a safe learning place to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

We have been more than pleased with this school and feel our child was fortuate to have attended. He has particularly developed a love for reading and music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

This is my second year at HMMS.Its great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love my teachers!!! I have Algebra 1 a for math it is hard!!!!!But my teacher is helping me!!!!! All the teachers will are great I Love HMMS!!!!!!!!!!! Bye
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2009

Great school with a super staff. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

I love HMMS! This was my first and last year at hmms. I transfered from Charleston catholic which was the best decision i have ever made. The kids their are spoiled and their parents do everything for them. People are way to quick to judge horace mann kids just because it is and inner city school. The teachers at hmms are sometimes unfair but thats ok. But i love horace mann!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2009

I have very good things to say about HMMS. But im in 6th grade & they treat us like we have shot some 1 were not aloud to chew gum. but my principle is very kind & resonable i hoarce mann middle school ( icsept 4 the hole gum part ) but yeah ur kids should transper if ur im a differant school-------- MBV
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2009

I am soooooo impressed with HMMS!! I heard great things about the school, but once I got there, it was even better. The school has a real dedication to literacy and creativity that I haven't seen at other schools. The teachers are friendly and he kids were respectful. Both the principal and the assistant were super friendly and very helpful. I am happy to have someone in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Not to be against any of the students but I was disgusted by the kids. THe boys would be in the back drawing nasty pictures and doing and speaking rude, dirty, and nadty thoughts. 3 girls there got pregnant in gym class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2008

I love HMMS! I just started my 8th grade year, and I am disappointed to be leaving it next year. We have awesome extracurricular activities, and the BEST music groups in the tri-state area, and in 2005 the strings orchestra won 2nd place in a national competition. The teachers and staff are caring, and help as much as possible. Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Stowers stand outside every day to greet everyone as the walking with a 'Good morning!' and a firm handshake.I am extremely proud to be part of this school and the award winning orchestra.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2008

I just recently completed my 6th grade year at HMMS. Most of the teachers are caring, but the students have a lot of issues. A lot of the teachers treat us all like criminals, like we have once been in jail, they dont even give us a change in that department. The 6th grade math teacher is excellent, and I loved her class, she was surprisingly my favorite teachers, if you get negative feedback on her from your child, they obviously don't go to school for the right reasons, or are overly sensitive, she just doesn't put up with any crap. Its an ok school, but im transferring this year to go to JAMS, the kids at Horace Mann really disrupt my learning and get me into trouble.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2007

Horace Mann is a wonderful school with exceptional learning opportunities for students who want to learn. Some of the best teachers and administrators in Kanawha County can be found here.
—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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

153 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
47%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

151 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
72%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

146 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

146 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
57%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

162 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%

2009

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

155 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
62%
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 Students61%
Black33%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I61%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities63%

Reading

All Students53%
Black36%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities56%

Science

All Students42%
Black9%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities45%

Social Studies

All Students44%
Black20%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities47%
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 Students64%
Black49%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities67%

Reading

All Students57%
Black38%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities60%

Science

All Students51%
Black31%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I51%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities53%

Social Studies

All Students58%
Black37%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities60%
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 Students57%
Black27%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities60%

Reading

All Students58%
Black32%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities61%

Science

All Students57%
Black33%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities59%

Social Studies

All Students38%
Black19%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities41%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 92%
Black 27% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Hispanic 2% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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4300 MacCorkle Ave
Charleston, WV 25304
Phone: (304) 348-1971

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