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Van Devender Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 367 students

 

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Posted October 23, 2013

This school is full of trash. And the teachers are not making it any better. Disgusted on a daily basic. You have a 15 yr old in 8th grade and he's a bully. The principal and vice p Are lazy and obviously just there for an easy check
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

A few good teachers but the vice principles have little respect for the students and the office staff is very rude. Wonderful cross country and track team though and has an excellent forgein launguage prgram ( spanish is offered) The lunch room is very dirty an there are dead bugs in the hallways. Hopefully it will improve. It was such a wonderful school back in the day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

heard its a good school in yr or so my son will be going there. he in 5th this yr. my neighbor kids go to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2009

5 stars this school is wonderful I haven't had a problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2009

I went to school at Vandy for 3 years and loved it. The teachers are amazing and really care about the students and their education. Going to Van Devender is an opportunity that every student should take advantage of if given the chance.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2009

I don't see why people think this school is so great. It's horrable. My child goes to Vandy and he hates it and so do I. He is a special needs child and is always being picked on and being hurt. The teachers seem not to care. They hand out detention slips if a child coughs or sneezes, or looks the wrong way. The office staff is nothing but rude. The priciples talk to the children as if they are in military camp. The teachers and staff are the rudest and uncaring people I have ever seen in a school system. I am transferring my child from this school next year. he is failing everything and the school is just letting him slide on by without offering any type of help at all. He is learning nothing at this school. Parents are never made to feel welcome this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

I'm a sign language interpreter at Vandy. I've never worked with a staff as wonderful and supportive of each other and its students. Teachers go out of their way to praise and encourage students; and in times of tragedy, they pull together to help students and their families through tough times. I love it there and hope I never have to work anyplace else.


Posted March 9, 2007

My daughter went to VanDevender last year and it was an amazing experience....It is not a bad school, not at all. They have the most fun I have ever seen in my life. It is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2006

This school is wonderful and very supportive of the students. It also provides a outstanding educational system fopr the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

VanDevender is a wonderful school. The teachers really care for their students and are very capable. My son has been involved in sports (golf, basketball, track) and in choir. The principal and office staff are wonderful and helpful. The Athletic and Academic Boosters are great, and parents are made to feel appreciated and welcome. I never thought I would be so happy with a Jr High, my son loves it. I am proud that he is at Vandy and tired of hearing how it is the 'bad' junior high in our community , when it isn't at all. It's a well kept secret and we love that it is.
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
44%
Social Studies

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
24%

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 51% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
45%
Social Studies

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
43%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
52%
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 Students42%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities48%

Reading

All Students29%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Title I29%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities36%

Science

All Students23%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Title I23%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities29%

Social Studies

All Students22%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities27%
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 Students49%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I49%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities54%

Reading

All Students44%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities49%

Science

All Students36%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities39%

Social Studies

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Title I37%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities42%
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 Students36%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities41%

Reading

All Students34%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities38%

Science

All Students25%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I25%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities29%

Social Studies

All Students25%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Title I25%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities28%
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 94% 92%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 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 73%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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918 31st St
Parkersburg, WV 26104
Phone: (304) 420-9645

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