School Details

Benjamin Syms Middle School

170 Fox Hill Rd, Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 850-5050
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 850 students 20 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

69%
64%
74%
73%
68%
78%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hampton City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
66%
75%
20%
24%
61%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hampton City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
62%
71%
58%
62%
70%
62%
61%
62%
71%
68%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hampton City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
77%
76%
95%
75%
76%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 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. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hampton City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Benjamin Syms Middle School is a public middle school in Hampton. The principal of Benjamin Syms Middle School is Ms. Sharon S. Slater. 850 students go to Benjamin Syms Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 42% of the 850 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Benjamin Syms Middle School is 20:1. Gloria Dei Lutheran School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 49% 30%
Black, non-Hispanic 46% 64%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 45%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    This school is terrible. The teachers DO NOT help students that are in need of extra help. My son is a prime example. He asked several teachers several times and got brushed off. The assistant principal and guidance councilor is of no help either. There is bullying and I feel just not by the students but the teachers as well. I was told by a teachers' spouse that my child does not belong at Syms he belongs at Spratley. What does that say? Avoid this school if you can for your child's sake.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers really care and are willing to help students that may need a little extra help. The administration is more than willing to work with children with disabilities and to accommodate to the needs of the child unlike another middle school in Hampton that was not willing to do so. I was very happy with the 7th grade teachers that my child had last year and am happy so far with the 8th grade teachers that he has this year. This school is very big on communication which is definatley high on my list!

  • (4 years ago)

    The history professor said the students won't take the time to complete textbook- higher level assignments so he recommended simple word searches and crossword puzzles for homework each night.

  • (5 years ago)

    Syms MS is a very clean and fair school. There is no bullying. Everyone seems to get along. The teachers are great. They definitely teach the children. If you don't understand someone they are more than willing to further explain and take their valuable time to help the students. The programs are exceptional. Go Hampton!

  • (5 years ago)

    Benjamin Syms is a wonderful middle school. The lockers are a LITTLE small but i guess thats to assure that no one gets jamed in one. Lol! The teachers are as nice as they can be and the principal is wonderful! I havent had or witnessed any problems with bullies but by reading these reviews apparently others have. Overall I love this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    it's a great fun filled school

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent of a 7th grader at Syms Ive had three other children in Syms and had no problems but my youngest has had nothing but problems the school needs to get a handle on the BULLIES there should be a ZERO Tolerence policy for this behavior over all I think this problem could be solved but the staff needs to stop ignoring issues and deal with them head on.

  • (5 years ago)

    For Special Education this school needs assistance.

  • (6 years ago)

    syms middle shool is an amazing school for my child to grow and learn in a healthy enviroment.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am a student at syms and i am disgusted with everything that happens and goes on. i have witnessed way to many students being punished because of other peoples' mistakes. the students and teachers are rude and disrespectful. it is not fair for students like me to have to be around this behavior when all i want to do is learn. i would not recommend this school to anyone.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Syms for a year and I have found the teachers excellent. The parents are kept informed with what grades and any problems their student is having. Safety is a priority in the school and on the bus. The principal makes calls home with important information regularly. I look forward to my child returning to Syms next year.looklooklokchireturning to Syms for the next year. to my child attending

  • (6 years ago)

    It is an awesome school and the teachers have a wide varity of skills

  • (7 years ago)

    syms is awesome.i love my teachers and the lockers are a decent size.the lunches are okay but sometimes they just gross me out.

  • (7 years ago)

    My twins grils love Syms they are new 6th graders and they love school so far.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am happy to say that my daughter and I have had a wonderful experience at Syms. We came from private schools and were worried about the transition of moving into a public school and I have to say it has been a great experience. the teacher she has had have been terrific to work with and have been very helpful whenever either of us have had a question. I am surprised at the star ratings on Syms wouls expect them to be higher- A school is made up of not only the teachers and staff but of the parents too- get involved and it makes it better for everyone.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son (12yrs old/6th grader) suffers from Asperger Syndrome (AS). The 1st/2nd semesters at Syms have been outstanding thanks to his teachers/assistant principal who have taken the time to work with my son in order for him to adjust to middle school. However since the 3rd semester I feel that some students teachers & guidance counselors are not aware of what 'AS' is and/or how to approach & work with a student who suffers from AS. Social skills with children & adults are very difficult for my son. My son observes every situation that affects him serious & significant; whereas (some) individuals at the school look upon him lame or inadequate. Twice he has been approached by bullies (which the school has taken legal action). The school staff & students need to be educated because through the eyes of an 'AS' pre-teen middle school is a cruel hostile environment.

  • (10 years ago)

    Let me tell you about this school or at least one teacher..Last night my sons math teacher called we spoke about the kids in my sons class picking on him.. When I mentioned that I wanted my son out of the class with the kids that were picking on him she told me that kids would be kids.. This is the same teacher that when a boy sprayed a perfume on him all she did was take it away from him and throw it away.. All the teachers have seen the harasment my son has gone through but not one of them has put a stop to it. I rate this school a 0.....

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