School Details

Fairfield Middle School

5121 Nine Mile Rd, Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 328-4020
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 959 students 17 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

61%
71%
74%
49%
74%
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
  • Henrico County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
76%
75%
37%
62%
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
  • Henrico County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
72%
71%
67%
70%
70%
27%
44%
62%
48%
62%
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
  • Henrico County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
77%
76%
98%
87%
83%
66%
76%
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
  • Henrico County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fairfield Middle School is a public middle school. The principal of Fairfield Middle School is Mr. Arthur G. Raymond. 959 children attend Fairfield Middle School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 54% of the 959 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Fairfield Middle School is 17:1. General Academic Development is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 92% 36%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 46%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (12 months ago)

    First off I am an eighth grader at Fairfield Middle School. I am currently still in the IB program ever since 6th grade and I have enjoyed it. People say bad stuff about Fairfield and I can honestly say that it's not true. Fairfield has improved over the many years. It's not an hard program there is of course homework and projects and community and service though. People are controlled everywhere definitely learning too. Discipline? You ask well yes there's also this one teacher who makes sure you listen and follow directions at lunch. Nobody messes around with him and all the teachers are hard working. I like how there is a big mixture of different kinds of students and no matter what everyone fits in and has fun at this school. I can only speak for the IB program but at times non-ib kids are in the same elective and they know how to behave. It's not the school that's bad and ghetto only the people/students that make it that way.

  • (1 year ago)

    Find some random kid in the hallway and give them some money. They'll make all your dreams come true.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter was in the IB program for the first 2 semesters of 6th grade before we had to move and I don't think we'll ever stop missing this school. Her teachers were great and are still in communication making sure she is doing well. The front office staff are awesome and her counsellors were the best. The school was like family and there was great chemistry between the students. The staff did a good job of maintaining discipline as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great teachers administration students ancillary staff and INVOLVED parents! FMS offers excellent extracurricular activities as well as special interest groups. You get out of this school exactly what you put into it and if you think that you can just drop your kid off and have them become a rocket scientist then FMS is not the school for you or your child! Education begins at home and because you run out of money for your high-"fulutting" private school and think you are going to dump anothers school problem child at FMS then you are bringing the school down!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a teacher at FMS and I enjoy working with the students and most of the faculty. It is sad to see the low amount of parents that actually come to meetings when it comes to the academics of their children. I realize that work schedules of our parents do not permit them to come and be involved as much as parents would like to be. It would help teachers a lot if the parents were more actively interested in their personal children's academics and not just the extracurriculars. Come volunteer visit the classrooms be a part of the exciting technology and activities in your child's classrooms walk around the campus during class changes experience lunch and all other things your child does on a day to day basis. I think you would like what you see!

  • (4 years ago)

    The 'Principal Leadership' rating is not accurate according to my experience. This gentleman came into his principalship with a plan and executed it. Within two years test success had been achieved as promised. This is one small example of his effective leadership. I appreciate his steady decision making and the fact that he considers the effect the decision will have on the entire school not just a special group within the school. He is a team player.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at fairfeld middle school. I thank that fairfeld is not the best school in the world but is a great school. Most People say that the school is bad but now a days most school are like that no matter where you go to...in 2009-2010 school year i will be a 8th grader. i thank mr.jackson for keepin the 7th graders in check i think its not the school thats bad it some of the kids. I was in all adavance classes and even though some of the kids in my classes were bad i keep my grades up and pass all my sols..and i am proud to say for the 2008-2009 school year fairfield is fully accredited. Thats Great For FMS.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student @ F.M.S. and its kinda what most people might call 'ghetto'. It is a very poor school. The academic material is not as good as it could be. I have definitely suggested and encouraged my parents to switch me next year. The authority and discipline that should be being enforced by administrators is just not taking place. The children are wild and fights often occur over the stupidest things and obviously this matter is just being overlooked like everything is okay. And I think I have had enough.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son enrolled in FMS during 2008-2009 school year this was his first year in public school. I was apprehensive about the decision to attend FMS based on the reputation and ranking of the school. However upon interviewing the principal (both my son and I) and discussing his vision for the school and curriculum. The decision to allow my son to attend FMS was an inform one and good for my son. He as been exposed to a lot however he is still focused. He maintained honor roll status for the entire year and has more learning opportunities than those offered in his previous school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fairfield isn't that bad of a school i'm in the 8th grade and I like the school. It isn't the best school in the county but I enjoy it. Imma student saying its kinda fun. I gave it three but i really think 3 and 1/2

  • (6 years ago)

    My son likes the school but I don't like visiting it at all. The office staff is useless I find it harder to pick up my 13 year old son than my elementary school children. As a parent I get blamed for evey bad decision my son makes but no credit for the good things. I will be moving in the next year or two because I don't want my other children going to that school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm so scared as a single parent with a child entering the 6th grade next year. The PTA has given me hope to stick in there and make a change but I've done that so many years before. I do not know if Mr. Mayo and staff can evolve this school to a fully accredited within 2-3 years of those crucial middle school years. It just saddens me that all the predominantly black middle schools in the county ( including precious Wilder ) are not fully accredited. Each of these children should have a free tutor due its extremely low math scores about 25%.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think mr. Mayo has made great changes in fairfield middle school! i can see a change in the schools enviroment and a change in the students behavior. Good job fms staff and students!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Having had two sons attend FMS I was more than please w/the level of instruction and safety.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a product of FMS I know the culture well. I feel Mr. Mayo and his administrative team are doing an exceptional job. But it's not just the principal's job to make things work it's up to the entire community which includes the students parents teachers businesses and yes school board officials. We all must take a proactive roll in ensuring that all of our children (not just the perceived elite) receive the best resources and opportunities that are presently available. I rate Mr. Mayo and those on his team (not the ones who just show up to collect a paycheck) five stars but until everyone gets on board with the vision not only does the school fall short but the entire community falls short as well.

  • (6 years ago)

    Kudos to the new principal! I am a parent of a 7th grader and I have seen a change in climate at the school. I am appreciate administrators and teachers going the extra mile to ensure all students will be successful academically. However I would like to see new security measures in place for faculty staff and students.

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe FMS is a 3 star school on the way to much much more. Mr. Mayo the new principal has made a change in the atmosphere in terms of the expectation levels of the staff and students. He also has verbally assured parents that the school will be governed by the sound morals standards and principales that any student any where else would be expected to live by in an educational environment. I appreciate the work he puts in along with the PTA staff and parents who are willing to roll up their sleeves to let this and every county know there are no more problems nor problems more severe at FMS than any other middle school. For whatever reason ours are always in the spotlight and everyone else's get swept under the rug.

  • (6 years ago)

    Fairfield Middle School is definitely rising to the challenge of this school year. With new leadership. committed teachers and parents providing tools and resources to support successful learning Fairfield Middle School students will be more competetive in their high school years. There have been many measurable improvements in the environment in which the students learn the estra efforts of the teachers and the interest of the parents. The morale of the school overall is certainly on the rise.

  • (6 years ago)

    Fairfield Middle School has changed dramatically since last school year. As a parent of a child that just graduated from the school and a 6t grader just entering I have seen the positive change. Since the new school has opened that addressed the overcrowding issue. With the support of the parents and teachers I believe that the new administration will be effective in redirecting the focus of the school. Last year their were issues with the leadership and it's effectiveness. The students need strong positve leadership that they can respect. Last but not least Where is the money? My oldest son attended the school in 7th and 8th grade and did not have books to bring home. Finally my 6th grader is able to bring home books to reinforce his learning. With all of the new schools being built I know there is money available. We need funds!

  • (7 years ago)

    Fairfield Middle School has the potential to be a great middle school. I myself went to Fairfield Middle School years ago. The most vital thing that we need to look at is the leadership of the school and parental involvement. If you have poor leadership and no parental involvement then what do you expect. I dont't totally blame the students b/c children will do no more than what you allow them to do. It has nothing to do w/ the fact that this school is this 'predominately African American so thats why it is bad' as stated by a parent in a previous review. They are still children and leadership and parents need to set boundaries and limits without compromising quality education. So this 2007-2008 year we all hope that the new principal will promote great leadership skills and ultimately it will trickle down to the staff and parents.

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