School Details

Van Buren Middle School

3775 Shroyer Rd, Kettering, OH 45429
(937) 499-1800
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 680 students 16 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade

85%
84%
75%
90%
90%
83%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Kettering City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
88%
73%
91%
92%
81%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Kettering City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
85%
77%
93%
92%
86%
84%
84%
69%

Ohio Achievement Test (OAT)

In 2010-2011 Ohio used the Ohio Achievement Test (OAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The OAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Kettering City School District average
  • Ohio state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Van Buren Middle School is a public middle school in Kettering. The principal of Van Buren Middle School is Matthew S. Rugh, who can be contacted at matt.rugh@ketteringschools.org. 680 students attend Van Buren Middle School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 26% of the 680 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 36% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Van Buren Middle School is 16:1. St. Albert the Great School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 87%
Multiracial 6% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 42%
Economically disadvantaged 26% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Wow I think I may be one of the few that is unhappy with this school. The teachers are not perfect but they are great especially given the number of kids they have to deal with and the lack of teachers' assistants. They are most of them stuck with a loud chaotic class. The lunches are not healthy and so you are better off having your child take their lunch. A nurse is not on staff and is at the school sporadically throughout each month but tries to make it in twice a week but she is divided between Van Buren and Fairmont High. The principal asst. principal and counscelors are not reliable in protecting children from bullies as we found out the hard way last year. Little to no support for the child that is being bullied. A lot of the kids have some hardluck stories and the behaviours to go along with that. We do not find the curriculum advanced at all and are supplementing at home. We are actually thinking to go to homeschooling for the 8th grade because of it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Van Buren is a great school. this is my first year in this school and i havent had any trouble with the teachers or students. Van Buren has excellent teachers that really seem to care about their students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Van Buren is the best school I've ever been to. The teachers are fantastic and really care about the students. The principal is really nice and always talks with students and doesn't just stay locked up in his office. He also is very anti-bully and stays true to his word when he promises things. I'm in 6th grade and I've never seen anyone bullied. There are very nice full-sized lockers and there is very "high-tech" equipment like i-pads and i-pod touches. There is also a computer lap with 40+ newly bought computers. There are great unified arts and gifted classes. Also there are many great after school programs. I recommend this school to anyone looking for a great school with good test scores and fun activities and don't take their students for granted.

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing school. I moved here for only for the ratings this school got. It has really let my kids express themselves.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my boys got a very good education at that school

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are awesome! Our family appreciates the kindness and caring offered as well as the help with our nontraditional family.

  • (6 years ago)

    What makes this a great school are the teachers and parents who work together in the best interest of the children

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers at this school really help me understand more things better.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school. The staff is professional and effective. The principal leads the building using the latest research and proven techniques. ALL students can be successful at Van Buren.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been thoroughly impressed with Van Buren staff and students in the 6th grade. Matt Rugh has done an outstanding job with the staff and their willingness to work as a team. He is firm and yet fair. I attended Kettering Junior High in the 1980's and went onto Fairmont and I believe the Kettering school district has gotten stronger and many great things are being accomplished.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am overall happy with Van Buren this is our 2nd year there and my daughter has adjusted quite well. The school has challenged her as well as allowed her grow as a person. Its been a great experience.

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