School Details

West Valley Middle School

9118 George Williams Rd, Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 539-5145
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1163 students 17 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

80%
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88%
64%
57%
90%
71%
62%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Knox County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
53%
47%
73%
55%
47%
92%
71%
64%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Knox County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
39%
41%
74%
55%
47%
83%
68%
64%

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2011-2012 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math and science. The results for reading/language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchool profiles. The results are for all grades combined for each subject and reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
  • This school in 2013
  • Knox County School District average
  • Tennessee state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

West Valley Middle School is a public middle school in Knoxville. The principal of West Valley Middle School is Sheila Fuqua, who can be contacted at fuquas@k12tn.net. 1,163 students go to West Valley Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 14% of the 1,163 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at West Valley Middle School is 17:1. Cedar Bluff Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% 76%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Hispanic 5% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 14%
Asian 4% %
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 46%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    The one year I got to go to this school was the best school year I have ever had. My teachers truly cared and my education was excellent. One particular teacher Mrs. Mosley of 6th grade was simply outstanding. She gave college-style lessons and challenging tests while caring about the success of every one of her students and having a good attitude all the way through.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school cares about their students. The principals seem to be set on making it the best most comprehensive educational experience possible. E.g. earlier this year (the first day of school in fact) I sent an email to the principal regarding our bus driver's behavior. She called me within 5 minutes. She "took the bull by the horns" and the following week I was in a meeting with the assistant principal the director of transportation of Knoxville and the contractor for the school's bus drivers. The principals took care of the issue as if my child was their own. Complaint Students' parents are supposed to sign "hold-up cards" every Thursday. These are to ensure parents know of any marks against the child that could result in disciplinary actions like detention. The problem is they have to be signed even if there are no marks against the child. And if they forget then they get a mark against them. This is crazy. They should only have parents sign cards acknowledging when their child has received a mark of some sort. My child's complaints would be 1) the pressure she feels from the teachers in her Honors classes and 2) the pressure in Technology the typing tests are timed.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you don't like homework this is not the school for you. I appreciate the fact that they are preparing the children for high school but this is craziness. This school functions like college. The teachers lecture during class time and work comes home. The children have a five subject notebook to keep up for every class and its checked and part of their grade. They have numerous test every week. My child missed a day of school and the next night we had 26 pages of homework and three test to try to study for. My child has no life now other than homework and school he had to drop out of all extracurricular activities because of all the work. Principle is very nice and some of the teachers are caring but be prepared to work and work hard every night.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is AMAZING!!! Everybody is soooo nice!! (this includes the staff and the students) I will definitly miss it when I move! I never want to miss a day of school!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a 7th grader at Bearden but she always talks about how she would love to go to WVMS. Although we are not zoned for this particular school therefore she may not transfer. She often tells me how great of a school this is and how far she can go just by going here. I just wish I could transfer her here!

  • (4 years ago)

    Fantastic school!!! I'm a parent of a 7th grader and we couldn't be more pleased. The new principal is refreshing. He and the teachers excel in their desire to educate the students and their overall success.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are incredible!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great new principal...Jack Neely.

  • (4 years ago)

    If you think having a conference with the teacher would help get your child into a better start well think again!!! The teachers here in WV not only would not admit their fault but will make your child suffer with humiliation in class and a terrible year!

  • (4 years ago)

    It's been a great school for our daughter and her friends

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is full of caring and concerned teachers. The parent participation is abundant. I felt my children received a private school education at this wonderful public school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm currently an eight grader at West Valley and so far I have had some really bad and some pretty good teachers. They honestly do not give us any freedom to be kids; we have about three minutes to run around and grab our books before being shuffled into our classrooms. Teachers are very unaccepting of any late work and they tend to blame every mistake on you. I understand that these teachers are trying to perpare us for high school but my older brother is in high school and he seems to be enjoying it a lot more than middle school. We may only be thirteen or fourteen but I believe we can control ourselves to walk to lunch go to the bathroom with out having to get a signature etc. Other students in my grade are mainly holding onto their little cliques. West Valley can definitely improve though.

  • (5 years ago)

    EVERY teacher is amazing! They give 150%. The administration cares about their children. We can access books online to save our kids' backs from heavy books. The school is CLEAN! And the parents are very involved in addressing needs and problems. PTA money goes toward great technology etc. I LOVE West Valley Middle!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a daughter with special needs and the staff has been very supportive. All of her teachers and the staff have been understanding and have taught my daughter so much. The Assistant Principal has helped not only with academic issues but also social skills. I only hope when my daughter moves on to high school she will receive this type of support.

  • (6 years ago)

    Curriculum in 8th grade needs to change to mirror high school. Too many classes in one day. If you miss more than three days due to sickness its almost impossible to make up work School population is too large for teachers to remind students of past assignments. Students going on to Bearden will do well. Teachers have more time for students due to block scheduling. I'll be glad when my second child is finally out of this school. WVMS prides its self on organizational skills and homework. High and college are more geared to your test grades not how well you organize your class folders.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think West Valley is a Great school! I have found the principals to be receptive to my input and have appreciated my participation at school. I have 2 kids there and have experienced over 15 teachers. Most of them are outstanding. They have too much paperwork and responsibilities from the county that have nothing to do with teaching kids....I think they do a great job considering. In response to the PTA Mom's have the kids that make the sports teams----- I haven't seen a team tryout that wasn't decided by an outside impartial source with the kids usually just wearing a number so no one even knows names. I think these kids get on the teams because they are good at the sport. There is always room for improvement and the staff is human so mistakes happen but I think it's the best middle school in Knoxville!

  • (6 years ago)

    West Valley is a bad school they are only a couple teachers who will listen to you and care.The only thing I like about this school is the band program.The teachers are so nice will help you if you have a question.Mr.Wells from 6-1 is an awsome teacher. Is the only on I like.

  • (6 years ago)

    they have alot of homework to hand out and the gym needs a good cleaning

  • (6 years ago)

    west valley doesn't prepare it's middle schoolers very well for high school. the teachers there dont pay attention to the positive things the students do they just bash them for what negitive things they do. my child hates the school and i can see why her teachers give the students little independece.

  • (6 years ago)

    It has very few extra-carricular activities for excelling students. It spends way too much time on failing students that need help.

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