School Details

Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle for Innovation

1200 1208 Polk St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
(434) 522-3740
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 639 students 14 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

68%
60%
74%
65%
45%
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
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
63%
75%
42%
39%
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
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
56%
71%
58%
58%
70%
75%
61%
62%
57%
61%
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
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
55%
76%
95%
74%
83%

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
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle for Innovation is a public middle school in Lynchburg. The principal of Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle for Innovation is Mr. Brian S. Wray. 639 students go to Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle for Innovation and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 62% of the 639 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle for Innovation is 14:1. Holy Cross Regional School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 61% 53%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 40%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 53%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    We have an outstanding science program called Earthzone. We have over 20 different species of amphibians and reptiles and a huge touch tank with horse shoe crabs and fish. Its an awesome school!

  • (5 years ago)

    They have an outstanding theatre and music program which is so incredibly important!

  • (9 years ago)

    We am pleased with the opportunities our four children and their peers are offered through Dunbar's magnet program. The meshing of various students from across the city allows students to expand understanding and acceptance in learning and social relationships. The orchestra band drama show choir language and class exploratory system allow for exposure and involvement by any student. Sports program and drama shows welcome student participation at all levels of expertise. The well-planned assembly programs provide students with exposure to a variety of community and national activities. Academically the classes are challanging for highly motivated students and supportive to those who need additional assistance in mastering skills. Dedicated and motivated teachers provide regular tutoring and assistance for mastery or enrichment. Our older children were well prepared for high school and college. The principal's focus on discipline behavior appearance and student accountability will benefit all long term.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think the principal is too mean to the children. He is making them tuck their shirts in and is being very strict. He should just go away.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have 2 daughters in this school...they were also students at Dearington School for Innovation during their elementary years...their experience at Dunbar has been a very good one..they both are achieving the grades and the active support of their teachers...the arts are not fully represented...but all students are exposed through exploratory courses (6 wk duration) throughtout the year...in art technology drama etc. The teachers are involved and caring..even though the school does have a high population of lower income children and has it's share of safety issues...it has been handled without any problem to the population at large...discipline is swift and usually sure. I was afraid of the basic location of the school...but it has proved to be an excellant choice for my 2 girls.

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Overall score

(based on 7 ratings & reviews)

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