School Details

Tomahawk Creek Middle School

1600 Learning Place Loop, Midlothian, VA 23114
(804) 378-7120
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1214 students 12 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and 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 2014
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and 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 2014
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
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71%
93%
76%
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94%
83%
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88%
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74%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and 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 2014
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
75%
72%
93%
76%
70%
90%
78%
72%
88%
79%
77%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and 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.
99%
76%
79%
100%
81%
83%
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72%
77%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2013-2014 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. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tomahawk Creek Middle School is a public middle school in Moseley. The principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School is David Ellena. 1,214 children attend Tomahawk Creek Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 7% of the 1,214 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Tomahawk Creek Middle School is 12:1. Swift Creek Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 55%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.08% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently have an 8th grader at TCMS I've had 2 other students attend this school that are now in High School. Our experience has been nothing but positive they prepared and challenge my students to excel academically. As any parent knows not all kids are the same and one of my boys needed additionaly help with some of his core subjects. His first year as a 6 grader he received a 600 on his reading SOL something I would've never imagined that says a lot about teachers and administration. The teachers are committed encouraging and will motivate students to challenge themselves. If any student is having difficulty with the curriculum they will make any necessary adjustments give them help during lunch before or after school they take pride in their students success everyone goes above and beyond to help students by teaching in a collaborative environment. Administration does a terrific job instilling a sense of community within the school always supportive of their staff and fair to the students. I disagree with the parents who had negative comments directed at administration and the shool.

  • (1 year ago)

    I currently have a seventh grader at Tomahawk. This is my third child to attend this school all in gifted honors. Our experience has been very positive. The teachers have been amazing and my older two were very well prepared for high school. As for the comments about the administration I totally disagree with the negative feedback. The adminisrtation runs a "tight ship" which I believe is important when dealing with students in this age group. They are fair and expect all students to follow the rules. The rules and expectations are clear and I simply expect my kids to abide by them. I try to teach accountability and respect for authority. The students need to learn to be responsible for their decisions and to handle situations on their own. As the parent of a senior in high school I will tell you these are important lessons. I have stressed to my kids that they may not understand all rules or decisions but that they are in place to help ALL of the students. I would never want the repsonsibilty of 1200 middle school students to be placed on me. The teachers and administrators are doing a fantastic job of preparing these students for the next level.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is coming from a STUDENT! Not one of the parents who listen to whatever their child says and thinks that their child is perfect. We do not go to school to do anything but learn. I myself have had many interactions (none that were bad) and I have not seen them act unfairly to me or any other student in the school. There is a handbook for a reason. Just because the administration abides by it does not mean that they are unfair. They try to make it one of the best working environments and it is. Please keep in mind that the other people that have given reviews below did not give you their child's full record. You do not know what other behavioral problems they have. I hope you enjoy TCMS. Be sure to check out their app!! I have it and it is very cool!! -TCMS Student

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with the other parents on here that say the administration is horrible!! They are biased in the way they deal with the kids. They use the dress code to "BULLY" the kids they dislike. My daughter was wearing a skirt that was LESS than 1/4 inches shorter than the policy and they made an issue of it. When I went to the school to pick her up one day I saw SEVERAL students wearing much shorter skirts. When I questioned this I was told they cant measure everyone's skirt length but a teacher took the time to measure my kid!! I guess the message here is that they dislike your child they will find a way to BULLY them. Good luck talking to the principal..he will not deal with angry parents he passes them to the assistant principal who is egotistical and rude to deal with and hides behind the "Handbook policies" when it is convenient to do so. These administrators need to make this a warm atmosphere for learning not an arena for puffing out their chests and declaring they are the law of the land and how dare anyone question their authority.. there is not much room for understanding and encouraging kids to feel good about themselves under this type of egotistical managing.

  • (2 years ago)

    The test scores for this school indicate that it is an excellent school. However it seems to support an impression I've had for a long time that the schools with the highest test scores also seem to have the students with the most support at home the most means and the highest level of parental education. We moved here from NC (lowest $ per student in the country) where my son attended a STEM magnet school (also a neighborhood school) in a poor area of the city with a big range in student abilities between the top and bottom groups. He took Highly Academically Gifted classes and thrived despite a learning disability and ADHD. Here he has gone from gifted to regular classes and is still struggling. During IEP meetings I have been told I can't get some of the accommodations he's had before and I feel he needs because they "can't tell teachers how to teach" (BTW I'm a special education teacher so I know a little about his needs). It's a great school for specific types of learners but if your child needs differentiated instruction go somewhere else.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been involved with TCMS for three years. I think there are some amazing teachers and some not so great teachers as in any school. My biggest gripe about the school is the administration. They are in it for themselves. When the first principal was there the school was amazing. Since they changed the administration a few years ago the school has gone down hill. Everyone seems to have an agenda to move their career up the ladder not put the kids first and make the best environment for the students. In almost 24 years of having students in this county this is the first school I've really thought poorly of the administration. I think it's a sad place to send your kids to when they are just numbers to make someone's resume look good. I would think schools in Richmond City would be better for my children.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teachers are great but the administrators are completely ridiculous and only go by the book. My son's friend was suspended for ten days for accidentally running into one of the administrators and it was put on his permanent record. I'm certain if he had bumped into another student no one would notice but bumping into a school official? Ten days suspension. Middle School administrators should not act out of anger like that.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son's class was the first class to attend all three years at TCMS. He was in the gifted honors cluster and found the course work challenging. Overall he had a teriffic middle school experience. I have three more children attending in the fall and hope their time at TCMS equals or exceeds that of my firstborn. I do not have any experience with the new principal but I'm sure he'll be wonderful as well. This school is worthy of 5 stars and we feel very blessed to be included in it's zoning district.

  • (3 years ago)

    Everyone here seems to love band but I'm in the Chorus program and love it so much! We have an amazing teacher who pushes us but doesn't over work us. Every year we go to a Choral Festival which involves choral groups from all over the area. They rate you 1-5 in many different categories. Last year all 6 groups got 1's!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attended TCMS for 2 years and had a very positive experience. The teaching caliber far exceeded our expectations and she was encouraged to reach her full potential. I actually found the level of discipline refreshing. Many schools are afraid to discipline kids these days and I was very pleased to see that this school sets high standards and expectations and sticks to them.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child attended all 3 years at TCMS. I was very pleased with the proactive approach to bullying. I was also pleased how the school handled disruptive children in the classroom. The teachers are outstanding! My child excelled each year at TCMS. As for the review about the teachers coming from elementary school that parent needs to get more information about the school. Several of the teachers came from the gifted program out of Manchester Middle and many were High School teachers that choose to come and teach at TCMS. What a wonderful group of teachers that care about education! My child is ready and equipped for high school academically and socially because of her experience at TCMS! We hope the new administration will continue the path of the first.

  • (4 years ago)

    TCMS is a great middle school. Come see for yourself! The administration and teachers care about providing the best education for the students and do a great job. The people who post bad reviews are only upset because their children got caught doing something they shouldn't be doing. Take responsibility for your actions and teach your children how to do the same!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school needs to be shut down! Do They have any idea how to deal with children of this age? Not only because of my grandson but for of other children Who has been mistreated and unfairly punished I'm sorry but we really need to look into this problem

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. We re-located from Atlanta where we did not have a positive middle school experience. My son is challenged and is excelling. He has been given opportunities to advance to honors programs and participates in sports. He is positive for the first time in his school career.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child attended 7th grade at TCMS last year and it was a terrible year for us. The teachers were pulled from Elem Schools so were not prepared for this age group. The Administrators were ridiculously to the book. They had no minds of thier own simply followed policies like robots no individual or independent thinking. I hope there will be some changes going forward.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child attended TCMS this year for 7th grade and hated it!! in my opinion this school is way too strict and issues detentions/suspensions for everything. This is only going to cause more student discipline issues as the children will begin to feel as if they cannot do anything right. We were highly dissappointed in this school and are now looking at private school for our child.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a 7th grader who attended the first year of TCMS. I thought it was great! I have so many friends and the teachers are so nice. The administrators however aren't the greatest they can be. Even some of my teachers don't think they're that great. Tomahawk participates in many charities and that's one of its greatest qualities.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two grandchildren who attend this school who are excellent students but I believe the Administration follows the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law which is something which would help all the students to have a better appreciation of those who administrate over them.

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