School Details

Mary Passage Middle School

400 Atkinson Way, Newport News, VA 23608
(757) 886-7600
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 969 students 18 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

55%
64%
74%
61%
71%
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
  • Newport News City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
64%
75%
37%
42%
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
  • Newport News City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
59%
71%
48%
58%
70%
31%
42%
62%
75%
72%
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
  • Newport News City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
72%
76%
86%
63%
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
  • Newport News City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mary Passage Middle School is a public middle school in Newport News. The principal of Mary Passage Middle School is Ms. Janelle Spitz. 969 children attend Mary Passage Middle School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 53% of the 969 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Mary Passage Middle School is 18:1. J.M. Dozier Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 66% 57%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 30%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My children attended Passage Middle School. If not for the fact that my son and daughter had a wonderful caring English teacher Ms. Rodriques I would have pulled them out of there immediately. Unfortunately she has left (all the good ones do) and my youngest is about to start at this school. I do not recommend this school to any parents who are able to send their child elsewhere. Most of the teachers do not know what they are teaching and they scream all of the time. Parents need to be more involved.

  • (1 year ago)

    Principal has no idea what is going on in this school. Some of the staff has really pulled the wool over her eyes and she is not smart enought to figure it out.Their speical needs classroom is a joke. The staff does not seem to know what they are doing.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is really out of control. Some nice kids there but the teachers are constantly yelling and there are at least 2 fights a week here. Maybe more. It is hard to concentrate with all the bad kids in class. I had a hard time making friends there but I guess the experience is different for everyone.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our daughter has attended Mary Passage MS since the 6th gd. & we've actually enjoyed it. Sure there's a handful of bad kids but our daughter does not fraternize with them & really what school doesn't have some "problem" students. The Principal & the assist. principal are very involved with the students. The main office staff is probably the only real complaint. I loathe having to go in there & having to deal with such rude folks & at times being ignored. So I just don't give any reason to submit myself to that environment. Otherwise really good school & we plan on having our younger daughter attend in a couple yrs.

  • (2 years ago)

    Horrible school filled with teachers whopass the buck. No one is accountable and there is 0 communication. The office staff is rude and the guidance counselors never have answers. Even the teachers here cant speak and spell so how are they supposed to teach my child! This is the worst school I have ever encountered and am moving my child to a magnet school ASAP!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have moved around all over the United States with my husband being in the military. This is by far the absolute worst school we have ever encountered. Amazingly I haven't found one parent here that likes this school and feels that their children are being properly instructed. My husband is constantly having to go over my child's algebra lessons with her because the teacher doesn't know how to teach the material. There are at least 3 security guards at this school and the teachers can't control their classes. I have never seen so many teachers at one school with such a "don't care" attitude about the students. I am so glad my child only has a few more weeks at this school and we can move on. I think the district would be wise to clean house at this school and start all over in the fall with a new staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is absolutely horrible. My son started out at a magnet school but we transferred him because of the distance. He has been as Passage for a few months now and he is severely depressed. I have received numerous calls from teachers informing me of his depression. The teachers and principals allow bullying by not giving any consequences. Even some of the teachers bully the students. Unacceptable. I am working to get my son out of here a.s.a.p.

  • (3 years ago)

    Teachers need to be teachers and not friends. Do not curse in front of the children do not call the children names and stay off of Facebook while you are suppose to be teaching a class. Teachers complain that they want to get paid more ... well deserve it ....

  • (5 years ago)

    The kids at this school don't know how to act right and need more discipline. They make fun of everyone just because they don't listen to the same music other people listen to or they don't dress the same and can't do things others do. Overall this school is great and the teachers are very nice.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is the best . the teachers are so nice an the kids are great

  • (5 years ago)

    passage middle is the best school ever . the teachers are wonderful the band is great i love it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to this school the only problem i had with it was that the kids got out of hand most of them picked on others just because of the kind of music they listened to. But the reason i liked this school was that the friends i made there ended being my best friends in the world! There band class was fantastic i learned way more there than anywhere else.

  • (7 years ago)

    Don't go anywhere near this school. If you're in this district ask for your kid to be moved to Gildersleeve or the next closest school. The students are out of control and the teachers are frustrated with no solutions. I've tried for 6 months to make an appointment with the guidance counselor and not even gotten a return phone call. I'm very involved with my kids education and I can say this is the most stressful least productive environment I've ever seen.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a very bad school if you are looking for improvement in students grades. Much time is spent attempting to control students when in the end no control is gained. Do not enter this school expecting good results.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has been VERY disappointing for us. My son is always complaining that the teachers take almost all the time attempting to control the students and don't have enough time to actually teach them. This is a very disruptive school and the majority of the students are very disrespectul to the teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    Passage is a very good school when it comes to teachers and core subject classes. It is very strict on behavior but a overall nice place to be at if you do what your told to.

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