School Details

Blair Middle School

730 Spotswood Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517
(757) 628-2400
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1194 students 16 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

67%
55%
74%
71%
65%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
52%
75%
28%
28%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
52%
71%
67%
53%
70%
32%
33%
62%
61%
43%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
70%
76%
98%
72%
83%
100%
76%
83%
91%
67%
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
  • Norfolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Blair Middle School is a public middle school in Norfolk. The principal of Blair Middle School is Mrs. Jeanne Kruger. 1,194 students attend Blair Middle School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Hispanic. 53% of the 1,194 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Blair Middle School is 16:1. Kings Daughters Hosp. Ep. is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 65% 63%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 23%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 58%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    For such a large school my child has flourished from the diverse atmosphere as well as the enthusiastic & determined teachers. She also has made lifelong friends to take on to high school and after.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to school in Nashville TN before I moved here in 7th grade because my dad is in the military. I was terrified because I didn't know anyone and the school was so huge but the guidance and staff really helped me learn my way around. The teachers are so encouraging they make class fun but challenging. There is quiet a few fights but all schools have fights. The guidance and deens really urge us to talk thingsout however. I'm now in 8th grade and I think i'm really prepared for highschool seeing as thoigj I've already took multiple highschool classes. You can stay after with your teachers for extra help almost any day & they have many etra curricular activities you can do i.e. french latin spanish buissness pe health etc. This is the best school i've ever been to (and trust me i've been to alot) Most of the familiesare milotary and the kids really understand eaeach other. The school is just beautiful inside and out. If I had to pick one school to stay at it would be Blair!

  • (1 year ago)

    A great school if your kids is in the pre-med/science/engineering program and/or any honors classes. Great arts program especially the chorus program.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is the best school in all of the world. The teachers are so nice. We are seperated into clusters in 6th grade. Very great school. )

  • (3 years ago)

    my daughter will be attending blair next year and children only act as taught at home my daughter will be coming from james monroe elem and i look forward to her success at blair this upcoming year.

  • (4 years ago)

    I believe Middle School is difficult for most children at some point it's a difficult age. That being said you get out of your education what you put into it. This is my son's second year at Blair and we don't regret a moment of it. He is receiving an excellent education and a great social experience. There are many (free) after school clubs that he can be involved in and when he is having difficulty understanding a subject he can stay after for additional help. The administrators are very hands on and encouraging to the children and parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was worried when my daughter entered Blair because of the size of the school however the admin does a wonderful job of breaking it down. My daughter got the opportunity to take high school credit classes here there were dances and after school activities to be involved with. Her teachers would post grades online so I instantly knew where she was in her classes and was able to keep up with the day to day after I got home from work. I think I had more difficulty with the social aspect of middle school and all the things that come along with that awkward time in life rather than any issues with the school itself. That however is something that boys and girls encounter at any school. 11 12 13 and 14 are difficult times in life. There is an online network that lets parents know what PTA help is needed.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. I would like to re-enroll my doughter in the Blair Midle School starting with begginning of March 2010. She was student untill february 2009 when she went to Romania but on 25 February she will return in Norfolk.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 children that go here. The teacher have no control for the student body. My child has come home many a times that he can not learn due to the behavior of other students. Fights is an everyday happening. Very dissapointed!!! Only send your children here unless you have to!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student at BMS. I was there from 6-7 grade but transferred to Meadowbrook because there wasnt enough challenge and half of the student popualtion is rude. I liked my teachers both years becasue they were caring and nice. The only problem was the way people would treat each other. There were fights every day. So i would be carefull before going to Blair.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is beautiful thanks to the renovations but I think the problem is more with the students/parents than the teachers. I think the teachers see so much potential in the students especially certain ones but the students are not motivated for some reason. The want it easy they don't want to be challenged. I don't this issue is just this school though I think its happening all over. The parents really need to push and challenge there kids. my daughter was put in advanced classes this year because of SOL scores coming out the 6th grade. My daughter said it was too hard and wanted to be put back in regular classes. I told her no. I want her to be challenged. if she focuses she will succeed.

  • (7 years ago)

    Blair Middle School has very high quality teachers and recently was re-built with state of the art technology. BMS has a fairly good principal who is very active with the students and parents. The student body at Blair is certainly not the best but the teachers work their hardest to change that. Blair is a great school for anyone! Problems people may encounter usually occur with parents (and sometimes students) who expect too much!

  • (8 years ago)

    I would not send my child to this school. The administration shows no respect for the students teachers or parents. All the administration does is scream at everyone. The students are out of control. At the awards ceremony students were screamed at for cheering on their fellow students. As you walk down the hallway students are running pushing and screaming. At the end of the year awards ceremony the students almost ran down a mother with her two little kids. There are some wondergul teachers at ths school as well as some that should quit the teaching profession. Many teachers have low expectations for the students. Something has to change at that school.

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