School Details

Ruffner Middle School

610 May Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 628-2466
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 885 students 15 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

45%
55%
74%
65%
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

43%
52%
75%
41%
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

50%
52%
71%
51%
53%
70%
43%
33%
62%
45%
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

92%
70%
76%
98%
72%
83%
95%
76%
83%
96%
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

Ruffner Middle School is a public middle school in Norfolk. The principal of Ruffner Middle School is Mr. Richard Fraley. 885 children attend Ruffner Middle School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 73% of the 885 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ruffner Middle School is 15:1. Court Street Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 63%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 23%
Hispanic 1% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 58%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Ruffner school has a behavior problem I feel guilty as a parent because my daughter goes there. Some of the teachers are unprofessional please watch what area you move to or your child will be attending a juvenile delinquent center

  • (1 year ago)

    Ruffner Middle School is disgusting the bathrooms usually flood in the locker room and in the bathrooms in the hallways. The councilors know little to nothing about programs. Last year there were snakes in the girls locker room. There is also a large amount or racism and prejudice towards the Young Scholars Program since there is mostly Caucasians in the program. Those who aren't in the program can be mean to the YS students when they get answers wrong on tests.

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended the old Ruffner back in the 40's. Have no idea what the "academic standing" was I just remember it as a positive experience. Mr. S. A. MacDonald was the Principal.

  • (4 years ago)

    FACT iN 2009-2010 Ruffner Academy was ranked 2nd to last in academic acheivement among all middle schools in the state of Virginia! The principal was fired and there is an improvement team from Johns Hopkins University on site to help bring the school up to standard. This abysmal ranking is a matter of public record. Don't send your child here unless he/she is a part of the Young Scholars program.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a student going to 7th grade in the 2010-2011 school year and participates in the prestigious Young Scholars Program there. We are both equally satisfied with the great education she has been getting at Ruffner and I completely disagree with the poor rating this franchise has stricken upon that school. The list stating things that "A great school has..." is a near perfect match to the quality of Ruffner and that may never go away because of the many "challenging programs" "strong leadership" and "excellent teachers" there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a Tiderwater Community College Student. I am in several college classes with the Middle College High School students. Many are on the Dean's List and by the time they grqduate High School they will have an Associate's Degree. I think it's a wonderful opertunity and I wish I had the chance to do the same.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am aunt to a Ruffner Middle School student and have been most impressed by the faculty and facility as a whole. The Ruffner name was not a positive reference years ago but I am pleased to say that such association has changed for the better! Every teacher I've met has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. They provided detailed and informative updates on my nephew's progress and behavior and opened their classrooms and personal schedules to our entire family whenever specific issues had to be addressed. These professional men and women truly believe in each child - regardless of their home environment or background and that drive and personal committment is evident in their interaction with my nephew and others.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that ruffner middle is an awesome school. The teachers there are just wonderful to the kids. In fact there is a teacher by the name of Ms.Bailey-Scott and she was voted norfolk public schools teacher of the year and was also awarded with an award by Thelma Drake. Ms.Bailey-Scott also has never received a lower than i believe a 97 percent pass rate on the Algebra Sols. There is also A Young Scholars program for gifted students in Norfolk that has also brung the school's rating up. The 2005-2006 basketball team also made it to the championship;the girls one and the boys lost. The school is also very safe even though there may be a couple of rowdy kids.Just because Ruffner may not have had a great past doesn't mean that they can't have a wonderful future.

  • (9 years ago)

    i think Ruffner middle school is really ghetto. i think the kids there are very violent and the parents just don't care. the teachers really try to help the kids. they have a lot of different extra after school activities and sports. the teachers stay after school to let students make up tests and work and catch up on work they missed.

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