School Details

Independence Middle School

1370 Dunstan Ln, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 648-4600
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1276 students 20 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

77%
75%
74%
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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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
78%
75%
41%
53%
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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
74%
71%
77%
71%
70%
60%
61%
62%
83%
80%
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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
76%
76%
99%
86%
83%
91%
79%
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
  • Va Beach City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Independence Middle School is a public middle school in Virginia Beach. The principal of Independence Middle School is Mr. Carey Manugo. 1,276 children attend Independence Middle School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 28% of the 1,276 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Independence Middle School is 20:1. Baylake Pines School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 56%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 28%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Independence Middle School is outstanding. I like the teachers Principal Manugo all the assistant Principals the office staff and the guidance counselors. I like the enthusiasm and positive vibe I received from the school. They are very dedicated in providing fundamental academics so students can build on their knowledge. They take themselves and students seriously. I would trust them with my son who is currently a 7th Grader. It's a school you want to choose not only for your child's academic but for their extensive extra curricular activities safe school environment and dedicated extra staff like the Greeters as you enter the school and the lunch monitors who look after our kids when they are eating in the Cafeteria.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is in the 8th grade but she's new to the school. Unfortunately the teachers and the students weren't friendly at all on her first day. They didn't try to make her feel welcome and they didn't make an effort to accept her. I don't know what's the matter with people these days. Back in my day I made the effort to reach out to new students and at least be friendly and introduce myself. And I would expect even higher standards from the teachers. I hope to some day revised this rating or delete it -- but as of today I'm giving IMS One star only because it's the first day.

  • (1 year ago)

    Independence Middle School provided a quality educational program for my child. His teachers were strong and for the most part championed his success. The 2 head principals were vastly different with the lady being very hands on and visible. The 3 APs varied from strong on curriculum and instruction and great people skills [Mr. Jon Irby 6th Grade Principal] to functional and fulfilling their duties at a level that appropriately met the needs of the students and staff overwhich they provided supervision. Mr. Rector 7th Grade Prin. is a by the book no nonsence person; Ms. Timlin is a brand new administrator and tries very hard to be liked and to lead. The Head Principal Mr. Manugo prefers to let his administrative team do their thing. He is not as definitive as a leader as was his predecessor Mrs. Woodhouse. Student Activities Director Mr. Felton lacks leadership and the qualities to deal with the public. He appears to be more interested in getting a high school than learning the programs for a middle school. The parents miss the previous SAC Mr. Lawrence because he lived and breathed his job and was considered Mr. Independence. They named PTA scholarship for him.

  • (2 years ago)

    Amazing Teachers and programs! But the building itself it extremely outdated! other than that excellent school for a public school!

  • (2 years ago)

    I got o to Independence and i like it pretty well its so cool It offers a lot of things other schools don't. Most of the teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help someone out and overall a lot of them are pretty cool. I don't like Mr. Jon Irby the 6th grade principal. He is rude and i do not like his appearance in my opinion he should lose wight and clean up his appearance.

  • (4 years ago)

    The 8th grade principal takes the time to listen to what I have to say and to go and observe what is going on with our children. He can report to any parent wihin 24hours an overview of their child's progress. In the three years I have had children attending IMS he has been there wherever and whenver needed. I am always amazed at the positive relationship that is displayed with the administrative team under Principal Woodhouse and how they work together to solve problems. One great thing about the 8th grade principal is that whatever decision he makes he talks with you about it and does so while sharing responsibility with you. I have heard other parents say how he tells them things like 'well OUR boy or girl made a poor choice today or a decision that I know I wasn't proud of' and then shares. Good Job!Thev

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a 7th grade student at IMS and I would say that it is a very good school overall. They offer some courses like keyboarding which I took and am now a great typer that other schools do not. The school seems to be a head of all the other schools at times and I liked it that way just fine.

  • (7 years ago)

    I've Been Attending IMS for three years.Im currently an 8th grader. IMS overall is a good school. They encourage you to get involved whether it's in Sports or Academic teams. As the treasurer of the school Im telling you this year and the years to follow will better at IMS with our new Principal Mrs.Woodhouse. She is setting the goals high this year and she is making us students strive for the best and for us to be the best. IMS has great opportunities in their academics they provide classes from advanced english all the way to geometry. Most of the staff are caring and will always be there for you. So im telling you if your son or daughter is comming to IMS it's going to be a great experience. I have to say Im going to be sad that Im leaving but once an eagle always an eagle.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ms Woodhouse seems caring and concerned about the students. 8th grade principal is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

  • (7 years ago)

    You know what I've been to this school for 3 years and it's been freekin' awsome! our sports teams rock the teachers are cool and most of the faculty is friendly. I have gotten straight A's for all 3 years and I have met so many wonderful friends and I am so sad that I will be leaving this school next month.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is an A student very involved with sports and academic programs. Mr. Lawrence is great! Encourages the kids to get involved. If your child gets involved with the kids that want to excel and better themselves they do just fine. The teachers do the job they are suppose to. At this age kids know what is expected of them. Some just choose to do whatever they want. If it's education related by all means look for help though Ms. Peebles. No School is perfect! Anywhere!

  • (7 years ago)

    Independence used to be a good school with an excellent reputation however it has deteriorated tremendously. It is now unsafe mismanaged and the the education provided is inferior. The leadership rarely communicate with parents or provide necessary feedback. This school needs an overhaul.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very pleased with this school. My daughter has attended this school since sixth grade and she's now in the seventh.Whenever I have attended a school function or encounter meeting someone in the faculty they were all kind. My daughter has remained an Honor Roll student since sixth grade.Anytime I have called or emailed teachers they responded very quickly usually the same day. I like this school and plan for my daughter to complete eight grade here as well.Mrs. Peebles the principal is always on point whenever I come to the school.I am confident my child is safe as anything can happen anywhere but I feel this school take percussions as any other to maintain a safe environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    I too have been sorely disappointed by IMS. There is truly a communication problem at this school. I was initially concerned when in September the administrative office had no information @ a PTA sponsored program. I also waited 3 weeks for a return call from the PTA representative. We have also experienced issues with fighting at the school. It took 9 days for the Student Resource Officer a dedicated in-school officer to return our calls. We are currently researching other options.

  • (7 years ago)

    No communication from administration and teachers. Safety is a concern. My son has been beaten on twice since school started in September. He is unhappy. I'm not sure if I will keep him here for another two years.

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