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About This School

Plaza Middle School is a public middle school in Virginia Beach. The principal of Plaza Middle School is Dr. Violet B. Hoyle. 1,109 students attend Plaza Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 35% of the 1,109 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Plaza Middle School is 17:1. Open Door Christian Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 56%
Black, non-Hispanic 35% 28%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 28%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I am a student at Plaza and I think it is a good school but the relationships between the IB and zoned kids royally suck. I think the teachers are great but if they could just stop treating the two groups so differently...

  • (6 months ago)

    I am a student at plaza and I think that it's a school with many talented teachers but it also has a lot of faults.It's true the school is poor and teachers buy equipment.The teachers spend their money to buy pencils and rulers which are simply a must have at any school.it's pathetic that the school cannot afford them. I personally didn't like the principal but this year we have a new one though I don't know him enough to judge. I think the school has its level of punishment directed towards the wrong things. I pity the teachers at times because of how horrid the students are but the teachers don't do much about it. Because of this there is not enough respect.if youre a teacher it isn't a good idea to be dull and boring.if you care about your students' success than keep it interesting!this school isn't fair cuz a group/class/team/grade are punished for a few students' screw-ups.the custodians should be replaced because it's filthy! I found a rat trap next to the bleachers in the gym during p.e.!Money is wasted.The students are out of control but that's the parents' fault. Raise your kids correctly people! I wouldn't recommend plaza cause honestly they don't know what they're doing.

  • (8 months ago)

    I now have my 2nd child at Plaza middle school and I will say I am surprised how great it has turned out. When my oldest was to go to Plaza I was not thrilled. I grew up in VA Beach and know Plaza reputation but I will say I was surprised by the quality of teachers at this school. If I had an issue or concern a teacher would contact me back either my email or with a call back. My oldest went here without knowing anyone because we had sent him out of district for elementary and I will say by the end of the 1st nine weeks he has a lot of friends and most he still knows now. The chorus program is excellent and like all schools it has it problems but as long as you keep up with your child you will have no problems

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a current 8th grader in the MYP program at Plaza. Let me say that this school is most definitely the worst I have ever attended. The administrators are so rude and unprofessional eating constantly and only using their work computers for lunch groupons. The school 'policies' are pulled out of thin air nothing is in writing and evenly enforced. It really depends on how connected you are as to how often you get in trouble. The dress code is entirely too strict and unevenly enforced often resulting in the same hundreds of girls (only girls) in the office with the most horrid woman on the face of the earth the discipline assistant. Also there is a common hatred of MYP students throughout the whole school from other students and from the administration. This school is all about ruling with an iron fist I assure you that your child will never receive mercy regardless of the situation. Please save yourself save your child don't go to Plaza.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am an 8th grader at Plaza Middle School and I have enjoyed being at PMS every since I first came there in the 7th grade. The teachers are very nice and reliable and trustworthy and I thank God for both the students and teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Turns out this school is great. Every school has its problems. The way I see it the good outweighs the bad. My son is doing excellent as a 6th grader. The teachers care for their students progress. What I mean by that is if your student is on the brink of getting low scores in any given subject parents are notified and they go the extra mile to make sure your child gets the help he/she deserves. My husband and I have no complaints.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am currently in 8th grade at Plaza Middle School and I can't say that I'm happy at this school. First off we learned that the only reason MYP is at Plaza is so we can bring up test scores. That didn't work so well because I think at least half the 7th graders last year barely passed the Algebra 1 SOL. Second the students on the non-MYP side and even some on the MYP are very rude. People will trample you in the hallways and scream offensive words. The after school activities I can say are great. The student activities coordinator is wonderful as are the teachers. However sometimes the teachers do not punish students for acting against school policy. The MYP program is great as well. With MYP you get a lot of homework though that's the biggest downside of the program. As for the regular school's education i can't say because I wasn't in it.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a uprising 8th grade MYP at PMS. For my first two years at Plaza I was a "Regular Student" and strongly disliked the MYP's after hearing rumors about what they said or did to other people and that was wrong because us "regular students" think that we are being treated differently from the MYP students but we really weren't. Then I had a little brother who came into Plaza as a MYP in 6th grade. I was in 7 th grade at the time. Every day he had something new to share with our family and I had very little the sometimes do give the MYP's more than other students because the deserve they worked for it. Half the regular students are not hard workers bullies or just plain out disrespectful to everyone including teachers. Those teachers even though they know they are being disrespected do nothing about which is making the troublemakers think that it is ok when it is not. Overall I think that Plaza is a great school but is separated by how smart you are or if your an MYP or not no one is any little bit different from someone else and Plaza needs to be one school. Other than the enforcement of rules it is a very good school. I would certainly send my child there.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was a student in the MYP program at Plaza. The teachers were great and the athletic team made it fun but the students there are so mean. Maybe it was people in my grade but the girls were just terrible maybe because it was middle school. Anyway it was difficult for me to fit in because I was the only one coming from my elementary school. If your child is going to go there and is the only one from their school make sure they get involved and make friends.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son went to Plaza Middle school and Loved it. Plaza have a great staff as well as Principle. As a parent I can really say they care about their students. Many go far out of their way to help. (especially Mr. Whitman I can't thank you enought for starting the plaza phi beta Gents club. It helped with my son's grades and confidence.)

  • (3 years ago)

    Plaza is a great school with a variety of students. The staff and administration are committed to the success of all students and work tirelessly at that goal.

  • (3 years ago)

    Plaza Middle houses several exceptional programs that are inspirational to the students. AVID which motivates kids at risk and the MYP program which supports kids that excel.

  • (4 years ago)

    i am an uprising 8th grader at plaza middle school. i really love this school! it provides a lot of us students. like for me. i am in the avid program. to help me with my colage aplication and to do beter in school. i dont think our parents really see how good this school is becuase of the people in the past. it really isnt a bad school at all. there are good teachers good students and all of that. out of all of the schools here in Va beach. i would choose Plaza. people may call it a gheto school. but its not at all. were just a little tight on money. so dont judge the school unlesss you are a student. oh! also! our sports are good! and the MYP program is awesome! im not in it but i have friends in it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I myself am a 7th grade MYP student attending Plaza. I find that the program in PMS is amazing- I would reccomend it to any student that is hard-working and likes a challenge. But the actual Plaza Middle is only OK to me. The MYP and 'Regular Plaza' students' rules are the same but differently enforced. For example we have the same dress code but if a MYP student wears something we are not supposed to we have to call home and change. But if a 'regular plaza' student wears something we are not supposed to they are not forced to change. I do not know if it is because MYP students' expectations are higher but it still seems unjust to me.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am truly disapointed with Plaza. I am a parent of a rising 8th grader and the past two years at Plaza have been the worst of my sons school career. As a former student of Plaza myself I can say the school has not changed since I attended there in the 80's. There is severe issues with supervision and disipline. I have a gifted disabled child and there is no program in place to meet his needs. The pricipal Ms. Warren is the worst I have ever seen. She does not know what goes on in her school. I have since pulled my child from the school and is currently home schooled. Plaze needs to take a hard look and their school and try to make changes before any of my other children will attend.

  • (6 years ago)

    My two children attend the Middle Years Program at Plaza and we have been very happy with the program. The approach to learning is varied and creative. The teachers are involved and caring and responsive. My kids work hard but haven't found the work load overwhelming or too difficult. The school is clean and run well. I would highly recommend this program. We chose to send our children here instead of to private school because we feel it is equally as good academically and better rounded socially.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children in the MYP at Plaza Middle and have been thrilled with the program the school the teachers and the administrators. Our children work hard but they love school and are learning quality material. They still have time to participate in activities and they are very busy. The teachers are extremely responsive and get back to me immediately about any concerns. My daughter comments about how fast the days go by and they both love school. The teachers know my students personally and know their strengths and weaknesses and are willing to work with them to develop their own learning style.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of two Daughters in the Middle Years Program one in 6th grade and one in 7th grade. The MYP is excellent. The children are encouraged to hold themselves to a higher standard of behavior academic achievement and social involvement. The degree of knowledge the staff has about my children including teachers receptionists and administrators amazes me. If I thought my children in were in danger I would put them in private school. My children have become better students and better members of their community. I appluad the MYP program at Plaza Middle.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am the parent of a 6th grade MYP student . The MYP teachers and advisors have been great with communication and very helpful and the IB program is very sound. However the stress my child has experienced as a result of transitioning into middle school and dealing with bullying has not been so wonderful. The student combination is a bad mix. Safety is an issue. My child will be switching schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am an 8th grader at plaza middle school and i must say myself it does have good points and bad points. Some of the good things are that there are some really good teachers and the music/sports/arts is really great.There are some very bright students at plaza.people say that some teachers don't discipline well i am a gifted student there and since there is no advanced social studies I have to be stuck with some bad kids every other day and there are some very bad students at plaza.Bullying fights and threats are a big problem. But aside from that there are some nice teachers with fun activities and good teaching tactics.I give the school a 3 out of 5

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