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About This School

Salem Middle School is a public middle school in Virginia Beach. The principal of Salem Middle School is James Avila. 1,052 students go to Salem Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 27% of the 1,052 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Salem Middle School is 19:1. Kempsville Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 56%
Black, non-Hispanic 38% 28%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 28%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Beyond expectations! Everyone says Middle school is rough. With one in 8th and one in 6th (boy and girl) I have to say has been nothing but great! The Core classes and elective teachers are wonderful. The teachers we have had since 6th grade have always been engaging and supportive to both my children. The guidance office is always there to answer my questions and assist my children. Im looking forward to my youngest attending and my two currently attending to continue to grow!

  • (1 year ago)

    As far as education i think SMS Virginia Beach is up to par. The problem is on the teachers who treats the kids unfairly. My daughter together with her friends have the same complaint on the same Six grade teacher . They said that she is mean and confronts students and ask them why everytime she receive an email from the parents. I think the district principal needs to address this issue because the kids cannot concentrate studying if they have fear in their minds.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have had the oppurtunity of having four of our sons pass through Salem Middle School. We overall had a very postive experience there. One of our son's was considered special needs and the staff and faculty we very accomodating. With that being said the school is very diverse which we believed to be a plus since society is diverse. The extra curricular activities are there for whatever your child/children may want to be involved in. Our sons were very involved in the music program student council and sports. Security is also very good as well. If we had to do it all over again there would not be any regrets. )

  • (3 years ago)

    If you have a child with "special needs " do NOT send them to this school. My son has autism and the school does not want to deal with it. Dr. Soltner wants the "problem" kids gone. The assistant principals Ms. Bond and Mr. Lawler aren't any better - simply the Principal's puppets. If you have the option of putting your kids in private school or sending them somewhere else do yourself a favor and take one of those choices - don't send them to Salem Middle School while Soltner is in charge. He has no accountability to anyone. He runs the school the way he wants and if you don't like it you can move and enroll your kid somewhere else. You can thank me later. I gave the school one star because I couldn't cut it in half and there wasn't anything lower.

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved here in 2009 from out of state. Our child had not been educated in a public school prior to our move here. We all felt a public school setting was the choice for us at the time. So we went out to search for the school for us and chose Salem Middle. The administrative staff is ready to listen and help. I have seen teachers work hard so our child and others achieve there highest capabilities. I must finally mention diversity is clearly valued in this school which I feel is one of Salem's strongest assets. Virginia Beach has a fantastic school sytem and we are so lucky to be part of it!

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved in '09 and we're so fortunate to have ended up at Salem Middle School. The principal stresses education and discipline and the school shows this! My daughter loves her teachers; she's enjoying her advanced classes and also is thriving under the tutelage of the wonderful chorus teacher. We love this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has attended SMS for two years. He is doing well enough academically. Some of the teachers are very responsive but other's seem like they are allergic to the parents. Parent portal is helpful but if my son has slacked off I don't find out about it until well after the fact. Grades aren't updated regularly. Generally I don't feel there is good communications in some not all cases.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has attended this school for 2 years and is entering the 8th grade this year. It is an amazing school with great teachers. They really have their act together when it comes to keeping our kids safe.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student here for three years and must say I'm rather shocked by the reviews. Salem Middle gives a top notch education and has a wonderful staff. The teaches often create fun activites for the students and this school has a wonderful library for these activities. The new principal has changed the way discipline is handled and there are very few major problems. Yes sometimes teachers do not inform parents of their children's shortcomings but I mean come on. This is middle school! It's time for your kid to be ready to admit to you him/herself. It isn't the teacher s job. Most teachers here will tell you if you ask though.

  • (6 years ago)

    I happen to like the administration at Salem. I communicate weekly with my child's teachers and all of them respond promptly to my e-mails and calls. I agree that there are some teachers (not just at Salem) who probably should find another line of work - but that's when the parent needs to step in and pick up the slack and make sure their child receives the best education despite a teacher's inadequacies. A child's failure and success depends on the efforts made not by student and teacher - but by his/her parent.

  • (6 years ago)

    The new principal is not the best. No fun things incorporated into the learning. No field trips. Teachers usually don't respond to parents emails.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a seventh grader at Salem and there seems to be some teachers as another basically said could care less about the children they are paid to mentor teach and disclipline (if needed). I've dealt with this school for two years and a couple of the teachers hold 'grudges' against kids that might make them do a little more than just teach. It's like they would rather just kick a child out of class rather then try to get to the bottom of why they are 'acting out'. I'm seriously thinking of changing schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am an tah grader at Salem middle and i have been going to Salem since 6th grade I love my school very much but there is a few things they do need to work on and the main thing i think is that discipline is not done right at all.there are a lot of awesome teachers at Salem and then there are the other ones that could care less how your feeling if you understand and if you have questions.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school has it's share of good and bad teacher's like many. Most teacher will work things out with a parent or student if asked. The principle I felt was horrible though. She couldn't be bothered to go to Awards Ceremonies and the assistant principles handled everything. The discipline went down alot when she became principle. This is still a good school mind you. The education is EXCELLENT! You're kids are pushed to learn which can lead to stress but I have learned it teaches responsibilty in the longrun. The parents are involved ALOT too. The Extra-curricular activities are like other schools and there are an abundance of clubs. The kids are nice and welcoming but choose good friends and stay out of drama. My experience was pleasant at this school and have been to others to say the education succeeded the other 2 schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    As far as schools go Salem's pretty good. I'm just out of 7th grade and thankfully going into 8th next year. But the teachers aren't always fair and just have people they hate. It's not me but it's a lot of my friends. Parents probably like the parental involvment but we don't. This place is crawling with teachers! Well all in all it's okay...

  • (9 years ago)

    I am an 8th grader going to school and i think it's a great school. I don't know what ' lack of communication' your talking about. I have attended it since 6th grade. I get updates from teachers and printed progress reports.My parents had doubts about the school but they just dissapeared. Its a great school and I recommend it. Go Sharks!

  • (9 years ago)

    I have a sixth grader attending this year. I agree with the parents who say that there is a great lack of communication. My child has one teacher that notifies me (email phone) of his behavior grades attitude. I greatly appreciate her cooperation. However I have also tried to communicate with all the other teachers and they have not responded. I would like to know how my child's attitude grade and behavior is. I don't want a phone call or letter when it's gotten beyond the point of their control. Sometimes children don't bring the letters back home to be signed because they know they are in trouble. Please help me. I am willing to contribute on my part to help my child. I would like all the teachers and office staff to do the same.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have a sixth grader attending right now and the biggest problem is (like the other review described)communication or lack thereof. They expect you to somehow know that you should talk to the guidance office about medical needs for your child although you fill out several forms prior to the start of school with the same pertinent information repeated several times on different forms. You have to notify each teacher individually of any special needs no matter how minor because the office/guidance office doesn't communicate anything to the rest of the school. They should send out forms that can be copied and distributed to all your child's teachers to keep them on the same page. VERY frustrating.

  • (10 years ago)

    Parents are not informed of academic problems at school until they become so bad that the child may fail or have to go to summer school. Also feel parents and students should be able to review tests so that everyone understands where improvement is needed. I have emailed and called teachers on several occasions and they have not responded which I feel is very unprofessional.

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