Benjamin Syms Middle School

  • Benjamin Syms Middle School serves 935 students in grades 6-8.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 56% (which is lower than the Virginia state average of 72%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 71% (which is lower than the Virginia state average of 80%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Benjamin Syms Middle School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Virginia for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the Virginia state level of 15:1.

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School Overview

  • Benjamin Syms Middle School's student population of 935 students has declined by 8% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 65 teachers has declined by 15% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students935 students
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Total Classroom Teachers65 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Benjamin Syms Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,791 schools in Virginia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has increased from 13:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Benjamin Syms Middle School is 0.62, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (VA)
Overall School Rank#1596 out of 1791 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient) (16-17)
56%
72%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
71%
80%
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Student : Teacher Ratio14:115:1
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American Indian
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Asian
1%
7%
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Hispanic
7%
15%
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Black
56%
23%
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White
30%
50%
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Hawaiian
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Two or more races
6%
5%
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Diversity Score0.620.68
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Eligible for Free Lunch
69%
38%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (14-15)
6%
6%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameHampton City School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

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