Blair Middle School

730 Spotswood Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rank
1/
10
Bottom 50%
3.20 5 1 (5 reviews)
Blair Middle School serves 1,151 students in grades 6-8.
Blair 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 percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 48% (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 69% (which is lower than the Virginia state average of 80%) for the 2017-18 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Virginia state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Virginia state average of 51% (majority Black).

Top Placements

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School Overview

Blair Middle School's student population of 1,151 students has declined by 13% over five school years.
The teacher population of 86 teachers has declined by 6% over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 6-8
Total Students1,151 students
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Total Classroom Teachers86 teachers
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School Comparison

Blair 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 diversity score of Blair Middle School is 0.57, 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 Testing Rank
#1657 out of 1791 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
(16-17)
48%
72%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
69%
80%
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:115:1
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American Indian
n/a
n/a
Asian
2%
7%
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Hispanic
6%
16%
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Black
61%
22%
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White
24%
49%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
6%
6%
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Diversity Score
0.570.68
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Eligible for Free Lunch
55%
38%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
5%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameNorfolk City School District
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

Nearby Public Schools

The nearest high school to Blair Middle School is Matthew Fontaine Maury High School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Ghent K-8 (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Walter Herron Taylor Elementary School (0.5 miles away)
Show me:
  • School (Math and Reading Proficiency) Location Miles Grades Students
  • Norfolk Matthew Fontaine Maury High School Magnet School
    Math: 74% | Reading: 91%
    Rank
    7/
    10
    Top 50%
    Grades: 9-12 | 1,673 student
    0.4 miles
    322 Shirley Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23517
    (757) 628-3344
    0.4 9-12 1,673
  • Norfolk Walter Herron Taylor Elementary School Math: 75-79% | Reading: 75-79%
    Rank
    5/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 351 students
    0.5 miles
    1122 W. Princess Anne Road
    Norfolk, VA 23507
    (757) 628-2525
    0.5 PK-5 351
  • Norfolk Ghent K-8 Math: 65% | Reading: 82%
    Rank
    4/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: K-8 | 513 students
    0.6 miles
    200 Shirley Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23517
    (757) 628-2565
    0.6 K-8 513
  • Norfolk James Monroe Elementary School Math: 25-29% | Reading: 25-29%
    Rank
    1/
    10
    Bottom 50%
    Grades: PK-5 | 321 students
    0.6 miles
    520 W 29th St
    Norfolk, VA 23508
    (757) 628-3500
    0.6 PK-5 321
  • Norfolk Kings Daughters Hosp. Ep. Special Education School
    Grades: PK-12
    0.6 miles
    601 Childrens Ln, Rob3
    Norfolk, VA 23507
    (757) 668-7061
    0.6 PK-12 n/a

School Reviews

  3.20 out of 5  (5 reviews)
1  
Trust me, if I could give any less than one star, I WOULD! This school Removed! Sorry to come out and say it like that, but I'm afraid such a statement is pure truth. Teachers apparently don't know how to teach in this school, and too much pressure is put on students to do home (and class) work in an unrealistic amount of time. The success rate of this school is concerned and the students here seem as if an elementary school would be a more appropriate place for them. Bullying is a HUGE problem as well as regular fights within the school that constantly break out. Parents should be CONCERNED, it's not like the teachers are, anyway. Counselors show little to no care for their students and the state of some children is really quite concerning. Yes, I am a student here, but my parents are also quite concerned as well. I know I've used the word concern quite frequently, but it truly is the correct word in this situation. I'm currently in the process of being transferred to a high school, but the three years I've spent at this rubbish school have been simply terrible. The only reason I have a DECENT EDUCATION is that I take extra time out of my personal student schedule to do online education systems. Yes, systems, PLURAL! Education is surely not the first priority at this school. It's, honestly, a joke and a disgrace to all those who attend it. The entire experience is something I wouldn't wish upon my WORST ENEMY. I pray for those who go to this school and hope they leave for their own sake. Sincerely, ANNOYED.
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I've been going to this school for 3 years and I have to say that this school is right. The lunch is nasty please pack a lunch. I AM BEGGING YOU!! One of the best reading teachers is Ms. hack worth she is an 8th grade reading teacher, and she's awesome. She encourages you to past the 8th grade reading and writing SOL .
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2  
this school is terrible. there are very few teachers who can teach well, there is too much pressure on the students, the school lunch is terrible and often times lunch sides and milk will be spoiled. there's at least two fights a day, and many people (including myself) are bullied because of what they choose to believe in (their gender/sexuality, views on life, religion, etc.). the honors teachers expect you to do 10x the homework, projects, and general work, and still expect you to pass with flying colors and have all work turned in on time. i had a civics class where it would be project after project with only a few short days to do them, and my English class would only give us two days to write a 5-9 paragraph paper. i have been concerned about my mental health, and the counselors do nothing. I as a student do NOT recommend this school.
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5  
I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the football game for today is cancelled
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5  
I live on 26th street close by the school, I love it, and I will be attending to come to james blair middle school.
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