730 Spotswood Ave
Norfolk, VA 23517
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
1/
10
Bottom 50%
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 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 63% (which is lower than the Virginia state average of 82%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 66% (which is lower than the Virginia state average of 78%) for the 2018-19 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).

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Blair Middle School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Virginia for:

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School Overview

Blair Middle School's student population of 1,151 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
The teacher population of 86 teachers has declined by 9% over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades 6-8
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
1,151 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
86 teachers
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School Rankings

Blair Middle School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,800 schools in Virginia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 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 Data
This School
State Level (VA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1624 out of 1800 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
63%
82%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
66%
78%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
15:1
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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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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.57
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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 District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

1   3/25/2020
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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - ANNOYED
3   1/20/2020
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 .
- Posted by Student/Alumni - joe mamma !!!
2   4/14/2016
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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - diana
5   10/16/2014
I was wondering if anyone could tell me if the football game for today is cancelled
- Posted by Student/Alumni - keyar
5   8/14/2014
I live on 26th street close by the school, I love it, and I will be attending to come to james blair middle school.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - kanij

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: 6-8
  • Students: 1,151 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 76%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50% in VA
  • Math Proficiency
    : 63% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 66% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.57 (Top 50%)

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