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  • Norview Middle School4

    Norfolk, VA | Norfolk City County


    March 18, 2015

    Hi Moms and Dads and school administrators! I will say this as tactfully as I can. This school has failed my child over and over again. It is so poorly run that I can't even find the words to describe. The teachers are very sub-par with their attitudes about the learning experience. When we left this school and moved to a new school, my child was in for a full-culture shock to be at a school that actually challenged and cared about each and every child. I would not recommend ANYONE send their child to this school. The children are very unruly and not well-managed. BULLYING is outrageous here and the only recourse is to go to the police or to the court to press charges. I am just very, very disheartened for the few children who do want to learn yet are forced to stay at this school where the morale is so low. The counselors are a joke and only look at the issues from a very surface level. They are arrogant and belittling and even condescending when they speak with you. I am just sad that such a school exists. This is my honest experience of this school from the school year 2013 & 2014. Hope it helps.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 5, 2014

    I must say this school is a mess! You have children bullying, fighting, cursing, and very disrespectful! The school is full of unconcerned teachers, lazy security guards, unfair deans, and a principal who is never there to speak to you when you need it! I refuse to let my child be apart of this school because her raputation and education would be ruined! I advise anyone that care for thier child safety and education to not enroll them in this particular school! The staff is very unprofessional and there only for a pay check!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 2, 2014

    This school is horrible! My sons went here and learned the worst values I have ever seen. One son failed all year and when questioned about it to the school about what the teachers were doing he came home with the last report card passing in everything g and passed hi.veto the seventh grade! This school is a joke. I was scared for my kids everyday I had to move one year was enough!

    Submitted by a parent

    April 28, 2014

    This school is terrible for bullying, racism, fighting, drugs, and craziness! Most of the teachers try to do all that they can, but the white teachers are disrespected (by students and other teachers) and the black teachers just yell. There is a lot of black against white racism at all levels and the administration doesn't do anything about it. The teachers' hands are tied when it comes to getting the disruptive students out of the classrooms so the other students can learn. Some of these kids need to be sent to alternative schools. Teachers can't teach because kids are so bad and disrespectful! Too many kids don't care about school and their parents don't do anything about it at home. I can't wait to get away from this school!! Avoid this school if you value your child and their education.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 27, 2014

    This school is such a joke. Sure the have the SAME academic materials as every middle school in the area but their delivery is terrible and the types of students the go there are just as bad. Granted, the old adage about how much you (your child) puts into their education determines how much they get out of it. However, the environment here breeds gangs, drugs, weapons on property and the teachers who feel as if their hands are tied on how to correct insolent behaviors. Without changes, all the children who want to learn and have abilities are succumbing to the societal norms of an inner-city school, especially since this is such an impressionable age for the kids. NPS needs to think in this century not good old 1950's and address bad behaviors with a zero tolerance policy and place THOSE insolent kids into alternative schools. So they can learn and understand in an environment they know well.

    Submitted by a teacher

    October 1, 2013

    I think this school should be closed down. My son went here for two years he started as a good student who liked school but after Norview he failed twice, got suspended for fighting, & began to skip school. My son had never been in a fight or missed more than 5 days for the year. Fortunately we've moved from the district because it was my daughters turn to go to norview & I really was afraid for her. If you can help it don't send your children here they go in as good innocent children & come out drop-outs with rap sheets. The staff could care less should all be fired.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 16, 2013

    Glad I sent my child to Norview Middle School, he will leave this school this year with 6 high school credits, so for me Norview Middle does have teachers and higher ups that do care.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 27, 2012

    We are new to the area, and wow they really need to get a handle on these kids. Arrival and dismissal is like being at a prison courtyard. These kids need there mouths washed out, and shame on them for talking this way with parents are around or at all for that matter. It makes me scared to know what is going on inside that building for my child. I just do not understand what is going on with this world. I know some of their parents and I know they do not let them act like this. It is horrible.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 24, 2010

    This school is horrible. The teachers do not care about their students and the office staff has no interest in changing anything.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 30, 2010

    Norview Middle School is an excellent school despite the terrible administration. How can the principal tell teachers what to do when she was a speech pathologist? To my knowledge, one who could tell teachers how to be excellent teachers should be a former teacher. Not to continue belittling the principal, the math department and science department are excellent departments. They are the threshold that holds Norview together. THey are lead by excellent department chairs and more importantly, the 6th grade team works very hard, yet they are misrepresented by administration. Overall, Norview Middle is fully accredited, not in the newspaper, and a wonderful school!

    Submitted by a teacher

    March 9, 2010

    Honestly, this school seems just as good as any other. Only I think it's horrible that I can only go to my locker at the beginning and end of school (which defeats half of the purpose of having a locker in the first place). There are too many silent lunches, but I guess that's okay because we can pass notes anyway. Also, my counselor was very supportive and helped me keep my grades up and transfer to another class that I wanted to take. Overall, this school's an average school. :D

    Submitted by a student

    August 7, 2008

    I was a teacher there at Norview Middle school and I must say that the teacher did bust their tales on SOLS, our new principal took every ounce of time to make sure kids did the afterschool sol tutoring. Took the time to right a comment or two on each student's report card to tell them what they needed to work on and to enroll in the SPEAK program . Several of my kids were taken out of my music class for sol prep. I saw teachers stay after school to help out, what has the scores, low is that it is on the students side....not the teacher side and that parents need to be involved..not some ALL, I had several parents not caring about the student's grade, and see how involve they are in their lives. The person below that wrote about the principal not doing programs is misunderstood.

    Submitted by a teacher

    April 23, 2008

    What is going on with the sol scores our children are not getting the help needed i think the principal should really start opening up more programs, tutors to get the help for all the children that are in need. To help them increase these scores. My son came from dream keepers and all the kids there scored so much higher there then this middle school this is very scary, whats going to happen next year when the work gets harder how many are going to pass or fail.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 27, 2007

    The teachers and staff are great at Norview Middle.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 18, 2006

    I think Norview is doing the best they can with what they have. My daughters sixth grade teachers seem to be pretty dilagent about keeping up with her and what she needs to work on and are always available to stay after school at least one day a week to give her extra help when needed.It is your resonsibility to make sure your child asks for the help. It is not up to the school to raise your children and teach them right from wrong, these children are bad because it is an allowed behavior at home. Norview keep on trying with what you are givin to work with, and please continue to work on the violence there, these children are out of control and unfortunatly so are their parents.

    Submitted by a parent

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