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  • Smithfield Middle School8

    Smithfield, VA | Isle Of Wight County


    February 10, 2015

    If you are a military family looking to move to the Carrollton/Smithfield area be cautious of this school. While the teachers here are wonderful and the classroom sizes are small (about 20-22 students per class) the kids that attend this school are very racist (reverse racism) and disrespectful! Some of the things that were being said to my son are unmentionable. After brining these issues to the administration I was told that these things are tolerated because there is no other school in the area for kids to attend. So, while kids will be suspended for a few days for bullying and being racial, the kids are always allowed back at school to continue the behavior. Essentially, Kids are given a free few days off from school for bad behavior, but nothing more is ever done to the repeat offender! As a parent this was a no brainer and after dealing with it on more than one occasion I decided after the first few weeks of the 2014-2015 school year to withdraw both my kids. I also live in a neighborhood with allot of other families who have encountered these same issues with this middle school and ended having to move to a different school district to get their kids away from this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 27, 2013

    I grew up in the Smithfield school system and the only thing that has changed is the SOL system; which I'm not a fan of. The teachers claim that the reason why my son has no books to bring home is because the content doesn't follow the SOL criteria. Instead of bringing home books to follow he brings home hand written, reprinted sheets that have no guidance for the parents to assist with homework. I have resulted in using old math and reading books to help.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 6, 2010

    My son currently attends SMS and we have been very pleased with this school. It's a small town, and most of the kids are nice--the school is VERY safe I never worry about sending my son here. The school is very strict about bullying-zero tolerance. The teachers are great, they continuously challenge the students but offer assistance as needed. The school offers AP Math and other courses. Their band program is awesome too. They encourage parent involvement and the office and staff respond promptly. Dr. Smith is the Principal and he is amazing. We had an issue with bullying-I emailed the school on a Sunday night and it was resolved by 9AM Monday morning. We're a military family so we hope to stay put for a few more years because this school is so good. PS: My son also has an IEP-they do a great job with this as well-tons of ideas, cooperative, etc.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 29, 2008

    If I had to chose any school in the county, I would definitly chose Smithfield Middle. The environment and the quality of instruction is unbelievable.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 22, 2004

    Overall: an average academic school, safe and friendly environment for students. I dislike Virginia's SOL as it drives the teacher's ciriculum and find subjects like reading receive less attention. In addition, Isle of Wight needs to evaluate their criteria for gifted programs as top students from other districts often don't 'qualify' due to differences in standardized tests and/or unusual criteria. The teachers and students at SMS are very friendly and it is a positive, safe atmosphere for students.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 21, 2004

    Smithfield Middle is ok. But the food price is horrible! The food is always cold! Take it from me ( a 12 yr old student) But I love going to school every day now since I've been at SMS

    Submitted by a student

    January 22, 2004

    My son has been going to SMS for 3 yrs. From sixth to eigth grade. The overall staus isn't great quality what so ever. I have had many problems and I'm not impressed by the school.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2003

    My daughter has attended Smithfield Middle for 2 yrs now and we couldn't ask for a more involved school, principals, teachers, staff, everybody is so wonderful [with] great attitudes that reflect on our children. [Here s] to another great year [at a] #1 school!

    Submitted by a parent

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