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Fact Sheet - Burley Middle School​​​​​​​​​​

Home of the Bears

A School With History Where the Future Begins

The faculty, staff, family and community of Jackson P. Burley Middle School are committed to instilling high educational and personal standards within a creative and individually determined environment, so that students develop a sense of both purpose and community and can go forth and lead meaningful lives.

School Highlights

Burley Middle School is dedicated to getting to know every student in the school as an individual. An example from the current school year is the school’s focus on helping students understand their unique learning styles. In turn, teachers are investigating culturally responsive teaching strategies to ignite student learning. Students also will experience project-based learning that promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and self-management through investigating a complex question, problem or challenge.

Burley also takes great pride in its implementation of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. The program serves students through a dedicated elective and broadens its reach through a schoolwide focus on implementing WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) strategies. This promotes the use of research-based instructional practices in WICOR by all teachers in all subjects in the school.

Another highlight of the student experience at Burley is the school’s commitment to providing all students with exposure to and experience in both Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses and the fine arts. Every sixth-grade student is required to take both a music course (band, orchestra, chorus or music) and a CTE course that focuses on programming, coding and engineering. In future years, students who find a passion in these areas can choose to continue their studies.

Burley also is innovating by having all students develop an electronic, online portfolio. The portfolios are developed in conjunction with the MakerEd group and are designed to archive student work, thereby allowing students to analyze their work over time and see how much they are growing as students in various instructional areas.

Burley continues to grow its electives and is very excited to implement a Spanish immersion program next year. Burley also has introduced an after-school program with the National Society of Black Engineers, a club designed to stimulate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and provide leadership experiences, technical development, and teamwork.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)


Facility Information

Built in 1951

123,626 square feet (including the Annex, which houses instructional departments and Post High)

15.3 acre site

1987: Installation of new air conditioning unit, energy-efficient windows, and elevator; administrative, guidance, and annex areas remodeled

1991: HVAC upgrades, a refurbished gym and auditorium, and exterior door, windows and lock replacements

2002: Addition of a media center with broadcasting studio, courtyard, and functional skills classroom

2011: Addition of an outdoor track oval

2013: Flooring replacement; fridge/freezer replacement; miscellaneous exterior repairs

2014: Boiler replacement; front entrance upgrade

2016: Media Center and science lab upgrades

Grade-Level Changes

1951: African-American students attended in grades 8-12

1966: Burley was desegregated and renamed Jack Jouett Junior Annex, housing grade 7 overflow from Jouett Junior High.

1973:School renamed Jackson P. Burley with grade 6-7

1974: Burley gained middle school status with grades 6-8

1976-77: Burley housed grades 7-8 by the end of the school year

Burley Middle School is part of both the Northern and Southern feeder patterns. Students previously attended Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Stone-Robinson or Stony Point Elementary School, and will graduate from either Albemarle or Monticello High School.​​


James Asher James Asher,
Tireese Lewis Tireese Lewis, Assistant Principal

Principal History

James Asher

Sharon Amato-Wilcox

Marcha Howard

Bernard Hairston

Sherrard Howen

Thomas Zimorski

Ronald Broadbent

Joseph Trice

Robert Thraves

Alexander Scott

Eugene Mobley

Leander Shaw

Student Demographics

(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 565

Male: 51.9%

Female: 48.1%

Black: 19.3%

Hispanic: 21.1%

White: 47.8%

Limited English Proficiency: 17.7%

Disadvantaged: 42.7%

Students with Disabilities: 13.1%

Gifted: 19.8%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.