Award Year: 2018

Francis W. Jones Magnet Middle School

1819 Nickerson Boulvard
Hampton, VA, 23663-1026

(757) 850-7900

Dr. Daniel L. Bowling, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Sharon Slater, Current Principal

Magnet School, Choice School

Hampton City Public Schools

School Website


Jones Magnet Middle School sets high expectations for academic achievement and character. We value respect, integrity, academic rigor, student accountability, and a family environment where students are inspired to pursue lifelong learning. We collaborate to foster the development of positive relationships with parents, students, staff, and community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 43%
  • White: 43%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 43%
Jones Magnet Middle School students working on a science lab.

Jones Magnet Middle School students working on a science lab.

Jones Magnet Middle School is committed to educating every child, everyday, whatever it takes. Our teachers believe that every student must be provided a top quality education that produces students who are college, career, and life ready.

The core curriculum for Jones is comprised of mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Core subjects are offered at advanced and standard levels with gifted, special education, and academic enrichment classes available to qualified students. Jones supports its curriculum with a robust intervention program offering multi-tiered interventions. Supplemental support is mandatory for academically struggling and/or reluctant learners. Jones prides itself on its ability to not only teach core content, but also develop students into independent life-long learners.

Lessons are strongly rooted in technology with a focus on problem-solving and a high level of rigor reflecting relevance to the real world. Teachers continually receive professional development in the use of instructional technology to stay highly efficient in their use of numerous educational websites and applications. Students receive assignments and communicate with instructors through the school-wide use of a cloud-based program.

Jones prides itself on its accomplishments. Students continue to excel in all areas. Jones' SOL scores are the highest in the school division and surrounding region. As a testament to our achievements, Jones was proud to be recognized by the Virginia Department of Education with the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award. Jones continues to maintain its stellar reputation of excellence, and remains the middle school of choice for Hampton.