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Whitman Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 1028 students

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Posted November 14, 2013

My daughter just started Whitman this fall and they have done an excellent job at helping her get acclimated. I love the bi-weekly progress reports emailed to me, and the staff and teachers have all been responsive to my questions and concerns. My daughter is in all Honors classes, which are challenging (that's a good thing). I feel the work, the level of education, safety and overall school has been wonderful. Most important is that my daughter is happy there. I have not heard of any fights or drama. Lots of fun after school activities though! We are happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

Too many fights, drama, i would never suggest you go to Whitman. They have horrible teachers and my child nearly failed. The principal has control issues and does things that are not the best choice such as holding children,all children, in one room until 5 minutes before the bell rings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2012

Alright, I'm an eighth grader at Walt Whitman, and yes I complain about it to my friends and family. But it really isn't a bad school. There are a lot worse. Occasionally there's a fight in the hallway, but most of it is seventh graders who think they're all that. All of the teachers are great. except my seventh grade english teacher last year, but that's over. They have decent food, and some really cool clubs and electives. This school is not as bad as people say it is.


Posted April 30, 2012

I am a parent that believes strongly in education. From my perspective, a school is just one component of a comprehensive education that is the primary responsibility of the parents. My daughter attended Walt Whitman for just over a year. This school falls short of fundamental educational expectation and fails the children at every turn. The majority of the children that come out of this school are ill-equipped for any real academic challenges, and are severely under educated. Unfortunately, in FCPS one is relegated to a school in the zip code in which they can afford to live. This policy leaves many parents with few educational options for their children. If I knew then what I know now, I would have quit my job and home schooled my daughter. In the end, we sacrificed other things to move to an area of the district with better schools. The fact that FCPS can have some of the best performing schools in the state and the the worst (within miles of each other) is incomprehensible and speaks volumes about the pervasive culture of apathy and inequality within the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

Sadly, this school has faults, but also has cons, as does everything else. Some teachers are excellent and show great teaching styles, while incorporating fun with the lessons, while some teachers just do the material straight from the paper. It is true the principal isn't doing anything useful to fix this, and is supposedly worsening the environment, but some of the blame goes to the kids, and we all know which ones we are talking about. There are excellent kids that breeze through material, while there are slackers, violent adolescent who are "underprivileged" and are not smart. These kids cause most of the disruption, but if your kid doesn't apply them self to an honor class, then it is likely she is gonna get behind because of these students. and if your student just came to the school and is scared of all the "noise and recent problems", remind your selves that it is in fact, the end of the school year. As a fellow student, I believe Walt Whitman does a mediocre job OVER ALL.


Posted September 22, 2011

Bad School. Principal has control issues and is changing everything about this school. School failed to meet NO child left behind for 6 straight years . They must change something, just because its a tile 1 school. doesn't mean childern shouldn't learn like they do in a Good FCPS middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2011

I was a Whitman Wildcat from 2009-2011 and enjoyed both of my seventh and eight grade years! I would like to give a shout out to teams 7-4 and 8-7. Also, Our former principal Mr.Davis, English teacher Ms.Parrish, and my wonderful chorus teacher Mrs. Fleming-Dillon!!!! :D Whitman Middle School is A W E S O M E ! Every student who attends this school should feel Wildcat Pride as I did. :]


Posted May 3, 2011

This school is horrible. Not only do you have to constantly provide the same information to multiple staff members, when you do it's like they never received it. If you have a child with special needs, please please take my advice and RUN as far as you can from this school. It borderline discriminates against children with disabilities. The staff has not been trainned to work with children with special needs. I would go as far to say they haven't had ANY type of basic training it's sad. I am in the military and my son is zoned for this school. Trust me if the funds were available for private school it would be BYE BYE WHITMAN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

i love this school and i want to give a special thanks to team 7-4 which are...Mr.Henrich,Mrs.Blunt,Ms.Smith,and Mrs.Steward worlds


Posted April 26, 2010

I am currently going to the school and i don't really like it. It's a great school for goofinf off but for students who take their education seriously it doesn't really mmet the expectations. I moved just this year and my former school had a lot more options. Some teachers are great teachers but some need to get their act together and act like the grown ups they are and they need to become organized. I hate the hallways. they're always full or people loud and the school might be completly against drugs, bullying and fight but it surely doesn't stop them from happening....I can't wait to get out of the school but i know that i will miss my friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2010

My daughter has been attending Walt Whitman for only one month. I am not impressed in the least with the 'stellar' academics that I have heard so much about. I think that the school does a horrible job with teaching and discipline. My daughter comes home from school scared for her safety. Lots of fights and lack of respect from students to teachers. I will send my daughter to another school next year. I have heard nothing but great things about Fairfax County schools and this school has done nothing to live up to those expectations. Ft Belvoir children have no other option to go to another public school. I would homeschool my child before sending back to Walt Whitman. Good luck in your search and I hope that your experience is different from mine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

I used to attend Walt Whitman and it was a good school.. For socializing and friendships. THe academics are ok and some teachers are amazing while others are not. The school has a no tolerance for drugs, gangs or violence. that dosent mean they arent there. This school is a good school and it's great for goofing off and having fun. But not so much for the education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2010

I currently fo to Walt Whitman Middle , i think it's a great school with great teachers, they really help you acheive your goals for the future quite well!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2009

i think its a really good school if u r in honors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2009

I go to this school and it's amazing how the teachers help you achieve your goals throughtout the school year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2008

I am going to Walt Whitman now and sadly leaving. Dont let the 5 rating fool you!!!!! Walt Whitman is an aammaazziinngg school!!!!!!! Yea there are some fights but dont all schools. Walt Whitman has great advanced classes and I love the people there. People meaning teachers and students. Walt Qhitman is fun and gets the job done. If you don't like it here then you don't belong in a public school!!!!!! But Walt Whitman is the best!!!!! Go 7-3!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

My son has special needs. His teachers and aids are great. The staff is always curteous and they truly care about the kids. It is also great that the hospital and police station are both directly across the street. That is a real plus for me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

Walt Whitman is a great school. The teachers are absolutely amazing, the grading is fair, and there is never too much homework. The only drawback: there is bullying/fighting that can jeopardize the welfare of the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

Its a excellent school my child goes to school there and she makes A's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

Whitman MS is an amazing school. We have been so impressed with everything they do at this school. The teachers have been wonderful and caring too. They make sure our daughter is on task and challenge her every step. We love the school so much we hope to be here for our younger child.They also have many activities for the children to do afterschool even tutoring.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

478 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students70%
Female students71%
Male students68%
Black students62%
Asian students82%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial86%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English76%

Math

All Students46%
Female students44%
Male students47%
Black students42%
Asian students42%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial67%
White students53%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students56%
Female students63%
Male students50%
Black students48%
Asian students81%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial63%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students24%
Proficient in English68%

English: Writing

All Students60%
Female students70%
Male students50%
Black students50%
Asian students83%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial68%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students59%
Female students65%
Male students54%
Black students53%
Asian students90%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial74%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English66%

Science

All Students57%
Female students53%
Male students61%
Black students45%
Asian students75%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial74%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students99%
Female students99%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English99%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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2500 Parkers Ln
Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone: (703) 660-2400

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