I am a STUDENT at Whitman Middle, and it is a disorganized and dysfunctional school. Some of the teachers can be very professional and strive other students to do well while some on the other hand are unprofessional. Sadly, a good portion of the students school do not value education. If you want your children to be in the best classes they can be be, then I definitely recommend enrolling your kid in the Honors courses, they generally have good students. This school could be great at some times too, but don't forget parents, you may have knowledge of this school, but is the students that have the most. If you want to know how a school is, you should listen to the students. Also if you are a military parent, moving could be traumatizing for your kids if they loved where they were.
The Teachers/Admin at Walt Whitman are the best! It is well-run, organized and clean. The staff/parents promote activities on/off campus and in the MVHS Pyramid. Mr. Richard Millet is my daughters guidance counselor. She was dealing with a behavioral disorder, I was afraid she could be teased. Mr. Millet checked in with her, did research, sent links as to his findings, offered counseling within the school. My daughter is finishing up her 8th grade year at Walt Whitman, taking full Honors, including Honors Band (Barbara Dobberstein's leadership has pulled in a dozens of trophies rated Superior!) . She is challenged by the curriculum. The teachers respond to email and send bi-weekly progress reports! Every teacher stays after school. This has helped with my daughter bring up her grades. I support our local school system. When schools are judged based on the socio-economic status of the demographic attending it is unfair. The facts are that your child will receive a very good education at WWMS; they will be safe and be encouraged by their teachers to strive to do their best; they will be prepared for whatever high school they move to next, but especially for the rigor of the IB.
I have one daughter who attended Whitman for 7th and 8th grade and now our second is in the 7th grade at Whitman. We could not be happier with the school, teacher, and administration. I feel that the academic level has been rigorous and is preparing the students for high school and their future. The teachers and administrators have taken a personal interest in my girls. Our oldest was chosen to be student of the month her 7th and 8th grade years. One of the assistant principals found that he and our younger daughter had something in common and often seeks her out to discuss their shared interest. We can from a much smaller school so this personal attention was a welcomed surprise. My kids have never been very interested in the arts but thanks to Ms. Prince and Ms. Young they were able to find a new interest. Ms. Prince, Ms. Young, Ms. Foster and Mr. Stooks are just some of the excellent teachers my kids have had. The school and administration goes out of their way to involve the community and parents. We are extremely pleased with everything we have encountered at Whitman Middle School.
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.
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.
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.
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.