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4646 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304

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November 15, 2015
My son is a 6th grader this year, and so far I am very pleased with the rigor in his honors classes and the quality of teachers he has. Great beginning to middle school!

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2015
There has been quite a bit of turmoil with the schools coming together but my child and I agree that this was his best year of school. The 8th grade principal actually does her job. By that I mean she treats the students fairly and consistently and is always professional. I have quite a few visits to the school for various reasons and she has never greeted me without a smile. I know working with children, some with good behavior, and some without, could make for frustrating days but one could never tell that based on her demeanor. My son tells me that she is always visible and willing to assist. Based on the conversations I've had with other parents and students I believe Hammond is on it's way to better days. Having three different schools wasn't the best to begin with. We are on our way out, but to those coming, best wishes. Hammond is a middle school, there will be problems. However, if the students are lucky, Mrs. Ortiz will become the head principal.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 04, 2015
No, the teachers have been disrespectful and insulting to my child. That is a poor example to set.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
June 04, 2015
My child plays by the rules and is not rewarded. I have heard several times from them how they have protected someone from being bullied or done the "right" thing and they are not supported by the teachers and staff. This has cause my child to get a target put on them by the other kids. Middle school is hard enough, why should my child be socially shunned for having the guts to do what is right? I have heard from other parents that there is NO consistency with how the students (good, bad, neutral) are treated.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 04, 2015
It depends on WHO your child has as a teacher. My child has had several bad teachers - classroom mgmt skills were lacking, no responsiveness to my emails, IEP violations, etc. However, there have been 3 WONDERFUL teachers and teacher's aides that have truly helped my child. This school has been averaging a 30% staff turnover in recent years. Such a high turnover rate happens for systemic reasons. At the Open House I overheard an 8th grade teacher remark to another one that they were "glad not to have parents show up at the Open House"! This was my 1st Open House there - boy didn't I feel welcomed! So, it all depends on WHO your child has for a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
June 04, 2015
My child has an IEP due to learning disabilities. Several teachers have violated my child's IEP by assigning improper assignments. I have sat for 4-6 hours on several occasions helping my child through the homework. That said, I have heard from other parents that their "gifted" child has had 0 homework all year. I think there needs to be a balance.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 04, 2015
No. Why should a student work hard when it is not rewarded. The school uses the VA-Standards of Learning which is based ONLY on the achievement test at the end of the year. Classwork and homework do not count in the final grade. My child has asked me why I make them do their work when it doesn't count? Not everyone performs well on tests. Most students are passed along anyway, so why should a student work hard when they will be passed along anyway? This system is broken.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2015
Hammond is a mess. No tardy policy, no consistent discipline. Lunch time is a mess - food fights. There are some great kids and teachers, but learning doesn't take place, when the principal won't deal with the "high fliers", kids who continually disrupt instruction. Inconsistent consequences range from 1 day in school suspension for hitting a faculty member to 4 days ISS for breaking a door. Why? Ditch the principal! Get the teachers on board. Get the parent community members involved. Stop sticking your head in the sand ACPS. Put kids first!

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2015
First of all this school has 600 6th graders and 1500 kids total from 6-8 grade so you know it's not going to be good. This school is one of the most dangerous school I've ever been to, there are at least 3 fights a day everybody knows about. Most of the teachers are unsupportive, disrespectful to students, and also pick on students. Changing classes is the hardest and worst part of my day, there are pushing, hitting, and fights left and right. I'm leaving this terrible school to go to a way better school which is a K-8 school which only has 400 kids total, but for all the kids going to Hammond good luck to you and your parents.

- submitted by a community member

August 27, 2014
thsi schol has good teachers and stuff but the safety is very low i remember obe day my child came home with a black eye and a busted lip amd and bruises she was so hurt she cane home crying and begging me not t go back i felt sb ad i couldn't beleive it she had said that soneobe was picking on her and i told her to tell the teachers but it seems like they didnt help i chose this school because it was close to our bew neighberhood and it looked lje a good school but now i know what goes on there my daughter said that they do that alot and there are many fights and they usally endup on all social media and some kids even get cyberbullied this was my daughter last year which i am glad and im hopping this review will make other parents think twice about sending tge children here i can honestly say mad a mistake chossing this school

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2014
I admit that this school can be a a excelent it cud be however, you always get picked on If you are a guirl the girls would try to pick on you and if they are a group they wud not let let you sit with them at lunch and youll panic as to where you could sit. if you are also a boy the other boys would pick on you and try to get you involve on a fight. this school hashas been known as a very rude school. there are also many videos of fights going on especially in instagram. If i coulf choosr where i shud have been for 7th to 8th gd. i wpuld not cjpose this school

- submitted by a community member

January 03, 2014
The school has the best test scores out of all 3 schools but they still aren't as high as other counties. There are fights ocassionally which I don't think is a safe school environment. The honors classes are good yet they keep kids in if they are struggling. Some teachers are really new and don't know the curriculum and constantly say wrong answers. Sometimes the school lunch ladies don't where hair nets and hair gets on the food which makes the frozen food it is even more gross! As residents in the City of Alexandria parents and students should have the rights to pick and choose which school they would like to attend. Our schools could be better if the administrators reinforced the rules inside the schools. I believe that ROTC class should apply to every student that has bad behavior. These are the kids of the future and I believe that we can change and improve many things if we stay firm.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2011
ok here it is... this school is totally horrible! i was a student there for two years and i am now homeschooled. the students are rude and disrespectful. I was in the office once and this boy was sitting there cursing at the guidence counslor. i was in 7th grade then and that was soo shocking to me. the level of disrespect for teachers and staff is REALLY bad! all though some of the staff was no better. some people will have a different opinion on this school but i am telling you that my experience was terrible!!! the only plus was the teachers. they were cool but some had a hard time with the studennts also...

- submitted by a community member

December 01, 2009
This school is the best public school you can send your child to. No matter what kind of person your child is they are to find 3 or more friends and I am sure your child will enjoy it but the first 1 to 2 weeks are gonna be hard and then your child will make a friend.Also their grades will improve cause of the teachers and programs.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2008
FCHMS is making great progress. This year they are implementing blackboard (an internet based home work assignment/tracking program). My best recommendation is get involved with FCHMS before your child starts attending, so that you can push for programs early oh and get involved. There are a number of additional opportunities here for minorities and those with educational challenges. The school principal (not the grade principal) has been slow to respond. But when he does respond it is professional and courteous. If you are conservative minded, I would watch what movies and books are assigned or played in class. Monitor how the health class teaches your children about sex. Again stay involved. The funding is here to do great things.

- submitted by a parent

December 24, 2007
i go to francis c hammond middle school the teachers here are wonderful!! but there are many cliques at lunch & in hallways i admit im one of the kids that everybody knows about & the teachers care about all the students & dont exclude anybody this is the right school for any kid

- submitted by a student

June 25, 2007
Schools are what the parents make of them. Overall this was a good learning environment for both our kids. Teacher quality varied, but mostly good to better and occasionally 'best.' Administration, sometimes with some needed 'encouragement,' was open to and supported parent involvement. Parent involvement often was related to job/time availability. Music program was first rate. A good learning experience given the student economic and cultural diversity.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2007
I am a graduated student from Francis C hammond Middle School, and I feel that the teachers here are EXCELLENT! They help you see from a different perspective. They make you want more and best of all...they're there for you when you need them! These teachers take timeout of they're day because they care about our education. I am personally mad because the school year is over! I wish it would have never ended! I love this school for so many reasons...and you would love it to!

- submitted by a student

October 19, 2006
I am impressed overall with the quality of Alexandria City schools. It does not take much of an effort to keep informed about my children's academic status. However, I have found at Hammond, as well as at other schools around the country, that sometimes parents have to be a bit aggressive about getting good answers to questions. I often think that school administrations communicate with parents as they do with children -- on a need-to-know basis. This sometimes lackluster communication reflects the failure of most school systems to recognize that there are two different constituencies with whom they have to communicate -- parents and children. While I am all for teaching kids to pass information along to parents, there is some information that should be communicated directly to the parent without the child as middleman.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2004
Staff and Administration hold different standards for themselves than there students. Even if they can give the superindent of the schools a second chance after getting a DUI, stating people make mistakes, students get very little second chances under 0 tolerance policy. Children are suspended for wearing flip flops, told what to wear at dances, (8th grade dance held was sent letter stating the children could not wear formal dresses to dress like they are in church!) Very poor communication, when my son failed gym class I was not notified until he already failed! When I tried to speak with the principal, I was made to wait an hour!

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2004
My daughter attended FCHMS since grade 6; she is now in grade 8. I'm disillusioned with this school. The staff has meager communications between each other, several teachers and administrators whom were the finest the school had to offer have quit! Administration suspended my child for 5 days for running in the hall! My daughter has been suspended for over 50 days this school year as a result of tardiness! Not violence, drugs, etc. The results are devastating to her grades and success which they refuse to acknowledge. When I tried to talk to the principal, she never called me back or returned any emails. My daughter has specific learning disabilities; they go through the paper work but have not successfully helped my daughter in anyway. SpecialEd teacher stated this may not be politically correct however what we are doing is not working.

- submitted by a parent
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Francis C Hammond Middle
4646 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA  22304
(703) 461-4100
Last modified Francis C Hammond Middle is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Francis C Hammond Middle Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top