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Francis C Hammond Middle

Public | 6-8 | 417 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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


Posted 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...


Posted December 1, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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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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 74% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%
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 75% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students53%
Female students52%
Male students53%
Black students50%
Asian students77%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English67%

Math

All Students59%
Female students65%
Male students54%
Black students58%
Asian students92%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English67%
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 Students62%
Female students62%
Male students62%
Black students58%
Asian students75%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students47%
Female students54%
Male students40%
Black students44%
Asian students60%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students43%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficient students18%
Proficient in English57%
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 students59%
Male students52%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English58%

English: Writing

All Students61%
Female students66%
Male students54%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English64%

Math

All Students14%
Female students14%
Male students15%
Black students20%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged14%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities13%
Limited English proficient students23%
Proficient in English10%

Science

All Students56%
Female students49%
Male students64%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students28%
Proficient in English62%
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 "Accredited with Warning".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Accredited with Warning".

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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students68%
Female students79%
Male students55%
Black students50%
Asian students80%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English68%

Geometry

All Students100%
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 disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%
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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4646 Seminary Rd
Alexandria, VA 22304
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