Alexandria's GW Middle School benefits from strong leadership and a strong cohort of motivated kids with involved parents. We are well pleased that we decided to send our children to this excellent place.
We are very happy that our daughter attends this excellent school and highly recommend it to other families. We think the curriculum and school operations are structured in a way which promotes a positive learning environment and supports academic achievement. We like to see that the school helps our sixth grader work toward taking responsibility for her own learning, too. Our daughter tells us she really likes having her own school-issued PC again this year, like she had in her ACPS elementary school .
This is not your grandfather's GW Middle School. As Alexandria has gentrified and ACPS has taken a great leap forward over the last ten years, the academic and arts programs at this school have become second to none. We highly recommend this school to other families. Note: This website's rating methodology is problematic if it does not give this school an top score. Go visit the school and you will see.
The GW Middle School community is filled with engaged families and students. The school and ACPS exceed our family's high educational standards. We have the resources to send our children to private school but feel that GW offers the best Middle School educational environment for our son. He and his peers thrive there and we think they are being well educated in a positive social environment.
Unless your child is in an honors level class, the work is not demanding enough and the expectations are low. It has not set a good precedent for the kinds of work and deadlines that my kids should expect to provide in high school and beyond.
There is too much reliability on packaged educational products; and teaching to the standardized test. Creative approaches to teaching are not prevalent. Most of that is due to decisions by the school system's administration.
Given the school's size, they do a good job managing the students. The teachers are enthusiastic and supportive.
GW Middle School is phenomenal. Its teachers set a great example and work to make the students the future leaders they were born to be. Our children have found the course offerings to be challenging and the student body is composed of an academically motivated diverse group of students. GW is an amazing school and Alexandria is a wonderful community.
My 6th grader has been appropriately challenged academically, but is having so much fun he barely noticed. He appreciates the independence given to him at GW and his new found maturity is reflected in his learning style. Bravo!
We are so fortunate to have a middle school of such high caliber as GW in our community. The school has a positive culture, outstanding academics, and acclaimed language and arts programs. We have been very pleased with the experience our children have had there. We also like that the school's culture seems to steer clear of hyper-consumerism and hyper-competitiveness.
We think GW's teachers are outstanding. The school's academics are second to none in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The performing arts programs and language programs are world class. The energetic and gifted community of Alexandria supports the school in so many ways. We are honored to be part of the school's community and are very pleased we decided to send our children to GW Middle School. Added bonus - NO TUITION FEES.