Our family highly recommends our neighborhood GW Middle School. The modern curriculum is focused and offers many languages, arts and electives. We have found the teachers to be skilled and well-educated. The diversity is plus and ACPS provides transportation to school which helps us get to work in the mornings. We have found that the administrators and the teachers respect the voice of parents. The PTA and community support are amazing, too. The school is relatively large, however, our children's class sizes have been small and we think the school's size has been a plus. There is no tuition costs, either, which helps us fund our kids' college accounts.
G.W. Middle School is a high performing school. For our children, the academic education has been strong, the administrator and teachers have been skilled, the arts education has been amazing and the school’s culture has been positive. The science and math curriculum is modern and the teachers are exceptionally skilled. We are very happy with the education our children have received. The school and supportive Alexandria community prepares students for a competitive high school experience in an environment which promotes hard work, responsibility and tolerance. We highly recommend GW as a “great school.” Go see the school and meet with the educators and students if you want to see this wonderful community in action.
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.