Our family has found GW Middle School's academic, language and arts programs to be excellent. The faculty is skilled and focused. We think that the school's culture has a good balance of promoting high achievement while not creating a stressful potentially negative environment for the students.
My daughter is a rising seventh grader at GWMS nd has been consistently challenged and engaged by the teachers. They have excellent core teachers, a breadth of electives, and engage foreign language teachers. I am particularly happy that they recombined the schools and went back to the teams approach. My daughter is very happy there!
For a number of years, our family has had a wonderful experience with George Washington Middle School. We feel like our children receive an excellent education at GW. We would highly recommend this school (and the Alexandria City Public Schools in general) to other families seeking a challenging and excellent education for their children.
I am an 8th grader at GW. During my three years there, I have encounter many wonderful teachers and classmates. I have had teachers that changed my life and friends that I will never loose contact with. GW has an amazing music program and arts programs. The choir, band and orchestra all receive superior ratings at festival (the top score you can be given) while performing high difficulty music. I have been blessed to be part of the orchestra, directed by Jonathan Jones. I have improved my playing immensely and given the opportunity to participate in school trips to New York City and strings competitions. I have also participated in competitions like Science Fair and History Day, which have helped me learn researching skills, project management, and presentation techniques. I wouldn't trade my experiences at GW for anything, and I would never choose to go to a different school, no matter how many times I was asked.
While not perfect (no school is), GW is a world-class educational institution by almost any standard. The educators whom we have encountered there as a family have been very good instructors and have motivated our children in an effective and positive way. They teachers are generally very accomplished accademically as well. We, as parents, also like that our children attend school with kids who have different backgrounds. We are hopeful that he school's diversity and our teaching will help them avoid the "entitlement attitude" that can so easily be acquired in Alexandria which has a large affluent community.
We, as parents, think that GW is an outstanding, high-caliber educational institution. We guide our children who go there to focus on adacemics and music. The school's honors classes challenge our kids in a way that does not induce stress. Language teachers and programs are excellent. Of course the school's nationally acclaimed music programs really stand out, too.
GW is an institution filled with highly skilled educators and wondetful students. While this (and all schools) will always have some issues to address and improvments to make, we should not forget that this is truly a great school in a wonderfully supportive community.
Our child came to 6th grade at GW as a new student. Since day one, the teachers took care of her and followed her closely providing a lot of support. The curriculum and level of challenge met our high standards as well. She has good friends and loves the school and community. Our family highly recommends this school.