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.
Our family took a tour of this school and were very impressed with the curriculum, the talented educators, the facilities, and the high-performance culture of the school. Our daughter has attended for two years and we are still impressed and think she is receiving a fantastic education in a wonderful learning environment. We have been very pleased with all the individual attention she receives given the relatively large size of the student body.
Alexandria City Public Schools are ranked as seventh best in the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia as the 11th best state for schools by Niche.com. GW Middle School is a great school in a great school district.
George Washington Middle School is good, to say the least. The electives are really good (especially band and orchestra). The core classes are good too, but some teachers are really not good at all. Most of them are good, and a lot of them are great. All three of the best teachers I've ever had were from GW. There isn't much bullying anymore, but there is some teasing going around. I don't know why people are giving this one out of five stars. They are probably overprotective parents whose kids are whiny babies. At the same time, I don't know why people are giving this school five stars. George Washington Middle School is an above average school with a great elective program, good academics, and great students and teachers. If you don't want your precious child to experience the real world, then send them to a private school. If you don't want to waste money, GW is a valid choice for any parent out there.