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Kenmore Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 791 students

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Posted April 13, 2014

Kenmore Middle School has excellent teachers and facilities. Several of the teachers have been selected as "teacher of the year" by Arlington County; more than have been selected from the other middle schools in the County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2013

There can be doubt about it. This school is a social program, out of control kids, pressure to bring up the grades of children through the additional staff in math and reading to bring the school up to the already low standards established by the State of VA. The surrounding community has gone down hill. Parents are moving so their kids can go to better schools in Fairfax County instead of put up with the school administration and PTA who won't listen to anything except that which goes along with the status quo Arlington liberal mindset, a sort of ironic reverse inclusion. The school has been remodeled but it can't make up for the lack of instruction or the strong emphasis on upward mobility for minorities in a highly "in your face" way. Move to Fairfax County and save yourself the stress of putting your kids into this school only to find out you must go through the arduos task of moving and resettling in Fairfax County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

Kenmore has been a disappointment in that the school did away with most of the accelerated courses and does not do enough to challenge the smarter kids. Kenmore seems to cater to the kids that have not thrived, or cared enough to learn, some of the basics already. I understand that the school wants to get good testing scores and are trying to make sure all kids get a minimal level of education, but I had hoped that, as an Arlington Co. School, they would strive for more than the minimum. The music program is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

Kenmore is an absolute gem of a school and the best kept secret in Arlington County. As a new family to the county, we were welcomed into the Kenmore community with open arms. Dr. Word and the faculty of Kenmore have created what I didn't think existed--a model middle school. We have a 6th grader and a 7th grader at Kenmore. Both kids, with their extremely different personalities and strengths, love it there. The teachers are enthusiastic and assign a challenging, but not unrealistic, workload. We've been blown away by the impressive amount of communication with the parents. I get an email every day with school announcements and a weekly progress report so I'm on top of my kids' grades and progress. The arts focus is important to us and we've been thrilled with the various offerings. The ACT II program is a wonderful way to let the kids take advantage of all the extra arts electives. In addition, there are a myriad of clubs, ranging from groups for NASA enthusiasts to Harry Potter devotees. Kudos to the entire Kenmore family for creating a nurturing, supportive, and creative environment for my kids at what can be a difficult time on the path to adulthood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2011

excellent instruction, teachers prepare kids with life skills. my daughter LOVES all her teachers and is excelling beautifully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Thank you Dr. Word, administrators, teachers and staff for creating such a wonderful environment for my son! We are thrilled to be part of the Kenmore community and even more thrilled about the education my son is receiving! The after school enrichment the teachers provide, the weekly progress report as well as the enthusiasm each of you possess while enhancing my son s education is truly appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

People Next time you decide to write about my school why don't you ask a 12-14 year-old kid how Kenmore Is in real life. In these past three years I've been at Kenmore Middle School I been tought so many things that it makes me feel smarter . You might not know that we at Kenmore have now different languages to learn I'm now really good at my Spanish. I love this school and I don't have any complaints about my school .
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

Kenmore is a terrible disappointment. It holds the promise of the best technology and a brand new (2 years old) building . . . but filled with administrators who do no more than push paper and provide insufficient training for teachers, as well as far too many teachers who do not integrate the technology into their courses. Certainly, there are excellent teachers, but not enough to outweigh the others. With schools like this, it's small wonder that middle school is a waste for so many kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

I am a proud parent which my child is a student here at Kenmore Middle. I love everything about this school and most of all the teachers care. This would be one of the top Middle School to enroll your child this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2007

I think that Kenmore has a great academic program.They have so many different experiences that the kids can try. They also have a good parent involvement and at the Parent Teacher conferences the child has to be with the parent so that the teacher can tell whether or not the kids enjoy it here at Kenmore.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2007

Kenmore is the uptopia of schools. Administrators and teachers really care and children learn to be responsible and responsive. The programs at Kenmore are stimulating - especially in the music and arts. Memories made at Kenmore will last a lifetime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

We are new to Kenmore, and were lucky enough to start in the new school. It is a beautiful school with excellent facilities. The staff at the school is very positive and have made a difference in my child's life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

The staff and teachers are very dedicated and I think the overall experience has been very good for our daughter. The new building (opening September 2005) will be very welcome because the current building is just short of horrific. Once they are in the new building I think the school will be unstoppable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2003

Dr. John Word, Sr., School Principal, dedicates his life to the children at Kenmore. It is an excellent school, oriented and dedicated to the Arts & Technology Communication (Computers and such). I highly recommend the experience.
—Submitted by a teacher


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students62%
Female students70%
Male students54%
Black students57%
Asian students73%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial93%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students74%
Female students81%
Male students68%
Black students73%
Asian students75%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English86%
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 Students66%
Female students67%
Male students65%
Black students60%
Asian students81%
Hispanic51%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English80%

Math

All Students55%
Female students56%
Male students54%
Black students45%
Asian students57%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students45%
Proficient in English63%
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 Students67%
Female students65%
Male students69%
Black students52%
Asian students86%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students66%
Female students69%
Male students62%
Black students51%
Asian students91%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students37%
Proficient in English77%

Math

All Students65%
Female students62%
Male students67%
Black students51%
Asian students76%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English69%

Science

All Students69%
Female students65%
Male students74%
Black students49%
Asian students95%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English80%
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 "Fully Accredited".
  • 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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students94%
Female students97%
Male students91%
Black students92%
Asian students100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English96%

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 disadvantaged100%
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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  • Dr. John A. Word

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  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

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  • Orchestra
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200 S Carlin Springs Rd
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (703) 228-6800

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