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Swanson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 933 students

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Posted October 28, 2012

Swanson is an awesome experience fot middle schoolers? Solid academics and elective experiences that round out the whole student. Music depaartment is absolutely surperior!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2012

My daughter attended 8th grade at Swanson after we moved to the U.S. It was her first time in the American school system. We were so pleased with Swanson--the teachers, the principal, the curriculum. She felt so supported and really matured during the year. The communication between students and teachers and teachers and parents was excellent. We could not have been happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

The school and teachers are overall fantastic. The school superintendent Patrick Murphy is bad. He is trying to change to block scheduling - 90 minute classes - for children. It's not proven to work. It has been tried and failed in high school. He did it in Fairfax schools. When he left Fairfax they dropped block scheduling. It didn't work. We have a successful school with achieving children. He is trying to narrow the learning gap by lowering the achieving children to close that gap. He should leave the school and school district alone. Murphy will make this school and others NOT Great Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2012

My child attends Swanson. She got sick with a strep infection that attacked her brain resulting in many challenges. The Swanson staff were unbelievably responsive and compassionate. This was a very high-performing child, that overnight had to deal with very complex symptoms. The school teaching staff, Administrators and support staff have worked with us to adjust her schedule and accomodate her needs. Swanson is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

I am a new resident of Arlington County, My grandson attends Swanson Middle School. The teachers, staff, and all members of the school are doing an excellent work with him. I have notice improvement is a short time. Keep Up The Good Work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

I've had one child attend Swanson for 6-8th grades and now another is in 7th grade. We are very, very pleased with the school. The teachers care and take teaching seriously. The principal, Chris Forrester, is very wise and understands Middle Schoolers. The counseling staff are top rate. I could go on and on.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

This is a fantastic school. The teachers are truly dedicated and the staff is extremely helpful. The students were very welcoming to our kids when we moved here last year. What an incredible opportunity for our kids to attend this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

This school is one of the most positive, helping schools i have ever attended.And that says something. The teachers are always kind and helping and the quality of the education they offer is equally impressive. They also have programs that talk about how bad drugs and alcohol is and talk about bullying with the kids as well. There are not many problems we have here. The students are acheivers that reach for the stars, and with the help from the teachers skills and knowledge most of them are honor role with great, deserved grades. I highly recommend this school for any student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2009

This school has a tendency to make students who have a history as slackers and turn them into a strong willed student. This year 75% students in the 6th grade got honor role which include either b's or a's. It is a positive environment with great supportive staff. The teachers have been to colleges such as harvard, yale ect. Im a student that attends this school and i will say it is amazing and i couldnt of gone to a better middle school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

Swanson is a great school. Teachers are helpful and make sure no one is left behind. Extended day is also a great place for your child to spend the after school hours, with many activities, homework time, and great friends, peace of mind for busy parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

Swanson is a great school with awesome teachers administrators. When you are there for only three years it is hard to get juiced about a school but Swanson has many programs to help get kids involved. One addition i would suggest: I would create an initaitive to get kids ready for the Block schedule they will face in High school. Some klids especially boys have issues related to attention span and longer classes. Doing home work the savme day it is assigned, and problems when they are absent one day from the compressed classes that cove[r] so much material. These are all challeges that can be met if addressed early.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Swanson creates a wonderful learning environment. It is both supportive and challenging while offering a variety of academic experiences to a diverse student body. I would agree that most of the teachers are more than competent but none has yet struck me as extraordinary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

Great school but not a large amount of the teachers are great. Most teachers are Good. Over it is a great place
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2007

I love this school! All the teachers are nice and we have tons of electives and very strong team. A large amount of fun and bully free! I would rate this school a high score of 5+ stars!!!
—Submitted by a student


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.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students87%
Female students90%
Male students84%
Black students40%
Asian students91%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial86%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students86%
Female students87%
Male students85%
Black students50%
Asian students82%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial90%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English92%
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 Students86%
Female students90%
Male students82%
Black students58%
Asian students81%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial89%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students78%
Female students79%
Male students78%
Black students54%
Asian students83%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial82%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English83%
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 Students89%
Female students90%
Male students88%
Black students67%
Asian students82%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial91%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students95%
Male students85%
Black students83%
Asian students100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial77%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students72%
Female students80%
Male students66%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black students75%
Asian students94%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial91%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English94%
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 "Fully Accredited".

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.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

38 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 Students96%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
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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  • Bridget Loft

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  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
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  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

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5800 N Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22205
Phone: (703) 228-5500

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