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Williamsburg Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1022 students

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Posted September 11, 2013

This school has an amazing Principal! The staff is very good. They have amazing Assistant Principals, yes , each grade has their own who stays with them and gets to know them as the progress through middle school. The draw back can be how large the school is. It seems like they are busting at the seems. Lunch time can have really long lines and most items depleted before your kid reaches the food. So, plan on bringing lunch. Aside from that course offerings are good, and you can expect a stellar education. As with any school there are some staff hits and misses but overall , it's a pretty good school to be associated with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

This is my kid's first year at Williamsburg. Coming from some of the best schools in Fairfax county I can say that Williamsburg is not even close to the quality of the other schools. The principal has no leadership and doesn't do any effort to be out there for the kids and parents. I have never seen her in person, not on back to school night, not during parent-teacher conferences not even once on the hallways. In Fairfax, the principals are out there every morning greeting the students and parents, reaching out, making a statement that they are involved and they care. Our counselor is not good either. She is not responsive and has no communication skills. Thre seems to be a disconnect in the leadership at this school, a lot of new people who still don't know what they are doing and people that should have retired a long time ago. I was recently told, in response to a question, to call the high school my kid will attend next year because that person will retire in the summer and no one at Williamsburg was trained to do her job. The core subject teachers are great though and that is the only good thing I can say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

An outstanding school, with caring teachers and a great community. Special Ed as well as regular ed was handled great. The post below mentions the band program, and I want to say that the new band teacher (2011-2012) has completely turned around that program and it is now fantastic. It takes a special person to run middle school band and he has done a great job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

Both of my children currently attend WMS, and we are very, very happy with this school. As another reviewer wrote, the school does a great job developing students' ability to take personal responsibility for their assignments, and prepares them well for high school. The classes my children have had have been both academically challenging and, better yet, interesting. We have generally liked all of their teachers, my contacts with the administration have been fine, the building is well set-out and equipped, the afterschool activities are great. The only downside I've seen is the band program, which can definitely stand some improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

My daughter went here & had some of the best teachers I've ever encountered in any school system. Some of the best ones have left, but in particular Ms. Texeira (math), Mr. Feeny (social studies) & Mr. McDermott (geography) were wonderful. I found the administration to be very responsive to parents' concerns. I loved Ms. Francis - a warm & very hard-working, caring principal - and Ms. Ly & Ms. Dodd both go the extra 10 miles to help. They aren't 'strict' here - they have standards & they expect the students to meet them. That's a good thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2009

I love Williamsburg! I just started this year, but so far, it has been fantastic! The teachers are nice, but they say flat out what they expect. Sometimes teachers underestimate how much time their homework will take to complete, and that can be a bummer. Something I really enjoy about Williamsburg is their use of the agenda. It is where you can write down all of your homework and plan your after-school activities, as well as write down what books you have been reading recently. I LOVE Williamsburg :) !
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2009

I absolutely loved my 6th grade teachers. But my 7th grade math teacher gave amazingly huge amounts of homework. I was on Grizzlies and my TA teacher was absolutely astounding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2009

My daughter has attended several schools across the country, and Williamsburg is by far the best one. Her sixth grade American History teacher was absolutely fantastic. She made history interesting, memorable, and fun, and still managed to develop and require a sophisticated depth of understanding throughout the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

This has been the perfect school for us. Each year, the school curriculum adds more responsibility for the students. And by the time the students graduate, they are prepared for highschool. Also, the library is fantastic and I consider it to be the heart of the school and a place which encourages the students to be involved in reviewing books and an sharing their ideas. The principal is fantastic and runs the school beautifully. The teachers are making learning exciting that even I would want to go back to school. I could go on....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2008

the principle is really wierd. Some teachers understand the right amount to give students for homework, but other teachers seam to only to believe they are the only one that give homework and give it in very large sums.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

The teachers are great, the students are great, and parents have opportunity to get involved with their children's school life. I belive this school is above average.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2008

I really think kids are not learng as much as they can!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2008

While some of the teachers are a bit strict, this is overall a very good school. If anything, the sixth grade teachers are fun and engaging. In all the time I was at Williamsburg, I have never seen a student unfairly punished. Oh, teachers can be strict, but come on! This is middle school, not kindergarden. Eventually, the teachers will get strict. Why not ease into it?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

The teachers are awful. They teach nothing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2007

The school does provide a good education, however it is lacking in many areas. The sixth grade teachers are too strick on the children; their expectations are unrealistic. The amount of stress put on all of the students is unexcusable. When they enter seventh grade, their spirits are broken from the previous year. Your child will get a good education; but at the cost of their emotional well being, I do not think it is worth it. How exactly do you make a child like school again? Like some other parents at Williamsburg, I am looking at other options for schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

Ms. Francis, is the best principal ever! She doesn't have a lack of judgement. this is the best school ever! We love the 6th grades teachers the best!
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted November 7, 2005

The principle needs help! The teachers are great though, and they definatly make up for her lack of judgement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2004

Very good school that enforces policy, but at the same time allows children to be in a enthusiastic environment in which they can learn and not be bored out of their minds.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students91%
Female students96%
Male students88%
Black students82%
Asian students77%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial95%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students90%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian students80%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English93%
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 Students88%
Female students90%
Male students86%
Black students69%
Asian students85%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial91%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students88%
Black students65%
Asian students91%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial85%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English93%
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 students86%
Male students85%
Black students63%
Asian students63%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial76%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students87%
Black students73%
Asian students56%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial88%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students75%
Female students75%
Male students75%
Black students55%
Asian students71%
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students89%
Female students89%
Male students90%
Black students56%
Asian students74%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial82%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English95%
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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

47 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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students99%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English100%

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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School basics

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School Leader's name
  • Dr. Ann Mccarty

Resources

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  • Nurse(s)
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  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3600 N Harrison St
Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: (703) 228-5450

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