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Gunston Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 765 students

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Posted April 2, 2014

Great staff and teachers. Wonderful school for my daughter to transition to! Student body was very accepting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers, diverse student body and fascinating learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

Great School only down fall needs more things for the Art and Music Departments
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2008

this school is great!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2007

After thoroughly researching all the possible APS middle school options and attending all their orientations/tours, I decided that Gunston was the best choice for my child. I love the small classroom sizes(ranging from 15-18 students.) I think the 'family atmosphere' enhances the learning experience. I can't say enough positive things about Ms. Gill's (the principal) dedication and awesome leadership. My son was placed in intensified math and reading and is held to high standards and is academically challenged. (in case there is fear about 'teaching down'.) The school provides so many different resources for ensuring that the new 6th graders succeed in their transitions from elementary school. The communication between the teachers and parents is excellent. The Gunston website is awesome and a great and useful resource. Ms. Gill runs a 'tight ship' and the students are very clear on the rules. The majority of parents are quite loyal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

We chose Gunston for my two children because it offered a continuation of the partial-Spanish immersion program they began in kindergarten. Since it is not our neighborhood school, it was a deliberate choice for our family. I have found the school to have a warm and welcoming atmosphere, from the front office to the classrooms. Parents are invited and encouraged to be involved. Many dedicated parents are involved in PTA, which supports a wide variety of events, academic programs and other activities that support every child at Gunston. My children and I have benefited from the cultural and racial diversity of the school. The teachers work hard to help every child achieve, spending many extra hours in the classroom, mentoring students and sponsoring clubs and activities. I encourage anyone in Arlington County to visit Gunston and see for themselves what a great place it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

Gunston is a very good school that has shown good flexibility for students at different ability levels. My son went there and was able to complete Algebra and Geometry before the end of 8th grade. The teachers were wonderful. I think the Principal runs a tight ship and clamps down on students who mouth off or misbehave, which is very important in middle school as children are developing so fast and dealing with hormones. Gunston has a truly awesome TV studio and the students' work has been recognized nationally thanks to the teacher, Mr. Costner, and the support of the principal. The PTA is pretty active and has gotten more so in the past three years. Many students from outside of Gunston's neighborhood attendance zone go to Gunston for the Spanish Immersion program. Overall, a strong school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2006

Gunston is a awsome school. the teachers and staff are great. it is very different from most schools i have seen this school seems to act as a family. they have many classes for students and many activities for students the whole school is wonderful. the best of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2006

This is a really great school... All 3 years of my life @ gunston has been a great expierience for me...
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2006

I loved the extracurricular activities. There are so many things to join. This school has hard subjects but it's a good experience. In fact, I loved it. The friends here are fantastic and teachers are very helpful. I see nothing bad about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2005

I really did well at this school. Though it had rules and regulations, and some things seemed absolutely ridiculous, you get that in any school. The music program was awesome and there were plenty of different levels of classes. Most of the teachers were helpful and they were just plain good teachers. There were tons of after school activities for people with different interests. All in all it was a good experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2005

My son attended this school. He began failing and it was a terrible experience. There are cultural problems and drug use is high. Things improved immediately after my son left. If you can avoid sending your child here you would be better off. I give the {rincipal an F for turning a blind eye to the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2004

My daughter was a former student at this school and I thought that it wasn't a very good experience. Before she came to Gunston she was getting A's & B's and her grades went down to E's and D's. I was not satisfied with the involvement of the teachers and I do not recommend this experience and I'm not allowing my younger daughter to attend this school. They took my daughters shirt because it was 'inapropriate' and they never gave it back. I hope this review has helped. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
English: Writing

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

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students71%
Female students74%
Male students68%
Black students52%
Asian students80%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial78%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students78%
Female students80%
Male students76%
Black students57%
Asian students91%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial93%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English89%
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 Students74%
Female students77%
Male students70%
Black students56%
Asian students71%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial87%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students67%
Female students71%
Male students63%
Black students47%
Asian students71%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial100%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English75%
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 Students72%
Female students76%
Male students68%
Black students61%
Asian students76%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial82%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English79%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students86%
Male students77%
Black students70%
Asian students95%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial82%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students76%
Female students78%
Male students74%
Black students58%
Asian students94%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial92%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English82%

Science

All Students83%
Female students82%
Male students85%
Black students71%
Asian students86%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial94%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English90%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

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 Students98%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students92%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English98%

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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  • Ms. Lori Wiggins

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  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
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2700 S Lang St
Arlington, VA 22206
Phone: (703) 228-6900

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