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Lanier Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 1172 students

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Posted June 4, 2014

The teachers at this school teach very well and help their students stay on task. It is a wonderful school, and all the students are friendly and talented! As long as you stay on task and try your best, you will succeed in this school.


Posted January 7, 2014

As a military family we chose to live in Northern Virginia among many options due to the quality of the schools. LMS proved to be very good ('11-'13)--with caveats. Strengths = diversity & quality of options in core, elective and extra-circular classes and activities. We were very happy with our son's 7th grade experience. He was appropriately challenged in all of his classes & truly enjoyed playing in the band. We felt like his teachers did an outstanding job helping him & his classmates transition from elementary school. We were not as pleased with his 8th grade year. After a successful 1st semester, we thoroughly briefed all of his teachers that he would require a watchful eye during my upcoming deployment. We expected some fluctuation in his grades. We did not expect to find out that our perma-honor roll student was failing several advanced classes on his midterm report (that's a red flag!). After conferring with the appropriate teachers & having our son draft his own "recovery plan", we expected more regular updates--and were completely surprised when he "relapsed" without further warning. Bottom line: great options, but in a big school, parents must stay on top!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2011

Excellent teachers who work with your kids in person, via email correspondence, and through volunteer time after school. The Music/Band program is phenomenal for a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

I think Lanier is a really good school. The principal is really involved and cares about the kids,the teachers and the parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

The teachers really do care about their students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

The teachers are so nice and helpful and they listen, i like it much bettr then my elementry but my elementry school was great, dont get me wrong! but lanier is great! I love it soooo much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Lanier is a great clean Middle School! The Teachers are VERY nice and they help you a lot to remeber stuff!! I have improved a lot on my math.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

My son has improved his grades in a lot of subjects! I would reconmend this to somebody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great technology and staff.. overall I love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My school is so awesome. We're actually allowed to chew gum! Everyone there is super nice, and you can do everything!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter never had 5th grade math because she went from Spanish immersion to GT, but Lanier Middle School is great because it helped my daughter get caught up in math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

I read some negative reviews from a former teacher and a parent here. Not sure if the teacher should express his/her grievances online and not sure if the parent has approached the school counsellor for whatever grievances he/she had.. My daughter will go to her final year at Lanier and until now our experience has been very good. The treachers are great and my daughter has improved so much academically. She enjoys everyday at school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

I am a parent of now 3 Lanier students. All have had wonderful expereinces there. Clearly the teacher who commented is bitter about their separation from the school and really shouldn't air their dirties on such an open forum. If parents have issues, go to the PTA, go to the principal, solve problems versus complaining online. Lanier administrators and teachers have always quickly responded to my correspondences and have assisted my children in reaching their fullest potential!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

Im a student and let me tell you this... Its is amazingly fun and at the same time you are learning! i got better sols score than last year! yes there is fights, but thats not the schools fault! so much awesome electives and after school activities! the teachers are so cool!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2009

I am also a former teacher who agrees with the earlier suggestion that parents become very involved in their student's education if their child is to attend Lanier. Lanier has lost many good teachers over the past few years due, in part, to the lack of support from administration, and the lack of focus and discipline of many of its students, including those in Honors classes. There are some great teachers at Lanier, and some wonderful students. However, if I had a choice, I would not send my child to this school due to the poor leadership and lack of real support for faculty, both of which have a negative impact on teacher morale and the school's overall educational atmosphere.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 18, 2009

Parents be very concerned and careful about your children attending this school. Always get involved with your children s education. Communicate with them often about the way they are treated especially by some teachers. I was a teacher here and I was surprised at what goes on and the abuse some kid suffer. Always ask questions and if you can, avoid sending your child to this school. Trust me; I saw things every day that made me wonder why parents are not more concerned and involved in their child s educational environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 18, 2009

Parents be very concerned and careful about your children attending this school. Always get involved with your children s education. Communicate with them often about the way they are treated especially by some teachers. I was a teacher here and I was surprised at what goes on and the abuse some kid suffer. Always ask questions and if you can, avoid sending your child to this school. Trust me; I saw things every day that made me wonder why parents are not more concerned and involved in their child s educational environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 16, 2008

My son attended Lanier and I was impressed with the attention and cooperation I received from the teachers and the administration. Dr Poole is always 'hands on' with the students and is presence is very visible. It was a positive for my son. My daughter will attend Lanier this year and I've already gotten good feedback from the teachers she will be having.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

This school definitely changed for the better this school year. Dr. Poole is doing an amazing job and the renovations are almost complete. I am very satisfied with the programs and discipline at Lanier now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

I took my kids out of private school to send them to Lanier. What a mistake. Just try to get hold of a teacher or administrator. Impossible! It's always about the money, at least at Lanier. I have pulled my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 75% in 2013.

630 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

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.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

559 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

565 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

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 students82%
Black students80%
Asian students92%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial91%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students66%
Female students69%
Male students62%
Black students58%
Asian students80%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial61%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English69%
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 students87%
Male students85%
Black students80%
Asian students90%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial75%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students85%
Male students75%
Black students69%
Asian students86%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial86%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students77%
Black students70%
Asian students92%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial70%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students81%
Female students81%
Male students81%
Black students67%
Asian students84%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial93%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students43%
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 "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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

45 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 students93%
Male students95%
Black students93%
Asian students98%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial83%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
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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Music
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Performing and written arts
  • Drama

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  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
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  • Dr. Scott Poole

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  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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3801 Jermantown Rd
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 934-2400

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