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Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

Public | 5-7 | 501 students

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Posted January 8, 2014

It's hard for me to assess this school because we've lived out of the country for much of my child's education. I can only say my child has not learned as much as I would have hoped and has been comparatively unhappy. As a parent, I have been unimpressed with communication. Speaking with anyone, teacher or administrator, requires a lot of effort and persistence, even for seemingly simple matters like getting assignments for child who's been absent . With a few exceptions, the teachers I have met seem disinterested, too. I have volunteered and overheard some talking about ways to "kill time" with their classes. I felt that summed up my child's experience over the last year: killing time rather than thriving. There is also an emphasis on technology in the classroom which has translated into students spending a lot of time in front of a screen rather than interacting with a teacher, which I think exacerbates this problem. Many parents I've talked to insist that despite its flaws, it's better than the surrounding schools. That may be so, but there is a lot of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

I really like the new principal, but have some concerns. The school brought in a number of new teachers this year. So many of them act as if they don't want to be in the classroom. Given the rigorous academics, why wouldn't the school hire upbeat and motivating instructors? Seriously. I don't understand the choices. Also, as a parent who has dealt with my kids being bullied (not at MEH), I think the school needs a more clear and logical framework for determining when and who should be suspended. It seems that in their zeal to create tighter behavior standards for the kids, common sense and fairness get sacrificed. MEH is a wonderful school, but not without some problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

I currently attend George Mason High School, and i attended MEH. I hated MEH with a passion, but I'll try to be objective here. MEH has great educational standards. My middle-school self was always learning new things and had to work for her grades. Like all the Falls Church schools it's competitive. I had some great teachers in sixth grade, a mix in seventh grade, and horrible teachers in fifth grade- I'm honestly sorry they're still employed there. My Spanish teacher was great, but on of the others is supposed to be horrible. From what I've heard and from my own experience, most students hate going there. It's academics might be great but it's a horrible place to attend. I was miserable for my entire three years. When I went there, the school had a huge bullying problem, which admin completely ignored; if you tried getting help with it, they wouldn't. I know from experience. I see they now have an online bullying- reporting form on their website, and if you get bullied, report it. Maybe the new principal is more helpful. Please send your middle schoolers somewhere private if you want your older kids at the high school. I wish I'd been able to go somewhere else for those years.


Posted August 21, 2011

Falls Church City schools are amazing with the exception of this terrible school. Mount Daniel wonderful, TJ was also very good - teaching is strong in both, and the environment warm and supportive. MEH is like something out of another school district - it's not a "Falls Church" school in any respect. My daughter's teacher this year was terrible - constantly insulting the students and complaining about his job - she didn't learn very much and wasn't happy (nor was anyone else from what I could tell) and the leadership is abysmal - the environment is so different from the other schools in the system, it's really shocking. With the money this school system has (thanks to the sky-high property taxes), they can afford the best - hiring mediocre educators who could work anywhere else is simply inexcusable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

I agree with an earlier posting. This school has so much potential but the Principal lacks any qualities of a leader. If you go to the principal with an issue she does not know how to handle it and there was never any follow up with things that were suggested at meetings. Special education is hit or miss because there are only two that know what they are doing. All the parents know the good one and the rest -- well good luck. And your child will not be ready for high school. Maybe after this principal leaves things will get better. Let's hope.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2010

For all of you kids who sent a bad review, well you are wrong! The teachers are very nice now. they give lots of high school experience. All the studies are upgraded to a very high level now. Everybody who goes to this school will succeed in their lives by a high chance.


Posted December 4, 2010

I am in high school now, and I can tell you, looking back, that I absolutely hated this school. I had only one or two teachers my whole school career there that I felt were supportive and helpful. For the most part, they treated everyone in the school at an elementary school level and never let us gain experiences that would prepare us for the high school. When I moved to the high school in eighth grade, it was a terrible experience; I had none of the skills necessary to move forward. My parents and I had problems with some of the teachers and how they were grouping students in the higher levels, which we brought up to the principal. They did not respond to these complaints at all.


Posted November 24, 2010

I could not be more impressed with the nurturing and talented teachers at Mary Ellen Henderson; however, the principal's inexperience and lack of judgement in crucial areas considerably hampers the learning environment for students transitioning from elementary to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

I am so pleased with this school. My 5th grade daughter has went from struggling and hating math to being in the top group with an A + grade. I think this is thanks to the wonderful teachers she has. She is so happy at this school. I was also worried at the begining of the year that she was too young to be going to middle school but it has been a great experience for her. Also, as a parent I have found that there are many opportunities for parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

MEHMS is an amazing school with strong leadership, terrific teachers, wonderful extracurricular opportunities and a high level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

My 7th grade son and I just moved into the Falls Church community in January, and we could not be happier with MEH. He has made many friends quickly. The teachers and parents are welcoming to new students. The curriculum is varied and challenging, but not too difficult. The teachers communicate well with parents and are willing to go the extra mile to help students. We love it here and highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

My son is attending the school, he is very happy, he has become more independent, the group 5-7 is a very nice grouping. I will not change the school, excellent teachers supporting administration and a very warm and friendly enviorement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

My student will be finishing 7th grade and has attended all 3 years at this school. We had some trepidation with the 5-7 setup at first, but it worked out fine. My student has become more independant and responsible with homework, has earned very good grades (an improvement from elementary school) and had a great time. The setup is very nurturing and the individual grades are housed on separate floors, in separate 'pods'. We've had some wonderful teachers and some not-so-wonderful teachers but I would expect that anywhere. The front office staff is friendly and accomodating. We had some issues with bullying on the bus and it was addressed immediately. In response to previous posts, if you don't want your child to attend an activity at the rec center, simply don't send them! It has nothing to do with the school's performance!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

I have to agree with the parents posting on March 15th, that the 5th grade is a realy problem. 10-year-olds are just too young for middle schooll and the Administration is NOT delivering what they promised at the beginning of the school year, that they will operate this grade like elementary school until the students are adjusted. There are many excellent teachers, but without a strong administration, the talents of the strong teachers are not fully blooming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

MaryEllen Henderson Middle School is a wonderful school environment where our younger middle school students have an opportunity to grow and develop more independence while still in a safe encouraging atmosphere. I love the small size and sense of community. Our SOL and other testing scores are outstanding, but they are not the emphasis of the education. Extra curricular activities are abundantly available and the staff is incredibly supportive of all student endeavors. I have two children attending MEHMS, and I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

MEH is a awesome school! It is suituated in a beautiful city and the building which was built in 2005 is very modern featuring its own tv crew that tell the announcements to other students over the tv. My current teachers are encouraging but also provide me with great support. The counsolors are also very good at what they do, meaning they to are also very supportive of me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2009

MEH is a beautiful facility. The concept of 5-7 has not been successful on many levels primarily because the focus has been on the 'elementary' part vs. the 'middle' part. The children don't transition well to the HS at grade 8. And, the instruction is by no means 'excellent'. I think there are many good teachers there but the overall plan and focus of the administration does not reach out for quality and excellence. And, the integration of parents is welcomed by the teachers at a 1-1 level but not from administration or counselors nor is it welcomed as a 'concept' for school improvement. This school has great potential....someone just needs to seize the moment and bring it to life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

Both of my children attend this school. I don't like the fact that middle school begins at fifth grade. The younger kids are exposed to too much at such a young age. I am also not impressed with the school administrators. The principal has shown continued inexperience when dealing with bad teachers. Thereby making the students suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

MEH has been wonderful for our family. Teachers and guidance counselors are supportive, and we like the combination of youthful enthusiasm with experience and professionalism. We witness organization (those 'rutines' offer structure), focus, discipline, and fantastic instruction. Much better than previous schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

The teachers are generally extraordinary with a couple stark exceptions. The administrators are distant, inconsistent, and do not communicate well with parents on discipline issues. Significant problems appear to be ignored and small issues are blown out of proportion.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 73% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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 74% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
76%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
77%

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

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students83%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial92%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students89%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students78%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial83%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students81%
Female students83%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students72%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial85%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Science

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial100%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students92%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial95%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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 Students92%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students82%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students62%
Female students63%
Male students61%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial85%
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 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%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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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Falls Church, VA 22043
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