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Donald B. Dixon-Lyle R. Smith Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 839 students

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Posted May 20, 2011

This is our first experience with middle school in the Stafford County public school system. Our four older children all graduated from St. Francis of Assisi Middle School and we were unsure what to expect with our fifth child's experience. He has been extremely happy and adjusted amazingly well. The choices he has academically, socially, and athletically are exceptional and he is excelling in all areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

I love it but there are these huge things about bullying and how they won't accept it, but a girl I know always gets her locker slammed in her face and made fun of right in front of the teachers and they don't do anything about it. hypocrites!


Posted February 7, 2010

I've been going to Dixon-Smith since I was in 6th grade. I'm currently an 8th grader, and will be really sad when I have to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2008

We have been very pleased with DSMS! The staff is professional and kind. The principal is very approachable and so are the assistant principals. My children have received a great education there! Too bad there aren't more schools like it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

This is a great school. I have two children who go here and they love it. The principal takes care of any distubances and deals with it right away. My kids are always challanged with school work and have tons of extra ciricular activities. This is a great school and we couldn't have found a better middle school.
—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 74% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students83%
Female students88%
Male students77%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial53%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students79%
Female students82%
Male students75%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial74%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English76%
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 Students81%
Female students88%
Male students76%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial82%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students69%
Female students70%
Male students68%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial71%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students82%
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 Students71%
Female students77%
Male students65%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial57%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English75%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students78%
Male students60%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial69%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English72%

Math

All Students72%
Female students75%
Male students70%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial45%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English72%

Science

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students84%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial71%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English85%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

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 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 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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