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Bull Run Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1753 students

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Posted May 14, 2012

Bull Run is a decent school in a nice area of Northern Virginia. We've been here for one year and I purposely waited until near the end of school to submit a review. The teachers and administrators are in many respects doing good work with the students but they're really limited in what they can do by the extreme overcrowding. While the opening of a new facility may help (Fall 2012) I strongly recommend that any prospective parent obtain real numbers from the Prince William county school board prior to enrolling here. I expect that overcrowding at other schools may be addressed by shifting boundaries, resulting in Bull Run remaining oversubscribed. The extreme class sizes - 32 students per teacher- result in a lack of individualized attention and other adverse impacts on the learning environment. There is a lack of opportunity to participate in sport due to the huge numbers trying out, and the "try outs" go on for three or four days before final cuts. My wife volunteers at the school and we both have witnessed the "controlled chaos" of the hallways. Your child needs to be prepared for that type of challenge if you choose Bull Run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2011

Biggest Middle School in the state of Virginia. The school is over capacity by 700 kids. The building is so packed kids are in portable classrooms outside. the teachers are good but have way to many students to properly teach. Because of the large population the teachers have to be very rigid and strict. The hallways often have "traffic jams" and the cafeteria is packed. Because of the population it is difficult to get on teams for sports or in extra curricular clubs. This will change next year when the new Middle School down the road opens and takes 500 students. But if you are planning to move to the area, be careful in which district you move. The new school (Ronald Reagan) has yet to pick staff and Bull Run will change dramatically next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2011

Much too rigid in administration of discipline. Like many schools facing the political pressures of helicopter parents, the administration is too quick to punish or ostracize students with behavior and learning problems. The school appears to be striving to be an "exam school" rather than the neighborhood public school that educates all comers.


Posted January 9, 2011

Wonderful front office staff and caring teachers! We are a military family and move frequently. The staff made us feel very welcome and made it easy for me to volunteer at the school. My son's teachers have been very involved with his learning (advanced math especially) and the technology at the school is very good. The 3 star rating for parent involvement surprises me - the staff welcomes parents and loves having us up there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

My child has received an excellent education at this school. The teachers, administrators and staff all put the student's education and welfare first. Many after school activities for students and a wonderful teaching staff are always available to students. Thanks for all you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

Excellent new principal, Excellent Front Office Staff and Excellent Teachers! Like all schools there are challenges but this school unlike others in the area rises to meet them. The staff are very involved and caring. They are excellent communicators and creative educators! They are very teen friendly and are open and available to communicate with parents. They want to see your child succeed as much as you do. They think outside the box and do an excellent job managing the school environment despite overcrowding. The only bad part is that we only have one year left here. BRMS ROCKS! Lovely convenient location and safe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2009

I think its a great way to share your way of learning and just being a teen not a child nor an adult but a teen that means teachers understand us more. =)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

Our daughter has some learning deficits and we initially had her attending another school in the county where she was accepted and we were thrilled. However, after two months at this school we pulled her out and put her in Bull Run Middle School. The reason we did this was because of the complete lack of attention our daughter was receiving at Pennington compared to our neighbors who had children at BRMS. She was not excelling at all and one of the reassons we sent her there was for the smaller class environment, which is a total joke! She has smaller classes at BRMS and began to excel after only a week. The staff at BRMS are very very accommodating and have been nothing short of wonderful. My only regret is not putting her at BRMS in the first place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

im now in 8th grade and have loved all 3 years at bull run. the sports programs are great and the teachers are friendly and know what they're talking about. bull run chorus is great as well
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2008

this school is awsome in every way. all the teachers are teen cool and have all the right stuff. im an 8th grader and know what im talking about
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2007

I am a student at bull run middle school going into seventh grade. So far bull run rocks and even thogh it was my first year in middle school last year the teachers made it feel as if I had been there for years.The teachers try there hardest to prevent bullying ,so if you are really looking for a protected environment for your kids you should really check out this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2004

Bull Run has a very strong and respected principal with a gift for instilling a need to study and succeed across the student body. Classes are scheduled so that only strudent in a particular grade are in the halls at any one time. Signet programs challenge gifted students and introduce them to more advanced curicula. There is a strong school spirit that helps to unite the students and an even stronger parent involvement. Bullying is not allowed and mutual respect is nurtured thorughout the year. Wear inappropriate clothes to school and you hace to put on the ugliest gym clothes I have ever seen. Need help and you are paired with students or tutors to help. It is far better than the private school I brought my dauther from in New Jerset (Gill St. Bernards). I could not be happierwith the school and highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2004

My namis Andrew Young and I was a student that attended in my 7th and 8th grade years (7th-2002-2003;8th-2003-2004). The teachers are great as are the classes. The extra curricular classes are great too. The coachs and sports teams are the best you can find anywhere. If Bull Run is one of your choices for your child i would highly recomend choicing Bull Run Middle School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 19, 2004

Great School! We moved out here to find a better atmosphere for our girls and Bull Run has turned out to be a fabulous choice. The kids are great here; the faculty wonderful; and the staff is amazing. Faculty and staff alike give outstanding support to the kids and parents. Good PTO and other parent support, too. There sports program is of the highest calibre and all the spring 2004 sports teams went undefeated! Highly recommend it.
—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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
98%

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 Students87%
Female students94%
Male students79%
Black students63%
Asian students98%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial89%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students93%
Female students96%
Male students89%
Black students90%
Asian students100%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students80%
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

English: Reading

All Students87%
Female students85%
Male students88%
Black students84%
Asian students92%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial95%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English91%

Math

All Students54%
Female students52%
Male students56%
Black students43%
Asian students92%
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English56%
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 students81%
Male students80%
Black students49%
Asian students86%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial83%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students37%
Proficient in English87%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students79%
Black students64%
Asian students93%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial82%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English88%

Math

All Students87%
Female students86%
Male students87%
Black students68%
Asian students93%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial86%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English90%

Science

All Students84%
Female students82%
Male students86%
Black students58%
Asian students97%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial89%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students49%
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

  • 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.

175 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.

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

Geometry

All Students100%
Female studentsn/a
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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  • Spanish

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  • Mr. Matthew T. Phythian

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Assistant principal(s)
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  • Library
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  • Football
  • Soccer
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  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

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  • Orchestra
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6308 Catharpin Rd.
Gainesville, VA 20155
Phone: (703) 753-9969

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