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13618 McLearen Rd
Herndon, VA 20171

(703) 925-3600
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March 02, 2015
Statistically speaking, this school is one of the highest ranked middle schools in the county, state, and even in the US. 1 - We send the most amount of kids to TJ. 2 - Our GPA average is a B+, a significant jump from other schools. 3 - We have gotten above 97/100 average in our standardized testing 4 - We have a pass advanced average for the SOLs. In addition, we have the 2010 Principal of the Year (Mr. Frattali) and 2014 Teacher of the Year (Mr. Shah). Carson is an extremely competitive environment. We have clubs such as Model United Nations, Debate, MathCounts, TSA, and TARC that always score very high in competitions. Keep it up Carson!

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March 01, 2015
I had two kids go through this school, one a tech whiz and one a humanities/music person. Carson was the best school they ever went to in FCPS. It starts at the top, with the principal and the administration. Mr Frattali is a person who --amazeballs!-- actually likes kids and can get them to follow his leadership without being patronizing or coercive. The teachers are uniformly excellent, with some standouts in science, music and languages. The office is friendly and welcoming to parents. The building and facilities are kept in excellent condition. For those parents who are thinking about TJ, Carson is one of the top three source middle schools for TJ. I had one go to TJ and one go to their base HS and both were academically and socially well prepared by Carson for their high schools. We moved into the area specifically for the Crossfield/Carson/Oakton pyramid, and it was a great decision.

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November 05, 2014
I have been in Rachel Carson for two years already and time flies! RCMS is simply a GREAT school. I can guarantee that you will enjoy your time there. The staff members are great and the classrooms aren't overly crowded. You will surely make friends here because everyone is nice and sociable. There are also a lot of electives to choose from and the schedules are very flexible. Last but not least, the principal is very friendly. The room temperature is also usually perfect.

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September 08, 2014
Carson is a model for how a public school should operate. The facility is very well maintained. The teacher body is stable (low staff turnover) and highly effective across all departments, notably science, math and music. Whenever I visited the kids were respectful of the teachers and one another whilst still evidently having a lot of fun (they're only 12, after all). I had two kids go through Carson, one was a science nut and went to TJ and the other was a history buff and ended up at Oakton. Both were well-prepared for high school and thrived, thanks to the basis they had at Carson. I unreservedly recommend this school.

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June 21, 2014
Excellent school. Well run. Good communication. Safe environment. Kids were happy there, which says a lot for middle school. AAP teachers did a good job.

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February 01, 2014
My school is a very good school. It has many number of electives to choose from, and has many after-school activities. The teachers are very nice and cooperative with students. They don't overload us with homework, but don't give us less and easy homework either.

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February 01, 2014
Carson is a really nice school. I was new this year and I really felt welcome. The teachers are very understanding and I found it very easy to understand their lessons. I got my grade from a B average (from my old school) to a straight A student because of how well the teachers teach. The students are awesome and very welcoming, I never felt like a new student and it seemed as if I had known them for years.

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June 18, 2013
Rachel Carson is the best middle school and I love it. The teachers are great and it is very safe!

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August 16, 2012
Great school. This is a very challenging time for kids, but RCMS made the transitions easy both to 7th grade and then later into high school. Really outstanding staff - particularly the math and fine arts departments.

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June 22, 2009
I'm a student at RCMS and the teachers were excellent! Starting from the beginning of the year, I always had C's. By the end of the year, all I had was B+'s and A's. This school helped me improved a lot. It also feels like family there. You make friends very easily and the teachers are very helpful. One thing I don't like is the in-between class time because you only get 3 minutes.

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June 24, 2008
RCMS was awesome! I had never experienced anything amazing! The teachers were great and it showed a lot of diversity, with students of numerous backgrounds. No one felt left out, and everyone had a friend. The academics are top notch with teachers who make sure you do your best. It was an overall exciting experience!

- submitted by a student

March 11, 2008
Rachel Carson is a really great school. I've never seen anybody there without a friend, and the teachers and faculty are so nice that you want to go back everyday to see what they have in store for you. Also, the students and faculty are very diverse that you dont ever see anybody here that can't except people of other backgrounds. There are sooooo many extra curricular activities at this school. There is one for just about everybody. Also, this school is not very clicky because there are so many schools that feed into it that everybody just wants to meet everybody else and the next thing you know 3 weeks into the school year you have dozens of new friends! It really is a great school.

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December 16, 2007
RCMS rocks. It is super friendly has a rigorous but not over challenging academic program and a good amount of extracurricular activities. There is a club for everyone at this school. If a student works hard enough they can excel. Not only are the academics and teachers good, but there is also extra emphasize on physical fitness. Students usually run 1.5 miles at least once a week. Overall Carson is a great school. I've attend some of the best private schools in the country and this is by far the best. Carson Rocks!

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July 24, 2007
I love this school! It is so awesome, all the teachers are so friendly and you won't find one person without a friend. Anyone can excel in school with help from teachers and cooperation of the student.

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March 18, 2005
We are so pleased with this school. Dispite our troubled child, the principal, teachers and other staff menbers are so very supportive. The teachers go the extra mile for the students. (Ms. Gaines you're the best!) RC is a fine example how a school should opporate.

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September 13, 2004
It is so hard to believe that this school is a public school. It was better than any private school my child ever attended. The entire staff is caring and professional. The teachers and counselors knew my child quite well by mid- September. RCMS wants your child to like school, like themselves, and treat others well and it shows! The 7th Grade Science teacher turned my child around from not caring about science to loving science. (Mr. Shah, thank you!) The best Librarian in FCPS works to get your child to enjoy reading (Ms. Fitch). The school is a clean, new, safe and happy enviroment for your child to learn. Other wonderful teachers, too numerous to mention,nurtured and enriched my child during the middle school years in a many wonderful ways. The Drama department puts on productions that you would expect to see in High Schools. Mr. Bickford works magic with these teens.

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March 14, 2004
This school has excellent faculty, strong administrators and a nice selection of extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, the school has over 1,200 students in grades 7 and 8 so many children find it difficult to get involved in extracurricular activities. Late buses are only available twice a week.

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Carson Middle School
13618 McLearen Rd, Herndon, VA  20171
(703) 925-3600
Last modified Carson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Carson Middle School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top