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Carson Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 1355 students

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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 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.


Posted June 18, 2013

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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—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.

635 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

687 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
English: Writing

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

697 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

10 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

700 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students96%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black students91%
Asian students99%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English97%

Math

All Students83%
Female students88%
Male students77%
Black students69%
Asian students88%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students87%
Proficient in English82%
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 students93%
Black students72%
Asian students98%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students91%
Black students71%
Asian students98%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students91%
Female students95%
Male students86%
Black students67%
Asian students97%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English92%

Science

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students93%
Black students74%
Asian students98%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial97%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students60%
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

  • 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.

597 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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

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 students99%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities97%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students94%
Proficient in English100%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
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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13618 McLearen Rd
Herndon, VA 20171
Phone: (703) 925-3600

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