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Harper Park Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 979 students

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Posted January 11, 2014

I absolutely could not wait to get out of Harper Park when I went to school there. The bullying from students is horrible and the administration did little to nothing about it, and the bullying had become so bad for me, I had to transfer to another middle school in the county for 8th grade. They have removed all honors classes, which is absurd and no other school in the county has done this, all in the name of making everyone feel equal, which isn't typically the case for education since everyone is at different levels. This is just an unwelcoming school that is disappointing all around from the administration, the teachers and the students. Don't waste your time by considering this school, you will regret it.


Posted January 9, 2014

I have been to 10 different schools. Yes, 10. I was born in Bulgaria and moved to the USA when I was 8. I didn't know english, and all the schools I went to didn't offer anything good. When I came to Harper Park, I learnt english very quickly. The teachers really know how to teach a student. As you can tell, Harper Park has improved my english spectacularly! For the parents, ask you child what they think and how they are learning before you add a review. You don't learn there, you don't really know how good it is.


Posted November 25, 2013

Although this will be my daughter's last year at Harper Park, we both can't wait. Under this administration, this middle school has lacked vision, cohesiveness, accountability, and talented teachers. The principal seems more concerned about her appearance than hiring qualified teachers. Parent involvement is lacking, since most of us are fed up with the poor leadership. My daughter is also frustrated with the combined honors and regular class, this has been disruptive to her education. It has perpetrated a false sense of the "everybody's a winner" mentality, while my child is suffering and not being remotely challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

Since the departure of the Principal, Mr Shipp, Harper Park has begun a slow downward spiral. Current leadership is lacking and the open door policy with the new Principal is virtually non-existant. There are a few excellent teachers however there are some serious ego issues with many leading to what appears to be power struggles over who is better than who. And it's so unfortunate because when Mr Shipp was around, everyone was on board providing a fantastic educational experience. Quite different than it was before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

I have to agree with the parent submission on February 19th, this school does lack vision and direction. My daughter has 3 honor classes (english, science, history) and receives no homework, while peers in her youth group receives constant homework at different middle schools. I have personally experienced teachers not responding to emails when requesting homework or more challenging work for my daughter . Unfortunately the majority of the students are on the honor roll yet the test scores does not reflect intellectually challenged students...... Most students receives a "Honor Roll" bumper sticker!! I have decided to homeschool my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

Harper Park Middle School is a wonderful place... Two of my three kids have spent three years of their lives there. The staff is committed and are great teachers and administrators!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2011

This is an amazing school! They have created a wonderful learning environment for all the students. My children are excited to attend school and want to achieve higher goals because of the support and thoughtfulness of the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2011

Wow! What a great school! My child has been out of school for two weeks and he is already wanting to go back to Harper Park. The school simply does a great job with everything - the academic and social growth of our son this past year is tremendous. Everyday our son was adamant that the entire family listened to what happened in his classes at Harper Park - usually its like pulling teeth to get this type of information!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

My son moved into this school district for his sixth grade year from a very good school district in Fairfax County, VA. As a military family, we have seen many different schools over the years. This school is top-notch and it begins at the top with Principal Shipp. He ensures that the parents are involved whenever possible. The deans and instructors have been terrific. Keep it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

Hello, I'm a student in Harper Park Middle School I'm in ESL and as you see my English is better. Before I couldn't write much or knew so much about it, now i know a lot and this school is really good i give it all stars
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2008

Love, love, love this school! Administration is excellent; it shows in the happiness of students, parents, teachers, assistants, cafeteria and custodial staff. I often say that the staff seems ready to break into song at any moment! Of course, there are a few parents that have had issues, but what school can make every single parent happy? I find the atmosphere warm, engaging, energetic and, most importantly, geared to giving the students the best education possible. Great extra-curricular activities: sports, drama, music, educational...the list goes on and on. The teachers seem to want to actually be there as opposed to just getting a check. Great behavior from students: the rules are clear and concise and students know in advance what the consequences are when violating a school policy. Discipline is handled firmly but fairly and seems to be uniform. Very active PTA, with interesting and informative meetings. In a nutshell: excellent!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

Hello, I am a student in the 7th grade at Harper Park. I have to say that Harper is the best school I've ever gone to. It can be very perfessional when it needs to be but there is deffinently a good balance between work and fun. There are also so great programs in the music department. The extracurricular activities are fantasic also. They have a competition Step Team, exellent music departments and pretty much everything else. I give my highest regards to the staff at Harper. They are always there to help you succeed and they are also there to help you with any other problems. I find talking to any of the staff members about anything. Once again i give all of my highest regards to Harper Park Middle School. Sending you kid there would be very good for them. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2006

Excellent leadership with the Principle and Assistant principles. Demonstrated with his sincerity to include parents and every child into an activity or interest. Very well organized and professional. Communication is excellent - teachers respond to email instantly, homework hotline available daily, progress reports in middle of the quarter. Teachers work as teams to discuss educational goals/students. Seem fair and want for kids to succeed. Student/teacher ratio currently excellent, about 18;1. Science and history seem rich. Not much homework, even for all honors classes. Lots of opportunity to get help, study hall, etc. On the negative, teachers are so business oriented, about half lack approachability, which is crucial for this age group. Language arts is not very rich, in the first two months, I don't know of any specific writing project or piece of literature they have studied. Enrichment assemblies are non-existent or basic public school stuff. Bus behavior is a real
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2005

I am a student enrolled in this school and I think that the school has great teachers and principals. Also, they push you to your full potentail so you and strive to achieve your best. I am very happy with this school and advise you to go there. All the music, arts and other activitys are outstanding and get you involved. The level of perental involvment is terrific I see parents there helping everyday.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2004

This is our first year at Harper Park and we have had a great experience. Lots of parent involvement and the teachers are very responsive to parent/student concerns. This is a great middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 74% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

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 Students79%
Female students83%
Male students74%
Black students70%
Asian students82%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial94%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students77%
Female students82%
Male students73%
Black students70%
Asian students86%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial82%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English81%
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 Students88%
Female students89%
Male students87%
Black students67%
Asian students93%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial88%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students82%
Female students84%
Male students80%
Black students63%
Asian students90%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial69%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English84%
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 students92%
Male students82%
Black students81%
Asian students82%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial92%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students89%
Male students79%
Black students62%
Asian students82%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial92%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English85%

Math

All Students32%
Female students42%
Male students25%
Black students17%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
White students54%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities39%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English36%

Science

All Students90%
Female students87%
Male students93%
Black students81%
Asian students97%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial92%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English93%
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.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

75 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 Students96%
Female students97%
Male students95%
Black students100%
Asian students98%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial94%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English96%

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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  • Elizabeth Beth Robinson

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Leesburg, VA 20176
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