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Grace E. Metz Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 1044 students

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Posted July 15, 2014

The new Principal, has the right attitude for this school. Expect marked improvement in school spirit and performance in 2014-2015.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

This school is HORRIBLE we barely learn anything! Most teachers don't care they see someone get slapped and don't do anything only a few teachers actually care about there students and not only the paycheck... Also this may not be about the school but the bus drivers come way to early and you tell the school and they don't do anything! Not even a simple email also you call the principal or even email her and she has never answered... It's a really bad school also to much violence like 2 fights in 1 day! Come on! Also the lunch for the 7th graders is worse than the 8th grade lunch it's not fair... Like I said don't work at this school and don't attend if you want to be safe.


Posted April 10, 2014

My child was new to MCPS, and he gladly joined Metz for 7-8 grade .To my horror, he was bullied constantly by students. None of his teachers liked him, and his new "friends" were pressuring him to do some shady things. I am with my second child now, and am looking for alternate schools for him. NEVER attend Metz, kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

Oh this school, honestly so dual toned. The staff vary from: I don't care enough, I care enough, and I forget these kids have other classes. I have had enough, and It's only December. They can't keep a schedule, they can't plan, most can't teach. Sure there are always exceptions, but I have only found a few. The new princpal is worst than the old one. Thank gods for only one more year.


Posted September 23, 2013

I am a new teacher at MCPS. It is the worse district I've ever worked for. Teachers are tremendously overwhelmed with "new and improved" programs. There is no time for individual class planning, the workload is ridiculously burdensome, there is continuous information to learn which is impossible given the time frame they want you to "get it", and we are motivated by fear. I can see why MCPS has such a high teacher turnover. Don't even think of applying to this district. You will definitely burn out!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2013

Superintendent is great! All the changes I've seen in MCPS are definitely working! Metz have great teachers and a great staff. I am very happy with the new principal too!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

What makes MCPS worse is that the new Superintendent is as worse as they come. MCPS is falling all over; I hope she can do something about it and get rid of the teachers there just collecting a paycheck.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2013

I concur with the comment below. Since Grade 5 I have only one interaction with a teacher that was not conveyed through PowerSchools - thank you Mr. Briand. The comments on my daughter's strengths, weaknesses, performance, etc., have been nonexistent. Any dialogue has been driven by my pull - and yet there are more opportunities for teacher workdays and conferences then ever before. It does not make sense. The other point of note is the teachers are absent more so then I can recall at the elementary level. It has become a running joke at our house - who was present today. I can't believe the constant insertion of substitutes is conducive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

I know for a fact the Metz Middle School is great school for children to learn. I know because my daughter goes there. I would recomend this school and all Manassas City School to be excellent for your children to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

I am on my 4th child going through this school and it gets worse every year. The education is weak at best, there is an ongoing theme of racism, and the upper level administration is about as worthless as one can be. If there is any choice of sending your child to this school or another, choose another. Whatever another is, choose another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

I have been very frustrated with my experience at Metz. While I feel there are some members of the staff that do care and want to do all they can to help a child succeed, there are just simply not enough of them to go around. I also find that the many of the teachers do not want the parents input or involvement. Kids are not robots, they are all different and require to be treated as such. Many of the teachers I've encountered give a 0 if work is not turned in the day it is due. Where in life do you get 0 credit if you do something late? A penalty yes, 0 credit, no. Not all children are responsive to receiving a 0, and I think it would be worthwhile for the teachers that have this policy to look at it's effectiveness. Is the goal for the child to do poorly on their report card, or for them to become engaged and work harder? If they aren't becoming engaged after a few 0's, perhaps you need to modify your approach. I agree with the prior poster about the bullying issues, they are bad and the victim is NOT supported. I have found some of the staff (teachers and asst. principals) to be bullies themselves, very disturbing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

My daughter was mercilessly bullied by another student practically the whole time she attended Metz, and despite my many phone calls and meetings with staff and administration, the problem only became progressively worse. Basically, the administration claims to have a "zero tolerance" for bullying, but in reality they don't or can't effectively deal with it. Their response is to bring in the bully and say, "So and so said you bullied them; is that true?" Of course the offender says no and then promptly goes after the person he is bullying with renewed gusto. The staff is ineffective and uncaring about this issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Great school, lots of good educational opportunities and programs, but what are you doing to address the vulgar and obscene language used by so many of your students on campus and on the busses? Those offended by the problem remain silent so as not to become a target. Concerned Grandparent.


Posted March 17, 2010

great environment and excellent staff!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2010

Metz is a good school. I have two kids going to this school. the desipline is very good. the only problem i have is that my kids have a ton of homework everynight. homework is only extra help. if you have a good grade in the class, i dont think you should get it. thank you for taking the time to read this essay. i am very thankfull. you are good. on the inside and out. go to metz. you will like it Thanks again! good bye now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

I am frustrated and concerned about the lack of extra-curricular activities available to students. There are virtually no options, which gives these middle schoolers too much free time after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

I am a very concerned parent of Metz. I do feel that the staff are well trained and try to do thier job, but the head principal doesn't even return your phone calls and can be very unfriendly. That sure doesn't show 'Mustang Pride', now does it??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2008

This school is amazing and a great learning experience for 7th and 8th graders
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2007

Many of the parents that criticize the teachers at Metz seem to have little understanding as to what teachers are faced with on a day to day basis. To respond to the negative comment about teachers seemingly misusing their two planning periods a day,teachers spend much of that time in meetings with administration, parents, and other teachers, and have very little if no time whatsoever to actually plan curriculum. For parents that say communication is nonexistent, teachers at Metz have a policy to never deny parents conferences soon before, during, and shortly after school.Some parents, however, seem to feel as if they are the only parents to whom teachers must communicate.They should keep in mind that teachers are dealing with the parents of at least one hundred students,not to mention the students themsselves,many of whom spend more time during the week with their teachers than they do with their parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2006

This school has barely any structure. The staff does next-to-nothing, if anything, to prevent and stop bullying. They *say* that they are doing all they can to make the school safe. Wrong!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Writing

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

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students58%
Female students60%
Male students56%
Black students51%
Asian students69%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial44%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students47%
Female students50%
Male students44%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic40%
Multiracial38%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English60%
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 Students60%
Female students64%
Male students57%
Black students60%
Asian students64%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial63%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English68%

English: Writing

All Students57%
Female students66%
Male students49%
Black students54%
Asian students68%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial68%
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English66%

Math

All Students50%
Female students55%
Male students45%
Black students48%
Asian students62%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial67%
White students49%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English58%

Science

All Students70%
Female students72%
Male students68%
Black students66%
Asian students70%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial88%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English80%
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 "Accredited with Warning".
  • 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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

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 Students93%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students95%
Asian students92%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
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%
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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9950 Wellington Road
Manassas, VA 20110
Phone: (571) 377-6800

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