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Springfield, VA
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8100 Old Keene Mill Rd
Springfield, VA 22152

(703) 912-4500
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August 15, 2014
I am now going to be a sophomore in high school but I still want to tell y'all about my experience at Irving. I went both years. The teachers really push you to succeed and my 7th grade math teacher Ms. Hofman was the best teacher I've had in my whole school career! I had As the whole year and I used to suck in math. The rest of the 7th grade teachers are alright but she was the best! In 8th grade my best teacher was my science teacher Mr. Dailer. He prepared me for high school better than any of the other 8th grade teachers did for me. I did have an issue with one of my other 8th grade teachers of which I will not name. She was extremely rude to me and singled me out in front of my class. I am not a quiet person so I stood up for myself, she got offended and told my counselor who then told me to apologize. I refused. I was not a bad kid but I got accused of skipping twice during 8th grade year. I did not skip intentionally, I was comforting a friend and I got screamed at and ridiculed by one of the Spanish teachers. When the counselors found out they didn't have a privacy policy whatsoever. The kids there are alright, as long as you mind your own business was you won't have drama.

- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2014
As a mitlitary family, we rely on websites like this one to help with areas/schools to move to, to ensure a great education for our children. With that said I must spread the news of this great school. My daughter has attended 7th grade at Irving this past year and we couldn't be more pleased! It is a large school with lots of students but the kids are divided up into colored teams that share a group of teachers for their core subjects. The school is very diverse with children who have lived here all their lives and many from all over the world. My daughter made many friends fast and loves all her teachers. The teachers send you updates on student grades weekly. Parents can also access student grades and assignments through "Blackboard" at anytime. Parent involvement is excellent. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
This school was the best when it came to fun teachers and great kids. Anyone can adjust here, since everyone has different personality. The schedule prepares you for high school schedule. Wednesday and Thursday are block days (1:30 min of class) They also let you take some high school classes. 8th grade teachers will push your maturity, and it will change. Every teacher in 8th grade has different rules, but honestly orange and white team teachers were a blast for me. Counselors pretty much suck, yet some will help you. Bullying here is rare unless you pick the wrong crowd. Learn and earn is great time to socialize. Learning here was just great.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2013
Irving is a nice school with lots of diversity and many nice teachers. I went here all of seventh grade and I'm sad to have to be moving this summer. There are some issues with bullying but the school has a zero tolerance policy, so most issue are quickly resolved. The conselors are so nice and helpful! But the seventh grade assistant principal is mean and strict (and I've never gotten in trouble, so when i say that its not biased). They have a really uptight dress code (which you'll hear all about). But overall it was a nice experiance going there.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2013
Washington Irving Middle School. I didn't like this school because it did nothing to prepare all of the kids for high school. At Irving, there are retakes on every test, and you can score a 100% on the retake. Also, they have "Work Completion" and this is where if you don't do your homework, you just sit in a room. This is no punishment what so ever. Some kids would just do no homework and just say it was easier to go to work completion. Irving needs to become stricter and make the courses much more challenging.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2013
I was a student of WIMS for 2 quarters of seventh grade. We just moved and I absolutely loved WIMS. Everyone was so nice and there was none to slim amount of drama. My new school is horrible and I wish I could go back to Irving. If you want to choose a school, choose Irving!

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2012
The teachers are good. The counselors are very good but the Principal and the Asst Principal never address concerns. As a matter of fact, I am pretty sure no one cares about a concern. It's thier perfect school so if you complain, it is your fault. This mentality only alienates parents. I suggest you look elsewhere. This is certainly not the top of the education pyramid.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
When I first moved to VA, I thought I would have a hard time fitting in to a new middle school (my previous school for 6th grade was a middle school), but when I learned that IMS was only 7th and 8th grade, I was relieved. This school is by far the best school I have ever been too. The teachers are FANTASTIC, and they will always find time to help you either after school or during Learn-and-Earn before or after lunch. The principal is very involved, and there are four counselors that are all very helpful. The electives are great, and you will most certainly get into the electives you pick. Every Friday an administrator sends out a phone call or e-mail to give you school updates. I love the after school program. They have a wide variety of clubs, but be forewarned that most don't end up running because not enough students sign up. Bullying is an issue at IMS, but the teachers, counselors, and administrators to a good job of spotting the bullying and spotting it. IMS was an awesome experience, too bad I won't be attending West Springfield High school. You will LOVE Irving Middle School!

- submitted by a community member
April 10, 2012
We moved to this area based on my one visit to the school. When I visited the school, it happened to be a transition time and the kids in the halls were happy (and polite too). After talking with the SpEd department head, I knew this was where our son (mild Aspergers) needed to be. This year (7th), he has kept all As and Bs for all 3 quarters so far. His past pattern has been to do well in the first quarter, start slipping due to bullying or just feelings of helplessness, and becoming a C student and we've even had to homeschool last quarter before. Not so at Irving. The teachers actually CARE about what you LEARN, not what you know (as in for SOL tests). He has multiple friends and has not been bullied (or seen friends be bullied) this year. Its fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
My son has attended both years of middle school, and I couldn't be happier with his experience. They have the students organized in teams which is great, and the after-school programs are super. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
Irving Middle School has strong leadership, fantastic teachers and staff, challenging educational programs, and a variety of after school activities.

- submitted by a teacher
October 18, 2011
Washington Irving is an amazing school. The teachers and faculty go out of their way to inform the parents and teachers of upcoming events, after school free tutoring, after school activities, school events, etc. If you are not informed or involved at Irving it is your fault. The caliber of the teachers and faculty is incredible. Today they held a MIx it Up day where students sat at different tables at lunch and played games with a DJ in an effort for students to meet each other. It was so much fun and really illustrated how much the faculty and teachers care about the happiness of the students at Irving. It is just a wonderful school in every way. We feel blessed to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
Instead of being a transition to high school, Irving Middle School IS "the" or "a" high school experience. In 7th grade, students are immediately hit with "tracking" into either "ordinary" (actually slow learner) classes or "honors" (actually Thomas Jefferson High School prep) classes. There is no in between. Ordinary classes are filled with disruptive students with no academic motivation and the teachers have no expectations for them. Honors courses are very cliquey. The teachers have high expectations and standards are VERY high. A student CANNOT fall behind or they will never again catch up and they will fall into "Ordinary." There is virtually no academic support or assistance beyond the classroom instruction. Parents need to keep on top of classwork with a day to day view and provide effective tutoring help or it just won't happen. The social situation at Irving Middle School is very bizarre. There is significant bullying, especially in the "ordinary" classes (where it is primarily physical). In "honors" the bullying shifts to psychological. Many childhood friendships are broken at Irving, even in honors classes. At Irving, for your children it is "Sink or Swim."

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2010
Irving is a great school that is currently trying to build involvement in fine arts.The school is also trying to motivate students with fun activities that they can only participate in if they have good work habits. The Band program is a phenomenon! What the student below said was quite true last year, but things have changed so that everyone knows what will happen ahead of time.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 08, 2010
Im sorry but im in 7th grade to me the teachers arent that supportive and no one involes the paents I dont know about half of the event sthat happen untill the are over

- submitted by a student
March 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 26, 2008
Irving is an amazing school, in my opinion. I'm an 8th grader, and my experience so far has been great. The teachers are supportive, it's easy to make friends, and the orchestra program is fantastic! I would definitely recommend it to anyone moving here.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2008
Irving is great. They have 5 bands, and many honor classes and electives. The teachers are awesome and very supportive. I highly reccomend it to all new people moving into the area

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2007
This school is wonderful! I am a seventh grader, and the teachers are very helpul.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2007
I've had a great time at Irving, and I can't wait to come back next year. I feel good in the classes and I only wish that some of the students wouldn't bring their home life to school.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2007
I was shocked to see that Washington Irving was rated to highly. My experince with Irving was horrible. All through out the 2 years at that school I had no support dealing with my daughters learning disablity. I was very dissopointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
A great school. I've had 2 children go through it and I believe they have gotten outstanding preparation for high school (West Springfield HS). Very safe school. Music department is very good.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 05, 2003
Dr. Orlein is really nice. He is very friendly. But they don't have things that involve the students, parents or the teachers.

- submitted by a community member
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Irving Middle School
8100 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA  22152
(703) 912-4500
Last modified Irving Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Irving Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top