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Irving Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 996 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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!


Posted June 1, 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


Posted 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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted April 1, 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


Posted September 9, 2007

This school is wonderful! I am a seventh grader, and the teachers are very helpul.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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 75% in 2013.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

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

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n/a

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students93%
Female students93%
Male students92%
Black students83%
Asian students95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial96%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English94%

Math

All Students72%
Female students74%
Male students71%
Black students57%
Asian students93%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English75%
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 Students85%
Female students89%
Male students82%
Black students74%
Asian students85%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial89%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students90%
Male students79%
Black students79%
Asian students92%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial83%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students88%
Female students90%
Male students85%
Black students77%
Asian students97%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial95%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students88%
Female students90%
Male students87%
Black students78%
Asian students90%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial86%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English91%
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.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

47 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 Students99%
Female students98%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students98%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students93%
Proficient in English99%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
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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  • Track
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8100 Old Keene Mill Rd
Springfield, VA 22152
Phone: (703) 912-4500

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