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Stafford Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 504 students

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Posted March 18, 2010

Overall I will say SMS is average. However, a large concern, for me and my husband-both working parents, is there is zero, before and after school care or activities for students. O.k. for those parents that work in the local area or can afford to stay at home-but thinking on a larger scale; what about parents that can not get to SMS to those after school extracurricular activities, timely to pick up you kids? The 'child' suffers. Stafford County itself must do a better job in supporting it's children. Remember, 'It takes a village to raise a child'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

SMS has made great improvements since it is no longer over crowded. The Y science program is awesome. I use to sub at SMS and dreaded going in when it was over crowded. Last year the school took a turn for the good. Now it is even better. Teachers are very friendly and send home progress reports. I beleive many of the negative comments on here were when the school was extremely over crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

Stafford is a great school! My daughter loved her teachers and always looked forward to going to school. I think the parents have to be involved to make school great for kids. The kids need help at home to get good grades, and I wish parents would wake up to this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2008

I think Stafford Middle is a great school. The only problem at SMS is overcrowding. When I come from my fifth period class and I go to sixth I could barley even get by to get to my next class, so I'm always late to that class. But other then that they have great after school activities and the band and chorus programs are really good. Teachers' at SMS are very good and know how to teach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2008

Unfortunately this is not a kid friendly school. Bullying is an issue and is not being addressed. There are some really good teachers and if you are lucky your child will get one of them. Overcrowding is a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

We moved here almost a year ago. I've been very pleased with the quality of my upcoming 7th grader's education. Teachers are involved and seem to really care for the kids. We are a military family and have experienced various school systems throughout the Eastern U.S. Stafford Middle is definitely top-notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

I like the school very much but the one thing i don't like is the teachers there they just don't explain very good. I love the band teacher , he explains very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2005

We moved to Stafford Co. from Fairfax 3 yrs. ago and are very happy with the schools. SMS handles the transition from elementary very well, segregating the 6th graders from the other students; introducing them to not only the practical issues of changing classes, lockers, getting themselves to class individually, etc, but also to the changing social scene of the teen years. I could not be more impressed with my daughter's teachers and the their genuine care for the students. Academically, I think they are above average, even better than Fairfax. There are some behavior problems but that arises from the home not the school. They have great art teachers and a variety of after school sports prgrams, as well as intramural sports before school. Overall parental involvement is a little low, as I keep seeing the same parents volunteer at most events. We would choose SMS again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

My child began the 6th grade year easily. 7th grade began very rough but with two meetings involving the teaching team,the assistant principal, the school counselor and the school psychologist, things have improved significantly. I am very grateful to everyone that has met with me to help my child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

my sons seems to be a victom of the no child left behind laws. being pushed thru elementary school at widewater elementary , i had to have him repete in 6 th grade. i have found that teachers are lacking in the knowledge of handling homework and getting papers and projects graded in a timely manner. therefore report cards are not correct when brought home to parents for review. bullying and fighting in elementary and on the busses are a big problem wich neather school does anything about. and i am seeing a division between the haves and the have nots (rich kids verses poor). teachers say they will help but do nothing. my son is now a straight F student of stafford middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

The academics of this school are above average. There is little favortism, but not a lot. If your child is interested in extracurricular activites, Stafford Middle School (SMS) has an extended amount of them. The sport coaching may not be the best, but they do aquire some credit. There are many levels of performing arts and hands on art. SMS has a great technology resource. Parent involvement could be better, and communication is low. The main issue is that SMS is overcrowded. When I was a student (2002-2004) there were on average eighteen to twenty students, giving teachers a challenge. To sum this review Stafford Middle has minor problems to work on, but is a great school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2004

I feel the previous reviews are by disgruntled parents that haven't 'gotten their way' - the school is an instrument in which your child is taught, but responsibility is borne at home and as such, is the parents' job to assure their child is well prepared for the task of being a student. That said, I want to congratulate SMS on a great job in the areas they are responsible for; the teaching, encouraging, enlightening and protection of my children. They have done an outstanding job! Although there are kinks in any school system (usually misbehaved/ill-mannered children) I don't expect the school to discipline or teach my children manners. My job. I am sure the class sizes will grow with the influx of people, but SMS does it's best and FFX still has a huge ratio (33/1) than does Stafford (25/1) and new schools are being built. Congratulations to Mr. Butters and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2004

Communication with the principal and assist principal Mr. Butters & Mr. J. Howard are poor. As well as communication with the teacher's. Lack of activities for the children. There is no motivation for the children to do better. There behavior system is a joke. The principal as well as the assistant principal fail to take responsiblity for how that school is ran. I feel the school is ran on favortism, and the only people who are suffering are the students. Books are in poor conditions. And personally I feel the school can use some investigation to how things are taught and handled. As a parent this school is the worst I have ever seen. That is why I am removing my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Overall I think its a good school. Probably one of the better schools in Stafford County. However with more and more people moving to Stafford County things are getting crowded and I think that will impact the schools. My son is doing well in school and his teachers let me know when his work isn't what it can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

Lack of communication throughout the school starting with the teachers, counselors, asst principal and especially the principal. Administrative habits are poor.
—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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students80%
Female students79%
Male students81%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students83%
Female students80%
Male students86%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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 Students81%
Female students88%
Male students76%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students62%
Female students65%
Male students60%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%
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 Students77%
Female students80%
Male students75%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial86%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English77%

English: Writing

All Students69%
Female students79%
Male students58%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial77%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English70%

Math

All Students58%
Female students55%
Male students60%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial70%
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students88%
Female students84%
Male students93%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial93%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English89%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

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 students96%
Male students96%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
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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Stafford, VA 22554
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