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Stafford, VA
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75 Walpole St
Stafford, VA 22554

(540) 658-6420
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Map of Rodney E. Thompson Middle School address.
Develops grit: Agree
May 29, 2015
I've gone to this school for 2 years now and i have to say that its a pretty amazing well funded school. Sure there aren't great people sometimes but that's life. I've participated in plenty of extracurricular activities and may i say that they are worth your while. I'm being redistricted to AGW next year and i'm sure that it's going to suck compared to Thompson. Don't rely on the 4 year old reviews. This school will have changed and things that will change with the school board forcing them to do things differently.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2014
ratchet mean people not fun and lots of bullies i dont like anything about that school all they do is talk about Non-Important Stuff all day They Are truly immature

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2013
uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we could do better ya ya ya truuuu truu tru tru tru tru tru

- submitted by a community member

April 28, 2012
im going to this school.. mhm, is this a good school, are le teachers nice thank you hehe xD

- submitted by a community member

January 27, 2012
I'm an eighth grader at Rodney Thompson, and I've been here for about 1 1/2 years. I take one academic class (Advanced English-which isn't very advanced-it just means that you take it every other day....so more work, less fun) and I also take Virtual Virginia French. My parents chose Rodney Thompson because it had a very high rating in the state of Virginia, and nothing makes them happier than getting their children into 'perfect' school. But the truth is, Rodney Thompson isn't as great as they thought. Yes, it's better than most schools-but it's not a good school for foreigners (we're Ghanians). Our teachers are okay, though sometimes they are very stressful to deal with. Disabled? I think it has a good enough program. Sometimes they expect you to know things that you really don't, like say you were from another county and you didn't take 6th grade science. Our school is very competitive in sports, academics, and performing arts. We do have a problem with (yeecch) 'popular' kids, though. (See second review). But compared to schools surrounding us, we are a more than average school. Next year I'll be going to Brook Point, which is an average HS, but wish me luck!

- submitted by a community member

December 05, 2010
Um, the people at our school are weirdos. No joke. We've got the weirdest kids in 8th grade, plus no cute guys. Lmaaoo (:

- submitted by a community member

September 19, 2010
I am an 8th Grader and I do not like the new schedule this year at all. Why can't we just go back to the way it was last year. Even the teachers don't like the new schedule and can't remember what time classes end. I wish I could tell the person who changed our schedules that they made a mistak and need to change it back.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
March 02, 2010
I have been attending RTMS for about 1 1/2 years. I am currently in 8th grade and i have to say i do love this school. it is balanced between socializing and education. If you look at the other middle schools like Poole and AG Whright you will see they have lower ratings. Yes some teachers need to retire and others are doing an excellent job. The vice principal, Mr. Bathke, is absolutely AMAZING. He is seriouse when you get in trouble but very calm and friendly when he walks the halls. But they could have after school busses for sports and other things. But over all this school is good.

- submitted by a student

November 02, 2009
This was a good school. Teachers seem focused on the lower achievers in the school now. My son says that they work on activities while the teacher teaches small groups in his classes. The small groups are the students failing. I am a teacher and I feared this was coming - focus on getting the low to pass and ignore those who can get basic instruction on their own. No child left behind is creating a school of mediocrity out of my son's school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 17, 2009
Very proud the way RT Middle School has embraced Technology and is helping my daughter take her development to the next level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 17, 2009
The teachers are great at Rodney Thompson!

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2009
the best school ever! all the teachers are really good at their job and make it easy for the students to remember everything their learning.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2009
I go to RTMS. I love it. They provide all the nessesitys for us to excelle. The teachers are great! Every thing about it is AWESOME!!

- submitted by a student

November 21, 2008
I have been going to RTMS for just over a year now, and I am very pleased with it. However, there are a few issues at hand. First, the time between classes has changed from five minutes to three minutes. It is very difficult for seventh graders like myself to get to class on time between fifth and sixth period. We are downstairs for fifth period, and are still expected to come all the way back upstairs, stop at our lockers, and get to class on time. It is virtually impossible to do this on a regular basis without running when teachers aren't looking, and arriving at class out of breath. The other main issue (at least to me), is the binder system. I believe it is just a hassle to teachers and students, and most agree with me. I'm not saying it's pointless; just that it is unnecessary.

- submitted by a student

March 26, 2008
I've been at RTMS for almost 3 years and I have to say it IS a good school. I consider it one of the best in the county. It isn't perfect,(some of the teachers could be more helpful and others could stand to let us be a bit more independent) but every school could use some tweaking. I do have to agree that the binder system is NOT effective for me personally. I don't use it in most of my classes because most of my teachers don't inforce it. They find it to be a hassle just as much as we do. It ACTUALLY caused more problems than in my previous years at Thompson. Overall, though, it's a really good school with good teachers and even a few great ones.

- submitted by a student

January 08, 2008
Although this is only our first year at RTMS, I am very impressed with the teachers and the overall experience my son has had. The work can often be challenging, but he enjoys school and is making very good grades. I was very concerned about middle school, but it has been a big improvement from elementary school so far.

- submitted by a parent

November 11, 2007
The teachers are not that great in the 7th grade and the teachers think that just because someone doesnt like to read meansthey cant understand it ,and most are mean,and the new binder system is so stupid everyone hates it,some people dont bother with filling it out.

- submitted by a student

July 05, 2007
It has a great sports system and good choice of classes

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2006
RTMS is a good school, but not a great one. There are some outstanding teachers (e.g. Mrs. Hanson for Drama and Mr. Zinger for Math) but the Administration is mediocre. If you have a problem or concern, you will need to work to track down an administrator or counselor - initial phone calls or e-mails are often ignored. Programs for students with moderate learning disabilies or similar problems are lacking - you can choose to put your child on a Special Ed team operating significantly below grade level or you can have / him her placed on a general team with the understanding that it is 'Sink or Swim' - no additional assistance will be made available. To be fair, this does not seem to be unique to RTMS but is apparently typical of Stafford County Middle Schools.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2004
This school has good learning programs it also has high school courses availabe to the students. There is also good sanitation. The school could have more African American kids which would make it a little bit more diverse. And they really need to have after school activity buses which they don't have currently.

- submitted by a student

February 26, 2004
My child has attended this school for two years, with one more to go! He has enjoyed it and he is meeting his goals to become educated, disciplined and develop a strong social and community bond. The teachers are available, and I cannot stress that enough. I belive a parent's job in middle school is to be aware but not in their face. I enjoy letting him succeed and struggle as he gains experience in management and organization of his life skills. Middle school has always been a transitional experience in our family and my son is finding success and enjoyment as well as responding to a very strong expectation to meet his capabilities. Rodney Thompson is consistent in their structure and I highly recommend joining this community, although I give all of Stafford an A+ rating!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2003
This school has accomplished much in a short period of time of existence. The standardized test scores have surpassed all expectations and the kids are very eager to learn and to achieve higher goals. I believe this is in large part for a very enthusiastic group of teachers and staff at the school. However, parent involvement is typically less than 1% of the families and therefore many activities are cancelled due to lack of parent involvement. Parents of middle schoolers should not forget that middle schoolers still need them to be active in their education and at the school (despite what the kids say).

- submitted by a parent

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Rodney E. Thompson Middle School
75 Walpole St, Stafford, VA  22554
(540) 658-6420
Last modified Rodney E. Thompson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rodney E. Thompson Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top