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Rodney E. Thompson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1124 students

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Posted March 4, 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


Posted November 22, 2013

The school administrator that is in charge of implementing 504 plans and IEPs is amazing. The staff recognizes them and abides by them, They are very receptive to parent input and communication. The only negative thing I have experienced is the case manager assigned to my child does not communicate well or often and is not easily available to help my child in their classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we could do better ya ya ya truuuu truu tru tru tru tru tru


Posted April 28, 2012

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


Posted 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!


Posted December 5, 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 (:


Posted 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.


Posted March 2, 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


Posted November 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers are great at Rodney Thompson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 5, 2007

It has a great sports system and good choice of classes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 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


Posted 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


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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 74% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students86%
Female students88%
Male students83%
Black students68%
Asian students80%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial86%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black students85%
Asian students92%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial88%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students96%
Proficient in English93%
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 Students88%
Female students92%
Male students86%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial76%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students83%
Female students87%
Male students79%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial91%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English83%
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 Students82%
Female students82%
Male students82%
Black students68%
Asian students90%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial90%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students92%
Male students83%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial90%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students85%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students91%
Black students79%
Asian students90%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

33 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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
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%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
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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75 Walpole St
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-6420

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