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River Bend Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1149 students

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Posted April 18, 2012

We also had a problem with bullying at this school. My child was bullied and so are many others. Since this has never happened to my child before attending River Bend (or since), I believe it was the culture and lack of discipline at this school that caused the problem. The administration made only minimal effort with short-sighted solutions and no serious consequences for the bullies. I do not believe the parents of the bullies were ever informed of their kids behavior. Despite months of complaints the bullying became worse over time as the bullies became more aggressive. The student body is so accustomed to this behavior they stand by silently. This is unfortunate for those being bullied, and in particular for the bullies themselves. Being permitted to treat others this way will harm them too. My family is out of the situation but sincerely hopes the school will take more proactive steps to stop and prevent bullying activity at the school. The teachers noticed when the bullying affected academic performance, but failed to take effective action. The guidance counselor is friendly with the bullies and unwilling to have difficult conversations with the bully's parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2010

I have both six and seventh graders in this school. This school has great programs like Strings. I am concerned with some a couple of teachers that need to show a little more structure in their classrooms. I have had complaints from both kids. They are saying kids talk during class and the teacher does not send them to the principle and they do not respect the teacher, making it hard to learn the lesson being tought. Now on the other hand, there are teachers that have great passion and care for all students and have great communication with parents thru email and calls. I think this is vital in a world that we the parents have to work and do not know what might be happening during school time. I wish they would make this a mandate for teacher to follow. Communication is vital to student success. If the principle address the problem areas I would be happy to give them a 5 out of 5 score, but at this time I must give them a 4 star. i do recommend this school but make sure you have good communication with your childs teacher or they might fall thru the cracks. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

Academically - very good school Extra curriculum activities many programs that will challenge our kids Teacher student interaction teachers keep challenge all the students tare want to achieve their higher potential Teacher parent interaction very strong as long as the parent is involved in its child education Security I feel very secure while my kid is in school Student help school has programs that can work individually with each student Teacher accessibility teachers return phone calls or emails in less than 24 hours and take the time to talk with parents and students at all time. Teachers take the time to address personal questions and work with parents and students Secretary When you call the school they are very nice on the phone and very prompt on delivering your phone calls. But they are not very friendly, I never felt welcomed in the front office, they do not
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

Academically the school has been good and I most of my sons teachers are excellent. The music program is awesome! On the other hand there is a huge problem with bullying. My 6th grade son has been picked on, threatened and teased. As a result he went from a straight A student to grades slipping. Without our help and encourarement he would have failed 3 classes. This has not been a positive environment and it is very upsetting. The guidance counselor has been a good resource. Unfortunately, she hasn't been able to stop the taunting. At least once a week something else happens. Needless to say, we aren't happy and won't return next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

River bend is a great schol we just move to this area and all the teacher really help my children in every way possible become comfortable A+ I currently have a 6th and 8th grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

Academically a great school. However, needs to work on embracing more of a strings program to compliment it's great band and chorus programs. Also, needs to look at after-school extra-curricular drama production as just that - extra-curricular. Should not be used as the central high-light of the school. Focus should go back to the academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2006

I have had two daughters attend River Bend and have found it to be a positive experience for both of them. The school has rules that it enforces which results in respectful interactions between students and staff. The arts programs are absolutely top notch with enthusiastic teachers and a principal that is amazingly supportive. The team concept allows for individual attention to each child. The office staff, counselors and school nurse are caring and helpful. Most teachers are highly qualified and supportive, and there is a wonderful program in place for gifted and talented learners. The PTA is active and parents are always made to feel welcome on campus. As a military family, we've experienced lots of schools in lots of states, and I can say River Bend is one of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

This school has a major issue with teachers favoring students and not paying attention to the individual needs of students. Also the students are seperated into groups: black/hispanic group,white/asian,and everyone else is just pushed off to the side and ignored. Also racism issues are put aside even when teachers are notified about them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 25, 2005

One of the best area schools for comprehensive arts and music education, with a superb guitar and orchestral strings program for young musicians. Fighting an underlying problem with bullying (symptom of our culture of violence): citizens are actively working with the sheriff's office, SRO program and politicians to combine forces to change this. School board is being held accountable. The elementary school and high school on either side of this school have no significant problems in this area. Corrective adjustments are in process. Overall, parents are involved and actively seek to participate in activities and academia. This school has great potential, is in a wonderfully culturally diverse population with limitless opportunities for students.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

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

10 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

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 Students82%
Female students83%
Male students80%
Black students67%
Asian students85%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial96%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students37%
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students75%
Female students74%
Male students75%
Black students73%
Asian students70%
Hispanic51%
Multiracial80%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English78%
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 Students84%
Female students89%
Male students80%
Black students66%
Asian students87%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial100%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English87%

Math

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students71%
Black students50%
Asian students80%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial92%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students52%
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 Students81%
Female students85%
Male students77%
Black students69%
Asian students85%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial58%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English83%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students91%
Male students77%
Black students74%
Asian students91%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial75%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English84%

Math

All Students45%
Female students55%
Male students38%
Black students38%
Asian students54%
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities41%
Limited English proficient students25%
Proficient in English49%

Science

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students90%
Black students71%
Asian students95%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial92%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students59%
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

  • 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.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

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 Students95%
Female students98%
Male students92%
Black students100%
Asian students96%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Geometry

All Students99%
Female students100%
Male students98%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%
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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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Bennett P. Lacy

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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46240 Algonkian Pkwy.
Sterling, VA 20165
Phone: (571) 434-3220

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