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Seneca Ridge Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1010 students

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Posted September 20, 2014

I am a second year student now, and I loved last year. All the teachers are nice, fair, and helpful. Especially since most of the teachers offer after school help. All the honors teachers push you hard, but it's for the best and it helps you for the next year. Although this school IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF WINDOWS!!!! If you ask your child to describe the school's appearance in one word, there's a chance they will say prison our maybe jail. I haven't met a student who has disagreed with that term. The only windows I know of are in the cafeteria and art rooms, not counting those tiny windows in the doors of the d hall. Lockers vary. The d hall lockers, though small, are personally better than the house lockers. This year, I've been hit in the head with my locker neighbor's locker door, and I accidentally dropped a shoe on her head, where as last year, although the d hall lockers were very skinny, I never had those problems. Plus since the house lockers are always crowded, you have to hold onto lockers so you don't trip on feet. Although the academics and friendly environment of this school is great. Besides the lockers and lack of windows, this would be a great school for anyone.


Posted April 28, 2014

Is our 3rd year in SRMS My son is happy there, We have been lucky with All the teachers my son got. Bulling are issue once a while The deans & consulates are awesome. Front office secretaries are nice & helpful. We are excited for 9th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

My son is a 6th grader at SRMS and we know many other families who have been through Lowes Island Elem, SRMS and Dominion. This is a great school system from K - 12. Children are prepared and have an excellent track record for college admission. My son is taking accelerated Math 6/7this year and will already be taking high school credit math next year! All of his other honors classes he has excelled, including subjects that weren't his favorite. Great teachers who push students, but are also nurturing. What has most impressed me are the skills and resources provided to students to build great organization/planning to take ownership of schoolwork while providing parents (via Clarity website) the ability to monitor, without interfering. In addition, they assign a counselor to each grade that is with them through the duration of SRMS. Ms. Diamond (former SRMS grad herself) is AMAZING! Any concerns parents or students have, she immediately addresses them with thoughtful and swift action. The school, teachers and PTO have been excellent in communicating with parents. We have thoroughly enjoyed our year at SRMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

For the person complaining about the lunch lady 1. has nothing to do with the education of the school.2. that is her job Loudoun county (as all the surrounding counties) require that a well rounded meal be served daily. If your child doesn't want the milk tell her to take it and put it to the side many schools give it to students who would like more or some donate to the LINK food bank. Students are required to have a certain amount of items on the tray, milk, entree, fruit and vegetable if you don't like it then you should send your child a bagged lunch. Don't have a rating for the school as my child isn't there yet.


Posted June 23, 2013

This school is fabulous! My children are currently attending this school and so far, they think it's pretty well firmed. The issue is the environment, the influence and students there are poor. Sometimes, I see children cursing and fighting. My children simply ignore them so it's not a big deal though. Anyways, thanks for reading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

You try to be a good kid @ this school but the kind of kids that go to this school give a bad influence on other people turning other kids "corrupt". The lunch staff @ the cafe force a child to get one of the sides or particularly one of the lunch ladies force you to get milk so ifs or buts. At this school i see bullying as a pretty big issue one kid will give the other kid a hard time for whatever reason but the kid who is getting picked on will fight back and lots of kids cuss a lot which makes it a bad environment. But most of the staff is good and should keep on going on about what they are doing. I openly admit that before 6th grade saying was a bad word was like a sin now due to my influence i have cussed quite a bit due to peer pressure. This is not entirely their fault but now i'm trying to stop myself i hope the srms staff reads this.


Posted June 8, 2012

Seneca Ridge has an awesome band progam run by two incredible band teachers! Too bad one is leaving to teach in Fairfax County :(. They made such a great team! I think they have good teachers for all the subjects, especially in the honors program. However, I am not at all happy with the languages - specifically French and Spanish. My son took French in 7th grade, but unfortunately was turned off by the teaching style - straight from the book. The teacher didn't incorporate technology into her teaching at all. Also, she didn't have any control over her classroom. And unfortunately, the well-behaved kids are left to suffer. In 8th grade he took spanish by a teacher who could barely speak english, so there was a language barrier to work thru, and again, she also had no control over her classroom! The science and civics teachers are excellent (at least the one's my son had). He is excited to go to high school at Dominion!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

English teachers should not be allowed to eat during the entirety of the class room instruction time day after day. Also, the carpool pick up line is very inconvenient: 30-40 cars wait for 15-30 minutes to get out of the parking lot. On the positive side, this year they have actually decided that giving students homework and phasing out study guides will prepare them better for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I have two boys attending Seneca this school year ending June 2011. The teachers are very caring, listen to parental input & guide the youth into becoming responsible teenagers. I am continuously informed about school activities, lessons and exams to ensure my children are able to participate and succeed academically, socially & physically. I am very pleased with the administration and faculty. Seneca is a feeder school to Dominion HS, which is establishing itself as the HS to attend in the DC area lead by Dr. Brewer. Since Seneca is the feeder school, Dominion benefits from the foundation established by Seneca.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

I will admit, the BAND program is amazing, being a former member I know that the band teacher (i cant say her name) works extremely hard for the students to be successful. However, I have a problem with the math department; there are certain teachers who SHOULD NOT be teaching math at all. I have never gotten an A in math all throughout middle school due to the teachers' lack of commitment to helping students. When I got to high school, math became my best subject; so what does that say about the teachers here? Also, I should probably mention the atmosphere at Seneca. In my last year at Seneca I had a certain english teacher who pretty much said to my class that we are not performing at a satisfactory level that is expected in high school, and that we will not have a chance in college. It really hurts when you have a teacher who does not believe you can do well, especially when teachers are supposed to support you and promote your excellence. And, unfortunately, i feel that this attitude is mutual among most of the teachers. Also, I feel like most of the reviews on this website are biased, because parents don't know what really goes on at this school.


Posted December 14, 2010

The music program is awesome, especially the band program! The art on the school walls is amazing. Negatives: It seems as though the disruptive kids have control of the classrooms, and the students who want to get their work done are the ones who suffer. Our experience with the Spanish teachers has been particularly disappointing - completely lacking in leadership of their classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

Good School, attention to the kids is great. Keeping grades separate and challenging the kids. Attention is on the academics and they pay lots of attention to behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2010

I loved Seneca 06! All three years I spent there were amazing, the school is so diverse the teachers are great and really care about the students. Seneca 'the jail' was only called that because it lacks windows. Mrs. Martin is who your child needs for 8th grade english! I felt prepared for high school because i took honors classes at Seneca.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2009

I love this school! The best thing about it is the German program. The teacher is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

i, Personally Love Seneca Ridge. The Teachers are amazing! They give you one on one help if they see that you are struggling...or if u ask them for help. My first year at Seneca really surprised me. You hear from all the people at Riverbend that Seneca is a jail...well its not! grant it not being the newest school...but it has the greatest teachers i have met. I cant wait to continue my middle school education at Seneca Ridge!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2008

I love thsi school they are really good. The teachers are awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

Wonderful School and The teachers are very nice, a lot of parent-school cooperation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2007

Wonderful school with fantastic teachers! go SRMS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2004

Too much attention to unrelated junk. Not enough math and science. My kid came home with a load of greek mithology junk rather than the 3 r's. The do teach organization, but do not talk with the parents enough. They are not part of the 21st century as they do not have a website with weekly status and daily attendance info for parents to look at.
—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.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

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 Students78%
Female students79%
Male students78%
Black students75%
Asian students92%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial75%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English86%

Math

All Students68%
Female students68%
Male students67%
Black students56%
Asian students86%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students47%
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 Students80%
Female students84%
Male students76%
Black students63%
Asian students87%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial69%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students61%
Female students62%
Male students61%
Black students42%
Asian students82%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial53%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English63%
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 students85%
Male students82%
Black students68%
Asian students93%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial89%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English87%

English: Writing

All Students78%
Female students83%
Male students73%
Black students54%
Asian students86%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial83%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students35%
Female students31%
Male students39%
Black students18%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
White students36%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities35%
Limited English proficient students8%
Proficient in English41%

Science

All Students88%
Female students84%
Male students91%
Black students76%
Asian students95%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial94%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English90%
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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

74 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 Students94%
Female students92%
Male students96%
Black students85%
Asian students98%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial93%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English94%

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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98 Seneca Ridge Dr
Sterling, VA 20164
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