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Sterling Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 896 students

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Posted February 17, 2014

My son has attended Sterling Middle for two years now. He is taking Latin and Algebra as a 7th grader and has excelled. The teachers are engaging and really make the school as good any any in Loudoun County, which is one of the best school systems in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

The Sterling Middle School pyramid is not a place to educate children. The immigrant population here severely reduces quality teaching. And the attitude for learning from this counter culture is very negative. We want out, but we are having a hard time selling our house because of the schools. So the poor schools are dragging down the value of our house as well (not to mention the bad management of our Spring Grove Farm HOA). We are so happy to be leaving this community to a more family friendly environment. If your thinking of moving in, think again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

Sterling Middle is a fabulous school. I have had 2 children go through this school. They both did very well. The principal really cares about the community, the students and the staff. There is a welcoming feeling every time the door opens. The front office staff are friendly and helpful. SMS was awarded the SCHOOL TO WATCH AWARD ..only 300 middle schools in the country get awarded this award. All the testing scores have gone up over the last 3 years. Standards have been met . There are not any gangs in this school either. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

My son has attended Sterling Middle for the past year (7th grade) and he loves it. I really would like to move closer to work, but he won't let me if it means switching schools. I also like the school; when I moved to Sterling I felt like the teachers were very interested in my son's progress, however I don't really feel like they maintained that momentum through out the school year. I believe my son was bored in the classes and the teachers, knowing this, didn't do much to challenge him. He will be in AP classes next year, so I do hope that would change. Parents' involvement is high and teachers are pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

To be honest nobody know what really does on at this school. No body care and either do the the drugged up students. harts the plain simple truth.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

Teachers are very dedicated to the success of the students. Many afterschool activities are offered from sports programs, musical groups, STEP team, Latin Dance Club, homework club and tutoring opportunities. Great diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

This school provides a decent amount of extracurricular activities such as musicals, running club, science club, etc.
—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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
English: Writing

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

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students64%
Female students63%
Male students65%
Black students56%
Asian students71%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial67%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English81%

Math

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students64%
Black students67%
Asian students80%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English82%
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 Students58%
Female students62%
Male students55%
Black students50%
Asian students63%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial87%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English69%

Math

All Students52%
Female students50%
Male students53%
Black students41%
Asian students69%
Hispanic39%
Multiracial100%
White students61%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient students27%
Proficient in English64%
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 Students57%
Female students65%
Male students50%
Black students43%
Asian students76%
Hispanic44%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities62%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English72%

English: Writing

All Students65%
Female students74%
Male students56%
Black students64%
Asian students80%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English79%

Math

All Students3%
Female studentsn/a
Male students4%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic3%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities0%
Limited English proficient students0%
Proficient in English9%

Science

All Students67%
Female students65%
Male students68%
Black students57%
Asian students76%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students36%
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

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Accredited with Warning".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Accredited with Warning".

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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

38 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 Students67%
Female students64%
Male students69%
Black students69%
Asian students80%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial70%
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English72%

Geometry

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Nereida Gonzalez-sals

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School counslor
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
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Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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201 W Holly Ave
Sterling, VA 20164
Phone: (571) 434-4520

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