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Kilmer Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 1136 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2014

My son is in the AAP program at Kilmer. The teachers are caring and responsive. I am happy with the education he is receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2014

This is the best school ever!! Its huge! The teachers are very nice..... I recommend this school to every single kid.....


Posted December 19, 2013

My child is very happy in school. He is in GT class and he really enjoys the learning because the teachers are great. There are also a lot of fun after school activities. Kilmer is a great middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

We just move to this area i think this school is awesome and i feel great with the staff and my son is better in scores, relations ,and the most importat he is a happy boy. Kilmer is the best Middle School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2012

Agree with you, The office staff are not nice at all. This is the first school office I feel uncomfortable about. I have 4 children attending Fairfax county public schools, the staffs in Kilmer Middle School's front office act like they are the police women who are issuing the traffic tickets with no smile ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

I have three students currently attending Kilmer. One in GT, one in honors, and one in standard level courses. I can say the the expectations do rise quite a bit from one level to the next. Overall the teachers are good, some excellent, and many put in extra time when necessary. Of course, there are a few exceptions. My only real disappointment has been with the front office staff. I never feel welcome and anytime I need to drop something off or have a question I get the feeling I am annoying them or keeping them from some far more important task. I always get a small sense of dread when I need to head over to the school. My kids have all communicated the same feelings if they have any business to handle in the office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2011

I have one kid in this school right now and I am thinking about how not to send my second kid here. I regreted that I moved to this school district and let me kid attend this school. There are some good teachers in this school but overall quality of teachers are low. There seems to be a lot of new teachers there, making you wonder where the more experienced teachers went. The leadership of the school is not there either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2011

The school is fine I guess. It is way to strict on many rules, and unfortunetly does assign seating for lunches. The classes and time in between classes is not designated properly. Besides that, the teachers are great and their way of doing things works well.


Posted August 3, 2011

My child had an excellent experience at Kilmer. She is bright, but has an IEP and I cannot speak highly enough of the Special Education department and their coordination with parents and teachers. She developed more confidence and independence at Kilmer and was able to enjoy learning much more than she had before. Also nice that they emailed grade status reports every 2 weeks (for all kids) so you knew if your child was falling behind. Teachers were great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

Great School. Great Teachers. Wide variety of clubs and program. Lot more for the kids to do in school. Very academic oriented. My kid was part of the GT program and the curriculum kept my kid challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

Yes, this school draws from a variety of areas but that isn't an issue, in my opinion. I have found the teachers in the GT program to be wonderful and my child has had a very good experience academically so far. The lack of oversight and concern by the Principal on how the Kilmer based clubs are run is an area of improvement. The music program is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2011

The school itself is a weird juxtaposition of neighborhoods: apartments in Tysons Corner with parents who don't speak English and multi-million dollar mansions in Great Falls from kids who attend the GTC/AAP program here. Depending on which "group" you fall into, your experience will be very different.


Posted November 11, 2010

My son had a good academic experience in this school. He was in the Advanced Academics track and was well prepared for high school last year. I believe his success in high school directly stems from the preparation he received at Kilmer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

The kids were great, i think i made more friends there than i did in any other school. as my fourth school in four years, it really exceeded my expectations. the only downside were the teachers, which really stunk and didnt seem to understand any problems anyone came up with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

My child was at in GT pgm during 2006-08. Some of the teachers were great but some were not. Kilmer does not seem to have a good teacher selection and ongoing assessment process. The administration was only superficially helpful even after approching them for specific teacher related problems (teaching ability). The principal is not reachable easily - she has other layers of admins to contact first and I believe many serious issues do not even make it to her. There were no good response or feedback from administration about the issues we brought up. We were put directly in front of the teacher despite our suggestion that it was not the best way to handle (administration was present as well). No satisfactory responses were made available to us during or after the meeting - all superficial responses only. Incidently, we hear that the specific teacher is no longer there...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

My daughter is studying in kilmer. she enjoy the atmosphere,she love the school .As a parent I din't face any problem with my child in her studies. Teachers and the staff of kilmer are very dedicated ,They take lot of care on students. Its a excellent school in fcps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

Kilmer definitely falls far short of its potential. The main problem seems to be over-crowding, which has led the principal to adopt a panoply of rules (assigned lunch seats, no touching in hallways, etc.). Many teachers appear overwhelmed by the number of the students they have to teach and follow silly, unflexible rules that leave no room for common sense. The school is definitely the weakest link in the Madison/Marshall pyramids, as both the elementary and high schools do a much better job with their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

Kilmer is an amazing school. I wouldn't go anywhere but Kilmer. The teachers are acceptable and the students are very friendly. The rules are not too strict at all, but keep the kids in line. My middle school experience in the GT center at Kilmer has been great and I have absolutley no complaints.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

My nephew attends this school, and I am jealous of his environment. I teach in a school with 40 students in each class and over 2200 kids in a middle school. Compare Kilmer to other schools before you complain.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 4, 2007

This school is unwelcoming and makes you feel like you don't belong. The academics are great but the atmosphere is horrible. The rules are way too strict(no hugging). Some teachers are kind and help you in any way they can though. It just depends on how you look at it.
—Submitted by a student


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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 75% in 2013.

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

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 71% in 2013.

571 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

562 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

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

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

585 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students91%
Female students91%
Male students91%
Black students85%
Asian students93%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial93%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students63%
Female students64%
Male students61%
Black students46%
Asian students83%
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students63%
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 Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students89%
Asian students97%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English96%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black students84%
Asian students96%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial96%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students88%
Female students89%
Male students87%
Black students77%
Asian students96%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial100%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English91%

Science

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students93%
Black students80%
Asian students97%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial91%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English95%
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.

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

167 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 Students97%
Female students97%
Male students98%
Black students100%
Asian students99%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students97%
Proficient in English97%

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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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Nurse(s)
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Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
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  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Douglas A. Tyson

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
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8100 Wolftrap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 846-8800

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