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Thoreau Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 780 students

 

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Posted November 10, 2011

This is the best school I had been to in my whole life. It is great.


Posted September 20, 2011

I have been a teacher for 15 years and I can honestly say that this is the best school in which I have ever taught. The students, parents, faculty, and staff make my coming to work everyday enjoyable and rewarding.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 16, 2011

At thoreau i had an amazing education. they have wonderful teachers and staff. the two years i was there i went from being a under achiever that didn't care about school to being in all honors, taking a foreign language, and having strait a's. the teachers that truly inspired me were my eighth grade algebra 1 teachers Mrs. Galus and Mrs. Lenard,and the chorus teacher who no longer works there Mrs. Singletary. i highly recommend this school


Posted April 23, 2010

Terrific school, great academics and extra-curricular activities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

Im in my last quater of my first year at thoreau and i enjoy it the teachers help me wiht all my assignmebt if i dont understand the material. This is an amazing school and i totally suggest you go here
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

I'm a student, and we just moved here last summer. This is a great school- we are learning a lot. Since the test averages were so high for social studies and science, every person is in honors for it. If you are looking for a great school, go here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2008

Our child has just finished 8th grade at Thoreau and we were generally happy with the school. Thoreau can count academics and strong and motivated teachers among its strengths. On the negative side, the Principal is almost invisible; a situation made worse by a cold and unwelcoming front office staff. We had zero interaction with the Principal, which was unfortunate. His two Vice Principals, however, are approachable and tuned in. On the whole, Thoreau is one of the area's better Middle Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Thoreau is an excellent school. The teachers there truly care that the students learn the material, not just nail them for the grade. If they don't do well on a test, they have opportunities to get partial credit on corrections, come in during the free period to get extra help, etc. The communication with the parents is amazing! I'm on my third child going there and it can't get any better. The pricipal is amazing and will be open, honest, and cares about your issues and your child's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

My daughter attended here for 2 years. I feel she was well prepared for High school. The awesome music teacher, Ms. Winder, in now retired, but that was my daughter's favorite aspect of the school. She was well taught and happy in a safe environment and I never experienced and major problems. Good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

Since my childs 2 year experience at Thoreau I would say the school has done a wonderful job. All the teachers I have encountered have been excellent. Some teachers that i think i should recognize for there excellence in what they do are Mr. Mandell, Mrs. Clark and Mme Safavi. All fantastic teachers. The school is very organized and i feel safe sending my child there 5 days a week. Its a great enviornment with great after school activites. I dont think you could ask for much more. Hope Thoreau is the school you choose!
—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 75% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
99%

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

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Writing

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

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 Students92%
Female students92%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students98%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial97%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English95%

Math

All Students81%
Female students85%
Male students78%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students80%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial73%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English89%
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 Students90%
Female students91%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students83%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial97%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students94%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students89%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial94%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English92%

Math

All Students97%
Female students98%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

Science

All Students91%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial97%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students60%
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.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

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 Students93%
Female students94%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial97%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English95%

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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Greg Hood

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Music
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  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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2505 Cedar Ln
Vienna, VA 22180
Phone: (703) 846-8000

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