Middle Schools of Arlington County, Virginia

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There are five middle schools in Arlington County, Virginia, administered by the Arlington Public Schools.

Gunston Middle School[edit]

Gunston Middle School is located at 2700 South Lang Street, in or near Arlington Ridge. The principal is Lori Wiggins. In 2006-2007, there were 605 students enrolled and more than 69 teachers (41 of whom have their Master's Degree).[citation needed] It is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is named for Gunston Hall, George Mason's estate in nearby Fairfax County.

Gunston's mascot is the Hornet. School colors are teal and violet. Sports teams include of basketball, soccer, wrestling, swimming and tennis.

Gunston's curriculum includes the continuation program for students who attended the Key Elementary or the Claremont Elementary Spanish Immersion program. Students in this program take three classes each day taught entirely in Spanish: Science, Social Studies and Spanish Language Arts. About 1/3 of the incoming 6th graders come from the Key or Claremont programs.

The school, at the time called Gunston Junior High School and encompassing grades 7, 8, and 9, closed in 1978 after a major decline in enrollments. At the time of its closure, the school mascot was the Falcon, and the school colors were black and gold. Gunston reopened in 1994 to address overcrowding in other area schools. After the re-opening in 1994, it subsequently went through a major renovation, funded by the 2000 bond package. Construction was completed in 2003. It was built as a two story building with a public recreation center and public auditorium.

Demographics [1]
Ethnicity 2006
American Indian/Alaska Native n/a
Asian/Pacific Islander 07.9%
Black 25.1%
Hispanic 43.8%
White 22.5%
Unspecified n/a
ESL Students 112
State Testing
Average % Passing (school vs. state)
Grade 6
Subject 2006
Reading 76% 83%
Mathematics 21% 51%
Grade 7
Subject 2006
Reading 76% 81%
Mathematics 27% 44%
Grade 8
Subject 2006
Reading 66% 72%
Writing 89% 87%
Mathematics 68% 76%
Science 76% 87%

Source: Virginia Department of Education [2]


Kenmore Middle School[edit]

Kenmore Middle School is located at 200 South Carlin Springs Road, in Glencarlyn. The principal is Dr. John A. Word, Sr. In 2006-2007, there were -723 students enrolled and over -79 teachers (-51 of which have their Master's Degree). It is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Kenmore's mascot is the Cougars. The school colors are green and gold.

Kenmore's building was completed for the 2005-2006 school year. The building contains a larger auditorium, cafeteria, art studio, and library/media center. It is multi-storied unlike the previous building. The previous building as an elementary school and later as a middle school. A new building was needed after the old building started to show signs of old age.

Demographics[3]
Ethnicity 2006
American Indian/Alaskan Native n/a
Asian/Pacific Islander 12.9%
Black 18.8%
Hispanic 43.8%
White 23.9%
Unspecified n/a
ESL Students 120
State Testing
Average % Passing (school vs. state)
Grade 6
Subject 2006
Reading 76% 83%
Mathematics 68% 51%
Grade 7
Subject 2006
Reading 68% 81%
Mathematics 33% 44%
Grade 8
Subject 2006
Reading 66% 72%
Writing 89% 87%
Mathematics 58% 76%
Science 74% 87%

Source: Virginia Department of Education[4]


Swanson Middle School[edit]

Swanson Middle School is located at 5800 North Washington Boulevard. The principal is Bridget Loft. In 2012-2013, there were 1,033 students enrolled and 98 teachers (60 of which have their Master's Degree and 1 of which has their Doctorate Degree). It is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools..

Swanson is home of the Admirals, though the school's namesake, Claude A. Swanson, was Secretary of the Navy, and never an "Admiral." They wear white and maroon.

Swanson, in 2011-2012, decided to make three teams for each grade (they used to only have two per grade). For sixth grade there are the Clippers, the Schooners and the Sea Hawks. For seventh grade there are the Captains, the Voyagers and the Mariners. For eighth grade there are the Tropical Cyclones, the Hurricanes and the Typhoons. The names were voted on by Swanson students.

Swanson first opened its doors in 1940 as a 7th through 9th grade junior high to relieve crowding at nearby Washington-Lee High School. It is the oldest "junior high" in the state. Because of its unique contribution to education in Virginia as well as its Parisian architecture,[clarification needed] inspired by the then recently restored Colonial Williamsburg, the school is pursuing its listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In recognition of the school's history, the Virginia State Legislature passed a resolution on Swanson’s 50th anniversary in 1990 proclaiming Swanson as Virginia’s first junior high school.[5]

It was constructed with WPA funds on the site of the old Torreyson farm in the growing Westover community. One of two North Arlington junior highs targeted for closure in 1977 due to declining enrollment, Swanson reopened as an intermediate school the following year, and the 9th graders were transferred to W-L and Yorktown high schools. Stratford Junior High, although a newer facility, closed its doors. In the fall of 1990, Swanson once again housed three grades as a middle school. It has undergone several renovations, with the most recent in 2005, and another one scheduled in 2017.

Demographics[6]
Ethnicity 2006
American Indian/Alaskan Native 00.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 09.9%
Black 06.8%
Hispanic 15.3%
White 67.1%
Unspecified 00.3%
ESL Students 58
State Testing
Average % Passing (school vs. state)
Grade 6
Subject 2012
Reading 91% 89%
Mathematics 86% 74%
Grade 7
Subject 2012
Reading 96% 88%
Mathematics 78% 58%
Grade 8
Subject 2006
Reading 85% 72%
Writing 92% 87%
Mathematics 81% 76%
Science 93% 87%

Source: Virginia Department of Education[7]


Thomas Jefferson Middle School[edit]

Thomas Jefferson Middle School is an International Baccalaureate World School. Thomas Jefferson, commonly referred to as "Jefferson" or "TJ," is located at 125 South Old Glebe Road. The principal is Keisha Boggan. In 2006-2007, there were 598 students enrolled and more than 77 teachers (53 of whom have their Master's Degree). It is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. As of March 6, 2007, Jefferson is authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School for the Middle Years. This program attempts to bring a focus on critical thinking, a rigorous curriculum and intercultural awareness to the students and staff.

There were two teams for every grade however, this has changed due to the amount of sixth graders that are enrolled for 2012-2013 school year. Now in the sixth grade, there are the Dolphins, Owls, and Stingrays. In the seventh grade, there are the Penguins, Monarchs, and Panthers. In eighth grade, there are the Eagles and the Gators.

Jefferson's athletes are named the Yellow Jackets and wear the colors blue, gold, and white.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School opened as a junior high school in 1938 and was named after the third president of the United States.[8] The original cornerstone was placed with George Washington's trowel.[9] The current facility opened in 1971 and is located at 125 South Old Glebe Road in Arlington, Virginia. It is built as a rectangle with three individual corridors for each grade. Upon entering the main entrance of the school, the administrative offices are to the left and the library is further down the long hall. Here, the three corridors extend themselves to another long hall in which various classrooms are located. Also, three individual staircases are located that lead students to a lower level where lockers are located in individual lobbies. The sixth grade lobby is green, the seventh grade lobby is yellow, and the eighth grade lobby is blue. The sixth and seven grade lobbies are also used as cafeteria seating with the kitchen in the middle. These two lobbies also have small corridors that lead to the school gymnasium. It was renovated in 2010.

Jefferson was designed for use as not only a school but also for community recreation, with the second-largest gymnasium in the state and a community theater that can seat 715 people.[10] The school district works with the local Division of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources to share the facilities.[11]

The school's gymnasium is actually a part of the Thomas Jefferson Community Center. Indoors, a quarter-mile track runs around three basketball courts and past athletic equipment. Outdoors, a half-mile bike trail runs around two athletic fields, two baseball diamonds, two basketball courts and four tennis courts. With the very large space, Arlington County uses the area for the annual Arlington County Fair every August.[12]

Demographics[13]
Ethnicity 2006
American Indian/Alaskan Native 00.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12.4%
Black 28.8%
Hispanic 38.6%
White 19.8%
Unspecified 01.0%
ESL Students 60
State Testing
Average % Passing (school vs. state)
Grade 6
Subject 2006
Reading 78% 83%
Mathematics 28% 51%
Grade 7
Subject 2006
Reading 72% 81%
Mathematics 42% 44%
Grade 8
Subject 2006
Reading 62% 72%
Writing 92% 87%
Mathematics 70% 76%
Science 80% 87%

Source: Virginia Department of Education[14]


Williamsburg Middle School[edit]

Williamsburg Middle School is located at 3600 North Harrison Street. The principal is Ann McCarty.[15] In 2007-2008, there were 1,282 students enrolled and over 77 teachers (66 of which have their Master's Degree). It is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Williamsburg athletes are named the "Wolves." The school colors are white and blue.

There are three teams in each grade along with a separate team (Rockets) for ESOL students. The 6th grade teams are the Cougars, the Coyotes and the Grizzlies. The 7th grade teams are the Slayers, Gryphons and Phoenix. The 8th grade teams are Wave, Odyssey and the Questers. There are three fields, a baseball diamond, two tennis courts and a basketball court outside. There is a multi-usage weight room, an auxiliary gym and the main gym.

Demographics[16]
Ethnicity [17] 2013
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 9%
Black 5.2%
Hispanic 11.4%
White 70%
Unspecified 4.5%
ESL Students 50
State Testing
Average % Passing (school vs. state)
Grade 6
Subject 2006
Reading 94% 83%
Mathematics 94% 81%
Grade 7
Subject 2006
Reading 89% 81%
Mathematics 71% 44%
Grade 8
Subject 2006
Reading 92% 72%
Writing 97% 93%
Mathematics 87% 76%
Science 94% 87%

Source: Virginia Department of Education[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Information about Gunston Middle School on GreatSchools
  2. ^ [1] SOL Test Scores for Gunston Middle School, GreatSchools.net
  3. ^ Information about Kenmore Middle School on the Local School Profile [2]
  4. ^ [3] SOL Test Scores for Kenmore Middle School, GreatSchools.net
  5. ^ (2000) "Washington-Lee High School 75th Anniversary History"
  6. ^ Information about Swanson Middle School on the Local School Profile [4]
  7. ^ [5] SOL Test Scores for Swanson Middle School, GreatSchools.net
  8. ^ (2000) "Washington-Lee High School 75th Anniversary History"
  9. ^ (2000) "Washington-Lee High School 75th Anniversary History"
  10. ^ [6] Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia
  11. ^ [7] Arlington Public Schools Web site
  12. ^ Arlington County Fair Online
  13. ^ Information about Thomas Jefferson Middle School on the Local School Profile [8]
  14. ^ [9] SOL Test Scores for Thomas Jefferson Middle School, GreatSchools.net
  15. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/01/AR2011020106521.html?hpid=sec-education "Arlington principal resigns, blaming superintendent for 'hostile work environment,'" Washington Post (retrieved 2 February 2011).
  16. ^ Information about Williamsburg Middle School on the Local School Profile [10]
  17. ^ [11]
  18. ^ [12] SOL Test Scores for Williamsburg Middle School, GreatSchools.net

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