Joyce Kilmer Middle School

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Coordinates: 38°54′9.44″N 77°13′29.55″W / 38.9026222°N 77.2248750°W / 38.9026222; -77.2248750

Joyce Kilmer Middle School
Address
8100 Wolftrap Road
Vienna, Virginia, 22182
Information
Type Public school
Motto "Dare To Excel"
Principal Ronald James
Enrollment 1500
Website

Joyce Kilmer Middle School is a school in the Fairfax County Public Schools System in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, east of the city of Vienna. Kilmer serves grades 7-8. It was named after the journalist and poet Joyce Kilmer. Kilmer has a GT program for students who have been determined to be "Gifted and Talented." It is now called AAP, or "Advanced Academics Program."[1]

Feeder schools[edit]

This school feeds into Madison High School, George C. Marshall High School,[2] and Langley High School.

Demographics[edit]

Kilmer's student body is 54.4% White, 25% Asian, 11.6% Hispanic, 5.5% Unspecified, and 3.5% black.[3]

Test scores[edit]

Kilmer is fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. The following chart is for the 2006-2007 school year.

SOL Test Percent Passing
Grade 7 English: Reading 94%
Grade 7 Math 73.2%
Grade 8 English: Reading 90.8%
Grade 8 Science 95.2%
Grade 8 English: Writing 94%
Grade 8 Math 86.2%

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Music program[edit]

Kilmer is known for its music program.[citation needed] The school received the Blue Ribbon Award in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016[5] which is given to schools whose top performing groups from orchestra, chorus and band all receive Superior ratings at Festival,[5] the highest rating possible. The Kilmer 2010 and 2014 Symphonic Bands played at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference in Norfolk, VA.

Teachers[edit]

48% of the teachers have a bachelor's degrees, 52% have master's degrees. There is an average of about 19.5 students per teacher. There is a 97% attendance rate.

GT center conversion controversy[edit]

In 2006, Fairfax County Public Schools decided that many Gifted and Talented students from Kilmer would be moved to Luther Jackson Middle School due to overpopulation. This created a controversy among Vienna parents, concerned with transportation issues and split-feeder schools - meaning that students would be split up from their classmates from elementary and middle school. This decision attracted media attention from the Washington Post,[6] Fairfax Extra, The Connection and other local news. The School Board decided to open the new Luther Jackson GT Center in two stages. In its first year, only GT-eligible students in the base Luther Jackson district would attend, and Vienna students whose base middle school was Thoreau would attend the GT Center at Kilmer.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Zachary Adam Chesser, accused of aiding a foreign terrorist organization, attended Kilmer's GT program.[7]
  • Mike Hindert, the bassist from the New York band The Bravery.
  • Brent Runyon, author of The Burn Journals, doused his bathrobe in gasoline and lit himself on fire after having received a threat of expulsion from Kilmer's administration while he was in the eighth grade at the middle school.[8]
  • Barry Weeks, record producer and staff writer for Universal Music Group.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Advanced Academic Programs". fcps.edu. 
  2. ^ "FCPS - School Profiles - Kilmer MS". fcps.edu. 
  3. ^ "School Profiles: Kilmer MS". Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Kilmer MS School Profile
  5. ^ a b "Blue Ribbon Award". vmea.com. 
  6. ^ Mathews, Jay (16 November 2006). "An Exchange on a Possible Gifted and Talented Center". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Tara Bahrampour (July 24, 2010). "Terror suspect took his desire to belong to the extreme". Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Burnjournals". burnjournals.com.