School Details

Kenmore Middle School

200 S Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 228-6800
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 791 students 15 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

62%
79%
74%
74%
81%
78%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
78%
75%
55%
74%
61%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
77%
71%
66%
81%
70%
65%
68%
62%
69%
81%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
85%
76%
100%
84%
76%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 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. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Arlington County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Kenmore Middle School is a public middle school in Arlington. The principal of Kenmore Middle School is Dr. John A. Word. 791 students attend Kenmore Middle School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 48% of the 791 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Kenmore Middle School is 15:1. Corpus Christi School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 40% 27%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Kenmore Middle School has excellent teachers and facilities. Several of the teachers have been selected as "teacher of the year" by Arlington County; more than have been selected from the other middle schools in the County.

  • (2 years ago)

    There can be doubt about it. This school is a social program out of control kids pressure to bring up the grades of children through the additional staff in math and reading to bring the school up to the already low standards established by the State of VA. The surrounding community has gone down hill. Parents are moving so their kids can go to better schools in Fairfax County instead of put up with the school administration and PTA who won't listen to anything except that which goes along with the status quo Arlington liberal mindset a sort of ironic reverse inclusion. The school has been remodeled but it can't make up for the lack of instruction or the strong emphasis on upward mobility for minorities in a highly "in your face" way. Move to Fairfax County and save yourself the stress of putting your kids into this school only to find out you must go through the arduos task of moving and resettling in Fairfax County.

  • (2 years ago)

    Kenmore has been a disappointment in that the school did away with most of the accelerated courses and does not do enough to challenge the smarter kids. Kenmore seems to cater to the kids that have not thrived or cared enough to learn some of the basics already. I understand that the school wants to get good testing scores and are trying to make sure all kids get a minimal level of education but I had hoped that as an Arlington Co. School they would strive for more than the minimum. The music program is outstanding.

  • (3 years ago)

    Kenmore is an absolute gem of a school and the best kept secret in Arlington County. As a new family to the county we were welcomed into the Kenmore community with open arms. Dr. Word and the faculty of Kenmore have created what I didn't think existed--a model middle school. We have a 6th grader and a 7th grader at Kenmore. Both kids with their extremely different personalities and strengths love it there. The teachers are enthusiastic and assign a challenging but not unrealistic workload. We've been blown away by the impressive amount of communication with the parents. I get an email every day with school announcements and a weekly progress report so I'm on top of my kids' grades and progress. The arts focus is important to us and we've been thrilled with the various offerings. The ACT II program is a wonderful way to let the kids take advantage of all the extra arts electives. In addition there are a myriad of clubs ranging from groups for NASA enthusiasts to Harry Potter devotees. Kudos to the entire Kenmore family for creating a nurturing supportive and creative environment for my kids at what can be a difficult time on the path to adulthood.

  • (3 years ago)

    excellent instruction teachers prepare kids with life skills. my daughter LOVES all her teachers and is excelling beautifully.

  • (5 years ago)

    Thank you Dr. Word administrators teachers and staff for creating such a wonderful environment for my son! We are thrilled to be part of the Kenmore community and even more thrilled about the education my son is receiving! The after school enrichment the teachers provide the weekly progress report as well as the enthusiasm each of you possess while enhancing my son s education is truly appreciated.

  • (5 years ago)

    People Next time you decide to write about my school why don't you ask a 12-14 year-old kid how Kenmore Is in real life. In these past three years I've been at Kenmore Middle School I been tought so many things that it makes me feel smarter . You might not know that we at Kenmore have now different languages to learn I'm now really good at my Spanish. I love this school and I don't have any complaints about my school .

  • (6 years ago)

    Kenmore is a terrible disappointment. It holds the promise of the best technology and a brand new (2 years old) building . . . but filled with administrators who do no more than push paper and provide insufficient training for teachers as well as far too many teachers who do not integrate the technology into their courses. Certainly there are excellent teachers but not enough to outweigh the others. With schools like this it's small wonder that middle school is a waste for so many kids.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a proud parent which my child is a student here at Kenmore Middle. I love everything about this school and most of all the teachers care. This would be one of the top Middle School to enroll your child this school year.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that Kenmore has a great academic program.They have so many different experiences that the kids can try. They also have a good parent involvement and at the Parent Teacher conferences the child has to be with the parent so that the teacher can tell whether or not the kids enjoy it here at Kenmore.

  • (7 years ago)

    Kenmore is the uptopia of schools. Administrators and teachers really care and children learn to be responsible and responsive. The programs at Kenmore are stimulating - especially in the music and arts. Memories made at Kenmore will last a lifetime.

  • (9 years ago)

    We are new to Kenmore and were lucky enough to start in the new school. It is a beautiful school with excellent facilities. The staff at the school is very positive and have made a difference in my child's life.

  • (9 years ago)

    The staff and teachers are very dedicated and I think the overall experience has been very good for our daughter. The new building (opening September 2005) will be very welcome because the current building is just short of horrific. Once they are in the new building I think the school will be unstoppable.

  • (11 years ago)

    Dr. John Word Sr. School Principal dedicates his life to the children at Kenmore. It is an excellent school oriented and dedicated to the Arts & Technology Communication (Computers and such). I highly recommend the experience.

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