School Details

Williamsburg Middle School

3600 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 228-5450
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1022 students 15 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

91%
79%
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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 Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
78%
75%
89%
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 Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
77%
71%
90%
81%
70%
75%
68%
62%
89%
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 Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
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 Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Williamsburg Middle School is a public middle school in Arlington. The principal of Williamsburg Middle School is Dr. Ann Mccarty. 1,022 students attend Williamsburg Middle School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 15% of the 1,022 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Williamsburg Middle School is 15:1. St. John Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

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

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 13%
Hispanic 10% 27%
Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has an amazing Principal! The staff is very good. They have amazing Assistant Principals yes each grade has their own who stays with them and gets to know them as the progress through middle school. The draw back can be how large the school is. It seems like they are busting at the seems. Lunch time can have really long lines and most items depleted before your kid reaches the food. So plan on bringing lunch. Aside from that course offerings are good and you can expect a stellar education. As with any school there are some staff hits and misses but overall it's a pretty good school to be associated with.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my kid's first year at Williamsburg. Coming from some of the best schools in Fairfax county I can say that Williamsburg is not even close to the quality of the other schools. The principal has no leadership and doesn't do any effort to be out there for the kids and parents. I have never seen her in person not on back to school night not during parent-teacher conferences not even once on the hallways. In Fairfax the principals are out there every morning greeting the students and parents reaching out making a statement that they are involved and they care. Our counselor is not good either. She is not responsive and has no communication skills. Thre seems to be a disconnect in the leadership at this school a lot of new people who still don't know what they are doing and people that should have retired a long time ago. I was recently told in response to a question to call the high school my kid will attend next year because that person will retire in the summer and no one at Williamsburg was trained to do her job. The core subject teachers are great though and that is the only good thing I can say about this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    An outstanding school with caring teachers and a great community. Special Ed as well as regular ed was handled great. The post below mentions the band program and I want to say that the new band teacher (2011-2012) has completely turned around that program and it is now fantastic. It takes a special person to run middle school band and he has done a great job!

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my children currently attend WMS and we are very very happy with this school. As another reviewer wrote the school does a great job developing students' ability to take personal responsibility for their assignments and prepares them well for high school. The classes my children have had have been both academically challenging and better yet interesting. We have generally liked all of their teachers my contacts with the administration have been fine the building is well set-out and equipped the afterschool activities are great. The only downside I've seen is the band program which can definitely stand some improvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter went here & had some of the best teachers I've ever encountered in any school system. Some of the best ones have left but in particular Ms. Texeira (math) Mr. Feeny (social studies) & Mr. McDermott (geography) were wonderful. I found the administration to be very responsive to parents' concerns. I loved Ms. Francis - a warm & very hard-working caring principal - and Ms. Ly & Ms. Dodd both go the extra 10 miles to help. They aren't 'strict' here - they have standards & they expect the students to meet them. That's a good thing.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Williamsburg! I just started this year but so far it has been fantastic! The teachers are nice but they say flat out what they expect. Sometimes teachers underestimate how much time their homework will take to complete and that can be a bummer. Something I really enjoy about Williamsburg is their use of the agenda. It is where you can write down all of your homework and plan your after-school activities as well as write down what books you have been reading recently. I LOVE Williamsburg ) !

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely loved my 6th grade teachers. But my 7th grade math teacher gave amazingly huge amounts of homework. I was on Grizzlies and my TA teacher was absolutely astounding.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has attended several schools across the country and Williamsburg is by far the best one. Her sixth grade American History teacher was absolutely fantastic. She made history interesting memorable and fun and still managed to develop and require a sophisticated depth of understanding throughout the year.

  • (5 years ago)

    This has been the perfect school for us. Each year the school curriculum adds more responsibility for the students. And by the time the students graduate they are prepared for highschool. Also the library is fantastic and I consider it to be the heart of the school and a place which encourages the students to be involved in reviewing books and an sharing their ideas. The principal is fantastic and runs the school beautifully. The teachers are making learning exciting that even I would want to go back to school. I could go on....

  • (5 years ago)

    the principle is really wierd. Some teachers understand the right amount to give students for homework but other teachers seam to only to believe they are the only one that give homework and give it in very large sums.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are great the students are great and parents have opportunity to get involved with their children's school life. I belive this school is above average.

  • (5 years ago)

    I really think kids are not learng as much as they can!

  • (6 years ago)

    While some of the teachers are a bit strict this is overall a very good school. If anything the sixth grade teachers are fun and engaging. In all the time I was at Williamsburg I have never seen a student unfairly punished. Oh teachers can be strict but come on! This is middle school not kindergarden. Eventually the teachers will get strict. Why not ease into it?

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are awful. They teach nothing.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school does provide a good education however it is lacking in many areas. The sixth grade teachers are too strick on the children; their expectations are unrealistic. The amount of stress put on all of the students is unexcusable. When they enter seventh grade their spirits are broken from the previous year. Your child will get a good education; but at the cost of their emotional well being I do not think it is worth it. How exactly do you make a child like school again? Like some other parents at Williamsburg I am looking at other options for schooling.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ms. Francis is the best principal ever! She doesn't have a lack of judgement. this is the best school ever! We love the 6th grades teachers the best!

  • (8 years ago)

    The principle needs help! The teachers are great though and they definatly make up for her lack of judgement.

  • (10 years ago)

    Very good school that enforces policy but at the same time allows children to be in a enthusiastic environment in which they can learn and not be bored out of their minds.

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