School Details

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School

7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 720-5700
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 5-7 501 students 14 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

94%
94%
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76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Falls Church City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
76%
88%
87%
65%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Falls Church City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
92%
71%
93%
93%
70%
86%
86%
67%
90%
90%
74%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Falls Church City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
91%
72%
93%
89%
70%
87%
88%
72%
90%
87%
77%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2013-2014 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.
100%
96%
79%
100%
97%
77%
97%
97%
85%

Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2013-2014 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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Falls Church City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School is a public middle school in Falls Church. The principal of Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School is Ms. Seidah Ashshaheed. 501 students go to Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 7% of the 501 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School is 14:1. St. James Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 70% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Administrators seem to abuse their power to suspend any student who is targeted by a bully with false accusations without being fair and unbiased by influential parents of the bully.

  • (1 year ago)

    MEH faculty really worked to understand my child and help her gain acceptance at her new school. Even though she hadn't been through the FCCPS system they worked to help her fit in and keep up academically. You do have to ask a lot of questions when you are new to really understand the difference between this school and other non-VA schools in terms of academics. We should have enrolled our child in the higher level math but didn't understand the differences. So a little more help in that area beyond the entrance test would have been appreciated. Still thanks for a great first year.

  • (1 year ago)

    It's hard for me to assess this school because we've lived out of the country for much of my child's education. I can only say my child has not learned as much as I would have hoped and has been comparatively unhappy. As a parent I have been unimpressed with communication. Speaking with anyone teacher or administrator requires a lot of effort and persistence even for seemingly simple matters like getting assignments for child who's been absent . With a few exceptions the teachers I have met seem disinterested too. I have volunteered and overheard some talking about ways to "kill time" with their classes. I felt that summed up my child's experience over the last year killing time rather than thriving. There is also an emphasis on technology in the classroom which has translated into students spending a lot of time in front of a screen rather than interacting with a teacher which I think exacerbates this problem. Many parents I've talked to insist that despite its flaws it's better than the surrounding schools. That may be so but there is a lot of room for improvement.

  • (2 years ago)

    I really like the new principal but have some concerns. The school brought in a number of new teachers this year. So many of them act as if they don't want to be in the classroom. Given the rigorous academics why wouldn't the school hire upbeat and motivating instructors? Seriously. I don't understand the choices. Also as a parent who has dealt with my kids being bullied (not at MEH) I think the school needs a more clear and logical framework for determining when and who should be suspended. It seems that in their zeal to create tighter behavior standards for the kids common sense and fairness get sacrificed. MEH is a wonderful school but not without some problems.

  • (2 years ago)

    I currently attend George Mason High School and i attended MEH. I hated MEH with a passion but I'll try to be objective here. MEH has great educational standards. My middle-school self was always learning new things and had to work for her grades. Like all the Falls Church schools it's competitive. I had some great teachers in sixth grade a mix in seventh grade and horrible teachers in fifth grade- I'm honestly sorry they're still employed there. My Spanish teacher was great but on of the others is supposed to be horrible. From what I've heard and from my own experience most students hate going there. It's academics might be great but it's a horrible place to attend. I was miserable for my entire three years. When I went there the school had a huge bullying problem which admin completely ignored; if you tried getting help with it they wouldn't. I know from experience. I see they now have an online bullying- reporting form on their website and if you get bullied report it. Maybe the new principal is more helpful. Please send your middle schoolers somewhere private if you want your older kids at the high school. I wish I'd been able to go somewhere else for those years.

  • (3 years ago)

    Falls Church City schools are amazing with the exception of this terrible school. Mount Daniel wonderful TJ was also very good - teaching is strong in both and the environment warm and supportive. MEH is like something out of another school district - it's not a "Falls Church" school in any respect. My daughter's teacher this year was terrible - constantly insulting the students and complaining about his job - she didn't learn very much and wasn't happy (nor was anyone else from what I could tell) and the leadership is abysmal - the environment is so different from the other schools in the system it's really shocking. With the money this school system has (thanks to the sky-high property taxes) they can afford the best - hiring mediocre educators who could work anywhere else is simply inexcusable.

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree with an earlier posting. This school has so much potential but the Principal lacks any qualities of a leader. If you go to the principal with an issue she does not know how to handle it and there was never any follow up with things that were suggested at meetings. Special education is hit or miss because there are only two that know what they are doing. All the parents know the good one and the rest -- well good luck. And your child will not be ready for high school. Maybe after this principal leaves things will get better. Let's hope.

  • (4 years ago)

    For all of you kids who sent a bad review well you are wrong! The teachers are very nice now. they give lots of high school experience. All the studies are upgraded to a very high level now. Everybody who goes to this school will succeed in their lives by a high chance.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am in high school now and I can tell you looking back that I absolutely hated this school. I had only one or two teachers my whole school career there that I felt were supportive and helpful. For the most part they treated everyone in the school at an elementary school level and never let us gain experiences that would prepare us for the high school. When I moved to the high school in eighth grade it was a terrible experience; I had none of the skills necessary to move forward. My parents and I had problems with some of the teachers and how they were grouping students in the higher levels which we brought up to the principal. They did not respond to these complaints at all.

  • (4 years ago)

    I could not be more impressed with the nurturing and talented teachers at Mary Ellen Henderson; however the principal's inexperience and lack of judgement in crucial areas considerably hampers the learning environment for students transitioning from elementary to middle school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so pleased with this school. My 5th grade daughter has went from struggling and hating math to being in the top group with an A + grade. I think this is thanks to the wonderful teachers she has. She is so happy at this school. I was also worried at the begining of the year that she was too young to be going to middle school but it has been a great experience for her. Also as a parent I have found that there are many opportunities for parent involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    MEHMS is an amazing school with strong leadership terrific teachers wonderful extracurricular opportunities and a high level of parent involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    My 7th grade son and I just moved into the Falls Church community in January and we could not be happier with MEH. He has made many friends quickly. The teachers and parents are welcoming to new students. The curriculum is varied and challenging but not too difficult. The teachers communicate well with parents and are willing to go the extra mile to help students. We love it here and highly recommend it.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is attending the school he is very happy he has become more independent the group 5-7 is a very nice grouping. I will not change the school excellent teachers supporting administration and a very warm and friendly enviorement.

  • (6 years ago)

    My student will be finishing 7th grade and has attended all 3 years at this school. We had some trepidation with the 5-7 setup at first but it worked out fine. My student has become more independant and responsible with homework has earned very good grades (an improvement from elementary school) and had a great time. The setup is very nurturing and the individual grades are housed on separate floors in separate 'pods'. We've had some wonderful teachers and some not-so-wonderful teachers but I would expect that anywhere. The front office staff is friendly and accomodating. We had some issues with bullying on the bus and it was addressed immediately. In response to previous posts if you don't want your child to attend an activity at the rec center simply don't send them! It has nothing to do with the school's performance!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have to agree with the parents posting on March 15th that the 5th grade is a realy problem. 10-year-olds are just too young for middle schooll and the Administration is NOT delivering what they promised at the beginning of the school year that they will operate this grade like elementary school until the students are adjusted. There are many excellent teachers but without a strong administration the talents of the strong teachers are not fully blooming.

  • (6 years ago)

    MEH is a awesome school! It is suituated in a beautiful city and the building which was built in 2005 is very modern featuring its own tv crew that tell the announcements to other students over the tv. My current teachers are encouraging but also provide me with great support. The counsolors are also very good at what they do meaning they to are also very supportive of me.

  • (6 years ago)

    MaryEllen Henderson Middle School is a wonderful school environment where our younger middle school students have an opportunity to grow and develop more independence while still in a safe encouraging atmosphere. I love the small size and sense of community. Our SOL and other testing scores are outstanding but they are not the emphasis of the education. Extra curricular activities are abundantly available and the staff is incredibly supportive of all student endeavors. I have two children attending MEHMS and I couldn't be happier.

  • (6 years ago)

    MEH is a beautiful facility. The concept of 5-7 has not been successful on many levels primarily because the focus has been on the 'elementary' part vs. the 'middle' part. The children don't transition well to the HS at grade 8. And the instruction is by no means 'excellent'. I think there are many good teachers there but the overall plan and focus of the administration does not reach out for quality and excellence. And the integration of parents is welcomed by the teachers at a 1-1 level but not from administration or counselors nor is it welcomed as a 'concept' for school improvement. This school has great potential....someone just needs to seize the moment and bring it to life.

  • (6 years ago)

    Both of my children attend this school. I don't like the fact that middle school begins at fifth grade. The younger kids are exposed to too much at such a young age. I am also not impressed with the school administrators. The principal has shown continued inexperience when dealing with bad teachers. Thereby making the students suffer.

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