School Details

Rodney E. Thompson Middle School

75 Walpole St, Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 658-6420
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1080 students 19 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

86%
80%
74%
94%
84%
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
  • Stafford County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
82%
75%
83%
75%
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
  • Stafford County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
77%
71%
88%
74%
70%
85%
68%
62%
89%
83%
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
  • Stafford County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

100%
87%
76%
100%
81%
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
  • Stafford County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rodney E. Thompson Middle School is a public middle school in Stafford. The principal of Rodney E. Thompson Middle School is Dr. Andrew T. Grider. 1,080 students go to Rodney E. Thompson Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 9% of the 1,080 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Rodney E. Thompson Middle School is 19:1. H.H. Poole Middle 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

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 63%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    ratchet mean people not fun and lots of bullies i dont like anything about that school all they do is talk about Non-Important Stuff all day They Are truly immature

  • (1 year ago)

    uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we could do better ya ya ya truuuu truu tru tru tru tru tru

  • (2 years ago)

    im going to this school.. mhm is this a good school are le teachers nice thank you hehe xD

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm an eighth grader at Rodney Thompson and I've been here for about 1 1/2 years. I take one academic class (Advanced English-which isn't very advanced-it just means that you take it every other day....so more work less fun) and I also take Virtual Virginia French. My parents chose Rodney Thompson because it had a very high rating in the state of Virginia and nothing makes them happier than getting their children into 'perfect' school. But the truth is Rodney Thompson isn't as great as they thought. Yes it's better than most schools-but it's not a good school for foreigners (we're Ghanians). Our teachers are okay though sometimes they are very stressful to deal with. Disabled? I think it has a good enough program. Sometimes they expect you to know things that you really don't like say you were from another county and you didn't take 6th grade science. Our school is very competitive in sports academics and performing arts. We do have a problem with (yeecch) 'popular' kids though. (See second review). But compared to schools surrounding us we are a more than average school. Next year I'll be going to Brook Point which is an average HS but wish me luck!

  • (4 years ago)

    Um the people at our school are weirdos. No joke. We've got the weirdest kids in 8th grade plus no cute guys. Lmaaoo (

  • (4 years ago)

    I am an 8th Grader and I do not like the new schedule this year at all. Why can't we just go back to the way it was last year. Even the teachers don't like the new schedule and can't remember what time classes end. I wish I could tell the person who changed our schedules that they made a mistak and need to change it back.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been attending RTMS for about 1 1/2 years. I am currently in 8th grade and i have to say i do love this school. it is balanced between socializing and education. If you look at the other middle schools like Poole and AG Whright you will see they have lower ratings. Yes some teachers need to retire and others are doing an excellent job. The vice principal Mr. Bathke is absolutely AMAZING. He is seriouse when you get in trouble but very calm and friendly when he walks the halls. But they could have after school busses for sports and other things. But over all this school is good.

  • (5 years ago)

    This was a good school. Teachers seem focused on the lower achievers in the school now. My son says that they work on activities while the teacher teaches small groups in his classes. The small groups are the students failing. I am a teacher and I feared this was coming - focus on getting the low to pass and ignore those who can get basic instruction on their own. No child left behind is creating a school of mediocrity out of my son's school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Very proud the way RT Middle School has embraced Technology and is helping my daughter take her development to the next level.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are great at Rodney Thompson!

  • (5 years ago)

    the best school ever! all the teachers are really good at their job and make it easy for the students to remember everything their learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to RTMS. I love it. They provide all the nessesitys for us to excelle. The teachers are great! Every thing about it is AWESOME!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been going to RTMS for just over a year now and I am very pleased with it. However there are a few issues at hand. First the time between classes has changed from five minutes to three minutes. It is very difficult for seventh graders like myself to get to class on time between fifth and sixth period. We are downstairs for fifth period and are still expected to come all the way back upstairs stop at our lockers and get to class on time. It is virtually impossible to do this on a regular basis without running when teachers aren't looking and arriving at class out of breath. The other main issue (at least to me) is the binder system. I believe it is just a hassle to teachers and students and most agree with me. I'm not saying it's pointless; just that it is unnecessary.

  • (6 years ago)

    I've been at RTMS for almost 3 years and I have to say it IS a good school. I consider it one of the best in the county. It isn't perfect (some of the teachers could be more helpful and others could stand to let us be a bit more independent) but every school could use some tweaking. I do have to agree that the binder system is NOT effective for me personally. I don't use it in most of my classes because most of my teachers don't inforce it. They find it to be a hassle just as much as we do. It ACTUALLY caused more problems than in my previous years at Thompson. Overall though it's a really good school with good teachers and even a few great ones.

  • (6 years ago)

    Although this is only our first year at RTMS I am very impressed with the teachers and the overall experience my son has had. The work can often be challenging but he enjoys school and is making very good grades. I was very concerned about middle school but it has been a big improvement from elementary school so far.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers are not that great in the 7th grade and the teachers think that just because someone doesnt like to read meansthey cant understand it and most are mean and the new binder system is so stupid everyone hates it some people dont bother with filling it out.

  • (7 years ago)

    It has a great sports system and good choice of classes

  • (8 years ago)

    RTMS is a good school but not a great one. There are some outstanding teachers (e.g. Mrs. Hanson for Drama and Mr. Zinger for Math) but the Administration is mediocre. If you have a problem or concern you will need to work to track down an administrator or counselor - initial phone calls or e-mails are often ignored. Programs for students with moderate learning disabilies or similar problems are lacking - you can choose to put your child on a Special Ed team operating significantly below grade level or you can have / him her placed on a general team with the understanding that it is 'Sink or Swim' - no additional assistance will be made available. To be fair this does not seem to be unique to RTMS but is apparently typical of Stafford County Middle Schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has good learning programs it also has high school courses availabe to the students. There is also good sanitation. The school could have more African American kids which would make it a little bit more diverse. And they really need to have after school activity buses which they don't have currently.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child has attended this school for two years with one more to go! He has enjoyed it and he is meeting his goals to become educated disciplined and develop a strong social and community bond. The teachers are available and I cannot stress that enough. I belive a parent's job in middle school is to be aware but not in their face. I enjoy letting him succeed and struggle as he gains experience in management and organization of his life skills. Middle school has always been a transitional experience in our family and my son is finding success and enjoyment as well as responding to a very strong expectation to meet his capabilities. Rodney Thompson is consistent in their structure and I highly recommend joining this community although I give all of Stafford an A+ rating!

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