School Details

Thoreau Middle School

2505 Cedar Ln, Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 846-8000
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 780 students 21 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

92%
84%
75%
81%
77%
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
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
83%
71%
90%
81%
70%
97%
80%
62%
91%
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
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
84%
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
  • Fairfax County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thoreau Middle School is a public middle school in Vienna. The principal of Thoreau Middle School is Mr. Greg Hood. 780 children attend Thoreau Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the 780 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Thoreau Middle School is 21:1. Our Lady of Good Counsel 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

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 46%
Hispanic 7% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    This is the best school I had been to in my whole life. It is great.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been a teacher for 15 years and I can honestly say that this is the best school in which I have ever taught. The students parents faculty and staff make my coming to work everyday enjoyable and rewarding.

  • (4 years ago)

    At thoreau i had an amazing education. they have wonderful teachers and staff. the two years i was there i went from being a under achiever that didn't care about school to being in all honors taking a foreign language and having strait a's. the teachers that truly inspired me were my eighth grade algebra 1 teachers Mrs. Galus and Mrs. Lenard and the chorus teacher who no longer works there Mrs. Singletary. i highly recommend this school

  • (4 years ago)

    Terrific school great academics and extra-curricular activities!

  • (4 years ago)

    Im in my last quater of my first year at thoreau and i enjoy it the teachers help me wiht all my assignmebt if i dont understand the material. This is an amazing school and i totally suggest you go here

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm a student and we just moved here last summer. This is a great school- we are learning a lot. Since the test averages were so high for social studies and science every person is in honors for it. If you are looking for a great school go here!

  • (6 years ago)

    Our child has just finished 8th grade at Thoreau and we were generally happy with the school. Thoreau can count academics and strong and motivated teachers among its strengths. On the negative side the Principal is almost invisible; a situation made worse by a cold and unwelcoming front office staff. We had zero interaction with the Principal which was unfortunate. His two Vice Principals however are approachable and tuned in. On the whole Thoreau is one of the area's better Middle Schools.

  • (7 years ago)

    Thoreau is an excellent school. The teachers there truly care that the students learn the material not just nail them for the grade. If they don't do well on a test they have opportunities to get partial credit on corrections come in during the free period to get extra help etc. The communication with the parents is amazing! I'm on my third child going there and it can't get any better. The pricipal is amazing and will be open honest and cares about your issues and your child's.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter attended here for 2 years. I feel she was well prepared for High school. The awesome music teacher Ms. Winder in now retired but that was my daughter's favorite aspect of the school. She was well taught and happy in a safe environment and I never experienced and major problems. Good school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Since my childs 2 year experience at Thoreau I would say the school has done a wonderful job. All the teachers I have encountered have been excellent. Some teachers that i think i should recognize for there excellence in what they do are Mr. Mandell Mrs. Clark and Mme Safavi. All fantastic teachers. The school is very organized and i feel safe sending my child there 5 days a week. Its a great enviornment with great after school activites. I dont think you could ask for much more. Hope Thoreau is the school you choose!

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