Comfortable, quaint and dominated by professionals working for the federal government, Stafford, Virginia is equally beautiful and unique. It’s also home to the bright and promising Stafford County Public Schools. Located in the midst of historical sites such as Ferry Farm and along the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s no surprise why Stafford County is one of the fastest growing counties in Virginia. It also has a close proximity to Washington D.C., Richmond and Maryland. Yet even with this growth, the public school system has maintained its commitment to excellence by offering modern-day technology in the classrooms, keeping student-to-teacher ratios low and providing instructional programs.
There are eight county middle schools that serve over 6,500 students in 6th through 8th grades. Teachers use a team approach and work together to create instructional programs and implement new strategies. With this collaborative approach, students receive consistency and understanding from instructors. Some classes are taught in blocks, meaning that the same teacher will teach several academic subjects in one setting.
Furthermore, it’s important for Stafford County middle schools to offer well-rounded programs for middle school students to take part in. Programs like art, music, drama, foreign language and technology are a core part of the schools’ offerings. Let’s take a look at the eight middle schools in Stafford County.
Edward E. Drew
Home of the Rams, this middle school has approximately 950 students and 67 teachers, with a ratio of 14:1. Students test higher than average for Virginia schools thanks to the small class sizes and strong parent-teacher networks.
Home of the Bulldogs, the student enrollment is approximately 875 students. Parent reviews for the middle school are favorable. Testing higher than Virginia schools at large, the school also offers music, art and drama programs.
T. Benton Gayle
Home of the Panthers, this middle school is home to 890 students and has a strong network of parents and staff. The school also has the honor of being the Thinkfinity Model School in all of Virginia.
Home of the Mustangs, the middle school has an enrollment of 882 students, with a ratio of 12:1. These small classroom settings allow students to flourish, and there are many after-school programs, including music and art.
Shirley C. Heim
Home of the Timberwolves, this school has a student population of 800 students and is well-recognized in the community. Students test well and above Virginia schools at large. The school has also been tackling bullying and communicates its progress on its website.
Home of the Spartans, this is the smallest of the middle schools. With a student population of 500, the school has low student-teacher ratios. Half of the student population is white, while nearly 30 percent are African American. With the more diverse setting, the school offers an abundance of programs to meet the needs of all students.
Home of the Jaguars, this large middle school serves nearly 1100 students and has a 19:1 ratio. Even though the classrooms are large, this does not affect the quality of education. Students test higher than both Virginia schools and other schools in the district.
Home of the Tigers, this school has been serving the county for 30 years. They have a school improvement plan in place and continually improve their vision in order to provide the best education and advanced technology in their classrooms.
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