Holmes Middle School, located near Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike in Annandale, is one of three Fairfax County middle schools with grades six, seven, and eight.
The central theme of Holmes' 2017-18 School Improvement Plan is to focus on literacy - specifically writing this year - and to improve achievement on SOL tests for all students. The school finds strength in its diverse population, exemplified by students and staff members representing more than 50 of the world's countries. Teachers meet regularly in their collaborative teams to plan lessons and to coordinate differentiated and engaging instruction and activities for all of our students, including those students who receive special education services, students who are English Learners, and students who have been identified to received Advanced Academic services. The school collaborates closely with the PTA to provide meaningful programming for parents and support extracurricular opportunities as part of the After School Program.
These beliefs guide the work of staff at Holmes Middle School:
As an IBMYP school, we will use the question, "What is best for our students?" as our guiding point so that we can agree to decisions and implement processes that promote the best possible learning for our students. We'll know we've got it when our collaborative practices and processes demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of all students above our individual preferences.
We agree that these practices are what is best for student growth:
- Plan purposefully to have the elements of positive culture in place throughout the school building to ensure students feel safe.
- Use multiple sources of data to monitor student progress and plan instruction that is tailored to students' needs.
- Collaborate in CTs to design rigorous, engaging, and differentiated instruction to meet the developmental and academic needs of all students.
- Engage all students in meaningful learning experiences with rigorous academics through a variety of processes (workshop model, blended learning, elements of IBMYP, and academic choice) in the classroom.