Whitman Middle School
2500 Parkers Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306
703-660-2400
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School Summary

Walt Whitman Middle School opened in 1961 with an enrollment of 1,066 at the site on Old Mount Vernon Road that is now Mount Vernon High School. In fall 1973, Whitman moved to the Richmond Highway location on U.S. Route 1, which in the 18th century, had been the Potomac Path, created to serve the Potomac plantations. With the closing of Fort Hunt High School and the merger of Stephen Foster and Bryant Intermediate Schools in 1985, Whitman was moved to its present location. This move placed Whitman out of its community boundaries, requiring all students to ride buses.

The school community itself is notably heterogeneous and diverse. Culturally, the Mount Vernon area is full of contrast and paradox. Although boundaries and locations have changed over the years, the basic premise that contributes to the success of the school is the commitment to meet the needs of the child in the middle. The school has implemented many innovative programs, practices, and strategies to address the school's changing demographics and students with special needs.

Whitman staff members fully implement the teaming concept. Teams are assigned learning disabilities specialists to provide support to students with leadning disabilities during the same year. The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program creates an opportunity to support bilingualism in our global society. Students are also supported academically by having a blocked schedule twice a week.

Whitman is preparing students through its design of a balanced, structured curriculum that meets the needs of a diverse student population. Whitman Middle School encourages parent and community partners and strongly supports the PTA.



Enrollment Enrollment as of June 201617: 950
 
Grades 7-8
 
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Special Features
  • After-School Activities Program
  • Algebra Readiness
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Blackboard for homework and student, parent, and teacher communication
  • College and Career Exploration
  • Character education
  • Daily News Program - produced by students and Library media specialist
  • Early Identification Program (EIP)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL
  • Jump Start Summer Program
  • National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
  • Parent Liaison Fluent in Spanish
  • Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
  • Staff/Mentor-Mentee program
  • School-wide Literacy program
  • Support Programs:
    • Action Literacy
    • Language
    • Math 180
    • Read 180
    • Responsive Writing
  • STREAM - Science Technology Reading Engineering ARTS
  • World Languages: French, German and Spanish
  • Whitman Academy - SOL Prep sessions
  • Young Scholars

After-School Program

  • Academic Tutoring
  • Art Club
  • AVID After-School
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • College Partnership Program
  • Cooking Club
  • Intramural Sports (Flag Football, Basketball, Softball)
  • Math Club
  • Snack Attack
  • Step Team
  • Technology Club
  • Theatre Sports
 
Business Partnership
  • Bethlehem Baptist Church
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Fairfax County Fire Dept., Penn Daw Station
  • Food for Neighbors
  • Food for Others
  • Northern Virginia Project GiveBack
  • U.S. Army Fort Belvoir, 12th Aviation Battalion
  • United Community Ministries, Sacramento Neighborhood Center
 
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 3 and the Mount Vernon High Pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.