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  • Gainesville Middle School9

    Gainesville, VA | Prince William County

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    May 2, 2014


    This school deserves the 10-rating it originally had. If you look at the negative reviews - one parent said her son didn't open up to her about the bullying he received while there, and then accused the school about doing nothing about it. It begs the question - if she didn't know about it until after - how was the school supposed to know. Then there was the person who gave one star and said they hated the school - then proceeded to give fictitious examples of wrongdoing - like a 'love tap probably getting a 5-day suspension." Come on! No school is perfect, including this one, but our family has nothing but gratitude for the extra-mile effort from our daughter's teachers. The office staff knows our girl by name and has always been friendly and supportive. Once there was a mistake with the busing, that I called in, and the principal herself contacted us and made things right. We're also thankful that the emphasis is more on helping the kids really learn vs. just passing tests. There's an excellent program that allows for second chances that gives the kids a chance learn from their mistakes and retake their quizzes. If you're considering coming here - you're smart!

    Submitted by a parent

    December 20, 2013


    We absolutely love being at Gainesville Middle School. That is not to say there are no frustrations, but honestly, I believe they have some of the finest teachers and administrators in the district. We have had multiple children from our family attend this school over the past four years, and the communication between teachers and home is excellent. The school works at communication, primarily using the School Fusion web pages and occasional robo-calls or Blackboard emails. They studiously avoid sending paper flyers home to reduce costs of printing and wasted paper. I find it sad when I hear parents complain they didn't know about something when there is so much information available. But it seems many parents do not take advantage of the available information resources. Not all teachers maintain their classroom School Fusion pages, which causes frustration for parents and students. That is an area they could use some improvement, perhaps some minimum standards (e.g. all quizzes and tests should be posted ahead of time). Overall, as a parent I can see the huge dedication this school has toward the education of all students.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 5, 2013


    There are some good teachers in Gainesville. Wish I could say the same for the principal. If your child is an introvert, this might not be the best place for them. My son made it through with excellent grades, but the experience was more traumatic than I realized until he was in senior high and started to open up about it. The school promotes a no bully policy, but it fails to actively follow it. In fact, some seemed to tacitly ignore any bullying.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 5, 2013


    This is my third year at Gainesville and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! Every single one of the teachers are super nice and understanding! Gainesville has the BEST MUSIC PROGRAM in the county! The band, orchestra, and chorus are great and always win the top prizes! If your child is going to do orchestra, then this is the school to go to! The orchestra teacher is the best orchestra teacher in the world! She has been teaching me all throughout my middle school years and she is just wonderful! She makes class fun and energetic! Whenever I have a bad day and feel blue, I walk into her room and immediately feel happy! If you want to go to the best middle school in PWC, then this is the middle school to go to!!!! Take it from a student, this is definitely the middle school that you want to go to!!!

    September 10, 2013


    I hate this school. Please never go here. All of the teachers are rude, and will hardly give you time to speak before they decide to suspend you, or kick you out. a little love tap on the shoulder, will probably get a 5 day suspension. no one was even hurt. please do yourself/child a favor and do not go to this school.

    May 13, 2013


    Disgruntled parents who clearly have an axe to grind should be discounted. Gainesville is a great school - the BEST middle school in Prince William County!

    Submitted by a teacher

    May 13, 2013


    Gainesville Middle School is one of the best middle schools in PWC. The teachers are of the highest caliber and the administration runs an extremely safe and positive school environment. If you want a first class education, Gainesville is the place to be!!

    Submitted by a teacher

    May 13, 2013


    Gainesville Middle School is top notch! I currently have my third child attending and I feel that all three have had the best teachers Prince William County provides. I have always felt that my children were safe and they have never felt threatened. My son said that he loves the new security gaurd, he said that Mr. Pointdexter(sp?) is very friendly but the kids all respect him, Top Notch!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 13, 2013


    Gainesville MS is a wonderful school. Don't let the words of one or two people determine your opinion of the school. Look at the website or visit the app. Also, look at the school's profile. It is one of the best schools in all of Northern Virginia.

    Submitted by a teacher

    May 11, 2013


    Previous review by angry parent should be disregarded. Gainesville is an outstanding middle school that offers a multitude of enriching classes for adolescents. There are no existing issues concerning behavior at GVMS.

    Submitted by a teacher

    August 9, 2012


    Wonderful school, passionate dedicated teachers, strong administration. Loved this school! Keep up the good work!

    Submitted by a parent

    February 28, 2012


    For the most part, the administrators and teachers work hard to attend to the needs of each student, and do a good job communicating with parents.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 11, 2011


    The teachers at Gainesville Midle School are among the best we have known. Tremendous commitment and openness to working with parents and children. That being said, it should also be noted that there is a lot of variability in the quality and competence of the adminitrators, as well as their level of caring about the students. For instance, one counseler was totally checked out during a meeting, while another was completely wonderful. Same thing with the front desk. Its very odd. Otherwise, a very good school.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 18, 2011


    Great school. Could not ask for more. The teachers are far above average and truly care about educating children. This is a model school in many ways.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 2, 2011


    This is an excellent school, in a great school district. The School Board listens to the parents. For the most part the teachers are, very good, to excellent. You cannot go wrong sending your child to this school. The kids thrive, learn, make good friends and get "A" grades when they put effort into it. The sports programs are very good. HS prep is good for rising 9th graders wishing to excel in Advance Placement classes.

    Submitted by a parent

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