Read what parents are saying about Gunston Middle School
Fair experience - I was extremely worried about this school. I used to attend Gunston back in the 70s and it was slowly going down hill back then. Of course, we are still in the neighborhood and thought that we would send our child to Gunston and so we did. However, I am not sure we did the right thing by sending her to Gunston. #1 - Lack of communication is #1 problem for parents. Communication between the office staff and parent is almost non-existent. Recording attendance is not a positive outcome to parents. Children are marked UNEXCUSED even in notification has been sent via email; phone calls; etc. This is not acceptable - isn't acceptable in the workforce and should not be acceptable in school. We have had, thus far, 3 issues in which we notified the school and our child was still marked UNEXCUSED until we got a phone call and then had to sit on hold until the attendance coordinator responded. #2 - Stress and Anxiety issues have been overwhelming for our child. Coming from a school that did not have a homework policy to a school that stated that they have minimal homework but the homework has turned into long hours is not having a good effect. More and more children are experiencing an upgrade in Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Stress over the workload. Not sure if we will remain at Gunston or not at this rate.
Posted by a parent on 12/7/2018
I have not had the best experience at Gunston. I have developed fairly bad anxiety, mainly because of this school. I spend 2 years in the immersion and disliked it a fair amount. I did not handle the workload well, especially in 6th grade, but I have improved in math class a lot. I like how diverse our school is but we are EXTREMELY “clicky”, only hanging out/ talking to our close friends. Along with all time they don’t let us use our phones during lunch, which is frustrating because I would text and call my mom whenever I would feel sick ( once a month if you know what I mean ) and one of the main arguments I have for this is that kids verbally fight a lot more. In conclusion I kind of hate this school, but that’s just my experience.
Posted by a student on 9/19/2018
Since we recently moved from Gunston to an overseas international school, with extremely high standards, I was initially worried that my daughter would face some hardship going from the American curriculum to the much stronger International one. Instead, I was pleasantly pleased to discover that the education she received at Gunston was on par with what she started doing here. One major bonus of Gunston (which won't last) is this it was/is not overcrowded, like the other Arlington middle schools, highly diverse student population, lots of interesting programs to try (my daughter loved the elective wheel in 6th grade, which allowed her to try many different classes). While there are certainly challenges at Gunston, overall our 2 years there were positive. I personally think that Gunston is the hidden gem of Arlington, and the education received there helped my daughter thrive at her new school.
Posted by a parent on 7/29/2017
Gunston is an OK school, at best. I've had several kids in this school because of the Spanish immersion program and I am not impressed. Arlington parents think the school is great because their kids are coming home with good grades, but are they really deeply learning and starting to apply critical thinking? The homework situation is a mess, some teacher give assignment via Google Classroom, others via Blackboard, some via email, others via written notes - it is impossible to get a good overview on tasks at hand - and the administration enforces no consistency. Advanced math is pretty good but the rest of the gifted/advanced programs are pretty much non- existent. Bullying, drug use and sex going on, but I guess that is par for the course in a middle school these days. On the plus side: there are some very good and dedicated teachers at Gunston, but the quality is uneven. Some teachers are really committed and work long hours + stay after school to help the kids. Other pluses are the Spanish immersion program and diversity. Overall, I cannot help to think that this school could and should be so much better.
Posted by a parent on 1/23/2017
The Principal, Dr. Wiggins, is an excellent Administrator and leader of a diverse and professionally skilled academic and support staff. I was delighted that she has the added training of being fluent in Spanish which gives her 'a tremendous edge' in reaching out more to Gunston's Spanish-speaking students and parents. Our Gunston experience as a family was exceptional in having our needs met holistically. Our son was successfully promoted to 9th grade and the team approach to supporting him was definitely instrumental to his learning. I highly recommend this school and its programs. The Kleins
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Arlington schools - Gunston Middle School is located at 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington VA 22206. Gunston Middle School is in the Arlington County Public Schools. Gunston Middle School is a Public school that serves grade levels 6-8.