SHIRLEY C. HEIM MIDDLE SCHOOL

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320 TELEGRAPH RD
STAFFORD, VA 22554
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Phone: 540-658-5910
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Stafford Co Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 300
  • Number Students: 900
  • Number Teachers: 65
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6004
  • Poverty Level: 0 - 5.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 150
  • Principal: Ms Mary Grace Mcgraw
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (16 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (16 Reviews)
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    Posted 2015-04-07
    "I became a new student at Shirley C. Heim a few months ago, and I honestly don't like the school. The teachers here aren't hard on their students at all. I took all advanced classes at my old school, but when I moved here the only advanced classes I could take were English and Math. They also don't have many elective options at this school, and if you take a language; you have to go to your high school every other day.The teachers barely give out any homework and the students there are very disrespectful and aren't serious about their work. People are always talking when they're not supposed to, which prevents the students who actually want to learn from learning. I'm a straight A student, and I usually get work that's challenging. At this school, everything is fairly easy, yet students still complain and don't do their work. I was surprised when I got 100 % on a math test and everyone got like a 70% and below. They were all saying I was probably the first person to get such a high score in their class this school year, which is very sad. I haven't been at this school for very long, but so far I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Their lunch is good though."
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    Posted 2015-02-02
    "My complaint is that some of the teachers are overloading students with mindless activities and not fairly grading them for their fine work. The use of harshness, diatribes, and pure meanness displayed by a very few teachers toward very reliable students is appalling. Moreover, there needs to be a greater emphasis on camaraderie rather than simply making high scores on the SAT so that the school can look good. Too much pressure for young people in my opinion cause students to lack of efforts. Lastly, talented students are overlooked while participating in tryouts for sports which again causes poor morale at Shirley Heim!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-30
    "My daughters and I have been at Shirley Heim for just one month and I am so pleased with the quality of support my children are receiving. The teachers communicate well, they post their classwork and grades on the web so I can check on homework and grades, and they appear to care. There is a very active PTA also that sponsors activities for the kids. Coming from another school district that was horrible, I feel we made the right choice. Thanks Shirley Heim!"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-06
    "This school has very poor leadership SHMS has a large number of teachers leaving EVERY YEAR, in fact some of the most in the county. This mass exodus every year reflects a feeling of discontent that is felt by the teachers and ultimately by the students. Problems in classrooms with very disruptive students are ignored by the principals who come across as afraid of boisterous parents of behavior problems. The school lost many good teachers again this year."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-01
    "As with most schools, there are good teachers & bad ones. The trick is to pay attention to what's going on in your son or daughter's classroom & move him/her to a better teacher if necessary. (I made a request, and it was granted.) Other than a few bad teachers, as a parent I really like Shirley Heim. They truly are a" zero-tolerance for bullies" school, and the assistant principal and 7th-grade guidance counselor have shown professional competence in this area. I also like the fact that the new 6th graders are kept in a separate wing of the school from the older 7th & 8th graders. Knowing this made the transition from elementary to middle school much smoother for my son. All in all, a good school with no bullies wandering the hallways (besides, the lockers are too small to stuff someone in there!), although I wish the principal would promptly remove the few bad teachers."
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