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ERIC Number: EJ980883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Woodbridge Middle School: Getting Better Together
Principal Leadership, v12 n9 p76-80 May 2012
This article features Woodbridge Middle School, a middle school in Woodbridge, Virginia, which has always celebrated a tradition of excellence. Today's Woodbridge Middle School in no way resembles the school that existed in 2005. Then, the students were mostly White and few qualified for the free and reduced-price meals program; today, there is no majority group among the 1,038 students and almost 50% of the students qualify for such support. The student achievement is also significantly above average as measured by the Virginia state assessments. The story of the school's breakthrough success is the story of a strong leader who works collaboratively with an entire school staff to teach each student. Because of district boundary shifts in 2004, Woodbridge experienced a rapid demographic change but the entire staff felt passionately that stereotypes about poverty and expectations would not enter their building. To support their beliefs, the staff members and administrators knew that they would need to modify their instructional practices to meet a broader range of student needs.
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia