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The goal at Gunston Middle School is clear: academic excellence in a rigorous and nurturing environment that meets the needs of our diverse student body. Our students are encouraged to work hard, explore new interests, build positive relationships, and build on existing strengths. Our talented, dedicated staff work hard to ensure that every child has the tools and time to be successful. A lively extracurricular program with homework help, electives, charitable activities, clubs, sports and special events complements the rigorous school day.

There are three academic programs in Gunston: the traditional middle school program; the Spanish Partial Immersion Language Program, which offers classes in Spanish in science, social studies and language arts; and the Montessori Middle Years Program, a continuation of the basic program. They are organized by multidisciplinary teams who meet regularly to monitor student progress and develop strategies to meet the academic needs of each student. Over 84 percent of Gunston's teachers and staff hold a Masters or PhD degree.

Our election program is award-winning. Network 21 is a nationally recognized studio that teaches students all aspects of media production. Our music programs regularly receive superior and excellent reviews. Our jazz band performs throughout the community. For many years, our visual arts program has won numerous school awards. Our business and technology education program has been recognized for excellence by the Virginia Department of Education.

At Gunston, we educate the whole child while our students master the challenges of youth.