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Francis C. Hammond Middle School

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Phone  +1 703-461-4100
Lowest grade  Sixth grade
Address  4646 Seminary Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304, USA
District  Alexandria City Public Schools
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Francis C. Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, is located at 4646 Seminary Road in the west end of the city. Opened as a four-year high school in 1956, it was named after Alexandria native Francis Hammond (1931–1953), a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War.

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Francis C. Hammond Middle School has applied to be part of the International Baccalaureate program.

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History

In 1971, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) changed to a 6-2-2-2 system, and reassigned its three high schools from four-year to two-year campuses. The newest and most geographically central, T.C. Williams, took all of the city's juniors and seniors, while Hammond and George Washington split the freshmen and sophomores. Prior to the consolidation, the city was approximately one-fifth black, but Hammond High School's student body in the spring of 1971 was nearly all white. Both Hammond and George Washington became junior high schools in 1979, with grades 7-9, and middle schools in 1993, with grades 6-8.

In 2009, Morton Sherman, superintendent for ACPS, introduced a new plan for the school system's two middle schools, to have numerous schools inside one building. This was designed to allow students to have a more personalized education in smaller schools. Hammond had 3 schools (e.g., FCH 1, FCH2, FCH3), while George Washington Middle School had two schools (e.g. GW1, GW2). Starting in the 2014–15 school year the schools will no longer be divided, with students either attending Francis C. Hammond or George Washington.

Demographics

As of September 2014, the 1436 students at Francis C. Hammond are 39.8% African American, 37.3% Hispanic, 12.7% White, 6.3% Asian, 3.0% Multi-racial, 0.6% Native American, and 0.3% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

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Francis C. Hammond Middle School Wikipedia


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