Carson Middle School
13618 McLearen Rd, Herndon, VA 20171
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Grades 7-8
Principal Gordon Stokes
FCPS Programs
Special Features
  • 21st Century Technology Program
  • Best Buddies International Program (FCPS Charter Chapter)
  • Extensive Participation in Rachel Carson's Fine Arts Programs
  • Goal Setting and Reflection Program
  • High Student Participation Rate in Competitive Events Sponsored by Local, State, and National Organizations
  • Wide Variety of 21st Century Elective Programs for Students
Business Partnership
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services
  • Scitor Corporation
Attendance Area This school is part of Region 1 and the Oakton HS pyramid. Enter your street address in the boundary locator to determine which schools your student should attend.

School Summary

Rachel Carson Middle School opened its doors to students during the 1998-99 school  year.  In the school’s short history, it has been recognized for outstanding programs in environmental awareness, technology, mathematics, special education, industrial technology, physical education, and after-school clubs and activities. Since it’s opening, Rachel Carson Middle School has been recognized by numerous organizations, such as the National Middle school Association as a “Showcase School,” The Virginia Middle School Association and the Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform as a “School to Watch.”  In addition, Rachel Carson was the recipient of The Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2008 through 2011.

Rachel Carson has a multitude of programs that cater to a wide range of student abilities and special needs. The school houses a gifted and talented center and provides honor programs in the four core subject areas. Math offerings include Math 7, Math 8, Math 7 Honors, Algebra, Algebra 1 Honors, Geometry Honors and Algebra II. Also offered are a wide variety of foreign languages for high school credit. Our school’s special education program includes a full continuum of services to meet the needs of all students.

Rachel Carson Middle School is named after a prominent author and environmentalist who embraced the sense of wonder.  She is quoted as saying, “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Carson Middle School embraces the sense of wonder and encourages student discovery in all aspects of their learning and their lives.  Rachel Carson staff takes pride in its service to children, parents and the community.

Last Updated: 2015-08-12