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Our School

Francis C. Hammond Middle School was built in 1956. The building has housed a variety of grade levels. It was a high school (grades 9-12) from 1956 until 1971. Hammond High School gained a reputation for being one of the finest schools in the state. As a two-year school (grades 9-10) Hammond was in the forefront of racial desegregation (1971-1979). In the fall of 1979, Francis C. Hammond Junior High School opened (grades 7-9). In the fall of 1993, it was reorganized into a middle school (grades 6-8).


The mission of Francis C. Hammond Middle School through a partnership of students, families, staff, and community is to ensure that every student has the skills to build a strong social and academic foundation in order to transition into a successful, responsible member of society.


Francis C. Hammond Middle School will be a model instructional environment for diverse adolescent learners. We will develop a nurturing learning culture that allows students to master the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for success in high school and a variety of post-secondary and career opportunities.

Awards and Honors

  • Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award: Stan Reed (Special Education)

  • Recognized by the Virginia Department of Education as a most-improved school 

Special Programs

  • International Academy

  • Breakfast in the Classroom

Francis C. Hammond Data

Francis C. Hammond Middle School is fully accredited. To learn more, review the Virginia School Report Card on the Virginia Department of Education website or review recent test scores.


Enrollment: 1,413

  • American Indian or Alaska Native: <1%

  • Asian: 8%

  • Black or African American: 33%

  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: <1%

  • White: 14%

  • Hispanic: 43%

  • Multi-racial: 2% 

Special Programs

  • Eligible for free or reduced price meals: 82%

  • Students requiring English Learners (EL) services: 33%

  • Students receiving special education services: 10% 

School Faculty

Number of Licensed Staff: 137
With postgraduate degrees: 69%