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Alexandria, VA
Students enrolled: 2,976

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7630 Telegraph Rd
Alexandria, VA 22315

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(703) 924-7400
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April 22, 2015
Very large school, 7th through 12 in same building. For the most part, middle schoolers are separate from the high schoolers. I don't like the block scheduling- seems that most of my son's teachers have a difficult time trading for a full 90 minutes and keep the students engaged. Also, when a teacher is absent, the sub gives a "time waster" assignment and they lose valuable teaching time.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2014
I am one of the original alumni from Hayfield...class of '73. So sad to hear what happened to this school over the years since I left. I have such great memories of my time there. I was in awe of the place. When it opened in '69 it was a wonder to behold for sure. The biggest high school on the east coast for a while. The planetarium was amazing and the gym was HUGE. Great sports coaches and teams, and outstanding school spirit. I think I still have my Harvester yearbook. The teachers were great and really cared. I haven't even seen what the school looks like now but hopefully one day soon I will drive by and go down memory lane.

- submitted by a community member

July 12, 2013
Hayfield is a nice, big school. The staff is very professional and the schedule is amazing. I've had a great experience at Hayfield Secondary and hope to create new memories with my friends and teachers! -Class of 2015 :)

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August 12, 2012
This school has come a long way from the days of being so overcrowded that fights were started in the hallways simply from one student bumping another. However as a parent, I still have concerns. Example: my child goes to see their counselor but counselor is not in. Told to leave a note. This happened over and over and over for weeks. Still...my child was not called to a meeting with their counselor. I...parent, send an email to counselor asking to see my child and that they have been to the office multiple times only to be told to leave a note. Still...nothing. I finally get in my car and go to school. I talk to the counselor face to face and ask that my child be called in as they want to talk about their classes. Still, nothing. A meeting never happened for the entire school year and my child eventually gave up. I don't know whether to call that sad or pathetic or...both. My child did not want me to step in as they wanted to handle things on their own hence I did not visit the school again. This is just one of a handful of issues with this school. Totally unacceptable by anyone's standards. After four kids at Hayfield, I'm not holding my breath for any great change.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2011
It's better than most high schools in Alexandria. The teachers are really helpful and genuinely want you to do well. However, some of the counselors always seem to get huffy when you want something from them, God forbid you should ask them to do their job. The athletic programs are great and parental involvement is high. However, the students are incredibly irritating in the fact that they have to stop and stand in the middle of the hallway...I think the student population is a bit too high, my spanish class had about 40 people, some kids had to sit on the floor. Also, Tremaine's administration revamped the security policy, and students aren't allowed to 'linger' in the lobby area, even if they're waiting for after school activities to begin. I find this new policy overbearing and ridiculous - students were forced to wait outside in the freezing cold, when they were obviously not causing trouble. And for the review 2 spaces below me, I'm guessing you failed english, seeing as your grammar could glorify a daft second-grader.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2011
I have a son attending Hayfield and we have been very pleased with the teachers and staff. The school was recently renovated and is equipped with modern technology. We are very pleased overall. Many parents are involved in school activities.

- submitted by a parent

December 13, 2010
The only positive in my daughter's education at this school are her Honors teachers. The remaining teachers are uncaring and unresponsive, and it is no wonder at all that the test scores are so embarrassingly low. There are lots of gang/ghetto problems, and the school administration treats ALL of the children with an expectation of the worst. I still haven't figured out how to get a response from her math teacher, and this from a school whose SOL pass rate in 7th grade math last year was 43%?! They need to seriously overhaul this excuse for a school but it appears that they are just allowing it to slide further into the gutter.

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2010
Were do I start? this school runied my life it runied my social life it runied everything!!! I'm a student a senior suppose to be graduating there but I moved to Prince Willam County, and gald I did, atleast there they care about there own students and listen to them. Ive been in Hayfield since 10th grade I been a victum of being jumped, being in drama situations that push me to the edge which I havn't caused and the staff members which I liturally fought to change my classes from October to June! and thats just the tip of the iceburg. I went to summer school and passed with a barly 66 or 70 just passing to a D. You know what they did? of course fail me and take the course again!!! for the third time!! I have many more to say about this school, but I don't think its worth on fcps sense of course, but I give it mearly one more star for only reaching a hand on getting a modified diploma as well as my respect of some teachers. and getting my classes stright as of now I think Woodbridge High School will get its name on my diploma, being happy and out of the high school life onwards to college.

- submitted by a community member

December 10, 2010
There's not much to say about this school. It's your run of the mill high school with the usual high school drama. In order to survive at Hayfield you have to mind your own business, do your work and leave at the end of the school day. Once you start getting yourself involved in drama, the faculty has a bad habit of seeing you as a person that won't change and treat you as if you were a delinquent, even if it wasn't your fault. Other than that, the teachers are very nice and helpful or mean and won't help you and find ways to get out of their duty to help after school. Also, this school is supposed to be within its capacity, but there seems to be an area of the school that always gets crowded because people decide to stand in the middle of the hallway in that area. Also, some counselors can be grouchy when it comes to helping people out. Same with secretaries.

- submitted by a community member

June 20, 2010
I am currently a junior at Hayfield and have attended school there since 7th grade. I also have family that goes to school there. This school has many problems. It is VERY diverse and many times the groups of kids do not get along. While fights are not as common as they used to be, they still occur. The counselors are terrible, whether it is because of the large group of students or because they don't know how to do their job, it's disgraceful. The majority of the teachers are poor educators as well. There are very few, mainly AP teachers, who actually seem to enjoy teaching and helping their students. There is no parent involvment or school spirit and many students have drug and alcohol problems. The one thing Hayfield does well is their extra curricular activities. Dr. Orlein did a good job, but is now retiring.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 29, 2010
Hayfield is an excellent school, but it takes some work to navigate. The kids who are able to take AP and pre-AP classes and maintain a decent GPA are highly regarded by competitive colleges, and do well once they are there. Many say that college is easier than AP. The kids who aren't pushed to try AP classes may suffer, though. Some of the 'regular' classes are boring and easy, while others are just as hard as AP classes. Because there's no 'honors' level of classes between AP and regular classes, juniors and seniors either have to pick a very, very difficult path or a ridiculously easy path. The rule that a student may not drop an AP class until the end of the first semester is ridiculous. Most of the top-level teachers are excellent and will do anything to help their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 26, 2010
Average school at best. The 'diverseness' of the school is not attractive. All the rich kids got to be assigned to South County, leaving everything else at Hayfield.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2010
Not a good school! Had to send my children to private school, because of poor teaching and leadership.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2008
Hayfield is an excellent school. Very diverse with very involved teachers.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2008
I hate this school, it is a terrible atomosphere and more stressful than needed.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 14, 2008
i am a former student at hayfield and i have to say this is a wonderful school. there are not many fights but if they're then there are teachers everywhere. the teachers are some of the best and help you with anything that you're having trouble with. the principal Dr.Oehrlein is awesome when it comes to his role at Hayfield.

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 05, 2008
This is a great school. Principal Oehrlein won 'Best MS Principal in the Commonwealth of VA' for 2007-8 given by Met Life. Parent involvement is tops. Just renovated, beautiful.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2008
I am a student at Hayfield, and I would say that the school is pretty great. The teachers give students time after school and during lunch to help them out with what they don't understand in the subject. Some of the students there sort of get too comfortable in their class and start to take advantage of the teacher or leave class without asking. So its pretty much the students, not the teachers. They have AP classes and Honors classes for students who are up for the challenge. There are a lot of extracurricular activities for students. In 7th grade, they prepare you for 8th grade and also high school. They even help you with after high school and which jobs might interests you. They offer sports to high schoolers, and they also have chorus, band, drama, and orchestra for any grade.

- submitted by a student

May 19, 2008
Much improved from a few years back with the renovations and the opening of South County SS. They did underpopulate the school a little, but more students are coming to Hayfield with a boundary change. The school is in a safe, beautiful area. It's not perfect, but much improved from a few years back when the school was extremely overcrowded and there were fights often daily.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2008
Hayfield offers a comprehensive education for those who seek it and is a good school when compared nationally. It has reputable extracurricular activities and programs. Furthermore, it is a much better school than it used to be and its gritty reputation is undeserved in current times. The student body is ethnically diverse and everyone gets along. However, its issue lies in that the current administration does not effectively communicate with staff and does not promote school spirit or unity among staff and students, and teachers are left to fend for themselves without adequate motivation. Furthermore, parent involvement is lacking.

- submitted by a student

March 14, 2008
I have three students who attend Hayfield Secondary. This is a good school if you are willing to put in the work. The couselors are not going to give you much to work with and they do, it is often incorrect. They will listen to you and let you pretty much enroll your kids in what ever class you would like. I have never been told that a class is off limits to my average children. Sports is pretty much open to anyone that will apply. The negatives are that parents to not get involved at this school. Kids use disrespectful and agressive launguage towards each other, teachers and faculty and this is pretty much allowed.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2007
Hayfield's been a pretty good school for me. There's lots of things to do, and the school's sports teams and journalism departments are top notch. Students' disciplines have greatly improved from a few years back, and there are lots of AP classes and good teachers to help us. This school might not be right for everyone, but it's well rounded for me.

- submitted by a student

May 28, 2007
I'm a sophomore at Hayfield. From the overall aspect, this schools has its ups and downs. The student body is extremely diverse and the courses are challenging (in a good way). However, not all the teachers are great. There's a wide variety of extracurricular activities available, but parent involvement is mediocre. There seems to be a problem somewhere in the school's managing/teaching system, as the students are economically fine, perhaps on par with other Fairfax schools, but the test scores are low.

- submitted by a student

May 22, 2007
As a student who recently graduated, I can attest to the fact that Hayfield is a great school. We offer a lot of challenging classes (I think we have like 15 AP classes), and a lot of extracurricular activities. And since South County opened, our population has decreased to the point where we are one of the least populated schools in Fairfax County (in relation to the schools occupational limit). When I talk with older alumna/i I am shocked at how horrible this school was. I have had so many great teachers here, and I really do mean great. Sometimes I think that these parents expect the teachers to basically do their job for them. Trust me, it's not the teachers its the students. You will watch a teacher total morph when she is teaching a regular class, compared to a Honors/AP class.

- submitted by a student

April 20, 2007
Judging from previous knowledge of Hayfield, the school has greatly improved, and the economic disparity is not as wide as was expected. Teachers pay more attention to individual students. With the exception of the school's AP course offerings, courses are not the most challenging, but subpar. There are a wide range of extracurricular activities, from marching band and other instruments to vigorous contact sports. The wrestling team is renown and top-notch in the entire DC Metro area. However, parent involvement is not as stellar as other schools.

- submitted by a student

May 23, 2005
Either way you cut it, the educational standards are a joke - painfully dismal or painfully tortuous. One of my children is in 'regular' classes, and the other in AP/Honors. My 'regular' child is never challenged, bringing home the high school equivalent of coloring book work, while my AP/Honors student has classes that range from being similarly easy, to classes where he is required to produce papers that are longer than my Master's thesis. Nonetheless, there are a few good teachers who manage to balance workload with learning, and I appreciate their efforts; thank you, Mrs. Pece, for blowing me out of my chair when my daughter admitted that she actually liked your Biology course! That really makes me happy as a parent. Extracurriculars touch nearly every interest, and the school has an award-winning music groups, sports teams, thespian troupes, etc. Huge economic disparity to be aggravated with the new school.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2005
There is a large disparity between rich and poor kids at this school. According to my son, who is a student, the 'rich' kids run the school. The rich kids and athletes get away with things like having too many absences -- theirs are excused or ignored. Some of the teachers are good, but others don't care. I hear things from the counselors that they can't do their jobs properly because they have too many students...as if the Hayfield students should accept subpar services since they go to a large school.

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Hayfield Secondary
7630 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA  22315
(703) 924-7400
Last modified Hayfield Secondary is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hayfield Secondary Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top