My daughter recently graduated from Hayfield, and we couldn't have been happier with her experiences there. The school is large but accommodating especially for students with special needs. She transitioned from almost complete isolation to actively enjoying and participating in many of the social events there at the school until her graduation including the dual enrollment option at NVCC in the 10th grade. Our experience has been that you get what you put into as far as involvement. The neighborhood is nice, clean, and safe compared to others in the area and there are so many ways for kids with varying interests to get and stay involved. Sure, there are some teachers who aren't on the same level as the superstars, but our experience has been overall very positive.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.