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T.C. Williams High School

Public | 10-12 | 3161 students

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

T.C. is a great school in the gifted and interesting community of Alexandria. Excellent college placement for kids on the college track. One of the best high schools in Virginia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

The Washington Post s 2014 Challenge Index ranks T.C. as the 744th most challenging High School in the county, in the top 3.5% nationally. The Challenge Index data is based on over 22,000 high schools and is a measure of how many AP or IB exams were given divided by the number of graduating seniors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

T.C. Williams is an excellent school. T.C. William's best asset is its variety of students. You cannot find this combination of socioeconomic and ethnically diversity anywhere (especially college). What I have gained in this school is the ability to be curious and learn about different cultures. I can honestly say I have learned more from talking to the students who come from 80 countries than the school's curriculum(the faculty is also amazing but nothing beats hearing students experiences). Understanding the copious worlds which these students come from is a rarity and I am very blessed that T.C. has given me this opportunity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2014

This is a dream school. T.C. has an amazing number of bright, focused, and friendly students. Being intelligent is considered cool. Teachers are involved with the students. Classes are challenging and interesting.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2014

I feel our children receive a first rate education in an exciting, diverse environment at T.C. There is some pressure to succeed and compete, but I don't feel it overwhelms the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

T.C. is a great and amazing school community on many levels - academics, sports, the arts, technology, science, languages, etc. There is a place for any student who wants to excel. The administration and staff are super supportive of the students and help them achieve their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

The current principal is not very supportive of Veterans or their family members. Some of the Career Counselors have completely forgotten why they are there. Use this school only as a last choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I am a freshman at a top college and am better prepared than my peers. T.C. Was a great, fun four years for me, and I was pushed academically to accomplish things I would not have thought possible. My parents paid a housing premium so that I could attend T.C. In my opinion, this was certainly a worthwhile investment in my education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2013

Excellent!! My daughter was an exchange student last year; she loved her Teachers for their commitment to teaching, her school atmosphere which was multicultural, and she brought besides her excllent grades beautiful experiences back home. She would love to go back there to do her Senior year and for all these reasons I highly recommend this school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

T.C.'s students continually wow us with their accomplishments in academics, sports, theatre, music, art, etc. Alexandria is fortunate to have such a proud and impressive institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Since 1986, The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria has awarded scholarships with a total value over $9 million to more than 3,700 deserving T.C. Williams graduates. This year the Fund awarded over $380,000 to 169 seniors in the T.C. Williams Class of 2013.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

The Washington Post s 2013 Challenge Index ranks T.C. as the 663rd most challenging High School in the county, in the top 3% nationally. The Challenge Index data is based on over 22,000 high schools and is a measure of how many AP or IB exams were given divided by the number of graduating seniors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

T.C. graduated 651 in the class of 2013. Graduating students will be attending schools such as Dartmouth College (to which a student received a full scholarship), Yale University (one of two students attending received a full scholarship), Stanford University, University of Chicago, Oberlin College & Conservatory, Tulane University, Vassar College, University of Alabama, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Florida A&M University and Miami University. Almost all Virginia schools are represented, as well as all of the armed forces. The class includes two National Merit Finalists, four National Achievement Scholarship Program Semi-Finalists and one National Achievement Scholarship Recipient.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 14, 2013

T.C. is one of the best schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The education offered it great and the faculty are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2013

Some in the community think of T.C. Williams as it was ten years ago under weak school leadership and a disfunctional school board. TC 2013 has been explicitly transformed. We feel our two children get a world class eduction and they both do very well. The administration, the teachers, the parents and the community are all gifted and the students do very well as a result.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

Our daughter graduates this year from T.C. and was admitted to UVA, William and Mary, Virginia Tech and other national schools as well. We are so happy we decided to send our children to TC because the academic resources and opportunities given to our children have been truly world class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

T.C. is an impressive school on many levels. We find the teachers (without exception) to be sharp, positive and energetic. Our children thrive there and are challenged in a college-prep environment. The resources offered to students far exceed our expectations and the Alexandria City community supports the school with a spirit not often seen in other communities in which we have lived.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

T.C. is well-funded and has terrific modern facilities. The educators, whom we have seen teach and guide our children, are highly-skilled and achieve amazing results. The school seems appropriately focused on preparing our kids for admission into a selective university and on giving them the skills they will need to succeed in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

The teachers, for the most part, are fantastic (Mr. Rankin, Mr. Keener, Ms. Freitag, Mr. Eaton, Mr. Kokonis, to name a few). They are willing to spend as much time before and/or after school as necessary to help students succeed. However, as in any school, there are issues. The school, while a beautiful facility, has become almost a police state; students have to sign in to use the bathroom, and a person who is one minute late receives detention. This has been in response to the lack of motivation among the student body; many students don't even show up to class, and yet the school gets blamed for all lack of achievement. Despite the wonderful teachers, I worry about what the school will be like in several years. I wonder if many high achieving students will eventually transfer to private or parochial schools so that they don't have to deal with unmotivated classmates, many of whom take AP classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2011

i luv TCW alot. its realli a gud school cuz its been dha school of my choice . long live TCW!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

566 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

850 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

541 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

780 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

798 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

676 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

691 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

709 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
89%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

744 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students53%
Female students56%
Male students51%
Black students47%
Asian students63%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English49%

Algebra II

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students70%
Black students66%
Asian students83%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial64%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English74%

Biology

All Students72%
Female students74%
Male students69%
Black students70%
Asian students84%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial91%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students51%
Proficient in English80%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Female students73%
Male students70%
Black students60%
Asian students84%
Hispanic66%
Multiracial82%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English73%

Earth Science

All Students69%
Female students71%
Male students68%
Black students64%
Asian students68%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English77%

English: Reading

All Students85%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black students83%
Asian students85%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial94%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students82%
Female students86%
Male students78%
Black students80%
Asian students88%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial94%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English86%

Geometry

All Students70%
Female students72%
Male students68%
Black students63%
Asian students78%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English71%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students77%
Female students74%
Male students80%
Black students71%
Asian students81%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial88%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English81%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students83%
Asian students98%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English89%

World History II

All Students71%
Female students72%
Male students69%
Black students63%
Asian students83%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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