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T.C. Williams High School5
Posted April 28, 2015
- a parent
The Washington Post's 2015 Challenge Index ranks T.C. as the 710th most challenging High School in the county, in the top 3.2% 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. Impressive.
We continue to have a great experience with the Alexandria City Public Schools on many levels. Currently, our child attends T.C. Williams, however, we found George Washington Middle and Maury Elementary to be wonderful schools, too.
T.C. is a an super school which provides our child with some of the DC-area's most acclaimed teachers, with excellent facilities, and a positive culture. We are hopeful that our child and her classmates will be accepted into top universities nationwide (and internationally) as is typical for graduates of this school. We also like the fact that the school does not instill the students with an unhealthy sens of entitlement, which could potentially be a problem in affluent Alexandria. It is a competitive world, and we think T.C. prepares our daugher well to compete.
I feel that I was part of a high-achieving environment at TC and would highly recommend it as a truly great school. I had the opportunity to take many AP classes at TC for which I receive credit at UVA. This will allow me to graduate with a double major in four years.
I feel very fortunate to be a student at T.C. Williams High School. They faculty and staff focus on students' needs. I find the class offerings to be extensive, interesting and challenging. The facilities and technology are excellent. The resourceful community of Alexandria supports the school in amazing ways, Sports and the arts are fun and high quality. Above all, the school generally has a positive and energetic culture.
T.C. offer great courses, looks great on college applications and is diverse. As parents, we are very happy that our children have attended this beloved institution and highly recommend it to other families. The school and the community combine to provide the students with a world-class education and a very supportive culture. Math and Science are very strong at the school as well.
If you do not know T.C. Williams personally, please do not be misled by the relatively low score that GreatSchools.com s methodology assigns to the school. T.C. serves a large number of high-achieving students who perform as well as any of their Northern Virginia peers. In addition, the school s large student population includes some disadvantaged students as well as a sizable segment of non-native-English speakers who often underperform on the standardized measurements used in GS s methodology. T.C. is the only high school in the City of Alexandria, and the administration provides amazing resources and employs top quality faculty. They tailor their approach to maximizing the potential of all students. Do not be misled. T.C. Williams is indeed a great school.