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Annandale High School

Public | 9-12 | 2460 students

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Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This is my forth and last year at AHS and I love it! Its incredibly diverse but everybody gets along with each other (for the most part), the teachers are awesome and if you ask theyre always happy to help. The reviews on here that say its an awful school because they got kicked out are BS clearly you did something to get kicked out or get yourself in trouble dont put that on the school! I TA in student services and I can assure you all the Counselors work incredibly hard everyday for their students. Please dont rate this school down when you dont know it because if you've been to this school you would know just how amazing it is. Both my sisters went to Annandale before me and loved it just as much if not more.


Posted September 12, 2013

Weary at first with all the chatter of those who do not truly know Annandale HS but pleasantly surprised! This school is a TRUE prep for the real world! Filled with wonderful real people and an excellent example of what our area is...Diversified! Every student gets a true chance in a sport or club and is able to build self worth with all the opportunities this school provides. Keep your kids busy in school, stay involved and you too, will be very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

This school is ridiculous, I've attended here for a full year and don't like this school at all. A teacher curses out his students and calls them names. He kicked me out one day (after getting cursed out and feeling horrible), for making a small paper order error. After this, I was sent to the office, and eventually was given detention. How is it that a school teacher can do such things and still get away with it (let alone the student having to get detention). This school is beyond ridiculous, It was only my second day there and that happened.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2012

I have been an observer at the school for a few weeks now. As far as the math classes I observed, the teachers are extremely competent (even the substitutes!). Also, I found that all the faculty and staff to be friendly and helpful. They work well with students with disabilities, mainstreaming as often as possible. I don't know much about the principle and parents, but the quality of education is great! I would send my kid there. Only draw back is that students are let out at 2:10pm, making it hard to be home for their arrival.


Posted December 8, 2011

Thanks for enlightening me. I stand by my views. What schools are supposed to teach come from books. All other lessons come from life experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

Whoever wrote that diversity doesn't impact education just doesn't get it. The amazing students at Annandale from every culture and every economic group are a source of wisdom beyond textbooks. The perspectives they share in and out of class make it an enriched environment, both academically and socially, for every student there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

I had to pull my son from this school. He received absolutely zero educational support. Teachers rarely responded to emails/requests for conferences. The coaches and teachers at the school use profane language in everyday discourse. It is definitely diverse, which in and of itself is not bad, but many of the students come from homes with little parent involvement and little discipline. I was a student at this school myself some 25 years ago and am disappointed to see the horrible downfall of the school since my graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

Diversity is #1 key in anyones education. The world is a diverse place. How can a parent comment that this isn't always a good thing. It's a great thing. Obama would not be president if we didn't accept diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

I think this is an average school. it has a lot of diversity which isnt always a good thing. Most of the teachers are great but are really hard. Our sports team is average and our administration is very stricked
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The kids are great and so are the staff. It's ethnically diverse with so many great learning opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2008

i currently attend Annandale High School and I love it. It has a really great learning environment and the teachers are ridiculously hard but (for the most part) are willing to help you if you ask. They have a great choral program (I'm a little biased) and great sports teams. The diversity is overstated. I'm often the only black person in my classes (especially the advanced ones) but race doesn't seem to be a big issue in our school. We don't have cliques so all in all, I'd say my school is pretty great (aside from the fact that our mascot is the ATOMS) =D
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2008

I have had one graduate and one child presently at Annandale. It's a good school but you need to guide your children into the IB program (not necessarily diploma) to ensure they get the best education possible. The rigor in IB is on par with AP so the students are ready for college if the apply themselves in IB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

Well, what I think is..what matters is how hard the student tries. My friend, a 2008 graduate, went to a very good school, Harvard. Many people thinks that AHS has very low priority, but that is not true. AHS is one of the great schools out there, and students and teachers are very hard-working. I want many people to understand that the school average doesn't really affect college acceptance rate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2008

Yes, Annandale High School has many students from different cultural and economic backgrounds, and it has an IB program. The two never intersect. The majority of IB kids are upper middle class and white, and the whole diploma program breeds a sense of elitism among the students that everyone refuses to acknowledge. Still, you learn a lot from the program and you can get a shiny diploma on your wall when you're at your fall semester of college. The teachers run the gamut from good to bad, same with administrators and guidance counselors. Hopefully somebody had the same guidance counselor for at least two years, because I didn't. But overall. it's highs are very high, it's lows very low, so it evens out. More highs than lows thankfully.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2008

ok ok ok i went to annandale hs from 03-06 no one says anything really about what really happens i was a bad kid at the school and in schools of nova annadale was #1 comparing to t.c williams,jeb stuart,falls church,and probably fairfax. Before it had plenty of problems with gangs-why do you think gang task force started in annandale and then moved to other highschools. other than that the teachers arent really that good and nowadays they use extreme measures to deal with problems students i know someone who did graffiti with a perm. marker and got a 10 day suspension and recommendation for expulsion from all of Fairfax County schools-in my day they would have made u jus spend time in detention or sat. school cleaning it up or paying for it and that was it. john ponton is not a good principal at all
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2007

Well I have been going to annandale hs for about 3 years this september. I will be a senior. The school is very nice. I take all ap classes and the teachers are very helpfull it is a very diverse school and opens the doors to many opportunities so in my opinion this is the best school out their right now.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2007

I think this one of the few schools left that doesnt critisize the students by race or color . My daughter is a freshman student this year class of 2011 and she is really looking forward to attending this school coming from a latin backround. I think it is very important to stay involved with our childs activities. Annandale high school is a very diverse and cultural school that a place were immigrant parents outreach
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

The ESOL teachers at this school are really amazing and it has a great center for immigrant parents outreach.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2004

This was a good school but they've kicked out too many kids for apparently no possible good reason. My child didn't attend school very much because of a sickness my child had and wanted to keep it away from the school but yet had their grades high enough for them to graduate. And it was my child's last year. They kicked my child out. Some of the teachers are great but some aren't same with the counselors and administrators. The new principal this year isn't all that great. There are plenty of other schools better than this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

Annandale High School has very high academic standards and is an excellent school. It is a certified IB diploma school and over half of the student population is enrolled in IB/AP and pre-IB course work. Its student body is diverse and is representative of students from over 80 countries with 40+ languages spoken. There is strong parent/community involvement in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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  • 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.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Algebra II

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

580 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

633 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Earth Science

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Reading

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

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

574 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

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

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Virginia and United States History

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

555 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
96%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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World History I

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

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
World History II

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

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students58%
Female students61%
Male students55%
Black students56%
Asian students73%
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English65%

Algebra II

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students74%
Black students71%
Asian students87%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial88%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English77%

Biology

All Students82%
Female students83%
Male students82%
Black students86%
Asian students87%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial95%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English94%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students83%
Black students74%
Asian students96%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial93%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English89%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Female students80%
Male students95%
Black students100%
Asian students85%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities86%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English91%

English: Reading

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students91%
Asian students98%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial94%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black students92%
Asian students96%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English96%

Geometry

All Students78%
Female students79%
Male students78%
Black students70%
Asian students88%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial93%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English86%

History and Social Science

All Students93%
Female studentsn/a
Male students90%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities93%
Proficient in English93%

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 Students80%
Female studentsn/a
Male students90%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities80%
Proficient in English79%

Virginia and United States History

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students91%
Black students87%
Asian students95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English95%

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 Students84%
Female students82%
Male students85%
Black students89%
Asian students89%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English90%

World History II

All Students90%
Female students84%
Male students95%
Black students89%
Asian students95%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English92%
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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Vincent Randazzo

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4700 Medford Dr
Annandale, VA 22003
Phone: (703) 642-4100

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