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Wakefield High School

Public | 9-12 | 1595 students

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Posted January 14, 2014

My child has had an IEP since the seventh grade. After years of watching him struggle and trying to desparately to effectively collaborate with teachers and staff I came to the conclusion that the IEP was not worth the paper it was printed on and didn't provide any benefit to my son. While my experience was primarily limited to Wakefield the actual problem was with the Arlington Public School (APS) Special Education process. The particularly areas of weakness are Implmentation, teacher accountability, data collection and analysis strategy (undefined and poorly executed), progress monitoring, and progress tracking. The lack of defined process and procedures made it overly easy for the teachers and staff to be non-responsive and insensitive to the needs of the student, my child. My son is graduating this year. In restrospect I think that I did him a disservice and injustice by allowing him to be labeled as a Student With a Disability or Special Needs student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

I am a recent student and am now a certified teacher. There is such a character to the school. Very little bullying incidents, very few problems with "clicks," the popular kids earn it b/c they're friendly with everyone. It is a great place for any student to grow up-if you want your student to have a happy high school experience-Wakefield is perfect. This is the BEST part of the school and it is so often ignored. Alumni genuinely look back and smile at their high school experience here. I have many friends from other schools who hated their high school. Yes, we have students who just don't do the work for a number of reasons (what school doesn't?) -but if your student can/does- there is no need to worry! They will excel! If your student doesn't do work- it probably won't matter what school they go to but WHS teachers will work with them. They have absolutely some of the BEST teachers. And the teachers are proud to work there and most of them have been there for years. An outstanding Advanced Placement program. Those exams are free to the students. Everyone is able to try out an AP class and see if they like it. Overall, the AP Network will prepare your student for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2009

My child graduated with the class of 2009. He graduated having taken 6 AP classes, which translated into 19 credits accepted by his university. He participated in fall, winter and spring sports and believed the diversity of the student population greatly enhanced his high school experience. The counselors did an excellent job of keeping him on track senior year, as the college selection/application process and senior social activities demanded more and more of his time. The Senior Project experience required that he work independently; he gained confidence and became a more responsible student because of it. The relationships he developed with students, teachers and administrators are strong and meaningful. I believe he was exceedingly well prepared for college by the teachers and staff at Wakefield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2008

I really like Wakefield, it's a great school just like Yorktown and W&L The only thing that bothers me is that we are the last school to get remodle...but other then that i like it. Most of the staff are cool and you learn a lot at wakefield.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

Its a really good high school that prepares your child for high school. They have alot of fun and have really good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I must be missing something. This can't be the Wakefield high I know. My child is in the 11th grade and ever since he has attended this school he could never get the right classes or the right language courses. Because of this he will not be getting his Advance diploma next year. Some of the staff are not organized when comes to handeling the paper work and some of the Teachers don't have a heart or feelings for that matter. The principle does not call you back when you need an answer, she leaves it up to a staff member to get in contact with you. I attended a few PTA meetings but there only concern was 'how much money can we raise for the Senior Prom or that boat trip the students take in their last year. Wakefield is more concerned with accolades then student achievements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

My son is entering 11th grade at Wakefield. He has had demanding classes; the AP program is really great; and overall very good teachers. He has been able to participate in school sports, which has also added to his high school experience. He said that being in a school that is so diverse is good because it's not boring. The drama department at Wakefield is truly amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

We have a top academic 10th grader enrolled at Wakefield who is being appropriately challenged academically, and has found a wonderful culturally diverse student body and faculty. The leadership makes this work as an asset for learning, including great life lessons. Wakefield's extensive offerings of AP classes, and its drive to prepare all students to take them, earned Wakefield the College Board's Inspiration Award in 2006, one of only 3 schools nationwide. The faculty is strong, motivated and motivating in both academic areas and the arts. The extracurricular program offers lots of opportunity. We are proud to be a part of Wakefield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

Well i have two daughters that attend Wakefield i think its a good school in some cause i think that they diversity is great! but then it comes with problems my childen came home telling me about the gang figths that scares me to know that they school could have that. the teachers are ok they could be better i think,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

Hi i am a current student at Wakwfield im in the 10th garde. to tell the truth i don't like he school its too much going on to me. too much drama even tho thats at all schools but i think they could help it at wakefield. i think some of the tearchers are very disrespectful and they know they won'r get in troble for it. I think overall the school could be better, but i dont think no changes would happen.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2004

My student was a transfer student for one year. I was very impressed with the principal and her leadership as well with the academcis of the classroom. espically with the offering of the kaplen study for the SAT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

As a former student I can say that I had a great time at Wakefield. The staff is great and they were always there to help whenever I needed it. They have lots of programs to help students and even parents be more involved. I'm proud to be a Wakefield Alumni.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

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

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Earth Science

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

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Reading

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

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
66%
World History I

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
97%
World History II

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

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students72%
Female students78%
Male students66%
Black students64%
Asian students87%
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English70%

Algebra II

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students92%
Asian students92%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial91%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English87%

Biology

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students83%
Black students80%
Asian students90%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial87%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English89%

Chemistry

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students83%
Black students73%
Asian students94%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English87%

Earth Science

All Students80%
Female students79%
Male students81%
Black students77%
Asian students71%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English89%

English: Reading

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students82%
Black students77%
Asian students86%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial93%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students90%
Male students84%
Black students84%
Asian students98%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial86%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students73%
Female students73%
Male students73%
Black students68%
Asian students81%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial77%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English74%

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 Students85%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students82%
Asian students86%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial77%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English90%

World Geography

All Students73%
Female students60%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students93%
Female students92%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English88%

World History II

All Students74%
Female students71%
Male students77%
Black students68%
Asian students88%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial83%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English81%
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
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Chris Willmore

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • 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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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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4901 South Chesterfield Rd
Arlington, VA 22206
Phone: (703) 228-6700

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