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Washington Lee High School

Public | 9-12 | 2155 students

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Posted April 13, 2014

This school has lots of honors opportunities for students. Specifically the school offers both AP and IB classes, which is very unusual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

I graduated from Washington-Lee last year and I have to say I had a very good experience. The IB program challenged me like no other and really prepared me for college. I feel like my writing, analyzation, and communication skills surpass many of my peers at my University. The teachers I had were very good. The students really cared about their education and there was a great sense of communal academic strive. The school is super diverse but many friend groups tend to segregate themselves based on race and social status which is common in every high school. There are many diverse friend groups though. There wasn't a day where I didn't hear a foreign language being spoken in the hallway. My main complaint is that the administration cares much more about the schools reputation and will sweep the concerns of students under the rug to save it's reputation. And also the counseling department is less than impressive. Other than that I enjoyed my four years there and am so glad I chose to go WL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2013

I love this school! It is great and has magnificent teaching. I would suggest parents to send their children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2012

I love this school. I went to school in colorado my fresh and soph year and there was nothing good about that school. I thought high school was just supposed to suck. This school is the complete opposite. I love my classes, I love the teachers, the kids are also great around here. I have nothing negative to say.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2011

I am a senior at Washington-Lee and I first moved to Arlington before the start of my freshman year. I moved from a town where the entire student body was Catholic and white. W-L is the opposite. I enjoyed going to school with such a diverse student body. One time I was part of a presentation on diversity in English class, and ironically every one of the five people in my group was of a different ethnicity. In addition to the diversity, the faculty is so dedicated to the students and making their experience as enjoyable and successful as possible, teachers included. The classes at W-L are as rigorous as you want them to be, depending upon if you choose to take AP or IB classes and how many. I truly treasure my experience at W-L and I am proud to say I will be W-L alumni in only three months!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2010

washington lee is one of the most amazing schools you can ever go to! the students, teachers, and classes are beyond amazing, and now i regret ever moving away. the kids are top notch, and are excited about being involved, and the positive peer pressure can reallly help students
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2009

We moved to Arlington in 2004 primarly due to the excellent schools. W-L has not disappointed us. I have 2 students currently attending and it has been a terrific experience. Teachers have been excellent overall and the school is wonderful now that the new building is finished. We have not been disappointed. W_L is a terrrific school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

I love this school! My child is a freshman. They made it very easy to transition from middle school to high school. Most of the teachers are top notch, and the principal really makes the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

I have two children at W-L and I am very impressed by the faculty, the available curricula, and the exceptionally good management of issues related to racial, ethnic and gender diversity. All of the Arlington high schools are first rate due to solid school board leadership and community support, but having Principal Gregg Robertson puts W-L a cut above.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

We moved here from Georgia; W&L officials made disparaging comments about the schools we came from, even though they were highly rated. They failed to tell us some of our options, told us we were not eligible for some things that we were, and made it extremely difficult to mesh my childrens' previous classes in with W&L's. I had to go all the way to the school board to get my children into the classes they were eligible for. The quality of the school is good, but I found the officials to be arrogant and unhelpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2007

washington-lee high school, is the best school ever. its formed by many great teachers who care for every and each of one of us. they care for our future. its also formed by alot of students who are interested in studying and learning to achive their future in a great carrier. there for i recommend each and every student living in the washington-lee area, to follow their dreams by assisting to the best school ever, Washington-Lee High School, home of the Generals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2007

this is an all around great school and really don't see many flaw now with the new school they're getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

So many opportunities for students of all abilities and interests. W-L has something for everyone. A rare find that the school offers a full complement of both IB and AP courses. Well supported by the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2004

W-L is an incredibly diverse school. The school population offers our children real world diversity experience and the education is superb. Students can choose standard, advanced placement and International Baccalaureate Programs. The school offers a variety of experiences through multiple levels of education as well as extra curricular activities. The administration and teachers are well rounded and the school is actively supported by its parent community. It is a hidden treasure in Arlington and has provided our community with outstanding young citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This high school is a secret treasure, offering valuable diversity and academically more rigorous than its 'higher profile' sisters of Yorktown and H-B Woodlawn program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2003

This school is great; my child goes there and is receiving excellent education while making good friends.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Algebra II

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

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

576 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Earth Science

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

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Reading

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

576 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

570 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
64%
World History I

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
97%
World History II

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

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students76%
Female students78%
Male students75%
Black students74%
Asian students83%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English82%

Algebra II

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students83%
Black students64%
Asian students85%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial90%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English85%

Biology

All Students87%
Female students89%
Male students85%
Black students72%
Asian students82%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English93%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female students84%
Male students87%
Black students78%
Asian students85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial89%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English90%

Earth Science

All Students76%
Female students71%
Male students80%
Black students77%
Asian students72%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English88%

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students89%
Black students83%
Asian students90%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial97%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English96%

English: Writing

All Students93%
Female students96%
Male students89%
Black students83%
Asian students94%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial97%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students66%
Asian students87%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial93%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English90%

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 Students88%
Female students86%
Male students90%
Black students74%
Asian students88%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial93%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English92%

World Geography

All Students41%
Female students46%
Male students38%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficient students32%
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students86%
Female students84%
Male students88%
Black students91%
Asian students91%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English96%

World History II

All Students89%
Female students89%
Male students89%
Black students75%
Asian students92%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English94%
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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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

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

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1301 N Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 228-6200

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