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Yorktown High School

Public | 9-12 | 1960 students

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Posted May 18, 2014

This isn't a bad school. Some teachers are great, some mediocre, and some are awful. There is a huge drug culture that the administration likes to pretend doesn't exist, but there are plenty of people who don't do drugs, and they're not hard to find. The new library is dark and kind of pathetic, and I expected better from a school system as wealthy as APS. The gym is really nice, and there are extensive gym facilities, like a state of the art weight room and a nice auxiliary gym. There is a team for practically every sport, too, and a ton of clubs for nonathletic people, so the extracurriculars are great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2014

"You'll find druggies at every school you send your child to." Yes but of all the schools my kids attended while I was in the military- schools in California, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia- the only time I ever witnessed a 40 year old PARENT light up it was when my kid went to Yorktown. If you throw your kids to the wolves there, don't count on the other parents acting like parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2014

Yorktown is an okay high school with some great points and some horrible ones. I've had some teachers who changed my life for the better here and others who almost ruined my learning career. Though drinking and drugs are a problem here, I would not suggest sending your kids to private school as an alternative. Yorktown is very diverse in terms of what kids do in their free time. It's possible to avoid illegal activities and still have many friends. YHS has a LOT of school spirit and great theater/music programs. There is a club for everyone. This school is not perfect, but if you look hard enough you can find some wonderful students with ambitions and values to match your own- and that will make up for everything else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2013

Outstanding languages program (Japanese) and brand new facilities. Yorktown is located in a super affluent section of Arlington but is also diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

The irony is that parents send their kids to this school because they feel it will keep them away from drugs when the fact of the matter is the school is composed of mostly rich kids who can afford it. Sending them to private school doesn't help because it's the same situation. And honestly the APS program far surpasses the local private school education and is way more diverse. You'll find druggies at every school you send your child to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2013

I love this school and the construction is almost done and it looks BEAUTIFUL!!! :) <3
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2012

I decided to give it several months before I posted a review of this school. Now that my child has been attending another school in a different state for almost all of 2012, I can safely state that Yorktown is NOT a good place for your child to attend school. As other parents have noted, the staff is unapproachable and condescending. They do not listen to your concerns. Some teachers are outright incompetent. For instance, in Chemistry my child had a D when he transferred out of there and by the end of the spring semester in the same subject he had an A at his new school. And drugs are a HUGE problem at Yorktown. The kids just have too much time and money on their hands. At all costs, if you have to live in that area, try a private school or home school your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

We bit the bullet and purchased in the Williamsburg/Yorktown district based on what we had researched when moving to the DC area. With respect to Yorktown, we could not be more disappointed. Our personal experience revealed a prevelant attitude that the kids should be treated as adults, that the school knows best and the parents are idiots. Some of the staff were outright condescending when I questioned the total lack of communication. There are some very,very good teachers who clearly struggle against the "teach to the SOL tests" instruction, as well as school overcrowding issues. And there are some horrifically incompetent teachers. For example one teacher failed to grade assignments for a month, lost at least 1/2 doz of my child's assignments (thank goodness for archived emails) and rarely returned my calls/emails. Parents - keep on top of your kid(s)' progress and keep in consistent communication with the teachers. We hired tutors to shore up those classes where the teaching was subpar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

As one other reviewer noted, there is a huge emphasis on testing (so they can claim to be a Blue Ribbon School) to the detriment of actually ensuring the students learn the material. Students are overwhelmed with assignments and homework. Some teachers are unresponsive and then dig their heels in over subjective grading policies and will not allow assignments to be made up even when absences ar excused. Kids walk out of school after the end of the day with frowns, not smiles. Drugs are prevalent. The three stars are for the fact that they have a great extra-curricular program with opportunities for every student to participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

A major weakness of Yorktown is it's counseling dept. It seems rather that helping kids who are not performing up to their capabilities they mostly hand out college brochures to those who already know what they want to do. I am a parent of two YHS graduates. My son could have benefited from good counseling. Their is also a math teacher at the school who can't teach math. Some others are very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Some great teachers and 'well to do' families motivated to get their kids into selective colleges are factors that make YHS a school that performs well on academic rating scales. The enrollment has really increased in the past couple of years while the faculty and counseling staff size have not seemed to. The stress is showing. Changing classes seems almost impossible once schedules are issued. The 'rebuilding' of the school while the kids are there could not be avoided and will be a mess for another year. As parents, keep your eyes open as high test scores does not mean no problems; theft, drinking, drugs and bullying are also at YHS. Student stress is a real concern as multiple AP courses seem to be the norm now for 11th and 12 grade. Maybe it is time for a school review at YHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2007

Yorktown is the best school ever. five months ago whem I stepped in this country, I did not know if i could fit in this new environment. Yorktown helped me get through the barricades. I could not possibly have asked for a better school. And now when my parents want to move to Fairfax, my answer was that you coul move but I was not going anywhere. Come on! I can't leave this school. Even if I have to live alone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

We moved from Fairfax County to Arlington for the sole reason of putting our child in this school. it is absolutely amazing. we have always done private schools and this school is by far above and beyond anything we have ever experienced. great teachers who are willing to communicate with you, respect towards the kids, and overall attitude of the staff is amazing. the pta has a high number of parents willing to join and participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2005

As a parent you can't ask anymore from a school. When moving to Arlington, we made sure that we moved into the Yorktown district because no school in the county can match Yorktown. Academics are the number one concern in this school. If your son/daughter has the opportunity to take an AP class, they will realize it is college level material and that no class is taken as a joke. Whenever my daughter is struggling in class, help is ALWAYS offered after school or during lunch. The level of commitment from teachers to administration at Yorktown is unmatched. They really stand for the betterment of the individual. Athletically, Yorktown is always competitive in EVERY sport. Losing is a rarity and success is always found. School preaches playing with class and won VHSL sportsmanship award for their efforts. Read the grammatical errors from other school reviews and you'll see the system works!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

Yorktown has more than prepared my daughter for a rigorous academic college; it has inspired her to seek excellence in ways that extend beyond the academic arena. It's AP classes, in some ways, have been tougher than some my husband and I had in name-brand/academically challenging universities. In a sense, after a student has been to a school such as Yorktown, he or she needs to apply to an Ivy or super rigorous university to keep being challenged. An average and slightly above average college will frankly, be boring to somone who has gone through Yorktown's AP track in a cosmopolitan city. Kudos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

This school is really academically focused and positive minded. It is one of the best schools in Virginia and in the US. I have a son that goes to this school and he is impressed with all the technological materials in the school. The computers are brand new, every class has a large screen TV, and the students have unlimited access to any of these materials. My son has been very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

Yorktown is one of the greatest schools in the area. In 2003 it was rated 23rd in the country for public schools by Newsweek Magazine. The teaching staff is incredible. They are always willing to spend extra time with students before and after school and during their lunch breaks and they often support their students by going to sporting events, etc. The Yorktown Patriots are very competitive in their athletic programs (the best in the district) and often win district titles. Yorktown's acedemics are amazing - they offer countless AP and Gifted classes and many of their students go on to go to great colleges and universities (UVA, Princeton, Harvard, Duke, Dartmouth, etc). A whole new building was just finished for this school year which added 32 new classrooms, several administrative offices, and more storage room. I love YHS and I wouldn't change anything about it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2005

We love YHS. Yorktown offers a lot of AP courses (across academic fields) and options for students. The teachers are caring and able to readjust a student's path when necessary, and the students are very accepting of new students. The expectations are very high, and that could be a draw-back to some students. All Arlington County high schools are smaller than surrounding counties, which seems to provide a good, safe community where each child can find his or her niche. The athletic programs follow a model out of Stanford called Positive Coaching Alliance which is a great approach for keeping sports in perspective. The socio-economic level of the community is very high (lots of family financial support for programs), though the school has a more ethnically diverse population than you would find in other areas of the country. Nationally rated high 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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

474 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Reading

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

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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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.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
World Geography

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

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
80%
World History I

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students80%
Female students80%
Male students79%
Black students55%
Asian students95%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English83%

Algebra II

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students50%
Asian students85%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial89%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English88%

Biology

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black students69%
Asian students93%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial95%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English96%

Chemistry

All Students93%
Female students92%
Male students93%
Black students44%
Asian students93%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English93%

Earth Science

All Students90%
Female students83%
Male students96%
Black students63%
Asian students93%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial83%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English92%

English: Reading

All Students94%
Female students93%
Male students94%
Black students65%
Asian students93%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial87%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students94%
Black students82%
Asian students95%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial87%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students89%
Proficient in English95%

Geometry

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students90%
Black students81%
Asian students90%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial89%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English92%

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 Students92%
Female students89%
Male students94%
Black students77%
Asian students82%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English94%

World Geography

All Students89%
Female students83%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students95%
Female students93%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English96%

World History II

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students93%
Black students40%
Asian students89%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial96%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English93%
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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School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Raymond J. Pasi

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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