Turner Ashby isn't necessarily the worst school in the area. When I go to school every day, I do feel fine and safe, but that's me personally. However, bullying has gotten worse and worse at this school, and it's ridiculous. There's a fight once a week, at least. There's even practically a gang that starts violence for no reason, because they simply can. It seems like the school just suspends them and forgets about it, like they're smacking a kid's hand and saying "We forgive you, just don't do it again." Really, it feels like the faculty couldn't care less. The kids are very behind academically as well, and very few teachers seem to actually care. Very few teachers even seem to be passionate about what they do, and couldn't care less how well your child is doing. There are positive things, such as a great drama and athletic department, but... I really can't think of anything else. The school really could use a lot of improvement, and they really need to take a step back and watch what's REALLY happening in their school. TA has great potential, and it's embarrassing how little of that potential is taken advantage of.
We moved here from Maryland, as the county was becoming crime-ridden, along with the school system. Even though the State of Maryland boasted about "test scores', the AP scores averaged 1.5 our of 5 and 75% of the students that "graduated" had to take remedial classes. It's much different here. So much better. It's a great area in which to live, and the school system isn't filled with miscreants.
Turner Ashby administration really cares about each student as an individual and it is reflected in the post graduation student results whether the students continue with higher education or vocational training, they receive personal guidance and attention throughout their time at TAHS.
I go to TA and love it. I don't know what some of the other reviews are talking about. The dress code is not strict, the academics are good, and everybody fits in. We are very good at sports, and I think you'll find that band is generally unpopular at any school but our band is pretty good anyways. The staff and teachers are great here. Completely disregard the review under mine.
As a former student I would say that the students and their parents are very very small headed. Students are bullied on a large scale and the staff does nothing about it. They are also very behind academically and socially. - Band kid
Turner Ashby is just the best, we have amazing teachers great students...and the best activitys around...we are all polite but still have great pride in TA and all that it does...my blood runs black and white till I die
I am a parent with a similar experience to theone below. We moved here specifically for the school district as the one in our area was really quite bad. I have 1 child who will be a senior this year and another who is starting this year. I have found the teachers (for the most part) to be caring and responsive to any student who puts forth an effort. Both of my children have indicated that they were accepted at the school, and did not feel like outsiders at all. Both developed what I believe will be some lasting freindships quickly. In terms of strictness, I believe the school has reasonable rules but is perhaps if anything, a bit lax in enforcing them uniformly. Overall it is a great school and I think we made an excellent decision when we chose it.
I went here for 4 years and it was a pretty good school. They have added a lot to it and they no longer have the mobile classrooms outside. the principals were a little strick at the time, but it was understandable. you can't wear clothes that show any mid-drift or your underwear, no crazy hairstyles or colors, and no observable piercings. A lot of the teachers are really great and really care about you. Most of the students are very welcoming, but there are a lot of cliques. The football players are not held to a higher standard as stated before, any student wishing to play sports must maintain a relatively high GPA.
I have no clue what the previous post is talking about. TA is a great school to go to; there are plenty of opprotunities for extracurricular activities and there is no shortage of teachers who are able to teach you the info you need to know. The dress code is actually pretty lenient, as are the principals. And if you have a problem with not having your nose ring or whatever it is, maybe you should move to a city school...as for new students being looked down upon-As a freshman I had so many upperclassmen friends because they enjoyed being around me. maybe you just don't have a very personable attitude. The only thing I can agree with in your post is that athletes are looked up upon at our school, for the most part. But I guess that's a fact of life your just going to have to get over....
We moved here from another state mainly becuase the schools in our area was so bad. All the best students went to private schools there. We researched areas that had good schools. Charlottesville ranked the highest, but right behind them was Rockingham school district. We are very pleased with the the schools. We have 3 kids in the schools here, one at TA one at Pence and one in Wayland. As outsiders we were treted very well at all 3 schools (staff and students) and our kids have said the same thing. My oldest said this was the best HS he could ask for. We have considering moving for better jobs, but will stay here for our kids to have a great learing experience. I like the fact that the schools are strick on lots of areas. It means they care and want a good clean environment for our kids.
I disagree with the other post about my high school on this site. I went to Turner Ashby for 3 years and while they are very moderate when it comes to dress codes and the like, it is probably the best high school I ever went to. I still go back when I am on leave from the Marine Corps, and I wish I could go back in time to be a student again. New students are not looked down upon but I'll bet that the other reviewer just had a bad social life and is just considered an outcast like in most high schools. Semper Fidelis Turner Ashby High School -A US Marine
This school is very behind in all areas. The dress code is very strict and new students are looked down upon. But we hold all our athletes in the highest regard, especially the football players and cheerleaders. And a warning to new students, you will not be welcomed. I've been going to TA for 2 1/2 years, and many times, I am still seen as an outsider. The principals are overly strict any student that does not look the part of a 'southern belle' or 'southern gentlman.' No body piercings are allowed nor are many of todays fashionable clothes. In the simplist of terms, this is not the great school that it claims to be.
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