Overall, we are quite satisfied with our child s experience at Westfield. Some great teachers, some good teachers and some mediocre teachers. The school building itself is obviously still relatively new and due to rezoning is no longer over capacity so overcrowding is not the issue that it was a few years ago. The athletic programs are second to none with the largest and most modern sports complex of the Fairfax County Public Schools. Westfield s Performing Arts departments are outstanding - led by their award winning Theatre and Band programs. Westfield has been recognized as a Virginia Honor Band 9 times in their 13 year history and their Marching Band was selected to march in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Very impressed with this school especially Mr. Thomas won best principal in Fairfax County. He is a fantastic, engaging, communicative and honest administrator that does the right thing. I have never been disappointed about how he has handled the challenges during his tenure, many not of his making. The school has had some controversial & scary events associated with it but Mr. Thomas has stood tall and positive while acknowledging the issues. The guidance staff is outstanding & the process to bring the teachers, pupil & parents together to address issues is fantastic. The teaching staff is very solid although we have had some sub par teachers during our 5 years experience. Not terribly impressed with any Fairfax County school in how they manage poor teachers but we did see one completely out of touch teacher exit the year after we voiced our concerns to many administrators. Overall, very happy with the education, clearly communicated expectations of the students & their behavior as well as band/sports offered. Class size is improving but our first child had a class of close to 800 now it's down to 700 or so making it very competitive for extracurricular activities.
My son graduated from Westfield and had a great experience. However, my daughter found it to be a very stressful academic environment. Both are top students. We moved out of state, and my daughter found her new school to be more relaxed and pleasant. Though she took honors and AP courses here too, she didn't have hours and hours of homework every night. She had time for other activities and work. Many of Westfield's teachers are good, particularly in English and the arts, but the science teachers are either not prepared or unable to impart their knowledge to the students. The math department has the attitude that top students should be able to teach themselves, so they test them on material they haven't even gone over in class. A meeting with concerned parents confirmed that yes, this is their policy. In my daughter's new school the teachers actually taught the class and asked if anyone had questions, etc., as it should be. Students from both schools are admitted to the nation's top colleges, including my two children. Part of the problem is the parents in the area Westfield serves, who naively believe a school must be that stressful for their children to succeed.
Great School with emphasis on Academics and Extra Cirricular activities. Teachers are motivated and push the students to do their best. Great Athletic Booster club that helps keep the sports teams funded while raising school spirit. This is a great school and any student is lucky to attend Westfield High School
My two sons graduated from Westfield HS and I have only good things to say about this school. They had a wonderful experience and were admitted to great colleges in VA.
Did this school really publish a policy that said kids would fail a class if they discussed their assignments with their own parents? If that is true - this school needs to reevaluate their policies and/or staff.
This school has mediocre to bad teachers, especially in the science and math departments. I think they should all be fired and replaced.
Omg, i hate this school so much, only good thing about it is that a lot of the things (desk, chair, wall) is still in very fine condition and nice air conditioning Teachers are TERRIBLE, the finance department is rubbish blame you for stuff you didnt do, is a very competitive school, and students have no spirit whatsoever, the school is not big enough for 3000+ of students, hallway so tiny, there is ALWAYS traffic jams in between classes.
Westfield is a great school despite its size. Principal is very involved with students as well as very responsive to parents concerns. Teachers are among the best in their discipline, and I cannot praise them enough. Excellent extra curricular activities and offers a very competitve environment for all. As a parent, I am a strongly supporter of Westfield. Go Bulldogs!
I had attended private school all my life from kindergarden threw middle school upon attending Westfield High School i was intimidated at fist by the large number of students but upon attending the school for a few weeks i easily felt like i belonged the teachers ability to remember individual students names was impecable i am ashamed to say that some teachers knew my name before i knew there's I am a bulldog supporter for life. WE ARE WESTFIELD.
Westfield has such a great faculty/staff. The teachers are always there for you when you need help and always have a positive attitude everyday.
Westfield is a big school that offers something for everyone and they make a big school feel small by getting kids involved. Staff members are energetic.
Guys! don't go by rating. It's the best among the best schools. Teachers are excellent, students are very helpful and caring. If you want to suceed there is always someone there to help you. ' We are the westfield'
I only attended this school one year (freshman) before moving to California. Comparing this school (like most Fairfax schools) to the public schools in CA is like comparing Harvard to a community college. This school was fantastic, I was definitely pushed academically when I was there and I am saddened that I had to leave for a poorer quality education. Be thankful you live in Fairfax County, VA if you attend this school!
I believe WHS is overrated. The school is pretentious and wasteful with plasma tv screens hanging randomly in the hallway and recently the school raised over $50,000 for an electronic marquee...which is, UNDOUBTABLEY, completley necessary. Just as any place, there is a mix of teachers. Ive had a range from horrid to wonderful teachers in my 4 years spent here. Honestly, a student will be able to succeed at any school when they are willing to apply themselves.
Westfield is a great school, I graduated in 2007. Despite some over-crowding our academics and extra-curricular activities are some of the best in the state of VA. I can't imagine going to a better high school. The teachers I had and friends I made are people that I still keep in contact even today while I'm off at college. 'We are Westfield High School'
This school is excellent in the quality of what it has to offer. Yes, its large and may pose issues to some people who like to be sheltered or prefer small environments. My child had excellent teachers and graduated to go to a top university in the country. The test scores is an average of a population across the entire spectrum. The scores may not reflect the quality of what you get out of the school. All extracurricular activities are excellent the kids are outstanding!
I love Westfield HS. It's an amazing school with amazing students and teachers. I love going to a school with fun classmates and teachers. Not to mention we are good at sports. I can't imagine going to another school because I'm part of a family at Westfield. We are Westfield!
I graduated here last year. Its a good school but way too crowded it was a stressful enviornment
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