Truly a great school in all respects. Two of my children have gradated and one still attends--all three have received a phenomenal education and have had very positive social experiences. Teachers are very strong and academics are challenging. No school, public or private, is perfect- but Centreville High School is as close to perfect as it gets in my experience.
The teachers are not good educators and all aim to teach to the average. There is a lot of homework given with very little instruction. They are mainly trying to teach to the SOLs and hope for learning through rote memory and repetition which is not truly teaching and certainly does not create a group of knowledgeable thinkers. For students who actually want to learn and reach a higher level by getting quality lectures or instruction, they are out of luck. Students need an education that incorporates thinking, discussion, interaction, new technologies, current computer software and AV products today. It is amazing how behind the times they are in knowing what technologies are out there and in incorporated them into instruction. They are not only behind the times but they are not utilizing the resources for the students that are available. They offer AP classes and yet have poor success rate because they do not have teachers who have been trained in instruction. If you just put some AP classes down on paper and yet do not have teachers who can truly teach them it serves no purpose.
Our school has a very strong music and art departments. The teachers are mostly average, with a few exceptions here and there. The math teachers are pretty bad, so unless you are strong in math, expect to have to get a tutor. The other students are pretty friendly, and newcomers generally find a set of friends within their first week. The sports teams are getting better and have become pretty good. There are many AP classes offered, and academy classes can be taken at nearby high schools.
As a military family, we just moved in this past summer. My daughter started her Freshman year at Centreville. Our experience has been nothing but positive. She got involved in Band immediatly and completely loves it. She is an honors student and I feel she is getting a quality education here.
I graduated a few years ago from cvhs. The school felt generally safe. Students tended to be mature and not pick on other kids too much. In over half of my classes i felt like i was receiving a quality education. The advanced classes tend to have the better teachers in the school (although there are a few exceptions.) Some of the regular classes were pointless, just hoops to jump through to graduate.
My child's experience at CVHS has been generally positive. Getting involved in extracurriculars is key. School pride seems to be improving under new leadership. There is a big push to take APs, which have replaced honors classes in some instances. In many cases, honors classes would be a more appropriate choice. Some of the teachers are amazing (Kurt Waters, Judy Martin, Edie Alcorn) and some seem to be teachers only so they can coach sports. You will surely get the better teachers if your child takes as many honors classes as he/she can handle. Parental involvement is critical in the high school years; keep your finger on the pulse of the school, teachers, and staff, and your child will get a first-rate education at CVHS.
there is a lot of school spirit here and its a good environment to learn in. i love it
Looking back now, i'd say the quality of academic programs in Centreville is excellent. I was involved in many different programs throughout my 4 years at Centreville. I definitely enjoyed it's music programs. Mrs. Lundsford was a great teacher. Thanks for believing in me! It's cheerleading and dance teams were great to be on as well. Lots of school spirit, great people, great atmosphere. The level of parent involvement is high...i'm actually looking forward to my high school reunion. If you are around this area and your child can go to this school...i'd say do it. I had a blast! (Carmela Marfori Fernandez, Class '99)
This school is the best! I have always been accepted here and the teachers and facility are really supportive. I learn so much and there are a ton of clubs and sports to choose from. If you want your child to go to a great school, choose Centreville High!
AS a former graduate of Centreville, I would like to share a thought(more of a memeory) on my experiences of my education. This school was the best thing that ever happened to me thus far. Mrs. Lundsford and her choir program were exellent. The staff and faculty were more than gracious and ALWAYS willing to give that extra push. School spirit runs high in all aspects of academics, artistics, and athletics. I hope your children are fortunate to have such a gifted trial of life. - Amanda Campbell (class of '99)
College bound students can excel at CVHS if they enroll in the Advanced Placement and honors courses. These students produce high SAT scores and get accepted at the best coleges and universities. CVHS has great activities and sports opportunities and excellent parental involvement. A new principal begins in Fall 2004.
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