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7-12
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Fairfax, VA
Students enrolled: 3,903

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5035 Sideburn Rd
Fairfax, VA 22032

(703) 426-2100
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March 22, 2014
One of the best schools in the area, not only because of the astonishing education level, students grads and awesome teachers, but for the ability to creat the feel of belonging to the kids, the team work and the family environment ..

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
I have two children attending Robinson. Like many other posters, I am from outside the area and researched schools thoroughly before choosing Robinson. The size scared me, as well, but the fact that they had the IB program swayed me. I find the admin and other students to be very helpful and friendly. For my children, it was an easy transition. We had been living abroad and they hadn't attended an American school before. They were nervous, but thanks to the make up of their fellow students, they were welcomed. They did not feel like freaks with their eclectic background. The only downside has been the quality of the teaching. Perhaps we were spoiled. My children have teachers that are ok, but none are really stellar. They are not as invested in the success of their students and in a few cases, I don't believe they really know their students at all.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
A private school education at a public school price! Our son class of 2013 did all 4 years at Robinson SS. What an awesome experience. Lots of military kids too. Be wary of the IB program...it is NOT well recognized by out-fo-state colleges. the IB program is great for the college resume; but only 1 of my son's IB classes actually transferred as college credit. If you want college credit...stick with the AP classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
We are from west coast. My children felt in love with Robinson SS right after two weeks attending. Excellent support staffs, Teacher quality, and Principal leadership. Student's sport spirits are extremely high in Robinson under wonderful leadership of Coaches. IB program is excellent. We are so happy making a right move...

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2013
Robinson Secondary School has excellent teachers who really care about their students' well-being. I have had two sons graduate from Robinson and our third son is starting there in Fall, 2013. The IB program is excellent but very demanding. My two graduates took several IB courses but opted for the Advanced Diploma. Both won academic merit scholarships to colleges.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2012
Overall, excellent school. Except for the "elite" Fairfax County schools, and some wealthy suburban areas around the US, would be very hard to get a comparable education elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
We are a military family with our move to Fairfax being our ninth. I researched many schools and found Robinson to be the best fit. To be honest, the size scared me, but the school is set up like a bunch of mini schools. Middle schoolers are kept separate from high schoolers. The principal, administration and staff work together to run a tight ship. The principal has an open door policy not only to parents but to students as well. Bullying is dealt with harshly. Most importantly, Robinson offers AP and IB courses. My son has taken several IB courses which are very rigorous and require college-level work. They will definitely prove their worth when he starts college this fall. Robinson's teachers are the cream of the crop. Many teachers apply for jobs and only the best are hired. I know of two teachers who have doctorates one of which is from Yale. In addition, there are a lot of athletics, clubs and programs for students to be become involved. Robinson was recently ranked number 88 of the top 100 schools in the U.S. On the down side, athletics are very competitive. If you have a baseball or football player. You may want to look at smaller schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
Robinson has one of the only full IB diploma programs in the county. The quality of academics is outstanding. The drama department is first rate winning best musical at the Cappies in 2009 for the Metro DC area. It has all the opportunities of a large school, but is divided into subschools to create small learning communities.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
Both our kids attended and graduated from Robinson. We were very impressed with the involvement of the administration in the day to day lives of the students, and how every activity seems to be supported from the top down. My kids were heavily involved with drama and music, and we were impressed with the quality of the instruction and direction in those departments. You don't have to be academically gifted or athletically talented to have a great high school experience here.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
I am a Robinson Alumni who had a child attend Robinson for 2 years. I was so extremely disappointed in the way the administration handles situations at the school. They have a very severe bullying problem at the school that no one can seem to get a handle on. I have since moved my child to another school where they are very happy and have no problems

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
A truly superb school! Our children received the finest education that a public school could offer. Caring teachers and staff, they work hard to bring out the best in all students. A large school - yes; but organized into sub-schools so that individual attention can be given. Also, as a large school, it has many, many opportunities and activities. A high graduation rate, its top students go on to the top colleges and universities. My children were in the IB program and it is fantastic. Robinson is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
Robinson offers SOO many different choices for electives. There is something for everyone-no matter what interests they have. As a military family with lots of moves under our belt, we have chosen for our kids to stay at this school upon retirement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Robinson was the main reason we decided to buy our house. The academic opportunities are wonderful. I have recommended Robinson to friends moving to the DC area.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
The atmosphere and wide variety of not only athletic opportunities but academic ones encourage every child to reach for their potential.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
I hope this student writing on Dec 3rd 2009 has talked to his or her parent or counselor. Please talk to someone. The school is big...some teachers may not be a fit with certain students...but overall its a good and positive place. Please reach out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
I have one child there and two on the way soon. I've heard nothing but good things about it so far. The most compelling thing I've experienced is hearing about teachers that went there themselves, came back to work there, and even have their own kids there. That speaks volumes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
It is big, but feels small. Very well organized, great variety of classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Robinson administrators and teachers are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and challenging educational environment in which each and every student attending Robinson is encouraged to become a lifelong learner and a responsible citizen. Robinson offers students a variety of curriculum choices, such as IB or AP courses and a diverse selection of electives that customizes the student's learning. Robinson students are prepared to tackle life after high school. Robinson has one of the highest graduation rates in Fairfax County. Robinson is a school where not only kids want to attend, but parents want their children to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Robinson provides a wide variety of academic, sports and other school activities for students to participate in. In addition, the PTA and school staff keep parents and student well informed on activities at the school and various things that come up. Although it is a large school, there is a definite sense of belonging and involvement that brings everyone together, including the business community. 'Ram Pride' is part of everyone's vocabulary.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
This school offers a variety of programs to encourage learning no matter what your child's interest. It is set up very much like the college learning environment, promoting post-secondary success. The teachers and staff are top notch and are committed to helping our kids succeed.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
All of the teachers are bad at this school and there are too many people here

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
I am an alumni of Robinson (c/o 2006) and I absolutely loved the school. The teachers were all fabulous, and you got a lot of personal attention if you wanted it. The classes were about 25 people at the most, and some honors classes I had fewer than that. For a high school with 4,000 students, that is fantastic. The extracurricular activities were extensive - I was in Varsity softball, Chorus and DECA. Classes were very interactive - you didn't just sit there and listen to lectures the entire time...they were broken up by activities to keep our mind stimulated. The counselors at the school are great. Whether it was helping me with my classes, or helping me get through a difficult period when a friend passed away. The school is also very diverse and has great honors program and special education as well. I highly recommend Robinson!

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2009
Excellent School with a great set of diverse programs, and excellent teachers

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2009
Best school in the country! Every day the staff continues to amaze me! My kids love it!

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June 01, 2009
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April 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 31, 2009
Great school. Students, parents, and teachers all love it. Clean, organized, and spirited.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
This school is exceptional. They have fantastic academics as well as a caring dedicated staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
It's awesome. It's the best school I know of, the teachers are nice and friendly, the students study hard and have good grades, and there are a lot of clubs and opportunities to join activities. There's a subschool for each grade, and the school is amazingly clean for the number of students who attend. I love the vending machines!

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2009
I currently attend Robinson and I love it. Whoever said they have a large class size, that's only in PE, where it is more fun to have a big class. All my classes are about the same size as I had in elementary school. I have really learned a lot there and enjoy it. I have many friends, and there are many course options. It's really a great school, with a lot of spirit.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2009
To the previous post from Nov., I'm not sure where you got your information from. My kids are new to Robinson this year and I had concerns because of the size of the school. Everytime I ever visit the school during school hours I see a very tight run ship, especially where security is concerned. I have been in much smaller schools with worse conditions, especially from the teachers. I receive weekly updates by way of e-mail on the progress of my childrens school work. The school is always clean when I am there. And most importantly, my kids love going to school there, they are thriving, have lots of friends and they enjoy their subjects tremendously. Making a great school takes a lot of effort and this school is doing just that!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 12, 2008
Robinson is quite possibly the worst school I have ever seen. It is unorganized,dirty and disgusting, and the teachers and horrible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2008
Class size is to big. Average class size is 35 to 38 to one teacher and are currently considering increasing class size again due to falling property taxes. It is easy for students to get lost and teachers do not have time to follow up. Extracurricular activities is awsome!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2008
Robinson is a truly great school. I have honestly fallen in love with this place and never wish to leave it. I once even though about teaching here after graduating from college. It's a big school with big opprutunites and many choices. The teachers and staff are just about the nicest people ever. Robinson has a great education program and many extra curricular activites. The sports fields are great, and the school over all is very neat and clean. You truly learn a lot of things here and meet many new friends. Just the feeling of the place when you enter is homelike. I most definetly reccomend this place.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 14, 2008
Robinson is a big school, but it is still a great school.

- submitted by a community member
February 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 24, 2008
the school is very disorganized & chaotic!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
A truly superb school! Our children received the finest education that a public school could offer. A caring Principal, teachers and staff, they work hard to bring out the best in students. A large school - yes; but organized into sub-schools so that individual attention can be given. Also, as a large school, it has many, many opportunities and activities. A high graduation rate, its top students go on to the top colleges and universities.

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January 29, 2008
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September 16, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2007
As a student of Robinson Secondary since the 7th grade (I am about to begin the 10th) I know first hand what Robinson is like and, although I may be biased in my opinion, I think this school only contains quantity and has no quality. Yes, this school is large and yes, there are opportunities here that most public schools elsewhere in the country and even this state don't contain. Also, with so many students it seems impossible to have a relationship with the teachers and counselors.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2007
I am one of them parents that shoped for a home in this district. A large school like Robinson has far more benefits than negative aspects like more money for programs, excelent music/sports programs, a club for most every interest. Their AP/IB programs are very good and I can tell you, I have seen more than one college recruiter raise an eyebrow at the fact that my kid attended Robinson/Fairfax county schools (bottom line, they are highly reguarded nationaly). The fact remains that their isnt a bad area in the entire school district and it has the highest per capita income average in the nation which translates to less problems at the school, no gangs, very little drug and alcohol problems (much less than average) and a good learning enviroment all around. If I had to do it again I'd still search for a house in this district. - Anne

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
I believe that this school is truly dedicated to preparing children for their futures.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2007
My son's a Junior and we're very pleased with Robinson. It IS a large school, but middle and high schools are run separately, and because the administration/teachers know it's large, they try to minimize the impact. Class size: Average for Fairfax County, with some classes larger or smaller, as elsewhere. True, cafeterias and hallways can get very crowded. Its very size is an advantage to some shy/'niche' students; Robinson has many clubs and activities that you wouldn't find at smaller schools. The IB program is excellent; my son's not going for an IB diploma, which means he has less pressure but still benefits from excellent, interactive courses. The sports programs are good (my son's a varsity athlete), and from what I hear the music and other programs are as well. I know several parents who moved specifically so their kids could attend Robinson, and they've been very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I graduated form Robinson in 2006 and I really loved it. There aren't any clicks or stereotyping everyone gets along. I graduated with the IB diploma and I now attend Princeton University. When I began school, I quickly realized that I was more prepared for college than the other students were. I just really want to thank all my teachers at Robinson for preparing me.

- submitted by a former student
June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2006
This school is just to big for a student. There are to many diffrent styles of teaching. What really is confusing to the student is some of these teachers are paired together to teach the same class.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
This is a great school. I love everything about it.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2006
Robinson has been really great for all 3 of my kids! My first one was really involved in the terrific drama program and got the IB diploma, my second one was really involved in the band/marching band and he got the IB diploma, my third one was a member of the lacrosse team and student government and she got the IB diploma! Of course they always had a teacher to complain about but nothing that was serious just teenagers. They had really great friends and there was always a school event to go to. I wouldn't have chosen any other school for all 3 of my children to go to. It's such a big school that once my youngest child said to me, 'Mom, today i realized that everyday I see somebody that I've never seen before.' This didn't bother my children one bit. Robinson is absoulutely terrific!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
I was concerned that my 7th grader would get lost in such a large school. Not to worry. The Middle School runs on a different bell system than the High School- so most of the day they are not together. My daughter has had opportunities in band and chorus that a smaller school would not provide. She is also a IEP student- and I can say nothing but great things about the special ed program at Robinson. The kids are not set apart, but are part of all the schools activities.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
The school has been a mixed experience. I had one child attend during 7th and 8th grade and like it. We moved (military) and came back and I now have another child in 10th grade. Between the SOLs, transferring credits, and getting used to be just another number in the system Robinson has been a difficult place to be. As long as you don't mind not having personal relationships or attention from and with most of the staff then Robinson is fine otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2005
My son went to Robinson for three years and it was a great experience the first year. By the third year he was having problems with the extremely high expectations from coaches. In order to fit in at this school, because of the size, kids must find some niche -- his was sports. He was fine for a while, but when he wouldn't do steroids, he was shunned. We moved to get out of the situation.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2004
Best education my boys could have gotten. My oldest took IB classes but did not do the IB program. As a result he went onto college and had 11 credits accepted at his college. The sports teams are great and the opportunities and electives are massive.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
Great for an outgoing student - many extracurricular opportunities. Harder for a shy student- best when they find a niche. Very competitive environment - probably good since it doesn't allow for complacency. Most teachers are great - some are exceptional. Counselling staff excellent. A few teachers and administrators seem biased and a few teachers are poor classroom managers(lose homework, mark papers wrong). Parents need to stay vigilant. Cafeteria overcrowding a serious problem at start of 2005. Overall an excellent school for preparing students for 'real world' diversity, interpersonal issues, cultural environment, competative workforce. Glad my children go here.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
My son graduated with the IB Diploma from Robinson in 2003. He had excellent classes and teachers at Robinson, which prepared him exceedingly well for university work. Teachers went out of their way to work with him outside of regular classroom hours as necessary. When needed, they kept in close contact with me as his parent as well. The teachers I had opportunity to get to know personally balanced encouragement, discipline, friendliness, and high academic expectations in their relationships with my son. It proved to be a winning combination. Facilities were excellent. As to the number of students in some of the classes, a large class had 30 students. This too prepared my son for university, where he found large undergraduate classes the norm. He already knew how to be successful in larger classes from the first day he arrived at college. The band program at Robinson was absolutely fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
I have mixed feelings about Robinson. I have had two exchange students ('00 and '03) attend Robinson as Juniors. The first student saw videos in Health and English at least twice a week. In Health, the videos were never related to the class (The Simpsons). This year, I would say that class size is definately too large - at least 30 students to a class. Unless your child is very focused and disciplined on their own, this would be an issue for them. It's a lot like a college experience. However, I'm sure the reason Robinson is packed because everyone wants their children there because of the IB program and the choice of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
This is an overall great school. The learning enviroment is very positive and the teachers provide class room leadership as well as after help. Even though I am a student here and my opinion could be a little biased, I am sure that everyone who ever visted this school would agree with me.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2004
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- submitted by a student
February 17, 2004
Despite the large size Robinson has a niche for every student. The atmosphere is supportive, friendly and the academic programs are tops.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
This school is awesome. Best of everything. Could not ask for more. Have 2 children enrolled.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Two of my children have graduated from Robinson, one in 1994 and the other in 2000. My oldest was more academic minded than my youngest, but both received and excellent education. There's something for everyone at Robinson.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
The class size is about 30 students to one teacher. The school is over populated. Many teachers' lounges are now classrooms. The senior teacher lounge is now in a workroom. There were 17 trailers in the back of the school in 2002-2003. During that year pipes broke twice and the fire alarm would not shut off. The volume of the cafeterias is above what it should be. So the cafeteria workers are at risk of becoming death.

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Robinson Secondary
5035 Sideburn Rd, Fairfax, VA  22032
(703) 426-2100
Last modified Robinson Secondary is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Robinson Secondary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 65 reviews. Top