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Woodson High School

Public | 9-12 | 2131 students

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Posted December 22, 2004

Terrible high school experience. cliques, pressure to fit in and be accepted, insane work load, ridiculous grade requirements, disgusting building conditions, and the ongoing academic competition is enough to make any reasonable person be miserable. terrible place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2004

As a former student, I was surprised by the comments posted in October 2004. While there is some truth to the clique aspect, this is no different than most high schools. The test scores and rankings tell it all - this school is a great public high school where a kid gets a well-rounded experience. Also, more than 90% of the graduates go on to college - it really isn't fair to cite erroneous statistics in an attempt to denigrate a school. Sounds like you have a personal problem with the school, not an overall problem with the educational environment. I am sorry for that, as my experience was very good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 21, 2004

Woodson is the best high school in the area! Students don't need new lockers, desks, or classrooms to get some of the best grades and standardized test scores in the nation. gangs and drugs are far less common than in other FCPS schools, and the extracirricular activities are wonderful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2003

The school's education system is by far tops in the county for public schooling. However, the physical conditions of the school are horrendous... it has not had a major renovation since it was first built in 1962, and the place looks like a dump inside. Hopefully renovation will be completed quickly within the next decade.
—Submitted by a former student


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
  • 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.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

559 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

615 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

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

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Reading

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

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
English: Writing

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

550 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

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

2013

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

529 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
World Geography

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

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World History I

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

615 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students84%
Female students88%
Male students81%
Black students75%
Asian students87%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial100%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English86%

Algebra II

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students87%
Black students80%
Asian students89%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial95%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English87%

Biology

All Students95%
Female students94%
Male students95%
Black students90%
Asian students95%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English96%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students79%
Asian students96%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial95%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English94%

Earth Science

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students93%
Black students71%
Asian students83%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English93%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students98%
Black students82%
Asian students98%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial95%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students97%
Female students98%
Male students96%
Black students87%
Asian students98%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial96%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian students97%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English95%

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 Students97%
Female students95%
Male students99%
Black students95%
Asian students97%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities87%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English98%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students96%
Female students93%
Male students98%
Black students76%
Asian students95%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities91%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English96%

World History II

All Students97%
Female students96%
Male students98%
Black students100%
Asian students98%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial92%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities89%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students87%
Proficient in English98%
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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Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jeffrey A. Yost

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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