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Woodson High School

Public | 9-12 | 2246 students

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Posted September 6, 2010

Woodson is an excellent school. The facilities since the renovation are very good - although the school os now very big and it takes a while to figure out where everything is. The teachers are consistantly top-notch, though they seem to need more guidance counselors, as the current ones are overloaded. Sports are great and varied - they have active art and theater departments - and options for after school help and activities. I only wish they had after-school busses daily instead of only once a week, it would help out working parents whose kids want to participate in after-school activities. I appreciate the change in the grading system last year to make it mor ein line with the rest of the country. I do find the atmosphere to be academically very competitive and pressured, typical of a good high school in Northern Virginia but sometimes very stress-producing for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

I am a current teacher at Woodson and the previous comment was an overgeneralization. The only teachers who have ever been out of school for over a week have been teachers who have had SERIOUS medical issues, one of whom passed away last year. Unfortunately, teaching a high school class isn't done effectively through correspondence, just like learning isn't, which is why student attendance is so important. Teaching is what I've always wanted to do, but it's really hard especially when parents email every other day. It's easy to send a quick gradesheet, but pedagogical questions are not welcome. It doesn't seem right to have to defend why you've assigned something or how you've graded an assignment. Did your parents do that when you went to school? Having been a military child, I know what other schools are like, and Woodson is as good as it gets.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2009

Truly the worst school in regard to teachers and administration that my children have ever attended. The counselors leave much to be desired, do not rely on them to assist you in an academic plan. Some teachers had excessive absences, weeks long,this led to subs in and out which is not conducive to learning especially at an AP level. Teachers and staff do not respond to emails or phone calls. They do not care about the individual students, especially new or transient students. Sports- do not go to Woodson if you are an athletic male. If you are not a 'returning' student, you will sit the bench no matter what your skill level. Important if you are trying for a sports scholarship for college. Try Robinson or West Springfield.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

It's definitely not the best school, the students are pretty discriminatory. I do make a few friends, but the amount of cliques there are is insane. Also there's something wrong with style, not many people care about it or they just go with the trend, people only stick out within their cliques. Also, the are really rowdy, I mean not that they get into fights but more that they take everything as a joke. Career planning is left up to the student to figure out and counselors are in limited quantity. the educational environment really isn't appreciated. Many schools like oakton and robinson seem to do better in having influential friends that support you (not to mention their diverse personalities!) overall it's a so-so school. I've heard about schools where kids fight every day so this can't be too bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2009

I graduated last year from Woodson High School and can truly say I had a great 4 years. The school is mid-construction so things were a little crazy at times. Woodson is a very competitive school, but i believe it pays off in the end. I have just completed my first semester of college and found it fairly easy compared to other that came from different schools. Woodson does a great job preparing you. As far as cliques go, there are definitely many different groups, but from my experience none were ever mean to another. I personally thought the groups cohabiatated very well. My best advice to anyone that is going to go there or goes there is to get involved in anything! It makes you feel so much more a part of the school that you go to and will make your experience ten times better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2009

I am a current student at WTW and it seems alright but this school is extremely overcautious. The teachers expect you to understand a new topic instantly and even though you are confuesed the hectic pace of school doesn't allow the teacher to fully help a student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2008

Academically strong school. Administration leadership is lacking in a big way. I found when there are issues they are covered up and followed by using threats and intimidation to hush those that challenge their ways. A real disappointment, shame, and example of the misuse of authority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

I had two children graduate from Woodson. The education they have received through this school has been top-notch. The teachers and administrative staff are excellent. Both of my children had no problem in being accepted at their college of choice, and coming from Woodson certainly helped in that effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2007

I've had 3 children graduate from WTW and all had a basically good experience. There is an excellent variety of classes to choose from, and most of the teachers my children had were quite good. Although my children were mostly involved in sports, they tried other activities, too, and I don't think they found Woodson overwhelmingly 'clique-y'. My only complaints are that: 1) the classes are often made 'challenging' by an overload of what I -- and my kids -- considered busywork, but not enough reading/analysis of challenging books (even AP classes); and 2) kids who are bright but have special needs are VERY often not challenged/passed off as 'lazy'/ignored, as the school really revolves around those students going after all those AP classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2007

I attended Woodson for two years. When I first moved to the area I found the school very difficult and discouraging. To be honest it kind of scared me at first. I found it a bit hard to make friends because the people there are pretty closely knit. Moving there is hard, but once you adapt to the environment its the best school ever. The teachers are genuinely interested in your education and they go far out of their way to make sure every student understands. They even have late buses so students can stay after with their teachers. The competitiveness is high and the curriculum difficult but what I learned from there was priceless. There is a lot of diversity so everyone finds their own niche in the school. Great academics, mostly good athletics (football hasn't been to good o us lately), and a lot of great opportunities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 24, 2006

Love this school. Great teachers and students. Smaller of the H.S. in Fairfax, but the best. Great education, sports, and electives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

I graduated from Woodson in 2004 and although I am disappointed by some of the comments, I'm not surprised. Woodson is a school that has a high number of cliques, but on very few occassions have I found people to be exclusive of others. Woodson is what you make of it. I was never popular and my high school experiance was equally divided between unhappiness and satisfaction. When I graduated, I could honestly say I liked the last 4 years. Woodson has problems too. For example, principal leadership was pretty poor. It was disorganized and often unfair, forbidding even peaceful protests. The honor code was a joke because students were never trusted. Despite showing excellence in their fields, departments such as art and drama were given laugable yearly budgets. However, as a future teacher I can say many of the teachers at Woodson are some of the most inspiring.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 13, 2005

Excellent school, wonderful activities, incredible parent involvement and interested teachers. As I read through some of the reviews from a few disgruntled students of WTW, I would be afraid that they would have been just as disappointed in other schools in the area. My daughter learned early on to be herself and get involved... She did (and doesn't wear A&F) and she has a wonderful group of friends who are also involved in activities (band, honor societies, literary, athletics, full range of activities...). They are the anti-clique clique! The building is one of the oldest and does need major renovations - but it isn't the dwelling that makes it great, its the people and the spirit. I am staying in this area just so my other child can go to WTW also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

I have a child in 10th grade. She has been going through the busiest time of her life so far. AP classes, activities, projects and homeworks fill her time in and out school. She gets only a few hours of sleep everyday. Not a life you like to see for a girl of this age. But the school is doing an admirable job to let students explore their limit in learning and participating activities. Teachers are very devoted and enthusiastic. Overall the school is very solid and good place for students whole have potential and try to get into good colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2005

This school has alot of cliques, but overall i thought this school taught well. The students interacted pretty well. I would say this is one of the safest schools in fairfax county. I know because i went there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2005

I'm a senior this year and I can't wait to get out of this place. I've had nothing but trouble with the school itself, although not all the people who go there are bad. They forgot to send my transcripts off to two colleges, and when The teachers are pretty bad, and if they are 'some of the best in the country' then I feel truly sorry for the rest of the country. I wish I had attended a private school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2005

This is truly one of best high schools in the country. The school offers a wide variety of student programs courses are very impressive. Strong tecching staff, second to none which I have seen anywhere in the world. Keep up the great work Woodson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

This is one of the top schools in teh country. The Washinton Post rankings have it in the top ten nationwide. Most of the complaints by students would be true at any other school. The building is older but planned for renovation. The teachers are first rate. Our kids went to MIT and were accepted at W&M, and UVA with a full scholarship. They turned down the opportunity to transfer to ThomJeff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

Could not disagree more with the first December comment! Im student there now and all i want is to get out. if you dont wear A&F and conform you wont do well. the building is terrible and should be condemned asap. also, i looked on the webpage: 77% of kids go onto 4-yr colleges (not over 90).Only reason we're considered good is because we have so many APs.Woodson is so cliquey-i dread going to school.im glad i wrote this, i need to go beg my parents to let me transfer now.
—Submitted by a student


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


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  • 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.

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Algebra II

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

559 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

615 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Earth Science

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

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English: Reading

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

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English: Writing

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

550 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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History and Social Science

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

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World History I

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

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World History II

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

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

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Science

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White studentsn/a
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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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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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

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

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

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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  • Drama
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