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Stuart High School

Public | 9-12 | 1791 students

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Posted September 16, 2013

My son attended this school and had a great academic and personally experience, the staff is always open for dialogue and understands every kid and every background situation that is so different in this area of Falls Church.The community work all together. The IB program is great and challenging for all the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

Both of my daughters attended Catholic school until high school, and then attended JEB Stuart to experience the diversity the school offered. Both were full IB candidates and went on to ACC and SEC schools. They both competed in varsity sports every season for four years, and one of them went onto compete in college. Unlike a lot of Northern Virginia schools, Stuart does have a lot of minority and disadvantaged students, which brings down their average tests scores, but the needs of the best and the brightest are met better than at lilly white schools where there are so many above average kids. Unlike some schools, Stuart manages to raise up the lowest, and push the highest even higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2008

Stuart's sports teams are not that good but for the most part the school is pretty good. IB classes are difficult however, as rumored previously on the site, the classes are not just full of all white teens. Thats simply impossible for such a diverse school. The classes are hard but its worth it when you get good grades. Their is plenty of disciplinary action and students usually know their place. In the 10th grade you could take AP Gov., which is a college level course. Honors classes are sometimes called pre-IB, or classes that prepare you for IB in your junior and senior year. A majority of kids speak a second language. A highly recomendable school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2007

As a 2003 graduate I can with all hosnesty that I received a wonderful education at Stuart. I just graduated with a double-major. I graduated from an academically-challenging university and although I may have complained about the high school while a student there, I can now see what a great education I received. I took some IB classes and did well there academically , but the true lessons to be learned there were of lessons in humanity. We survived the sniper attacks and 9/11 and the school taught us to lean on eachother, not to lash out at one another. I am a better person for attending Staurt. In fact, I had a full ride to the university of my choice. The topic of my entrance interview? International relations. How appropriate for a Stuart graduate!


Posted February 25, 2007

I have only recently fully retired from substituting at Stuart. I taught full time (Government and ESL social studies classes) for 10 years and substituted, only at Stuart, for another ten years. Overall, it is the finest school I served in my 40 plus years of teaching. Given the diverse nature of the school, teachers have to be open-minded, fair, and extremely patient. I have a Ph.D. and more than forty years' teaching experience in small towns and urban environments. If I had a high-school-aged child, I would prefer to have him/her at Stuart over any other Fairfax County school except Thomas Jefferson.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 20, 2006

JEB Stuart HS has a very diverse student population. The school administration has made great strides in raising the level of basic academic achievement for the student body. Stuart has the IB Diploma high option and also offers AP courses. Student participation in athletics is weak, probably due to the diversity of the student body. The school could also do a better job of developing and encouraging a culture of participation. The award-winning principal, Dr. Mel Riddle (NASSP/Met Life Principal of the Year for the U.S.) is moving to T.C. Williams HS for the 2006-2007 school year. A successor has not yet been found.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Here's what I have to say about Stuart. Its what you make of it. One review said, 'white kids will find it hard to connect with anyone similar to them during school hours, unless they are in IB classes .' Thats... to be nice, close minded. I made the best friends I could have and always had people to rely on. I dont think being white meens I have to join IB and hang out with white kids. Thats why Stuart was a great school. The only divisions are the ones made by the divided. I was in every group I wanted to. As for extra curricular activities, the school was more than generous if you wanted to start your own club. One girl started a kniting club, and was even given a scholarship for it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 29, 2005

If you wanted a real breakdown of this institution, you've got it. This review comes from the perspective of an Asian-American rising junior who is fully enrolled in IB and excelling in all the internationally acclaimed 'rigors' of the IB program. OK, so with that tidbit of background info, I believe Stuart is mediocre at best. Stuart is not the 'melting pot' that President Bush proclaimed it to be during his televised visit to our supposed 'breakthrough' school. Though it is true that Stuart is wonderfully diverse, there is great disparity among the students. As with any public school, the low-income students, do not intermingle with the upper-bracket folks. Additionally, ethnically the students are inclined to conglomerate with their own races. However, I don't view this as a bad thing but the public eye tends to shun this behavior.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2005

JEB Stuart is an OK school. The academic program is said to be very good but from being in the classes it doesn't look like any of the other students care. The after school programs are pretty good. They have a huge variety of extracurricular activies and many sports. It doesn't really seem like the parents are involved that much. Sometimes I see a parent volunteer in the library and parents call to students houses for sports. Overall it's a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 17, 2004

My son is has attended a year and a half. If he wasn't in sports, he'd have few to talk to (teams are community spirited and coaches are dedicated graduates of the school). There are only 13% white kids and white kids will find it hard to connect with anyone similar to them during school hours, unless they are in IB classes (but good luck getting in them, some staff say simply sign up and others say 'you have to be recommended by your last teacher!'). It appears from knowing families from zoned elementaries that many families fled to other schools unless their kids had learning/emotional disability issues. It is hard to find stellar performers there now, unlike 20 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

The best part about this school is the diversity. Yeah, once you're there, you'll hear it over and over and over, but it really is great. It teaches you patience, tolerance and understanding in a way that few other schools can match. Most of the teachers are good, the IB program is a definite plus, and the sports aren't the bottom of the barrel. Plenty of cool and interesting clubs to join, however, beware the administration. The guidance staff is definitely lacking, as their turnover rate seems so high as to be alarming, and you'll rarely find a counselor that's not being contradicted by a different counselor. (Best plan of action is to get any sort of long term plan (like summer school or something) approved by the head of guidance, and signed. This way, if they should suddenly be replaced, you'll have proof that the last counselor really told you to do these things) The principal seems to wander around, unaware of how his school is run, and very distant from the student body (never actually saw him interact with any students) but thankfully, the secretaries seem to know what's going on. The security staff is usually friendly (as long as you're not breaking rules) and school lunch is... school lunch. There are vending machines, at least. My strong suggestion: bring your own. Definite plus: fresh baked cookies. On the upside: lots of neat electives you can take, like video editing, computer programming and fashion marketing. After four year, it'll leave a mark. For most people, it's a good one.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Algebra II

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

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Earth Science

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

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Reading

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

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
85%
World History II

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

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students55%
Female students57%
Male students54%
Black students60%
Asian students79%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students56%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English59%

Algebra II

All Students62%
Female students61%
Male students63%
Black students56%
Asian students75%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial73%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English70%

Biology

All Students76%
Female students80%
Male students73%
Black students81%
Asian students89%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English92%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Female students70%
Male students74%
Black students67%
Asian students85%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English81%

Earth Science

All Students85%
Female students75%
Male students93%
Black students71%
Asian students85%
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English91%

English: Reading

All Students85%
Female students83%
Male students86%
Black students80%
Asian students95%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students83%
Black students81%
Asian students96%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students63%
Female students61%
Male students65%
Black students65%
Asian students78%
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English76%

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 Students79%
Female students74%
Male students84%
Black students73%
Asian students88%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English87%

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 Students80%
Female students79%
Male students81%
Black students83%
Asian students96%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English86%

World History II

All Students81%
Female students75%
Male students87%
Black students79%
Asian students94%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English92%
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
  • Amharic

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  • Gym
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  • Ms. Prosperanta Calhoun

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  • Amharic

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

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