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Marshall High School

Public | 9-12 | 1660 students

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Posted June 15, 2012

My son has just completed his Freshman year at Marshall. Unfortunately it looks like we may have to move away from the area which we are very sad about. We moved to U.S two years ago from U.K. Our son went into the final year of middle school and the transition was tough for him. When he moved up to Marshall and became involved in the athletic teams everything changed for him, he's been very happy at Marshall. The school is small but very diverse and it appears to me that there is as much parent involvement in the school as an individual wants. The only difficulty we came across was getting time with teachers to discuss progress reports. There's the option for children to do the IB course or just take a few subjects( if the student is ready) at IB level. All in all Marshall is a wonderful high school and has just been rated the third best school in Virginia!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

I currently have two children attending Marshall HighSchool: Exceptional teachers! Great faculty! Wonderful IB and honors programs as well as vocational training programs. The school is currently under going a total renovation and will be beautiful upon completition. It is the smallest high school in Fairfax County and it is the best kept secret.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2010

I feel as if all the teachers think that everyone will go to VT or UVA, or some other VA state school, and in doing so, they fail to care about your perspective, your academic needs or your future. Sure they are fine schools, but it is unfair for a student like me, who has other pursuits in mind, to be neglected and not taken seriously. The teachers are unmotivating and regretfully unqualified. I am in the IB program, taking the hardest HL courses: math and physics, so evidently, I place a great deal in my education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

Smaller High School - lovely teachers - wonderful IB Program - very organized
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

I graduated from Marshall two years ago and I can't say enough good things about this school. The school's 'Small School Big Heart' motto fits the bill perfectly. The IB program prepared me for college better than anything I could imagine and the school was small enough that I was able to get personal attention from teachers and develop great relationships with my peers. The Academy classes were also great, especially the Marketing classes. Marshall really allows a student to pursue almost anything he or she wants to and, most importantly, succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2008

Its great school. teachers are great, keep students motivation positive, which boost up students confidence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

As a current student, I find the school as a friendly environment that you can feel welcomed into immediately. The IB program is rigorous and really is meant for people who know what good it can do for them. I find that there is a lot of school spirit in the student body and that students try to get involved with school events often. I enjoy the extra-curricular activities such as Future Business Leaders of America to get involved with the community. Personally I'm taking Network Administration and as a female, I am a minority since it's a male-dominant field. Even though I'm one of two girls in my class, I feel as if I'm like everyone else. The teacher has high expectations, but it is easy to understand the subject because he is the best at what he does. You can expect that from all the teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

Great academics, improving sports and excellent diverse comunity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2008

I think Marshall's relatively small size compared to other Fairfax County high schools is a definite asset. The current principal is quite engaged and energetic, and the guidance counselors are actually helpful. Most of the teachers are caring and enthusiastic. The student body is quite diverse, both geographically and economically, but achievement is rewarded and far fewer cliques appeared to exist than at other schools. I have heard parents at neighboring schools such as Madison complain that students that are neither top athletes nor academic stars get scant attention and easily grow disaffected; this is not the case in my experience at Marshall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2007

With two children who have attended Marshall I can only say that we are very pleased with the school. The International Baccalaureate program is excellent. The school is one of the smallest high schools in the area which mean smaller class sizes and more room for student participation in both academic extra-curricular programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

marshall highschool is indeed one of the best schools in va everyone there is very open and willing to help if asked there are no gangs their or drugs there ...yes there is some bad apples there but it doesnt make the whole school bad..marshall is a wonderful school
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2006

Of 5 high schools my children have attended throughout the U.S., this one is far and away the best. George Marshall High school has it all; excellent theater, sports, clubs, an IB program, and a trade school academy. There's so much diversity in the student body (more than 60 languages spoken) that it's hard for cliques to form--you are who you are and it's just fine. The school is small enough that the students can feel like real people. If you can afford to live here, this is a primo school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2006

Outstanding and very rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students go to Ivies, MIT, Cal Tech, and more impressive schools than the Mason High students in Falls Church City, which is over-rated. Smallest school in Fairfax County with great counselor to student ratios. Award-winning programs, drama, music, everything. By far, one of the best in Fairfax County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

Marshall High School is ranked 198 th on the list of 1000 Best High Schools in America that appeared in the May 8 issue of Newsweek. It is a great school in great location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

A wonderful, enthusiastic principal; highly-qualified and similarly enthusiastic teachers; outstanding drama, journalism, and DECA (mock marketing) extracurriculars; safe school *despite* outside attempts to increase gang activity (school resource officer was just named best in the county); small student body but one of the largest IB programs in the *world* (and this is flat numbers, not percentages)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 26, 2006

I think folks should be more careful when slamming a school...a few bad apples does not make the whole school bad. Alot of home buyers take parent reviews of schools very seriously so let's all try to be fair and impartial in our reviews.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

very bad school. you'd be very surprised. There are a lot of gangs and drugs all around the campass. Not much parent involvement but extracurriculars and electives are good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2004

Fantastic school small, very caring, devoted teachers, high standards. Very safe. Terrific drama program best in the entire state of VA. IB program. Tremendous number of parent volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Algebra II

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

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Reading

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

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

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

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Virginia and United States History

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

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
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 students85%
Male students82%
Black students100%
Asian students88%
Hispanic61%
Multiracial83%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English91%

Algebra II

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students91%
Black students79%
Asian students97%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial95%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English93%

Biology

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students95%
Black students87%
Asian students94%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial97%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students85%
Proficient in English98%

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female students97%
Male students94%
Black students80%
Asian students97%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial96%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English96%

Earth Science

All Students97%
Female students96%
Male students98%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students96%
Proficient in English97%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students98%
Male students96%
Black students92%
Asian students99%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students97%
Female students99%
Male students95%
Black students90%
Asian students99%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students95%
Proficient in English97%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female students97%
Male students92%
Black students88%
Asian students95%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students86%
Proficient in English96%

History and Social Science

All Students79%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities79%
Proficient in English75%

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 students97%
Male students96%
Black students95%
Asian students100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial96%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students87%
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 Students99%
Female students99%
Male students99%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students98%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students98%
Proficient in English99%

World History II

All Students98%
Female students97%
Male students98%
Black students95%
Asian students96%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students93%
Proficient in English99%
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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7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone: (703) 714-5400

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