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9-12
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Haymarket, VA
Students enrolled: 2,613
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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15000 Graduation Dr.
Haymarket, VA 20169

(571) 261-4400
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October 14, 2014
The school is alright. It could do better. They should the students wear hats in school. Front office is rude. Some people are used to calling the school and telling them that their child is absent. But when you call the lady yells at you and tells you to bring a note. This school needs better staff. And the desk are horrible. Every time you try to move it there's gum under it. But the cleaning staff are really nice. They deserve more than the people at the front desk to be honest.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2014
I have one issue with this school in general. Communication is real problem. I don't enjoy getting random phone calls from the school, with no message of what is going on. I call back and am told by office staff that I will have to wait until the school calls again to figure out who and what the call was about. I also find the office staff very unfriendly and not helpful. I work 1 hour away from my daughters school and never know when I receive a call if it is an emergency or something that can wait. This office staff is extremely rude and should find other positions that do not require interaction with the public.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I'm not very happy with majority of the teachers at BHS. My child is one year ahead, in 3 pre AP classes, in SIGNET, honor society and still receiving poor grades in 2 classes due to the teachers. It seems like they set children up to fail. They have zero communication with the parents and the staff refuses to switch classes. It's probably similar with most schools...luck of the draw, some of the teachers are awful and other's are fantastic. IT Program is very archaic and not worth attending for that specific program. So far my child has learned very little "real world" information.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
I am a former BHS student. BHS is an alright school, its rating should definitely be lower. There is no focus in individuality, and typical troubled students get sent off to alternative school instead of them trying to help students work through issues. That may be a reason why test scores are high, because if a student is struggling they send them away. Many of the staff gossip about students and make bad reputations for them. The staff is also very stuck up you could say. Many students struggle with drug problems and therefore the school is filled with drugs. There has been a lot of work to get rid of them though. With so many students it is hard to ever get a meeting with a GC or an Administrator in a timely manor. Many teachers have carts they wheel to classroom to classroom because they dont have their own.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2013
I have never had a complaint about PWC until this year. Today I learned that my kid in orchestra was told to bring her cello in daily - well - that's great if you can afford to stay at home, but the school buses don't allow large instruments on board. Then, despite what I was told at the beginning of the year, the ONE time in 13 years that we asked for a class change it's a problem. The administration seems to be sinking quickly, and good teachers are leaving.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
I agreed with that parent's comment, the principal is poorly doing her job. I have so far seen her once in the AP night and have never seen her walking around to check on the students. All her communication with the parents are on papers and she seems far more busier than an university president...Certainly, meetings with parents and understanding the students' need are not part of her job. That is my impression of the principal at Battlefield HS.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
In the grand scheme of things, Battlefield has the most well-behaved students you will ever find in a high school. Although one could say the administration is hard to communicate with, and incredibly strict, they do a great job running one of the greatest public schools in Virginia. Sometimes they are much too hard on students, but they keep us safe and they keep us learning.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2012
You might want to think about getting rid of the bad apple (or apples if there are more like the teacher that teaches Algebra II) at your school. It is pretty pathetic to have a teacher that sets her students up to fail. The job of teacher is to teach and to at least have the respect to respond to e-mails and questions a parent might have.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
Battlefield high school is fantastic because of the school's robotic coach. I think my teachers should get the raises they deserve.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2012
This school has a stellar robotics program that is coached by a very elite IT database teacher who not only gives her students the opportunities to use their minds outside the school, but also provides students with life lessons, leadership skills, and experiences for a lifetime.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2012
Battlefield is a school which has both strengths and weaknesses. Originally built as a state-of-the-art facility, it was soon realized that the building and resources were inappropriately allocated and not balanced to all student needs. Because of this the school has had to repurpose spaces. Teachers are overall competent, but many lack dedication to putting time outside of the basic requirements. The exceptions are the best in the county however. The administration is not very effective, undermining the trust of the faculty. The strength of this school comes from the students who make the school successful and continue to improve its reputation, in sciences, robotics, music, and athletics. Unfortunately despite a strong (and large ) student body, the school lacks effective traditions due to issues within the administration and faculty. Overall the school is above average, because of its test scores and extracurriculars, but these results are not the result of the school but rather the caliber of student attending the school, a factor caused by the surrounding social-economic climate.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2012
Battlefield HS is an incredible school, the staff does a stellar job keeping our kids safe, the teachers are very high quality, they serve our children well, as evidenced by a 98% acceptance rate to Universities and Colleges each year. The counselors are very responsive to our kids, they use email predominantly and reliably to ensure we have solid communication between office visits. The Marching Band is led by one of the very best directors in the country, and they are now National Champions due to his incredible work ethic and dedication to our kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2012
Overcrowding at BHS was only slightly relieved with the opening of Patriot HS this past fall. The principal just received the PWCS Principal of the Year Award, and I had to laugh when I read that she is "approachable and accessible." I tried to get a meeting with her at the beginning of the school year to discuss a time-sensitive issue, and it was like the staff created an impenetrable fortress around her. I did receive some short email responses making sure my concerns were being adressed by the five or so other staff members I was directed to, but I never met or spoke with her personally. Nice.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
My son is a sophmore at BHS and we absolutely love this school. I believe the negative comments are based on parents whose children have academic or emotional challenges that would probably be better served in a different type of school setting. Our son loves the academic and athletic programs (football, wrestling, and lacrosse). We would not dream of sending him anywhere else in Prince William County.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
Community wise this school is great, it gives the local area reasons to go to the games and fundraising events. However, the staff severly lacks in communication skills resulting in unruly behavior from fellow students. Teachers are defensive and closed off when it comes to talking with students and quick to use disciplinary action on rather small accounts of misconduct and do not care much to fail a student. The selection of extracurriculars are outstanding and clubs like DECA give the community a positive outlook on the school.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2011
If you're interested in sending your child here be very wary and alert. This school has poor teacher quality who will fail your child like its their calling in life, and the administration is just as poor. Don't get me wrong my child is enrolled there and is currently involved in many after school activities that lots of colleges love to see BUT as a parent frequent trips to the school are vital teachers will NOT email you even if you staple a note to their hand that reads in big sharpie letters " Please contact me". One thing you can count on though is the teacher/administration teamwork who will try to the best of their ability keep you from making the school look bad. Teachers will tell you after they have failed your student that its the parents fault for not being involved, after not sending a single email to you throughout the school year.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2011
So glad that the new HS is opening this year and we are in that district. The administration was awful and I agree with the comment about the security staff as well. The teachers were very poor communicators, which I think is reflective of the poor administration. So much potential and resources, just not enough good leadership!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
Our oldest son was a student at Battlefield. There are some great teachers, but they also have some very poor, overly defensive faculty who seem to be there for a paycheck & not the desire to teach. The principal & leadership were disapointing compared to other schools in the County. If your child is learning diabled, locate another school as Battlefield is simply ill equipped & has proven that the focus is on the child that is doing well, not on the child that needs additional resources. Many teachers would rather fail a child having difficulty than spend the time to encourage & help a child learn. Discipline is a joke & inconsistent. The security staff is incompetent with little grasp of state law & authority. Mind you this is coming from a person with a law degree & 24 years in law enforcement. There are wonderful, polite, and friendly students at the school, however, there is a rampant drug & alcohol problem within the student population. The sports programs are on par with other schools. They have a great IT Department. Based on my experience the school was sub par & a disapointment. My two younger children will most likely attend private school as opposed to Battlefield.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
We have a son at Battlefield HS. The teachers are responsive and proactive. When issues arise we are notified and coarse correction is suggested. Not sure how much more you can ask from the teaching staff. Very happy so far.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2010
Be very careful with this school. We totally agree with those that say that some of the teachers care little about the actual education of their students and will fail a kid at the drop of a hat without one email to the parent. They are rude and defensive. The school's band, robotics club and football team are a positive. Overcrowding will be fixed when the new school opens in 2011 but if you're child has any type of challenges I would urge you to shop other schools or private schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2010
We have an award-winning marching band. They tell us that just about every day, because pretty much everything else about the school is extremely average, or even below average. The football team is actually pretty good, and the word on the street is that cheerleading is getting there, but there are no senior traditions and the rules are strangely enforced only during Spirit Week. It's average, but we have an award winning marching band.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2010
Battlefield is an amazing school! Battlefield provides its students with a variety of classes to choose from. It has a great IT department and AP program. The teachers do a good job of teaching the students and preparing them for the state and AP tests. The classes are very challenging and offer the student many opportunities to learn and grow. Now, I understand that many of the other comments complain about this school. Having attended schools all over the country, I will have to disagree. The schools I have seen have almost no class choices, horrible teachers, ridiculous AP classes, no school spirit, disgusting students, excessive drug and profanity use, and so much more I wish I had not seen. The students at Battlefield, however, are kind, accepting, and understating. Drug use is also at a minimum. Overall, BHS gets a 5 out of 5.

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2010
I have to echo another poster and complain about the front office staff and one Asst. Principal: Completely rude, uncaring, unknowledgeable, act annoyed if they have to work and insulting. The Principal tries but is overwhelmed with overcrowding issues which does not leave much time to lead the school with a specific personality. The teachers are generally good but because of overcrowding they are very limited in the amount of material they use for grading i.e. tests are often only 10 questions long which in my opinion do not demonstrate knowledge of subject matter and if you only miss a few your grade is blown. Our child is an upperclassman and there has been ZERO input with guidance or discussion for college or future planning, you are on your own with this. Our student enjoys the other students and the music program and witnessed only one fight. Location is great.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2010
The school is average. Admin and front office staff are rude to the kids and parents especially f you are new to the school.class choices are limited.not very challenging.some of the teacher are nice. Senior prom was terrible. Only snacks....this wasn't a 5grade dance.if private school wasn't too expensive. I would have sent mykids to private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
I am a freshman and like the school bu think that many frredoms are lost for students

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2010
I'm a senior at BHS and this is also my first year at this school. I really like it here. It's very neat and clean, the teachers are all very helpful and sweet. The students are sincere for the most part and the rules aren't any different than any other school. I've only seen one physical fight all year and compared to my old school, that is almost unbelievable. I've seen a few drug problems, but that's with ANY high school in our nation and they were all taken care of immediately. I would recommend this school, definitely.

- submitted by a student
April 09, 2010
Battlefield High School overall is the best school in Prince William County. Their sports, music, and clubs organizations is at it's highest peak. One negative thing about this school is the rules and administrations. They take everything too seriously.

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2010
Im couldnt be more in love with this school. I orginally lived in Arlington with my son. I couldnt keep up with up with my mortgage in Arlington. I had to look for a new place to live. Battlefield high school is located in an amazing neighborhood and has made my child and I wishes come true. The student from the high school took my son right in. The high school teachers are also friendly and the very high standands made me so grateful to find this area.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2010
The school is very average and overcrowded. Teachers only scrape the surface, they never go into depth. There is no challenge, and you can see this in many of the students who are very laid back and don't seem to care about their grades or the future. Courses offered are average, but that contributes from the funds of of the county and the age of the school (opened in 2005). The students are very nice and I've yet to see a physical fight during school.

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2010
This school has great teachers, wonderful programs and bright students. The school is in a wonderful area in Northern Virginia.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
Battlefield is a very large high school, that has great AP programs. The students have great teachers for the most part. There are always weak teachers in any school, so kids need to pick and choose carefully. There are drugs in the school, but I'm not sure they're not in every school across the nation. It's unfortunate that they aren't cleaned out, but your kids can avoid the garbage.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2009
From my experience here its not that great. There are no high school traditions here, there are too many rules that are so useless to student, it just upsets a lot of up, and it always seem like money is a problem and the teachers, administrators and students can't do anything about it, when we all can. But this school does have great qualities in it, like the iT program, robotics, and debate, the academic courses offered here are very average, not much is offered just the basics along with its following pre-AP, AP course. This is school is ver average at the moment, but its a work in progress right now, the school did just open 5 years ago, so eventually traditions will be est. and teachers will learn from the comments past students have made, as of now the school is still experimenting, so just wait another 5 years.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2009
This school is growing. The demographics are changing to be very diverse. Highly recommend if you want to live in a community where learning is #1. They put assignments online therefore students are responsible for their own learning. Parents do not have to be as involved as other areas. Standards are set high and each child is expected to earn a 600 on the SOLs. End of year tests taken via the computer and results given within days. A safe school located within a very prestigious neighborhood. I will have my four children graduate from this school. I moved to the area specifically because of the schools in Haymarket.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
The lack of control and communication in this school is awful. At first I thought BHS was an good school until I became a student. The teacher's could care less if you failed a test or skipped class and the language and drug use is awful. May want to reconsider enrolling your child. Although, most all of the kids are friendly and it's easy to make friends.

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2009
Battlefield High School is the absolutely best in Prince William County. It has problems, because it is very new school and it is overcrowed, but it is not school's fault, but rather people are are moving in West part of county, what is a best part of county. You just can't compair this school with other schools in county. It is still very young school, but it has great potential and we are very happy with this school and our kid is happy as well with teachers, friends, and everything else. Give it time, it will show up on counry's best rankings. Some parents just do not appreciate what they already have. Try Gar-Field (like my older son) or Potomac HSs, if you do not like this one, let me feel sorry for you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2009
I would agree that this school lacks concern for the students. Teachers arrive 5 minutes before class and leave immediately after school making communication with them unachievable except by email. I have found the Tech Art class teachers to not even return work so the kids never know their grade let alone if the teacher lost their work!!!!!!I will move my student out of this school because he/she deserves better. These are teachers collecting paychecks not inspiring lives.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2009
I find for the most part the teachers are very interested in the students. The Computer specialty programs and the Robotics club separate this school from many of the others. Now if the school had an athletic program that could attract a decent set of coaches or ever an athletic directed that cared about more than just football that would be great.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
Battlefield highschool is a good school depending on what your looking for. Tradition wise, there is nothing, and too many rules that take away from the high school experience. Teachers in core classes are not great at all, many of them could care less about a students grade, but teachers in elective classes are wonderful. there is an extreme lack of communication throughout the school.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2008
Battlefield is a wonderful high school. It has a wonderful music department. The teachers and administration care about the students and work with the parents to make the learning of each child a priority

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2007
Battlefield offers so much to its students. Students have the opportunity go very far, and the IT program is for the most part an incredible program! Most of the teachers are very knowledgeable and quality educators. The school's big problem is lack of communication between students and administration. The school doesn't always take the students seriously, and student leadership is lacking in clubs and other extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 29, 2007
The school faculty could work wonders with their students by guiding / counseling students on how they could put themselves on the fast track - AP courses / clubs how they help . . . etc. PWC students seem to be unaware of what they could acheive.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
Battlefield highschool is a wonderful school with a great environment . Some people might think that it is too big when they are freshmans but they do get used to it after a while. The sports teams are great and they offer many different activities.

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2007
Although the school is large, my daughter had no trouble as a freshman finding friends who shared her interests. She also was able to participate in a number of activities. In part due to the size of the school, she will be able to take Latin II and AP classes this coming year, which smaller schools don't offer. We've lived all over and attended many schools. I find that the quality of the education depends on the quality of the student.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
I took my son out and put him in a private boarding school.

- submitted by a parent
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Battlefield High School
15000 Graduation Dr., Haymarket, VA  20169
(571) 261-4400
Last modified Battlefield High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Battlefield High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top