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Battlefield High School

Public | 9-12 | 2613 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 3, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted March 9, 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


Posted March 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

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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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

528 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

829 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

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

622 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

615 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

619 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

605 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
World Geography

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

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2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
World History I

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

639 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
96%

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90%

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World History II

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

555 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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 students84%
Male students83%
Black students73%
Asian students95%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial80%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students72%
Proficient in English85%

Algebra II

All Students90%
Female students89%
Male students91%
Black students88%
Asian students99%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial79%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities92%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English90%

Biology

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black students92%
Asian students97%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial95%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English96%

Chemistry

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students93%
Asian students96%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial94%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Earth Science

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students92%
Black students77%
Asian students92%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English94%

English: Reading

All Students95%
Female students93%
Male students96%
Black students89%
Asian students97%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial94%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English96%

English: Writing

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students88%
Asian students96%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial92%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English95%

Geometry

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students77%
Asian students95%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial91%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English88%

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 Students95%
Female students92%
Male students97%
Black students95%
Asian students97%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial96%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English96%

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 Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students98%
Asian students100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English98%

World History II

All Students93%
Female students90%
Male students95%
Black students85%
Asian students95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial94%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English93%
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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  • Orchestra

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  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Amy S. Ethridge-conti

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  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
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  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse

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