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.
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.
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.
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.
Battlefield high school is fantastic because of the school's robotic coach. I think my teachers should get the raises they deserve.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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