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Heritage High School

Public | 9-12 | 1192 students

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Posted September 26, 2013

Heritage has come a long way since my niece attended this school when it first opened. After losing some kids due to another school opening, the school is less crowded and more manageable. I have 2 children here who enjoy it. They feel very safe. We had heard about discipline issues before and I was afraid but not anymore. I made one visit during lunch and all the kids were so good.. Not like my own school in my times. .The history department is excellent but in other departments, there are some good teachers and some who need improvement, just like anywhere else. We like the new principal, Mr.Adam. I can tell that he really wants to improve the school and he does this by listening to the parents and students concerns. Only downside to this school is the athletic dept. Everyone in the community mentions how much it needs improvement starting from the director. My kids have friends who either moved out of the area because of this or they decided to go to a private school. Athletics isn't our priority but hey, it would be nice if we encouraged kids to excel in sports as they excel in academics. Not everyone needs equal time playing...we should play to win! Overall satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

Great hidden gem in NOVA high schools. This school is currently underpopulated because it is only fed by one middle school. This means class sizes are small and there are plenty of openings in all extracurricular activities for kids that want to compete, perform, or lead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

Being a student here at Heritage, I can tell you simply that this is a perfectly good school where a great education can be obtained (when effort is added). This school, like all other high schools in Loudoun, follow the SOL curriculum to the core, so there is really nothing much to differentiate it from the others. My personal experience with teachers have been positive, with most of them showing a pure, genuine interest in the subject they teach, which personally is a big plus/motivator. You can tell, however, that they feel very restricted by the SOL system and would like to teach on their own merits, but there is nothing we can do about it - the system does its job and we're lucky to live in such a county where we have a generous enough budget to put smart boards in every single classroom. Kids from all walks of life are here. If you're looking for the preps/drama, you'll find it. Otherwise, be yourself, be good to people, and you will do just fine. Overall, I am not only satisfied with Heritage High School and its contents (teachers, students, counselors, etc.), but I am grateful to have access to the high quality education I know I'm receiving.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

Good School lots of fun love it here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2008

I am a student who recently graduated from the school, and with that in mind, I can honestly say that I had no significant problems while I was there. The administration is excellent, especially the principal, and they all take special care to get to know as many students as they can. Being a musician, I have no complaints about the program, especially the choral program, which is superb. Almost all of my teachers were always eager to help with problems, and would often go out of their way to make the lessons as far from dull as could be imagined (anyone who got to do Knapp's candidate project would have to agree). Overall, I found my four years at Heritage an immensely enjoyable experience, and would have no doubts about sending any children I would have there in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2008

I have read several complaints about how Heritage has an insufficient academic program, poor administration, or inadequate security. As a former student of Heritage, I can say that this is not the case. Heritage offers many Advanced Placement courses that allow those who are eager to learn to excel. Dual enrollment is also apparently going to be offered at the school soon. I felt the teaching and administration were great, and was neither too strict nor too loose. As for security, random fights are to be expected. I only experienced a handful of them in my four years there, and there was never a time when I felt unsafe. There are also dedicated officers and many teachers around at all times. Basically, Heritage is a great high school. It is obviously not going to be as good as a magnet school, but it does not deprive students of learning
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2008

Heritage High School has much to offer to every student or parent that steps into the building. The teachers and faculty do a very good job in helping the students do well inside the classroom as well as outside. Almost every student, if not all, can say they have one teacher there they can trust and go to about anything. The amount of extracurricular activities, there are more than plenty to get involved in. As for the safety, as with every school there are those who ruin the schools reputation for everyone. Not once did I feel unsafe in that school. For those who say that they believe the administration is either too strict or too loose, they do not see what really goes on in the school. If you're child will be attending the school, have no worries, they will succeed in more ways than you can imagine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2008

I graduated from Heritage in 2006 and was a member of the first class to start as freshmen. The administration is excellent (the principal, Margaret Huckaby won the Washington Post Principal of the Year Award in 2007) and most teachers are highly qualified and take an interest in helping their students succeed both in and out of the classroom. I can't imagine a better high school experience. As for issues with safety, I never felt unsafe in the halls of Heritage. Like any school there are always a few 'bad eggs' who can ruin the reputation for the rest of the highly motivated and accomplished students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2008

My son went to Heritage his freshman year. THe schools teachers and faculty never treated students with respect, the teachers were uninterested in the students wellfare and the security is too severe. He was a straight A student untili he went their.. He has failed two classes. I will not send him back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

Teachers tend to be understanding and teach well, though the math department is lacking. Many of the better teaching teachers leave because of the administration or so I assume. The administration itself is either to strict or loose. In my third year, two fights came in one month. I understand that they can't be predicted, but they're just slightly frightning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

It is a great school. I graduated from this school with ample amount of knowledge to apply in my college courseworks. This school created a strong foundation for me in both academic and personal ways. I highly reccomend this school to anyone. The faculty members and administrative staffs are very helpful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2007

I just graduated form this school. Great learning enviroment and great teachers.


Posted July 22, 2007

this school is amazing i've sent all 6 of my children to Heritage and i would recommend it to any parent searching for a school w/ standards such as this ;D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My son went there for freshman year, and hated it. He is gifted in science and math, and took all honors courses. Except for his honors biology, German, and tech courses, everything was slow and boring. Students were not interested in learning, according to him. Now my son goes to a sci-tech magnet school and is happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2005

I spent 2 years at this school and it was the worst time of my life. The adminstration has little care for their students or their well being, as far as extracirrcular goes the program is poor. Long story short, I will not be graduating from that school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2005

My son attended Heritage when it opened for his freshman and sophmore years. The teachers were very good about communicating with us on a regular basis outside of the progress reports and report cards. My son was exposed to diverse cultures and enjoyed his time at Heritage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

We had many problems with this school. Whether it was lack of discipline by the faculty or the ability for students to fight. This is not a good choice and I recommend looking at schools out of Leesburg.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Algebra II

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

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Reading

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

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
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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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
World History II

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
94%

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2010

 
 
95%
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 Students57%
Female students64%
Male students49%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient students23%
Proficient in English65%

Algebra II

All Students69%
Female students69%
Male students70%
Black students61%
Asian students90%
Hispanic43%
Multiracial76%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English70%

Biology

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students84%
Asian students100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English94%

Chemistry

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students89%
Black students73%
Asian students95%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Earth Science

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students56%
Asian students92%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial83%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English89%

English: Reading

All Students91%
Female students90%
Male students92%
Black students74%
Asian students94%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students86%
Asian students89%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English96%

Geometry

All Students83%
Female students84%
Male students82%
Black students73%
Asian students77%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial84%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English87%

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 Students96%
Female students94%
Male students97%
Black students89%
Asian students89%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English97%

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 Students92%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black students81%
Asian students94%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English94%

World History II

All Students92%
Female students88%
Male students95%
Black students77%
Asian students100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students77%
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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
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  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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520 Evergreen Mill Rd SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: (571) 252-2800

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