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PK-12
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Leesburg, VA
Students enrolled: 1,546

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801 North King Street
Leesburg, VA 20176

(571) 252-1900
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December 11, 2014
I haven't been there for two years and I still resent spending a single day in this horrible environment. Worst teachers and staff in existence.

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2014
I have three children who are in the LCPS school system. A graduate from Heritage, a Senior at Tuscarora, and an elementary school aged child at LES. By far, our worst experience has been at Tuscarora (although while C. Magruder was at LES that was pretty bad). My middle child was bullied by two other children and all they offered was counseling! If PPJ doesn't see it, it didn't happen! For nearly a school year, the bullies were able to physically and socially torment my child to the point where she refused to attend school. Some of the physical bullying was caught on video. Nothing was done to the bullies. They continued to tornment my child to the point where we had to hire a lawyer and threaten to sue LCPS to get her out of THS. LCPS is growing too fast. In order to hire enough staff to teach and run the school, they had to lower their standards. The majority of the upper level administrators are not focused on the students, they are focused on their image. Teachers and administrators are hired, fired, or quit over spring break before the school year ends. Athletics are strong because of the previously lax school transfer rule. It is what it is because of PPJ.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2014
I agree with other reviewers - fantastic community of parents, great athletics, beautiful facilities, awful administration and principal. How PPJ has been able to hold onto that job despite her many mishaps is the big unknown to parents and students alike. Additionally, though some teachers are excellent, there are too many unqualified teachers occupying classrooms as THS. No surprise as few want to work for PPJ. My child did not get a good education at THS, nor did he even care (that's what an oppressive administration will do to a child's spirit). Despite a less than stellar high school performance he was accepted to a good college based on his mediocre grades and exceptional athletic ability, and thank goodness he is excelling academically. When people glorify LC public schools as the best in the nation, I laugh in disagreement due to our experience at this school and the fact that, despite the many complaints, the LCPS administration refuses to do anything to address the issue. Very, very sad.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
I have had 3 children go through Tuscarora and have had a great experience. They all have been accepted into wonderful colleges and have been well prepared. The school spirit and the sense of community in this school has been something they should be proud of. The athletic department is top notch! There are some teachers that aren't perfect as in EVERY school out there. The front office and the attendance office are something to avoid and for some reason haven't improved but other than that I would feel extremely comfortable sending my kids to this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
Tuscarora is a wonderful school! Pamela Paul-Jacobs is running a successful, motivated building! Teachers & staff are wonderful & caring.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Rude teachers and staff alike. The only good part to this school is the athletics as well as the spirit of the actual student body despite the negativity they are surrounded with everyday.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
I've heard great things about Tuscarora High School. Many of my friends have kids that go there and they all seem to be impressed with it! My daughter will attend Tuscarora HS in just a couple years and I feel very comfortable that she will receive a great education there!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
Thankfully my daughter graduated and is now in college... She hated her time at Tuscarora and she was a good student. I must say the administration was greatly lacking in professionalism. The students were treated as though they were in middle school except for the chosen few that seemed to do whatever they pleased with no consequences. Having 4 children go through the LCPS system I am sad my youngest did not have a good high school experience. Her brothers and sisters remember fondly their time at Loudoun County High School. I hope someone steps in and takes charge of this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
My child is a Jr at THS. I am hesitant to agree with he lowest reviews here but I cannot agree with the 5 stars. No way. School spirit at THS seems to be good and I think this is due in large part to the strong athletics department. Perhaps the athletics dept got lucky...the school district includes some of very affluent neighborhoods with parents who have been able to afford expensive sports training for their kids. Overall my child has had good teachers but he did experience a horrible Spanish teacher who should not have been teaching and who, with no notice, did not return after spring break. I was forewarned by other parents about the front office staff & have had no problem with anyone there as I've gone in with a sweet attitude -- you have to play the game to get assistance. The guidance office is not great. For example, there was no email or robo-call about the LoCo college fair and this kind of failing is tyipcal for THS. I often go to other schools' websites to get info as THS's is lacking. THS administration could take a lesson from the middle school, Smarts Mill, across the street. THAT school told us about the college fair. Seriously.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
The worst.THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
We are the parents of a Junior at this school and we have an older child who attended Loudoun County High School. For a new school Tuscarora goes out of it's way to create a sense of community for the students. Our child is an honors/AP student who has had a wonderful experience there so far. We've found the teachers and faculty to be very involved and helpful to student's success. I've found the caliber of teachers to be solid .

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
I am a parent of three children that attend this school. My experience along with most families at this school has been exceptional. Shame on parents that use this forum for any ax you may have to grind.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
My time at this school was terrible. Its unorganized and most of the teachers have no idea what they are doing. I'm fairly convinced most of my teachers gave out passing grades just so they didn't have any failing students so it didn't look bad on them. This school is a sad excuse for a Loudoun County High School.

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2013
I am so glad my daughter attends this school.She loves her teachers and the majority of her classes are AP. She is involved in the activities. Her friends from neighboring schools always look to come to her school functions because of the lack of creativity of their administration. Please do not judge this school solely on the reviews go out and see for yourself. I have heard the complaints of some parents were based of their bigotted views because of the diversity of the staff and administration. My take on things are if you are not happy their is something called the freedom to choose move your child and find the best fit for them. I give four stars because some of the front office staff could be a little friendlier. Other than that I would reccomend this school it is a safe environment for my child to learn and thats whats important to me.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I have had a student at this school since it first opened, and it has improved some since it first opened, but overall the school is very poorly run. The one thing they have figured out is athletics, which is actually pretty solid. Academics are ok for the most part. Like most schools, teachers are a mixed bag, but unfortunately, the administration sets the tone for the entire school. As far as how to run a school, they do not have a clue. Some examples - graduation was a disaster, with many parents unable to watch their children graduate because they mismanaged ticket distribution. They forgot to order buses for the senior class trip, which did not happen because of this. What makes it worse is that the principal doesn't even seem to care and is completely unresponsive to the parents and students. It is a new school, and bound to get better, but the current principal is not the right person for the job.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2013
Disappointed in this school They refused to take my child out of an AP class to make themselves look good though my child didn't want to take it. The guidance counselors aren't there for the students - they are there for the school. Teachers no longer communicate with parents outside of Clarity and Clarity is not updated. Teachers leave and inadequate substitutes are brought in. Graduation was chaos; they should have moved the band, choir and teachers to the auditorium and show them via screen in the gym to allow actual parents of graduating students in.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2013
Tuscarora High School I honestly am embarrassed to go to this school. I had a math teacher that needed the help of students to answer problems-not because it was part of a lesson to tests students' knowledge, but because she genuinely did not know how to solve it. The entire year she initiated conversations with students that were off topic & often diverted the rest of the classes' attention. She would only teach the bare minimum-what was on the S.O.L. Ironically, there were students who didn't pass. The teacher didn't discipline students-there were kids throwing objects across the room, running around, etc. all while she was teaching, & merely would sometimes laugh & encourage it or meekly tell them to sit down. One teacher curved grades a lot. I had a science teacher who only gave out worksheets the whole year & got the class off topic by bringing in random, off topic objects from his home in an attempt to make himself the 'favorite teacher'. He rarely stood in front of the class to teach & sat at his desk most of the year on the computer, sometimes using it for his personal life. Many teachers model this work ethic & I feel as if I have been cheated of a good education.

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2013
The administration does a poor job on connecting with the parents and the students. Grades are not updated in the online tools in a timely manner. New leadership is needed to gain the trust of the parents and students. Most of the teacher try to help the kids when asked.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
Very disturbing to read this review as a new family considering moving in, and a large reason for the move is the schools. This feedback online is consistent with what is reported by word of mouth. I hope the county quickly takes note of apparent leadership concerns. First interaction with the school confirmed what is reported.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I have been a student at Tuscarora for almost three full years now. I was a freshman the year the school opened. I, as well as my parents, neighbors and friends, am appalled by the incompetence of the administration (as well as some teachers). It is as if teachers are fired from schools for being so awful, and then are sent to Tuscarora. The attendance people are down right disrespectful towards the students, almost hostile. The admin seems as if though they are working against, not for, the students. Some teachers are personable and caring. Others you just WANT to video tape so your parents believe the stories you share at dinner time. Teachers can give Tusky 5 stars all they want but the only reason I stay at this school is for the student body.

- submitted by a community member
February 15, 2013
I have had children in Loudoun County public schools for eighteen years now, and we have always been extremely pleased...until now. The administrative staff at Tuscarora is completely incompetent,and often rude and disrespectful to the students and parents alike. Some of the teachers are excellent but they are far outnumbered by teachers who seem to be unable to connect with the students. Also, they fail to grade assignments in a timely manner and when my child was seriously ill, many did not respond to my emails. An inordinate number of teachers have left mid-term, in some cases leaving a substitute to finish the year. This is a poor school in terms of academics and it has a very negative atmosphere. This is well known in the community and we cannot understand why this has not been addressed by the superintendent or the school board. Frankly, I doubt the validity of some of these five star reviews...

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
This school is terrible. I have only one good teacher, and my other ones are constantly unprepared and unable to teach a subject they are supposedly specialized in. This is my second year at Tuscarora, and I regret not switching because it is only getting worse.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2013
Tuscarora is a model of what other high schools should look like. The expectations for staff and students, the technology innovations and use of communication tools, and the new ideas that are implemented to improve student success are things that other schools will eventually develop. Being able to open and start things from the ground up gave us an advantage of not battling the "that's not how we have always done it" mantra. Because sometimes how things have always been done is NOT the best way to do them - the Tuscarora admin and staff realize that and are willing to try what's best, not just do what everybody else is doing. The students are engaged and respectful to each other and to staff. It feels like a family!

- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2013
Tuscarora is a school that is student centered. The staff foster and create an environment that promotes student achievement. The students are wonderful and the community has been very supportive.

- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2013
Very satisfied with the teachers and staff. Front office is pleasant and always willing to help. Administration is always available and willing to work with parents on all issues. Always striving to make the learning environment better. To all of you with such negative remarks, be part of the solution, not part of the problem. GO HUSKIES!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
This school is led by progressive and expert administrators whose passion for education resonates with faculty and students. We truly "Make an Impact in the World; and RISE above the rest (Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence)!

- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2013
THS provides a safe place for students and teachers. The teachers are focused on providing enriching lessons for students; they help ensure that every THS student has what he or she needs to be successful in class.

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2013
I have worked for several schools and never have a I met such wonderful teachers who care so much about the students and their learning. The Administration has been very supportive anytime I need something from them and I really feel as though they work as a team to run an effective building. Great job Tuscarora and I am very excited to be apart of a wonderful working environment who places the needs of ours students above all else.

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2013
I love Tuscarora, the people I work with, the community that supports this school, and the wonderful students.

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2013
This school stays abreast of the latest, and most effective instructional methods out there that leads to success not only in the high school classrooms, but also the college classrooms. The focus on note-taking, respect, and striving for excellence has created a family-like environment that leave students feeling supported, respected, and valued. The collaborative professional evironment leads to a group of teachers who care about student success, professional growth and development, student assessment, quality instruction, and personal responsibility. Also, the students are provided with everything they need to become whatever they want to through a variety of clubs, programs, support systems, and talented leaders. Students leave this school ready for whatever steps they choose next, and I have become a better teacher and leader because of the opportunities I have been given.

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2013
This is our first year at Tuscarora and I have been very happy with all aspects of the school. I have 2 children that have graduated from another Loudoun County high school and the office staff at Tuscarora is by far the friendliest and most helpful I have delt with over the years.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
This school has a great group of teachers lead by a strong Principal and Administrative staff. The FIne Arts Programs, Athletic Teams and Academic programs are strong and offer a variety of opportunities for the students. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
This is truly a great school! I love working with such wonderful and caring administrators, teachers, and staff. Everyone is always willing to help.

- submitted by a teacher
January 29, 2013
I have never seen so many dedicated teachers and administrators in one school. The positive climate and collaboration in each department is incredible. When you put strong leadership with excellent teachers anything is possible.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2012
Just moved here a year ago from living overseas and we've been frustrated with trying to get them to accept language credits, that the Fairfax school would have honored if we chose to live there, as well as other electives that my daughter has finished and has not been recognized by the school. The counselors have not been helpful in finding a solution to make up the foreign language credit that she needs to graduate. Instead of testing my 11th grade daughter in subjects that she has had a multitude of times they put her in a beginning Freshman class, which was such a waste of time that she could have been in a class that she needed to take in order to make up some credits. We are frustrated beyond belief, and now I don't know if my daughter will even get to graduate this year! DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS HERE!! Especially if you have been living overseas. They don't have have the experience to deal with those type of situations. Better off moving to Fairfax.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
I came to Tuscarora as a freshmen and was told that it was the hardest year there but i loved it. I had great teachers, especially guitar and history, i had fun with many friends, and it was an awesome year. I learned very well and fit in very well. I always had good grades and actually liked going to school for once. The only thing i didn't like was the principal but that's it. Too bad i might move and have to go to heritage,

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2012
Half of the teachers are good, half are bad. As a freshman, it is prominent how much the staff take into account the minds of the student body; and it is not much. The fine arts dept., the science dept., and most of the history teachers are very diligent in making sure students are actually gaining knowledge on their topics. The other departments have 1 or 2 teachers that can teach confidently and correctly. The administration is fair, but can be very strict with unusual rules. This can be proven with the fact that many teachers have been fired or have resigned. Overall, the student body is definitely not oblivious to the lack of care the staff show, but it is also difficult for us to make a change in our school with the staff at Tuscarora.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2011
Administration is unavailable and incompetent. Call, email, stop by and you will continue to wait for a response. Principal is unwilling to listen or consider alternatives.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2011
Its a really great school. My daughter learn a lot and teachers in there actually give us like a second chance.My daughter was really glad to be in this school. Also the staff like trust the students. They don't put that much rules. That's a good thing because the students would go to school because it's fun for them and they classes are fun.

- submitted by a parent
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Tuscarora High School
801 North King Street, Leesburg, VA  20176
(571) 252-1900
Last modified Tuscarora High School is a Public school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tuscarora High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top