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.
Horrible!!!! Staff is rude, teachers are bad, students are unprepared. They didn't even meet state requirements for testing because of what imbeciles they are.
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.
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.
Tuscarora is a wonderful school! Pamela Paul-Jacobs is running a successful, motivated building! Teachers & staff are wonderful & caring.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The worst.THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST THE WORST!!!!!!
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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