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7-12
Public district
Lorton, VA
Students enrolled: 2,924
 

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8501 Silverbrook Road
Lorton, VA 22079

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(703) 446-1600
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December 22, 2014
Dedicated teachers, friendly student body and overall congenial atmosphere in which students and faculty work together to achieve excellence. There is a lot of school spirit here and opportunity for students to excel academically, athletically, and in a variety of extracurricular activities. With a number of military families in the area, the school knows how to make students feel welcome. In a county with such high stakes testing and enormous stress put on students to get into good colleges, this school does a great job of helping students find balance. There is a sense of community here that is hard to find in such large suburban communities these days.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
This is the worst school ever a lot of people do not like this school. There system is stupid they are very strict when it come to "study hall" which they call "focus" over there. Like what kind of name is that? Focus is just an extra teaching period not even a study hall period! The teachers use it as an extra teaching not as a period where you can catch up oh homework or study for a class. This school is so stupid and has the most stupidest system ever. Fights happen a lot in this school, usually the fights always occur between two African American girls. These very dramatic girls fight for such stupid reasons. Just last yr when a fight occurred, half of the school began running to the locker pod and to watch the fight. While I was trying to get to class, the student who were running pushed and shoved me and my friend. Bullying is also a huge problem at this school. Some of the teachers are awfully rude and some of them like to get into your business. This school has been causing me server anxiety depression and I am not even allowed to transfer to another school even though I am very depressed.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2014
My school is horrible. This is the worst school I have ever been to. They are horrible kids and the teachers are bad. You only succeed if you teach yourself or if you are smart. The teachers have no idea how to teach and they favor the smartest students. They aren't motivated to teach the kids who aren't that intelligent. There is no way I would ever recommend this school to anyone besides the naturally smart kids. This is literally the worst school in America. They focus more on sports and activities than they do academics. I'd rather be in military school than here, it's like a prison.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2014
When the new middle school building opened in September 2012, South County Secondary divided into South County High School and South County Middle School to relieve crowding. My children do not yet attend the high school, but the middle school is off to a great start. I have had some small interactions with the high school, and my experience has been positive.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
South County is awesome!!! Great teachers, wonderful students and the parents are involved. Glad we moved to the area.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
South County is certainly not terrible, but it's not great either. As a parent, I am often frustrated by the school's lack of communication, particularly about grades. For example, the quarter ended last week, and we missed almost an entire week due to the weather, so I emailed all my 10th grader's teachers about his progress in the quarter, since there were only three days left after all the cancellations. I heard back from three out of seven teachers, and so my student was able to turn in a couple of missing assignments in those classes. As for the other four classes, the second quarter is now officially over, and I have absolutely no idea how my child did in any of those classes, and I won't until I get the grade reports in the mail in a few days. It's a constant struggle to do the detective work it takes to keep up on the grades in each class. Some teachers are outstanding, and others, well, not so much. My son would probably give this school a 4/5 because he is involved in a school activity that he loves and that gives him a good group of other kids to hang out with. We are moving after he graduates and will not make an effort to stay within South County's boundary.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
After having a few children in the school system at all different academic levels I can say the school system works great if you have a straight A student but not for an average student or a child that needs extra support. If your child needs extra assistance they are like burden on the teachers who only want to deal with the straight A students who do not need any extra help.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2013
This school has done very well considering its only a few years old. It has already made a list as a top 20 high school in Virginia. The school principal is doing a good job in purging mediocre teachers and getting great teachers from top counties.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
in all honesty, South County is a bad school. As an un-bias student. It has the lowest subject scores in FCPS and the highest rate of bullying in FCPS. Some teachers are great, maybe 1 a year. But all of the other teachers are so un-motivating and so unenthusiastic about everything. This is a school where your health and willingness to learn does not matter. All that matters are grades. This is a school where if you do not do well on one test, you will fail the quarter and there is no after school help or remediation. Some of the brightest kids I know resort to cheating. Because of budget cuts, late busses are cut down to one day a week. Rather than the usual 4. This clearly inhibits learning as most class averages are around a C-, and even worse in AP Classes. I consider myself an un-bais student who gets good grades, but South County is the last place I ever want to be. With the awful people, the unreasonably hard tests and the expectation to succeed when teachers don't even care. Its ludicrous. This school should be shut down.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2013
I love SoCo. A lot of the teachers do care that you should exceed in life, and many are inspirational. There are a lot of sports here, and many students get scholarships. There is so much school spirit and love here. But we do have are count for bullies, but they won't bother you unless you bother them. I can't wait for my next 2 years.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2013
I went to this high school. It is a most mediocre schools high school. The staff is average. The student are not bright. And the only thing that is rewarded is desperation. The anti-intellectual atmosphere of the school generated by the anti-intellectual families that surround its campus ensure that South County remain inept. Compared to schools like Lake Braddock or McLean HIgh, South County does not add up. Pert of this, again, is the anti-intellectual environment of the areas surrounding South County. That the majority of Lorton parents do not work in academia or jobs where a Masters degree is required, most students are raised as if Virginia colleges were the best in the world. In reality, even UVA is still a large public college and is ranked the no.1 party school in the country.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2012
I have had 4 graduates in 6 years at SCSS and have been VERY pleased with the teachers, community and academic options for my sons. The teachers care so much and one of my 2 were in the gifted side and 1 in special needs... they advocated for them on both sides of the academic spectrum.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
SCSS is an awful school full of bullys. I feel sorry for my teachers. My classes were full of hateful students who could not keep their bullying in the hallways and would bring disputes loudly into the classroom. Obviously, administration is unresponsive to teacher's "referrals" of student's outrageous behaviors and it appears little is done to support teachers who are having trouble with what seems to be 'gangs' of unruly students who take over classrooms and make it impossible to teach. Those who want to learn, can't. Principals play favorites. I know for a fact that certain principals coddle and pacify students who they should be expelling for insubordination with cokes and free passes to leave the teacher's class if they became upset with him for in class reprimands or discipline. How do I know? These "bad' students laugh and joke about it. They even throw it back at the teacher when they return to class in front of everyone. Several of my favorite teachers resigned last year because of this schoolwide meanness. I feel sorry for the students and the teachers who are subjected to this outrageous and cruel school environment on a daily basis.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2011
I hate this school! The teachers are rude and always watch you as if you are about to go crazy and if they see u trade papers with a friend to help them they act as if you are cheating which really you are showing them how to do something not saying 2 X 2 = 4. The gym teachers are only the sane ones there and only a few are good. If you ever want to survive in this school or even have a Chance oh wait you will not!If you know whats right THAN DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2011
The fact is Fairfax county schools are some of the best in the nation. South County is one of the best schools in Fairfax County ranking in the top half of the county in test scores with those scores trending up. In all my years of attending I have seen no issue with the school covering up anything that makes them look bad and I have seen very little teachers being disrespectful. The only problem I have with the school is the students. Just to put it out there for parents complaining maybe its not the teachers who are the problem maybe it's your student. Students are given every opportunity to succeed and some don't take it. The majority of complaints I hear come from students who are the problem. I will guarantee you that I have spent more time with the teachers of this school than any parent and I find it disgusting that they are being attacked in many reviews.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2011
i go to this school now ,hate it i want to move so bad and this is only my second year there .

- submitted by a community member
December 10, 2010
South County was ill planned from the start. Its purpose was to relieve Hayfield from overcrowding, but the boundaries were messed up from the start, taking neighborhoods not assigned to Hayfield even though the purpose was to fix Hayfield's problem. The school ended up opening overcrowded. They had to split up the boundaries twice to fix this issue. The boundary is fragmented to the point where you are live in a South County area but your neighbor does not. Teacher quality is extremely poor. They don't care or they play the favorites game. There are a handful of teachers that actually try to help, but the rest act as if it was a dead end job. Security is very unjust and biased. Some people get a slap on the wrist while others get an iron fist. The administrators are the same way. The administrators also don't know much about what's going on with the students and turn a blind eye when beneficial. There's too much harassment and disrespect within the student body. Too many rumors go around and too many people instigate for no reason. Overall, this is the FCPS school to avoid, I would know because I was there from 2005 to 2009. I visited this year, and things have not changed.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2010
I really like South County. My oldest went there her Junior and Senior year and my younger daughter is in eight grade. I appreciate the time and consideration that the teachers give to the students. She loves it there! The honars classes are great! Yes it is crowded, but the positive learning environment makes up for it, We are a military family, and I am hoping that my daughter can continue there for years to come. Way to go Stallions!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2010
My daugter went this school for one year. Over croweded is a big problem because it generates poor staffing, poor support, and unprofessional skills of handling student's matter. Administration statts are terrible. I asked them to fax documents 3 times in advance, still had trouble. Teachers are all overloaded.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
This fairly new school is filled with mediocre teachers who are focused on getting through SOL material and not focused on anything that falls under any other category. For example, teachers make comments while teaching, asking the children if they understand and then follows up with a comment that they don't have time for them to understand! The math department is week and the reputation in the community is that the school is disorganized and without a parent being on top of every move, a child will be lost to the system. This is disheartening in a county that has gotten glowing results nationally. It makes you wonder where those results came from and how they were derived. South County is a poor example of diversity and sets no examples for levels of excellence. It is very sad!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2010
South County is a great school. The teachers really care about the students and offer help during lunch or after school. The school has a great band program. The athletic program has been successful since the school opened. Yes the school's overcrowded but when the middle school opens it will take care of that problem. The teachers are also very good but some shouldn't be allowed to teach here at such a great school with great kids.

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2010
Best school in Fairfax County! South County has only been opened for a couple of years and it has a great reputation. The principal and teachers are the best and the students are good kids. The school works with the students and prepares them for college. Love the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
From a student's point of view, I think South County is wonderful. The teachers, maintenece people, lunch ladies and others are all very kind! The only thing is that people need to stop walkin so slow and stopping thie middle of the hall way while others are trying to get to class. Just becuase you MAY NOT care about wether or not you're on time, doesn't mean that everyone else feels the same.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2009
The school is not wonderful in any sense of the word. Some of the teachers play favorites all too often with students whom are on their favorite sports team (especially volleyball). Though, a number of the teachers are quite good. This school is overly concerned with their school ratings and how the school's reputation is doing than most anything else. Most of the time, the school is quite hostile to anything that may make their school look bad in any way. Most of the positive reviews here seem to be quite generic, written either by parents with their kids on one of the sports teams, someone whom seems to have only read a description of the school, or by the staff members themselves posing as parents or students. I would not recommend this school to anyone; there is just too many things that go on in this school behind closed doors.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
Its a good school they treated me with respect and maid me feel at home when I moved there. A little crowded but its okay. Some teachers dont show respect so it makes the student not want to respect them. But I think that most of the teachers are great and make learning fun.

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
Very good school! Best teachers in Fairfax County. When the middle school opens up 2011, the school will be under capacity. This school has good students, they want to learn and teachers & staff are top notch!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
This parent is totally wrong! The staff is totally helpful, treated myself and my family with the utmost respect. Helped through all of my troubles. I think this parent is off the charts and she is probably the one who is disrespectful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 22, 2009
this is the worst school of all time. The staff does not treat me or my child with any respect. I advise you dont send your child here, if you love then.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2009
It's too bad that this school has the problems that it has, because it is a beautiful school. There are some serious problems not just with the students, but with some of the staff and administrators that definately needs to be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2009
I have experienced poor response time to my emails, and poor communication from some of the teachers. I have also noticed that the administrators do not support parents if there is a problem to be addressed. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
A great school, a little overcrowded, but everyone at the schools have a great learning experience. The teachers are great and very helpful and the learning resources available are some of the best and newest. I was a new student last month and the Main Office Staff made me feel right at home.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2009
The support system is not good for parents. My child got lost in the system because the school did not do what they were suppose to do to keep my child safe. It's so unfortunate, because with it being a new school in Fairfax County, I thought that the administrators and staff would have been more on the ball. They are on the ball trying to keep things hidden and their numbers up. It's not about the children!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 16, 2009
This school does not take care of problems that are brought to their attention. They don't seem to want any blemishes. Staff members are suppose to be role models for our kids. We as parents instill in them right from wrong, just to have that taken away when the staff is untruthful to them and about them. If you have a kid who is involved in the extra curriculum activities, you may not have any problems because you are helpimg the school to succeed. The school is suppose to be their for our children. helping them to succeed. I would not recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
My experience with this school has been horrible. Front office is very rude, principals and staff members do not control the abusive behavior of the students. We encountered a problem in the school that they tried to sweep under the rug by lying. As a taxpayer, we are very disappointed. The staff definately needs more training!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
safety and discipline is terrible. my child was harassed, bullied and could not learn due to the unsafe environment. Discipline??? What discipline!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
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September 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
Good school. My daughter likes it. Good orchestra and good sports.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
A great school, a little overcrowded but they are planning on building a middle school in the future to eliminate this problem. The teachers are great and very helpful and the learning resources available are some of the best and newest.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2008
I've become anxious everytime I enter this school. I have two honor students who have attended two other high schools in the last three years. This is by far the worst. Very poor communication, extremely poor response time (still waiting after 3 weeks - two emails and multiple visits to the counselor's office by my daughter)and the staff in the front offices have been downright rude and unhelpful all but one time I've gone in. We'll never return to this school and I would not recommend it. There are much better schools to choose in Fairfax County.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 21, 2007
I have two children in this school. Yes, it is overcrowded but that's the fault of the school board and local government and not the school administration. Given the situation, the administration and teachers do a terrific job in running things. The principal is top-notch. The directors in the arts (band, chorus, drama, etc) are excellent and have won many awards in the school's brief history. My only complaint is that there are still some teachers who are slaves to the standardized tests. Usually, they're the younger ones. But overall, I'm pleased with the academics at the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2007
I have been happy with the teachers and staff. Some of the best teachers my child has ever had. Not happy with the over crowded situation, but they have made the best of it.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
This school is overcrowded and always has been. It opened with lots of trailers that are still in use. I would recommend moving to another school district. The high school also allows the children to retest if their scores are low so the academics are questionable.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
2nd year school with a great adminstration, great infrastructur, and wonderful teachers. Couldn't be happier, even in the terrific Fairfax County, VA School System.

- submitted by a parent

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South County High School
8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, VA  22079
(703) 446-1600
Last modified South County High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South County High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top