South County is awesome!!! Great teachers, wonderful students and the parents are involved. Glad we moved to the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
i go to this school now ,hate it i want to move so bad and this is only my second year there .
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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