Students enrolled 2479
School leader Mr. Richard Nichols
Transportation options Yes
District Prince William County Public Schools

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8820 Rixlew Ln
Manassas, VA 20109

(703) 365-2900
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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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October 19, 2014
SJHS is NOT for snobs & those with issues with diversity!!! It is for those wanting their children to have a well rounded, diverse experience that will enable them to encounter life at any level of culture. There really is very little to complain about, other than 1) you are not allowed to be a bully/snob, 2) the world will NOT revolve around your child be/c everyone is treated equally, 3) you will not be privileged be/c of your skin color, 4) no one there to cater to the "special" & premier people, 5) there is a high moral code to live by, 6) there are too many opportunities for students to succeed, lead, create, discover, establish and learn, and 7) people are NICE - not your typical rude, competitive, catty NV culture at all! After 1st year, my son has established 2 new clubs, won 9 awards, past 2 AP exams (4/5), invited to attend 2 national leadership conf, and has been given the opportunity to do more in 1 year at SJHS then ANY OTHER PW school. Most of all he has grow tremendously in character and confidence. Not sure what all the complaining is about... With all this school offers, would the same complains exist if it's population were 60%+ white?

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
Stonewall Jackson HS has been great for my daughter. She has loved all her teachers and they seem to really care. I have gotten emails and phone calls about important information that concerned her. She is a member of the color guard, performing in both marching band and winter guard. They are consistently the highest performing team. She has really come out of her shell since joining.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
I'm just tired of uneducated people making uneducated assumptions about this school. Maybe if they were IB students they would form their opinions with a little more first-person research. Parents, you should be better than this. What are you teaching your children?

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2013
Stonewall Jackson High is a disappointment. I have read the write ups and ratings and I simply do not believe them. There is evidence of allot of money being spent and people talking about the IB Program. The program is out of Switzerland and is basically to insure a "Global Standard" for education. My son who is in attendance is less satisfactory in his knowledge and understanding of subjects. His motivation as he enters the 9th grade is at an all time low. In reading some of the ratings that have been written, I get the feeling that they are "canned". When I do run into something that appears to have some value, I am concerned. If I can make other arrangement for my student I will. On another note, I did at least get contacted by two of the schools teachers who had concerns. This caused me to give a higher teacher quality rating. However principal leadership demonstrated thus far is one of lacking. Orientation night was not very good. Parent Involvement... well I am still unable to get my parent portal account straightened out. What kind of school arranges for parents to have a parent teacher conference from 0730 am to 0930am?

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
Excellent school, celebrating its diversity. The rigorous standards of the very popular International Baccalaureate program permeate the entire school.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
I have three children. The first one went to SJHS and we were very pleased with the outcome. When our son was ready for high school we had been redistricted and he went to Brentsville. The differences between the two schools was stark. Although Stonewall was far more diverse and some people have thought that the diversity was a problem we have found the opposite. The kids and faculty at Stonewall were outstanding. When it was time for our youngest to start high school there was no question that he would go to Stonewall. Any student in the northern portion of the county can attend Stonewall if they are willing to take just one IB course. Our youngest son is about to graduate with a full IB diploma and he is applying to the best colleges in the country. Stonewall's IB program coupled with great teachers and a diverse student body is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
We can't speak for the school as a whole, but the International Baccalaureate program is superb, with exceptionally qualified and committed teachers and administrators. Many decades ago, I attended a large public high school with a graduating class of 600 or 700 that mimicked the general distribution of society: 5% were headed directly to jail, and 5% to Ivy-class colleges, with everything in between. Stonewall's IB program is like a school-within-a-school concentrating the top 5% of its 2500+ kids, and attracting a penumbra of additional highly motivated kids who self-select to take IB (equivalent in rigor to AP) courses. At the same time, the diversity of the entire student body has been a great experience for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2012
many people say sjhs is a good school. There are many comments too that there are problems there.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
I am very very pleased with the opportunities this school provides students. The administration and staff are in-the-know about their student body and the challenges. They do not hide their heads in the sand like some schools, but actually acknowledge and deal with issues head on. They are very good at educating "today's" teenagers in a very diverse population.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
The school is very diverse and deserves more credit than it gets. The teachers there are so dedicated to what they do. I will never forget the lessons I learned there because of the great student body, and the wonderful teachers that helped me along the way.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2010
I am giving this school a 4 instead of a 5 because it depends on the student to determine the rating. If rating the school's IB program, which is fantastic, this school deserves a 5. However, few students actually go through the IB program in comparison to the general students. The general education is a 3, about average. I definitely think that if you are a parent who has a child in PWC, and would like a quality education and your child is willing to study hard and has high educational goals for the future...I would definetely recommend Stonewall. If your child is an average student, who normally gets Bs and Cs...go to another school.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2010
I have a child who has spent 3 years at SJHS and I couldn't be happier. She is getting an excellent education in the IB program. The teachers and staff know her and care about her experience at school. It bothers me that Great Schools give this school such a low rating. When you attach numbers like these to schools then many kids miss out on a great opportunity to attend a diverse school with great academics. Read the parent ratings, they carry more weight as they are based on actual experiences, not demographic statistics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2010
This is the best high school, they have wonderful teachers that really care about their students and go the extra mile to see that the student succeeds!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 20, 2009
i went to SJHS last year and i had a good experience with the school. I would recommend it to anyone in the manassas area. i was a little sceptical at first but once i got used to everyone and everything it was an all out good experience

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2008
I have a student in SJHS and am very pleased with the school. The administrative staff are excellent and really care about our kids well-being. The academic programs, teaching staff, councelling staff, and coaches are exceptional. They have many extracurricular activities to provide for a well-balanced atmosphere. The only thing I would like to see added in the future is a solid drama program for those that are interested in drama (there's always room for improvement). Good school to send your kids to.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 07, 2008
SJHS is an alright school. the academics are alright but the athletics are horrible the school is known for the girls varsity team. I intend on doing something about this. This season my varsity team are going to make some noise!!!! we're going to make people want to become a raider:) give it up for the boys

- submitted by a student
April 03, 2008
I have a student in the IB Diploma program. This is an exceptional program and has not only prepared him for higher education, but has ensured that he will be accepted by the university of his choice. Beyond the academic excellence of the IB program, the racial and ethnic diversity of SJHS has been a major benefit to his education as well as to his preparation to live in the reality of today's world. Prior to coming to SJHS, I had heard it refered to as 'the Ghetto School.' Just for the record, SJHS has had less of a drug and violence problem than most of the county schools (which has not been excessive at any of them.) We are very pleased with the school, the faculty, the administration, the coaches, the students and the parents who contribute to the make up of this exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2008
SJHS is a great place that I love. The students and teachers there really try their best to learn and find solutions to problems that other schools would otherwise ignore. The Marching Band was a fun experience that I will never forget. The sports teams are becoming stronger. Our IB program is challenging and what makes us proud. The new IB director is really improving the proggram. SJHS deserves to be one of the top schools in America!

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2007
I think SJHS is just like any other high school. I like the fact that it is not split into different cliques. There are groups of people who hang out together, but they frequently intermix with others of different groups. Our school also has a lot to offer academically and artistically. The IB program is a world renowned program that rivals (and I think beats) the AP program in level of difficulty. Also, our choirs are some of, if not the, best high school choirs in the county (or in the state). Of course I may be a bit biased, since I am a member, but we have received numerous awards and have even gone to Italy to sing at the Vatican. All in all, I think SJHS deserves a better reputation than it is given

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2006
In certain areas there is high level of parent involvemnt, such as Marching band, which is nationally ranked and a privelege to have participated in. The IB program seems to be improving staedily under the new Coordinator who is much personable that the previous. There are so many after-school clubs that almost any interest is catered too. Anime, art, break-dancing, step, languages, etc. The quality of the school is somewhat lacking.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2005
I am currently a junior at Stonewall Jackson High School, and I have to say that our school really is better than what most people belive it to be. We are seen as a poorer school, or as a school with many problems and violence. But frankly that is not true at all. We have as many problems as every other high school does. We have just as many behavior issues as any other high school. And yet our school gets the bad rep because of the people that go here. It may be true that we have more children of 'low-income' families, but that does not determine what kind of school we are. We have dedicated students who work hard in academics, sports, extra-curriculars, jobs, and everything else that they may do. Stonewall Jackson High School does not recieve the credit that it should for being a wonderful school.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2005
I have been a student at stonewall since 9th grade and I think that Stonewall is a school filled with many opportunities for learning, cultural interaction and fun. Based upon my own personal experience as an IB diploma candidate it seems as if at this school if you want any kind of respect you must be associated with the IB program. The IB program is an excellent program, but it is not all that Stonewall has to offer. Stonewall has a nationally ranked marching band, a choir that wins all sorts of awards, as well as clubs and organizations that actually put a lot of good into the Community. Perhaps if Stonewall focused on some of these other areas then many of these opportunities wouldn't be left void. If everyone looked past the IB program than perhaps we would all have a reason to take pride in our school.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2005
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October 19, 2005
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- submitted by a student
October 19, 2005
I remember coming into Stonewall in 9th grade and looking up at that big sign that screamed 'Time Magazine School of the Year!' It was intimidating but I quickly adjusted to my high school life. Things at Stonewall are a lot different than what most teenagers think of typical high schools. There aren't many 'clicks' or 'social groups.' The jocks and cheerleaders do not rule the school. Everyone is pretty much in their own world, with their own friends. One part of Stonewall that I don't like is the division between the IB students and the non-IB students. They do not get to interact since the IB candidates are in classes with mainly other IB students and never get to interact with the other sudents in the school. IB students are like another class of students and I don't like how they are represented to the rest of the school.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2005
Stonewall is an intimidating behemoth of a school. What happens within the walls of any high school is so complictaed even those who work there or attend the building can seldom know exactly what is going on. High school is 'chaos theory' in action. You will rarely foresee your children's paths. Yet, despite any reputation for the better or worse, we continue to produce skilled and prepared students. So what parents need to ask themselves and their children is: 'can my child succeed here?' I believe Stonewall has evertyhing to make that happen. There are more than 60 recognized clubs and organizations; District, regional and state champion sports; a highly advanced and modernistic IB program. Our diversity (racial, ethnic and national) scares some, but honestly, our children are a reflection of this country's future.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a student
April 09, 2005
I am currently a student at Stonewall Jackson participating in the IB program. Personally I feel as though the school rides on this program as its sole source of recognition when in fact it is just highly overrated. Yes, there are a few exceptional teachers who do deserve all the credit in the world for what they do, but the majority don't fit this category. Then again, any teacher who puts up behavior that is deemed acceptable from most of the students deserves props. Security-wise the school is very safe, that is not the issue. It is other rules that have no enforcement behind them. Never in my life have I heard such disrespect from students or such an amount of profanity. I'm not sure whether such behavior is just ignored or viewed as normal. Overall, I think SJHS has a great deal of work that could be done.

- submitted by a student
November 17, 2004
I'm an student at stonewall jackson high school, and i'm proud to say that i'm getting a good education, I feel safe at school, and the teachers are great. We hope that all of the other school, could compare to us, but lets be honest they cant, because we are so united and u dont as much problem as you see in other school.

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2004
I am not a parent, but a former student of stonewall. I was an IB student and recently received my IB diploma. Those students who do not take advantage of the program are not striving to be the smartest and brightest people they can possibly be. Why allow your child to take 'redmedial classes' if he/she is not of remedial intelligence or ability? Why not take advantage of a program that is free and open to all who wish? Why not take advantage of the best thing the school has to offer? I am proud to say I attended sjhs and am proud of the instructors I had. They were serious about their profession and cared about my development as a well-rounded individual. Any involved parent would tell you the same.

- submitted by a former student
January 02, 2004
The IB program is excellent; however the less-talked-about vocational programs are equally good. There are more technical courses offered here than at the 'IT' schools in the county.

- submitted by a teacher
September 09, 2003
The school has been praised soley for its IB program which the majority of students do not take advantage over. I found regular classes there remedial with teachers who couldn't care less about teaching. This biased profile has given the school an inflated self image that has only hurt the regular students.

- submitted by a community member
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Stonewall Jackson High School
8820 Rixlew Ln, Manassas, VA  20109
(703) 365-2900
Last modified Stonewall Jackson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Stonewall Jackson High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top