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Stonewall Jackson High School

Public | 9-12 | 2474 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted July 5, 2012

many people say sjhs is a good school. There are many comments too that there are problems there.


Posted 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


Posted April 9, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted August 7, 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


Posted April 3, 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


Posted February 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

579 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

572 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

639 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

550 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
95%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
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World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students63%
Female students63%
Male students63%
Black students66%
Asian students96%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial73%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English69%

Algebra II

All Students60%
Female students64%
Male students57%
Black students49%
Asian students86%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial50%
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English60%

Biology

All Students74%
Female students75%
Male students72%
Black students67%
Asian students97%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial88%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English82%

Chemistry

All Students71%
Female students71%
Male students71%
Black students55%
Asian students79%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial70%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English72%

Earth Science

All Students67%
Female students64%
Male students70%
Black students67%
Asian students89%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial76%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English75%

English: Reading

All Students83%
Female students83%
Male students84%
Black students86%
Asian students85%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial91%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English92%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students89%
Male students86%
Black students89%
Asian students90%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial94%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English91%

Geometry

All Students56%
Female students57%
Male students55%
Black students53%
Asian students87%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial72%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English62%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students80%
Female students77%
Male students84%
Black students83%
Asian students100%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial94%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English89%

World Geography

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History I

All Students76%
Female students73%
Male students79%
Black students72%
Asian students100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial83%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English81%

World History II

All Students80%
Female students76%
Male students85%
Black students69%
Asian students100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial93%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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