Honestly, the people who went to Langley and said it's awful have no idea what type of learning environment they could have been a part of. I went from a different school system to Fairfax County Schools and would not be where I am today if it wasn't for being put into a difficult academic environment with a steep learning curve. Langley teaches you to deal with hard work and new challenges. The teachers are also excellent, very helpful, and caring if you just get to know them, regardless of whether you're in an AP class or not. As for the social life, blame the parents, not the high school. The parents of the Great Falls/McLean area should strive to give their kids some perspective, rather than shelter them. If you're a student at Langley and you want to be part of the snobby clique, then go for it; however, there are plenty of other social groups to become involved with. As long as you have a good head on your shoulders and some perspective, then the other kids won't bother you as much. It's high school. There are cliques and times become difficult. It often takes a level of personal maturity to deal with those issues, and no high school is the exception.
I graduated from Langley in 1987 and the recent comments are strikingly similar to my personal experiences when I attended Langley over twenty years ago. Now that I am raising two kids of my own, I use Langley as a benchmark for what to seek/not seek in my own childrens' experience. If your child comes from a very wealthy family and is academically driven, Langley's culture and academic offerings would probably be a good fit. However, if your child is academically average and an otherwise "average kid," it will be hard for your child to flourish. He or she will sit on the social periphery and get written off by the teachers. This is a niche school for socially elite, academically gifted students.
The quality of the teaching at Langley is below average. Most teachers are not creative and they don t really care. There are many bright students here who can teach themselves from the text. The majorities of teachers here do not inspire a love of learning in the students or give students real confidence in their abilities and encouragement to achieve. This is not meant to degrade the teachers. The system is a bureaucracy and it s broken. The reason the SAT scores are above average is because many of the parents are highly educated, able to tutor their kids or are paying lots of money for tutors and SAT prep. There is an extremely high amount of drug use and drinking. If you think this is a good school then it because you have not been exposed to what a true quality education is. If you have an average student and send them here they will remain very average and not realize their full potential. Great schools take average students and inspire them. This school does not.
I am a graduated from Langley High School over 15 years ago. I was reading the recent reviews and it is sad to say that nothing has changed from when I attended the school. I hated everything about the school. Yes, I received a good education but looking back and not having good memories of high school is sad. It is sad what wealth can do to people. I was looking at a school district for my own kids as I my family will be relocating there from the northeast and after reading these reviews I am going to put more focus on finding a top-notch private school.
The school is great academically, but difficult socially if you're not in the "popular" clique. While the teachers are great and like seeing the students excel and prepare for college, the students themselves have no idea what reality is. Most kids here are rich, and have been spoiled their entire lives. People here seem to be materialistic and quick to judge. The transition from Texas schools to Langley hasn't been the smoothest for me. The competition for such good grades, meeting so many new people and making friends, and adjusting to the new environment has hurt my grades. However, I hope to make my next years at Langley more enjoyable than my first year.
Great. The academics are good. That'll get you in, but what about interaction skills in college? No one here knows how to communicate like a normal being, let alone their constant judging of other people. NORMAL people don't analyze others that much....who has time? What really ruined it for me and a lot of others is the social life here. Take it or leave it, everyone who says the social life here sucks, is 100% right. To sum it all up, some people here need a REALITY check and know that when they go off to college, it's not all about your image and popularity or what clothes you have, or most importantly, WHO YOU HANG OUT WITH. No one cares, not now, not ever. Please, get a life other than Langley. I wish I went to McLean, thank goodness I'm out of Langley. Oh, and the teachers are exactly like the kids. It's pathetic in all honesty.
Clearly the best public high school in the region and one of the best in the country. Despite the "brain-drain" effect of Thomas Jefferson Magnet High School in Fairfax County, Langley has survived as an incredible comprehensive public high school offering the best in academics, international diversity, athletics, and extracurricular opportunities.
This school offers good academic classes (Honors, AP) but the social part of this school is absolutely horrible! its all based upon how much money you have, and what clothes you wear. If you dont have gucci purses, and prada shoes you will be labeled a poor loser. Which is really sad. This school needs a student attitude makeover.
(1)As a former LHS student, I am shocked at some of the negative responses from other Langley graduates, students and parents. Some of the comments on this board are completely fabricated or exaggerated. Yes, there are cliques. Yes, the workload is difficult. Yes, high school kids will experiment with drinking. These are inevitable activities that happen in high schools all across America. The cliques are particularly not as bad as everyone is describing on here. There is definitely an 'in-crowd', but as long as you even attempt to get involved you can find your niche. I think it is ridiculous that students transfer rather than work through their social troubles. They are taking the easy way out instead of learning how to improve their communication and social skills. I was involved with cheerleading, student government, and multiple other activities and clubs; regardless of the diversity between them, I was able to find friends in and be accepted by each of these groups.
The academics are excellent, but the social scene is not. I was exceptionally well prepared for college level coursework, but I realized immediately how woefully unrepresentative Langley is of the 'real world', in terms of diversity and mind set. The school is overwhelmingly white and rich. Students feel extremely pressured by their parents to succeed, and everyone is vying for the same public universities. Drugs are readily available. Most students feel superior to students at other schools (e.g. at grad speech, president said 'we need to share our wealth with others when we go into the world'). I would not send my child to this school. If you want to perpetuate elitism and expose your child to an obnoxious academic and social culture, go to langley.
I am a sophomore at Langley High School. Though yes, it is a great school academically, and students perform well on tests, and a number of AP and honors classes are offered, for me the social climate has completely ruined it for me. The wealth of the majority of the kids that go here is astounding, and getting dressed for school everyday feels like I'm getting ready for a fashion show...and I'm embarassed to admit that my 'Prada' purse is a $20 knockoff from NYC. Not only that, but the competition to get into college is ridiculous as well...and even starting in freshman year the pressure to drink and do drugs is very heavy. If you are weak in self confidence or are insecure, you WILL sink at this school.
Going to Langley has bee a great experience so far as a freshman. Alot of people on here complin of cliques being snobbish and exclusive, but thats only a few of the people. You don't have to look far for friends If you join a sport then you've automatically made friends. The teachers are great too, although we do get ALOT of homework.
My 3 kids all go to LHS. The big thing here is the brutal competition for the top VA public universities. Especially from fob south korean kids. Some classes, such as AP calculus BC and philharmonic orchestra have a korean majority! For everyone else, if you're a B student and willing to bust your chops in AP humanities from grade 10 on, you'll do OK and get into decent colleges. If you're a C student, you'll still get 1800 on the SAT but you won't look good to colleges compared to your graduating class. You're better off at another school. If you're an artist or musician, you'll find your niche and be reasonably happy. Jocks on the other hand don't seem to fare as well.
I am a junior at LHS. Laying it bare the school is great academically and terrible socially. Cliques dominate: if you don't belong to one you might as well resign yourself to a permanent library residence during lunch. If you don't belong to a popular one, get ready for bullying. Still, there are many ways to have fun once you find your niche. I really enjoy the academic side of LHS. The teachers are dedicated and want to see students excel. I recommend the AP/Honors track - it's where the motivated students end up (not that there's anything bad with not being in honors or AP classes). The language program is excellent. It offers French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Japanese. The humanities department is phenomenal. The Sciences: you win some you lose some. Math: I've had mostly positive experiences. It's tough to adjust to. Above all, a cheery attitude is important.
I'm currently a senior at Langley. My opinion of Langley has changed a lot since I was a freshman, but that could be because I have matured a great deal. It's known that this school will prep you well for college. But as for the social part, pretty much everything is based upon materialism. Sometimes I am ashamed to go to school with these kids....because they've been spoiled their entire lives and will be fast to judge. If I could redo high school, I would have loved to have gone to Oakton or Southlakes...I'm not much into the 'showing off your wealth' kinda thing.
The principal claims he cares about the 'middle child' - the child who is not a straight A student, but the one who is a B/C student. Don't believe it. Nothing that my child's teachers have done this year have pointed to them caring about my child's achievement! Seriously, there are much better schools in Fairfax County. Don't feel that you have to live in the Langley District. High test scores do not always mean a good school. Look below the surface!
I absolutely loved Langley the entire time I was there, and now that I am in college I realize even more how excellent it really was. I feel as if I am way more prepared for college than students I meet from other schools, and I owe this to the outstanding teachers from Langley. Every high school has cliques. Every high school has snobby people. I felt so incredibly comfortable at Langley the entire time I was there. I wouldn't change a thing about my high school experience, and I am so glad my parents didn't send me to private school. And for kids who have trouble making friends because of 'cliques,' just get involved, join something. There are so many things to do and so many great people to meet.
i'm a sophmore at langley and i absolutley love it, the school has so much to offer ranging from clubs, honor societies, althelics, theatre, and music. I'm very happy with the mahority of my teachers, and all of my teachers are always willing to help outside of class. I take AP world history and i feel challenged but it is very good class. I would highly recomend langley to anybody
My son is a freshman at Langley. Firstly, I appreciate there are no gangs here. Safety is always my first priority, and I appreciate the fact that I never worry about my son s safety at school. Presently, he takes HNAlgebra2, HNEnglish9, Pre-APHistory, HNBiology, and Spanish2. However, I need to say that the focus on his education so far has not been learning or thinking skills, rather his education has been geared for test taking and the SOL s. His classes are overcrowded and do not focus at all on the individuals. His teachers have virtually ignored my son this entire year. I find it difficult to understand why the McLean/Great Falls community, which has wealth and community interest, has not initiated more fundraisers to reduce class sizes and pay for better teachers. In conclusion, my daughter, with the same academic abilities as my son, will not attend this school next year.
As a current freshman at Langley i thought it is only fair to address the horrible way that some people are treated. Sure, we have great tests scores, but that does not make a school great. All you have to do is spend one day there and I can assure you that you will be shocked by the the cliques and attitudes of some of the students. A majority of the girls at Langley basically reject anyone who isn't perfect or rich. Its kind of ridiculous. And to tell you the truth, i'm over it. Because of some social issues that many students face I am going to a private school next year. Words can not describe how excited I am to get away from this horrible school.
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