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9-12
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Midlothian, VA
Students enrolled: 1,476
 

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401 Charter Colony Pkwy.
Midlothian, VA 23114

(804) 378-2440
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June 23, 2014
I have VERY mixed feelings about this school. On the good side, this school provides a very good education. Most of my teachers are very supportive with the students who care. However, I don't feel that way with the administration, I feel that all they do is just do their job. But, since they're the ones who decides who teaches what, they need to look closer at what the teacher knows best. The best example I have is about a band teacher also teaching orchestra! Both similar areas in music but completely different teaching approaches. Since then, the entire music department has been going downhill since I was a freshman. The guidance department is probably the reason why Ive gotten to the point where I am. They are such amazing people, every student agrees. Future students coming to midlo need to know this, if you work very hard, no matter what level classes you are in, you will find amazing rewards for completion.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2014
Hello, Im currently an AP and honors student here at Midlothian Highschool. Midlothian is the top tier school here in chesterfield offering the most challenging and rigourest academics that can be offered. If you work hard at our school you are guranteed to end up at a good school. For those who complain about their children struggling or failing need to realise that teachers cant spoon feed your children the information. I've personally seen students on their phones in lower level classes disregarding the teachers so I find it astonishing that parents complain when their students show mediocrity and are destined for Community College. Those who study and put in the work should have no problems at Midlo we are all friendly and have many upper level tutors who will assist your children (including myself) Administartion is excellent the teachers supported me and guided me into 3 AP classes this year (best decision of my life) Mr. Garrison for AP United States History was my favorite!! Guidence is also extremely helpful in directing your students in where to go. Overall midlo is an excellent school...

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2013
The IB programme is terrible. It doesn't resemble any other IB programme I have ever seen, nor does it embody/administer the ideals/philosophy of the IB. The school seems to be using the "IB title" to imply how demanding it is, in hopes of attracting high achieving students. It's fine to try to get those students to your school, but this is false advertising. There is no consistency from year to year for the requirements of applicants and a very unsupportive environment for the students who do take it on. Midlothian has set their particular IB programme up to be very inflexible, forcing the students to all work at IB levels in every subject. Trinity Episcopal H.S. administers the IB programme the way it was intended with the ideals of creating students that think and solve on their own, go there if you want IB or try Meadowbrook. what Midlothian is doing is not true IB. this school is failing in that regard. They need a properly educated administrator.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
The reviews here, regarding the Spanish Department, are accurate. Two particular teachers, are completely lacking in ability. If students do finally make it to the competent teacher's classroom, they are so far behind that it seems hopeless to catch-up. Additionally, if you are considering the IB program DON'T DO IT. The administration, and some of the long-time teachers, completely miss the boat with this. Have your kids take AP courses instead. IB is the red-haired step child of MHS. The students work beyond the reasonable, and receive little recognition. Their GPS's reflect a higher cum, but their letter grades get slammed --- and those are the grades that colleges and scholarship folks look at. Many teachers teach to the IB Exams. The things is that these exams have little impact, beyond "bragging rights" for the students. Success or failure on these exams has no impact on college acceptance. Yet HS GPA's are ruined so that a teacher can "over teach" a subject to cover potential IB exam questions and point out on his/her salary neg. their success rate on IB exams. Very, very frustrating. I write this as the parent of a successful and active student.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2012
As a current AP and Honors student here in Midlothian, I can say with absolute certainty that there is a lot of underlying competition going on between the entire class body. Although, I can't say the same for the students who aren't taking AP or Honors classes. It is not a secret that we hold nothing but contempt for those who do. We see them as people who aren't trying their best and are just lazy kids who don't care about their academic excellence. We care so much about the class rigor we take that it has somehow transformed into an academic hierarchy. Those on top are obviously students taking AP and Honors classes. Then followed by all Honors, which are followed by the Z and C level student. Of course, with this sort of mentality going around, most students here are detached and cool towards kids who have a mental disability. We simply have no patience for them. The teachers are wonderful. They are helpful and always push their students to do their best. They are blunt when needed, but they never not go out of their way to help a student. Overall, I say that Midlothian are not for teenagers who want nothing out of their high school experience other than a fun & relaxing time.

- submitted by a student
June 19, 2011
My child recently finished high school at Midlothian High. Great school, smart kids, many wonderful, involved teachers. Just stay away from the Spanish Department. The staff is so poor and the administration doesn't care to change it. For a few years, my child could do an entire assignment and leave one blank for something he didn't understand, and receive an F for the assignment due to the blank. To follow the rules, I had to encourage him to "just put something in the blank" so he could survive homework assignments without Fs. My child was a very honest, literal person and thought that was ridiculous. He was right, but they had "departmental rules." I am not the only parent who has been frustrated by this department. Spanish learning should be dynamic, vocal, involving, and interesting. It is a great subject. The Spanish department has a long-lived reputation of poor teaching and the other language classes fill up instead of Spanish--even German! What a shame. I'm so glad my child is out of the program! I had to hire a tutor for 3 years just to get him through. I'm sorry to place this review, because there are so many awesome teachers at Midlothian High.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2010
I have a child who just finished his first year at MHS. He has an IEP but for the most part was mainstreamed for his classes. I cant say enough about how awesome his teachers and support team were this year. They were all incredibly dedicated, sensitive to his needs, and easy to work with. If you have a child with a disability, this is a good choice. I just wish that this school offered more ethnic diversity in the student body.

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January 31, 2010
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January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
May 02, 2009
This is my 3rd post about Midlo. High. It is interesting to read what others are saying. I have come to appreciate Midlo more and more now that my kids are out of here and in college. Granted, Midlo was not always a warm and fuzzy place while my kids were there. However, the ultimate grade for a school for me is if it allows students to go on and do what they want when they leave it. My 4 kids all got into good colleges and have made above-average grades. Mrs. Wilson gets a hard time in these ratings and, while she's not especially effusive with warmth, she is caring. She personally recommended two of my kids for special opportunities in summer programs that were beneficial. She also is supportive of the guys in the Scouts and will be seen attending their Eagle Scout ceremonies in her personal time.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2009
Midlothian High School is inept. It lives off its Top 100 ranking and caters to the IB and AP programmed students disregarding everyone else. The teachers vary from wonderful to absolutely horrible. The administration is a joke. The principal will do little to nothing to help and makes it nearly impossible to drop a class if you are not in a higher level class or failing. The bullying here is awful and the school does little to nothing to try and fix it. Sure the teachers push students to overachieve and be all they can be, but the cost is overtaxing on the rest of the school. Our 96th (barely hanging in there) rank covers up the mediocrity of our administration. Socioeconomic status matters here and cliques are varied based on wealth. Most students have money and there is little race variation. I wont even start on the Spanish department...

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2009
Interesting school on multiple levels, students tend to think little of the administration, as a parent I have seen nothing to alter that opinion. Academically, thankfully, the school maintains high expecations for students. If they want to learn and push themselves, they will be rewarded. The IB program however is a major disappointment. The academic challenge , again, is superb and prepares the students well for college but does a significant disservice for the best and brightest in their efforts to secure admittance to top level national schools. Strongly suggest your scholars go with the AP route not IB if they have high end college asperations. Finally, for your sanity - stay away from the Spanish Department. Had a child strugge to earn a D+ in the program and tested into 3rd language level at college on day one ( earning an 'A' in frosh year at nationally known private university.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2008
Administration doesn't even try to tend to student's needs. Guidance doesn't attempt to fix a student's schedule if the student is doing poorly in that class and cannot seem to pull grade up or respond to extra help. Teachers are wonderful, but everything else fails in comparison. If your child is coming from a different district, coming out of homeschooling or just not an A, B average student, don't expect them to make more than D's and F's here.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2008
My son is a sophmore and has an IEP. He has been working very hard in order to minimize his learning disability so he can get into a good college. The school and his teachers have been going the extra mile to support his efforts. We are particularly impressed with his IEP counselor.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 16, 2008
Midlothian HS is challenging. It demands more from the students than most HS. My daughter came from th Fl. school system which is very bad in my opinion. Once she understood the demands, she has met the challenge. When moving to this area, we were location driven by the school system. We know we made the correct decision.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 03, 2008
I have been to 4 high schools, 3 of them in Chesterfield. Midlo was my 2nd and worst. I transfered in during my sophomore year and my grades plummeted. I was beyond stress, dealing with schoolwork and my family fighting at home. My GPA fell to a 1.2. None of my teachers were warm enough to talk to. My counselor was a joke. At the end of the year we had a conference with my mom. She said that my only college option was John Tyler. My mom and I were devastated. After all, I was only a sophomore and already my only option was community college? Thankfully, my last 2 schools were much more supportive and I've been working hard the last 2 years to make up for my 1/2 a year in Midlo. Now? My GPA is a 3.3, with a 1400 SAT score. I'm going to Longwood.

- submitted by a student
April 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2008
The spanish department is a joke! Stay away. the adminisration will only defend status quo,so do not try and change anything, The teachers forget sometimes these kids are only in High School. Some departments are better than others, but the Spanish depatment ia awful and the teachers are not held to the same high standards as the kids!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
My child went to Midlothian for the first two years of high school with kids she knew since Kindergarten. She struggled academically, and was one of the kids who was steered to graduate with a general diploma. We found the teachers to be wonderful - mostly. We thought the Spanish program was excessively difficult for an elective course that should build a love for languages. She tried and tried, but could only muster C's and D's in Spanish. The administration was cold and did not seem to care whether she graduated or not. She transferred to another area school where she excelled in Spanish, where the faculty was extremely nurturing, and the where the administration was much more willing to help her achieve her dreams.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
As a current teacher at Midlothian High School I can share a different perspective. 99% of the teachers here are more than outstanding.I have taught in other schools,and these teacher put tremendous hours behind their classroom work, preparation, and evaluation. Changes at the county level have made it increasingly difficult to get school work done during the day, so teachers are giving up much more family time they have, to enable children to continue to receive a quality education. The teachers do expect best efforts from children. 'Rise to the occasion' seems to serve children more than 'settle for less than average.' One factor most parents are not aware of is the 'entitlement' mentality o[f] many parents and students. Many are overly demanding , (and some even bullying) towards teachers demanding their child receive all a's regardless of the child's performance.

- submitted by a teacher
June 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2007
As a former student of the Chesterfield County school system and the parent of two Midlo students (one high and one middle), I have to say I'm pretty pleased with most of my kids' educational experience since moving back to the area. However, I have to agree when it comes to students who are not at least in the above average range. I also have to agree with the diversity comments. Granted there is a heck of a lot more ethnicity present among the student population now that it was 20 years or so ago when I attended school, but there is still a 'void' present in this respect. Overall, Midlothian is a very good school to attend academically just don't expect to walk in and be welcomed with open arms if you're not fitting the mold of the 'ideal' student.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
See my previous post in Oct 2003. My oldest daughter (Midlo '03), was just starting her first year at UVA. I am happy to report that she is a 3rd year now and making mostly As and Bs. I mainly want to defend the teachers in the Spanish department. This daughter struggled with Spanish at Midlo, making a lot of Cs. She made use of the low-cost tutoring offered by the Nat'l Honor Society students. At UVA she tested out of the first year Spanish class with ease and almost tested out of the second level. The people griping about the Spanish department are the people who didn't want to pay their dues. Isn't it nice to be able to get an Ivy High School education at public high school prices? Spanish teachers: Thank you, and keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
As a former student of midlo, I would have to say that it is a disaster of a school and a disgrace to education. Its teachers are, for the most part not knowledgeable and subjective, but the administration is very poorly managed. As a someone who had first-hand experience, I would recommend one of the private schools in the richmond area. Do not go to midlo!

- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2006
Midlo prepared me extremely well to continue my studies through college and graduate school. I do not think I would have been able to achieve a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and go on to work at NASA without the solid foundation that the school provided. I will always be thankful to teachers in the Math and Science Departments.

- submitted by a former student
December 13, 2005
Midlothian is not for the learning challenged student who needs special education. They do not include these kids in after school activities or reach out to them at all. I think Midlothian is only good for the above average student who does is independent in their studying and learning. Stay away if you are aan average or speical ed student. Administration can be very cold and unreceptive to parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
As a former student of Midlothian, I can give many props to the staff and faculty of the school. I felt that Midlothian really prepared me for my higher education. However, if you are looking for a school of many different races, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. then Midlo isn't the one. But, if you are looking for an average to above-average education and a place where you can get to know the teachers and staff, then you've found the one. Midlo offers many opportunities for the students to get involved- whether it is academically, artistically, or athletically. I would honestly say that Midlothian truly values their students education.

- submitted by a former student
August 12, 2005
If you send your child to this high school they will likely graduate with high standardized test scores. After all, it seems to thrive in areas where there is little or no exposure to people of color. Hope those test scores are worth it.

- submitted by a former student
August 08, 2005
Students who are willing to rise to the challenge will leave Midlothian prepared for the college of their choice. The teachers are intelligent and hard-working. Students are expected to work hard and behave. Peer pressure here is about getting good grades and staying out of trouble. The underlying belief is that if a student is placed in the correct academic level and is working, that student will succeed. And since the world isn't about making excuses and allowances in the workplace and still succeeding, then this is how it should be. We as parents should be aware of how fortunate we are to have this school and be careful to protect it from mediocrity caused by insisting that children be rewarded for minimal effort and blaming others for our children's shortcomings. Please continue to challenge our children!

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
Midlothian is a high achieving school with an extremely competent faculty and administration. For those who are willing to work, it is a great place for an education. Otherwise, don't bother. It has many award winning elective programs but in the main sports areas has little to offer, with the exception of some girls' sports. It wiil prepare students for the rigor of competitive colleges. For students with disabilities, stay away. This is a very safe school with few discipline problems. If you want a top education, come to Midlothian.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
I am a former Student of Midlothian and I can say that I was well prepared for higher education. I agree with many of the other posts in that if you are on the 'higher' track then Midlothian is challenging and will help you immensely; however, if you are not then you may get looked over. Midlothian only has a few problems areas though. The Principal is not a student friendly individual The Spanish Department is extrememly weak and left me ill-prepared. Finally Midlothian lacks ANY form of diversity, so be prepared to one day leave the 'bubble' and have to deal with things you have never seen before.

- submitted by a former student
March 09, 2005
MHS, like the community within which it rests, appears to be stereotyped as the top high school in Chesterfield county. It (rightfully) boasts of high academic standards, and a high level of its students do maintain honor roll status. This can be attributed, to a large degree, to supportive and involved families who value academics and personal achievement. While not a particularly nurturing environment, the school does recognize and reward academic and community excellence. There is virtually no tolerance for violence and drugs...a relatively safe environment. The other face of the school rates low in its awareness and appreciation of diversity. There is little feeling of inclusiveness in the main flow of school programs and activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 07, 2005
I graduated from this school a few years ago and attended a prominent university in the state. I must say one thing: the level of egoism at this high school is actually disgraceful. Students are under the false impression that the school pulls a certain amount of weight nationally and locally. While it is well respected; parents, teachers and educators alike must come back down to earth and realize no special treatement is given to graduates of Midlothian.

- submitted by a former student
January 19, 2005
I agree with the majority. I have two children at the school now and will have one more in two years. It is very challenging and will serve an overachieving child well. For a child with learning challenges, it is a difficult atmosphere for learning. There is less effort to provide a learning environment for them and they are steared to settle for the modified diplomas. I think the faculty and staff are generally interested in students achieving, but some don't want to take extra time with this special students. The Spanish Department is terrible. It appears that Midlothian thinks they are an Ivy High School.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
I have two children at the school now and will have one more next year. It is very challenging and will serve an overachieving child well. For a child with learning challenges, it is a difficult atmosphere for learning. There is less effort to provide a learning environment for them and they are steared to settle for the modified diplomas. I think the faculty and staff are generally interested in students achieving, but some don't want to take extra time with this special students.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
I have four children and stepchildren who either have graduated from this school or are here now. The school has an excellent reputation both nationally and within the state. Students come from fairly affluent neighborhoods where parents have been and still are very involved with their children's education. Consequently, the children that attend here are bright and parents have high expectations for them. Some have attended private middle schools. I haven't found teachers that willing to help students who are struggling. The prevailing attitude is that if a child is having a problem, it is the fault of the home they come from and/or the child is enrolled in a tract level above their ability. However, if a child comes from a strong background and 'can hang' with the work, the teachers are well prepared to challenge them, and they do. Personally, I've had to employ several tutors for math and Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
My daughter attends high school at this school, and I am very pleased! This school makes every effort to prepare your child for college, and has an excellent staff!

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Midlothian High School
401 Charter Colony Pkwy., Midlothian, VA  23114
(804) 378-2440
Last modified Midlothian High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Midlothian High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top