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Woodside High School

Public | 9-12 | 2102 students

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Posted May 18, 2014

This is my third year at Woodside and I have to say it's been a interesting time here. I think coming in at the start of freshman year was very good because everyone was looking for new friends at the same time, so it was easy to find people to be friends with. I will say that this is the best school in the city, but if you are used to very good schools, the transition will be a little rough. I think the principal does a good job and it is possible to get a high quality education at this school if you will put in the effort, as with any school or college. It is a crowded school, but I've never had a class bigger than 30 students, and it is very uncommon to have a class that big. Overall it's a good school and I've been pleased with what I've seen so far.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2013

I have found it a struggle to get by at this school. I'm an army kid and I have been to a 3 other high schools and this one is the worst. I moved in the middle of the year and I felt alienated. My teachers did not get me up to date with what I needed to learn, leading to my failure in a class and low grades in others. And half the teachers are just not good at teaching. The student body I mainly made up of kids that really don't care. Some don't care about their grades, leading to classroom distraction, and others just do not care about their actions, leading to fights and conflict. I don't go a day were I am not nudged our of the way in the hall or given a dirty look by a random passerby. I was put into the drama program and the program is very good. The teachers are loving and supportive and most of the students in the drama department are great to be around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2011

Woodside is amazing! It isn't just a school, its a place a grow and perform. There is so much diversity! I've never seen so many different children get along so well. And we had over 12% more than any other Newport News school in reaching our 3.0 G.P.A. quota. Woodside is the best school ever! I couldn't of ask for a better school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2010

I love Woodside! The people who say its overpopulated are CLAUSTROPHOBIC! I love the diversity and respect everyone has! The teachers are awesome, and the "no parents" complaint isnt realistic. the teachers are training us to be college students, trying to get us into Georgetown,Harvard,CNU and Yale! They really do care, and the reason why we have the "no parent" complaint is because we are learning to be independent, we have to learn from ou mistakes, and sometimes, we have to decide things for ourselves! Im so glad our principal this year is Mstilly. I love her! She is fair, and doesnt hover!! I LOVE WOODSIDE!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2010

i went to the school for a little bit then i had to move to phoebus this is a wonderful school and i loved it here the students are more diverse which is nice and the teachers are alot more understanding and caring for their students
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2009

Woodside is an amazing school! I'm in the music magnet (violin and love it! I love playing music with my friend and I'm happy that woodside has provided us musicians a place to express ourselves everyday. The music teachers are very respected and loved by all of their students. I feel like I couldn't have been in this enviornment if I went to any other kind of High School beside Woodisde. - thank you woodside!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2009

This is my Second year attending Woodside High School, I think that Woodside is one of the best schools' in Newport news because unlike other schools in Newport News woodside is a tight knit community and everyone at woodside is respectable also the principal Mrs. Tilley is great! she treats us students like her own kids and when I was having problems Freshmen year she was there for me !
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

woodside high skool is a wonderful skool it taught my child to be independent about there academics
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

My daughter attends Woodside and is in the Arts Magnet program. I think the program is great, the school is pretty good. Like all Newport News High Schools it has it's share of problems. Ms Tilly has really tried to bring about change for the better. The teachers are really committed to the kids and the extra activities that they offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I'm going to be a sophomore at Woodside next year, after experiencing my frshamn year I can easily say this school will put my life's goals into action, Mrs. Tilly, the new principal is amazing and has really brought Woodside pride through the roof. Most the teachers can be a friend and still teach, while implimenting discipline when necessary. IT is the ONLY school inNewport News that can hang with York County's standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

I attended Woodside High School for the first part of my freshman year in the Band arts magnet, and now attend Denbigh High School.I can say that the social situation at Woodside is poor and the drama is intence and everything is very impersonal.At Denbigh it is a more tight knit community and there is not half the problem I had at Woodside.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

I currently attend Woodside High School and I've enjoyed the three years that I've been here. The teachers are very friendly and take the time to work with you before and after school. Woodside/Hoodside goes to hard! l0ls.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2008

This is the best school i have ever attended. One cannot expect a public school to stand up to the academic and behavior standards of a private school so it is not right to compare the two. This is an excellent school and the new principal is doing wonders for school pride and adcademic standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

I've been at Woodside since my freshman year. I'm a junior and I love the music program there. Woodside also helps you pick a career you want to do in the future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2007

I have 2 sons at Woodside and a 3rd that will be going there for 07/08 school year. While I believe it is probably one of the better schools in the area , I also believe it is still not as good as it should be . It is over populated,kids that need discipline rarely get it but kids that make minimal mistakes get the book thrown at them. The admin. is also very slow in letting parents know when something is worthy of parental intervention , example skipping.one of my boys had accumulated 68 skipped periods before we found out, and that was only because we found out . The school did not notify us. Most of the teachers appear to care about the kids academic performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2007

We have moved a lot and found this school to be poor. The school is over populated. There are a lot of students who don't care about their actions, their school work or their piers. The principal is never present. I'm not sure if there is one. There are too many negative distractions to achieve learning. A school is only as good as the community it is in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

EXCELLENT!! As a student for 2 years, this is the best school I ever went to. The atmosphere is amazon, and the teachers are very helpful in achieving your dreams. This is a wonderful school and I would really recommend it!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 22, 2006

I think the quality of academic programs is better than most schools in this area, although not anything to brag about. There are many extracurricular activities here which are well developed. Parents hardly ever get involved because the teachers and staff just don't listen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

Excellent school. Great teachers that really care. The magnet program is great. You won't be dissapointed if you send your child here. Coach Hare is great, if your kids are involved in athletics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2005

I went to Woodside High as a freshman and half of my sophmore year. I had to move due to military. I miss Woodside High. It was such a great school, and i learned so much. The programs they have to offer are also so wonderful. There is wide variety of AP and honors classes to fit the needs of any student.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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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.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

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

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

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

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
World History I

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

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
97%
World History II

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

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students58%
Female students57%
Male students60%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English57%

Algebra II

All Students60%
Female students62%
Male students57%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Biology

All Students82%
Female students79%
Male students86%
Black students78%
Asian students91%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students83%
Asian students95%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Earth Science

All Students83%
Female students84%
Male students81%
Black students77%
Asian students93%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial91%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

English: Reading

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students89%
Black students87%
Asian students92%
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students82%
Black students83%
Asian students92%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Geometry

All Students53%
Female students51%
Male students55%
Black students45%
Asian students42%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students66%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English53%

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 Students85%
Female students84%
Male students87%
Black students80%
Asian students92%
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black students79%
Asian students100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World History I

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students90%
Asian students100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

World History II

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students93%
Black students86%
Asian students83%
Hispanic97%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%
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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Sean Callender

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
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  • Dance
  • Drama
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13450 Woodside Lane
Newport News, VA 23608
Phone: (757) 886-7530

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