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Nokesville, VA
Students enrolled: 1,700
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10504 Kettle Run Road
Nokesville, VA 20181

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(703) 791-8920
(703) 594-2814
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August 23, 2014
I would definitely say the school is over crowded (2800+) Making sports teams is the struggle because of the massive amount of students. This fall will be my 4th year attending and I'm ready to leave. My freshman year my history and math teachers were awful. They pointed to a textbook and informed you about a test the next day. Last year I came across a teacher who actually took her job seriously but there was no structure. I don't know if it's a pwcs thing but lunches are going down the drain. I shouldn't have to wait in line for 60% of my lunch time for mess. Hopefully the kinks are kicked and this school year won't disappoint.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2014
Teachers do not care much about students. Not like in Fairfax County, you will get a phone call from teacher, for example, if your child is suddenly doing poor in school. Teachers really can't make a connection with students or parents, especially math/physic teachers. Don't bother to send them an email because your chance to get a response from them is very low or none

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
Nice physical plant and they're serious about sports. Beyond that, it can't rise above problems caused by overcrowding. Due to sheer numbers, teachers really can't make a connection with students or foster a unique experience. It's not their fault. While Patriot isn't a bad school, it's also not particularly good. It's adequate.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
I hate it. I've been attending since freshmen year and I hate most of the people and staff. They are all judgmental, closed-minded people. The education is terrible too. Teachers don't really care about students, only their own image and the same goes to the administators. The grading system is terrible also. Change needs to come immediately. The "voice of freedom" needs to leave.

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2014
Seeing people say there is bullying or people being ostrisized for not liking a certain thing here... sounds horrible. I haven't seen that happen, but I have most definitly viewed some brief variations of harassment or disrespect. Honestly, only the students are degrading the school. Disrespecting other people is quite common, and I wish some people would grow up. I have the mentality of a college student, and I feel trapped in a middle school.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2014
I started attending school here during my sophomore year and hated every day of it. First off, the workload was extremely overwhelming. Before I transferred here, I was an A and B average student. Within merely a quarter, my grades had plummeted to C's,D's, and F's.The teachers cared somewhat, but the main problem were the administrators who disregarded the needs of the students. They care about their image more than anything else.I had a foreign teacher who didn't speak English very well, and so I took it up with an administrator. She lectured me for an hour and even lied straight to my face when she said I was the only person who complained. They also impose strict rules to compensate for their lacking education. I couldn't take another year of this school so I decided to graduate early. I skipped my senior year and I am currently taking my second semester at NOVA and I have never regretted that decision.

- submitted by a community member
December 16, 2013
To start off, this school loves its athletes to the point of almost "babying" them. Most teachers care about the students, but everything is the same and very boring, lecture, worksheet, homework, quiz next class type of everyday schedule for almost every teacher. But the main issue is tests, tests have become 60% of our overall grade and the amount of retakes for these tests have been limited, it nearly seems as the teachers are setting us up to fail. But the real problem of this school is the administrators, it seems as if they act worse then the students they discipline. they are the ones making these rash decisions to the school by putting in teachers who cannot speak English very well or does not know the material to teach, it seems as if the administration is making terrible choices and putting it on the teachers responsible for fixing these problems. overall the school is over crowded (having 2600 kids not 1700) and the test issues are the most problematic in this school, how is a student supposed to do well on a test when they are taught by a teacher who is tired and has already taught the exact class to 2 or 3 other classes, this school sets us up to fail.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2013
Patriot is a great school with great leadership and teachers. Could not ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
i really like this school. my son is a nice boy and I love to dress him nice with classy. Students love this school and I, as a parent, think it is the perfect school for my very nice boy. He is a big fan of redskin, so we go to watch football game and buying hot dog for eat and watch patriot nice football team win the game. My son is so happy he cry and hug these football players. Classes are nice and facility is a perfect one to me. All teachers are nice, except one teacher call my son fat one time and he is so angry all day. I want to fire this teacher for call my son a fat. The guidance counselors are very nice to every one student and never hostile towards a student. My son is getting nice grades and excelling in patriot high school thank u to it!

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
This school is a fantastic school! As a parent being zoned to Patriot we had reservations, but it proved to be the best choice we have ever made. The teachers and counselors are a wonderful group and really helped my son in getting ready for the next steps in life. I love Red Nation and school spirit that exists in this school. It is better than the drama I have seen at games at other schools. I am proud to say that my child went to Patriot and I hope it remains this way for years to come.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
First of all, there ARE NOT 1700 students in the school, there are over 2600 as of 2013/14 school year. It is 500-600 students OVER CAPACITY! If you want your student to go to school with overcrowded classrooms (28-35 students), walk in hallways like cattle and have 8 minutes for lunch than this is the school for you. By the way, don't expect the teachers to know your kid. Lovely facilities, but over rated! The number of students makes it very difficult for kids to make any of the sports teams due to hyper competition. Sadly, all very typical for a Prince William County schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
I completely disagree with the people giving negative reviews about this school. I understand that every school has its ups and downs, and no school is perfect. The administrators and staff members are extremely helpful and answer any and all questions asked. The teachers are very kind and understanding about each students' struggles and difficulties. For the amount time that I've been here, I have not experienced bullying nor have I heard of someone else being bullied. I received a great education through vigorous and challenging AP courses. Every teacher I've had has had an interesting way to teach the class. The music program is the finest in Prince William County. This school was the best I have ever been to. Not to mention the school is absolutely beautiful.

- submitted by a community member
July 13, 2013
Like all schools, there are positive things and negative things. Patriot, in my opinion, is not challenging enough. The teachers have the same routine everyday; do a lesson, do a worksheet, and get the homework. I have always not minded homework (I understand the value of it), but I have noticed that Patriot gives a lot of homework. Patriot HS is too worried about its athletics. The only way to be "cool" is to play a sport. However, the less popular sports (tennis) are "stupid" to those who play the popular sports (football, basketball, lacrosse, etc). Almost every math teacher is a coach. Bullying is present at Patriot (like EVERY SCHOOL), and the parents of the bullies think that their kids are angels. Kids are very disrespectful to teachers (I mean VERY), especially if you are in the very basic classes.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2013
The school is new so the jury is still out. Beautiful physical plant, very modern and filled with light. However, it's already faced with overcrowding (trailers coming). My child is in 9th grade and has started in the "standard" (as opposed to advanced) track because he wasn't enrolled in advanced math in middle school. The "standard" curriculum has more kids with disciplinary problems and the teachers are a little burned out. In other words, not a real special high school experience. However, he's allowed to take 2 "pre-AP" courses which are challenging and feature - by far - the better teachers and a better learning environment. There are cohesion problems - for example, School Fusion should be a great tool, but not but every teacher uses it - so there's a lack of consistency. In general, despite a lot of hype, the school thus far has proven to be a pretty "average" public high school experience but we choosing to be optimistic.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
It is a real shame that people post anonymously and are so negative and flat out mean. The education of the students is paramount and the teachers are some of the very best. Quit complianing and step back to see the real picture. It includes a Principal who never rests, teachers who are engaged and a safe environment!

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2013
WE should also fire every teacher because they cant teach right especially the math department

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2013
The worst school, by far, I have ever been associated with! Nice new building ... but the worst faculty, worst administration my children have ever had ... and they have attended 10 different schools, in 3 states. The teacher's often have little or no experience ... don't know the material, certainly can't communicate it ... and in some cases, can't even speak English (I kid you not). They seek to cover up their incompetenance, by assigning massive amounts of homework, often forcing kids to stay up to the early morning hours. The administration is, of course, only interested in covering their backsides and will deny there is any problem. My advice, move to a different school district ... or better yet a different county ... because Prince William is a disgrace.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
Over-hyped and falling sadly short of its promise, Patriot HS has been a HUGE disappointment. Most teachers are BORING; they just "work to the rule" and only want a paycheck. They are hired based on which sports they can coach & win, not for any instructional ability. Math teachers are TERRIBLE and frequently absent for sports. Substitutes just show videos. Two of my child's teachers have used profanity during classtime on several occasions. Instructors are supposed to update the h/w assignments on "SchoolFusion," but they don't. Also supposed to keep students' current grades and missing assignments listed promptly on "Parent Portal," but it, too, is usually out of date. Bullying is a HUGE problem; if your child doesn't believe like other kids, they will be constantly mocked...or worse. Rules against foul language, cell phones, ridiculing other students, etc. are never enforced, but kids who dress differently for "Spirit Week" are sternly disciplined. Kids get notices of important meetings after they're held. Guidance counselors are constantly switched. Only thing keeping me from giving 1 star is that somehow the students learn anyway because it's an upper-middle class area.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2013
Patriot High School provides a world-class high school experience for its students. You can feel this as soon as you enter, this is a warm, welcoming, space that brings out the best in the students. Teachers were recruited on a competitive basis from throughout the country and it shows -- these are the kinds of teachers who love their subjects, care deeply about their students, and maintain good relationships with parents. The atmosphere is one of achievement -- the Principal greets students by name and teachers/administrators work with parents and students to overcome any bumps in the road. My son actually wanted to stay after school to get extra homework help and raise his grade to an "A" in one of his subjects! He went from nearly failing Middle School to getting straight "A"'s in High School. Being at Patriot transformed him. I just can't say enough good things about the school I move to Gainesville, VA for the schools and I never doubt that I made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
This school is one of the greatest schools in the nation! Great teachers, leadership, and the academic programs are run well and successfully! I personally am in various sports and clubs, and they all have great coaches and has a lot of parent involvement. There is no bullying or discrimination at this school, and has a healthy working enviroment for everyone. The material is more challenging depending on the programs you are in, such as the AP program. The seven habits was used very repeditedly in the first year it was open, but i am glad to be in a school that helps its students to not only set goals but to acheive them as well!

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2013
This school is in it's second year and still experiencing some growing pains. However, my daughter is a freshman and I could not be happier with her teachers, classes or extra curricular activities. She has always received the guidance she needs from her teachers and never felt bullied, lost or afraid to take chances. She has truly blossomed and been supported since she started at Patriot. There is a large, supportive parent community that I trust looks out for the best interests of the students. The boosters program and student body show incredible pride with the new school and generously welcome/guide volunteers. They make sure students receive opportunities to volunteer and gain leadership experience as well. This is the first school that teachers have paid attention to my daughter's abilities and helped her achieve her best. I would hope that other parents have the same experience and if you have questions, I have never been turned away or snubbed by a teacher. All of been more than informative with regular emails and School Fusion updates! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Patriot HS!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I am a believer in the Seven Habits program and have seen it in a few schools. This school would like to say they follow the program, but the teachers and administration do not understand the program and believe in a Win - Lose mentality vs the Win-Win . When addressed with issues regarding staff members and treatment of students - they the administration did not return emails from many parents with the same complaints. Sad to say that just because a school is new and it does not want to admit to issues and the problems continue. I am disappointed as I continue to hear the same things happen over again, I thought well maybe they did not want to address it, but they will at least fix it. I guess not. A bully free zone should apply to teachers and coaches as well as students. There are some very caring individuals at the school and we should put First things First (our students). With all that said it is beautiful and new and has alot of great new technology. If they actually read and follow to the intent of the Seven Habits program it could be great.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2012
I think the special education needs some work. The school has only been open for two years now. You would think they would have it together by now. But they don't.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2012
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL... I mean yeah its cool. Anyways most of the teachers are great! Their ART classes SUCKS THOUGH. But really it just a normal high school. Ive never heard of any bullying at this school though.Also the teachers are pretty cool. However other kids are often late to class because the school is so big.

- submitted by a student
December 06, 2012
This school is alright when it comes to the material, but I moved out of state to go to this school and just about all my credits are gone because I didn't test here. They give way too much homework - enough to the point of where if you're missing just one assignment, you fail the whole class. This school is really cliquey, so it's hard to make friends. They don't grade you on how much you know about the material, they grade you upon completion. Overall...I'm disappointed with this school, but the one thing I do approve are the teachers because they are alright.

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2012
This the first year the school has been open. My son is in 9th grade and doing great. A very large school but they do a great job providing a great deal of variety and teachers seem to really care.

- submitted by a parent

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Patriot High School
10504 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville, VA  20181
(703) 791-8920
Last modified Patriot High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-11. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Patriot High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top