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Potomac Falls High School

Public | 9-12 | 1520 students

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Posted May 25, 2010

Had the option to go prep school but PFalls turns out bright, talented, mature students ready for the real world! They are the Best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2009

Its a bad bad school. Should be closed down :(
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

I love Potfalls! it is by far the best school in the county despite the rumors that are spread. yes we do have issues, but wat school doesnt? we also have the highest graduation rate of all the schools around. speaking of graduation, i will be in 365 days! cuz exams are over as of today and i am officially a senior!! class of 2010 baby! all the wayyyy!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I'm a Junior at PFHS, and I love it! The people are nice, the teachers are helpful, and the football games are a lot of fun. I keep a GPA of 3.5 in a tough set of classes, I believe that PFHS is doing a great job.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2009

i'm currently a junior at potomac falls, and i have a learning disability. I just have to say the school did everything they could to help me work with it. It took a while to get my IEP, but when i got it my grades shot up from D's and F's to A's and B's. Not only are they good with learning disabilities, but ESL and Special Ed. students, too. And almost all of the teachers are amazing. Not only for lectures but for counseling, too. I think its a great school, and a lot of people say bad stuff about us, but we really are a good school. the only bad thing is, we dont really have a set tradition. And we don't get the spirit support and extra curricular support i think we should get. Over all its a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2008

i go to PFHS as Junior I think this is a great school exspecially if you have a learning disability. At PFHS they will help you out.Although one thing i don't like is that everyone there is such and over achiever and if your not its kinda wierd to them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2005

I'm a freshman at Potomac Falls High School and I love it here. We have really great teachers and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2005

I have a junior and a freshman here, and both have had positive experiences at PFHS. My freshman had difficulties at middle school, but he has thrived at PFHS. His history teacher, Mr. Palazza, made all the difference by encouraging him to try out for a sport, as well as engaging him in classroom participation. My son now has a sense of belonging and is eager to participate in after-school activities. My junior has excelled academically and has had wonderful interactions with his teachers and fellow students. The music, art and sport programs are well-staffed and challenging. My sons' high school experiences have been enjoyable, and we feel fortunate that we have PFHS in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2005

I'm a senior at PFHS and I love it here. We have one of the best English and History departments in the county. Even though we are a fairly new school, PFHS we have definitely been improving in academics, sports, and spirit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2004

One daughter who went to Pfhs for her first two years as a newcomer was welcomed with open arms. Although an average student, teachers worked one on one with her until they met all her needs. It is a great school to send your children, regardless of achievment levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2004

Two children through the school, the second is a senior. For high acheivers and the self-motivated, this school will serve well in college preparation. For the average student who may have problems with attention span, learning and study techniques: forget sending those children here. PFHS is interested only in the high-acheiving child. Period.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
  • 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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Reading

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

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
97%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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World History I

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

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students69%
Female students74%
Male students66%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English70%

Algebra II

All Students86%
Female students87%
Male students85%
Black students72%
Asian students90%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English87%

Biology

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students88%
Asian students95%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial93%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English93%

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female students97%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Earth Science

All Students95%
Female students94%
Male students95%
Black students88%
Asian students97%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial95%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English96%

English: Reading

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students91%
Black students90%
Asian students96%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students96%
Male students85%
Black students75%
Asian students96%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial95%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English92%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female students77%
Male students77%
Black students54%
Asian students79%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial75%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English78%

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 Students88%
Female students86%
Male students89%
Black students69%
Asian students94%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial95%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students92%
Black students87%
Asian students93%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial95%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English92%

World History II

All Students89%
Female students86%
Male students92%
Black students88%
Asian students93%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial73%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students83%
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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  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Dance

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  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Janice M. Koslowski

Resources

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  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

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  • Band
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Performing arts
  • Dance
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46400 Algonkian Pkwy
Potomac Falls, VA 20165
Phone: (571) 434-3200

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