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South Lakes High School

Public | 9-12 | 2400 students

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Posted February 16, 2014

South Lake deserve one star for some of teachers that work hard, but unfortunately the Principal leadership is ashamedly poor, as same of the Vice Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2012

My daughter is a freshman at South Lakes and we have found this school to offer a wonderful blend of academic challenge, nuturing support and a strong community. Led by a fantastic principal, the teachers and staff do a great job of encouraging and mentoring the students. My daughter is on track to receive the IB Diploma and has found the classes to be rigorous, but manageable. We have been pleased with the sports and performing arts programs as well. My daughter -- and our family -- are looking forward to her next 3 1/2 years at South Lakes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

South Lakes has a principal like no other that goes above & beyond to know his students, teachers, curriculum, parents, etc. Bruce Butler is the most aware and involved principal and cares about each student. The admin. staff is wonderful also. They work to keep the students & parents involved &i nformed. The IB program is very challenging & requires a large amount of writing. When an IB graduate student of South Lakes moves on to a challenging college they comment that the college don't seem so difficult in comparison. The students & teachers are welcoming. The facility itself is the best I have seen in Fairfax Cnty with it's high technology in each classroom, bright skylights, large & functional gym, well designed theatre, etc. With the newly re-districted students and new enthusiasm this school's test scores will soar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

There is no comparison to the Seahawk Community. Students are pushed to do their best, and success is always rewarded, either by a handshake from the principal or congratulations from all teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2009

South Lakes does a great job with a very diverse population - racially, economically, ethnically (including many languages) and includes students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

South Lakes is a family, we always take care of our own.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 16, 2009

South Lakes High School is very diversified racially and as well as it is a well thought of IB school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2009

I have always found South Lakes to be challenging and stimulating for my kids. Neither are in the IB program, but that does not exclude them from taking IB or AP courses. As a matter of fact, I found the AP courses much more demanding on them than the IB courses. The teachers are tough, but fair. They have always responded to my many inquiries and work hard to help my kids succeed. I could not be happier with the curriculum offerings at South Lakes. My daughter found her calling when she discovered The Academy for Communications and the Arts offered at South Lakes and other Fairfax County Schools. She now attends Columbia, continuing her dream in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

Great school ,especially if you are in the IB program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2009

Princeton. Juilliard. Berkeley. M.I.T. Virginia Tech. Cornell. UVA. USC. W&M. NYU. Penn State. West Point. These are just a few of the schools that my classmates and I went on to after graduating from South Lakes in 2006. Since that time, the quality of education at the school has only improved, and the school has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. The IB program at SLHS is vastly superior to the AP program at any university in the nation; freshman year at an Ivy Leaugue school is easy in comparison to the IB workload. The music and arts programs at South Lakes are also fantastic, with students frequently performing at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2009

I loved this school. I had 3 boys graduate in the last 2 years- they were all accepted into good colleges (inc W&M and VT) and they felt that South Lakes prepared them for the next level ( they made Deans list etc). They have a diverse group of friends and still communicate with their teachers. Strong administration and great new facility. I saw no negatives in our time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

South Lakes High school, a school where most people in the area are afraid to attend because of its poor judgements pf people who have never set foot there. I'm a rising tenth grader attending South Lakes this fall. When I first moved to Reston, I hated it and I still do. I've left somethings behind. But this school changed me. Mentaly and phisically. The teachers are outstanding. They might be a little tough on you for not doing your home works and so and so but they're trying to make you do the best and succeed in the future. Your councelors are magnificient. They'll take sometime to listen to what you have to talk to them about, they'll listen and give you some advice. Even though the school is not in ther best conditions right now, when I first when there, It helped learn what I needed to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2008

South Lakes is an excellent school. The staff has been extraordinary, and the mix of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds have prepared my son for the real world. We would not choose to place our kids in any other school in Fairfax County. Our kids are happy and have succeeded in the Langston Hughes/South Lakes pyramid, and we couldn't have asked for better for them anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

This school is definitely not a bad school. Contrary to the belief of many residents in the surrounding area it is actually in my opinion one of the best schools in the nation. I understand that this is a biased opinion based off of the fact my child goes to South Lakes but South Lakes definitely provides everything I expected a school to have and more. Ever since there was a change in administration the school has been amazing and once the renovations and redistricting are complete I believe it will be a top 100 school in the noation or even better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2008

This is one of the bst high schools in the United States. There are programs for every interest. The students are diverse; many families come from overseas looking for great education, and these students are motivated. Test scores are top notch. It is not even crowded, so your child will get the attention he or she deserves. This school also looks good on college applications. A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

The IB program at South Lakes is amazing. The teachers are dedicated, hard working, and the students are excellent in those classes. The regular level classes could use some improvement with discipline and focus. However, safety has never been a 'paramount of importance' for my children here. I'm assuming that comment below might have been written by an angry Oakton parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2008

The much talked about diversity factor is true with most of the fairfax county public schools not only this one! Schools are for education and safety has to be of paramount importance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

I am currently attending south lakes and I think that it is a great school. I have a friend from elementary school and I was talking with some of her friends who attend oakton and they actually said ' You go to South Lakes? Aren't you scared to go there? Most of the people we know are afraid to even go over there.' I was so suprised! I knew it had a bad rep but wow! I think that they should actually come and see what the school is like before they judge it. I think south lakes is an excelent school. People say that all the students that go there are bad and dangerous. That is not true.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2007

South Lakes is currently under renovation and will have outstanding facilities when the renovation is complete. Principal Bruce Butler is building an excellent faculty with supportive administration. The PBS program that has been implemented to help student develop a positive school environment is outstanding and has transformed the school into a community. The taking flight mentorship program provides young student roll models. South Lakes is quickly becoming one of the best schools in the Fairfax County and the United States.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 15, 2007

I am a parent of a rising 10th grader. I am positive that she is in a good school and will get a fantastic education. If you all notice most of the ratings are high. At any school, parents and students will get out what they put into a class. I think those with negative comments will have those comments about wherever they go. We now have a fantastic new principal who is very involved and is making this school an even greater place to go. Please note that '65 percent of of students who applied to UVA were offered admission. Average for all High schools in Fairfax County is 25 percent.' The same amt of students were admitted from Langley as from SLHS and SLHS produced 55 IB diploma candidates. (read opinion in Connection 8/14 page 12. Don't just look at SOL scores!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Algebra II

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

577 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Earth Science

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

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

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

595 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

604 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

507 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

582 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
World Geography

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

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World History I

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
94%
World History II

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

585 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students66%
Female students67%
Male students65%
Black students55%
Asian students81%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English69%

Algebra II

All Students75%
Female students74%
Male students76%
Black students50%
Asian students81%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial68%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English77%

Biology

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students85%
Black students59%
Asian students95%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial90%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English91%

Chemistry

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students84%
Black students71%
Asian students90%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial89%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English90%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students72%
Asian students82%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial90%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English88%

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students90%
Black students78%
Asian students92%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial97%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian students92%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial94%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students79%
Female students79%
Male students78%
Black students55%
Asian students92%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial97%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English84%

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 Students89%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students76%
Asian students94%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial93%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English92%

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 Students84%
Female students85%
Male students83%
Black students68%
Asian students97%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial89%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English87%

World History II

All Students90%
Female students87%
Male students92%
Black students73%
Asian students94%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial92%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English93%
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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11400 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191
Phone: (703) 715-4500

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