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11400 South Lakes Dr
Reston, VA 20191

(703) 715-4500
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November 20, 2014
People are just scared of the low income families that send their kids to this school, but SLHS has some of the nicest kids I have ever met. The IB program at SLHS is incredibly rigorous and challenges students to do their absolute best. I don't know how a 4 star rating is equal to a 6 out of ten? Maybe the HS that the founders of Great Schools had a pretty bad Math Program? 4/5=8/10. simple math people.

- submitted by a student
May 29, 2014
I'm currently a junior at South Lakes and I have to say it's filled with a lot of people that genuinely care about the students. I have had such great teachers and have a found a great community on the track team. The facility is awesome compared to some of the other FCPS high schools, we are pretty newly renovated and well upkept. The athletics coaches and the counselors are great too, but I have to say the one thing that takes away is the Principal. Mr. Butler, who left in 2012 was excellent: personally engaged with the students, and clearly cared about us and our education. Now I feel trapped and constantly mistrusted by the principal and some of the office staff, as if the students are animals that need to be corralled with random, arbitrary rules.

- submitted by a student
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
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
June 07, 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
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.

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no rating November 02, 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
September 17, 2009
South Lakes is a family, we always take care of our own.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating 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
September 05, 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
July 17, 2009
Great school ,especially if you are in the IB program.

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April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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
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.

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October 17, 2008
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October 02, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
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
July 01, 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
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

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May 20, 2008
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May 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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+

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March 05, 2008
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February 29, 2008
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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
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!

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February 15, 2008
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February 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
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.

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December 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
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
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!

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August 14, 2007
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June 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 29, 2007
As the parent of 2 SLHS students and a long-time member of the community, I have been delighted by the huge improvement in SLHS over the past 5yrs. The administrators know the kids & are always out in the halls, talking with students and taking the pulse of the school. Many of the teachers have exciting credentials (for instance, we have many '2nd career' teachers who have actually practiced what they now teach) & know how to motivate kids. Communication between admin/teachers/parents is proactive - for instance, every teacher posts homework online every day & responds to email within 24hrs. And just in the past few years there has been a new emphasis on courtesy, mutual respect & personal responsibility that has made a dramatic difference in morale and discipline. The students are proud of the school's diversity & learn from it. This school is an up-and-comer!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
South Lakes is a wonderful school with an undeserved negative reputation in surrounding districts. My two children have had very positive experiences at South Lakes and are very well prepared for their very bright futures.

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May 07, 2007
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April 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
My children have transferred from another school district within the past year. Their experience within South Lakes has been excellent. The academic, sports and community based activities are great. Prior to coming to the district, I received mixed feedback. The one common theme with the feedback is that people with children in the school have positive feedback. This is a school which challenges students and produces great people. This is a good school!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2007
I am currently enrolled in the school and I couldn't have imagined anything better! Coming into to SLHS I heard rumors of fights, drugs, and complaints of the classrooms. So far this year I have not witnessed one fight, or seen any open drug deals in school. Sure the classrooms are small and there are no windows, but thats what the renovation is for! This is a great school and I love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
I am a senior at South Lakes, and I've never had anything but an excellent experience at South Lakes. The diversity of the curriculum and the genuine motivation of the teachers to ensure that the classroom isn't just about textbooks and notetaking but rather about critical thinking and the development of articulate, coherent arguments for lingual, historic, and mathematical processes is something that should be valued independent of the name of an institution. I owe the brunt of my educational success to this school, and I know that my peers do as well. Parents are involved, and administrators genuinely care about the welfare of both teachers and students. A 4/10 rating just doesn't cut it for this school.

- submitted by a student
February 15, 2007
South Lakes is Amazing. I am in my third year there, and i would never want to go anywhere else. I don`t know what people are talking about when they says that there are 'obvious drug deals' and 'daily gang fights' there are no such thing. South Lakes gets a bad reputation do to the diversity when it should instead be celebrated. The teachers are wonderful, The IB program is outstanding, and the school itself is great.I love South Lakes with all my heart and wish those speaking poorly of it would learn to speak from experience instead of just what they hear. Go Seahawks!

- submitted by a student
November 28, 2006
South lakes is an great school in reston the students there have so much fun ..Even for the new freshman they have new sub school and locker i know they enjoy that every are great peoples everyone has an great time at south lakes especally sports

- submitted by a former student
November 14, 2006
My oldest child graduated from SL in 1992. My youngest child will graduate in 2007. (4 children) This is a good school. You cannot ask for better diversity. Children from all backgrounds and countries provides the opportunity to learn about other cultures and to learn to get along with fellow students. Students who hope to get noticed by colleges will have a hard time because of the poor coaching and school's season records. There're many excellent student athletes at SL. Academically, it a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2006
I have one recent graduate and another child now in her Junior year, and both have loved the school for all of its dimensions. The spirit, camaraderie, parental involvement, instruction, and -- under Bruce Butler's new direction -- leadership are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
This school currently under renovation will expand its boundaries after the completion of its contruction which means for an increase in the enrollment from 1,400 to 2,000. That means south herndon kids will be attending this school. Maybe finally this school will get a break from its lack in extracurricular activities, parent involvment, and MAYBE safety and security. We are in for an energized school spirit!

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2005
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December 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
I'm currently a junior enrolled at South Lakes and I feel that my quality of education is outstanding, that the teachers are great, that the school is safe and that the diversity contributes the the overall atmosphere that I've come to love in my three years here. There is a small measure of gang activity and drugs, but that is the same, if not worse at other schools, even ones that are very close to South Lakes. Maybe you should COME to the school, before you make the assumption that, because there are people from different backgrounds, our school is rampant with undesireable activity.

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September 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 09, 2005
I think south lakes high school has good teachers but the school is very dangerous it is next to many bad neighborhoods and the students are very scary and dangerous looking. safety and discipline are very low in this school.

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2005
Next year we will have a new principle. And with the renovation coming it is time for someone who understands what they are doing. Overall the teachers at SLHS are great. They are only lazy if the class is lazy otherwise they put in 100% to their students. Yes, the overall safty and discipline may be low, as a freshman or any other grade, there is no need to worry about your safty unless you give it away. However, South Lakes is a great school and I consider myself privledged to go to SLHS in Fairfax County, one of the richest, one of the best school systems, and is home of some of the best teachers in the country.

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2005
I was a graduating student in 2002. South Lakes is a wonderful school with dedicated well-educated teachers. I also felt very safe there. Parents who do not feel their students are safe should really go and visit with an open mind. Reston itself is a planned community, which means that there are big wealthy neighborhoods next to subsadized housing. The school, therefore, draws from many different backgrounds. This does not make the school less safe. It makes the school diverse. I now attend the University of Virginia and feel as prepared as any student here. Many of whom had attended Phllips Acadamy at Andover, Thomas Jefferson High School, and many other magnet public schools and leading private schools. Please don't underestimate this school.

- submitted by a former student
April 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
Every one is obviously blinded by a facade. I feel sorry for the teachers because they are great but the school itself is horrible.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2005
I was not happy at all to read someone's comment that the teachers at this school are lazy. they should perhaps talk with their child about the effort they are putting into the learning process. Some of the country's best teachers work at South Lakes High School, and this is from a student's perspective.

- submitted by a former student
February 07, 2005
South Lakes is about as diverse school you will find anywhere, I liked it for that. But as far as the education you recieve go somewhere else!

- submitted by a former student
January 31, 2005
South Lakes was a good school when I went. However, I have heard that it has changed a lot since I was there and that was only 5 years ago. But some of my wonderful teachers that I was lucky to have are still there. Not only are some the teachers amazing but so are a lot of the members of the staff. Really good people work at South Lakes.

- submitted by a former student
January 19, 2005
I was a student at south lakes and I loved it. The diversity in the school is unique. The teachers are great and the school is run very well. I am proud to be a south lakes high school graduate.

- submitted by a former student
January 09, 2005
I think this is the best school ever. my kids love it, and now that we move everything is so different. their not into school as they did when they went to SLHS. I really love how my kids learned alot and was into activities and I reget moving.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2004
This schools security and safety is not good at all. Also my child attends this school and complained to me that he doesnt get to learn that much.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
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South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA  20191
(703) 715-4500
Last modified South Lakes High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Lakes High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top