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Richmond, VA
Students enrolled: 1,739

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8701 Three Chopt Rd
Richmond, VA 23229

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(804) 673-3700
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February 17, 2015
I am currently a Freshman at Freeman high school and I really love it so far! Every teacher is involved with me not just as a student, but as a person, to make sure that I get the best individual help that is necessary. I was terrified to go into high school and thought I would never fit in because of my experiences at other schools, but ever since the first day, I have been making friends, and getting the best individual education I have probably ever had. The counseling department is beyond amazing with just how fast and professionally they handle situations. DSF is the most amazing school I have ever been to. I feel lucky,happy, safe, and very comfortable being at this school because of the diversity. I have not only learned that being different and unique is a good trait to have, but to be proud and embrace of your diversity, and individuality . I am proud to be a rebel!

- submitted by a student

November 29, 2014
Not a very good experience so far for my freshman daughter. Some of the leadership teachers are good but there is not support and not diversity for the kids. Work is easy compared to middle school

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2014
I had two kids attend this school, with very different academic experiences (one in center, one not). There is a student culture at Freeman that lacks respect for diversity - even in the leadership center. There is a strong emphasis on white, middle class superiority that may be offensive, even to white, middle class kids like my own. This is not only indicative of the students, but permeates through most of the faculty. The academics in the center are demanding, but often seem neelessly so. My oldest ended up with a 3.4 gpa and didn't get into any of the top schools that many non-center kids got into. However, she did graduate college with honors and went on to a fully funded graduate degree at a top university - citing skills gained in the center as a key advantage to this success. The athletic director was a male chauvinist and encouraged a brand of masculinity that went out of date in the 1950's. I was horrified by my son's experience and removed him from participation, and eventually the school. Also, he had learning disabilities and the school had absolutely no mechanism in place to handle them.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2014
I couldn't imagine going to a better high school! I graduated in 2012 and frequently go back for football games etc. I love how diverse this school is compared to other schools in the region. Everyone is super friendly and welcoming. I also loved how right off the back we got to intermingle with other classes as well. There really are some good, outstanding teachers who care about their students. While I was not in the leadership program, I did take mostly AP and honors classes and loved the teachers I did have. Some may be hard on you, but that's just because they see your potential. I loved how hard some of my teachers pushed me at Freeman because it is really paying off in college today and increased my determination and perseverance. THANK YOU FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL! :)

- submitted by a student

April 04, 2014
My son is a sophomore and is generally having a hard time in the center. Despite truly hard work his grades are not good enough for a competitive college. The classes were interesting in the beginning are now dragging. Socially, all his Moody friends went to Godwin and Henrico en masse. It's hard to make new friends because you just have three classes together and then go your own way with the other Freeman kids. My son has quit the sport he has played since he was 6 and no longer gets himself up for church. I would like to say that this will turn around but not sure how. On the positive side, the teachers are very nice and the school itself is fine. I'm proud that my son got into the program but almost wish he had not.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2014
I echo what another parent said about the leadership program. My son graduated from the program, worked like a dog, and ended up at the same college as his old friends at Deep Run who took honors. One admission person in a northeast school said the program just sounded "light" compared to IB, hard science, or one of VA governors schools. Also, the style of writing he learned didn't seem to fly once he got to college-- a TA told him to "unlearn" what he was taught in HS as far as writing. I think the classes would be great for an academic summer camp but not for college prep. I would stay away unless your child is just crazy for the particular topics.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2014
I'm in the leadership program and I'm glad that someone finally came out and said that this was a grind. The work just piles up and the classes that seemed interesting in the beginning start to get on your nerves. Everyone is super conservative, which is fine except that anyone who is not can feel really weird. I am starting to feel like nothing I am learning here will ever be important in my life except for my non leadership classes. Very NOT diverse compared to Moody.

- submitted by a student

October 29, 2013
If you want your children to succeed keep an eye with this school. There are some teachers who don't care updating your children grades for a month, bullying within the school and administration doesn't do anything about that. We need to opt and request for good charter schools in this state, the public system is completely failing. As parents we should be concern about the good education of our children, we need to speak up so our children future wont go on the wonder. Unless you are reach and have money to pay a private school but the ones we can't afford our children are going to get hurt. No wonder other children are coming from other countries with high pay to do the jobs that our children's suppose to be doing because the school system is failing completely. Shame on the system.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2013
I am currently a freshman at Freeman High School. I find that sometimes this school is very intimidating. The school does not do a very good job of keeping 9th graders away from 10th grade and higher. They often bully the freshmen during Lunch and gym classes. The 10th graders even have class with freshmen during gym. I find that I have to sometimes remind the teachers to update there grades even when its been almost a month since the last update. I have seen one of my teachers give a student money before many of times , and many of the teachers choose not to talk about teaching material, which causes students not to learn and make test scores lower. I am glad this year is almost over, and I sure hope that next year is better.

- submitted by a student

April 13, 2010
I am a Freeman graduate, and I could not imagine having had a better experience elsewhere. I took challenging classes and really feel that I was well prepared for college. The English department in particular is excellent, I believe, although the entire school is committed to excellence in the classroom. The Freeman community is such a wonderful community to be a part of as well. The students and parents are all very active in the school and community. I highly recommend DSF.

- submitted by a community member

December 01, 2009
We've been disappointed in the Leadership Center and Freeman . The individual teachers are great and care about the students. But the program isn't well integrated and there is little communication between departments or with parents ( other than the occasional pre-recorded phone call.) The students have 7 classes a day, and it is very common to have 2 tests, 3-4 quizzes and a major project due every day for the last 2 weeks of every quarter . It's just a grind. The Leadership Center has no activities that bring the whole class together--you just have 3 of 7 classes with the same people. Most clubs meet once a month for an hour, so if you don't play a sport, and you're not from Tuckahoe Middle, there's not much activity to build friendships. Guidance is helpful, but overworked. Academically it is the same as any Henrico honors classes. It's nothing special.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 08, 2009
Its a great place to learn and the staff are friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
Our experience has been that the cultural diversity is wonderful, they are very progressive in their technology and administrative services have been beyond the usual in support.

- submitted by a parent

December 26, 2008
The education offers everything a student could want. The only problems I can think of are the language department, which should change methods, and the administration due to varying student needs (see your guidance counselor; they make the difference going through the system). I've taken mostly honors and AP, but the college prep courses cover their topics well. Even though they offer every AP imaginable, there are courses, like World Lit, Regional Studies and various business courses, which provide some breadth and character to your studies. Science has ups and downs, but I think they've notice and they're improving. The math and history departments are solid. You couldn't find a better English department. The Center courses make a large difference - not only in applications - but in actual scholarship. It is a family: Everyone wants and expects to do well and thrive off the atmosphere.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 03, 2008
2008 graduate of the Leadership Center attending top 20 university -The socioeconomic diversity: Some kids live in one bedroom apartments and others live in multi-million dollar homes. -Administration is incredibly nice, although sometimes unhelpful. -Regular classes are easy, requiring little work. -Honors/AP Math and English will prepare you very well for college. -The science and history departments are mixed. Take AP Chem over AP Bio. -Leadership Center= best teachers and opportunities, gpa advantages. There is a required internship that counts as an honors class. -top 5% with 1500+ SATS and something special (D1 athletics, great internship, disability) ivy league is possible. -top 10%= UVA, W&M, W&L, Wake Forest (hard to achieve if not in Leadership Center). -top 25%= Va Tech and JMU (average upper-middle class kid can achieve if they try hard).

- submitted by a student

October 08, 2008
Student is the honors or AP programs are getting the best possible instruction out there. This school cares about real learning, not just memorization and top AP scores show that. Colleges know Freeman's reputation. I have found the teachers in the upper tier courses to be clear on content and demanding of students, but equally considerate of the students' best interest. This is a great school

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2008
My child has just started at Freeman and I am very disappointed. It is very disorganized. There was no real orientation for Freshman, just a Fee Night with welcome speeches. Other area high schools had an orientation where freshmen spent 1/2 day at the school, touring the facilities, locating their classrooms and meeting teachers. Nothing like that at Freeman! Instead, we received a map with ink blots that made most of the freshman classroom numbers illegible. No information was given about school hours, lunch times, location of the cafeteria, etc. The principal is relatively new and came from a middle school, so perhaps she just doesn't know how to provide a good orientation for high school freshmen, but other staff members should have clued her in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 25, 2008
I am extremly pleased with Freeman, my daughter was in the IB program at Moody, but decided to attend Freeman instead of continuing in the program. Great decision, she has made so many friends here, and for the first time is really enjoying the experience of regular kids, instead of kids that think they are better than others. I am thrilled, and life couldn't be better for her .

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2007
fabulous school! equal or better in quality of education compared with local private schools.

- submitted by a student

November 25, 2006
I am currently attending this school, and I am extremely pleased. The teachers are great, the students are caring, and there is a general high standard for excellence. Parents, have no qualms about sending your child to this school; DSF rules!

- submitted by a student

May 31, 2006
Two of my other children have gone to other area high schools through the center programs (Hermitage and Deep Run). I am, by far, happiest with Freeman High School. The kids are friendly, the teachers are superior and involved with the kids, and the parents are wonderful. When I first heard they call this 'the Freeman Family' I was skeptical. No more. This title fits perfectly!

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2005
I graduated from Freeman in 2003. DSF is a great place to attend high school. It's relatively small size (compared to Godwin, Tucker) is a real bonus for individual attention. Many of the teachers currently teach their old friends' children, which allows for a real community atmosphere. Students are exposed to many different cultures, which can include exorbitantly rich white children. Luckily, virtually everyone gets along with one another. As stated before, the parents are very involved because many of them also attended Freeman. The Leadership Specialty Center is also grade-A. The current administration (save the stodgy assistant principle) is incredibly helpful and gracious.

- submitted by a student

September 14, 2003
College preparatory emphasis, great diversity which is an education in itself, high expectations of students is the norm and students seem to meet those expectations on a regular basis.

- submitted by a teacher

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Freeman High School
8701 Three Chopt Rd, Richmond, VA  23229
(804) 673-3700
Last modified Freeman High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Freeman High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top