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North Stafford High School

Public | 9-12 | 1699 students

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Posted September 27, 2014

My daughter just graduated from North Stafford HS and had an awesome 4 years there! The administration and staff really care about the kids. The school spirit there is amazing. We couldn't be happier with her time spent there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2014

North Stafford High School is amazing. Everyone here at this school bonds like family, it's just such a great community to be in. All the Staffulty cares about everyone and we have the best administration here, it's just amazing. For example, our school does a thing called a "Senior Run" where when you get to be a senior, the first week of school on a Friday all the senior gather all spirited up and run around the entire school! We use whistles, air horns, silly string, etc. and just have a blast. This has been a tradition here at North Stafford, for 11 years. It's also been a tradition to watch the senior run. It's a lot more fun than it sounds. But if you are deciding to go to a Stafford School, North Stafford is the best Stafford!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2013

North Stafford High School is a excellent choice for my child. I was looking for a academically challenging school with a wonderful sports program that offered a lot of clubs and extra activities. This school fit the bill. The teachers and volunteers are amazing and my child and many of his friends thrived in this positive environment. If you live in the area I highly recommend North Stafford High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

If you live in Stafford - this is the school for you. It's got a great staff of fully qualified teachers and health, safety and law enforcement which makes it an all around Great School. If you want to see Team Work in action - this is where to come. Every program is well thought out and carried out. There are Wonderful learning opportunities available for the kids!! something for everyone. Many offerings of college courses at the high school level.... My daughter studied with Teacher Mr. Johnson and since has gone into the architecture field. His teaching style is enjoyed by everyone in all areas of the architecture field. He is an asset to the NSHS. My daughter graduated last year and is starting her second year of college - Majoring in Architecture. Mr. Johnson and the Art Teachers made the difference!!! She had 6 school college credits carried and accepted over to her University from NSHS. saved me $ !!! I love this school!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

I Went There For All 4 Years Of High School, And Honestly I Most Say Everyone Tells Me High School Will Be The Bets Days Of Your Life And I Think There School Was A Worst! The Teachers Were Mean And Had No Respect For Parents. I Found That The Consoulor Did Not Answer My Phone Calls And Did Not Car For What I Care For. These Last 4 Years Was Living Hell!


Posted April 7, 2011

This High School is one of the BEST around, the Administration is Superb which explains the Principal of the Year award for Mr. Nichols. Top Notch Administration, Staff and Parents that get involved in all of the academic, sporting events, band and extra-curricular activities that this wonderful high school has to offer...check it out...you will be pleasantly surprised!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

North Stafford has a woard encouraging atmosphere! everyone ios treated as an equal and excpectations are high! I love having students here and am proud to be a Wolverine Parent! The administrators are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

North Stafford offers the best. Great teachers ensure wonderful students in doing their best! Great administrators enable the staff to perform at their maximum! With that combination, students exceed the standardized test scores. What more can a school have other than those?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

This is my first year at North and my sister attended all four years of high school here and this school is by far the best school in the state. The clubs are limitless and more and more are being made each year. There are 40+ sports teams. The technology is advancing each year and this year the new STAT (Stafford Academy for Technology) which looks great on transcripts makes the school even better. I have many friends at all the other schools in Stafford and all are quick to say that North Stafford has a home feeling, like everyone is friends, teachers are quick to help and never turn down a student in need. North Stafford is the only school in Stafford County to have a spirit club, Orange Fever is known for our enthusiasm and hype effect at football, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, all sports.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2008

North Stafford is a fantastic place to learn. I enjoy going there and learning something new each day, and possibly staying after school for one of the clubs or activities that I'm in. I think North Stafford High School is a great place to be where I can just be myself and hang with my friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2008

This school is so great i love the kids and the teachers my only complaint is that they're more athletic centered than academic centered. And some of the leading staff like the new administrators and some office membbers aren't really conducive to a child's environment. There are a lot of activities to get involved in at this school and kids are really enthusiastic about participating.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 27, 2008

The school is horrible. Anyone who has a student that goes to this school should have them transfered out immediately. Students who are bullied at this school should tell their parents about the issues they are having because the administration at this school does absolutely nothing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

Great Faculty and staff. Very student friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

My daughter started 9th grade at another High School in Stfford and was unhappy with school for the first time ever. As soon as she transferred to North Stafford she fell back in love with school! She is a student leader and plays sports. We love the administration and block scheduling!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2006

I personally love this school. North has a great reputation especially with Mr.Nicols on board. The scores are very high and the kids seem happy. The staff loves their jobs, the athletics are fantastic and the school has such spirit!! These kids enjoy coming to school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

I was blessed to have gone to NS for my 9th/ half of my 10th grade year. I loved that school so much! I had a wonderful time at NS, i understood my subjects better at that school compared to my other HS. ANd the grading scale is higher, so when i came to my new HS i was making all A's on their scale..lol. I really enjoyed most of my teachers, they made sure you understood what they were teaching. I wish i could have graduated from there, but im thankful for the time i did spend there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 10, 2006

I attended North Stafford High and loved it! I honestly felt that it was the best school I ever attended my High School career. I learned so much! The teachers are outstanding! I did not have one single 'bad' one. They were all more than willing to put in the time it took to help their students in the classrooms. I want to say thank you for making me see that there are absolutly wonderful teachers in this world!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 28, 2005

Has a good amount of classes that are offered and a good variety. Good support from parents for sports. Grading level higher than other places we've been. Overall great school but does put a lot of emphasis on the SOL test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

If you have a student in this school you must be and stay involved. Your child can get lost in the shuffle. Sports is a big thing in school. PArents need to stay incvolved. A must. Your child can get an excellent education with your involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

When I see complaints that are vague and not substantiated--like Robert's below--and hear him whining about life not being fair, I want to barf. Surely he is a miserable person, but why do such people want to make everyone unhappy as they are? What a waste of time. As a parent of a student at NSHS, what I hear and observe about the school is quite positive.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Reading

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

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
World Geography

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
World History I

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

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
97%
World History II

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

365 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
97%
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 Students84%
Female students88%
Male students80%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial87%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English85%

Algebra II

All Students74%
Female students72%
Male students76%
Black students61%
Asian students82%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial80%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English73%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students82%
Male students86%
Black students71%
Asian students88%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial84%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English86%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female students76%
Male students79%
Black students73%
Asian students86%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial60%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students89%
Black students80%
Asian students94%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English90%

English: Reading

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students94%
Black students92%
Asian students94%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students89%
Black students89%
Asian students73%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial87%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English92%

Geometry

All Students69%
Female students69%
Male students69%
Black students59%
Asian students73%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial79%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English71%

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 students90%
Black students85%
Asian students87%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Students98%
Female students100%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

World History I

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students87%
Black students81%
Asian students100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial88%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English88%

World History II

All Students88%
Female students83%
Male students94%
Black students78%
Asian students100%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial75%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students82%
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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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Thomas D. Nichols

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Graphics
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  • Chaperone school trips
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839 Garrisonville Rd
Stafford, VA 22556
Phone: (540) 658-6150

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