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Colonial Forge High School

Public | 9-12 | 2036 students

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Posted May 20, 2014

If you are one of the golden ones, the school is great, I'm sure. I have found it to be very elitist, not welcoming for kids with differences. If you want a good education and are willing to run the social gauntlet and just pray that your kid comes out with some self esteem left, this is your school. I find the new Principal after having a disastrous merry go round of 3 short term Principals to be uninvolved, uninspired and the leader of those kids that fit in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

As a military family, we've had the opportunity to explore various educational environments across the country. Colonial Forge High School was highly recommended by many different resources, and has a wonderful reputation / relationship with its community. For us, CFHS had a lot to live up to--we were absolutely amazed when our high expectations were not only met--but, greatly exceeded. The dedicated leadership staff is outstanding in relating to students by providing expectations, guidance, and care. They are present, visible, and accessible to the students throughout the school day. The resulting environment is one of unified commitment between the students and staff. The staff is phenomenal. The STUDENTS know that THEY are the priority, and that their future is theirs to build. We didn't know schools like this were still possible to find.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

My school is very overpopulated. The academics are great but the people in the school are not as good. I just completed my freshman year and i learned a lot. Bad things- there were around 9 to 10 fights I new about, we had a drug raid that had about 10 students arrested, some days you can smell smoke in the restroom, we has hazing on the cross country bus, and we still do not have a principal, and I see a lot of bullying everyday. Goods thing- mostly great teachers, great athletics, the assistant principals are fantastic, the opportunities and options they provide you with are awesome. If you can afford a private school, go there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2013

Colonial Forge has not had a principal in a full-time capacity since the beginning of 2013 when the principal resigned. The principal who replaced her has been on medical leave for most of the 2013-2014 school year. Without a captain at the helm, even a good school suffers.


Posted December 21, 2012

I am now in my third year at Forge and I love it!! The staff is always there to help and give support. They have a great athletics programs and electives that help you discover what you would like to do in the future. I definitely recommend going to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2012

I have gone to Forge for the last 3 years and am in my senior year! I love CFHS. We have great teachers (students so/so). There are really no fights, which is good because it does not interrupt the learning environment. If you want to go to a great school, this is one to consider. You'll love it there and it will be a great four years!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2011

Excellent Teachers, Strong Leadership, Challenging Academic Programs, Practically every extra-ciricular activity know to mankind, Excellent Athletics Programs and Significant support internally as well as externally. The day for these children starts at 7:20 and on many many occasions, goes well into the night with activities or sports. As a parent,my Sophmore student is being recruited by major colleges including Ivy. Thank you to everyone engaged in the educational processes in Stafford County Virginia, your dedication and commitment is special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

I went to Forge for all 4 years of high school and absolutely loved the school. I thought that the teachers were great and always willing to help either before or after school. The extracurriculars were wonderful, I got the opportunity to go to Nashville and Orlando for academic competitions. In my opinion Forge is the best high school in the district. I still have two brothers that go to school there and they love it as well. Whenever I come home from college I go back and visit the school and the teachers genuinely seem interested in how I'm doing. Great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2010

Colonial Forge High prepares students for college and prepares them for employment. I am very happy with the Commonwealth Governor's School program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

Awesome school...have had two kids go there and both did very well. One currently a Freshman at The College of William and Mary and the other a junior at Forge. CFHS is tough especially at the AP levels, but great prep for top end colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2008

I am very unhappy with the grading system, and the teachers aren't very helpful, except a select few. The only positive thing about this school is the Extracurricular activities. I do enjoy the drama program. I dislike most of my teachers, they are very crude and make obscene jokes. They pick on the children, and they make them feel worse about themselves. Although, I haven't particularly felt offended by any teachers, I have been offended by the way they act toward others. The office staff takes a really long time to answer requests, despite the fact that the staff is more than large enough to help students and parents needs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2008

Its the most intellectual challenging school in the area because it emphazises how important academics is in life. Evidence of this statement include alumnis being accepted into great schools such as V-Tech, Texas State, Flordia State, military academies, etc. If I had to choose from any school in this area, it would definitely be this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I personally was greatly appreciative of the staff and administration at CFHS. My children were extremely different in their learning styles, and both were met and challenged. The school extra ciricular activities were one of the greatest things for my youngest daughter. Ms. Renard (the greatest thing that could ever happen to any student) made each and every child she encountered feel academically gifted. She has continued communication with most of the students that I know, and continues to encourage them both socially and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

There's is no better school in the region.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

As a former student, I enjoyed every moment of my High School experience. The classes and teachers push the students to succeed in every aspect. The transition to college was quite easy for me because I was prepared. The extracurricular activities are also AMAZING! There are so many options to choose from. I ran cross country and track, was in NHS and Spanish club. I did not even scratch the surface of what I could have joined. The band is always topped ranked and so are a few of the sports teams. Parent involvement is also great. The schools hold many informative sessions for parents to ask questions and make comments. The teachers are also available for parents to call them. Overall, Colonial Forge gets an A++ and is the best high school in Stafford. GO EAGLES!!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 24, 2006

I currently attend Colonial Forge, and I'd have to disagree with the last comment.Yes, people do come from different middle schools but there are plenty of opportunities to make friends, Colonial Forge has a great selection of after school activities, and if there is a ride problem you can wait for the activity bus. The teachers are great if there isn't enough class time to understand the subject most of them offer after school tutoring or their email address if students have questions. About the students being rude and not well behaved, that's only a small group of students, since CFHS is one of the most strict schools in Stafford county those student usually get the max. punishment for the crime. One negative thing about CFHS is that the teachers don't really give alternatives for supplies for projects if you can't afford them, mostly because that's not a problem for most.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2006

I went to this school, and I can personally say I strongly did not enjoy my time there. The people that go to this school all came from different middle schools, so it was kind of hard to make friends with everyone. Also, the teachers weren't very good as well. Since the curriculum goes by so quickly, there is'nt enough time to actually understand what you are being taught. Also, the students were not well behaved at all. They were extremely loud in the hallways, and they were rude to their fellow students, staff, and teachers. The teachers werent that nice either. Overall, my expierence at this school was not good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2006

This school has huge parental support. In September they hold a information night about all the club opportunities for the students, we found this very informative. The school newspaper gives great information on college scholarships, well in advanced of the college deadlines. The principal is outside every morning helping to direct traffic. The band program offers many opportunites for kids of all skill levels to participate in extracurricular events. I have had great success getting in contact wih teachers over the phone and have set up my own conferences without any problems. My son feels he can get extra help form his teachers, and usually stays after school once during the week to go over any questions he has about homework. The school is about 8 years old. It's very open and bright. I'm not aware of any gun or drug issues with this school. They have many sports opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

While no school is perfect, Colonial Froge comes close. It offers numerous AP and DE courses and a lot of extracuricular activies for students. The Governor's school program that is shared betweeen Stafford and Spotsylvannia county is not as great an asset to the school as it could be. It is a drain on resources that only services a select few. It also seems to have a very high drop out rate--it is so hard that it penalizes the very students it is intended to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

When we moved to the area my son was reluctant to accept this school. He promised to give me one year and after that he was sold. He withdrew from the Governors School, found it too confining, but held with the AP courses, and graduated with honors recieving a $50,000 scholarship to an out of state academy. He feels his prepraration at Colonial Forge was well rounded and has prepared him for the rigor of the academy requirements. He is encouraging his younger brother to stick with the Colonial Forge Alma Mata and feels it will best prepare him for the competitive future and he and his brother desire in business and academics. When he returns from college he always spends a day visiting and thanking his prior teachers.
—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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

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

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

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

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

514 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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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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.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
World Geography

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

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
World History I

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

501 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
World History II

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

457 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
98%
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 Students83%
Female students86%
Male students81%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic66%
Multiracial77%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English84%

Algebra II

All Students95%
Female students98%
Male students91%
Black students90%
Asian students95%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial96%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Biology

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students92%
Black students79%
Asian students92%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial95%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English94%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students93%
Black students85%
Asian students100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Earth Science

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black students84%
Asian students94%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial95%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English95%

English: Reading

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black students86%
Asian students96%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial96%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian students96%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial92%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Geometry

All Students93%
Female students95%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian students91%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial97%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English93%

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 Students96%
Female students95%
Male students98%
Black students93%
Asian students96%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial92%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

World Geography

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History I

All Students92%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black students82%
Asian students92%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

World History II

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black students89%
Asian students94%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial95%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students95%
Proficient in English94%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael E. Byers

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School counslor
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  • Counseling
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  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

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  • Drama
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550 Courthouse Rd
Stafford, VA 22554
Phone: (540) 658-6115

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