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Sterling, VA
Students enrolled: 1,333

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21326 Augusta Dr
Sterling, VA 20164

(571) 434-4400
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 21, 2015
I'm a rising freshman for the 15-16 school year. I recently moved into LCPS over the summer so i had to do all the transforing things to enroll. I first met with my guidance counsler, who i already love, and we picked what classes i would take based on my last report card. She was very encouraging with all my decisions and was able to answer all my questions with a lot of detail. She really cared about my experience at the school and wanted to make sure i was comfirtable and understand everything. A few days later i came in to get officially enrolled. The lady who helped us was extremely nice and helpful. She answered questions i had thought of. All of this process has been super easy! All teachers/workers i have worked with have all been super nice and caring. The school looks beautiful from the inside out, the hallways are nice and large and (i saw some of what goes on during the day, i was doing my schedule during a normal school day for students) all i saw were smiles and friends all together. Everyone looked really happy and the school looked like it has a great routine (is that the right word?). Once the tardy bell rings, someone was sitting at a table waiting for any late students to come in. The students didnt even need to go to the office! This is very convenient. Overall, im super excited to start attending school here this fall!

- submitted by a student

January 28, 2015
Excellent school, principal, faculty and staff. The principal goes above and beyond academics. He tells parents he expects their support in teaching the students to advocate themselves (hence, no helicopter parents allowed), as part of what is needed upon graduation is knowledge of academics AND how the real world operates. My daughter would have gone to Potomac Falls and thank goodness she did not because the principal has not control over the students. Additionally, there is an amazing array of activities and clubs for Dominion students to participate in. Cannot say enough spectacular things about Dr. Brewer and the school!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2014
This school is a horrible one and I say this as a student. The teachers are sub-par, apathetic and ill-disciplined as most tend to play on their facebook and assign busy-work. The administration is without a doubt, one of the most frustrating and ill-conceived heavy weight bureaucracy ever assembled in a school system. They have a fetishism for punishing kids and the focus of the school is on minority and at-risk kids. Teachers tend to pick favorites and the education is sub-par with a focus on rote memorization and testing. Only a handful of teachers care about their jobs. The kids are rich, well-off and spoiled and the social life is dry as it is very cliquey. There is absolutely no school spirit as most if not everyone who goes to this school doesn't care about it and dislikes it. Athletics, clubs and organizations are under-represented as the administration only condones strict discipline. Overall it was a horrible high school and I wouldn't recommend the experience at Dominion High school to anyone. Go to Potomac Falls

- submitted by a community member

September 22, 2012
Dominion High School is truly a wonderful school. I would say that the administration did the best that they possibly could do given that this school takes from such a "special demographic" (the neighborhoods are not quite as homogenous as the rest of Loudoun). Dr. Brewer, and the Vice Principals put their heart into this school and it was very obvious to me and everyone else. The one problem I personally had was that the teachers would consistantly give unreasonable amounts of homework. I would stay up past midnight almost every school night trying to get all of it done. Although, now looking back, I can say that the massive workload definitely prepared me for college. Its very interesting to me that Dominion takes students from a middle school that is set up for students to do poorly, and yet DHS is STILL able to fill in the gaps and have their students perform well academically. IMO, I think Dr. Brewer should take over as the principal at SRMS the next opportunity he gets and run both schools if at all possible. DHS is a small school with a big heart. I just hope it stays that way.

- submitted by a student

July 27, 2012
I wish I could give Dr. Brewer 10 stars. He is an outstanding leader, mentor, and principle. I had concerns about my daughter going to school there and actually thought about moving back to FFAX. We are so glad that we did not move. I actually wrote Dr. Brewer a long email and he immediately responded back. He addressed all of my concerns and lived up to all of his promises. How many principles know every kid's name in their school and can actually have a conversation with them. My daughter graduated this year with honors and is going to VA Tech in the fall. We could not be happier with the school and most importantly the principle!!!

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2011
I think what a previous review meant to say is that the principle micro-manages quite a bit. Teachers have said that they feel constrained at times and have little freedom to use creativity in their classes. School spirit was extremely low when my two kids went to school there and the quality of the sports programs for the most part are lacking in support from the administration and funding to help build that. The principal would not allow a sports booster club until last year as the county decreased their funding and there was no choice.There have been, at the least, over a dozen students that have switched to other public schools in the district to benefit from superior sports programs and academically Dominion ranks about the same as the those other schools in the district. My son and many of the former students I have talked with over the years felt that college was a breath of fresh air when it came to expression both by students as well as teachers. They said they felt like they were treated as if they were still preteens at Dominion. That is not to say that Dominion didn't have it's share of good teachers- but they lack the freedom from the ones I've spoken to.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2011
I have to laugh at some of the reviews. The principal is "too over involved"? How is that even possible? Don't you want you principal to be involved in your child's education? My favorite: They installed "escalators" at Dominion? There are no ESCALATORS in Dominion, only an ELEVATOR for those that are in wheelchairs or can't manage the stairs due to disabilities. And all two story high schools have them. It is the law. Get over yourself. This high school is STERLING! From an informed, involved administration, to teachers that truly care and want to teach. My children and their friends, which are incredibly diverse - have enjoyed and benefited from their experience at Dominion. I have a freshman now and I am busy sending gift boxes to our daughter and several of her friends that went to college. [They are sophomores now.] If the review you read is poor it is probably because someone, or someone's kid broke the rules and they just aren't happy about it. You can't beat how organized, up to date and wonderful this school is. If you take the experience they are willing to provide you, you can only thrive and succeed. I have seen it with my children and their friends.

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2011
Great school. Excellent principle. Gets to know each student personally. Kids are held accountable for their own work, and encouraged to set goals.

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2011
As a parent of a current freshman, I can't say enough wonderful things about the school. The teachers keep parents up to date, the administration does everything possible to keep parents informed on events and the facility itself is clean and safe. Bravo to a great example for our students!

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2010
Band program is great; orchestra (strings) program, however, suffers from being led by a teacher with no interest in or working knowledge of stringed instruments. Spanish teachers have been spotty at best (don't know about other language teachers). Administration is difficult to deal with. Do not expect to have your emails answered in a timely manner, and do not expect that you know your children or your child's needs better than Dr. Brewer does. There is virtually no communication from the school, other than the required grade reports. One or two teachers stand out as making a huge effort to let the parents know what is going on, but by and large parents are on their own trying to figure things out.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2010
Dominion High School has a bad administration and I believe that they spend too much money on useless things. The athletics program needs to improve

- submitted by a parent

July 16, 2010
Great school. Excellent teachers and staff working together to create a safe, learning environment. Parents need more envolvement in the school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
July 19, 2009
I think this is a terrific school. The principal is very involved with the children, the teachers are very caring and the staff is very good. My child is having a good high school experience at Dominion High School. I don't worry about her when I drop her off in the morning to attend this school and I truly believe she is getting a first rate education at this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2009
Terrible. Kids are horribly behaved. Administration does absolutley nothing about it.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2009
Dominion High School is one of the most prestigious high schools in the commonwealth of Virginia, however I feel that if they put more money to work on teachers of value instead of constant 'improvement' of there facilities, there ratings would be much higher. 2 years ago the school installed an escalator and is one of 3 high schools in the nation with escalators, all 3 schools are located in Northern Virginia I might add.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2009
I feel the across the site ratings are too low. I am conservative by nature but I am justified in this response. My daughter is a junior and has nothing short of a great experience to date. The administration is caring and hands on, yet not overbearing. Dr. Brewer shows a real concern for all students. DHS recently received the Governor's award (for academic excellence). May I point out they were one of only 17 High school in the entire Commonwealth to acheive this honor. Any parent reading this should highly consider DHS not only for the overall experience but their many prepatory courses towards going onto higher education.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2009
Dominion is a wonderful school. I applaud Dr Brewer for his involvement with all students. My daughter, who is a senior, has been academically challenged which is the one attribute that motivates her. The school counselors also do an excellent job helping and preparing students and parents with the college application process.

- submitted by a parent

October 02, 2008
This is a wonderful school. Very dedicated teachers and a very effective administration. Under the leadership of Dr. Brewer these kids really get a great start. I am a fan of private schooling and school vouchers in many instances but this school should certainly be a shining example of public education working the right way.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2008
This is school is one of the best schools in the area. The am impressed with the entire staff. I have a lot of respect for a principal who stays involved with every student. He obviously cares a great deal and it shows.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2008
As a parent of a recent graduate, I must give credit to Dominion for instituting a school based on integrity and respect. It was refreshing to enroll my daughter in a school that promotes learning in a safe, positive, and encouraging environment. Hats off to a principal who remains involved, builds a community within the school, and works to keep parents in the loop. His dedication and commitment to his students isn t just reflected by a score on a test. He has proven himself vested in all aspects of student life, whether cheering at away games or showing up at a student s home to discuss issues or concerns. The community is a better place with this type of leadership and accountability. Other schools should take lessons!

- submitted by a parent

July 03, 2008
There are good things and bad things about this school. The staff as a whole is average - some of them are outstanding, and some of them are definitely not. The administration is not particulary good. Though I have to give the principal credit for providing a safe envioronment for learning, he can often be condescending and far too involved. An overwhelming majority of students have had him show up announced on their doorstep at least once. It's good for a principal to be involved, but he takes things too far! It is true that the administration can be poor at returning emails or answering questions. They and the guidance office are known for runarounds. The school sometimes makes me think that we are only there to be brainwashed, as well as pushed to make the school look better. The one bright spot are some outstanding teachers and strong academics.

- submitted by a student

May 30, 2008
School has horrible teachers and administrative staff are highly inexperienced, sustandard even at a state level.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2008
As a former student I have to disagree with the former review. I have experienced first hand the atmosphere that Dominion provides and it is all but encouraging. Before dropping out and completing high school elsewhere I had to deal with segregated homerooms and an administration that imposed its political views on the students. Over all, shotty preformance and an apathetic administration that puts the schools reputation above styudents' needs.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 11, 2007
The principal has made a tremendous effort to interact with students, however because of his very conservative nature and philosophy I think he lacks the ability to relate with most of the kids in this modern age. While he strives to create a school with academic excellence he lacks the teachers to accomplish that goal. In the process he has forgotten about the importance of a quality athletic program in creating school spirit and with it student unity.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2007
My brother and I went to DHS last year I was a freshman and My brother was a sophomore we both disliked the school ...The teachers worked with us if they felt like it.Although the Teachers and Principals weren't good the after school activities and the breakfast club were great!

- submitted by a student

January 31, 2007
Dominion is a new school with excellent facilities and a lot going for it. Unfortunately my experience with the administration has been one of frustration and very poor communication. Everything is skewed to be very positive and gung-ho in terms of the good start and high test scores. If you are attempting to deal with a problem however the attitude comes across very clearly that the school knows better than the parents what is best for a student. In attempting to deal with the principal, vice principal and teachers there I have experienced a multitude of unreturned e-mails, unanswered questions and a very condescending attitude communicated throughout.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2006
This school has one of the most outstanding enviornments for learning. There is a strong sense of accountability and high academic success. The fine arts programs excel as it has a fine choral, band, art, and theatre program. I would highly recommend this school for any student in need of a safe place to learn with a high level of challenge and opportunity.

- submitted by a teacher

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Dominion High School
21326 Augusta Dr, Sterling, VA  20164
(571) 434-4400
Last modified Dominion High School is a Public school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dominion High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top