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Park View High School

Public | 9-12 | 1297 students

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Posted June 21, 2014

Park View High School is a very good representation of America . . . a melting pot that creates good character and responsible young adults ready to take on the challenges of college or entrance into the workforce. The Principal, assistant principals, counselors, and teachers care immensely about the students. I have 3 kids that graduated and one more still to graduate. All of my kids have been positively influenced by the faculty and staff at the school. Now it was not always a smooth ride for my kids but they managed to overcome the bumps in the roads because of the faculty and teachers. Some kids at the school did not always represent the best interest of the school; however, most students I have met and interacted with are wonderful and show Park View Pride.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2014

PVHS gave my daughters something I never expected--a broader perspective. This might seem less important than perfect grades, but I know my girls are ahead of many of their peers in their readiness to enter today s work world thanks to the diverse community that is PVHS. While attending notably less diverse colleges, they felt something was missing. Post college, they ve adapted well to the now typically international work places of suburban DC. Yes, they attended and performed well in AP classes. Yes, they had teachers and administrators they liked and didn t like. Yes, like any school, PVHS is a changing environment that students and families must navigate with care. What s constant is the support found in both the staff and the community. Many parents volunteer for years after their kids graduate. Many teachers spend the majority of their careers there, enjoying deep respect from their students for their obvious dedication. The benefits of a school like PVHS can t be measured in the stats of a data set: Go there, talk to staff and parents, see a musical or a football game, and decide what s most important in your child s education. It might not be in the curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

My oldest child just graduated from PV and I have two younger ones attending. I would not trade to another school if I won the lottery. The teachers are committed to their students success and are available before, during and after school for extra assistance. Students are from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds without the tension and behavior problems seen at other schools. They respect each other. The administration is marvelous. There will be a new principal next year and I only hope he is as good as Dr. Minshew has been.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

This school is horrible. From academics to athletics. From the princicpal apoligizing for not speaking spanish to the unorganized, inconsistancy of the athletic department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

Park View High School is a horrible school! Horrible Principal, Dr. Minshew, horrible Math department, horrible teachers, horrible everything!!! School is a nightmare, BEWARE!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2012

The Math program that was introduced 3 years ago across the county has been a systematical problem. 75% of the Park View students math grades have decreased significantly. Some teachers do give their time to work with the students before and after school, but more needs to be done. Teachers need to be held accountable for their teaching styles and how to help improve the student learning rather than worry about the SOL testing that only supports the teachers job status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

i hate this school and the way it's run. they never care about a child's best interest, but only themselves. "number 1 break out school" pretty much means that we are acknowledge for actually being pretty smart for how terrible of a school we are. how embarrassing. and then we spend the money on new lockers. because that's what we need. new god**** lockers. it's really funny how all the staff defends minshew. she worries more about what kids wear, then what they are getting in school. the morning announcements every morning consist of "let me remind you, since the weather has been getting warmer, that we need to dress in a appropriate manner. and if you don't i have ugly t-shirts and sweatpants for you" or "let me remind you, that hats are not allowed in school." honestly? i'm done with this school. the principal is pathetic, and so is the school itself. you give students that actually try to succeed, a hard time, when the ones that don't give two **** about schools are chilling in the bathroom, smoking weed.


Posted June 9, 2010

This school is amazing. The number 1 reason is the dedication from the teachers, students, coaches, and families of this school. The principal loves each and every one of her students, even if they get into trouble alot. The teachers are always there to help you out when you need it, and you get an honest grade for how well you do in class-not how your teacher thinks you should do. I am a sophomore, about to enter my junior year after summer, and I couldn't think of anywhere else to go :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2010

I deliberately chose to accept a job at Park View over several other counties, as well as schools in western Loudoun because of the principal, staff, and students. This year, Park View was named as one of only five schools in the nation to win the Breakthrough School award. Noticing the range of comments-and attitudes they reveal-I am reminded that a school reflects the human race as a whole: Some people are more empathetic than others; some people are more motivated than others; and, some people are more tolerant of others' differences. Park View definitely meets the definition of a "great school."
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 4, 2010

Its like I'm really in Mexico! Such 'diversity' has bought Park View into the pathetic state that it is currently in; class feels like one of those fish markets you see in documentaries, glorious 'teachers' with the inability to comprehend basic thoughts and reason, oh, and the wonderful principle that has the patience of a 5 year old. Please stay away from this school parents; I'll be back-flipping out of the window on gradation day.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

It diversity makes it great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

I dont like at all teachers simply let students do anything they want there for im in a class with so many inmature teens its embarissing most students here are so imature and childish i cant belive we are the same age and extra curicular activities really come on only sports which most kids in it dont even really like it. Parents may say its great but they arent in there 5 days a week! i hate it !!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2009

I attended Park View High School, my sibling attend this school as well as many other cousins, family and friends. It is really annoying when people call the school ghetto and talk about the students. It's a great school. More diverse than any other school in Loudoun County and that is a blessing. Parents and students who post negative comments regarding this school should be ashamed of themselves. You want things to get better? Help out, volunteer, do what you feel is needed, be proactive, not reactive. But don't complain. New schools pop up in the county (Stone Bridge)and all of a sudden you have the community talking down about PVHS, teachers running for the hills because they are too chicken or stuck up to stay and help the school grow and succeed. Acting like Park View is sitting in the middle of the projects. Seriously?!?
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2009

Honestly, a reason for the decreasing quality of Park View could be the increasing arrival of students who do not care to do well. I don't think it's fair how that group shadows the hard-working students. I am a student working hard to reach a 4.0, yet it doesn't seem to matter when that group gives our school a 'ghetto' reputation. Most people don't realize that our teachers really do try to encourage students to do well. It's because of the backgrounds from which those apathetic students come from. No matter how great a school they go to, only a few of those students can actually be transformed when they come from such backgrounds. It isn't fair how Park View suffers by getting the majority of these students. Being a student that sees this everyday, it saddens me how people see our school when they never look beyond the apathetic students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

I have a freshman at Park View High School and so far we have had a good experience. The teachers give the students every opportunity to get extra help or make up missed work. There are many clubs and activities for the students to get involved in. A school can only do so much, it is up to the Parents to encourage their children to do well and get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2007

Park View is a great school, and our teachers do a great job to make sure we know more than what we need to know for our future. They insure that they provide us with help before and after school, so we can pass our classes. Our teachers do have control on us.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2006

I think this is a terrible school. Most of the teachers don't care about the students. I have great safety concerns for the children there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2005

I personally think that the children run the school and the principal and vice principal have no control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

Park view high school is by far the best school i've seen in loudoun county. It has alot of teamwork, effort and it strives their students to great successes.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
89%
Algebra II

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
80%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
63%
Earth Science

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

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
76%
English: Reading

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

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
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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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
79%
World Geography

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

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World History I

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

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
91%
World History II

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

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students41%
Female students45%
Male students37%
Black students43%
Asian students54%
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
White students54%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English44%

Algebra II

All Students58%
Female students59%
Male students56%
Black students67%
Asian students72%
Hispanic44%
Multiracial60%
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English61%

Biology

All Students77%
Female students79%
Male students75%
Black students71%
Asian students83%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial83%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English82%

Chemistry

All Students63%
Female students61%
Male students66%
Black students64%
Asian students85%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students41%
Proficient in English69%

Earth Science

All Students70%
Female students63%
Male students77%
Black students79%
Asian students80%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English83%

English: Reading

All Students80%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black students68%
Asian students88%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English85%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students85%
Male students81%
Black students71%
Asian students88%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English86%

Geometry

All Students63%
Female students58%
Male students68%
Black students42%
Asian students73%
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English68%

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 Students70%
Female students66%
Male students74%
Black students50%
Asian students80%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English77%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students78%
Female students78%
Male students78%
Black students77%
Asian students90%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial80%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English85%

World History II

All Students72%
Female students68%
Male students76%
Black students58%
Asian students81%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial100%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English78%
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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  • Dr. Virginia Minshew

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  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming

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