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Madison High School

Public | 9-12 | 2002 students

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Posted January 30, 2008

This is a very over achieving high stressed and highly educated town. The sports programs are great but the Pricipal puts way too much emphasis on them and seems to favor the talented football and baseball players. More and more new teachers are previous Madison graduates and went to school with the principal. Being such an involved school, there is something for everyone, many many clubs and community opportunities. Parents are very involved in after school activities. The cirriculum is very intense - what they have to learn is much more intense than what friends high schools in other parts of the country are learning. Most graduates find college easier than high school. Great thing, it's not 'are you going to college' but 'where are you going to college'. A great school but can be intimidating for some
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2007

Madison High School is a very challenging and rigorous school. The students are highly motivated and competitive, which sometimes causes problems. Academically it is one of the top in the country, producing pass scrors on the AP exam ninety percent of the time. Overall a perfect school that balnces many activites at once.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 19, 2007

The school here is excellent when it comes to the academics. The teachers are challenging and push their students to do their best. A very strict, academic school is what every child needs to secure a future no matter how much they may not like it. Grades are the only thing that matter to me and my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

Political correctness and AP classes seem to be the only things this school cares about. It's also a very cold atmosphere where us parent have no input. However, the sports are alright and while my daughter is struggling here, my son is doing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2007

We hand picked Madison when we learned that we were moving to the area. I must say that all the hype is undeserved. Fairfax County schools, and Madison in particular, are focused exclusively on test scores. Students do not have to learn, simply regurgitate for the test and move on. Teachers are for the most part unimpressive and the school is dangerously overcrowded to the point where teachers are pushing carts from room to room because there aren't enough classrooms to go around. The administration is unresponsive at best. Teachers can choose whether or not to show daily announcements so students are uninformed. The course offerings are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

I am a freshman at Madison, and this is what, the second week of school. I must say that I have not been there long, but I love it. The teachers are tough,and overall great. Kids, sports, teachers are great. And trust me the school is lookin good after the renovations. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2005

Madison has proved to be a very tough school academically, although it's emphasis on AP classes is way too large. It's definately not an 'easy-A' type of school, you really have to work hard for the grades that you get. The music department is also incredible, they have a wonderful marching band and concert bands as well, although the emphasis placed on sports is crazy. From what I've seen of my daughter's school, it seems to be very much a 'preppy' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

This small community school can offer much more to the promising students it serves if the administration would hire qualified teachers. Some of the academic classes are taught by teachers with little or no experience or training. The science department lacks equipment and supplies to meet today's technology and advances especially in the living sciences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

My daughter attended Madison all 4 years - she loved it. I have to say that she always did feel like a poor person in comparison to the other families in the area, but all-in-all she received a good education which prepared her for college in a safe environment. Thank you Madison HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

A 'hometown' school, well supported by the community. Individual teacher quality varies. Only one out of four teachers of Honors classes for my ninth grader has gifted certification. Twice-exceptional children not well served. Principal not agreeable to providing supports to disabled children in Honors classes. One size fits all approach to meeting individual child's needs. Parents not encouraged to participate in planning successful IEP's. Little understanding or tolerance of individual differences and how they affect a child's ability to 'access' the curriculum. Teacher training optional. No accountability for qualifications of those who are in control of the curriculum. Adherence to Special Education regulations questionable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2005

Madison has some wonderful teachers, but the administration is a pain, very rigid, lots of dumb rules. Political correctness has a firm grip and forces kids to waste time doing silly things that prepare them for nothing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2004

I believe that the school is much better than many of the other schools in the area because of the enviroment the community gives the school. The school also has done a wonderful job of giving students a wide variety of electives, including Combating Intolerance, which has helped my class and I notice the problems that people have faced and face today, and is not just an easy A class.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 25, 2004

For good or ill, the curriculum at this school tends to be skewed heavily toward Advanced Placement courses. Very few academic courses besides AP courses compliment the base math/science/english/history curriculum. For example, no British Literature elective, no Geography elective, no European History elective. College-bound students, in order to be competitive for top universities, must take AP courses, beginning in 10th grade. Not all counselors stress this fact to their students, much to my surprise. For ill to be sure, political correctness has made inroads into the curriculum. For as I point out that there is no Geography or European History electives in the social studies department, there is a course called 'Combating Intolerance.' Give me a break. For the athletically inclined, the school invests very heavily into its athletic teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

We had 4 graduate from this school and each was given exceptional opportunities to learn through academic courses, clubs and sports. All 4 graduated from college and their only common complaint was that h.s. chemistry did not prepare them for college chem. Their mutual compliments go to the math and English departments--one of the kids took his degree in Applied Mathematics.
—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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

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

529 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

514 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

501 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

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

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
English: Writing

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

516 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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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.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

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 Students75%
Female students87%
Male students65%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students94%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English79%

Algebra II

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students92%
Black students91%
Asian students97%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial89%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English93%

Biology

All Students96%
Female students99%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students97%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English97%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female students97%
Male students92%
Black students73%
Asian students93%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial93%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English95%

Earth Science

All Students98%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities95%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students99%
Male students95%
Black students92%
Asian students95%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial92%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students98%
Female students100%
Male students96%
Black students100%
Asian students96%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial92%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities84%
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient students88%
Proficient in English98%

Geometry

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students95%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial86%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students78%
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 Students98%
Female students99%
Male students98%
Black students92%
Asian students96%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial100%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities93%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students83%
Proficient in English99%

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 Students96%
Female students98%
Male students93%
Black students80%
Asian students95%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English99%

World History II

All Students97%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students96%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial93%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English97%
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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Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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  • Mr. Mark Merrell

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  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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2500 James Madison Dr
Vienna, VA 22181
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