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Oakton High School

Public | 9-12 | 2244 students

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Posted April 2, 2006

Oakton is one of the best schools in the state. Not only are their academic programs and extra-curricular activities very rewarding, they have great sports, music, drama and newspaper. The only downside to the school is the speading out of the boundaries. Half of the students are from Herndon and have to travel about 20 minutes to school, while the other third are from the Oakton / Vienna areas where the level of income fluctuates greatly. While a majority of the students come from upper-middle-class families, some lower-income students exist as well, which is mainly where the racial / economical barriers are drawn. In terms of the guidance department, as a 2005 graduate I didn't care much for the guidance department. Overall, the school provides a great environment for all social groups and helps give students a great four years.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 8, 2006

My daughter has attended Oakton for 6 months, though not into sports, band or music, she has enjoyed her experience with the drama department. Most of her teachers are extremely well educated and professional. Blackboard is a tool on the internet that is used to keep the kids upto date on homework assignments, grades and activites that are available. Emails are sent to parents regularly if a student has failed a test or is failing a class. Sports is very competitive so prepare early if you wish to get on any team. This is a large school but very well organized and safe. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Excellent teaching faculty, good selection of AP classes, nationally ranked high school. Only downside is large size can be tough for quieter kids or kids who feel overwhelmed easily.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 18, 2005

Oakton is a school that provides academic and atheletic opportunities that strongly support each other (being smart and a jock are not mutually exclusive). While cliques exist, they intermingle and coexist with few problems. Regarding the racial issue, the reason why racial lines exist is because most of the whites come from one middle school while most of the minorities come from another. Thus, preexisting friendships and groups carry over from middle school. Even then, by senior year, many of the boundaries are broken down. My friends and I are class of 2001 graduate and now a college graduates with great entry level jobs (every one of them); that should be some indication of the education Oakton can provide. Not to mention it high school provided some of the best moments of my life. ~2001
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 18, 2005

Large but orderly school that's very clean and academically diverse. High academic standards and safe environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

Oakton High is a great school. It has a great academics program, a great athletics program and a great music program. The SOL scores are high, the sports teams do well yearly and the orchestra, band and chorus do well in their competitions.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2005

Teacher quality was uneven, some subjects rather weak. Otherwise the school environment was safe and encouraging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

Oakton is a wonderful school, I would highly suggest any student going there. There are many AP and GT classes to choose from, and the athletics are great as well. For students who are not athletic, Oakton has an incredible band, choral, and strings department. For those who are neither athletically nor musically inclined, there are many other after school programs, whether it be honor societies, the step team, or student government, there are so many to choose from. While it is true that racially the groups at Oakton are somewhat separated, they all coexist peacefully and do this by their own choosing. Most kids end up having loose cliques of friends based off of their after school activities anyways. OHS runs a tight ship in terms of discipline, so students feel very protected. The only downside is the guidance department, but even so Oakton is incredible and highly suggested.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 13, 2005

Oakton is one of the best schools in the state. They have an excellent and very challenging academic program. This coupled with one of the best sports programs in the state. Also, this school is very fun to attend. The enviornment is awesome and the school pride is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2005

Oakton is an excellent school with courses that challange students with a range of abilities. It has excellent music (band and chorus) teachers and facilities. There do not appear to be any significant disciplinary problems. Two of my kids have attended the school (one already graduated) and both have enjoyed it. I have no problem recommending it as an excellent school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2005

This school is a racial school (black students, white students, asians, etc. are divided into groups). This is a terrible school for non-athletic students, but OK for athletic stduents because some athletic groups are good. I do not recommend this school for smart students who want to learn a lot. For students that only care about sports and other activities and do not care about grades, this school will suit them. Also, the teachers are so used to being fooled and lied to, they don't trust the most responsible students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2003

The principal and much of the staff are highly qualified.
—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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

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

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Reading

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

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

515 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

533 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

552 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students74%
Female students77%
Male students72%
Black students64%
Asian students86%
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English71%

Algebra II

All Students83%
Female students84%
Male students81%
Black students55%
Asian students93%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial82%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English84%

Biology

All Students98%
Female students99%
Male students97%
Black students88%
Asian students98%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial96%
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities91%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English99%

Chemistry

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students95%
Black students87%
Asian students96%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English97%

Earth Science

All Students89%
Female students82%
Male students95%
Black students90%
Asian students93%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English93%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students98%
Male students96%
Black students100%
Asian students98%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial95%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students82%
Proficient in English98%

English: Writing

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities91%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English98%

Geometry

All Students88%
Female students90%
Male students86%
Black students64%
Asian students92%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial92%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English89%

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 Students94%
Female students93%
Male students95%
Black students88%
Asian students93%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English95%

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 students96%
Male students97%
Black students89%
Asian students97%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial94%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient students89%
Proficient in English97%

World History II

All Students96%
Female students96%
Male students96%
Black students92%
Asian students97%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial95%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities89%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient students88%
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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. John Banbury

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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2900 Sutton Rd
Vienna, VA 22181
Phone: (703) 319-2700

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