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Oakton High School

Public | 9-12 | 2244 students

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Posted September 8, 2014

Oakton is an excellent school, but needs work to stay on top against competition from other excellent schools in FCPS. Let's get the bad out of the way first. 1. The principal is totally MIA. I have NEVER seen him at a school event, and my kid has only ever seen him once, at a football game. Being used to other FCPS schools this shocked me, and is a red flag. The principal is like the standard bearer of an army: if they are missing, something is not right. 2. The facility is decrepit. For example, mice in the science labs and mold in the bathrooms (which was only resolved when the students kicked up a stink about it and went public) Now for the good: 3. The teachers are very good. Core subjects taught very well and electives strong too. Too many good ones to name but Sharkoffmadrid was a standout in Art History and Jones was a Latin rock star. I'm told Jones was pushed out and ended up at Flint Hill, which if true would be another strike against the administration: she was Teacher of the Year material.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2014

Attending from 2008-2012, there was little support for clubs and extra curricular activities, with the majority of which being self funded by students. While money was tight due to the economy. The teachers are okay, there was a good number of engaging faculty members that challenged and worked with the students, however there seemed to always be at least one or two teachers per department who were, in a way, under-performing in their duties as educators. As far as the principal leadership goes, it seems like the principal and his staff members were at a disconnect with the other faculty and the students. The severe lack of personal involvement by the administrators was evident in that they were only present for the handing out of disciplinary action and then putting students on their way instead of trying to seek a reform. The school social structure is divided in two segments. There are two types of students a person can be, with little overlap. AP students hardly mingle with general education students, leading to a system where general students wouldn't seek to challenge themselves, for the fear of entering what would seem like a whole new school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2014

its a poor school now. Parents obviously don't understand anything that is really going on. most teachers are terrible few are tolerable. in each of my years, I have had one teacher I have actually looked forward to seeing and learning. Most teachers just give you filler packets and then slightly alter them and give them to you as homework and then give tests on completely different material
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2013

I'm constantly amazed at how poorly run this school is. Oakton has a reputation for graduating students for some of the finest colleges and universities. However my daughter's teacher scheduled a field trip to NYC that conflicts with SAT testing. Hello, anybody home there?? Apparently no one is responsible for approving this, or they are just incompetent and not checking for conflicts like this. Guess the parents must be amazing to offset incompetence like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

I've had 4 kids go through Oakton and have been a parent of a student since 2000. Really great school. A few complaints - we hit bad teachers only in math, but consistently one of the kids had a bad math teacher from 2000 - 2011. They dropped Honors classes around 2008 forcing all kids into AP everything or gen ed. Gen ed was ridiculously easy and AP was ridiculously hard so there was no happy medium for the kids. Also lots of emphasis and support of the sports teams but little support for any other student activity. Otherwise, this is a school to be proud of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

Great school. My son is a rising senior and my daughter will enter the school in a year. My son has nothing but great things to say about his teachers, peers and coaches. He gets good grades and the teachers challenge him and he has a lot of homework and exams/quizzes but that's why it's a great school...because the teachers care. Yes, there are a lot of rich families and the school have clicks and as a parent, I don't care for that either. However, there are average families with good kids as well. You just have to look.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2012

To start off If I I could give the school a zero I would. Although Oakton high seems to be the top rank school in Fairfax county it is way over rated. Oakton gets the high marks due to high AP testing results that have nothing or very little to do with teachers. My experience with teachers has been a average experience there are some good ones that I really liked and some ok ones and some horrible ones that I dont think should have jobs there. I ran across 3 horrible ones in 3 years. The reason for the high AP scores are from tutors that parents higher. I Knew people that had tutoring multiple days a week. I can only imagine that there were some people that had it 5 days or more. Oakton seems to be controlled by money in almost all areas. The people with money can pay for tutoring multiple days a week while the people with little money are left to fending for themselves. Some teachers stay after school regularly and that helps but generally there are multiple students there as well. Some teachers you will have to stay on them for just a little help. It is really hit or miss. I also ran across several cheaters at the school. The students are rich and dont care for anyone but them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2011

Oakton is a fantastic school. When I moved back to Fairfax, it was in the top 100 for Newsweek's rankings but has since fallen out of the listing. Don't know why. It is a challenging school and very competitive which can be stressful for the kids. I think my kids have benefited from the competition. Cafeteria is pretty bad (according to my children) but what school cafeteria isn't? The school is very supportive and builds in plenty of opportunities for the children to excel (i.e. Cougar Time and Collaboration days). Teachers stay late to work with kids after school hours most days. All in all, I am happy that we moved close to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

One word to describe OHS. Cliquey. Jocks and preps are all very numerous and annoying.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2011

My daughter has attended Oakton for 3 1/2 yrs. She is a senior this year. We LOVE OHS! Wonderful, dedicated teachers! Student body is very diverse which has been a positive attribute. OHS offers many activities. I do look forward to remodeling. The school is an old building however the class rooms have recent technology for teaching/ learning. My daughter has many wonderful & well rounded friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

Oakton has been a great disappointment to me. First of all, hardly any of the students are motivated and just text or listen to their iPods during class. Even though I am taking all honors and am two years ahead of the normal math sequence, my classes still seem completely elementary and are not stimulating at all. My teachers are subpar and don't really know what they are talking about. They are also condescending and treat their students like they're kindergartners. I tried switching out of a class because the teacher was just unbearable, but the administration and guidance departments are just simply not there. I received no help at all and was told I would have to just deal with it. I am a freshman and luckily applying to several independent schools so I can spend as little time at Oakton as possible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

I'm currently a sophomore at Oakton High School and just moved here from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. I lived in Vienna 6 years ago so I'm not completely new in the area, however virtually all of my peers were new to me. At first Oakton seemed terrible to me and I assumed that was just because I was new. It's been a month to the day now since I started at Oakton and it has actually gotten worse in my eyes. I've even had several confrontations with students who were acting snotty, arrogant, and condescending, and unwelcoming. Also, I do not believe that the wealth of Oakton's residents contributes too much to the attitudes of students because I was new in Austin just a few years ago in an area less diverse, and more wealthy than Oakton and I didn't encounter this problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2008

Im a current student, sophmore, at oakton high school. I agree with most of the other reviews. Oakton is a very competitive and hectic school. Basically, slackers won't survive. The atmosphere is not really relaxed due to the tough, non ten point grading system that we have. Everyone is striving for their absolute best. We, the students, are overly uptight about grades and stressed out. Oakton high school is a very good school academic and sports wise but its really competitive so outsiders, new students, have a hard time catching up and making friends. The cliques are terrible here too. Most people are obsessed with material things such as clothing. (ex: Hollister). I encourage new students to hope for the best and try their hardest to keep up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2008

I'm a parent of a current Oakton student and have been disappointed in my interactions with the student body, coaches, and staff. Luckily my child is a great athlete and good student; but for the most part, kids just slide through the system. It is supposedly very competitive in both academics and athletics but I think the hype is the higher than average income of the families who feed into the school. For the most part the kids are snotty and cliquey. Too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

I'm a junior at Oakton right now and I just recently moved to Northern Virginia. I must admit that I felt very out of place from the day I walked into the school. Coming from a smaller community, I was quite unprepared for the hectic and overly-competitive atmosphere. I gave Oakton a fair chance, but it was quite disappointing. The atmosphere is very unwelcoming and somewhat aloof and none of the students/staff really made me feel welcome. The school is full of cliques, and many of the kids are snobby and stuck-up. The school is extremely competitive in all aspects: sports, academics, etc. This is probably due to the wealthy community in which these students live. I found the school to be kind of a 'sink or swim' situation. It's hard to make friends and break into the tight circle of cliques. I don't recommend this school to the average student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2008

Great school and athletic dept. My brother is there now and is doing a great job in preparing for his college experience.


Posted January 15, 2008

I was really not impressed with Oakton. I felt the atmosphere was very unwelcoming and many of the students are in their tight knit cliques. It was a huge disappointment after all of the positive things I have heard. The leadership is lacking.


Posted April 24, 2007

This school has been a huge disappointment, and has not at all lived up to its billing. Students are generally treated as if each one is a problem. Average students are simply moved through the system. Gifted kids are completely ignored. Your child has to be tough and resilient to find their place. The teachers are a mixed bag. Some of the teachers are fabulous, but many talented teachers have left. Knowing what I know now, I would have insisted on enrolling my child in some other county high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2007

Our child will be graduating from Oakton this spring, and he has had a very positive high school career at OHS. The academics are phenomenal, and the AP courses that he took have prepared him well for a challenging college curriculum. The teachers are very involved and well qualified. The music program is fantastic, and provided many leadership opportunities. We found the level of parental involvement to be very high, with many volunteer opportunities available. The safety at the school, which was very important to us, is very good. The education available at OHS stacks up well to any private school education I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Self-motivation is a must for students who go here!
—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".

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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.

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Algebra II

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

543 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Earth Science

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

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English: Reading

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

518 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English: Writing

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

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

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World History I

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

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World History II

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

552 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
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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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  • Mr. John Banbury

Programs

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

Resources

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Transportation options
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  • Gym
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Orchestra
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  • Dance
  • Drama
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2900 Sutton Rd
Vienna, VA 22181
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