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James Wood High School

Public | 9-12 | 1304 students

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Posted August 30, 2013

James Wood High School is by far the best school in the Northwestern District. As a graduate many years ago with parents and siblings who also graduated successfully I feel my opinion could be viewed as slightly bias. Overall, some of the reviews I read below seem very harsh and written by individuals who had bad social experiences during their time at this school. It's high school though none are perfect and have their social issues. During my time attending this high school there seemed to be a true sense of unity among the student body and that unity can also be seen today around town. The teachers and administrators of this fine school have always gone the extra mile to help in many circumstances that I've personally had the pleasure of witnessing. As a successful graduate who went on to the college of my choice, graduate with honors, and get hired immediately out of college I truly can contribute some of that success to this great school. I'll always have my colonel pride.


Posted July 10, 2013

James Wood High School is very good. Most of the students are very good but there are some who aren't. But you find that in other high schools too. Most of the teachers are there for the students. They are willing to come in before school and stay after if you need help. The administrators and the teachers really want the students to graduate. I feel like James Wood is the county's best high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2013

The students and teachers alike are very disrespectful. The teachers act as immaturely as the students and will judge you based on what activities you do or don't do. Not only was it one huge popularity contest with all of your peers, it seemed like a good deal of the educators were also there to appear "cool" rather than to mediate and help ease potential conflicts, I.e. bullying. If you weren't into a sport and didn't wear hollister or American eagle clothes, you should count yourself out of any possible social life with seemingly normal students. There were many mentally diseased teenagers running around this school. They did things such as "cutting", suicide attempts, physically threatening other students, and a good number of students from James wood were put into mental wards. I am a four year student of james wood, and I highly suggest putting your teen in a school that doesn't run out of lunches by last period lunch. You should stay as far away as possible from this 'mental institute'. After what I have seen, and endured from going to school I can safely say I will never return for any reason, nor would I let my child attend this high school. **recent graduate**
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2013

The teachers are biased depending on what activities your involved in. Its a very laissez faire attitude when it comes to bullying and taking control of situations.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2012

I have two children who have attended James Wood HS and with the outstanding educational staff, both have exceeded in there educational goals. James Wood staff takes an individual interest in each students educational needs and works with them to see them excell. The Principal, staff and parents are all top-notch! The Athetic Association and Football program really enhance the James Wood sports. We left Fairfax County school district in order for our children to recieve an exceptional eduction in Frederick County...and to be able to enjoy the beauty of the area without the rat race;)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2010

The school and teachers are great. The students have a lot of disrespect for each other. The band director knows what he is doing, and is great. All together this school is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The staff is the best in Va. and any that I have ever met anywhere else across this cross country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

James Wood is Great, their football program is the best around - I have a junior and freshman that play and they love the coaches. The team spirit and team loyalty is really instilled in them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

i am/was/kind of a freshman at james wood (in an alternative school now), i was treated very unfairly by students and teachers alike. i am absolutely in love with the band, the director is amazing, he knows what a marching band is all about and he wants it right. he is brutal about it but thats the way its supposed to be. on the other hand, all of the students in the band shun anyone whos different or dont get along with many people. kind of like the rest of the school. the students love to gossip and spread rumors about everyone especially the kids who are different. if you dont have a group of friends to be with all the time, youre screwed. im sure i experienced this partially just because of the way i am personally, but i found it very wrong and upsetting and no one deserved that
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2008

This is a growing technological school with great teachers and a great administration team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

This is a Excellent school and the students are great.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Algebra II

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

219 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

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

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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World History I

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

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
World History II

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

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students43%
Female students46%
Male students40%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students41%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English43%

Algebra II

All Students77%
Female students79%
Male students74%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Chemistry

All Students89%
Female students87%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Earth Science

All Students80%
Female students77%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students91%
Male students80%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Geometry

All Students67%
Female students71%
Male students62%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

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 Students87%
Female students87%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

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 Students92%
Female students92%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

World History II

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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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161 Apple Pie Ridge Rd
Winchester, VA 22603
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