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Woodbridge, VA
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14051 Spriggs Rd
Woodbridge, VA 22193

(703) 580-4000
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August 06, 2014
I went to Hylton this past school year 2013-2014. I went for my freshman year and I was in the CISL program. The idea of the CISL program is great, but the expectations are ridiculous. I knew a lot of kids who ended up dropping out of it because they couldn't maintain good enough grades to stay in the program. I however didn't drop out because I like a challenge but I ended up having a breakdown because at one point my grades were terrible. I took all Pre AP classes, a language class, and one elective. Mind you, I used to be a straight A student but last year ended up having Cs, Ds, and even an F on my last quarter grade. Most of my teachers were great, but there is always that one teacher that's like the devil. Also, most of the teachers don't update their fusion pages as much as they say they do, which makes it hard to know what assignments are supposed to be done. As long as you mind your business you won't have any drama or problems with any of the students. There is a lot of favoritism between some students and the teachers. Other than that its a pretty good school. The class sizes are huge and last year a lot of classes ended up in the trailers.

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2014
I wrote a review earlier this year as a parent with a student who just finished the 9th grade this past June. Here are my thoughts: 1. I don't understand the homework policy for the PreAP classes. Seems to me they cram a bunch of things in and do not tailor to student learning styles. I understand each student should work hard but boring them to death is not the answer either. 2. The online parent portal is not updated as often as it should be. I shouldn't have to hunt down a teacher for days/weeks to get answers about my student's true grade. Makes it really hard to keep up with progress. Kids forget all the time right? I'm here to support and help. 3. I would appreciate more consistency with the weighting of grades. It makes no sense to assign 20 classwork and homework assignments worth .5 pts but an exam is worth 3xs the grade. What I've found is even though the weight is low, a NHI is still detrimental to the grade. How is that possible? Overall I did have some challenges however the counselor was awesome and always stepped in when I needed her. The SOL reviews on Saturdays and daily in April were great as well. I do believe the teachers cared.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
Putting my third and final child through Hylton at the moment, teachers are amazing and my son is a straight A student so this is not some parent who's child is having issues. Completely disappointed with the administration, so very sad that all they are concerned about is their athletics dept.. If your child plays sports and is considered good than this is the school for them. As long as they can help bring in the price of a ticket at the door then your child will do fine and be aided in whatever they choose to do. The decline has only happened in the last several years, good luck to all who have to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
They aren't as good as they say they are. They don't care about their students but their reputation. They don't care if their students are suffering from mental illnesses. If a student makes one mistake they are thrown out like trash. They don't clearly state information and lie over and over. I am a student at Hylton and I'm not trying to say its a bad school but it's not doing what it's suppose to do. They're trying to take out students who deserve to stay and keeping kids who are a actual threat.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2013
Family has been attending Hylton for the past 10 years, unfortunately it keeps getting worse (as you can see by the other ratings). I would always say it used to be the best school in PWC hands down. The principal is not supportive nor does he have the students best interest in mind, the same goes for the counselor (s). If a parent and student know what is best and where they want their education to go, why would that not be supported? The Atheletics Department coaches pick who they want for their teams, not who is better for the team. (this is the norm; however, unfortunate). My problem is be consistent with each student, you can't do for one and not the other. Parents talk!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Used to be a very good High School - has gone downhill ever since the new principal started. Questionable activity in classrooms (recent case of several students being caught with substances and learning the use had occurred all throughout the year).

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
TV production and the CISL program are real draws. The new principal is slow in making impact and leadership. Mrs Custard made connections with the students and parents and this school is not what it was under her watch. Class sizes are large and classroom management in regular classes is often poor. There are pockets of outstanding teachers. Certainly one of the better schools in eastern PWC but still has room to improve.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2012
The school is huge and being a public school, they have to educate ALL the kids. As you'd guess, that means that regular classes are full of not so motivated kids with all kinds of issues. Class sizes are often over 30 and the teachers, while trying, have to teach to the lowest level. If your child is average or above, you will need to fight to get them in the right classes. Don't buy the mantra that Virginia schools are top in the nation, because as you know, there is more to school quality than testing. Just keep fighting. A kid could get a good education at this school, but only if their parents are paying attention.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
C D Hylton is an excellent school. Our rising junior has had 16 great teachers to include the gifted program. She has learned so much I. Academis, clubs and sports from great teachers and coaches. The front office has the friendliest staff that are very professional. It is the most diverse school in PWC which enhances her culturally. CISL, Chorus, MUN, AFJROTC are some of the many greats of the school. The new principal gave a truly inspiring speech at this year's graduation. Great school which deserves a much higher rating.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
My child just graduated from Hylton. I do not like the new principal and was disappointed that the previous principal that my child had from 9th thru 11th grade was not there for graduation. There is one administrator who I think is very unprofessional. Also, there are many staff members who show favoritism. The staff should treat each student equally. Hylton needs alot of improvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Hylton is a wonderful school! The teachers really care for you and want you to succeed. plus, the CISL program is great and gives you new perspective on how to view other cultures and tradions

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2011
Hands down the best public school in Prince William William county!! My daughter entered Hylton as an EMR/Special Needs student. The Administrators and Staff set high goals early on for her and she met each and every one with flying colors. She graduated this past June 2011 and is now pursuing a degree in Health Information Managment. Mrs. Custard was able to successfully connect with her students, their parents as well as her staff; she is a rare gem indeed. My only regret is that my youngest daughter will not have the pleasure of entering Hylton student under her leadership. Go Bulldogs!!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2009
My son graduated from Hylton in 2005 and went on to complete college with honors in 2009. My daughter is a student there now. I think the best guage of a school is do the kids want to be there and the answer is a resounding yes. Why, because it's safe, the Principal walks the talk and her staff are aligned with her. Students are held accountable and they are challenged daily.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2009
Hylton is a wonderful school. Strict, yes, but that is why it is a great school. Mrs. Custard keeps the student under control. There is not another school that I would want my children to go to. It is safe, the staff is wonderful and caring. Teachers care about the students and their education. My children came out a better person. Both of my children had Dennis Brown for band and marching band and I could not think of a better person to have taught them music and things about life. Hylton is an awesome school and I rate it superior. Keep up the good work Mrs. Custand. You are great.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
they are very rude and too strick for my kids

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
As a recent graduate from C.D. Hylton High School I can't be more proud of the education I received there. Mrs. Carolyn Custard is strict but fair, always willing to listen to everyone and make the most of any situation. The teachers there run the gambit of the good to bad scale, but many of my past teachers were amazing. While any school has some bad teachers Hylton always puts her best foot forward. The student body at Hylton is diverse and well rounded. One thing I'm proud of the school is how much they get students involved with afterschool programs. No matter what you like as a student, there is something for you. The students themselves are wonderful. I never felt threatened or less than others. The CISL program is great and helps students in numerous ways. If you are looking for a school in Prince William county, stop by.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 23, 2008
I am a freshman at Hylton. The school is awesome. The teachers work hard to help you. The upperclassmen help you not push you around. I am in the CISL (Center for International Study of Languages) program it is a great program that guides you in the right direction to get you into college and have fun as well. Hylton is a great place to be and I'm glad I transferd there from my base scholl Garfield.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
The students are passionate, active in their community and school, and the principal is an excellent example of school spirit. The CISL program is an incredible experience that inspires students to take more AP classes, and to immerse themselves into other cultures through travel, exchange programs, and language requirements. The school is safe, there aren't many problems between students, and the staff is friendly.

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2008
I had two students to attend C. D. Hylton! Go Bulldogs! One son graduated in 2005 and a daughter in 2007, but she was suppose to graduate in 2008. She finished in three years. The school has great administration and awesome commaderie and teamwork. The Principal is great as well! A real leader. I can't wait until my six grader gets to be a Bulldog!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
This is a great high school The commitment of the teachers is outstanding. The course selection is like being in college. The extra curricular opportunities are outstanding. Can't say enough great things!!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
I am a senior, and have been here for three years. The past school that I went to was Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. The teachers here and take the time to talk to you if you are falling behind...and yes the principle here is awesome, shes is like a second mom to me. I have to agree, they should let up on the attendance rules that they have, but Ive been on time to class everyday for two years...When I was at Robinson you could rome in late to class, and some of the teachers would not care, and do nothing, but at Hylton, if your late you go straight to your admin, and get a detention. Well, cant wait to grauate...GO DAWGS!

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2008
The specialty program for International Studies and Languages (CISL) at Hylton is extremely well run thanks to Margaret Holt. This school offers and extensive array of AP courses and has a Social Studies Department that is second to none. Eighteen of the twenty-one teachers my daughter has had in the last three years range from very good to phenomenal. Hylton offers great diversity where not only are differences tolerated, they are celebrated and respected. Behavior standards are high yet students are able to relax and enjoy themselves. The list of extra-curricular programs is mind boggling. The only weakness I have encountered is in their administrative staff. I would highly recommend this school to anyone contemplating one of their programs.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 25, 2007
I'm not a parent, but I did attend CD Hylton Senior High school...and loved it! I have gotten into my share of trouble at Hylton, but in the end, I appreciated it, because it made me realized how much the faculty actually cared about my actions and well-being. I would not be able to make the same comment about my previous high school...

- submitted by a former student
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2005
Like most high schools in metropolitan Washington D. c. Hylton offers quite an array of courses for it's students. Sports activities are some of the best in the state. there is a swmall core that performs at a very high academic level. Teaching staff is adequate and class size is normal.

- submitted by a staff
July 18, 2005
By far the best experience I have ever had Hylton provides students with a quality education and spirited atmosphere were studentd can achieve thier true potential if they work hard. I am a student and there is no other place I would like to recieve my education from than Hylton.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2005
Hylton High school is not a very good school. first of all they are very strict and they need to lighten up on the rules and less strict punishment Not to mention the teachers at the school, now dont get me wrong, some of the teachers are great, some of the best teachers I've ever. and u dont get detention you go straight to saturday school i mean COME ON give us a break. were their to learn not to sit in a room for 4 hours and do nothing! ~karen

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2005
I'm not a parent, but I'm a student! I love Hylton! I think it's the greatest school! The teachers are fantastic and the afterschool activities are wonderful! The principal is the greatest I've ever had! She is fantastic!

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
March 25, 2004
We have three children that graduated from this school. All have gone on to college and successful endeavors. I was never worried about their safety or the quality of education that they were receiving. The extra-curricular activities that they participated in (football, band, drama) were among the best in the state, and they were led by adults who truly cared about my child. I did not find parental notification to be a problem. In fact just the opposite. We have since moved to a different area of the country and realize even more just how outstanding PWC and CD Hylton are in providing a good environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I think that the new princiapl (Mrs. Custard) is doing a great job but has a lot of work in store for her not only in staying on top of the students but the administrators and teachers as well as both the administrators and teachers do an awful job at parent notification, it seems to me that once the kids get out of middle school in Prince William County that the teachers/administrators just don't care anymore.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2003
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C.D. Hylton High School
14051 Spriggs Rd, Woodbridge, VA  22193
(703) 580-4000
Last modified C.D. Hylton High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
C.D. Hylton High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top