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C.D. Hylton High School

Public | 9-12 | 2237 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 8, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 22, 2009

they are very rude and too strick for my kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

680 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Earth Science

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

501 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Reading

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

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

546 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

639 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
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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n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
World History I

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

651 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
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World History II

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

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students80%
Female students84%
Male students76%
Black students77%
Asian students92%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial81%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English82%

Algebra II

All Students69%
Female students71%
Male students66%
Black students60%
Asian students74%
Hispanic60%
Multiracial76%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English69%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students82%
Black students83%
Asian students91%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial85%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English87%

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian students100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial87%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students85%
Proficient in English90%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students90%
Black students84%
Asian students76%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial88%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English89%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students89%
Black students88%
Asian students95%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial93%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students88%
Black students89%
Asian students95%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial91%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students80%
Female students79%
Male students81%
Black students73%
Asian students97%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial80%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students74%
Proficient in English81%

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 students79%
Asian students94%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial95%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English89%

World Geography

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History I

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students82%
Black students80%
Asian students92%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial87%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English85%

World History II

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students83%
Black students77%
Asian students85%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial81%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English84%
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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  • Rock band
  • Theory

Language learning

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  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Mr. David Cassady

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  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
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  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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Woodbridge, VA 22193
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