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Forest Park High School

Public | 9-12 | 2407 students

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Posted May 23, 2010

I am a parent of 10th grade student. We like this school. The Art and IT program teachers are great. Russian language teacher is awesome. Our son getting a good grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2014

I'm a Junior here. It's a pretty good school. The curriculum is excellent. They have a good IT program. Most of the teachers are okay. Some are different than others. Some teachers are just plain rude. Another con is a certain guidance teacher: she barely has time to respond to emails & whenever I visit her, she has an attitude. Some students lack hygiene and manners. There's always trash after breakfast , lunch & at the end of the day. Other than that, it's a pretty decent school. P.S. They need a pest control.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2013

I thought I had done my homework on this school, and still ended up being very disappointed. Forest Park may be good for the average student or those who could care less about the Arts, however, if your student requires gifted services or is interested in Theatre or Fine Arts, you are much better off applying to Woodbridge or another specialty program at a different school. The Theatre department is minimal with virtually no resources and very little parent involvement. The GT coordinator here does a good job communicating with parents, but the program itself has been a disappointment for our daughter. Our counselor also is lackluster and was very patronizing to my daughter. Math and Science instructors have been mostly standout, while English, Art and Theatre have all been quite disappointing. Also, this overpopulated school has an average administration, which has been pretty unimpressive any time I have had to deal with them. Activities for the graduating class of 2013 were cancelled due to lack of parental leadership. I would not recommend this school for anyone looking beyond just getting their diploma and getting out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

Forest Park High School is a phenomenal school. The expectations set by the administration and teachers is for student excellence and success. The school is welcoming for families, communicates effectively, supports student success and collaborates with the community. Parental engagement is my responsibility and this school provides many opportunities for me to be engaged in my son's learning. This school understands family-school partnerships. I would recommend FPHS to anyone. Proud Bruin parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

Gorgeous facility, enthusiastic teachers, IT magnet school and a beautiful setting across the street from National Forest--loved it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

I'm delighted that the parent of the previous posting has had such great responses from FPHS. We, too, have relocated here (from a larger school district), but have not found the guidance dept. to be of much help/use at all, nor the teachers and course selections very stellar in comparison. I will say, however, that I am totally onboard with our new principal, who's in his 2nd year. Our son started FPHS in 2005, and that principal kept us on the fence about the academic courses he was 'on the waiting list' for and never got in to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

Our son has attended Forest Park High School since 2004.Our relocation to VA caused him to make poor choices in friends and classes.The staff and guidance department at Forest Park went above and beyond to ensure that our son turn in the right direction. Without this 'village concept' our son would not have turned around. His teachers, coaches, guidance counselor and administrators all worked so he could see his true potential. If you want a school where your student is not just a number. Teacher's that not only care for the students but know their subject matter. Coaches that will counsel, academically motivate and nurture your athletes abilities than this is the right school. This school not only has terrific tests scores. They have a great soul!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

I am proud to say that I graduated from Forest Park in 2004! I was very involved in the iT program and extra-curricular activities. I was a member of the marching band (at the time one of the best-musically), and I co-founded the Forest Park Gospel Choir. I took the energy from my teachers to produce great experiences from the time I was a student at Forest Park and beyond. I really do sincerely believe the statement 'You are what you make it'. If you believe in hard work and sacrifices, your experiences will reflect that. Forest Park helped prepare me for college, and life in general. I knew every Administrator, many teachers down to security guards and members of the janitorial staff. While attending Forest Park I learned a lot about my major (and career) through class participation, extra-curricular activities, and personal discussions with my teachers. Forest Park laid the necessary foundations for me to be successful. Since I've graduated I found good jobs (traveling too!), and so far worked at one of the best radio stations in college radio, etc.... But overall Forest Park is a great school. No one can make students learn but the students. It comes from within.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 6, 2006

My daughter is a Freshman.I think the school is great. She has good teachers. She is involved in sports and looks forward to going to school. I never have to worry about her safety. She has met alot of great kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

My son entered this school as a sophomore. Overall, I have been pleased with the school. The guidance dept was not that helpful in ensuring that courses transferred properly unless it was to impose a local course requirement. My son participated in JV athletics, which applied the usual politics. Communication from the school is now via online newsletter rather than USPS. The county does have an awesome program where academic progress of students can be view online (Edulink). This is a wonderful way to track your students attendance, grades, course work,etc. I had high expectations of this fairly new school. Academically, my son is challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

I am apalled of the reviews. My daughter is a graduate of FP and she loved it there. The academics were the best they could be, and the instruction she received was from great teachers. There was not enough school spirit, not enough PEP rallies, so the students didn't provide support to their teams. All in all, it was a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2005

It saddens me to read the previous responses. Forest Park is a great school that offers many different outlets for students. It's IT program is great. The Graphic Dept. is excellent under Ms. Beavers and Mrs. Langs leadership. Granted there are teachers that are better than others, but you get that EVERYWHERE! Under the new helm of Principal, Mr. Brown, he is doing an excellent job making students accountable for their actions. School spirit has come a long way since it's opening in 2000. The students support each other. Ex: How many students went to the Championship game in the State run for girls basketball in Richmond? A lot. Forest Park is a great school, with a great PTO, great sports, clubs, and IT Program. I have had 1 child complete a successful 4 years, and now attends one of the nation's top university. Get involved. It might make a diference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

I have been very disappointed as a parent with Forest Park. From the beginning I went to all the IT meetings and was very excited by all I was told it would offer. Much of what was guaranteed has never materialized. There are some good teachers at Forest Park, but my children have told me that for the most part the only reason they have learned anything is that they have taught themselves. The administration has changed, but for the first four years the principal was extremely weak and this really hurt the school. There is absolutely no school spirit and when students try to change this they are booed! I had great expectations for Forest Park and I have been nothing but disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

I believe that this school is not right for students. My daughter comes home everyday complaining about how she was late to class because of the time between each class. I think is school is overcrowded, and if it is going to be overcrowded then there should be longer bell times in the hallyways between classes. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2004

Forest Park is a great school in that it is diverse in its social groups. I would say it lacks in the discipline area though. We all know that every school has its fights, but Forest Park had alot of fights.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 23, 2004

I am a student at Forest Park High School, and in my opinion, it is not a great school at all. The teachers and adminstration could care less about what happens to the students. But I will say that the student body itself, is very good. There are no 'social groups' and students rarely get into fights. We pretty much stick together.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 13, 2004

I was in the first freshman class of Forest Park High which means I was the first to attend FP for all four years. All in all, the school itself was very clean but the staff could use a little cleaning up, there were very good teachers that I learned life lessons from, but there were also many teachers that I learned nothing from. My biggest complaint would be that the school provides no help whatsoever when searching for colleges and beginning to apply. We only had about two weeks where in english class we did a section on college essays. The school had a small information center and a few college visits but nothing more. I enjoyed my years at FP, but only because I was very social. I also wish the principal would have been more social with the students, he is not a very good principal.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 24, 2003

I attended Forest Park High School from 2000-2003. My biggest criticism is due to several poor teachers that I had. While there are some very good teachers, there are some are irresponsible, don't take there job seriously, or are just bad at teaching. As a student, this was frustrating for me. My other major complaint is of the over-hyped Information Technology(IT) program. The program provides minimal college preparation. The IT program is basically only good for learning vocational skills/getting certificates and certifications for free that would cost money at a technical college. I feel that a strength of Forest Park is the diversity, as the school draws from both middle and upper middle class suburbs as well as working class neighborhoods. I am neutral on most other aspects of the school. Forest Park is doing some things right, but it is clear that there is much that can be improved.


Posted August 26, 2003

Excellent IT program, excellent teachers (Ms. Sweeney and Ms. Harrison are exemplary!), and the disciplinary system keeps the school safe.
—Submitted by a former 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.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra II

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

509 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

641 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Reading

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

614 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

611 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

665 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

597 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
96%
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.

625 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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93%

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88%

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World History II

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

584 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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86%

2011

 
 
77%

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92%
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 Students69%
Female students69%
Male students70%
Black students62%
Asian students84%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial61%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English70%

Algebra II

All Students75%
Female students71%
Male students79%
Black students62%
Asian students88%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial75%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Biology

All Students85%
Female students85%
Male students85%
Black students74%
Asian students93%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial89%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English88%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students93%
Black students86%
Asian students100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial90%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students91%
Proficient in English92%

Earth Science

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students90%
Black students84%
Asian students92%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial97%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English91%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students88%
Black students82%
Asian students94%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial91%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students94%
Male students89%
Black students88%
Asian students97%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial93%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English92%

Geometry

All Students73%
Female students71%
Male students75%
Black students53%
Asian students88%
Hispanic62%
Multiracial81%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English75%

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 Students91%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black students84%
Asian students94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial98%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English93%

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 Students89%
Female students89%
Male students89%
Black students78%
Asian students100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial93%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English91%

World History II

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students92%
Black students82%
Asian students95%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial98%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English91%
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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Visual arts
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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

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  • Latin
  • Spanish
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  • Eric V. Brent

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  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Auditorium
  • College/career center
  • Library
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  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track
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  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track

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15721 Forest Park Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Phone: (703) 583-3200

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