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Freedom High School

Public | 9-12 | 1921 students

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Posted May 4, 2014

I can see why this school has 3 out 10 rating. My son has told me on several occasions how the teachers are disrespected by students. I contact teachers and it can take up to a week to hear from them, if I do at all. This school needs a make over for sure. My son has a teacher who fails everyone. Sounds as if the teacher needs replaced not the students being judged. Im really considering transporting my son to another school next year just so he can get a better education. After having his lunch stolen, clothing stolen and a locker he doesnt use because its too far between his classes. I wonder if anyone in this school cares. I have met with the principal, teachers an security advisors and they all say " they are high school kids, we are used to it." Im worried for the future of this school. As of now it has no accreditation. Seems to me the parking space needs a new car in it, if you know what I mean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

I am a senior at Freedom so I know firsthand being a student there, the struggle the school has faced. However, it's what you make of it. Freshman year, I realized in school I would have to fight for what I have always wanted :success. I'm happy to say I did that. Freshman yearI joined the dance team which taught me how to love something but not focus so much on it that my grades slipped. Sophomore year I began taking AP and Pre-AP classes that were challenging and the work was challenging. Junior year I lettered again in academics and was nominated for Youth Salute and made it. This year as as senior I am very proud to say I will graduate on time, and have been offered scholarship money to go to school because of ACADEMICS. I have been accepted into George Mason University with a 3.7 GPA that I maintained while dancing for the team and working a part-time job. Who would've thought such a story would come out of Freedom, the school who "has everything wrong." You just have to go in as you would any other place in life, with confidence, motivation, dedication and hunger for success. You can succeed wherever you go, it's just all what you make of it and you CHOOSE to rise above.


Posted January 19, 2014

Freedom High School is one of the worst schools in the county. I transferred over from a high school in the state of South Carolina and since then I have failed to realize why the teachers here are teaching information 2 months behind schedule, In the Pre-AP classes! I came about 3 months into the school year and for the next 2 months I relearned the same information I was taught at the beginning of the year in my old school. This isn't the only issue either. Kids at this school show no respect to the teachers when the teacher tells the class to be quiet it takes up to 3 minutes of the class quieting down. I singed up for all AP and Pre-AP courses and if the students in those classes misbehave and act up I would hate to see the students in regular courses. As a parent I would look into other schools in the district because Freedom is not well suited for a child who wants a great education, learning environment, and many educational choices. This school only boasts 2 foreign language classes which are needed to be taken to achieve a advance diploma, so if you want to take a language other than French and Spanish you will have to look into the other schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2013

I am a Freedom Parent and am VERY happy with the school. Indeed, it needs attention, particularly with graduation rates, but this is due to the immigrant population that attends freedom. What most people do not understand is that students aren't "graduating" because the school is failing somehow, but because of the transient nature of the immigrant students-many (and I mean MANY) do not stay at the school TO graduate. Their families move to other areas or back to their countries. So, Freedom is NOT a school of failing kids--but dealing with a very special circumstance that NO OTHER school in PWC deals with. My child has just completed his first year at Freedom, in Pre-AP and advanced courses. He was challenged, nurtured, tended to, and made to feel a part of the Freedom Family. Schools in transition require a community willing to respond to their needs. Whatever school a child attends is made BETTER by parental involvement. Freedom has suffered YEARS of a bad reputation that simply does not exist. The school is cutting edge, having launched SEVERAL initiatives that were taken COUNTY WIDE (like Touch Base, for instance) and has impressed THIS highly educated parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

I'm not so certain about Freedom. While I have a middle school student I am looking at the different high school in the area. For now, I am going to say we will not be attending Freedom. I have heard from many PWCS staff that the class of 2013 only graduated 200 students out of 400-500 students in the class. Whether it be 400 or 500 that is a huge number and brings many questions to mind. I do not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

I have been going to Freedom High School for 2 years now. I came to this school for two reasons:one was a education and two the baseball team. I have herd too many people say that freedom sucks at this and freedom sucks at that and i came to make a difference in the schools baseball and not just that but also the atmosphere. DO NOT LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE THAT SAY THERE ARE FIGHTS EVERYDAY!!!. They are wrong i have been there for many days during school and after and i think that i have only seen one fight in my two years i have been going. I mean come on, like there is not a school in America that does not have fights. We are just normal students trying to make a difference because we are tired of the hate and the jokes about are school saying we suck and we are not intelligent. We actually have better SAT and SOL scores then Potomac and Wood bridge High Schools. From one experience too another i hope this helped you think twice about OUR SCHOOL.(FREEDOM PRIDE). p.s join the baseball team thanks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2012

I've had several children attend this school so far because of zoning, and every one of them has complained about the lack of attention that teachers, guidance, and administrators give. The sports program is an absolute joke. The coaches claim they have backgrounds in the sport, yet, when I attended reward ceremonies, some of the "coaches" admitted that they did not know a thing about the sport in which they were supposed to coach. The football and baseball coaches are obviously oblivious as to how to teach and train athletes. Unless you ve had some experience in football or baseball elsewhere, don t expect your child to learn anything from these guys. The academics is another fiasco. Students are pigeon-holed into programs and classes without any flexibility. It's virtually impossible to get any satisfaction during any parent-teacher conference because the teachers all come with an attitude that they know better than the parent how the child behaves. This is the worst public school in the area, and I would not be surprised if it was not the worst in the entire country. I will not send any more children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2011

At the beginning of the school year, my son was very excited to be attending this school. However, there have been many frightening instances of drug use, gang-related bullying, and daily fights that continue to the point where my son is afraid to go to school despite being straight A. We are looking for a safer place for our child. This place is NOT it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Freedom has gotten a raw deal for the past four years from those who continue to hold on to the past. Since Dr. Walts brought in the new Administrative team four years ago, Freedom has made AYP each year, made the highest academic gains of all high schools in the county, the 1st to introduce new programs(Novanet) and receive 2.5 million dollars in college scholarships last year. The surrounding community is beautiful and students are eager to learn when they enter the building. Hats off to the 2008-2009 Admin team and faculty members. Job well done!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 12, 2008

Freedom High's instrumental program has the potential to become one of the best in the county. Despite the rough transition caused by the change in staff, the band continues to improve and grow. The students are even attempting to create new after-school instrumental groups in order to get others interested in our program!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2008

Great school with SUPER NEW facilities. Caring teachers helped make my son at home during a difficult family transition. Academics are rigorous with lots of opportunities for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

Freedom has a really great instrumental music program. I've improved a great deal only after a few weeks in school during my freshman year. The band is a great, hard-working group who is continuing to build a great tradition of extra-superior performances.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

My son is enrolled in the AP classes and CENS program here. So far I am very impressed with Freedom. My son seems to be enjoying school thus far, and after I met his teachers during the open house, I was impressed with their positive attitudes and qualifications!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

freedom is new and has a great variety of teachers as well as classes. The freshmen orientation program is great and they really welcome the students in.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

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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.

465 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Algebra II

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

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Earth Science

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

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
79%
English: Reading

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

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%
Virginia and United States History

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

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
World Geography

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%
World History I

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

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History II

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

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students68%
Female students69%
Male students66%
Black students67%
Asian students77%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial71%
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English68%

Algebra II

All Students80%
Female students80%
Male students79%
Black students73%
Asian students95%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial88%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English80%

Biology

All Students74%
Female students71%
Male students76%
Black students75%
Asian students81%
Hispanic72%
Multiracial71%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English79%

Chemistry

All Students64%
Female students65%
Male students62%
Black students58%
Asian students82%
Hispanic57%
Multiracial94%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English70%

Earth Science

All Students71%
Female students70%
Male students71%
Black students66%
Asian students84%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial85%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English73%

English: Reading

All Students78%
Female students78%
Male students79%
Black students77%
Asian students89%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English84%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students89%
Male students79%
Black students83%
Asian students92%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English87%

Geometry

All Students62%
Female students61%
Male students63%
Black students61%
Asian students83%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial71%
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English61%

History and Social Science

All Students100%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities100%
Proficient in English100%

Math

All Students81%
Female studentsn/a
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities81%
Proficient in English86%

Science

All Students31%
Female studentsn/a
Male students23%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities31%
Proficient in English29%

Virginia and United States History

All Students80%
Female students77%
Male students83%
Black students79%
Asian students93%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial87%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students78%
Proficient in English81%

World Geography

All Students93%
Female students88%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English94%

World History I

All Students82%
Female students81%
Male students82%
Black students82%
Asian students92%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial100%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English83%

World History II

All Students74%
Female students65%
Male students82%
Black students74%
Asian students83%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial73%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English79%
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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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Assistant principal(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Inez Bryant

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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15201 Neabsco Mills Rd.
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Phone: (703) 583-1405

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