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Yorktown, VA
Students enrolled: 1,079

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9300 Geo Wash Mem Hwy
Yorktown, VA 23692

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(757) 898-0354
(855) 369-2614
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Map of York High School address.

August 29, 2015
I had one child graduate from YHS and one is currently a sophomore. The New Horizons Auto-tech program was what my oldest needed. I'm glad that was available. The marching band is fun and they won States Championships last year. The teachers do care about the kids. My kids are middle of the road kids academically. The teachers teach what's required of course, but many of them have real life conversations with the kids as well. I find the teachers and administrative staff to be friendly and helpful. We are a military family, and I'm pleased with our decision to send our children to this school.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2015
We are a military family and York High is the worst high school we have ever attended in our 20+ year in the USAF. Most of the teachers and certainly the principal are motivated toward assisting the children who come from the upper most income bracket. The school has a serious drug problem. One teacher has a reputation for passing only students that participate in sports; he is the coach! Students involved in choir, swim team or band never place in even regional competitions. Classroom behavior is a joke and does not help students trying to learn. One of my children is special needs and the IEP meetings were laughable. The special ed teachers are otherwise occupied and give little to no time to their students - they leave that to the aids, who are absolutely wonderful but working above their education and pay grade. Seriously, there is little good to say about York High. My advise is to live in the county so that your kids can attend Tabb High - better overall and the largest percentage of military kids. I love living in York County, but I'm glad my kids have put York High behind them!

- submitted by a community member

May 13, 2015
Great school....wonderful staff and teachers! A fantastic school and learning environment. All staff and teachers are a great influence on the students!

- submitted by a community member

July 30, 2014
York High School has so much to offer, it is a wonderful. The staff and teachers great. It is full of school spirit and great clubs and fun events. I am a senior this year. and I am going to miss this school so much

- submitted by a student

April 12, 2014
My son has went to this school for the last two years. He seems to like it.

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2012
The school is hardly perfect, but a good community, hard-working and enthusiastic teachers, i can't attest to how terrible the school may have been years back according to the previous reviews, but honestly the academic system is varied enough to give students challenge, standard classes are average as they DO give an adequate workload. There are some negatives, like many schools, standards classes aren't challenging the students to critically analyze works of literature, or get the "Big Picture" of history. The advanced courses challenging as the teachers strive to push students to do the work instead of giving in to student pressure like MANY other schools do. The AP courses provide a good challenge and aren't easy passes. Though to the bathroom vandalism criticisms, however its less actually breaking of the property, and mostly random words drawn on the stalls in markers, a trait common to most public schools. The staff itself however, can be generally unorganized as often students will be confused about how exams are handed out and how students are informed about general issues, such as fees for AP exams, occasionally contradicting their statements involving payment.

- submitted by a student

April 12, 2011
Excellent teachers, Parents that care, and a stoked and serious group of young people. They want to be someone someday!

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2010
If you plan on having you child in the International Baccalaureate program, advise you have them in this school's program from the beginning, transferring from another schools IB program to this one has caused *undue hardship* due to the differences between it's "particulars" and other IB programs we've been enrolled in.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2010
My daughter is in the IB program at York. We started out the school year this year on a rough start. With intervention of the guidance counselor, one of the Vice Principals and her teacher and her teacher's colleagues, we were able to address the issues, come to a resolution and get her back on track to where she needs to be. The curriculum is definitely challenging, the opportunities in classes and extracurricular activities are immense. The choir director is amazing and so are the ROTC instructors. Your child can find somewhere to fit in here and will thrive while engaging in all YHS has to offer.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2009
This is a good school if your child is an IB student because teachers pay close attention to them . And because of law and NCLB, your special ed student would do well here, too. If you have a kid in the 'middle'---forget it. They become disenchanted and disinterested in school because they don't fit into the two categories above. This school really needs to treat all students more equally.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 16, 2007
York is a school with a lot of potential, however the current principal is not committed to improving the school. The school day begins too early for the kids. Too many of the teachers are not child centered, more concerned with guarding grades than creating successful kids. A recent renovation has proven to be a joke, just check out the locker rooms.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2007
The academic programs and teach involvement is what prompted us to move to York High School district when we relocated from Hawaii. I have one special needs child who received the attention that was required for her to obtain a 'regular' diploma. I can honestly say that she would have not graduated had it not been for the program in this school. My son has been involved in the marching band and music program. He has also been involved in the JROTC program. I have seen him mature under the tutelage of these teachers. The AP Program that is offered is going to assist him as he goes onto college after he graduates in 2008. If any one is looking for a top notch high school for their children, York High is it.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2007
My child is a senior at York, an advanced placement student, college bound next year. I object to much about the school. Overinvolved parents exercise undue influence on athletic department decisions and access to other opportunities. As noted by a previous poster, these parents' behavior is not addressed by the principal even when it negatively affects students. School hours begin and end too early, resulting in sleepy adolescents who get out of school in the early afternoon, long before working parents come home. In general the school does not well accomodate working parents. The guidance counselor I've had contact with seems apathetic toward students. Many students I've known have been allowed to fall through the cracks, with no one stepping forward with the message that the school cares about them or their success.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2007
My son is a 9th grader at York. I have been very impressed with the dedication of the staff towards its students and parents. Even during the recent renovations, the school's focus remained on a strong academic program and student safety. I would highly recommend this school. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2006
Academic program is about average compared to other schools. (My children have attended schools that would definately rank higher than York) Extra-C. activities are also average. I was diappointed in the amount of unsportsmanlike and disrespectful behavior from not only students but parents as well during activities. School officials (principal included)was not supportive or willing to have this particular issue or any other issue addressed that I had as a parent.

- submitted by a parent

July 04, 2006
Academically, not very good. A loot of vandalism prevails in the restrooms. Go with a private school.

- submitted by a student

June 22, 2005
My child is in the International Baccalaureate program at York High and I love this program and the high school. I feel my daughter is getting an excellent education here. The teachers are wonderful as well as the guidance she is receiving. They all seem to really care about the students future. The band program is one of the best there is. The parents are very involved in school programs. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2005
This school is absolutely wonderful! They have the best teachers and respectful students. Also, York has the premiere athletes.

- submitted by a teacher

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York High School
9300 Geo Wash Mem Hwy, Yorktown, VA  23692
(757) 898-0354
Last modified York High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
York High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top