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  • Patriot High School8

    Nokesville, VA | Prince William County

    August 23, 2014

    I would definitely say the school is over crowded (2800+) Making sports teams is the struggle because of the massive amount of students. This fall will be my 4th year attending and I'm ready to leave. My freshman year my history and math teachers were awful. They pointed to a textbook and informed you about a test the next day. Last year I came across a teacher who actually took her job seriously but there was no structure. I don't know if it's a pwcs thing but lunches are going down the drain. I shouldn't have to wait in line for 60% of my lunch time for mess. Hopefully the kinks are kicked and this school year won't disappoint.

    Submitted by a student

    June 28, 2014

    Teachers do not care much about students. Not like in Fairfax County, you will get a phone call from teacher, for example, if your child is suddenly doing poor in school. Teachers really can't make a connection with students or parents, especially math/physic teachers. Don't bother to send them an email because your chance to get a response from them is very low or none

    Submitted by a parent

    June 18, 2014

    Nice physical plant and they're serious about sports. Beyond that, it can't rise above problems caused by overcrowding. Due to sheer numbers, teachers really can't make a connection with students or foster a unique experience. It's not their fault. While Patriot isn't a bad school, it's also not particularly good. It's adequate.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 29, 2014

    I hate it. I've been attending since freshmen year and I hate most of the people and staff. They are all judgmental, closed-minded people. The education is terrible too. Teachers don't really care about students, only their own image and the same goes to the administators. The grading system is terrible also. Change needs to come immediately. The "voice of freedom" needs to leave.

    February 21, 2014

    Seeing people say there is bullying or people being ostrisized for not liking a certain thing here... sounds horrible. I haven't seen that happen, but I have most definitly viewed some brief variations of harassment or disrespect. Honestly, only the students are degrading the school. Disrespecting other people is quite common, and I wish some people would grow up. I have the mentality of a college student, and I feel trapped in a middle school.

    Submitted by a student

    January 20, 2014

    I started attending school here during my sophomore year and hated every day of it. First off, the workload was extremely overwhelming. Before I transferred here, I was an A and B average student. Within merely a quarter, my grades had plummeted to C's,D's, and F's.The teachers cared somewhat, but the main problem were the administrators who disregarded the needs of the students. They care about their image more than anything else.I had a foreign teacher who didn't speak English very well, and so I took it up with an administrator. She lectured me for an hour and even lied straight to my face when she said I was the only person who complained. They also impose strict rules to compensate for their lacking education. I couldn't take another year of this school so I decided to graduate early. I skipped my senior year and I am currently taking my second semester at NOVA and I have never regretted that decision.

    December 16, 2013

    To start off, this school loves its athletes to the point of almost "babying" them. Most teachers care about the students, but everything is the same and very boring, lecture, worksheet, homework, quiz next class type of everyday schedule for almost every teacher. But the main issue is tests, tests have become 60% of our overall grade and the amount of retakes for these tests have been limited, it nearly seems as the teachers are setting us up to fail. But the real problem of this school is the administrators, it seems as if they act worse then the students they discipline. they are the ones making these rash decisions to the school by putting in teachers who cannot speak English very well or does not know the material to teach, it seems as if the administration is making terrible choices and putting it on the teachers responsible for fixing these problems. overall the school is over crowded (having 2600 kids not 1700) and the test issues are the most problematic in this school, how is a student supposed to do well on a test when they are taught by a teacher who is tired and has already taught the exact class to 2 or 3 other classes, this school sets us up to fail.

    Submitted by a student

    November 19, 2013

    Patriot is a great school with great leadership and teachers. Could not ask for a better school.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 18, 2013

    First off, the teachers and staff are highly undisciplined. They often make crude remarks to my son often calling him a "short cheese ball looking %^&* ~(bad word)." I disprove of this school my son jose is very distraught with the amount of bullying in this school. He often comes home telling me what the mean kids said to him, the "popular kids" with name brands tease him and pull his hair. Over all i say two thumbs down three if possible.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 18, 2013

    i really like this school. my son is a nice boy and I love to dress him nice with classy. Students love this school and I, as a parent, think it is the perfect school for my very nice boy. He is a big fan of redskin, so we go to watch football game and buying hot dog for eat and watch patriot nice football team win the game. My son is so happy he cry and hug these football players. Classes are nice and facility is a perfect one to me. All teachers are nice, except one teacher call my son fat one time and he is so angry all day. I want to fire this teacher for call my son a fat. The guidance counselors are very nice to every one student and never hostile towards a student. My son is getting nice grades and excelling in patriot high school thank u to it!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 15, 2013

    This school is a fantastic school! As a parent being zoned to Patriot we had reservations, but it proved to be the best choice we have ever made. The teachers and counselors are a wonderful group and really helped my son in getting ready for the next steps in life. I love Red Nation and school spirit that exists in this school. It is better than the drama I have seen at games at other schools. I am proud to say that my child went to Patriot and I hope it remains this way for years to come.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 9, 2013

    First of all, there ARE NOT 1700 students in the school, there are over 2600 as of 2013/14 school year. It is 500-600 students OVER CAPACITY! If you want your student to go to school with overcrowded classrooms (28-35 students), walk in hallways like cattle and have 8 minutes for lunch than this is the school for you. By the way, don't expect the teachers to know your kid. Lovely facilities, but over rated! The number of students makes it very difficult for kids to make any of the sports teams due to hyper competition. Sadly, all very typical for a Prince William County schools.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 6, 2013

    I have mixed feeling about this school. Most of the teachers are above average, although I strongly feel that the best teachers are assigned to the AP classes. The administration has always been very helpful. When the school first opened I was excited about the new, young, energetic chorus teacher - sadly disappointed. The auditions that are held at the end of the year is a waste, she's already knows who she wants in what chorus program. One of her now former students auditioned for the top chorus (patriot singers) and didn't even get a call back - yet she is going to Hollywood for American Idol - figure that one out.

    September 3, 2013

    I completely disagree with the people giving negative reviews about this school. I understand that every school has its ups and downs, and no school is perfect. The administrators and staff members are extremely helpful and answer any and all questions asked. The teachers are very kind and understanding about each students' struggles and difficulties. For the amount time that I've been here, I have not experienced bullying nor have I heard of someone else being bullied. I received a great education through vigorous and challenging AP courses. Every teacher I've had has had an interesting way to teach the class. The music program is the finest in Prince William County. This school was the best I have ever been to. Not to mention the school is absolutely beautiful.

    July 13, 2013

    Like all schools, there are positive things and negative things. Patriot, in my opinion, is not challenging enough. The teachers have the same routine everyday; do a lesson, do a worksheet, and get the homework. I have always not minded homework (I understand the value of it), but I have noticed that Patriot gives a lot of homework. Patriot HS is too worried about its athletics. The only way to be "cool" is to play a sport. However, the less popular sports (tennis) are "stupid" to those who play the popular sports (football, basketball, lacrosse, etc). Almost every math teacher is a coach. Bullying is present at Patriot (like EVERY SCHOOL), and the parents of the bullies think that their kids are angels. Kids are very disrespectful to teachers (I mean VERY), especially if you are in the very basic classes.

    Submitted by a student

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