I am currently enrolled as a freshman at Battlefield High School and if I had to summarize my experience thus far I would have to say downright amazing! The offer a wide variety of classes for any type of person interested in any type of field there are up to around 70 clubs and sports year-round. I can't see many things wrong with this school and the people that are complaining seem to not fully see the big picture which is hard to do if you don't even go to the school in the first place. I am happy to be a part of this amazing school and can't wait to spend my next 3 years here. Great great great school... cannot emphasize this enough!!
Battlefield High School is a public high school in Catharpin. The principal of Battlefield High School is Amy S. Ethridge-conti. 2,613 children attend Battlefield High School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 13% of the 2,613 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Battlefield High School is 22:1. Providence Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Video film production
- Cross country
- Field hockey
- P.E. classes
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The school is alright. It could do better. They should the students wear hats in school. Front office is rude. Some people are used to calling the school and telling them that their child is absent. But when you call the lady yells at you and tells you to bring a note. This school needs better staff. And the desk are horrible. Every time you try to move it there's gum under it. But the cleaning staff are really nice. They deserve more than the people at the front desk to be honest.
I have one issue with this school in general. Communication is real problem. I don't enjoy getting random phone calls from the school with no message of what is going on. I call back and am told by office staff that I will have to wait until the school calls again to figure out who and what the call was about. I also find the office staff very unfriendly and not helpful. I work 1 hour away from my daughters school and never know when I receive a call if it is an emergency or something that can wait. This office staff is extremely rude and should find other positions that do not require interaction with the public.
I'm not very happy with majority of the teachers at BHS. My child is one year ahead in 3 pre AP classes in SIGNET honor society and still receiving poor grades in 2 classes due to the teachers. It seems like they set children up to fail. They have zero communication with the parents and the staff refuses to switch classes. It's probably similar with most schools...luck of the draw some of the teachers are awful and other's are fantastic. IT Program is very archaic and not worth attending for that specific program. So far my child has learned very little "real world" information.
I am a former BHS student. BHS is an alright school its rating should definitely be lower. There is no focus in individuality and typical troubled students get sent off to alternative school instead of them trying to help students work through issues. That may be a reason why test scores are high because if a student is struggling they send them away. Many of the staff gossip about students and make bad reputations for them. The staff is also very stuck up you could say. Many students struggle with drug problems and therefore the school is filled with drugs. There has been a lot of work to get rid of them though. With so many students it is hard to ever get a meeting with a GC or an Administrator in a timely manor. Many teachers have carts they wheel to classroom to classroom because they dont have their own.
I have never had a complaint about PWC until this year. Today I learned that my kid in orchestra was told to bring her cello in daily - well - that's great if you can afford to stay at home but the school buses don't allow large instruments on board. Then despite what I was told at the beginning of the year the ONE time in 13 years that we asked for a class change it's a problem. The administration seems to be sinking quickly and good teachers are leaving.
I agreed with that parent's comment the principal is poorly doing her job. I have so far seen her once in the AP night and have never seen her walking around to check on the students. All her communication with the parents are on papers and she seems far more busier than an university president...Certainly meetings with parents and understanding the students' need are not part of her job. That is my impression of the principal at Battlefield HS.
In the grand scheme of things Battlefield has the most well-behaved students you will ever find in a high school. Although one could say the administration is hard to communicate with and incredibly strict they do a great job running one of the greatest public schools in Virginia. Sometimes they are much too hard on students but they keep us safe and they keep us learning.
You might want to think about getting rid of the bad apple (or apples if there are more like the teacher that teaches Algebra II) at your school. It is pretty pathetic to have a teacher that sets her students up to fail. The job of teacher is to teach and to at least have the respect to respond to e-mails and questions a parent might have.
This school has a stellar robotics program that is coached by a very elite IT database teacher who not only gives her students the opportunities to use their minds outside the school but also provides students with life lessons leadership skills and experiences for a lifetime.
Battlefield high school is fantastic because of the school's robotic coach. I think my teachers should get the raises they deserve.
Battlefield is a school which has both strengths and weaknesses. Originally built as a state-of-the-art facility it was soon realized that the building and resources were inappropriately allocated and not balanced to all student needs. Because of this the school has had to repurpose spaces. Teachers are overall competent but many lack dedication to putting time outside of the basic requirements. The exceptions are the best in the county however. The administration is not very effective undermining the trust of the faculty. The strength of this school comes from the students who make the school successful and continue to improve its reputation in sciences robotics music and athletics. Unfortunately despite a strong (and large ) student body the school lacks effective traditions due to issues within the administration and faculty. Overall the school is above average because of its test scores and extracurriculars but these results are not the result of the school but rather the caliber of student attending the school a factor caused by the surrounding social-economic climate.
Battlefield HS is an incredible school the staff does a stellar job keeping our kids safe the teachers are very high quality they serve our children well as evidenced by a 98% acceptance rate to Universities and Colleges each year. The counselors are very responsive to our kids they use email predominantly and reliably to ensure we have solid communication between office visits. The Marching Band is led by one of the very best directors in the country and they are now National Champions due to his incredible work ethic and dedication to our kids.
Overcrowding at BHS was only slightly relieved with the opening of Patriot HS this past fall. The principal just received the PWCS Principal of the Year Award and I had to laugh when I read that she is "approachable and accessible." I tried to get a meeting with her at the beginning of the school year to discuss a time-sensitive issue and it was like the staff created an impenetrable fortress around her. I did receive some short email responses making sure my concerns were being adressed by the five or so other staff members I was directed to but I never met or spoke with her personally. Nice.
My son is a sophmore at BHS and we absolutely love this school. I believe the negative comments are based on parents whose children have academic or emotional challenges that would probably be better served in a different type of school setting. Our son loves the academic and athletic programs (football wrestling and lacrosse). We would not dream of sending him anywhere else in Prince William County.
If you're interested in sending your child here be very wary and alert. This school has poor teacher quality who will fail your child like its their calling in life and the administration is just as poor. Don't get me wrong my child is enrolled there and is currently involved in many after school activities that lots of colleges love to see BUT as a parent frequent trips to the school are vital teachers will NOT email you even if you staple a note to their hand that reads in big sharpie letters " Please contact me". One thing you can count on though is the teacher/administration teamwork who will try to the best of their ability keep you from making the school look bad. Teachers will tell you after they have failed your student that its the parents fault for not being involved after not sending a single email to you throughout the school year.
Community wise this school is great it gives the local area reasons to go to the games and fundraising events. However the staff severly lacks in communication skills resulting in unruly behavior from fellow students. Teachers are defensive and closed off when it comes to talking with students and quick to use disciplinary action on rather small accounts of misconduct and do not care much to fail a student. The selection of extracurriculars are outstanding and clubs like DECA give the community a positive outlook on the school.
So glad that the new HS is opening this year and we are in that district. The administration was awful and I agree with the comment about the security staff as well. The teachers were very poor communicators which I think is reflective of the poor administration. So much potential and resources just not enough good leadership!
Our oldest son was a student at Battlefield. There are some great teachers but they also have some very poor overly defensive faculty who seem to be there for a paycheck & not the desire to teach. The principal & leadership were disapointing compared to other schools in the County. If your child is learning diabled locate another school as Battlefield is simply ill equipped & has proven that the focus is on the child that is doing well not on the child that needs additional resources. Many teachers would rather fail a child having difficulty than spend the time to encourage & help a child learn. Discipline is a joke & inconsistent. The security staff is incompetent with little grasp of state law & authority. Mind you this is coming from a person with a law degree & 24 years in law enforcement. There are wonderful polite and friendly students at the school however there is a rampant drug & alcohol problem within the student population. The sports programs are on par with other schools. They have a great IT Department. Based on my experience the school was sub par & a disapointment. My two younger children will most likely attend private school as opposed to Battlefield.
We have a son at Battlefield HS. The teachers are responsive and proactive. When issues arise we are notified and coarse correction is suggested. Not sure how much more you can ask from the teaching staff. Very happy so far.