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About This School

Midlothian High School is a public high school in Midlothian. The principal of Midlothian High School is Shawn Abel. 1,476 students go to Midlothian High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 0% of the 1,476 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Midlothian High School is 19:1. Monacan High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 59%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 28%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 2% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 17%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The IB programme is terrible. It doesn't resemble any other IB programme I have ever seen nor does it embody/administer the ideals/philosophy of the IB. The school seems to be using the "IB title" to imply how demanding it is in hopes of attracting high achieving students. It's fine to try to get those students to your school but this is false advertising. There is no consistency from year to year for the requirements of applicants and a very unsupportive environment for the students who do take it on. Midlothian has set their particular IB programme up to be very inflexible forcing the students to all work at IB levels in every subject. Trinity Episcopal H.S. administers the IB programme the way it was intended with the ideals of creating students that think and solve on their own go there if you want IB or try Meadowbrook. what Midlothian is doing is not true IB. this school is failing in that regard. They need a properly educated administrator.

  • (2 years ago)

    The reviews here regarding the Spanish Department are accurate. Two particular teachers are completely lacking in ability. If students do finally make it to the competent teacher's classroom they are so far behind that it seems hopeless to catch-up. Additionally if you are considering the IB program DON'T DO IT. The administration and some of the long-time teachers completely miss the boat with this. Have your kids take AP courses instead. IB is the red-haired step child of MHS. The students work beyond the reasonable and receive little recognition. Their GPS's reflect a higher cum but their letter grades get slammed --- and those are the grades that colleges and scholarship folks look at. Many teachers teach to the IB Exams. The things is that these exams have little impact beyond "bragging rights" for the students. Success or failure on these exams has no impact on college acceptance. Yet HS GPA's are ruined so that a teacher can "over teach" a subject to cover potential IB exam questions and point out on his/her salary neg. their success rate on IB exams. Very very frustrating. I write this as the parent of a successful and active student.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a current AP and Honors student here in Midlothian I can say with absolute certainty that there is a lot of underlying competition going on between the entire class body. Although I can't say the same for the students who aren't taking AP or Honors classes. It is not a secret that we hold nothing but contempt for those who do. We see them as people who aren't trying their best and are just lazy kids who don't care about their academic excellence. We care so much about the class rigor we take that it has somehow transformed into an academic hierarchy. Those on top are obviously students taking AP and Honors classes. Then followed by all Honors which are followed by the Z and C level student. Of course with this sort of mentality going around most students here are detached and cool towards kids who have a mental disability. We simply have no patience for them. The teachers are wonderful. They are helpful and always push their students to do their best. They are blunt when needed but they never not go out of their way to help a student. Overall I say that Midlothian are not for teenagers who want nothing out of their high school experience other than a fun & relaxing time.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child recently finished high school at Midlothian High. Great school smart kids many wonderful involved teachers. Just stay away from the Spanish Department. The staff is so poor and the administration doesn't care to change it. For a few years my child could do an entire assignment and leave one blank for something he didn't understand and receive an F for the assignment due to the blank. To follow the rules I had to encourage him to "just put something in the blank" so he could survive homework assignments without Fs. My child was a very honest literal person and thought that was ridiculous. He was right but they had "departmental rules." I am not the only parent who has been frustrated by this department. Spanish learning should be dynamic vocal involving and interesting. It is a great subject. The Spanish department has a long-lived reputation of poor teaching and the other language classes fill up instead of Spanish--even German! What a shame. I'm so glad my child is out of the program! I had to hire a tutor for 3 years just to get him through. I'm sorry to place this review because there are so many awesome teachers at Midlothian High.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a child who just finished his first year at MHS. He has an IEP but for the most part was mainstreamed for his classes. I cant say enough about how awesome his teachers and support team were this year. They were all incredibly dedicated sensitive to his needs and easy to work with. If you have a child with a disability this is a good choice. I just wish that this school offered more ethnic diversity in the student body.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my 3rd post about Midlo. High. It is interesting to read what others are saying. I have come to appreciate Midlo more and more now that my kids are out of here and in college. Granted Midlo was not always a warm and fuzzy place while my kids were there. However the ultimate grade for a school for me is if it allows students to go on and do what they want when they leave it. My 4 kids all got into good colleges and have made above-average grades. Mrs. Wilson gets a hard time in these ratings and while she's not especially effusive with warmth she is caring. She personally recommended two of my kids for special opportunities in summer programs that were beneficial. She also is supportive of the guys in the Scouts and will be seen attending their Eagle Scout ceremonies in her personal time.

  • (5 years ago)

    Midlothian High School is inept. It lives off its Top 100 ranking and caters to the IB and AP programmed students disregarding everyone else. The teachers vary from wonderful to absolutely horrible. The administration is a joke. The principal will do little to nothing to help and makes it nearly impossible to drop a class if you are not in a higher level class or failing. The bullying here is awful and the school does little to nothing to try and fix it. Sure the teachers push students to overachieve and be all they can be but the cost is overtaxing on the rest of the school. Our 96th (barely hanging in there) rank covers up the mediocrity of our administration. Socioeconomic status matters here and cliques are varied based on wealth. Most students have money and there is little race variation. I wont even start on the Spanish department...

  • (5 years ago)

    Interesting school on multiple levels students tend to think little of the administration as a parent I have seen nothing to alter that opinion. Academically thankfully the school maintains high expecations for students. If they want to learn and push themselves they will be rewarded. The IB program however is a major disappointment. The academic challenge again is superb and prepares the students well for college but does a significant disservice for the best and brightest in their efforts to secure admittance to top level national schools. Strongly suggest your scholars go with the AP route not IB if they have high end college asperations. Finally for your sanity - stay away from the Spanish Department. Had a child strugge to earn a D+ in the program and tested into 3rd language level at college on day one ( earning an 'A' in frosh year at nationally known private university.

  • (5 years ago)

    Administration doesn't even try to tend to student's needs. Guidance doesn't attempt to fix a student's schedule if the student is doing poorly in that class and cannot seem to pull grade up or respond to extra help. Teachers are wonderful but everything else fails in comparison. If your child is coming from a different district coming out of homeschooling or just not an A B average student don't expect them to make more than D's and F's here.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is a sophmore and has an IEP. He has been working very hard in order to minimize his learning disability so he can get into a good college. The school and his teachers have been going the extra mile to support his efforts. We are particularly impressed with his IEP counselor.

  • (5 years ago)

    Midlothian HS is challenging. It demands more from the students than most HS. My daughter came from th Fl. school system which is very bad in my opinion. Once she understood the demands she has met the challenge. When moving to this area we were location driven by the school system. We know we made the correct decision.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been to 4 high schools 3 of them in Chesterfield. Midlo was my 2nd and worst. I transfered in during my sophomore year and my grades plummeted. I was beyond stress dealing with schoolwork and my family fighting at home. My GPA fell to a 1.2. None of my teachers were warm enough to talk to. My counselor was a joke. At the end of the year we had a conference with my mom. She said that my only college option was John Tyler. My mom and I were devastated. After all I was only a sophomore and already my only option was community college? Thankfully my last 2 schools were much more supportive and I've been working hard the last 2 years to make up for my 1/2 a year in Midlo. Now? My GPA is a 3.3 with a 1400 SAT score. I'm going to Longwood.

  • (6 years ago)

    The spanish department is a joke! Stay away. the adminisration will only defend status quo so do not try and change anything The teachers forget sometimes these kids are only in High School. Some departments are better than others but the Spanish depatment ia awful and the teachers are not held to the same high standards as the kids!

  • (7 years ago)

    My child went to Midlothian for the first two years of high school with kids she knew since Kindergarten. She struggled academically and was one of the kids who was steered to graduate with a general diploma. We found the teachers to be wonderful - mostly. We thought the Spanish program was excessively difficult for an elective course that should build a love for languages. She tried and tried but could only muster C's and D's in Spanish. The administration was cold and did not seem to care whether she graduated or not. She transferred to another area school where she excelled in Spanish where the faculty was extremely nurturing and the where the administration was much more willing to help her achieve her dreams.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a current teacher at Midlothian High School I can share a different perspective. 99% of the teachers here are more than outstanding.I have taught in other schools and these teacher put tremendous hours behind their classroom work preparation and evaluation. Changes at the county level have made it increasingly difficult to get school work done during the day so teachers are giving up much more family time they have to enable children to continue to receive a quality education. The teachers do expect best efforts from children. 'Rise to the occasion' seems to serve children more than 'settle for less than average.' One factor most parents are not aware of is the 'entitlement' mentality o[f] many parents and students. Many are overly demanding (and some even bullying) towards teachers demanding their child receive all a's regardless of the child's performance.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a former student of the Chesterfield County school system and the parent of two Midlo students (one high and one middle) I have to say I'm pretty pleased with most of my kids' educational experience since moving back to the area. However I have to agree when it comes to students who are not at least in the above average range. I also have to agree with the diversity comments. Granted there is a heck of a lot more ethnicity present among the student population now that it was 20 years or so ago when I attended school but there is still a 'void' present in this respect. Overall Midlothian is a very good school to attend academically just don't expect to walk in and be welcomed with open arms if you're not fitting the mold of the 'ideal' student.

  • (8 years ago)

    See my previous post in Oct 2003. My oldest daughter (Midlo '03) was just starting her first year at UVA. I am happy to report that she is a 3rd year now and making mostly As and Bs. I mainly want to defend the teachers in the Spanish department. This daughter struggled with Spanish at Midlo making a lot of Cs. She made use of the low-cost tutoring offered by the Nat'l Honor Society students. At UVA she tested out of the first year Spanish class with ease and almost tested out of the second level. The people griping about the Spanish department are the people who didn't want to pay their dues. Isn't it nice to be able to get an Ivy High School education at public high school prices? Spanish teachers Thank you and keep up the good work!

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student of midlo I would have to say that it is a disaster of a school and a disgrace to education. Its teachers are for the most part not knowledgeable and subjective but the administration is very poorly managed. As a someone who had first-hand experience I would recommend one of the private schools in the richmond area. Do not go to midlo!

  • (8 years ago)

    Midlo prepared me extremely well to continue my studies through college and graduate school. I do not think I would have been able to achieve a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and go on to work at NASA without the solid foundation that the school provided. I will always be thankful to teachers in the Math and Science Departments.

  • (8 years ago)

    Midlothian is not for the learning challenged student who needs special education. They do not include these kids in after school activities or reach out to them at all. I think Midlothian is only good for the above average student who does is independent in their studying and learning. Stay away if you are aan average or speical ed student. Administration can be very cold and unreceptive to parents and students.

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