School Details

Park View High School

400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, VA 20164
(571) 434-4500

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1297 students 16 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 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. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Park View High School is a public high school in Sterling. The principal of Park View High School is Dr. Virginia Minshew. 1,297 students attend Park View High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 34% of the 1,297 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Park View High School is 16:1. Dominion High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 38% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 38% 63%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Part 3 of 3 In 2013 Park View students raised $4280 for the United Way and for a Louisa County high school that was affected by the 2011 earthquake. This was the most money any Virginia high school raised for students in Louisa County whose schools superintendent came to personally accept our check. In 2014 students beat the previous year s figure and raised over $6 000 the second highest amount raised in the 20 years Park View has fundraised for the United Way. Half the funds went to the Veteran s Hospital. Last year one of our hardworking first-generation American students was admitted to Harvard University. Many other first-generation American students gain admittance to Virginia s prestigious state schools. Visit Park View s website to view the many academic and multicultural clubs our students participate in. Be sure to check out the Patriot Photo and Video Galleries to glimpse our students passion for their school. Better yet visit Park View yourself to experience its uniquely cohesive and communal environment. Talk with our students teachers and administrators about what they most appreciate about this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    Park View High School is a very good representation of America . . . a melting pot that creates good character and responsible young adults ready to take on the challenges of college or entrance into the workforce. The Principal assistant principals counselors and teachers care immensely about the students. I have 3 kids that graduated and one more still to graduate. All of my kids have been positively influenced by the faculty and staff at the school. Now it was not always a smooth ride for my kids but they managed to overcome the bumps in the roads because of the faculty and teachers. Some kids at the school did not always represent the best interest of the school; however most students I have met and interacted with are wonderful and show Park View Pride.

  • (11 months ago)

    PVHS gave my daughters something I never expected--a broader perspective. This might seem less important than perfect grades but I know my girls are ahead of many of their peers in their readiness to enter today s work world thanks to the diverse community that is PVHS. While attending notably less diverse colleges they felt something was missing. Post college they ve adapted well to the now typically international work places of suburban DC. Yes they attended and performed well in AP classes. Yes they had teachers and administrators they liked and didn t like. Yes like any school PVHS is a changing environment that students and families must navigate with care. What s constant is the support found in both the staff and the community. Many parents volunteer for years after their kids graduate. Many teachers spend the majority of their careers there enjoying deep respect from their students for their obvious dedication. The benefits of a school like PVHS can t be measured in the stats of a data set Go there talk to staff and parents see a musical or a football game and decide what s most important in your child s education. It might not be in the curriculum!

  • (11 months ago)

    My oldest child just graduated from PV and I have two younger ones attending. I would not trade to another school if I won the lottery. The teachers are committed to their students success and are available before during and after school for extra assistance. Students are from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds without the tension and behavior problems seen at other schools. They respect each other. The administration is marvelous. There will be a new principal next year and I only hope he is as good as Dr. Minshew has been.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is horrible. From academics to athletics. From the princicpal apoligizing for not speaking spanish to the unorganized inconsistancy of the athletic department.

  • (3 years ago)

    The Math program that was introduced 3 years ago across the county has been a systematical problem. 75% of the Park View students math grades have decreased significantly. Some teachers do give their time to work with the students before and after school but more needs to be done. Teachers need to be held accountable for their teaching styles and how to help improve the student learning rather than worry about the SOL testing that only supports the teachers job status.

  • (4 years ago)

    i hate this school and the way it's run. they never care about a child's best interest but only themselves. "number 1 break out school" pretty much means that we are acknowledge for actually being pretty smart for how terrible of a school we are. how embarrassing. and then we spend the money on new lockers. because that's what we need. new god**** lockers. it's really funny how all the staff defends minshew. she worries more about what kids wear then what they are getting in school. the morning announcements every morning consist of "let me remind you since the weather has been getting warmer that we need to dress in a appropriate manner. and if you don't i have ugly t-shirts and sweatpants for you" or "let me remind you that hats are not allowed in school." honestly? i'm done with this school. the principal is pathetic and so is the school itself. you give students that actually try to succeed a hard time when the ones that don't give two **** about schools are chilling in the bathroom smoking weed.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is amazing. The number 1 reason is the dedication from the teachers students coaches and families of this school. The principal loves each and every one of her students even if they get into trouble alot. The teachers are always there to help you out when you need it and you get an honest grade for how well you do in class-not how your teacher thinks you should do. I am a sophomore about to enter my junior year after summer and I couldn't think of anywhere else to go )

  • (5 years ago)

    I deliberately chose to accept a job at Park View over several other counties as well as schools in western Loudoun because of the principal staff and students. This year Park View was named as one of only five schools in the nation to win the Breakthrough School award. Noticing the range of comments-and attitudes they reveal-I am reminded that a school reflects the human race as a whole Some people are more empathetic than others; some people are more motivated than others; and some people are more tolerant of others' differences. Park View definitely meets the definition of a "great school."

  • (5 years ago)

    Its like I'm really in Mexico! Such 'diversity' has bought Park View into the pathetic state that it is currently in; class feels like one of those fish markets you see in documentaries glorious 'teachers' with the inability to comprehend basic thoughts and reason oh and the wonderful principle that has the patience of a 5 year old. Please stay away from this school parents; I'll be back-flipping out of the window on gradation day.

  • (5 years ago)

    It diversity makes it great!

  • (6 years ago)

    I dont like at all teachers simply let students do anything they want there for im in a class with so many inmature teens its embarissing most students here are so imature and childish i cant belive we are the same age and extra curicular activities really come on only sports which most kids in it dont even really like it. Parents may say its great but they arent in there 5 days a week! i hate it !!

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Park View High School my sibling attend this school as well as many other cousins family and friends. It is really annoying when people call the school ghetto and talk about the students. It's a great school. More diverse than any other school in Loudoun County and that is a blessing. Parents and students who post negative comments regarding this school should be ashamed of themselves. You want things to get better? Help out volunteer do what you feel is needed be proactive not reactive. But don't complain. New schools pop up in the county (Stone Bridge)and all of a sudden you have the community talking down about PVHS teachers running for the hills because they are too chicken or stuck up to stay and help the school grow and succeed. Acting like Park View is sitting in the middle of the projects. Seriously?!?

  • (6 years ago)

    Honestly a reason for the decreasing quality of Park View could be the increasing arrival of students who do not care to do well. I don't think it's fair how that group shadows the hard-working students. I am a student working hard to reach a 4.0 yet it doesn't seem to matter when that group gives our school a 'ghetto' reputation. Most people don't realize that our teachers really do try to encourage students to do well. It's because of the backgrounds from which those apathetic students come from. No matter how great a school they go to only a few of those students can actually be transformed when they come from such backgrounds. It isn't fair how Park View suffers by getting the majority of these students. Being a student that sees this everyday it saddens me how people see our school when they never look beyond the apathetic students.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a freshman at Park View High School and so far we have had a good experience. The teachers give the students every opportunity to get extra help or make up missed work. There are many clubs and activities for the students to get involved in. A school can only do so much it is up to the Parents to encourage their children to do well and get involved.

  • (8 years ago)

    Park View is a great school and our teachers do a great job to make sure we know more than what we need to know for our future. They insure that they provide us with help before and after school so we can pass our classes. Our teachers do have control on us.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think this is a terrible school. Most of the teachers don't care about the students. I have great safety concerns for the children there.

  • (10 years ago)

    I personally think that the children run the school and the principal and vice principal have no control.

  • (10 years ago)

    Park view high school is by far the best school i've seen in loudoun county. It has alot of teamwork effort and it strives their students to great successes.

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