• Manchester High School5

    Midlothian, VA | Chesterfield County

    April 25, 2014


    Handful of teachers are great. The majority will sit back and watch your child fail. They do not update edline for 3-4 weeks and once the parent knows whats happening, its too late to do anything about it. Their response is "it's on edline", but it's a month old. One teacher literally posted 6 assignments for the whole 9 weeks at the end of term. How are you teaching a core class with only 6 assignments for the whole term? The afterschool programs are a joke because school is out at 1:50, afterschool activities are over at 3:00, but there is no transportation. Working parents aren't available until 5 at the earliest so my kids have never benefited without disrupting the business day. I'm just waiting for my oldest to graduate so that we can move to a better school district.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 11, 2012


    As a parent at Manchester I have nothing but good to say. The staff and adminstrators have been TOP in directing my son's education. We have yet to find a teacher that isn't genuinely interested in his future. The school is a wonderful microcosm of the real world, a diverse student population and a large array of activities. The administration is very supportive of all school activities, attending games, plays and concerts. You can tell they truly have pride in their students and school. Please keep in mind, ALL high schools have "issues" - by nature of dealing with teenagers there will be fights and drama. Mancester is no different, but is by no means a "problem". As well as, all schools want and NEED better parent involvement, but unfortuately some families do not have that as an option with their only responsibilities. MHS does however extend multiple chances for the parents to be able to jump in and help out. I have enjoyed my time being a Lancer mom and I know my son loves his school.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 24, 2011


    Awesome school, my child is challenged daily by a rigourous curriculum and the administration takes a proactive approach in handling the school's various issues. The faculty communicate with parents very effectively and efficiently.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 17, 2009


    Manchester is a school of excellence and it is also a great place for student to excell with the excellent staff and different departments they have.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 23, 2009


    As a alumni of Manchester High School, I can honestly say that all the teachers give 110% all the time and truly care about every individual that enters their classroom. Manchester is over crowded, but EVERY school in Chesterfield County is overcrowded. Mr. Koste is the best administrator ever and is always welcoming! If a student is not making satisfactory grades, its obvious that they just does not care about their education. There are many extra curricular activities that inspire each and every student to be individualistic and creative. Coming from Thomas Dale High School as a freshman, there is no comparison to this school! I could not have asked for a more positive high school experience. Thank you teachers, staff, and administration of Manchester!

    Submitted by a student

    March 10, 2008


    As a member of the Manchester family, I would like to commend all of the faculty and staff for working so diligently to educate and keep our kids safe. The two SRO's that are 'stationed' there are a huge asset. Officer Hugate and Officer BB are great with the kids and the kids respect them tremendously. That, along with a caring and consistent Administrative Team, prpeares the kids for the real world,without using the 'smoke and mirrors' that some other schools utilize to make them LOOK better. Manchester is the real deal, a direct representation of the diversity that you will find in our society. Not to mention the Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Athletics are second to none over all!

    October 18, 2007


    Manchester is a great school and there are so many varieties of different classes to choose from. The specialty centers have so much to offer along with the athletics.

    Submitted by a student

    August 3, 2007


    I am a principal and career educator myself. All I want from a school is for my daugghter to be able to learn what she goes to school to learn. She does that at Manchester High. Her experiences at MHS have prepared her for life after school. Therefore, I am very satisfied.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 19, 2006


    My son just started MHS a few weeks ago and so far we are impressed. The teachers seem to really be available to both parents and the students. They all seem to truly utilize and update schoolnotes.com which is a great help to the not so organized students. They also gave us some wonderful links for on-line help with both HW and studying. So far my son really likes all his teachers and hasn't run into any trouble. He is enrolled in their 'Success Program' and it is doing wonders for helping to not only organize him but, to keep him current on all his work and HW. Tutoring is also available for free. We're looking forward to see how well this continues.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 22, 2006


    Manchester is way too big. Everytime I go in there, I get the feeling that it is on the verge of being out of control. I have never met a bad teacher (most have been very good for my two sons), but there is a lack of overall control by the administration. In talking with my kids and their friends, there are many fights and other problems that go on there.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 12, 2006


    Manchester High school has many wonderful extra-curricular activities for students, good teachers, and does well to encourage and motivate students. Unfortunately, the school is horribly overcrowded. Driving to and from the school can be dangerous, as there are way too many cars and not enough road to accomodate the heavy traffic. The county is redistricting so there is hope that it will be allieviate some of Manchester's problems- however, the area continues to grow at an alarming pace, so it may remain a problem for some time to come.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 12, 2005


    I have not attended MHS yet, for I do not start there as a Freshman until September 6, 2005. However, I have heard nothing but good things about it, especially with addition of the new 'wing' for the Spanish Emersion Specialty Program to help solve the problem of overcrowding. I myself have heard the choruses of Manchester and have one thing to say about them- They're Outstanding! As a student choosing my electives I actually found myself overwelmed by all of my options- they have so many! Also, many of the electives are geared toward careers, and if taken, could highly benefit those who are fairly confident in what they want to be. As for those who are not that far along, there are many other choices. I was also surprised by the amount of clubs offered! I highly look foward to starting at MHS this fall!

    Submitted by a student

    June 7, 2005


    Manchester is one of the best schools in the area. Pete koste has done an amazing job as principal, particularly in uniting the faculty and diverse student population. And that is the greatest thing about Manchester- its diversity. The importance of education is stressed at Manchester, and challenges students to strive for excellence. To say that there are few fine or performing arts programs is ridiculous. The orchestra and bands recently recieved top scores at festivals. There are over 10 choirs at Manchester including three nationally recognized and highly awarded show choirs. The mixed choir is consistant grand champions and recognized as a top 10 choir in the nation. The girls chior has won two natioanl championships in the last three years. The sports teams at Manchester continue to grow in excellence, including district champs in football, track, softball, and cheerleading. Manchester is a great place to get an education, hands down.

    Submitted by a former student

    June 1, 2005


    As a former student at MHS, I can honestly say that I consider myself lucky to have gone to Manchester. To say that there are few music, art and sport classes is a complete lie seeing as there are numerous classes offered in each area (which can be seen at Manchester's website under 'Courses' http://www.chesterfield.k12.va.us/Schools/Manchester_HS/home.html). The teachers at MHS stress the importance of academics and push their students to do their best. Yes, Manchester is overcrowded, but with the opening of a new high school in Chesterfield County and the additional classrooms that are being built right now, it seems that that will no longer be as much of a problem. Manchester is by far one of the best high schools in Virginia because it offers so much to its students. The academic program is fantastic and there are numerous after-school and in-school activities for students to participate in.

    Submitted by a former student

    May 24, 2005


    I am a senior that is about to graduate from Manchester High School. The academic programs are some of the best around. Even though there are two fabulous specialty programs, the other students still get the great quality of teaching. This is not so at some of the other schools. There are countless after school activities and extracurricular courses. This creates a fun learning environment for students because they can choose classes they enjoy and excell in. This includes numerous chorus activities that have even won awards around the coutry for their performances. AS for the amount of students, the school itself is so large it is not that noticable. I am proud to have gone to Manchester High School.

    Submitted by a student

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