• Midlothian High School8

    Midlothian, VA | Chesterfield County

    June 23, 2014

    I have VERY mixed feelings about this school. On the good side, this school provides a very good education. Most of my teachers are very supportive with the students who care. However, I don't feel that way with the administration, I feel that all they do is just do their job. But, since they're the ones who decides who teaches what, they need to look closer at what the teacher knows best. The best example I have is about a band teacher also teaching orchestra! Both similar areas in music but completely different teaching approaches. Since then, the entire music department has been going downhill since I was a freshman. The guidance department is probably the reason why Ive gotten to the point where I am. They are such amazing people, every student agrees. Future students coming to midlo need to know this, if you work very hard, no matter what level classes you are in, you will find amazing rewards for completion.

    Submitted by a student

    June 5, 2014

    Hello, Im currently an AP and honors student here at Midlothian Highschool. Midlothian is the top tier school here in chesterfield offering the most challenging and rigourest academics that can be offered. If you work hard at our school you are guranteed to end up at a good school. For those who complain about their children struggling or failing need to realise that teachers cant spoon feed your children the information. I've personally seen students on their phones in lower level classes disregarding the teachers so I find it astonishing that parents complain when their students show mediocrity and are destined for Community College. Those who study and put in the work should have no problems at Midlo we are all friendly and have many upper level tutors who will assist your children (including myself) Administartion is excellent the teachers supported me and guided me into 3 AP classes this year (best decision of my life) Mr. Garrison for AP United States History was my favorite!! Guidence is also extremely helpful in directing your students in where to go. Overall midlo is an excellent school...

    Submitted by a student

    January 11, 2013

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 25, 2012

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 21, 2012

    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.

    Submitted by a student

    June 19, 2011

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 27, 2010

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 2, 2009

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 29, 2009

    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...

    Submitted by a parent

    January 2, 2009

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 24, 2008

    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.

    December 17, 2008

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 16, 2008

    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.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 3, 2008

    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.

    Submitted by a student

    January 10, 2008

    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!

    Submitted by a parent

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