Seneca Valley High School

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The other reviewers seem to be basing their experience on the past rather than the present. SV has a lot going for it now academically, including an IB program that is very good. Yes, the football team is still good, but I don't think that detracts from the school at all - in fact it is great at building a community. The school's population has also dropped from 10 years ago, which helps dramatically. The school's aging facilities are the big problem, and while it is slated for renovation/replacement, the County has delayed this for quite some time.

My daughter is now a senior and son a freshman. My daughter has had an excellent experience there, with graduate with an IB diploma, has an ACT of 32 and can get into almost any college she wants to (and is being actively recruited). I thought this wasn't supposed to happen at a "football school" that colleges frown upon? It is a very diverse student body, and I think that is a positive. Does SV have the test scores of a Churchill or Whitman? No. But then again, those are some of the more affluent areas of the country and the data shows that affluence and academic achievement correlate pretty closely... When you compare SV to high schools across the country, you will find that it fares exceptionally well. Mr. Cohen, who has been the principal the last three years, is doing an exceptional job and the school continues to improve it's academic program.

We contemplated moving out of the county at one point and decided to stay, mainly for the schools. I am completely comfortable sending my kids to SV and am sure that all of them will be prepared academically for college and get into any college that they want to attend commensurate with their achievement.

And don't forget - many of our finest colleges and universities spend a lot of money on their athletic programs (think Stanford). Admission to a school is based on your academic, athletic and other extracurricular achievement. You can get all of this at SV.

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★★★★☆

The other reviewers seem to be basing their experience on the past rather than the present. SV has a lot going for it now academically, including an IB program that is very good. Yes, the football team is still good, but I don't think that detracts from the school at all - in fact it is great at building a community. The school's population has also dropped from 10 years ago, which helps dramatically. The school's aging facilities are the big problem, and while it is slated for renovation/replacement, the County has delayed this for quite some time.

My daughter is now a senior and son a freshman. My daughter has had an excellent experience there, with graduate with an IB diploma, has an ACT of 32 and can get into almost any college she wants to (and is being actively recruited). I thought this wasn't supposed to happen at a "football school" that colleges frown upon? It is a very diverse student body, and I think that is a positive. Does SV have the test scores of a Churchill or Whitman? No. But then again, those are some of the more affluent areas of the country and the data shows that affluence and academic achievement correlate pretty closely... When you compare SV to high schools across the country, you will find that it fares exceptionally well. Mr. Cohen, who has been the principal the last three years, is doing an exceptional job and the school continues to improve it's academic program.

We contemplated moving out of the county at one point and decided to stay, mainly for the schools. I am completely comfortable sending my kids to SV and am sure that all of them will be prepared academically for college and get into any college that they want to attend commensurate with their achievement.

And don't forget - many of our finest colleges and universities spend a lot of money on their athletic programs (think Stanford). Admission to a school is based on your academic, athletic and other extracurricular achievement. You can get all of this at SV.

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I agree with the other reviewer. Seneca Valley seems to put undue focus on its athletics over its academics. It's a bad sign when a public high school, the institution in which we entrust our kids' education, is more well-known in the region for its football team than for anything else. Add to that its aging facilities and you have a pretty strong reason to avoid this school. Montgomery County is a quite affluent county with a strong educational system, but if you are looking to maximize your student's potential, don't look here...look to its other schools first. Nearly all of them (with the exceptions of maybe Einstein, Wheaton, and a couple others) beat out Seneca Valley on standardized measures like test scores and college matriculation, which are an important indicator of where a school truly places its values.

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I agree with the other reviewer. Seneca Valley seems to put undue focus on its athletics over its academics. It's a bad sign when a public high school, the institution in which we entrust our kids' education, is more well-known in the region for its football team than for anything else. Add to that its aging facilities and you have a pretty strong reason to avoid this school. Montgomery County is a quite affluent county with a strong educational system, but if you are looking to maximize your student's potential, don't look here...look to its other schools first. Nearly all of them (with the exceptions of maybe Einstein, Wheaton, and a couple others) beat out Seneca Valley on standardized measures like test scores and college matriculation, which are an important indicator of where a school truly places its values.

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Seneca Valley has always been more concerned about its sports programs than its academic programs. This causes the students that study hard to be at a disadvantage when applying for college. Colleges (despite what others might think) do look at the school and the statistics of the students that go to that particular school. If the school is focused on finding the next NFL quarterback than helping a bright student obtain an academic scholarship, there is something wrong. I would rather drive my child to another school.

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Seneca Valley has always been more concerned about its sports programs than its academic programs. This causes the students that study hard to be at a disadvantage when applying for college. Colleges (despite what others might think) do look at the school and the statistics of the students that go to that particular school. If the school is focused on finding the next NFL quarterback than helping a bright student obtain an academic scholarship, there is something wrong. I would rather drive my child to another school.

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