Stone Bridge High School

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Stone Bridge High School
Stonebridgelogo2.jpg
Address
43100 Hay Road
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Information
School type Public high school
Founded 2000
School district Loudoun County Public Schools
Principal Matthew Wilburn
Assistant principals Sheila Colbert Alzate, Stacee Huffer, Kevin Tyson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,854 students[1] (2011)
Language English
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Carolina Blue,      Navy,      White, and      Silver
Mascot Bulldogs
Communities served Ashburn Farm
Belmont
Feeder schools Belmont Station Elementary, Newton-Lee Elementary, Sanders Corner Elementary, Cedar Lane Elementary, and Trailside Middle School
Rival Schools Broad Run High School
Briar Woods High School
James Madison High School
Langley High School
Athletic Conference Liberty District
Northern Region
Website

Stone Bridge High School is a public secondary school in Ashburn, a community in Loudoun County, Virginia.

The school is part of Loudoun County Public Schools and is located on 43100 Hay Road in Ashburn, Virginia. Stone Bridge High School serves the northwestern part of Ashburn, including the Ashburn Farm, Belmont Ridge, Belmont Greene, and the Belmont Country Club communities. Landsdowne is no longer a part of Stone Bridge High School and now goes to Tuscarora High School because of overcrowding. Newsweek ranked Stone Bridge the #4 high school in Virginia and the #1 high school in Loudoun County in 2014.

History[edit]

Stone Bridge opened in 2000, with its student body coming from Broad Run High School and Loudoun County High School. It opened the same year as two other Northern Virginia high schools, Forest Park Senior High School opened in Prince William County, and Westfield High School opened in Fairfax County; all three schools regularly played against each other in many sports in their inaugural year. The school's capacity is at around 1,600 students.

During the first year, there were nearly 1,200 students from 9th through 11th grade; seniors stayed at Broad Run or Loudoun County. There were also nearly 500 8th graders housed at Stone Bridge during the 2000-2001 school year because of overcrowding at Harper Park Middle School, the feeder middle school at that time.[2]

In 2002, all of Stone Bridge's Leesburg student body (except for Lansdowne residents and upcoming seniors if they chose so and could provide their own transportation) were moved to Heritage High School, but some additional students from Broad Run were moved to Stone Bridge, dropping enrollment to roughly 1,400 students in the 2002-2003 school year.[3] However, by the 2004-2005 school year, the student body went up to nearly 1,900 students, the biggest enrollment at the time for a Loudoun County high school. In 2005, Briar Woods High School's opening helped alleviate crowding, but its enrollment remained above 1,600 students.[4]

Schedule information[edit]

Stone Bridge High School is open from 9:00 AM until 3:48 PM on all school days. Loudoun County schools are open later than neighboring jurisdictions such as Fairfax County and Prince William County where most schools open considerably earlier.[5][6]

Stone Bridge operates on an 8 period block schedule alternating each day, which are designated as A and B days. Periods 1-4 are on A days (all class periods in order); and periods 5-8 are on B days. Though there are eight periods, all students have a mandatory study hall period which is on one of these days (A/B) and periods. Some students, usually seniors or juniors (who must take a marketing co-op class) may obtain exemptions to leave school early or arrive late.

Academics[edit]

Accreditation[edit]

Stone Bridge High School is fully accredited based on its performance on the Standards of Learning tests in Virginia since its opening in 2000.

Stone Bridge holds the state title for the Virginia Math League, 2009-2010 being the first year entering.

Curriculum[edit]

Stone Bridge High School offers a comprehensive curriculum to all of its students. Most students take a standard curriculum, but the school is also a member of the Advanced Placement program, ESL courses for those who cannot speak English well, and special education courses for students with learning disabilities. Some students also elect to take classes at the Loudoun Academy of Science for math and science courses or the C.S. Monroe Technology Center for vocational courses.

SBHS offers a wide variety of elective courses in a wide variety of areas, including Marketing, Technology, Home Economics, Art, Music, and Advanced Physical Education (for 11th and 12th graders only). Many of the elective courses offered at Stone Bridge require a great deal of work outside the classroom and some of these groups are mentioned in further detail below.

Demographics[edit]

Stone Bridge High School's student body in 2007-2008 was 74% White; 9% Black; 9% Asian; and 7% Hispanic.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Stone Bridge's drama department puts on three annual shows, which include a fall play, winter one-acts (including a competition piece), and a musical in the spring. In 2006, Stone Bridge took home three National Capital Area Cappies awards for their production of "Seussical the Musical." These awards were: Best Musical, Best Lead Actor (Mace Sorensen), and Best Ensemble (Wickersham Brothers).[7] In 2009, Stone Bridge was awarded one Cappie for Best Set (John Darr and Rachel Martin) for the play "You Can't Take it With You". In 2011, Stone Bridge took home two Cappies for their production of Lord of the Flies, for both Best Props and Effects and Best Play. In 2012, the award of Best Comedic Actor in a Musical was awarded to Ian Peterson of Stone Bridge. The Theater Department has also performed well in VHSL Competition, winning the Liberty District title multiple times and placing as high as 3rd in the Northern Region until 2014. In the 2014 VHSL Theater Competition, the Running Dogs performed "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind", placing first in the newly created Conference 14 Theater Festival, first in the Northern Region 5A, and first in the State of Virginia for all 5A Schools, outscoring their closest competitors by an astounding 19 points. Various individual awards were given to members of the cast, including Ian Peterson being named to the All-Star cast at the Conference Level and Kevin Buckley being named Best Actor of Conference 14; Maggie Good and Buckley being named to the All-Star Cast of the Northern Region and Peterson being named Best Actor of the Northern Region; and Peterson being named to the 4 person All-Star cast at the State Level. This is the first and only Region and State Championship for the Theater Department. Aaron Parker and Sean O'Rahilly were also credited for helping lead the team during times of an absence of the director.

Stone Bridge's band program includes two concert bands, a marching band, a jazz ensemble, and two jazz lab bands, which are full size jazz ensembles that meet before school. Stone Bridge obtained the title of "Honor Band", for the marching band and the upper band getting a superior, for the past 3 consecutive years.

The choir program is also made up of several groups, which are Concert Choir, " Junior Varsity" Men's Choir, "Varsity" Men's Choir, Treble Choir, Chamber Choir (also known as 7-4-5 Chorale), and Jazz Choir, which sometimes performs with the band's Jazz Ensemble and often performs around the community. The various choirs constantly receive Superior Ratings from both District Assessments and from competitions at places such as Hershey Park and Busch Gardens. In 2012, the 745 Chorale was picked to perform at the VMEA Conference at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, one of the highest honors a high school choral group can achieve in Virginia.

Since Loudoun County Public Schools opened a string program in the middle schools in 2002 to 7th graders, Stone Bridge and the other nine Loudoun high schools now also have string ensembles starting in the 2005-2006 school year during the school day. The string students from Stone Bridge often participate in North Central Regional Orchestra.

Stone Bridge competes in the Liberty District of the Northern Region for debate competitions. These are the same districts that Stone Bridge athletics are in, because debate is sponsored by the Virginia High School League. The debate program won the AA state title in 2005.[8]

Stone Bridge's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has been named as an Honor Chapter by the Virginia FBLA since it was chartered in 2002. In 2006, the chapter was recognized with its first award from the National FBLA organization; receiving the Business Achievement Award.

Stone Bridge has a chess club. In 2010, the Stone Bridge High School chess team came in second in the Virginia Scholastic Championships.

Athletics[edit]

The mascot is a bulldog and the sports teams play in the AAA Liberty District and Northern Region. The Bulldogs' athletic teams have won many team state and regional championships in their short history.

Stone Bridge's athletic program was established in 2000 when the high school opened. The school's mascot (bulldogs) and colors (navy, Carolina blue, and silver) were established in 1999 after over 1,100 students at Broad Run High School, Loudoun County High School, and Harper Park Middle School voted. Other mascots that were proposed were the Stone Bridge Knights, the Stone Bridge Sabers, and the Stone Bridge Thunderbirds. Other color combinations that were considered included Navy Blue and Orange; Purple and Gold; and Green and Silver.

Stone Bridge has won twelve state titles, which are:

  • Four for cheerleading (AA champion in 2004; AAA champion in 2005, 2006, and 2008)[citation needed]
  • Five NVSHL title for hockey in 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2007–2008, 2010-2011, and 2011-2012
  • One AA title for girls soccer in 2005
  • One AAA title for football (Division 5) in 2007
  • One AAA title for girls soccer in 2010

The Bulldogs have been state runner-ups eight times, which are:

  • One in AA cheerleading in the 2002 season and one in AAA in 2009 season.
  • Four in AAA Division 5 football in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2012.
  • Two in AAA softball in 2006 and 2013
  • One in AAA girls volleyball in 2010

Stone Bridge has also won three awards for sportsmanship, which are:

  • Two for the Wachovia Ethics and Integrity Award (2001–2002 and 2004–2005)
  • One in AA Girls Volleyball in 2003–2004

The Bulldogs have also been recognized in the Wachovia Cup standings for their overall athletic performance in the following years:

  • 8th place for the AAA Wachovia Cup for Athletics in 2005–2006

State championships[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTED FY 2013 – FY 2018 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM". Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Seymour, Liz (July 6, 2000), "Countdown to Completion; County's Largest High School Makes Final Push to Its Opening", The Washington Post: V.01, Loudoun Extra 
  3. ^ Helderman, Rosalind S. (September 15, 2002), "Officials Hit Mark on School Data; Enrollment Up 8%", The Washington Post: T3, Loudoun Extra 
  4. ^ Sollinger, Sharon (August 2, 2005), "Briar Woods Falcons get ready to soar", Loudoun Times-Mirror 
  5. ^ "Westfield High School Bell Schedule". Fairfax County Public Schools. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Forest Park Senior High School Parent Newsletter" (pdf). Prince William County Public Schools. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  7. ^ http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=298347&paper=61&cat=226
  8. ^ http://www.vhsl.org/files/deb-results-2005.pdf