South County High School (Fairfax County, Virginia)
|South County High School (SCHS)|
|8501 Silvercook Road
Lorton, Virginia 22079
|School type||Public, High school|
|Motto||“Excellentia in Omni Conatu” (Excellence in All Endeavors)|
|School district||Fairfax County Public Schools|
|Principal||Mr. Matthew J. Ragone|
|Color(s)||Navy blue, forest green, and silver ███|
|Mascot||Stan the Stallion|
|Feeder schools||South County Middle School|
|Rival schools||Hayfield Secondary School
West Springfield High School
Lake Braddock Secondary School
South County High School is a high school in Lorton, unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, part of the Fairfax County Public Schools system, opened in September 2005. The school mascot is Stanley the Stallion or more commonly called Stan, and school colors are forest green, navy blue, and silver. Common nicknames include "SoCo", "SCHS", and "South County".
- 1 Current status
- 2 History of South County
- 3 South County Education
- 4 South County Athletics
- 5 South County Performing Arts
- 6 South County After School Programs
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
South County High School is designated to serve grades 9–12. In order to prevent disruption in students' senior years, 2005–06 seniors were allowed to remain at Hayfield, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Lee High School, or any other secondary school they were currently enrolled in to finish their secondary education and maintain continuity during the college application process. South County unofficially has a rivalry with Hayfield, West Springfield, and Lake Braddock, which are other Fairfax County public schools. South County's main building has the same layout and was modeled after Westfield High School's building.
The current Principal of South County High School is Matt Ragone. He is responsible for County, Region, Pyramid Liaison. He is also responsible in the High School Principal’s Association (HSPA), Community Relations (PTSO), and School Improvement Plan (SIP). The assistant principals are: Michael Pflugrath, Paula DiSalvo, Jeremiah Caven, Kaaren Lowder, Carol Henry, and Leah Conte.
In the 2015-16 school year South County High School's student body was: 50.94% Male, 49.06% Female. It was 45.55% White, 19.42% Asian, 17.50% African American, 11.28% Hispanic, and 6.26% other.
School Safety Report Card
|Alcohol, Tobacco, And Other Drug Offenses||17||9||14|
|Disorderly Or Disruptive Behavior Offenses||25||11||17|
|Offenses Against Staff||1||1||0|
|Offenses Against Student||9||4||3|
|Other Offenses Against Persons||25||17||9|
|All Other Offenses||3||2||1|
History of South County
In 2005 South County became the first secondary school to open in Fairfax County in 32 years. The school was built over the grounds of what used to be DC Department of Corrections facility at Lorton. The school originally was meant to be a secondary school, but with the construction of the middle school (South County Middle School) next to it, the school no longer served grades 7-12 but only 9-12.
South County Education
South County (as of December 2015) has a School Staffing Full-Time Equivalent Total of 202.8. The school has 2,229 Computers as of December 2015. The accreditation rates in the 2015-2016 (based on 2014-2015 testing) were: 93 for English, 95 for History, 89 for Math, and 89 for Science.
South County uses the FCPS grading scale, which has been implemented by the county since 2009.
|Letter||Numerical Range||Quality Points|
|A||93 - 100||4.0|
|A-||90 - 92||3.7|
|B+||87 - 89||3.3|
|B||83 - 86||3.0|
|B-||80 - 82||2.7|
|C+||77 - 79||2.3|
|C||73 - 76||2.0|
|C-||70 - 72||1.7|
|D+||67 - 69||1.3|
|D||64 - 66||1.0|
|F||0 - 63||0.0|
SCHS has the following FCPS Programs:
Advanced Placement (AP)
SoCo offers Advanced Placement programs for students who are highly motivated in their education. These courses are:
|Calculus AB||English Language||AP Seminar|
|Computer Science AB||English Literature||Japanese|
|Computer Science A||Music Theory||Spanish|
|Art: 3D Design||Environmental Science||Statistics|
|Art: Studio Art||French||U.S. History|
South County Athletics
South County High School has two cheer teams, Junior Varsity Cheerleading, and Varsity Cheerleading. SoCo has girls JV Field Hockey, as well as Girls Varsity Field Hockey. SCHS has three football teams like most high-schools: Freshmen Football, Junior Varsity Football, and Varsity Football. Volleyball has its place in South County as well; the school offers Girls Freshmen Volleyball, Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball, and Varsity Volleyball. The school also a Cross-Country team and a golf team. The school also offers Marching Band.
South County's Varsity Football team is highly-skilled and has gone to the playoffs many times. In their 2015 season, the Stallions made it to state semi-finals. The final game of the Stallion's 2016 season ended November 18. The Stallions were defeated during the playoff portions of their 2015 and 2016 seasons by the Westfield Bulldogs.
During the winter the main sport at SoCo is Basketball, having six teams which are: Boys Freshmen Basketball, Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Freshmen Basketball, Girls Junior Varsity Basketball, and Girls Varsity Basketball. The school also has teams for Girls Varsity Gymnastics, Indoor Track, Swim and Dive, and Wrestling. In the Winter, students may participate in the Indoor Drumline as well as the Indoor Colorguard.
South County has teams for Baseball, Lacrosse, Crew, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Track. The baseball teams are: Junior Varsity and Varsity Baseball. The Lacrosse teams are: Boys Junior Varsity, Boys Varsity, Girls Junior Varsity, and Girls Varsity. Soccer also has 4 teams, which are Boys Junior Varsity, Boys Varsity, Girls Junior Varsity, and Girls Varsity. The Softball teams are Girls Junior Varsity, and Girls Varsity, and the tennis teams are Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity tennis.
South County also has courses in Dance and in Sports Medicine.
South County Performing Arts
Kevin Engdahl is currently the director of the band program at South County High School. He is known at the school as Mr. Engdahl. Mr. Engdahl was a student at South County. Mr. Engdahl also graduated from James Madison University located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mr. Engdahl directs all band classes, marching band,and jazz band
Ms. Lamons is currently the director of orchestras at South County High School. Latoya got her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, Mount Vernon Orchestra, and the BESK quartet. Ms. Lamons lives in Springfield.
South County After School Programs
South County High School offers many different clubs and after school programs
|NAME OF CLUB||SPONSOR OF CLUB|
|ACT Prep Club||Tom Demharter|
|Black Student Union||Leslie Lewis, Michelle Arnold and Deborah Hicks Johnson|
|Business Honor Society||Danielle Rutherford and Tasha Wearren|
|Book Club||Emily Strong|
|Chess Club||Ian Chiprut|
|Computer Science Club||Terri Cubeta|
|Club Emerge||Janet Edgington|
|College Partnership Program||Leslie Lewis|
|Crew Club||Colin Farrell|
|Dance Team||Wendy Alexander and Markeith Scott|
|DECA||Dianne Mace, Pearl Springfield, Vera Woodson and Kellen Scott.|
|eSports||Danny Southard and Caroline Bruss|
|Family, Career & Community Leaders of America ( FCCLA)||David Long Jane Byrum|
|French Club||Albert Ament|
|Future Business Leaders of America||Danielle Rutherford and Tasha Wearren|
|Investment Club||Marilyn Porter|
|International Thespian Society||Kathie McCormally|
|Japanese Club||Nichole Tsuruta|
|Key Club||Megan Pitts and Kaitlyn Wischum|
|Korean Student Association||Cristina Procaccino|
|Latin Club||Cristina Procaccino|
|Literary magazine ( Xanthus)||Troy Ketch|
|Manga Advisory Congress||Gannon Sugimura|
|Math Honor Society ( Mu Alpha Theta)||Danny Southard|
|Math Team||Sharon Hicks and Danny Southard|
|Model United Nations||Alyssa Pyrak|
|Model Judiciary||Kathleen Landrum|
|Muslim Student Association||Alyssa Pyrak|
|Minority Achievement Club ( MAC)||Ms. Woodson|
|National Art Honor Society||Justyne Fischer|
|National English Honor Society||Samantha Ballard|
|National French Honor Society||Albert Ament|
|National Honor Society||Kristina Brody|
|National Latin Honor Society||M.C. Moshos|
|National Spanish Honor Society||Janet Beckmann|
|Newspaper ( Courier)||Carol Floto|
|Partners Club||Walter Bagwell, Karen Katzberg, Angela Bashore, and Laura Delrieu|
|Psychology Club||Sara Jean Blanc|
|Quill and Scroll Honor Society||Carol Floto and Leana Jensen|
|‘Rho Kappa National Soc. Studies Honor Society||Karen Murphy|
|Sexuality and Gender AcceptanceSAGA||Cristina Procaccino and Deborah Smith|
|Scholastic Bowl||Eric Greiling and Charles LeFebure|
|Science National Honor Society||Mary Engels|
|SBS News 11||Dan Deiter|
|SoCO Eco Club||Liz Harrison|
|Stallions for Serviceman||Robbie Smith|
|Stallions Stop the Hate||Becky Freeman|
|Social Group- NEASONS||Heather Frost|
|TSSC- Technology Social Skills Club||Karen Katzberg|
|Teenage Republicans||Thomas Demharter|
|Tri-M Music Honor Society||Mike Ward|
|TSA||Abdel Ebrahim and Safwat Hanna|
|Yearbook ( Lock and Key)||Leana Jensen|
|Young Democrats||Karen Murphy, Kathy Landrum|
|Young Feminists Club||Jennifer Delinski|
|Young Republicans||Thomas Demharter|
|Young Life Breakfast Club||Meryl Cox|
Jeffrey Philip Caesar Political Scientist, Environmental Justice Activist, and Social Entrepreneur.
Andi Sullivan, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
- "Lorton CDP, Virginia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 14 October 2009.
- "Student Membership Demographics and Supplemental Programs (as of June for each school year)". FCPS. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- "VDOE Accreditation Summary". FCPS. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.