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Stone Bridge High School is a public secondary school in Ashburn, Virginia. It is part of Loudoun County Public Schools and is located on 43100 Hay Road. It is not to be confused with Great Bridge High School, a public high school in Chesapeake of the Hampton Roads area; StoneBridge School, a coed private K-12 Christian day school also in Chesapeake; or Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic K-12 girls school in Bethesda, Maryland. Stone Bridge High School serves the northwestern part of Ashburn, including the Ashburn Farm, Belmont Ridge, Belmont Country Club communities and the Lansdowne community in Leesburg.
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 1,800 students.
The principal is Mr. James Person, who has been there since the school opened. Person previously was the principal of Park View High School in Sterling from 1994 to 1999 where he was popular with students and faculty. As a result, many of Park View's teachers and administrators went to Stone Bridge with him and are still currently at SBHS.
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.
In 2002, all of Stone Bridge's Leesburg student body (except for Lansdowne residents) 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. 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.
Stone Bridge High School is open from 9:00 AM until 3:48 PM on all school days like the other nine Loudoun County high schools. Loudoun County schools are open later than neighboring jurisdictions such as Fairfax County and Prince William County where most schools open at around 7:30 AM and close between 2:00 and 2:30 PM.
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 who have enough credits elect to have an additional study hall, which is usually held on the other day, or if their schedule is laid out right, they may leave early from school, or come late.
- See Main Discussion: Loudoun County Public Schools – Curriculum
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 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 disabilites. 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.
The average SAT score in 2006 for Stone Bridge High School was a 1,582 (536 in Math; 533 in Critical Reading; 513 in Writing).
|2005 – 2006||536||533||513||1,582
(1,060 M & CR)
|2004 – 2005||541||538||—||1,079|
|2003 – 2004||517||531||—||1,048|
|2002 – 2003||524||531||—||1,055|
|2001 – 2002||522||518||—||1,040|
Stone Bridge High School's student body in 2006-2007 was 75% White; 9% Black; 7% Hispanic; and 9% Asian.
|School Year||Number of Students|
|2000 – 2001||1,160|
|2001 – 2002||1,700|
|2002 – 2003||1,450|
|2003 – 2004||1,600|
|2004 – 2005||1,880|
|2005 – 2006||1,660|
|2006 – 2007||1,635|
Stone Bridge has a strong band program, with two concert bands, a marching band, a jazz ensemble, and two jazz lab bands, which are full size jazz ensembles that meet before school. The band program at Stone Bridge has won many accolades over its six year history both locally and on annual tours. Stone Bridge has regularly had multiple students make the All Virginia Band and Orchestra each year, which is comprised of the finest high school musicians in the Commonwealth.
The choir program is also made up of several groups, including a concert choir, treble choir, chamber singers, and a jazz choir which sometimes performs with the jazz ensemble. They also have won many accolades over the years and Stone Bridge regularly has students in the All-Virginia Choir annually.
Since Loudoun County Public Schools opened a string program in the middle schools in 2002 to 6th 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. As the string program continues to grow, as well as Loudoun County in general, there will be a full orchestra program at Stone Bridge as well.
Stone Bridge has a large drama department with three annual shows; a fall play, winter one-acts, and the spring musical.
- Stone Bridge's Drama Troupe, Running Dog Productions, was recently won 3 awards for their 2006 musical, Seussical by the Cappies.
Previous Shows include:
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 has been very competitive recently, and won the 2005 AA Debate State title. In the 2005-2006 school year, Stone Bridge placed fifth in the AAA Debate tournament.
Stone Bridge has a very active and dynamic Future Business Leaders of America chapter. The chapter 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; the chapter received the Business Achievement Award due to the excellent teamwork and planning of the chapter's officers.
- Due to the length of the athletics section, please see the History of athletics at Stone Bridge High School for more information.
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 six year history. Stone Bridge is best known for their football and cheerleading teams, and also have one of the strongest volleyball, softball, and girls soccer teams in Virginia.
- Loudoun County Prep Sports: Covers in depth on all sports in Loudoun County, including Stone Bridge High School.
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