"Langley and excellence seem to coincide. While not a flawless learning environment, Langley provides a challenging and intense atmosphere that I've found highly conducive towards learning. The teachers and administrative staff were helpful, and most cared for the students. However, as I read these comments, I'm appalled. I graduated in 2012, but I can't imagine the school to have changed too much in that time. Bullying was perhaps the greatest taboo for my class, especially when it came to those in the special needs program. To those who speak of the nonchalant administrative staff and uncaring teachers -- I simply cannot take it seriously. My counselors and teachers were fantastic, and they helped me regardless of personal circumstances. Langley is an environment suitable for any who wish to learn. Going in with notions of cliques and social status creates an atmosphere of inevitability; look for them and you shall find without fail. But that is true with just about anything. Langley is what you make of it. To prospective/continuing students: Talk to your teachers and counselors. Give them the respect you want them to give you, and then perhaps you'll find them helpful."
"Although I hate this school, I can definitely agree with one thing with the other commenters. The principal here is atrocious. He has no communication skills whatsoever and lacks a voice among students. He keeps ranting on about how Langley is one of the best schools in the nation instead of focusing on why it is declining. The only thing you here him is say is "Hi, this is your principal Mr. Ragone." Mamba out."
"I have two daughters in great colleges, both Langley graduates. Langley is a tough academic environment and a challenging social environment that prepares students well for what they will encounter in college and the "real world." One of my daughters' roommates is from a "good" Richmond area school that is far less challenging, and she both struggling and shocked at how easily my daughter handles the academic load. If you want easy for your kids, this is not your school, but if you value quality faculty and top-drawer competition, you will appreciate Langley. All that said, the Principal is out of his element, a poor comparison to his predecessor who is overmatched by his faculty and lacks the poise necessary to deal with high expectation parents. If Fairfax County Schools wants to maintain Langley's rigor, it should consider a change at the top."
"Langley High School: My kids have thrived at Langley. The athletics are competitive and the academics even better. The new administration cares about the kids and the teenages have responded. My oldest graduated from Langley in 2012. I have 2 others (class of 2015 and 2017). The spirit of the school is much better now, than 5 years ago. Bulling has been replaced with class spirit. The kids try and help each other and cheer at sporting events (not as much a popularity contest at games anymore). Lax, Softball, swimming have all been positive experiences for us. Parents need to keep their kids away from alcohol (with a zero tolerance policy) at home and schools. I find the private school parents allow drinking more frequently than Langley parents. If you want a dry high school experience you can get it. Focus on athletics and academics over popularity. Ground your kids with a moral compass and they will pick good friends - don't leave it to the school. LAngley is one of the top schools in the country (public or private). It is a model school for others to follow."
"I'm an upcoming junior in the 13-14 year in Langley. I'm not from a wealthy family and contrary to the comments here, I've found that from my experience that one doesn't really get bullied here based purely on wealth. I'm not popular at all either, I have maybe 3 close friends. I haven't seen any actual serious intent-to-traumatize bullying ever happen. Yes, some kids do follow the "rich white spoiled kid" stereotype to a T but they are able to joke about it. Drugs and alcohol are widespread and from what I know aspirant drug dealers are particularly interested in peddling their wares in Langley due to the student body's abundant disposable wealth. Thankfully, no hard drugs (besides alcohol) are being circulated. As for the academics, the school offers many AP and Honors courses for the student. For the most part, the teachers are extremely well qualified and are great at explaining the subject/helping the student, but in stark contrast there are several teachers that simply do not belong in their career field of choice."