Gar-Field High School has been serving students living in homes in Woodbridge, VA since 1953 and is one of the largest high schools in the state. Gar-Field High School is part of the Prince William County Public School (PWCS) district. The PWCS system is the second largest school system in the state of Virginia, continuing to grow as Prince William County experiences an increase in population. The mission at Gar-Field High School is for teachers and educators to work to provide a positive learning environment that enables students to make effective decisions and succeed academically.
Students from 4 Middle Schools: Godwin, Beville, Woodbridge and Saunder feed into Gar-Field High School. There are 14 elementary schools located near to Gar-Field High School that feed into Gar-Field: Bel Air, Dale City, Fitzgerald, Kerrydale, King, Minnieville, Montclair, Neabsco, Old Bridge, Penn, Rockledge, Springwoods, Vaughan and Westridge. Students living in homes in communities such as Dumfries, Montclair, Dale City and Woodbridge are all within the boundaries that report to Gar-Field High School. The Prince William County Public School system has created a convenient boundary locator that can assist residents in determining which public elementary, middle and high school their child is eligible to attend based on where houses are located.
In addition to providing academic services to students in grades 9 through 12, the PWCS district has set up different career-oriented programs at various high schools in the county to help ensure that all students within the county have the ability to find academic success. Gar-Field High School is home to one of the largest International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in the world. The purpose of the IB program is to offer internationally-minded eleventh and twelfth grade students the opportunity to take college-level courses while still in high school. These courses are then followed up with rigorous assessments that focus on writing, critical thinking, communication and experimentation. Students who successfully meet the requirements of this program can earn an internationally-recognized diploma in addition to the diploma awarded by the state of Virginia. One of the goals of the IB program is to help instill in students a sense of international-mindedness, tolerance and awareness of other cultures. Students from anywhere in Prince William County can choose to take a course in the IB program.
Gar-Field High School also has a Marine Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) program that is available to all students. The goal of this program is to help students develop leadership skills, self-discipline and promote a sense of citizenship.
Gar-Field High School students strive for excellence in academics, artistic fields and athletics. Gar-Field offers a wide variety of College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) courses in preparation for future college study. The goal of these courses is to expose students to a college-level classroom experience which highlights the importance of higher-level writing skills, critical thinking and research skills. Depending on test performance, students can earn college credit for AP high school courses.
Gar-Field High School offers students the opportunity to participate in Marching Band, Choral, Orchestral and Drama programs.
The athletic program at Gar-Field High School has been offering students the chance to take part in many different sports for over 50 years. Through the years, the Eagles have earned over 250 District Championships, 130 Regional Championships and 22 State Championships.
The Robotics team recently won the VA FTC Championship, and has had the honor of placing among the top 50 robotics teams in the world.