Welcome to Patriot!

entrance to the Patriot High School building

Patriot High School is a beautiful, state-of-the-art, facility located in scenic western Prince William County, Virginia. Patriot, which opened in 2011, is Prince William County's eleventh high school and currently serves approximately 2800 students in grades nine through 12. Patriot was designed by Moseley Architects who garnered a Gold Design Award from the Virginia School Board Association for excellence in design. The building and the surrounding campus were designed specifically to promote academic success, with bright classrooms, beautiful courtyards, and access to the latest 21st century technology.

Learning at Patriot is based on the four core principles of "Leadership, Integrity, Character, Pride." All students are expected to learn to their fullest potential and be actively engaged in the learning process. Patriot is one of the nation's first "Leader in Me" schools, with all students receiving instruction on Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." Students are encouraged to integrate these habits into all aspects of their academic careers.

The mathematics, language arts, sciences, and social studies departments deliver rigorous instruction differentiated to address a diversity of learning styles. In addition to these traditional core academic areas, Patriot also offers instruction in Business, Finance, Marketing, Technical Education, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Photography, Driver's Education, Health, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Physical Education. Our Special Education and Gifted departments serve the needs of a variety of learners and the Media Center plays a vital role in delivering research-based instruction and resources.

Vision Statement

Patriot High School will help to develop the leadership capacity of all students and provide them with a practical skillset that enables them to be successful in the 21st century.

Mission Statement

The mission of Patriot High School is to create a student-centered, leadership-themed, environment that will:

  • Empower students to plan and organize their own priorities to meet new challenges effectively
  • Create a 21st century learning environment that provides students with valuable communication skills, critical thinking skills, and practical applications in order to become a successful member of the community
  • Continually seek to improve the quality of our work, demonstrate originality, and inventiveness, and actively seek feedback from others
  • Create and provide opportunities for all students to demonstrate multiple levels of skill mastery and competencies in our chosen areas of study
  • Seek first to understand and appreciate the diverse background of our peers and colleagues within our community of learners and synergize effectively to accomplish common goals
  • Collaboratively problem-solve when faced with adversity and collectively meet challenges through teamwork, communication, and a win-win mentality
  • Build strong relationships with our students, staff, and community to enhance our ability to develop new ideas, accept new challenges, and prepare students for professions of the future, which are unnamed and unknown

School Information

Patriot High Schoolfront of Patriot High School building
10504 Kettle Run Road
Nokesville, VA 20181
Phone: 703.594.3020
Fax: 703.594.2814

Principal: Dr. Michael Bishop (bishopme@pwcs.edu)

Assistant Principals: Mrs. Stephanie Bretzke, Mrs. Delores Lucas, Mrs. Carla Drew, and Mr. Dave Van Gelder

Director of School Counseling: Mrs. Terri Snoots

Athletic Director: Mr. Brad Qualls

Date Opened: September 2011

Number of Students: 2,800

Number of Staff: 227

School Colors: Navy Blue, Red, and Silver

School Mascot: Pioneers

Specialty Program: AP Scholars logo AP Scholars® - Aligned with the nationwide Advanced Placement® Program, which is a part of the College Board’s partnership with high schools, colleges, and universities. The program provides students with instruction in college-level courses, taught by College Board trained instructors.

Additional Programs:

  • Project Lead the Way- Engineering program consisting of five courses – Engineering Systems, Integrated Engineering Systems, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, Engineering Design & Development.
  • Building Trades - Two-year program consisting of modules (semester) in Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical, Masonry.
  • Culinary Arts - Two-year program starting with Junior Year.Should complete Intro to Culinary Arts in 10th Grade.
  • Child Care Certification- Two-year program to provide students with Early Childhood Education certification and an opportunity to obtain child care provider certification for daycare employment.

Special Features:

  • 21st Century Learning Environment
  • CTE specialty programs providing opportunity for certification
  • Access to technology for students and staff members
  • Athletic facilities that will provide for community and student needs
  • Leadership Development Program for all students and staff members

Communities Served: View Prince William County High School boundaries.

Activities: All VHSL sanctioned sports and activities will be offered at Patriot High School (depending upon student interest).

Transfer Students: Refer to Regulation 721-1, School Attendance Areas. Each January the decision is made whether or not a school will be open to transfers. Patriot looks at our specialty programs - APS and Building Trades - and current enrollment to determine if transfers will be accepted.