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Patrick Henry High School

Public | 9-12 | 1489 students

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Posted April 1, 2014

I recieve a high quality education. Personally, I'm in the IB program. The IB at PH is great with one of the best programs around. While many people will complain about the facility of the school be old(over 50 years old) the quality of the education recieved massively outweights the negatives of an older building! There is a reason why Hanover County has consistently had a top notch education system, they know that education isn't all about facility looks and high government spending, (like in the adjacent Henrico County.) PH is a well-deserving 5-star school.


Posted January 30, 2013

Patrick Henry provides a quality education for all students. The opportunties are there for sucess. I would not hesitate to recommend this school. While they do need to improve the math department, the overall scores were as good and better in some areas than other county schools. Most of the parents are pleased with the education their children are receiving, and there are abundant extracurricular activities to keep the kids interested. The IB program is top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

The school is falling apart. A few teachers have left due to sinus trouble from mold spores in the ceiling due to the combination of a flat roof and rain. There are bugs everywhere, dirt on the floor, chewing tobacco in the water fountains and on the walls, and just an overall feeling of uncleanliness. The supplies such as textbooks are severely outdated, many past the "adoption level", and some textbooks even the teachers have learned from. The school uses old computers which use Windows XP, a nearly 12 year old operating system, and even overhead projectors. Many teachers have been cut due to monetary issues, so class sizes have been severely raised. However, it's easy to see why these teachers have been cut. Many "teach" by using slideshows taken straight off of the internet or videos made by someone else. They read straight off of these slideshows or just sit back and let the video play. They even get their tests off the internet as well. Recently, due to the shooting in Connecticut, Patrick Henry has decided that it must take precautions in case of an event like this. Every door is locked, which is a big inconvenience, and all of the windows have shades. It feels like a jail.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2012

My daughter graduated from PH not long ago. We had moved from an incredibly competitive school where she was in all AP classes; I thought only private school would offer the same challenging courses. We were so pleased that PH offered every class she needed and wanted for the AP degree, but also - because the school offered many varied programs and didn't push all students to AP as her prior school had - that her classes had anywhere from 7 to 22 students - an excellent environment. PH recognized so much varied potential in students aside from pushing all students in one, 4 year college prep direction, as we had experienced. Dedicated, approachable, caring teachers and a varied curriculum from which to choose, together recognize and foster the varied gifts and learning styles of students. Our and our daughter's experience was excellent in all respects, and PH thoroughly prepared her for success after high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

i been at patrick henry high school .The kids are so mean .I been made fun of a lot .It is the worst school ever . I don't care about that school anymore
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2009

As a former student, I can say I recieved an excellent education at PH. I was accepted into all of the colleges I applied for, as well as recieving a full ride to the university which I chose to attend. PH had many opprotunities for students to become involved, offered AP and IB courses and extracurriculars as well. I felt all my teachers were personally invested in my education, and that I could go to them with any concerns. The physical facility of the school may be somewhat run down, but the education within was definately priceless.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2008

When my family relocated to the Richmond area from Fairfax County in northern Virginia, we left a nationally ranked high school thinking we would have no choice but private school. Do not believe for one minute that they do not offer advanced opportunities at Patrick Henry! My daughter made a completely lateral move from the honors program in northern Virginia to a 5.0 and AP regimen at Patrick Henry, earning many college credits through successful scores on AP exams, acceptance at the great Virginia universities, and the highest merit scholarship of over $50,000 to her private college. We credit, and thank greatly, Patrick Henry for providing opportunities and encouragement for her success, tremendous faculty and leadership, and all of this in an atmosphere that was NOT the pressure cooker of northern Virginia. Any student should thrive here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

In contrast to what was stated in previous reviews, Patrick Henry has plenty of honors classes, including a full IB program. They also offer several languages - my daughter is in her 5th year of French and has learned enough to be accepted into a first rate French program at university next year. True, the building may be falling apart, but that is because the county won't pay for repairs. The leadership and teaching staff, however, are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

The cafeteria runs out of food on a daily basis. There aren't any honor classes and very few APclasses. There isn't a very wide selection of electives and languages are scarce as well. This school is falling apart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2004

My son's geometry teacher made a mistake in averaging his grade in this class. How do you explain to a 16 year old that his math teacher has problems in averaging grades?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2004

I am a teacher at Patrick Henry High School and a father of four children. My wife and I chose to move into the area because of the high level of leadership and excitement that is present at this school. It has the strongest Language program in the region. Within the school, it is apparent that the students are the center of instruction. The clubs are very active in the community and the teachers love to educate young minds. I am looking forward to a life long career at Patrick Henry High School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 19, 2004

Patrick Henry was the best years of my life. From over crowded hallways to teachers who really care about you if you care about yourself and your grades. The extracurricular activities introduced me to a world of opportunites. You could be in band and a flute like me or you can play football for the school. What ever you do here is fun and will allow you to excell. Over all Patrick Henry is the best school in the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2003

The four years I spent at PH were the most interesting of my life. From marching through sprinklers on the football field to playing innocent pranks on the teachers I can say that there was never a dull moment. The teachers at PH are very qualified and can make learning fun. In AP US History we had debates with famous figures like Mr. Patrick Henry and his least favorite person Mr. Thomas Jefferson. In Ap English indiscussing Crime and Punnishment we had a trial with all the characters from the book including the characters from the grave. If you are searching for an excilent school then look no further than Patrick Henry, the high school across from the cow field.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 76% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 83% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 89% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 87% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
98%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 85% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
93%
World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
World History II

The state average for World History II was 85% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students49%
Female students55%
Male students44%
Black students34%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White students55%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

Algebra II

All Students69%
Female students74%
Male students64%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students87%
Male students82%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial40%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female students83%
Male students80%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities86%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Earth Science

All Students98%
Female students100%
Male students96%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students90%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students92%
Male students85%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Geometry

All Students71%
Female students76%
Male students68%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Math

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Virginia and United States History

All Students91%
Female students89%
Male students93%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Students86%
Female students78%
Male students93%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

World History I

All Students87%
Female students86%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

World History II

All Students82%
Female students78%
Male students86%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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12449 West Patrick Henry Road
Ashland, VA 23005
Phone: (804) 365-8000

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