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Charlottesville High School

Public | 9-12 | 1203 students

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Posted November 11, 2011

We have had two children who both attended CHS, one graduated with honors the other did not feel safe after the first year after being solicited and then threatened by another student. I do appreciate the responsiveness of the admin. and the full-time security officers. Since there is a very high teacher turnover at CHS (about 30% each year), our second child was not able to get the same great teachers that our first child recommended. Sadly, those teachers were simply not at CHS four years later. Because the guidance counselors were all new and unfamiliar with the teaching style of the new teachers, they could not recommend a good fit for our intelligent underachieving child. CHS is the only public High School in Charlottesville there is no other choice. We are thankful we could afford a private tutor for our oldest child. A personal connection with an experienced teacher, who feels secure in keeping their job from one year to the next, would help to create better students than a personal computer for each student and a smart-board in each classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My children had wonderful educations at CHS. Not only did they have great academic opportunities, but they also had wonderful music and physical educational opportunities. CHS is an amazing school with great diversity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

CHS is so cool!!! For decades they have had atop notch arts program and a great science program too. The building looks like its right out of a John Hughes movie.


Posted December 27, 2006

If you have the right attitude toward your education, CHS can absolutely be the best choice. I am a current student, and I can say from personal experience that most of the AP classes are terrific. The fine arts are the best around, and many sports are both competitive and inclusive. The great strength of CHS that parents overlook is the diversity. If only in 9th and 10th grade gym and health and a few advanced classes, students can really learn a lot about other cultures -- I have made friends from all over the world. CHS is not the best place for students who wait for hand-holding or who are going to rely on guidance to sort out their college applications, because CHS students need to know where they want to be and take themselves there on their own. However, if you want a wider perspective, CHS is it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2006

This school is not as great as many think it is. If you take a walk around this school you can see there is a nice level of achievement among students in honors and AP classes, but if you take a look into the lower level classes its completely different. I take honors level courses and, I hate to say, there are few minorities taking these courses with me. Its like night and day when you take a look into a general level (and even advanced level) class. The students are loud and rowdy and the teachers don't seem to care. Fights constantly break out among students. Sometimes I even question my own safety.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2006

I am currently a student at Charlottesville High School and it is a wonderful school.The athletics are great and as of now the Girls Basketball team is 11-0. The lacrosse and track teams are also outstanding as well. The fine arts program is booming. The band has been a Virginia honor Band for a numerous amount of years and holds the state record with Lake Braddock for the most superior ratings at Festival. The academic courses are exceptional for gifted students. I am currently taking all honors classes and they are top notch. Lastly, the overall atmosphere at CHS is wonderful and filled with a wide range of diverse peoples.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2005

The academic programs and the extracurricular activities are really good. The orchestra is large and have recently obtained the title of Grand Champions for the cruise festival they embarked on in March-April 2005. The orchestra program is excellent. The other programs such as the band, theater, and art are also really good. Sports are really encouraged here. I see parents being really involved with orchestra, I cannot say for other programs. The teachers expect excellence and they are good at what they do. The school is currently under renovation, so it does look a little bad, but the improvements so far have really helped.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2004

I am currently attending CHS. The school has a rich diversity that the other area schools lack. This year, I'm enrolled into advanced and honors classes. The school turns 30 this year, and a lot of renovations are being done this summer. I can't wait to go back in late August and see what it looks like! The information on this website is a little out of date. The school now has around 1300 students. The art programs at CHS are amazing. The band has kept a superior reputation for 22 years. The orchestra has also been a fine program since 1987. The theater is marvelous. This past spring, the theater did Peter Pan. Great show. This school really blends fine education with performing arts; and don't forget, Charlottesville has been rated the #1 city to live in! Bottom line, great school, great city.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2004

We have had two children graduate from CHS, and one is still there. They have all had a first-rate education. Fine arts programs can't be beat. More AP classes than any other school in the area (someone once said than any in the state, but I'm not sure about that). Athletic programs are pretty decent. For top students, CHS is absolutely superb. For less able students, it is still pretty good. It is about 50-50 white-black. Race relations are pretty good -- not perfect, but no major problems or incidents in years. The physical plant is pretty well maintained for a school that is 30 years old. Over all, our family has been very pleased with the education that our kids have received at CHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

CHS is a wonderful school, with an excellent curriculum, staff, and opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom. The rich racial diversity enhances everyone's educational experience.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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  • 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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
Algebra II

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

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Earth Science

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

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
71%
English: Reading

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

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
88%
World Geography

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

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

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

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
World History II

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

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students50%
Female students55%
Male students46%
Black students37%
Asian students80%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English46%

Algebra II

All Students67%
Female students64%
Male students71%
Black students34%
Asian students55%
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English70%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students83%
Black students70%
Asian students50%
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students47%
Proficient in English89%

Chemistry

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students89%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English86%

Earth Science

All Students61%
Female students58%
Male students63%
Black students52%
Asian students59%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English65%

English: Reading

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students83%
Black students76%
Asian students67%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students88%
Male students74%
Black students69%
Asian students82%
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English84%

Geometry

All Students70%
Female students73%
Male students68%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English70%

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 Students88%
Female students88%
Male students88%
Black students80%
Asian students83%
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History I

All Students76%
Female students75%
Male students77%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial100%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English77%

World History II

All Students73%
Female students72%
Male students75%
Black students59%
Asian students72%
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students61%
Proficient in English76%
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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1400 Melbourne Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone: (434) 245-2410

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