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Albemarle High School

Public | 9-12 | 1770 students

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Posted August 17, 2014

I am a rising senior at Albemarle High School, and while I do agree that the school has some short comings, I would like to point out that no school is perfect. Hence the reasoning for my 4/5 star review as opposed to 5/5. There are a few incompetent teachers at the school, though if you bring it up with the higher ups things normally get straightened out one way or another, but overall I love all of my teachers, they're energetic but also informative, and yes, from what I have seen the extracurriculars at the school are great, and if you want to make a new club, then simply get a couple people together and get a teacher to represent you, then you're good to go, I set up a club for my robotics group this way. Yes, I am mostly an A student, so I can't speak all that much for the academic classes and it has surprised me that some years you either take academic or a college class of the subject, no honors, Also the comment about the drugs, that was only one incident, which was then dealt with swiftly, it is not the school's fault if its students decide to deal drugs on the premises, it is the school's fault if they let it continue. Which, they didn't, it was quickly dealt with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2013

Our two daughters, academically strong and from an affluent family did very well at AHS. Lots of AP options, talented teachers, good athletics and an outstanding art/music/drama program. Admin is so-so and has not been wholly stable. We were really very happy there. I just read many of the negative reviews. Many of these issues are true; a student who doesn't excel academically or in a club can get lost in the shuffle. We were at another outstanding school with the same problems. Parental involvement is crucial, and without it good schools are no substitute. The alternative might be to focus attention on the students who are not succeeding but that is fraught too. I suspect that a student who hates AHS, isn't doing well academically, and has parents who can't be bothered to interact with teachers would do no better at another school. The wide mix of AHS students might make this disparity more evident though. AHS will do better now that the SOL issue is diminishing, and it could use improvements in the physical plant. It could stop doing dumb things like buying iPads for (select) students too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

I am a Highschool Senior currently at AHS. What is true about our school is we do have "wonderful clubs & athletic programs", but what about the kids who dont want to persue there highschool years in the football team, or the drama club. They get lost in the shuffle, which every guidance counselor is aware of, but will never say at a meeting. I am currently in a peer group, and we have met very often with kids that feel left out, yet i feel that some counselors and teachers that are aware of this, could care less. Or just decide that they will "find a place". We are a great school, with huge numbers! Yet we could try and show every student that we can be a great school. I have loved my 3 soon to be 4 years at AHS,and hope that every student feels the same:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2010

Western Albemarle High School is an excellent school compared to Albemarle High School, AHS has a drug issue & sever overcrowding & an overall terrible reputation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2010

I dont know what school people are looking into when writing these reviews, AHD is horrbile. they only look out for affluent rivh kids, not the common or poor child.


Posted July 20, 2009

Albemarle is a good school, however, the school is too crowded and your student is likely to be lost in the shuffle if they aren't A+ students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

As a military family, we have experienced several school systems across the country. This school, and the community and parent support it receives, is outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

I agree with the posting of October 10th. The school climate is one that does not support the student who is 'marked as middle'. The school only offers AP, Honers and then an Academic level. This Academic level class does not support the college bound 'B' student, but is there is support the achivement gap sutdnets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

I had 2 children in Albemarle HS. There are some teachers there who are very talented. However, the school is too crowded & the student-teacher ratio is pushing the limits. There were times I sent emails to teachers & because they're so overwhelmed, they couldn't email back within the prescribed 24-48 hrs. There were a couple of teachers who never showed up for Back-to-School night or Parent/Teacher Conference night..ever. I 'loved' that one of the guidance counselors didn't even know the name of my child. Yes, AHS has 'award-winning' clubs & athletics and I discovered that communication for these endeavors are pretty decent. So, why can't the same effort be applied to academics, which are the main reason the kids are in school in the first place?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

Albemarle High School is improving every day. The faculty and staff work hard to make the school experience rewarding for all students. In this day in age, high schools have many challenges and this school is meeting many of the challenges. Get involved in your child's school and you will learn a great deal about today's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2005

I have two children at AHS. I have been impressed with the rigor of the honors/AP courses and the dedication of the teachers, who are quite willing to spend extra time helping students, coaching them for the SAT, etc. The instrumental music program is exceptional, with 3 levels of concert bands, a marching band, and a jazz band that has won top honors in state and national competitions. The drama program has won state and national awards, as has the history program. Sports are managed by an award-winning athletic director. There are dozens of clubs, and students are welcome to form new ones to fit their interests. This is an extraordinarily talented and diverse group of students who get along well with one another. There is a friendly and energetic new principal who is trying to make the school administration more parent-friendly. The PTO has recently been re-established.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

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

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Reading

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

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
History and Social Science

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

2013

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Virginia and United States History

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

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

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World History I

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

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
98%
World History II

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

436 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students71%
Female students73%
Male students69%
Black students63%
Asian students93%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial60%
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English72%

Algebra II

All Students86%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black students62%
Asian students96%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial70%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English86%

Biology

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students88%
Black students78%
Asian students87%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial91%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English92%

Chemistry

All Students88%
Female students89%
Male students88%
Black students60%
Asian students93%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial85%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students64%
Proficient in English89%

Earth Science

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students52%
Asian students92%
Hispanic70%
Multiracial78%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English84%

English: Reading

All Students91%
Female students93%
Male students90%
Black students77%
Asian students89%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students94%
Female students97%
Male students91%
Black students84%
Asian students93%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English96%

Geometry

All Students78%
Female students82%
Male students75%
Black students63%
Asian students84%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial59%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English81%

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 Students90%
Female students89%
Male students90%
Black students71%
Asian students90%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students69%
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students90%
Black students68%
Asian students93%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial77%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English90%

World History II

All Students88%
Female students86%
Male students90%
Black students64%
Asian students97%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial88%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English88%
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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2775 Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
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