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Oscar F. Smith High School

Public | 9-12 | 2076 students

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Posted December 2, 2011

I had the privilege to attend Oscar Smith High School as a student from 1999-2003. I was very involved all of my 4 years there: cheerleading, dance team, soccer, student council & Chesapeake Student Leadership Forum. I graduated with honors and was even crowned both Miss OFS & Homecoming queen my senior year. The educators, for the most part, are excellent, professional & caring, and the extracurricular activities are abundant. If your child has a problem with "drama" or "skipping class", that is NOT an accurate overall depiction of the school or of its educators. More so, it is the student's (& sometimes, the parent's) lack to be proactive in their education & lack of maturity to handle various social situations. There is an obvious difference between the students who strive and the students who do not strive. It is what the student makes of it, & there is no excuse for failure in this school since the resources and the staff are all provided there for the students and for their parents/legal guardians. I highly recommend this school. If your child is willing to work hard for their grades, be active & be involved in the right social circle, they will be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

I have 2 kids who have attended this scool. Both were in the International Baccalaureate program. Very rigorous program - no slackers tolerated. It has positioned them for success in college. One is now a college senior, and the other a freshman. Also there are many activities to get involved with. Fantastic music program - very committed Band and Orchestra teachers. OSHS is largely what your student chooses to make of it. Yes there is a wide cross-section of students. YOU have to choose where YOU want to end up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2011

Oscar Smith High School will teach you more of a lesson about the real world than any other school in the area. You truly can not move forward in life unless you push yourself, contrary to other schools that received five stars because the students were shoved through school by more involved and economically satisfied parents. The students in this school have to do so much more for themselves and others in the classrooms and at home. Students have more independence with extracurricular activities and clubs than other schools, also more opportunities for roles of leadership that look great on college and scholarship applications. These other comments are truly biased by parents who may have moved from other districts, and who have children who are clearly not as exposed to other cultures as they should be (however it is no excuse for a decline in academic performance, which reflects their true work ethic, and who cares if the teacher likes you or not, HE/SHE can't change your grade for it!). The educators at this school will help those who want to be helped, it takes an effort on both sides for one to educate another. PARENT INVOLVEMENT MAKES A DIFFERENCE (PERIOD)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2011

These reviews are more than slightly biased. I graduated from OFS in 09 and the school is what you make of it. If your kid is unmotivated and takes regular level classes then they will probably have an uninspiring experience. If they put a little effort into their high school career they will encounter some great teachers who actually care about their students. There are were two teachers I experienced in my four years there that weren't great. Thats a pretty good percentage. You shouldn't expect miracles if you don't put forth any effort.


Posted November 30, 2010

My son graduated June 2010 from this school.It had more negatives about it then it had positives.I did not believe my son when he told me his photo teacher did not like him until I sat in class on parents day and noticed that not only did he not like my son, he also did not like the other 4 white students in his class.I left the class and went straight to the principals office to discuess the matter.I was told that the principal and other teachers would do "sit ins" on the class to observe it.My son said not one teacher ever came in to sit in and watch.Im thankful that I moved far away from Chesapeake so that my daughter will NEVER have to attend OS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2010

An awful educational institution as a parent my experience with the administration has been extremely horrendous, which is a reflection on the persistent tremulous and catastrophic encounters that my children were gratuitously subjected to. The lack of concern and interest for students is unmasked and administration is quite adamant about making no apologizes for their practice of primarily receiving compensation over providing appropriate quality education - that is in the best interest of the students. An administration that promotes burly intimating circumstances against pupils and condescending actions of demeanor towards parents and adults is very appalling. It is a rather disappointing violation to have children denied a proper education and services in a city with sufficient resources. Bullying not only exists with minors but also peer to peer adults in bureaucratic administrative positions against citizens of the community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2010

I am a current student at OSHS.! I hate the school! Way too much drama and children who don't care sbout life. The gangbanging, cursing, fighting, and disrespect is ridiculous. And then you have teachers that don't even care. They can't teach and cant even relate to our generation. If you dont want to teach and if you're just there for the money then just quit. I totally want to go to another school. And how is Oscar Smith only rated a three out of 10? Come on people! Get it together! STEP IT UP! But Psx!, Thanks Ms. Gray, Ms.Thompson, Mrs.Curry, and Senora Johnson -A VERY CONCERNED STUDENT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2010

I am a rising Senior at Oscar Smith High. Even though some teachers cant teach. Teachers go out of their way to help us. Teachers are always asking me to stay back for help if i need it. Its true that the main focus is Football. But as a basketball player myself, we get mega support. The security here are great. They dont play any games. They staff here is very respectable. I love it here at Smith. I wouldnt want to graduate anywhere else. Kids dont have to worry about there safety. Im proud to be a tiger. The atmosphere here is fun. All the kids here goof off, but we know when to get serious. All in all Oscar Smith High is the best school ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2010

I myself am a sophomore at Oscar Smith High, and I can say with all honesty that this is the worst school a parent could ever put their child in. For one, a lot of the teachers don't even know how teach properly, it's no wonder a lot of people I know say they get bad grades...I can say so myself....and they don't even seem to want to go out of their way to help students improve their grades. There's nothing special about the peers here either...a lot of them don't seem to want to learn, they tend to goof off instead. No motivation whatsoever. Not only that, but a lot of people are also unfriendly, and you may not fit into the mold. There always seems to be some kind of scandal going on, and the staff does a poor job keeping things under control. Your child may worry about safety.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2009

My children love this school, ever since I've transferred them theyve gotten better grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

I'm a rising jounior at smith and me truthfully don't like the experence. Most teachers I have had don't care really at all it seems like they forgot what there getting paid to do. Don't get me wrong there are some amazing teachers at smith but there few and far between. It also seems like the main focus of smith is football football and more football yea the team is great but what about the marching band and other sports. Most people are proud of there high school but me I'm ashamed to say I go to smith. There sways seems to be a fight or something big going on and sometimes I don't feel safe going there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

The safe and ease of access location of the school is both a blessing and a curse. Children will be children- its easy to 'skip' class here. However, if these kids parents would be parents I don't think this would be such an issue- my kid skipped once...never again - he graduated with honors his senior year. I got more involved in his life like I should have from the beginning. The staff are great, they return calls promtply and will meet with you and your child if you request. The marching band is above average- they can really put on a show whne they want to and I adored the orchestra! I wish I could have gotten to attend this newer O.Smith High when I was attending the old one in SoNo. The only thing I would like to see upgraded for the kids here would be more language classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

Oscar Smith is an excellant school. My two children excelled at Smith and went on to become lawyers. The staff ensured that my children were well prepared for both undergraduate and law school. I could not have been happier with my children's acedemic experience at Oscar Smith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

Oscar Smith is a wonderful and also a horrible school. It depends on what classes and future and well attitude your student has towards learning. I have one student in the IB program and another who is well basically failing every class. My IB daughter shows me that this school has dedicated teachers and amazing resources. My son however also shows me that those teachers and resources are only found in the IB part of the schoool, and that everyone else is cheated out on their educations. However, it is not only the teachers and administrations fault, if parents aren't at home helping their kids with their homework, etc. then it will seem like the school is failing, to raise good children, we need dedicated parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2004

I think that oscar smith is one of the worst schools in the chesapeake are. The teachers do not contact the parents about the student grades, even, when meetings have been set up and home phone numbers provided. Alot of the teachers either are not qualified to teach certain subjects or they just do not care. I have repeatedly contacted my childrens teachers about grades, and they do not bother to keep me informed when my kids are having problems. The teachers at smith have forgotten that they get paid to teach our kids, and some kids require a little extra help. I have been told if they don't get it the first time, we do not have time to help them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2004

I have had good experiences with the staff at Oscar Smith. Involved parents make the difference. Even as my child made wrong choices I had rapid helpful responses from his teachers to get him back on track. Some students and parents need to remember they are responsible for their attitudes and behavior. It would be interesting for some parents to have to see just what the teachers put up with from their children... Again, involvement makes the difference for the student and the parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2004

I am moving to get my child out of Oscar Smith High. You won't know your child is skipping until they have failed the class because the school only reports attendance during first bell. It should be mandatory for attendance to be reported to parents for every class! It has been nothing but trouble for my child because they don't care!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Oscar Smith is a very good school. Two of my children have graduated from there. The biggest problem is student additude. Teachers should be able to teach with out feeling threatend. If parents would disapline their children at home all of the students would have a better chance of success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2004

Oscar Smith offers all the academics that all other Chesapeake schools offer plus the IB students are taught here. This to me says that Smith has the most qualified teachers in the City. The only thing this school lacks is parent involvment. That is because this area both parents work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I have learned through this school that every teacher is not qualified to be a teacher. There focus has gotten lost over the years. They do not take the extra time to give every child an opportunity to learn before they just try to get the child actually taken from out of there class, and then the child is left to sit in an inschool suspention class even though they are not in trouble. I am very disappointed with the Chesapeake school sytem, for not makig addiquit provisions for children that might have a tramatic past.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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.

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

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69%

2011

 
 
94%

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94%
Algebra II

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

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

563 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
88%

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88%

2010

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
Earth Science

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

532 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
English: Reading

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

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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90%

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90%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Writing

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

546 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
History and Social Science

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

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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Virginia and United States History

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

516 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

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75%

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69%

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89%
World History II

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

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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90%

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96%
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 Students74%
Female students75%
Male students74%
Black students72%
Asian students83%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial71%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English75%

Algebra II

All Students70%
Female students73%
Male students68%
Black students61%
Asian students93%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial70%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Biology

All Students75%
Female students74%
Male students77%
Black students67%
Asian students91%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial83%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English76%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female students79%
Male students75%
Black students65%
Asian students87%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial87%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Earth Science

All Students76%
Female students73%
Male students78%
Black students70%
Asian students89%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial83%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Reading

All Students84%
Female students85%
Male students82%
Black students76%
Asian students76%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English84%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students88%
Male students78%
Black students76%
Asian students87%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial94%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female students77%
Male students77%
Black students69%
Asian students88%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial83%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

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 Students82%
Female students81%
Male students83%
Black students76%
Asian students76%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial94%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

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 Students72%
Female students71%
Male students74%
Black students67%
Asian students94%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial84%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English73%

World History II

All Students93%
Female students91%
Male students96%
Black students91%
Asian students100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%
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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