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Hickory High School

Public | 9-12 | 1775 students

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Posted October 3, 2013

Hickory High School has a great group of students and teachers. The parent involvement is spectacular. The building looks normal from the outside but inside you will notice an amazing space. It's design lets in tons of natural light and the halls are clean and bright. You can see natural elements from every direction with the open air courtyard. Everyone at Hickory always seems so bright and cheerful even when you are the parent who didn't know what you were supposed to do. They help out, get it all fixed and your student is taken care of. The amazing thing is how well prepared my child seems. She knows exactly what's expected of her starting now as a freshmen and what she needs to do over the next 4 years. We are really excited to be at Hickory!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

Hickory High School used to be the best , but in three years it's Great Schools rating has dropped from a 10 to a 7! The most noticeable change is the 13 point drop in SOL History scores and the other meausrable drops in core subject SOL scores. The principal spends too much time socializing with the staff and very little time monitoring the continual decline regarding academics. The Guidance Department is filled with less than enthusiastic counselors who do the bare minimum for the students. Security at the school is a joke, especially the police officer who is supposed to monitor the school yet is no where to be seen. The only bright spot is the Arts program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

My daughter graduated from Hickory June 2011. We had a great experience in this school. The teachers really connected with the students and went above and beyond to make sure the student got what they needed. My son is in Hickory Middle School and he just loves it there. I'm afraid if we have to move the next school won't come near in comparison with Hickory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

HHS has been a wonderful experience for my son and our family the last 4years. The administration seems to know all the kids (about 2000 for '11), as well as the parents that frequently volunteer here. My son attended HMS for 2&1/2 years and Dr. Koonce set a fine example for the students, faculty and parents. Mrs. Turner at HHS has her finger on the pulse of what's happening. VERY SAFE environment!! Scantron machine is in all the Chesapeake schools which helps keep our kids safe. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

My daughter just finished her Junior year at Hickory. Except for the guidance counseling which is a bit thin for college prep, I couldn't ask for a better school with great teachers, involved parents, awesome music department and extra curricular activities. Once Grassfield High School was opened the over crowding subsided.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I have had one child graduate and one child still there. We love the school. It is tops with everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

The school is basically good. Rules are enforced and I feel my children are safe. There are way too many students for the staff. The guidance department in virtually non-existant. If you want a school where your child will get individual attention, look for a smaller school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Outstanding high school in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Excels academically, musically and athletically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I have two sons attending Hickory High School. This will be my oldest son's third year at HHS. There are a lot of students here, but it is always under control and the kids are very respectful of the rules. The courses available are awesome. One of my children is in all honors classes, the other child is in need of Special Services, through an IEP. Hickory meets all needs for all children- that I can attest to! They have a wonderful AP courseload for the super motivated students. HHS also provides exceptional Special Education resources. The teachers ALWAYS keep the communication lines open. The guidance department is always ready to assist no matter the need. The building is extremely clean and boasts all sorts of ammenities. I have nothing but praise for the dedicated staff and administrators at HHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

the school its self is wonderful.just a few of the teachers have probelms with teaching.but overall this year has been such a great experiance.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2007

I am actually a student at this school. I love it. The teachers are great, the band program (mainly the marching band) is very good, actually the music program in general. Yes it is a bit crowded, but only in certain areas. I would recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2006

Before moving to Hickory I thought that I would not like this school at all. After my freshmen year I loved it. The teachers were wonderful, the school overall had a lot of clubs and extra-curricular activities, the students were nice and it made you want to get up and go to school everyday. To me, the overcrowding wasn't an issue. It never bothered me until the last day of school when everyone just lumbered around the hallways. Most of the time you wont even notice it. This school is very disciplined. It is well kept and I would recomment it to anybody! I am looking forward to finishing out my High School years here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2006

great school, but absolutely no diversity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

Great School, great teachers. The only problem is that everyone wants to go to Hickory causing a terrible overcrowding problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

Great school, despite problems with overcrowding! I have 2 children, a daughter who just graduated and a son who's a rising junior. HHS offers a wide variety of honors and AP courses, as well as excellent options for kids with special needs. (The city also has a parent resource center that is great help in navigating resources for special needs kids.)Assistant principal, Dr. Judge, and the guidance department are especially helpful when you ask for help. Art and drama depts are very strong. Don't miss taking Latin from Mrs. Brooks and Dr. Wade. Lots of extracurricular activities -- sports, music, drama, clubs. Lots of parent involvement. Somehow kids feel special at HHS. When we offered our children the choice of going to a prominent, less-crowded private school, the answer was, 'No way!'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

I've had three sons graduate from Hickory, the youngest this year. I can't begin to say enough about this school, the staff, Mrs. Byrd, Mr Hicks, Mrs. Turne are all the best. My sons have wonderful memories of their time at Hickory, especially their years in chorus and drama. Mr. Rob has had such a positive impact on all three of my sons. My youngest is going into music education because of what he has seen in Mr. Rob. I'm so thankful for all the positive character traits that have been instilled into my children by all these wonderful people. Thank you all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2004

Hickory High is truly above the rest. The students overall are a great group of young people. The school itself is clean and well maintained. The music programs are all superb, particularly the choral program, which is a perennial award winner. As far as academics, the SAT and SOL scores speak for themselves. The only drawback is that the school is becoming crowded, a direct result of its great reputation. As a parent, I can't imagine any school that would have served my student better than Hickory High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

This High school is the tops in Chesapeake, Caring Guidance Counselors & Staff, If you are thinking of moving to this area Deffinatly keep in mind Hickory Schools are listed in the top of the states list for schools!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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84%

2011

 
 
99%

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99%
Algebra II

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

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
100%
Earth Science

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

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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2010

 
 
97%
English: Reading

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

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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98%

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2010

 
 
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English: Writing

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

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
97%

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95%

2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

449 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.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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2010

 
 
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World History II

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

407 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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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 Students83%
Female students89%
Male students78%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial73%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Algebra II

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students87%
Black students55%
Asian students92%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial92%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Biology

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Chemistry

All Students99%
Female students98%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

Earth Science

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic97%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

English: Reading

All Students96%
Female students95%
Male students97%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

English: Writing

All Students96%
Female students97%
Male students94%
Black students91%
Asian students100%
Hispanic96%
Multiracial91%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Geometry

All Students94%
Female students94%
Male students94%
Black students93%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracial84%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

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 Students95%
Female students94%
Male students96%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial95%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

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 Students88%
Female students89%
Male students88%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial80%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

World History II

All Students97%
Female students95%
Male students99%
Black students95%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities96%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%
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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  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:43 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Alfredia C. Turner
Fax number
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1996 Hawk Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
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