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Great Bridge High School

Public | 9-12 | 1427 students

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Posted May 19, 2014

I went to Great Bridge and so did my sisters, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and everyone else in my family. We all have watched the quality of the school get worse and worse over the years. Buses drive all the way to the Oscar Smith area to pick up kids that do not want to be picked up and brought to Great Bridge. They hate being there and act out in the classrooms making it extremely difficult to learn. The school administration needs to stop this and realize it has RUINED Great Bridge High School. People that are caught going to a school in a school district other than their own are immediately removed from the school. So, why is it that we have people in our school from other school districts? IT DOES NOT MAKE SINCE, AND IT IS NOT FAIR TO THE PEOPLE THAT PAY GOOD MONEY TO LIVE IN GREAT BRIDGE JUST SO THEIR KIDS CAN GET A GOOD EDUCATION!!!


Posted April 21, 2014

Not what it used to be. Administration is uninterested in parental input and goes through the motions, as if working off a minimalist checklist. Special ed programs, in particular, seem designed to minimize teacher and staff effort, regardless of the impact on students and their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2013

Great Bridge High School at one time was a jewel in Chesapeake, unfortunately over the last 10 years the city school system has plundered and pillaged the teaching staff and administration to fill newer schools, touted to be innovations (not nearly as impressive as they are supposed to be). What is left of Great Bridge is a shell, with few exceptions. Teachers who spend more time checking their email during class than instructing and substitutes who are not qualified to teach in the classroom where they are placed. Someone in city admin desperately needs to look behind the smoke and mirrors and return this school to the jewel it once was.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2012

GBHS is not all its cracked up to be on this site. Frankly, the teachers are like everywhere else - you get some good and some bad. More bad than good. FYI to the teachers - you are not there to be the kids' friend and talk about keggers. You are not there to indoctrinate them into Liberalism. You are there to teach reading, writing, math -- whatever elective that they choose. Try sticking to that. I'm glad to be done with GBHS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2012

Both my children attended Great Bridge Schools from Grade 1 thru Grade 12. They were well prepared for college at William and Mary for one and Old Dominion for the other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

This is a great school! It is rather large but it has great facilities and talented teachers. They offer a wide variety of classes and after school activities too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2011

Great Bridge is tremendous place to excel in any category. It has one of the most distinguished band programs in the state. As far as academics, GBHS has the ability to cater to just about everyone's needs, from great special ed, all the way to AP and dual enrollment with the local community college. Great Bridge is truly an amazing place for everyone to succeed, and really helps to prepare students for college. There are numerous extracurricular activities that offer students to excel outside of class: Marching Band, Baseball, Gymnastics, Debate, etc. As a member of the music program, I can truly attest to the music department and its wonderful instructors. If anyone ever has the opportunity to go to Great Bridge, go for it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2011

Our children have been in GB schools for eleven years and the first will graduate this year. We can't say enough good about the schools especially the incredible music program (concert band, marching band, jazz band and ensemble) -- Mr Carroll and Mr Oare are exceptional teachers and mentors who are passionate about their work, and what they say about music improving grades and test scores has certainly been proven true in our experience. Hard work is encouraged and rewarded at GBHS. Our children have been starters and bench warmers on varsity teams, the coaches have selected them based on their work ethic. We are a military family with no roots in Great Bridge and have never experienced any sort of "bubba mentality" with regard to team selection. The only bias we see is toward hard work, on the field and in the classroom. The teachers are excited to teach and mentor hard working students. The new principal, Shelli Porter, is second to none. She has created a warm, nurturing environment and is responsive to parents and seems to be very supportive of teachers. As in all schools, not every teacher is perfect but the administration's response to concerns is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2010

My son graduated from Great Bridge. He had a choice of colleges.The teachers at GBHS prepared him well for the rigor of college classes. We bought a house in Great Bridge because everyone told us how good the schools were. We were not disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

GBHS is an outdated school with poor facilities and equipment tp properly teach the children. School is over staff for the number of students. Academic curriculum is outdated and does not prepare the students for the global enviroment they will enter upon graduation. Education system needs to get into the 21st century.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

My children attended Great Bridge thru out there junior high and high school years. They loved it and fit right in. As for the Bubba system comment on making the sports teams, Great Bridge has a top rate sports program, and, if you are not good enough, you won't make the team. Making the teams has nothing to do with how long you have been going to school in Great Bridge. The overcrowding issue is not a problem since Grassfield opened. Overall, the teachers and staff realy care about the students, and the students welcome new kids with open arms. The kids that go to Great Bridge are realy good kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

Talented in Music and pretty much everything else.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

My family chose to live in Great Bridge because of the small town feel. My sons graduated last year. They began Great Bridge schools in 8th grade. They wrestled and played football. One boy has gone on to a private university on full scholarship. The other has his choice of schools to attend on scholarship and will go this fall. Both were accepted at every school they applied. Though every day was not perfect (that's just living with teenagers in general), our years at Great Bridge have given them a solid educational foundation, wonderful memories and friends that they will keep for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

We're military and my daughter arrived at Great Bridge H.S. in her senior year. She found students very friendly and had her best year ever. The teachers are dedicated, school spirit and traditions are strong, parent involvement is high. My daughter loved the 4x4 block schedule, which allowed her to take eight classes this year. Her counselor was very helpful and kind and worked with students on schedule preferences. My daughter graduated with great memories and lots of new friends, and wishes she had gone to Great Bridge all four years! We love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2006

Excellent school. We are a military family stationed here for two years. Our oldest son graduated and our youngest completed his freshman year. Exceptional band program. Top notch. Best school in our military career and highly recommended. Kids are reflective of their parents values, hard working, respectful and accepting of varied opinions. Hate to leave it. Yes it is overcrowded however the new high school opens up next year and that will alleviate most of those concerns. No gang issues, notable discipline problems etc. Every school has a few nuckleheads and GB did too. But they are the exception and not the rule. If your heading to this school, you won't be disappointed. Kudos across the board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

We have had five kids go through the Great Bridge School system. We are Navy and were stationed here for several years and went overseas and came back to Great Bridge. Outstanding school system and community. The portables should be decreasing as new schools come on line. Second best decision my wife made was having us buy a home in the Great Bridge School district. Teachers will take the time to assist all the students. At the open houses, it is standing room only if you arrive late. Great participation in shool by parents, students and teachers to make the school outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

We are a military family who moved into the area last year. Academics for the most part are above average. My son has had trouble 'fitting in' because we aren't from here. If your child plays sports, especially baseball, do not attend Great Bridge! My son is extremely athletic and has played H.S ball before. He didn't make the team because it is a bubba club! They want Middle school boys they have watched for years rather than an 'outsider'. We have lived many places and all of my kids have attended many schools. This area in particular has been the hardest for my kids to adjust too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

Great school system. Don't buy the argument that 'too many classes are in portable classrooms.' That is true but it doesn't detract from the education unless it is used as an excuse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I am a parent of two students at this school: one gifted and one with special needs. Here are my opinions: Pros: friendly and accepting classmates; very few problems with drugs or violence; the teens seem to mind their own business and let each other do their own thing; block scheduling offers chance for 8 classes per year; late start (8:40 am) helps tired teens make it in on time; extra curricular programs are plenty including athletics, drama and music; excellent band program, it s a VA State Honors band; faculty and staff are caring, but there are always the 'bad' teachers in every grade; parental involvement is good, but not over-the-top. Cons: extremely overcrowded with too many classes held in portables, but this is a problem in Chesapeake Public Schools, not just Great Bridge. Facilities could be modernized and kept cleaner. Overall, this is an excellent environment for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2004

As a minority, this was not the greatest school ever. My fellow minority classmates were made to feel like second class citizens. We were always the students, checked for contraband, we were always the students questioned when something was stolen or a problem needed investigating. Attention parents of minority children, think twice before sending your child to this school system. The school smiles and opens it's arms in public, however the true discrimination is alive and practiced. Great pains are taken to insure lower income minority neighborhoods are not included within it's school zones. Check the racial breakdowns. As for myself, I was an honor roll student who had to work harder than my white classmates. It was not an experience I would do again if I had had a choice.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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79%

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98%

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98%
Algebra II

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

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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94%

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96%

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94%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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95%

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96%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Reading

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

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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96%

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96%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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94%

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94%

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96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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83%

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92%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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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.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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World History II

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

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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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 Students86%
Female students87%
Male students85%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial91%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Algebra II

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students83%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial82%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Biology

All Students87%
Female students89%
Male students86%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracial84%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Chemistry

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students85%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial96%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Earth Science

All Students91%
Female students89%
Male students92%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracial76%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students86%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial88%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students94%
Male students88%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial81%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Geometry

All Students86%
Female students90%
Male students82%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial78%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

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 Students93%
Female students92%
Male students94%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic96%
Multiracial89%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

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 Students92%
Female students92%
Male students93%
Black students96%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial85%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

World History II

All Students91%
Female students91%
Male students91%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial93%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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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School end time
  • 3:38 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Michelle K. Porter
Fax number
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301 West Hanbury Rd
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