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Culpeper, VA
Students enrolled: 1,012

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14240 Achievement Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701

(540) 825-8310
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February 07, 2013
We have had three children at this school, and both parents have taught (elsewhere). Results so far = eldest graduated and is now attending Cornell Engineering. Best department = Social Studies. Some outstanding teachers, especially in the most advanced classes. Principal Dietz has and will have his own children attending, so he is truly focused on providing the best for the dollars provided. Don't come to this school for the football, but the Marching Band and music are strong. Need a bit more parental support, as we see many of the same folks. Any reviews before 2009 should be discounted due to the construction of Eastern View HS and the splitting of the school population. Administration working hard on creating more dual-enrollment opportunities with Germanna Community College.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 03, 2009
Wow. i must say i love CCHS this year. Yes i am a very active student from three varsity sports and several other after school activities i couldnt ask for much more. I mean lack of money is always hard (especially when it seems like EV is getting everything they ask for) but from the crowded last year to this year, devotion and pride seems to have come alive. I love my teachers, some more than others but that is nothing new. CCHS wants to help its students in school. Athletics may not be the best, but we lost all our star athletes and the young people like me have a chance to step up and become leaders. It may seem like things are turning for the bad at CCHS based on sports, but this year seems to almost be a new and improved school

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 24, 2008
I have been in Culpeper for a couple of years and what I see is the biggest problem is the school board. The members do not listen to the teachers or the community. They tend to do whatever they want. I see the teachers trying to do their jobs, but everyone else make it difficult for them ... this explains why good teachers do not stay here.

- submitted by a teacher

July 26, 2008
Now i see that some people on here are bashing my school and career academy. I know that culpeper high is a hick school but i don't think your giving it credit. Yes when i was in school (2005 graduate) it was very crowded and teachers were to busy but i enjoyed it for the most part because there are teachers out there that made it fun and career academy was hard and idiotic at some times but damn if it hasent taught me to handle my self in corporate or some kind of job situation. I am calm cool and collected and hardly say ummm in speeches because of that those classes. I am glad i stuck with CA. So y'all just back off my school give those people some credit.

- submitted by a student

April 07, 2008
I attended CCHS all four years and I didn't come out of it with a warped education. I know first hand how hard it is to get administration to do anything, but I learned that if you bug them every morning then they get fed up with you and get it done. I'm not saying that that's a great way to do something, but it works. I learned how to get things done for myself. The teachers are wonderful. I loved almost every teacher that I had. There are plenty of opportunities for people to excell, it just takes a bit of work, which is the reason I had many of my friends and peers tell me that they weren't going to take the AP and honors courses that were offered, and even more from the people who said they weren't going to the newly established governor's school. Motivation is needed!

- submitted by a community member

March 28, 2008
I am one of those detractors of CCHS. I have had 2, going on 3 at that school and they've done well with no thanks to the school board, administrators or the counseling staff. Some of the teachers have been very good. A number have been very bad. Clearly the post by the teacher, Mr. W, relative to career academy is totally subjective. It has been very meaningful to those kids who've chosen those two tracks. Any problems with career academy has been due to teachers who are not involved in that program doing their best to undermine its success. Hopefully, the overcrowding will be ameliorated with the opening of Eastern View High School, but we'll still have to deal with poor leadership from superintendent and school board.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2007
lots of drama, lots of fights, arguing with teachers, old equipment, the average school.

- submitted by a student

May 14, 2007
I am a new resident to Culpeper and I have a jr in Culpeper HS, I really wasn't impressed on how the school operated in transfers. My son was out of school for a week because they wouldn't let him start until they received his records from him previous school 1st. I was told that this was because of the overcrowding... Now that he is in school, I have to say that his teachers have made an good impression on me. They are interested in my child and have made every effort to stay in touch with me concerning my child.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2007
Okay I am a graduate of CCHS and I just want to say that its a nice school, it may be very crowded but teachers provide a great learning experience and extracurricular activities are amazing. . .and who can forget about the sports. . .

- submitted by a student

October 12, 2006
What a joke!! Overcrowded, rude students and many ill equipped teachers, are just the beginning of how to describe this school. Wanting to stay in Culpeper and having a good education for our children are never going to coincide. We have been involved continuously in our children's growth, development and education. I do not blame the board of supervisors from continuously not wanting to give tax money to the school system, when it is completely evident that the school board is intent on wasting it.

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2006
Having had two children attend this school, I would not recommend it. It is understaffed, lacking in diversity of study and uninterested in anything but maintaining order in an overcrowded environment. By carefully selecting teachers, one can get a decent education, but it isn't easy. The teachers are underpaid and under appreciated. The counseling staff seems too overwhelmed to give much pro-active assistance to students. Heaven help the kids who don't have educated and/or involved parents -- they'll sink like stones in this school. The best and brightest will do fine, but woe to the rest.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2006
Having two students currently attending the high school, I have two different points of view. During the last school year both of my children had a difficult year. One of my children applies herself at school with great effort while my other child extremely dislikes school. Last school year my daughter had a problem with a teacher and going through several avenues that problem still ended up not being solved. I have no problem with the school, the discipline problem is not the responsibility of the teachers that right was taken away with the removal of the paddle. Discipline begins in the home. Once in a while give these teachers the benefit of doubt, because children do have a tendancy to tell tall tales in order to involve taking responsibility for any wrong they do. Parents need to support the teachers and correct their children instead of coddling them.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2006
Detractors of CCHS should learn how to spell. One error is excusable but trying to deplore an educational institution while bastardizing the English language discredits everything. Moreover, I am a teacher at Culpeper County High School. It houses around 2200 students and that number will go up to 2400 next year. The school has to put up with the 'the powers that be' not adequately funding the school. Six administators are supposed to oversee 2200 children. Yes communication is an issue. Yes discipline is an issue. But that comes with an exponentially increasing county. However, if your child exhibits an interest in learning there are a multitude of AP and Honors Courses available, more than most districts. Career Academy is a joke, and Orwellian 101 tactics don't allow teachers to voice their disdain with the program, but most of the teachers care, and try to make best with what they have.

- submitted by a teacher

December 14, 2005
I'm a freshman at Culpeper County High School and I have had 3 other siblings gradute from this high school. Overall this school is pretty good, but when you get in trouble once your on the bad side of the staff and you always have staff asking you and accusing you of things. And when your on a sports team they give you a hard time also and put even more pressure on you.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 27, 2005
With a long history with Culpeper County School System I have seen many changes as well. I attended CCHS and I've had 2 kids to graduate from CCHS in 2000 and 2003, both of my kids are currently attending Lord Fairfax Comm. College and Stratford Univ. and have a 3.5 GPA. So without saying, CCHS staff must of done something right. By the way I am not affiliated with the officials or prestigious of Culpeper, just a former student and Mom of 2 CCHS graduates. And my last remark would be: Parents are responsible for selecting the environment their child will be exposed to and if the appropiate measures were taken in educating yourselves about the school system in Culpeper County, you would of known prior to enrolling your child in this school system. So let this be a like it, leave it, or go to private.

- submitted by a student

April 23, 2005
Let's be realistic Culpeper is the south, for those of us who have moved here from the north although we know geography this is still a rude awakening. The town itself is racist but with a smile. This attitude extends to the classroom as well. Many of the minority students are targeted as below par students. Even disiplinary referals include a box to identify race. One of the primere educational programs at the High School is the Career Academy. This program is deplorable, a farce, a joke don't put your child in it. The program should promote and enhance career development instead it frustrates the youth and gives local businesses an oportunity to toot there horn without truly helping the students. The students leave the program despondent because of waisting their time. I've been here 12 years the system is a shambles.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2005
I am a parent of a 11th grade son. We moved from PW Co. This is the worst run school I have ever been involved in. They do not have the students best interests at heart. I have had no good responses from any parents. I am in the process of relocating my son. I also have 2 more children they will not attend CCHS.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2004
I am a new student at cchs, comparing cchs to my old school I would have to rate cchs as the poorest high school I've ever seen. I used to go to nearby Liberty High School (lhs) in Bealeton, VA (lhs is about 100 times better than cchs). Cchs is an overcrowded, noisy, disgusting, and in some areas (such as the gym, rotc and agriculture rooms.)Not airconditioned. this school has a capacity of 1500, how come our enrollment is over 2000? The school board members aren't the ones who have to live through this mess everyday, so they need to stop slacking and get a plan. I am not proud to attend this school.

- submitted by a student

July 01, 2004
Culpeper County High School has many excellent teachers and school leaders. The level of student achievement has steadily been improving, but the school is way overcrowded. The biggest problem locally is with the County Board of Supervisors, who do not understand or appreciate what it takes in terms of resources to operate an excellent school. I learned that the per pupil expenditure in Culpeper is below all other surrounding counties. The apparent attitude of the Board of Supervisors is to keep taxes low at the expense of the children. They need to get on board an build a new high school!

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2004
I just finished reading the comments of disappointed parents about the 'terrible' CCHS. My daughter graduated last year and my son will graduate this year from CCHS. Both of my children liked the teachers and the administration, both received a good education. One attends college, the other will in the near future. I am disgusted about the lack of parental involvement during school functions like parent-teacher-meetings/conferences, open house, etc. and disrespect of education shown by parents through their children. Don't lean back, run a big mouth about bad teachers or administrators if you fail your own child at home. Education starts at home, teach your child reponsibility and respect. I think parents should be held accountable for their non-existing interest in education. You made the choice to have children, you as parents have to raise them, not the schools.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2004
We moved to the country for quality of life. Little did we know we would be sacrificing the quality of education for our children. Our oldest daughter endured this underperforming school and we will always regret that. Not only will the county not build another high school which is desperately needed (they don't want to dillute the football team by having a second school; god forbid they not win the division in football...)but they will also not provide any public parks, recreation areas, or anything that would enhance the quality of life for the citizens who pay their taxes each year. Not to worry, because this will not happen to my other two children as we are leaving this area for good. The good ole boys can have their football team and Pabst Blue Ribbon all to themselves. I'm going for the education for my kids...

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2004
Overcrowded. Racism. Bad Teachers. Drugs. If that is what you like then come on down. This school is racist in the fullest especially against the Hispanic and black students. In my stay here I have heard all types of racial slurs but I'm sure if you ask the teachers or the kids parents they would deny it to the fullest. If you are of color I wouldn't recommend this school to you. Sadly we're decades behind here. But thank God I don't have to attend this school next year.

- submitted by a student

April 30, 2004
Culpeper County High School, though overcrowded and noisey, is wonderful. Sure, there isn't much one on one time between teachers and students because of the high number of students in each class, but the teachers are almost always available for after or before school tutoring. With the 4x4 Block scheduling newly adopted, students only worry about 4 classes instead of 7 or 8. The enviroment is wonderful, everyone is nice to everyone most of the time because of the small town attitude. I know because I have been attending Culpeper County schools since I was five years old and maintained a wonderful grade point average for 10 years!

- submitted by a student

March 17, 2004
This school is overcrowded and the teachers are not the best. Example of this: My child asked the teacher for assistance and was told that he didn't have time (this is happening to other students). Student selected for sports are those that parents are in the school system or are influencial in the community. If you have a problem with a teacher the school backs the teacher. Does not matter what the issue is the school is always right. Please do not send your child here if you want them to be happy and recieve a good education. Fortunately, mine won't have to spend another year here!

- submitted by a parent

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Culpeper County High School
14240 Achievement Drive, Culpeper, VA  22701
(540) 825-8310
Last modified Culpeper County High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Culpeper County High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top