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George Washington High School

Public | 9-12 | 1363 students

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Posted June 3, 2011

GWHS is the most horrible school in the city limits!!! The principal and staff there trys to go overboard ruling your child! Religion is not suppose to be in school, but if your not a christian they will do everything they can to get your child out the door!!! Take it from me, i've had three children go there and i have took them out and sent to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Not only am I a parent of a child who attends GW, but I am also a former teacher. I rate GW as tops in the area. I must say that the teachers are great, the administration is tops, and the school is very safe. Principal Carter is very alert thanks to the Danville Police Department with what is going on in the community and how it impacts the school climate. While there are those who feel the security, gates, and cameras are extreme, I feel better as a parent and former teacher knowing they are there. Based on stereotypes and how we tend to label people and schools, one would have never thought Columbine or Virginia Tech would have been sights for tragedy. Proactive is always the best policy. What do these schools have now, security and cameras. Students are able to get a diverse and great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

This is not a good school at all. Go to Galileo if you want a good education.


Posted December 14, 2008

I am the parent of two daughters, one of whom graduated from GW in June (and who is now a college freshman, doing very well at a challenging university), and one who started as a freshman this year. GW provides an outstanding college prep program and the most varied and exceptional extracurricular activites of any school in the area. The school is safe, and filled with many wonderful faculty members. I also like that the school is very diverse; my children have had the opportunity to become friends with teenagers who are from every socioeconomic, racial, ethnic and religious background. They learn to respect one another and to work together - as one example, just look at the award-winning marching band.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2008

GW is a school that has past its prime. The administration is weak and the superintendent even weaker. Security is the only thing good about the school. The once great GW is but a tarnished has been as it slowly sinks deeper. Only an overhaul of the administration and school board could save this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

As a former student I have the perspective to compare what GW was when I attended and what it is now. GW has always been a school that has made a lot from a little. We never get the best when it comes to funding but I know, particularly while I attended, GW was still one of the top high schools in VA, if not number 1! There are various activities that student's can choose to be a part of to enrich their high school life and ALL of these activities area continuing tradition of success. There are also many different academic routes that students can choose to best fit their interests and concerns. GW and the Danville community have a lot of potential and often realize that potential in very surprising ways!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 7, 2005

I was a parent who was a bit reluctant to send my child to GW because I had heard so many rumors of how unsafe it is. My son will be graduating in June-in his 4 years at GW, he has never been in an unsafe situation. Just like in life, a lot depends on the people you surround yourself with- if you take the upper-level courses with other kids who want to be there, you shouldn't have any problems. If a child is serious about their education and parents are involved, its possible to get a good education. The AP classes/teachers are fantastic and there is such a variety of extracurricular activities that everyone should be able to find something that interests them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2004

I'm a student that goes to GW High School and from my point of view, the school isn't the best high school but it's the best in Danville. A lot of people say the school is unsafe and the students that go there aren't getting education. The school has great teachers that do the job and most of the classes are well-kept. The school activities vary so nobody is left out of interest. The guidelines are followed but a little too strict. The safety is ok but as said, the gates around the school need to go because it's an obstacle in the way of escape from danger. My overall viewing of this school is about 4-stars.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2004

I am a former student at G.W and it was not the most serene environment but it was school. As a teenager the cameras and security guards at every turn and corner were kind of scary and uncomfortable. Although the high security was probably needed, it doesnt make the students feel any more safe, just violated.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 17, 2004

I feel that GW would be alright if it wasn't for all the security. For instance the gates, which is a fire hazord and they don't even unlook if we have a fire drill. I recently heard they were going to get rid of Ms.Hoffman, but as a student I feel that she is a great principle that they need to keep. The laws they make are kind of silly like for instance on Valentine's day they want if let u take balloons on the bus which isn't hurting anyone. Then at lunch when its cold outside they don't want you to anywhere else but the cafeteria, but Gw is a big school and all of us cannot fit into that cafeteria.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2003

This school has good teachers, but a terrible environment for a child to work in. The school is full of dangerous people and becomes more and more like a penitentiary every day. The school has brand new cameras and tall fences(Which have done no good), but ten year old books.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2003

GWHS is a great High School. Supportive staff and great students. The GWHS Marching Band is the highlight of the school!! GW is definitely the place to go if you move to Danville.


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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.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

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

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
Earth Science

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

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
English: Reading

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

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

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

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
93%
World Geography

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

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
89%
World History I

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

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
88%
World History II

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

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students68%
Female students70%
Male students66%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Algebra II

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students83%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Biology

All Students78%
Female students81%
Male students76%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Chemistry

All Students89%
Female students90%
Male students87%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Earth Science

All Students69%
Female students67%
Male students71%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English69%

English: Reading

All Students79%
Female students84%
Male students74%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students74%
Female students75%
Male students72%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Geometry

All Students63%
Female students62%
Male students65%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

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 Students85%
Female students85%
Male students85%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students93%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

World History I

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students74%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students73%
Proficient in English75%

World History II

All Students93%
Female students92%
Male students94%
Black students93%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%
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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Danville, VA 24541
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