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James Monroe High School

Public | 9-12 | 859 students

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Posted May 14, 2014

James Monroe was an excellent choice for my daughter, the availability of advance classes were tremendous. Great small community high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2013

JM Was a terrible school for me going from Prince William County to JM was like going backwards I felt like I was repeating a year of school and they say you need language classes to graduate and I kept getting taken out of spanish. MY freshmen year was fine I had great teachers my sophomore year not so much the students disrupted class there was one administrator who helped through the majority of that year but there was another that was always picking at me for missing school (which was for medical reason I guess he didn't really believe that) I had some great friends that helped me catch up but it wasn't enough for me to stay sorry everyone else is saying its great I just didn't have that great of an experience there!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2011

We decided to build a home in the Fredericksburg City school district specifically because of the quality of the city's school system. Class size was a key factor in our decison to send our children to James Monroe High School as was the over all size of the school--half or less of the surrounding suburban high schools. All three of our children have attended or graduated from JMHS and were recruited for college athletics and academic progams. With the beautiful facilities, advanced/AP courses, quality programs in the arts and highly competitive (multple state championships) athletic programs, James Monroe High School feels like a top notch private school. The testing rating depicts a large Title 1 population, not the quality of instruction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

I came to JMHS last year. I transferred schools between freshman and sophomore year and I've never transferred or moved anywhere in my life. I was so scared and nervous but after the first day I took a tour of the beautiful school and saw everything it had to offer... I couldn't wait to start school! Of course the first couple days were rough, but I still began to love it. I came from Orange County High School, and seeing the difference was BREATH-TAKING. The academics, sports, and performing arts were/are phenomenal! Nothing's better than having a new built school with a GREAT football team. The teachers were so nice and very well educated, I learned the material and it actually STAYED in my head. Usually I just remember for ten minutes and I forget later. But my first year experience here was so wonderful, I've never had so much pride in my school. I love how diverse it is and well organized. There's so much options of how to get more involved like clubs and sports. I'm starting Junior year on my 16th birthday this year and nothing says happy birthday more than starting another year at my favorite school in the whole wide world. I'm so blessed to be at such a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2008

We moved to Fredericksburg a little over a year ago from Stafford and I was a little apprehensive about leaving a quality school system. However, I soon discovered that we didn't leave anything, in fact we gained a tremendous educational opportunity for our children. Our children later applauded us on our decision to make the change and have become far more involved in extra-curricular activities than at the previous schools. The culture promotes independent thinking and encourages academic success while making you feel like you're truly part of an academic family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

I attended and graduated from James Monroe High School and I must say that it is a great place for learning. The curriculum was extensive, offering various options for everyone. I would recommend that anyone living in this area, go to JM.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 7, 2005

James Monroe has the feel of an elite academic school in a very diverse small city environment. The scale of the school reflects manageable class size and a sense of safety and comfort that you would associate with a school of bygone days in a small community. Academically the school is unparalled throughout the area for advanced and AP opportunities as well as a thriving Honor Society. James Monroe enjoys a consistent reputation for sending graduates to top tier colleges and universities. Athletically, the school is a perennial power amongst schools with twice the student body size. James Monroe offers an abundance of extra-curricular opportunities that range from the arts to internship opportunities. This is a school for students desiring an aggressive academic and extra-curricular experience in a micro-urban environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2004

I went to Jayem for my senior year. The class sizes are fairly small compared to other high schools in the area. I loved going there. The atmosphere was great! The teachers were always really helpful. While the administration was strict, they were also extremely nice and knew most people by name.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Algebra II

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Reading

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

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Writing

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

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
90%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
100%
World History I

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
94%
World History II

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
90%
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 students73%
Male students62%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English69%

Algebra II

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students77%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English81%

Biology

All Students75%
Female students75%
Male students76%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English79%

Chemistry

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Earth Science

All Students83%
Female students87%
Male students78%
Black students72%
Asian students69%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students71%
Proficient in English85%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students89%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students59%
Proficient in English92%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students92%
Male students83%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students39%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students72%
Female students67%
Male students76%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students76%
Proficient in English71%

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 students89%
Male students80%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English89%

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 Students86%
Female students87%
Male students84%
Black students77%
Asian students75%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English87%

World History II

All Students81%
Female students79%
Male students84%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students68%
Proficient in English83%
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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2300 Washington Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: (540) 372-1100

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