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Galax High School

Public | 8-12 | 503 students

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Posted May 2, 2014

Galax is not a great school. Most of the students do not behave at all and are mean to the teachers and the teachers won't do anything about it. Many of the teachers will tell you what to study for a test or quiz and the quiz will be completely different than what they gave you to study. Some teachers do this all the time and the students will fail their quiz and they will wonder why. The school has some very good teachers that teach very well, others not so much. The students are the worst part. There is a lot of racism that for on here at Galax and nothing is done about it.


Posted March 17, 2011

I'm a graduate of Galax High School and I am SO glad I chose Galax over other schools in the area. The administration and staff clearly push the kids to a higher level of achievement. Other schools tend to set low expectations for the students, but Galax always sets high expectations as far as academics and college admittance. Through the AP classes and dual enrollment, I was able to enter college with enough credits to be considered a sophomore! The other schools simply don't push as hard as Galax, and it shows in the SOL scores. Galax is great and I would definitely send my kids there to properly prepare them for college.


Posted February 22, 2010

i think galax high school is the best high school around there football team could use some work but the rest of the sports excels alot galax always has great sol scores and the teachers would do anything for you if u need help they are very passionate about there job and u can tell i think your stupid if u dont put ur kids in galax high school and there is heardly any fights cause we have a resourse officer there so if u think galax is a bad school your wrong sorry it is the best school around this area and i mean the best in academics and in sports and it has small classes so you learn more than you would if you was in a bigger school and also not many students drop out some do like all schools but alot of galax high schoolers graduate and
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 23, 2010

I am a graduate of Galax High School, and believe me when I say that this school is amazing. Every kid gripes about their school, that's natural. They complain about the food, but when I was there, the food was good, the teachers were very interactive, and I learned a lot. They have several programs to help kids excel. And every school is going to have a discipline issue. They're KIDS. It happens. This school is nice, the staff is wonderful, and you're lucky if you can find a school like this without the gang violence, the drug problems, and other major issues you find in bigger schools. I recommend this school to any child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2008

as a parent of two children who attend galax i am verry concerned with the safty of my kids.The school is undergoing rentovation.The school is not clean,the food is pretty bad.My outlook on the school is the kids are running the school.The teachers are great.But everyone seems to have trouble keeping the kids in line.Boys wearing paints hung to the knees,girls dressed in SHORT cloths.Looks like someone needs to take control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2007

I am a current senior at Galax High School and I firmly believe that this is the best high school in the area. Despite the small size, Galax excels in both athletics and academics. Through programs like the Linwood Holton Governor's School, the Southwest Virginia Governor's School, and AP and College classes, I have been able to study above and beyond high school standards. Galax may have few immediate resources, but the administration strives to push students to a higher level of achievement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2005

I dont agree with the other reviews either you dont really know anything about the school unless you have recently been there i believe the teachers and principals are really awsome and with an enrollment of 450 how can a staff of 40 keep that completley under control your going to have some fights no matter what but really has calmed down
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2005

I am a recent graduate of the school (05) and I disagree with the reviews. The classes are challenging and the teachers interact well with students. Principal Sturgill is probably the best thing to happen to that school in quite some time. He always sought the advice of students to get things changed. When the old principal was there, there were fights all the time. Last year, there were two. Maybe three. Students complain so they get their way. Don't buy into that stuff right off, parents. Parents need to be more involved if anything.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 21, 2005

Galax City Public schools are okay but they could be a whole lot better! They are nasty and the new principal isn't really doing a good job of keeping these kids safe! The other day my children came home saying that two girls got in a fight now if the teachers really watched these kids then that wouldn't have happened, would it?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2004

My son hated Galax Public schools. The teachers would just pass out the work and go over it a little bit. They didnt go over the work enough for students to learn it. If you had any sense you would not put your kids in Galax Publics Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

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Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students68%
Female students68%
Male students67%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English71%

English: Writing

All Students62%
Female students60%
Male students63%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient students17%
Proficient in English67%

Math

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

Science

All Students65%
Female students57%
Male students73%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient students33%
Proficient in English69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • 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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
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 II

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Reading

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
87%
World Geography

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

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
World History I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
95%
World History II

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
88%
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 students91%
Male students77%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students58%
Proficient in English88%

Geometry

All Students67%
Female students66%
Male students68%
Black students39%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English67%
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

Algebra II

All Students68%
Female students63%
Male students72%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Biology

All Students80%
Female students82%
Male students79%
Black students100%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students29%
Proficient in English91%

Chemistry

All Students83%
Female students86%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students57%
Proficient in English90%

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students95%
Male students89%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students77%
Female students74%
Male students79%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient students26%
Proficient in English88%

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 students81%
Male students88%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students87%
Female studentsn/a
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

World History I

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 II

All Students75%
Female students61%
Male students87%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%
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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Galax, VA 24333
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