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Gloucester High School

Public | 9-12 | 1884 students

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Posted June 30, 2013

Now upon graduation 2013, I can say that Gloucester High School was an incredible school for my son. The NJROTC program was far surpassing in excellence. The courses open to students to pursue careers right out of high school were varied and backed up with thorough instruction on campus or off. Those pursuing college were given constant options of dual credit earned while in high school. My summation would be - that if a student was serious about getting as much out of their education as possible ~ there were staff available to help them make their goals. The NJROTC program is excellent in guiding a student in structure, discipline and a great peer group of cadets helping other cadets even in academics when subjects might prove a difficult challenge. I thank Dr. Beverage for the great four years my student had as I'm sure as principal much was attributable to his steering the course of this academic ship. Thank you...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

Lets see, I am a 2010 graduate of ghs, it is by far the worst school ever and i been to 3 different highschools. the cops dont anything about problems students face and the pricipals dont either, this school sucks, and it wayyy to over crowded and there have been so many fights at the school and NOTHING happens.


Posted September 16, 2009

I like Gloucesters many different course offerings, cosmotology, culinary, child care, auto mechanics etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2008

We had no problems with GHS last year. The teachers and other staff were more than willing to help out with any problems our family had with the school. The athletic department is pretty good and they seem to be off to a good start with the football team this year. School spirit seems to be up. And everyone is always very friendly when ever i go there. I heard horror stories about the high school but all of those problems seem to be under control. GHS is once again on its way to the top in the ratings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2006

Wow, what a difference a change in leadership at a school can make! The new administration has truly changed the climate at GHS. As a parent, I visited the school recently and was amazed at how smoothly the day went. I passed two assistant principals in the hall that were having pleasant conversations with students. Their visibilty was truly appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

I'm very impressed thus far with the new administration at GHS. Expectations are high and I believe the results will eventually make it an even better school. It is crowded but confrontations are few. Obviously, the faculty is doing a lot right to have academic results like they have over the past years. Many extr-curricular groups (athletics,Band, Choir , Computer Challenge , etc. are exceptional and represent the county quite well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

I have had 2 brothers and myself go to Gloucester High School. The problem I have is #1 overcrowding, causes fights and it's hard to learn. #2 poor leadership, which will hopefully change this year with a new principal. I want to learn. I want to go to a school and get an education. I dont want to be scared that I will get beat up because I bumped into someone in the hallway! Come on! We are the future! Give us another school maybe a Vo-tech. So that college minded children can go to an academic school and others will have a trade! Other schools have done this across the country with great results!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 13, 2005

This school is way too over populated. there has to be at least 30 + students in a classroom. As a student at Gloucester High they need to build another one. There are constantly students fighting, back talking, messing up property, and much more. The principle and others need to work harder to help this school. The school also seems to be falling apart. It's outdated and nothing seems to work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2004

Ghs is way too overcrowded and because of this the normal problems occur with such school. The principal is in over her head with problem students and it's obvious she has no clue how to deal with them. That all being said, the teachers we've come across have been wonderful and i feel if the size of the school were the way it should be and the principal didn't allow for constant discipline problems that any child would learn to their best potential. It's time for another high school in gloucester. Also, no pta but a booster club for sports tells parents what matters is sports not kids academics or safety!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

I have a child at GHS now; also 1 who graduated. She went to college w/11 college credits -- programs/tools are all there for kids...being aware of them seems to be the downfall...think administration needs to do a much better job of making students/parents aware of all there is to offer & also need to be a lot more organized --saying 'Lead by example' needs polish. Otherwise, if a child wants to learn, they certainly have all the right stuff at GHS & majority of teachers I've encountered are extremely dedicated and there for the kids. School Board needs to accelerate decision/progress to make school less crowded too which will only enhance learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2004

My son goes to this school and excels at this school. Let's face it no school or person is perfect, but if you commit all you are to what you do, you will excel. Too many times we as parents don't allow our children to grow up and to take responsiblity for their own actions. Our tendency can be to blame someone; i.e., teachers staff, etc. I am not saying that a good teacher doesn't make the difference...a good teacher means so much and good leadership too. But ultimately, teaching a child to excel is being dedicated not only to their well being but also to the well being of those in authority. Bad mouthing a teacher because of hearsay or a bad experience just feeds into the cycle. Pray for your children, your teachers and your school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2004

My son attends Gloucester High School, but it is a horrible school to go to. They are so over crowded that children have to sit on the floor in class. This is rediculous and if I had a choice I would move my son from here. I would advise parents to re-think coming to Gloucester County and having their children go to Gloucester High School. Some teachers are good, but most are not. There are about 2200 children in this school this year. And no student is getting individual attention. I hope that my words will persuade parents not to let their children go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2004

I do not have a child that attends this school. But I did graduate from this scholl almost three years ago. I have to say this is the worst school to attend. The teachers dont really have the time to work with each student individually instead they have to base their time on the SOL tests. When someone needs the extra help from the teachers no one is there to help them out. I do not like the way that this school was ran and have to admit that I will not let me daughter to go this school when she gets to the high school age. I feel that this school does not care about their students the way that they should
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Algebra II

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
English: Reading

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

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

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

2013

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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Virginia and United States History

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

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
World Geography

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

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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World History I

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

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
91%
World History II

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

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students46%
Female students56%
Male students39%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial40%
White students44%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English46%

Algebra II

All Students62%
Female students61%
Male students63%
Black students54%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
White students63%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Biology

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial69%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Chemistry

All Students82%
Female students81%
Male students84%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Earth Science

All Students82%
Female students79%
Male students84%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial79%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students93%
Male students91%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial91%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students92%
Male students86%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracial82%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students63%
Female students64%
Male students63%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracial47%
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

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 students82%
Male students89%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial67%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

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 Students82%
Female students85%
Male students80%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial94%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

World History II

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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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6680 Short Ln
Gloucester, VA 23061
Phone: (804) 693-2526

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