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Goochland High School

Public | 9-12 | 750 students

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Posted November 27, 2011

The teachers are very fun to learn from, and very trustworthy. The way Goochland balances out learning and having fun with pep rally's and opportunities on your future is perfect and overall the best i have seen. I recommend Goochland, you can't go wrong by letting your child attend this school. He or she will have fun, and learn at the same time. They will have plenty of opportunities with learning and collages along with a great sports program Goochland can fit every ones needs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2011

I have above a 4.0 GPA and I am in all honors / AP classes. It requires very little work and I think if I went to another school I would have to work much harder to get the same GPA. I've asked my parents to switch me to a private school but we cannot afford it. Teachers and staff need to be much more assertive and strict in order to get students to take things seriously. There are many students who associate with drugs and innapropriate conduct within the school's walls. I have to deal with it, but I won't want my children to deal with it. I wouldn't reccomend sending your child here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2010

GHS offers a range of ways for students to learn and excel. We have a dual-enrollment program, as well as AP classes supported by VASS. We also have classes with BRVGS. Simply put, there are plenty of opportunities to be challenged, to learn, and to get ahead. I guarantee those students who truly want to learn will learn. Most of the teachers I have known here truly love and care for their students and want them to advance. Many sacrifice personal time, staying after hours for students who want extra help. Our guidance department actively helps kids prepare for college. They are ready to assist students in applying for the SATs, even offering review sessions. They help students apply to colleges, and seek financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Recently, guidance sponsored a trip for interested students to a college fair at FUMA where we met representatives of schools from all over. GHS is a great school with accelerated standards and expectations. Any problems with the school, social or academic, can be addressed if students decide to behave and take learning seriously. As for me, I have been accepted into a college with a generous scholarship. Those are not just tossed out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2010

I am a sophomore at this school and it is absolutely awful. It's incredibly small, and most classes are overcrowded. Many of the students here are incredibly homophobic, and I can't go a single day without hearing a crack about homosexuality. Sometimes I even hear such things from the teachers. Some teachers actually do teach the material, but others simply glaze over it, and all of them make class far too easy. Over and over again I've heard that this school doesn't prepare its students for college, and I believe it wholeheartedly. Furthermore, the classes are so large I'm being held back by other students because the teachers are constantly getting held up by others who aren't even trying to learn the material. All I can say is that I can't wait to leave this school for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 27, 2009

Goochland High School does not challenge the students. The only gifted program they have is very easy and does not promote creative thinking. I have had a child in it and to graduate with a great GPA took very little work. Not impressed with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2009

I am a teacher at Goochland. I did not grow up in Goochland. I earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. I attended High School in Fairfax County where everyone is a number. I have found that GHS is a very friendly school. No matter what school you attend you will have issues with students getting along. They are teenagers and they are human. But, we do have a good mix. One person commented that all likes of kids get along and I think this is true. The teachers are extremely willing to help students, the technology is outstanding, and the facilities are great. Students have great opportunities to do the College Connection, Blue Ridge Governors, and J. Sarg classes to earn College credit. Our students go to outstanding Universities. Those that stay home have chosen to do so. Life is what you make it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2009

Im s student at GHS and to be totally honest, this school is a joke. Teachers teach the minimum, and most days I end up sitting around every single class, wondering if I might actually learn something. I guess it's a great school if you want to do absolutely nothing and still get good grades. Do I feel ready for college? No.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2008

I attended Goochland County schools all my life. I attended Randolph Elementary, Goochland Middle, then Graduated from Goochland High School in 2008. The teachers at Goochland schools prepared me for college and life after high school. They were always ready and willing to help you when you needed it. They help you but do not hold your hand. s I still keep in touch with many of my teachers. I was a good student, not straight A and I got into every single college I applied to. I know I couldn't have done as well as I did without the help of the teachers and staff. No school is perfect though, we did have a few flaws but I can honestly say that there was never a 'bully' problem or a 'homophobic' problem. I plan on staying in Goochland County and sending my children to GHS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2008

Our youngest son attended GHS for his last 3 years. We couldn't be happier with the social environment and the sports programs. The students know one another and get along, and the coaches are competitive while individually supporting the athletes that comprise their teams. It seems to be a relatively clique-free environment where everyone hangs out with everyone. Students who are from affluent families mix with students who are less fortunate, 'nerds' hang out with 'jocks', and the students do not self-segregate along racial lines. It's refreshing. Academically, I would say the curriculum is not overly challenging, but my son enjoyed making A's with a minimal amount of work. He could live the same balanced life kids used to live before HS became a full-time job. He and his friends still got into the colleges of their choice (WM, UVA, JMU), and most of them earned 20-30 college credits before entering
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

My son went there for five years, since it opened in 2001, he graduated in 07 and since then he cant even mention the school without twitching. This school hurt my child and now he still lives with me. He is 22 Don't let your child go there if you want him or her to have a nice life. The school was homophobic... not a school if you want your child to learn, rude guttermouthed teachers, horrible uncontrolable students, but a nice selection of books in the library. If your kid likes to read that's for school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

Goochland high school is a great school that has fantastic athletic teams and facilities. Not only is Goochland a great place to learn, it is also a school full of pride and overall intellegent people.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2006

My son attended this school for 1 year and that was enough for me. My child wasn't a straight A student therefore he was ignored. Some of his teachers cared but most didn't. The staff and teachers were there to collect a paycheck.
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Algebra II

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

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
72%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
Earth Science

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Reading

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

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

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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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
World Geography

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

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World History I

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

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
97%
World History II

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students48%
Female students44%
Male students51%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students52%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities50%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English49%

Algebra II

All Students89%
Female students90%
Male students88%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Biology

All Students85%
Female students86%
Male students84%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female students75%
Male students79%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Earth Science

All Students83%
Female students71%
Male students89%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students86%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students92%
Male students85%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students67%
Female students63%
Male students70%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

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 Students82%
Female students80%
Male students85%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

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 Students89%
Female students91%
Male students88%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

World History II

All Students86%
Female students82%
Male students90%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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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3250a River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
Phone: (804) 556-5322

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