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Gretna High School

Public | 9-12 | 610 students

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Posted June 14, 2013

Extreme focus on sports ( a county wide issue) which effects discipline during athletic season. Focus on core subjects and they do not care as much about the arts. It has improved greatly in the last 5 years due to new administrative leadership.


Posted April 2, 2013

GHS enjoys a talented teaching staff in Art as well as music. As far as band is concerned, the lack of interest is due primarily to a lack of student interest. This has been caused paradoxically by the success of the AP Program. Most of the band members were students who scored in the top 10% of the student body academically. With those same students now taking up to four (4) AP courses each semester, they simply do not have the time to devote to band. However, the band teacher is in the process of rebuilding the program from the elementary school upwards.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 3, 2012

Great AP program, needs to improve on band (district wide problem). Social studies dept is top notch as is the science and math depts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2010

The academic curriculum is obviously focus on teaching to take a standardized test and little else. There is essentially no music or arts instruction.


Posted September 11, 2009

I think the Science Department and its instructors are the top of the line. My child never enjoyed science until he started at GHS. He loves the AP classes and now plans on studying medicine. Thanks to MS Arthur and her staff, he now has a future
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Among the Honor's and AP programs are some of the finest teachers you will find anywhere. Standouts include the math program (3 gifted teachers), the history program (2 gifted teachers), the English program (4 outstanding teachers) and the science program with 2 exceptional instructors. The overall discipline in the school could use some improvement, but considering the near Title 1 status of the student body and the exceptionally high SOL scores which the student body wracks up year after year, it is obvious that there is an exceptional teaching staff in place and at work. With regard to the discipline problems, these seem to originate more from a lack of support from the Central Office of the county than from the leadership of the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 1, 2004

Very poor supervision, children mimic lack of reasoning skills as presented by senior office staff's inability to make thought provoking decisions on case by case basis per student. Serious skills need to be invested with funds for an overhall.
—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.
  • 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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Algebra II

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Reading

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
90%
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

 
 
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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

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

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
90%
World History II

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

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students44%
Female students45%
Male students43%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students46%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities53%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English44%

Algebra II

All Students81%
Female students86%
Male students74%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Biology

All Students78%
Female students78%
Male students77%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Chemistry

All Students91%
Female students84%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Earth Science

All Students77%
Female students75%
Male students79%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

English: Reading

All Students86%
Female students92%
Male students81%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

English: Writing

All Students81%
Female students88%
Male students74%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Geometry

All Students72%
Female students72%
Male students72%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

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 Students83%
Female students83%
Male students82%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

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 Students67%
Female students61%
Male students73%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

World History II

All Students96%
Female students94%
Male students97%
Black students92%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
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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P.O. Box 398
Gretna, VA 24557
Phone: (434) 656-2246

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