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Northumberland High School

Public | 9-12 | 444 students

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Posted March 23, 2010

I am a former student of nhs, i only attended for a few months. Northumberland high is by far the best school i have ever been to, and that was before the new school was built.And, what a great baseball team!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

I happen to like it here. The people are friendly and there is a brand new building on the way. The eveolution of this school and school system is definitely on the rise.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 18, 2005

Northumberland High School is a drab. The building is old, and simply making small corrections here and there to the building isnt going to do anything for the school. We have leaks in the roof every year, we have heat that doesnt like to work, and A/C thatsbarely functionable. We have barely no technology in our school. Compare to places like Alexandria wher they have Mac's for their PC's where we have Dells and an unreliable resource for study material for our library. Students who dont have access to the internet at home and pretty much in the dark if they have a report to do because Our books dont cover a whole lot for research.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2005

Northumberland high school is a , small, cheap facility that offers the unhealthiest foods, small classrooms, aging facilities and rare space. The system is quite good, but the school itself is horrid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2004

Northumberland High is a great school. Mr. Shewmaker is a great pricple and Mr. Jordon is a outstanding man to be around. Northumberland has so many ways to keep the kids of Northumberland in school and to keep them there. When I was doing bad, my grades was slipping, my attitude was not good and my over all performance was bad, but Mr. Shewmaker, Mr.Jordan and the school board came up with the 'Pass Program'. This program is to help the students that need help but don't now how to get it. With me being in the 'pass' I was able to make it out of the 9th grade. Northumberland may not be the best school but it is a great place to raise your child, and I would not have it any other way. Northumberland has a funny Principle (Shewmaker), all around great guy(Jordan) and there best cop (Payton). Thanks for reading Class of 2007
—Submitted by a student


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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Algebra II

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Earth Science

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

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
English: Reading

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
83%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
96%
World Geography

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

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
69%
World History I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History II

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

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 Students67%
Female students76%
Male students63%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Algebra II

All Students69%
Female students69%
Male students70%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Biology

All Students82%
Female students87%
Male students77%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female students97%
Male students90%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

Earth Science

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students86%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Reading

All Students85%
Female students89%
Male students80%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

English: Writing

All Students78%
Female students88%
Male students67%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Geometry

All Students51%
Female students53%
Male students50%
Black students39%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English52%

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 students85%
Male students85%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students55%
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 disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

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 Students83%
Female students76%
Male students93%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
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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Heathsville, VA 22473
Phone: (804) 580-5192

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