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Highland Springs High School

Public | 9-12 | 1765 students

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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

My school is a great school, The only thing that is bad about it is the bullying. I do not like bullies. I feel that the school is not meant for bullying, it is meant for a great education and get the kids where they need to be. I am 16 and I am 10th grade and I experience bullying everywhere and everyday. I really want the school to pay more attention to bullying. I like the teachers, I like the lunch, I like the principal and I love the after school activities and the class field trips. I went on a Art Club field trip to Museum of Fine arts in VA Beach and we went to the Art Institute and I am really thinking about going there. I really like this school. It i s amazing. I just feel they need to pay more attention to Bullying!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2014

I'm a freshman at HSHS and I don't really like the school. Many fights go on, and we get a lot of restricted movements. I do however like some classes I'm taking. Overall, I don't like it. The other students are very very loud, and it's hard for me to learn. I'm hoping to move into a better school district to get the most out of High School. None of the students here (that I've seen) are inspired to learn, many skip class. Also, the dress code. A lot of students "sag" and wear short shirts and skirts. It's very annoying, but no one seems to care at all. Well I do. I absolutely hate this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2014

My daughter graduated from this school and received a great education. She has since graduated from UVA, and is in her 3 year of law school. A school is only what you make it. I would love to see a new school build for this area. The students deserve it. They are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

my school is highland springs high school and i rate it a perfect 10+ my daughter goes there she loves the school and the attention that the teacher give to the student's when it comes down to learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2013

this skool is terrible i recomened no one attend this skool bullying rate is 100% the principle Dr.boost iz terrrible


Posted May 4, 2010

As a student of HS, who gets bused in from the West-End, I have no problem with the school. The sterotypes of Highland Springs really create a negative image, which is portrayed in the media and by students of other schools. I really enjoy playing on the soccer team and it seems the student body meshes together really well. Overall, i love going to Highland Springs and wouldnt change my experiences for anything in the world. Go Springers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2010

I work at hshs and I think its a wonderful school. We do the best we can to help the students to succeed in their education. Some teachers go above and beyond the call of duty for the students. Working in the Special Education Dept there are challenges that we face with the students, Unfortunatly we can't protect them from whatever experiences they will indure outside of that bldg and in their environment. While they are in that bldg we will proved them with quality education, respect, honesty, leadership, security. Most of all we provide them with stability and a listening ear. The tech ctr has multiple opportunities for their future. Last but not least the Band and football is the best. I would also like to recognize their exceptional ed basketball team (medford league)they work very hard and do a wonderful job. We also put on the best Talent Show


Posted October 24, 2009

I Personally Love Highland Springs. Im A Senior About To Graduate In June And These Three Years Have Gone By So Quick And Its Like Its Really Crazy At Highland Springs From The Crowded Hallways To The Pep Rally's. I Will Miss Highland Springs When I Graduate. HIGHLAND SPRINGS SPRINGERS!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2009

As a senior of Highland Springs High School, I can say that my three years at this school have flown by and I will miss it greatly. The first time I stepped foot on Highland Springs High School Campus was in the third week of August 2005. I was going to band camp to interact with a great mass of people that I didn't even know! Though a newcomer, and not really able to express myself as a rookie, I still felt welcomed into the band program wit open arms. I made new friends that I'm sure will be around for a lifetime, I developed a new outgoing personality, and I have leardned values and morals that only come from being part of a group where you all rely on each other's energy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

this school is terrible and the teachers are okay but the atmosphere is terrible with constant threat and the principle is a pushover
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2007

Im a freshman at HSHS and i love it!!! yea itz crowed but wit the renavitons what can u do about it? Im a member of the marching battlion and we are the baddest band in the land! yea it sometimes we get a lil outa controle (the students as a whole) but most of us no how to conduct ourselves. If it wasn't for the band and the football n basketball team i probly wouldnt like HSHS as much but itz still a good skool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2007

Highland Springs overall is a good school. It has some issues, like all schools do. It is very overcrowded and the renovation that is going on at the school right now is making the situation much worse. I have two children that attend HSHS and neither one of them have had any problems at school. As a resident of Henrico County, it's seem as if the counties priorities lie with their 'West End' residents as far as building new schools and in many other areas. The Center for Engineering at HSHS is an excellent program as well and I feel as if both of my children are receiving a quality education. The school experience is what the student makes of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

I was a student in the 06-07 class. I loved HSHS, for the most part my teachers were good. The atmosphere is good but a bit overcrowded. As far as safety goes, I never got into any confrontations all four years I was there. The best thing is that we have great sports teams too.


Posted August 2, 2007

Highland Springs HS is indeed one of the best schools in the county and state. Even though we have a lot of bad press every year, HS is not a bad school. Most the time its the press adding on stuff that never even happened. It is a safe school and it is a learning house. Highland Springs has the best activities a student could want and dont forget about our band or football team. If you want to experience HSHS for yourself come visit sometimes, and see for yourself that the bad press just isnt true!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2007

I am a teacher at HSHS and I love my students and I respect my colleagues. I can promise that every student, faculty member and staff are very safe at HS. Unfortunately, our school has received bad press about incidents that were not at all as they were reported on TV. Our SOL scores, in reading this year 06/07, were 84% passing, writing was 86% and science 89%. Our graduating class this year also received five million dollars worth of scholarship money! We are very proud of our students and I care very much about what my students take with them every day they leave my classroom. The administrators genuinely care and take time to listen to student concerns. These are just a few thoughts I wanted to share. Stop by some time. I know you will be impressed with what you will experience. Go SPRINGERS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 6, 2006

I am a sophmore that attends HSHS. I believe that the school is wonderful. It's the biggest thing that I'll remember from my school years when I get older. And the Marching Battalion is out of sight!!! Way to go Springers
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

I am a parent of a senior who is also an honor student at Highland Springs High School and I think it is a wonderful school. My daughter has done extremely well and stayed out of trouble. She was raised to respect herself and others. My daughter knows that, although we expect her to defend herself, starting fights or arguments is totally unacceptable. She has too much going for her. I think the teachers and principal are excellent. Granted there may be some teachers that are not as dedicated, but I have not dealt with any of them. They have always been willing to help me, if I have a concern. I seriously doubt you will find many, if any, public schools without some confusion sometimes and even fights sometimes. I have no doubt the school is working on preventative measures to make the school even safer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

I am a recent graduate of Highland Springs and i loved my school. I just want ot say this school is what I made it. I was very involved with the programs or activities that my school offered. I would agree that it did become overcrowded, but the teachers and administrators did the best they could to keep the students under control. Highladn Springs is not by any means a bad school. I treated the teachers with respect and in return I got the same. Even today, if I need a recommendation I could go and find a former teacher and I wouldn't have to worry about what they would say. I had a parent ask me just last month, did I like my shcool, and I told them I loved it!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 15, 2006

Im a junior at hshs and I im very dissappointed about the quality of my school, The football team is great and im on the soccer team and Im on the wrestling team too. HSHS has got to be the worst school ever and its amazing how anyone would consider it a school, I love HSHS only because I fit in so well but for the studnets that dont, I feel sorry.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2006

I have a freshman at HSHS. The staff manages well overall considering the mass #s. As a parent however, I have concerns. One; the quality of education. I'm not sure that some teachers bring into the class room an atmosphere/attitude that is conducive to quality learning. Some are late, preoccupied, and don't appear to enjoy their work. Secondly, I acknowledge that some students make it difficult for teachers to be effective; as they attend school with displaced attitudes as well. HS will need to develope a serious strategy to deal with this as we look toward the future - discipline is critical. Last is student safety - with the recent news release of the attack - 5 girls against 1, pulling out braids, etc., it is disappointing and scary. I would like to be proud of HS, but I'm sad to say that I'm not. I pray this will soon change.
—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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Algebra II

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

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
English: Reading

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

430 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
76%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
95%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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World History I

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

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
85%
World History II

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students55%
Female students61%
Male students50%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial47%
White students41%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

Algebra II

All Students72%
Female students69%
Male students75%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial80%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Biology

All Students65%
Female students67%
Male students64%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracial84%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students18%
Proficient in English66%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female students84%
Male students86%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Earth Science

All Students80%
Female students81%
Male students79%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

English: Reading

All Students81%
Female students81%
Male students82%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

English: Writing

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students70%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial79%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Geometry

All Students56%
Female students54%
Male students58%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracial92%
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities59%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

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 Students78%
Female students78%
Male students77%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

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 Students68%
Female students70%
Male students66%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial69%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students36%
Proficient in English69%

World History II

All Students88%
Female students86%
Male students92%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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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Highland Springs, VA 23075
Phone: (804) 328-4000

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