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Nelson County High School

Public | 9-12 | 597 students

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Posted February 28, 2012

I spent my freshman year at Nelson County High School, but recently decided to homeschool instead. I have to say, the other kids are extremely nice and there is no bullying whatsoever, but academics leave a lot to be desired. As a gifted student, I didn't feel challenged at all. Most of the other kids didn't have a lot of ambition and complained about the (small) amount of schoolwork we had to do. However, because I was willing to work hard I always had time to finish all my homework in class (I literally NEVER brought work home), I usually found myself with over 45 minutes of class where I was sitting at my desk doing absolutely nothing. I don't know why the other reviews are so great for people who've transferred here, perhaps the entire national standard for education is low? But all I have to say is that I don't know how the current students are going to get through college when the pace they will have been used to in high school is so slow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2009

Nelson County High School is good for education and the teachers here actully do care about the students not only in their grades but if the student is having a bad day the teachers take time and help the student through it. Also I know that when i was having a rough time in my personal life i could trust my teachers to listen to me when i hadn't had anyone else to talk to. Nelson had a great basketball team last school year when we won the State Championship!! We have pretty good athletics and an excellent student to teacher ratio.We may have a small student body but to me that's better so you know everyone and you really never feel left out, because their's going to be somewhere for you to fit in here. I will miss going here when i graduate next spring.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2008

NCHS is a fine country school. The teachers are caring, and many of the 600 students are involved in after school activities. If you are looking for the same things in this country school as in city schools, then you should go to a city school. Discipline problems are few and far between with tardies the usual problem. Students respect each other and race and cultural differences are not a problem as elsewhere. One principal who served here told me after going to a local city school that our worst students don't even compare to the mildly disruptives at the city school. Again, since there are no malls here, many of the students do after school activities and then go home. NCHS is a community of respectful kids and parents. This is what it has over city schools. A good education can be gotten, and teachers are close to their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

I have two students at NCHS. One is taking advanced classes and the other is not. Both children participate in sports/arts and are doing great. The admimistration, teachers and class offerings are wonderful. It is a private school education in a public setting. This school is the best kept secret in Va.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

Great school with staff that cares about individual student needs. Administration is forward-thinking and strives to provide opportunities for students to be successful citizens when they graduate. Dual Enrollment, AP and virtual learning opportunities give students a chance to earn college credit while still in high school. The Fine Arts Program is fantastic. Not to mention the Athletic Programs that are very competitive for a small high school. Wonderful facilities show community support. Great school division overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

This school 'looks' good, but that is not the case... The teachers are burned out, the principal is clueless, and the school system lacks direction...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

I transferred to this school from a school in Virginia Beach, VA and I have to say that this is the best school I've ever gone to. I like all the teachers except one, but the people and school in general is EXCELLENT!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2004

As a student who graduated in 2001 and went on to college at GMU, I am proud to say that I went to Nelson County High School. I got a superb education with teachers that cared for me and were concerned for my success. I am currently on a partial academic scholarship, studied at the University of Oxford in the UK, and will graduate with honors. I went to Nelson County public schools for 8 years and I got a great education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

My son(16) has gone to the Nelson County school system for 4 years. He loves his school, and is very involved with the band program (which is a great program). We had been in the Maryland School System previous to that and prefer this. We have had no problems at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2003

Nelson County High School, is a great school. My son (15) goes there, and doesn't have a problem, with the teachers, or principals. Sports are okay.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Earth Science

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Reading

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
World History I

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%
World History II

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

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students71%
Female students84%
Male students61%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Algebra II

All Students95%
Female students93%
Male students97%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Biology

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

Chemistry

All Students95%
Female students95%
Male students94%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Earth Science

All Students85%
Female students80%
Male students89%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

English: Reading

All Students91%
Female students88%
Male students94%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students90%
Male students91%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female students83%
Male students85%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

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 Students89%
Female students84%
Male students94%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

World Geography

All Students75%
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

World History I

All Students86%
Female students80%
Male students91%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

World History II

All Students95%
Female students91%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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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6919 Thomas Nelson Hwy
Lovingston, VA 22949
Phone: (434) 263-8317

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