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Cosby High School

Public | 9-12 | 2090 students

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Posted April 17, 2014

Excellent school! My kids are involved in music (Orchestra) at Cosby and absolutely love it. They are challenged musically and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

I love this school, I have a son who graduated from Cosby, another son and daughter will also be graduating from Cosby. Parent involvement is Awesome, teachers that all my kids have had really seem to care about their students. The extra activities they offer are great, and my two younger kids have taken advantage of them, One in Show choir and the other is doing Fashion Design along with the courses offered off site. None of my kids have ever had a problem with bullying or fights at this school, Kids all seem to be very close to each other and protective of each other. When I go to the school events here at the school you don't hear them talk negative of other schools they are in competition with , you only hear them cheering the other schools on and saying positive things, I love that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

Can you say school run by spoiled rich kids? -Bullying is out of control. Bully never suffers any major punishment, student who was being bullied by two older class men receives 4 days of ISD and the bully receives only 2 and the student was still being harass. -ISD is a joke. Teacher allows children in detention to text,go on IPods, mess around in halls. -There is an administrator (not giving any names but she the thick one) never shows respect for her students, awful offensive sarcasm, and just upright rude -Over crowdedness is a problem -Dress code is a huge problem. The school goes on about dress code but you see the more higher up in the social ranks girls wearing skimpy dresses showing off there undergarments and not get caught. -there are some excellent teachers in this school but not enough to recommend kids here. I rather have people go to cloverhill than cosby
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I have a Sophomore at Cosby High School. He would never consider attending any other school. He is very challenged academically and participates in Cross Country and Track. The only negative about the school is that it is way overcrowded. They need to move the HSSC, but then if they do that the HSSC would lose the students who live in the Cosby school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

love this school and everything about it. Truly is the best high school in the nation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2012

My son is a sophomore, we are having an excellent experience here. The administration and faculty are top notch and go above and beyond for the students. The sports and band are fantastic and truly enhance the high school experience. Kudos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

my son graduated and daughter currently attends. new school and facilities, good parent involvement, great sports program, AP courses. definitely tops in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

Cosby High school is the best high school in the nation!! Excellent teachers, strong school leadership, challenging academic programs. 20+ AP courses. Awesome school, really the best around. Unlike other schools, teachers ENJOY teaching, and bring a special atmosphere. Send your kid to Cosby and you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2011

Cosby is a great school. Cosby has a great, brand new facility. Learning is enhanced with top notch equipment and tools. The school is always clean and well maintained . The teachers are a balanced mix of young and experienced. There's opportunities for many different levels of learning, and the teachers do a wonderful job accommodating to student's learning and study habits. My negatives about Cosby is the overcrowding and the lack of a connection of the principal with students. Cosby may be new, but they do draw from a lot of areas, and classes and halls are filled with kids. My classes have had on average a 30/1 student teacher ratio. I do hear they have a method to limit this issue, but time will tell. Cosby's principal does not hold a good connection with students. From what I understand the principal are nice, but they're rarely seen during school hours. Making connections with your students is key for the school's well being, but that can't happen within their office. The principal is present at events, but they don't seem to want to be there. I do understand being principal has a lot of responsibility, but they seem to JUST do their job, and not more, which is a shame.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2010

My son is a sophomore at Cosby High School and he really likes it. I am very pleased with the school atmosphere, the teachers and the academic programs. If your child plays an instrument, the Cosby Titan Band is very highly rated with an excellent instructor. Last year they earned their 1st ever Virginia Honor Band title.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2010

I think kids have enough homework !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

Cosby High School, besides being a beautiful building, has a fantastic arts program. My granddaughter is in the band there and I don't think I have ever heard a better school band. Additionally, she is able to take some college classes in this, her junior year.


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are the best! Beautiful facility!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

I'm a senior at Cosby High School and I take great pride in saying I attend 'The Best High School In the Nation'. I have no complaints about this school and consider my education at Cosby to be superior. I attended another school freshman year before Cosby was opened and I believe Cosby trumps this school greatly. It really is the BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE NATION!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 30, 2008

I'm a sophmore at Cosby, and I have to admit that it is an exceptional high school. The teachers are amazing, and know how to make the curriculum bearable. The athletics program is beyond excellent, and sort of give you bragging rights when you encounter students from other high schools. The band program is also amazing, and I'm not just saying that because I have friends who are in the band. Their Christmas concert was spectacular this year and it was all so captivating, it almost makes you forget for a second that you're listening to a high school band. Now the only qualm that I have about the school, and it took me awhile to realize this, but the administration seems to lack a connection with the students. But overall, you'd be lucky to attend Cosby, I know I am. Cosby truly is 'The Best High School is the
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2008

I am a parent with students that attend Cosby High School and also friends with many of the teachers at Cosby. My children are consistently challenged and feel that they are receiving a top-notch education. The extracurriculars are great as well. The school is wonderful with the exception of the principal. The principal never leaves her office and many of the staff members feel that morale is very low because she is constantly out to get them and micromanages from her office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

This school has an active administration that is interested in all aspects of student life. In addition to taking an active role in planning events for the students, the principal and head of guidance make themselves available to the community by sponsoring Titan nights in family homes that allow parents to meet and ask questions in small groups. There is a tremendous focus on academics and the teacher population devotes many hours outside of the classroom to support the success of the students. The school has an innovative homework recovery program that holds the students accountable for all assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2008

I am a current senior at cosby high school and I absolutly love it. We have amazing extracurriculars and co-curriculars (including show choir which is absolutly amazing) and amazing teachers and administration. While Dr.Mayo has some work to do and needs to be more envolved with her school she does what she has to do to make out school 'the best school in the nation'. In regards to what another poster said about 'c' and 'z' level classes i am currently enrolled in them and find that in only one of my classes do i find that people are distracting. Most of them i find the same as i would in an honors class and that is that the students want to learn and are striving. I was offended by that because not all of us are like that. Think before you speak.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2008

The administration at Cosby is so completely out of touch with the community, it is beyond shocking. The principal never leaves her office and didn't know that teachers from John Tyler came to the school for Dual Enrollment; she thought the kids went there. She also didn't know that there was a show choir at all, let alone an award winning one. It is very disappointing because there is no where to address concerns, nor even suggestions. The PTSA is completely useless and most comprised of individuals who are afraid to speak up lest 'they take it out on my child'. It's deplorable. Some of the teachers, but certainly not all are motivated and caring, but when you have an administation that doesn't attend any school functions whatsoever, it's awfully hard to expect your staff to show any level of enthusiasm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2008

I am currently attending Cosby High School for my second school year. Don't listen to many of the other reviewers! This school does have it's problems, such as the occasional fight, but other than that it provides a great learning environment. Most of the teachers are friendly and fully accredited, and while the staff may seem strict at times, they are only doing their job to keep the building safe.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

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  • 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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

556 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Earth Science

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Reading

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

547 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

576 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 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.

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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

525 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

514 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%
World History II

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

524 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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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 Students68%
Female students74%
Male students64%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Algebra II

All Students90%
Female students90%
Male students89%
Black students91%
Asian students88%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial94%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Biology

All Students96%
Female students97%
Male students95%
Black students93%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial92%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Chemistry

All Students97%
Female students96%
Male students98%
Black students89%
Asian students94%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial92%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

Earth Science

All Students94%
Female students91%
Male students95%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students97%
Male students97%
Black students96%
Asian students96%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial94%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students96%
Female students97%
Male students94%
Black students91%
Asian students95%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students84%
Black students75%
Asian students83%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial85%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities50%
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 Students95%
Female students93%
Male students98%
Black students93%
Asian students96%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial93%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

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 Students95%
Female students93%
Male students96%
Black students92%
Asian students100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial94%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

World History II

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black students97%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities83%
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%
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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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Brenda Mayo

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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