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New Kent High School

Public | 9-12 | 937 students

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Posted August 4, 2014

Please be sure to take into account that most of the reviews are quite dated. As an employee, I can tell you that a large majority of the faculty/staff have very good intentions and want to be an active part of student success. NKHS is not immune to the ever-increasing demands and stresses of demonstrating student achievement. However, most staff AND students care about success and are invested. Moreover, there are many opportunities for academic challenge, with increased Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement options and the introduction of the first technical center/ STEM academy in more than 20 years. There is an eye on continuos improvement as well. NKHS is a great place to develop and learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 24, 2013

NKHS has made great strides over the course of the past 5 years. I believe it will continue to improve as the population increases. It is worth noting that NKHS is one of the only schools in the Central VA region that has survived the financial crisis. Other counties have completely cut entire programs (advanced placement, foreign language, art, music, drama, etc) and have eliminated teaching positions in an effort to save face financially. As an outsider looking in at SBO meetings and "town hall" style meetings- the SBO has made every effort to find suitable solutions with their teachers, administration, and community so that the most important component: the students- don't suffer. They have their fare share of problems, but unlike other schools- they attempt to handle them in a way that involves community. I feel that makes a big difference.


Posted October 29, 2008

I think this school is good with acadmic achievement and also with the children.


Posted September 16, 2008

As an alumni of New Kent High School and now a parent of a very well rounded, exceptionally well behaved honor student of New Kent High School, I have only the highest regards for this school. It is truly a parents dream to feel the warmth of the staff and the students, with only a few exceptions occasionally. The new high school is really nice and offers all the amenities of the other local schools which also have overcrowding issues and more concerns of violence. Basically, students who WANT a good education and experience in high school, has the opportunity before them at New Kent...WELCOME ABOARD!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2008

New Kent is the most boring and uneventful school ever. The principal tried to ban camo...come on now...we have one pep rally per year, and it always ends abruptly. Our prom is at a race track...seriously. But I can say that most of the teachers are the absolute BEST!!! They're the high point of the day....well, next to lunch, of course....
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

New Kent High is a wonderful school. They have plenty of opportunities. Classroom size is relatively small, and most of the teachers are very active in student progress. They care about the individual, and offer all the help you could need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2006

new kent is not a reccomendable placa for your children to get an education as a senior now i have found that there is low administrative support. and nearly everyhting is centered around trying to keep our 'testing credentials' high and our mediocre sports teams the teachers are great... most of them care a great amount for the students, however the administration and school board limits their abilities. recently the school has started to build a great arts department, however the administrators decided to attemptto cancel a summer play and then re-instate it, however still keeping a strong limit on what they can do, the school also has very few advanced classes. ad the school system has money, however it never makes it into the budget, other than the athletics, it has taken 5 years to get proposals for the new school built, when the current building is extremely overpopulated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2005

As a former student of NK Schools, I must say that they have truly grown over the past few years. They have added numerous extra curricular activities for the students as well as many new sports for the students to participate in. The atmosphere in the school is very safe and calm. They offer a lot of programs for the youth which is very important to me. Programs such as Gifted Performing Arts, Oddyssey of the Mind, Advanced Acting, Drama Club, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Atheletes, etc., There is always something for the young people to be involved in that help for an extrodinary learning expierience. The teachers love what they do and they do it very well which is also an important part of going to school. If you have teachers that love what they do then the students can learn to love it as well!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 4, 2005

I think overall NK Schools pretty good. My daughter is a junior and has done very well. I think the key to a good educations is parent and student envolvement. In such a small school system it is hard to offer more advanced classes along with offering opportunities for students who need vocational training, but I think as the school system growes more will be offered. There are teachers that are really good and some that are not at all good. Both of my children have been involved with student life and gotten a lot out of the system. It's all in what you make it. I do like the smaller school because it give students a chance to participate in all activities. In larger schools students tend to get lost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2004

As a parent of a currently enrolled student at the high school, I think my child is getting a mediocre education, at best. There are too few opportunities for advanced students, and the teachers are too overwhelmed by their workload to offer much in the way of enrichment activities. Foreign languages are especially weak (only French and Spanish offered, poorly taught)and mathematics are also limited and not taught with modern approach. Athletics are emphasized heavily (good if your student plans to attend college on a football scholarship) and some funding is shunted to the athletic program which I feel would be better spent on academics. The school budget is so tight that my child had to share a textbook in one of her classes, and teachers can't make copies of announcements because there is a paper shortage! There are some dedicated, caring teachers who are trying their best, however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

I am not a parent of a student in this school, I am a student! I have been going to New Kent Schools since the very beginning and I am very pleased! We are well taught and the teachers are great! We have a great student enviroment, there are the bad times but mostly the good! In our school we try to get along with everybody and so far we have mostly succeeded with the exception of a very few! Thank you for reading my review and I hope to see your child enter our enviroment! --Tracy
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2004

The actual school system is not that well organized. Students who have parents on the school board have unfairly gotten out of trouble when others remained disciplined for drinking alcohol while participating in VHSL sports. Some teachers don't reach requirements, and the student handbook is not closely followed. But there are some devoted teachers.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Earth Science

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

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

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

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
World History I

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

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
World History II

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

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
79%

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 Students81%
Female students82%
Male students80%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Algebra II

All Students70%
Female students67%
Male students75%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

Biology

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Chemistry

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students88%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Earth Science

All Students90%
Female students89%
Male students91%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students93%
Male students84%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students89%
Female students95%
Male students83%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial89%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female students71%
Male students82%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

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 Students88%
Female students86%
Male students90%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial94%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

World Geography

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students91%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities78%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

World History I

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students91%
Black students97%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial93%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

World History II

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students84%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%
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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Box 130
New Kent, VA 23124
Phone: (804) 966-9671

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