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Orange Co. High School

Public | 9-12 | 1526 students

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Posted September 10, 2012

You all complain too much. The AP program is great, and if your child puts in enough effort, he'll be at the top of food chain easily. That's the joy of a not-the-best school. Your child will be recognized as an individual by the teachers because of the small class sizes and long-block schedule. I agree, the school is less-well-off than many others, but that's no excuse to not challenge yourself to learn the material. If you're just going to school to be spoon-fed the material by the teacher, and not putting in any effort to understand the material and its applications in life, then maybe you deserve to be failing. Your child will NOT be prepared for life if they sit idle in class and merely get through the day. They must apply themselves like at any academic institution. Yes, it's difficult because in this modern age, a child must present himself perfectly in-front of his peers or else he might face social repercussions. He must adapt to his surroundings, just like he'll have to do in the real world. I'm glad Orange County High School taught me this valuable skill. I was accepted to Virginia Tech, but I chose to commute to U. Mary Washington. Freshman. Thank you, Orange!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2010

OCHS has also been a nightmare for my family as well. Because my daughter is Special Education on an IEP, we cannot place her in a private school. My child's Special Education Co-ordinator is also a teacher, and has followed my daughter for two years. For some reason, this co-ordinator cannot remember my daughter's name, or that she is not capable of obtaining a standard diploma. The school is so crowded that my daughter could not be placed in a 4th block class, so she sits in the guidance office for two hours after the 1 hour unsupervised lunch. The rating says there are 19 students to a teacher, but this is not correct. There are many more students in a class on average than is being reported. This is the only high school in Orange County, and some kids, like my own, must ride the bus for an hour or more each way to and from school. There is little to no communication from teachers, and it is impossible to make contact during the day with a live person. If I had it to do over, knowing then what I know now, I would have purchased a house in a different county just so that I would not have to deal with OCHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

This school is overcrowded, underfunded and an absolute nightmare. Staff does not care about the kids, they are quick to fail them and the special education department is a confused mess. I have heard many complaints from staff that there is just not enough faculty to match the kids. The kids are stuck in 2 hour blocks with 4 classes a day, and unsupervised at their lunch time. Communication from the teachers is non-existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

This is an underfunded school with sub par educational materials, too little in the way of technology, and high teacher to student ratios. The community is not youth friendly and has very little for the youth to do, so they have to drive an hour to go to a decent park or go to the movies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2009

The past comments, I feel, lack the truth besides the one posted on March 2008. Compared to several other high schools, OCHS is a mediocre school with sub-par standards. Their advanced courses should not even be called 'advanced'. The teachers provide no challenge whatsoever and the material barely prepares us for the AP exam. There are only a handful of teachers that I feel are really amazing and I wish they would go to another school. They deserve better. The governor school program, likewise, is a joke. In a single class, there are only 3 or 4 students who really work hard. The rest out of 15... not even half as much. If the undeserving can make it in, I highly doubt its standards. Also other high schools provide about twice as many course opportunities than Orange. Academically, your student will more than likely suffer if they attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2008

Orange County High School (OCHS) is a strong academic environment with gifted teachers, a multitude of programs for students of all academic abilities, and a caring and invested staff who work for the best interests of the students. In a small community such as Orange County, the schools play an important role in both the education of the youth and as the center for county activities. OCHS is a shining star among the high schools in this area of the state. Students who truly seek to challenge themselves and take advantage of the numerous opportunites to gain from their instruction are highly successful once they leave high school and move on to college.


Posted March 24, 2008

Orange County High School did not prepare me for college. This can be see by how many of the graduates who went to college ended up dropping out of college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2006

Orange County High School contains great academic programs, including Blue Ridge Virtual Governor's which I do infact participate in. There is a variety of teachers with differing personalities who master in the techinique of their subject to teach. As a sophmore at OCHS, I try to charish every moment I have, not only with friends and learning, but on the field as well. I am part of the field hockey team at OCHS and have been constantly striving to progess with my skills, as have many other atheletes in OCHS sports. Our sports program has been progressing over the years with much young talent and newly introduced activites. School spirit is tremendous with our student section at all of our basketball games, in which the basketball boys have succeeded to win 1st in the Jefferson district tournament and season with 22-0 record..continued...
—Submitted by a student


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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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Algebra II

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

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

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

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Reading

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

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
94%
World History II

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

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students75%
Female students79%
Male students71%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial83%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient students77%
Proficient in English75%

Algebra II

All Students92%
Female students92%
Male students91%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Biology

All Students79%
Female students82%
Male students76%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial70%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Chemistry

All Students78%
Female students75%
Male students83%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Earth Science

All Students88%
Female students92%
Male students85%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial88%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English89%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students90%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial84%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students83%
Female students90%
Male students77%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial94%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

Geometry

All Students76%
Female students75%
Male students78%
Black students57%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities77%
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 Students85%
Female students78%
Male students91%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial88%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

World Geography

All Students96%
Female students100%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

World History I

All Students81%
Female students85%
Male students78%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracial78%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

World History II

All Students74%
Female students69%
Male students81%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%
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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201 Selma Road
Orange, VA 22960
Phone: (540) 661-4300

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