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Spotswood High School

Public | 9-12 | 847 students

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Posted October 7, 2013

Teachers are wonderful, but the student life is not one in which I'd want my children around. There are better options in Rockingham County, such as Broadway High School or even Turner Ashby High. I would not recommend Spotswood High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

This school is definitely a small town high school. There are very few programs available during or after school. There is only Advanced Placement Class available. This school will need to grow a lot to become a good school.


Posted July 24, 2010

I graduated from SHS in 1993 and enjoyed the social experience. My academic preparation left a little to be desired. Case in point: I took a basic grammar exam my first day of law school and received the third lowest score of the entering class. Maybe I shouldn't point the finger at the school but should point the thumb back at the sometimes lazy student instead. But I still feel like other kids were better prepared than I was.


Posted August 17, 2007

Great sports programs, great band, awesome after school activities, friendly and helpful staff, amazing teachers, nice facility, wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

I'am a former student and I graduated from spotswood in 2004. I really enjoyed my time there and already miss spotswood. All the teachers were great and strived to get each student involved and did everything possible to help each student succeed. As for the administration they did't seem to be interested or involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 4, 2006

As a student, I can honestly say Spotswood High School is the best! Many schools in the area seem to be focused primarily on athletic achievement. While Spotswood does have a great athletics program, I've always felt the message to be that academics were of more importance. The teachers and administration are all very friendly and are willing to do what it takes to help a student succeed. As a senior I'm saddened to leave such a great place. Like an extra family, they work day-in and day-out to shape each student's character into something beautifully unique - a rare thing these days.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2005

Spotswood was a lackluster school with less than helpful administration. I was a transfer student and the administration was more interested in my achieving two years of gym class before I graduated than what type of academic programs I was interested in taking. The community as a whole was very unwelcoming to new students. The teachers were very nice, but much of the work lacked opportunities for academic achievement beyond the standard.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2005

As a student that attends Spotswood, I must say that it is a warm and inviting place to attend school. The principals and faculty are very involved with the students, and try to get along with each and every one of us on a personal level. The teachers are the same way. They are all fun and really dedicated to helping you pass. You can tell they really enjoy their jobs. There are a lot of things you can do in Spotswood with sports and extracurricular activities, and Spotswood does not lack in coaching ability. All of our coaches are top-notch, and are all dedicated as well. Many money raised is sent to these departments, and all are kept in good condition. Overall, I think Spotswood is an awesome school that grows every year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Spotswood High School is a wonderful school that has educated, focused, and hard-working teachers and students. The principals there provide a safe and fun environment for learning, and the students and staff all have great personalities and character!


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Earth Science

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Reading

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

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
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World History I

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

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
100%
World History II

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

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%
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 students75%
Male students63%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English71%

Algebra II

All Students72%
Female students72%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Biology

All Students85%
Female students85%
Male students85%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students63%
Proficient in English87%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%

Earth Science

All Students95%
Female students92%
Male students97%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students90%
Proficient in English95%

English: Reading

All Students91%
Female students87%
Male students94%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students18%
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students88%
Male students92%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students82%
Female students78%
Male students86%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English85%

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 Students82%
Female students74%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students43%
Proficient in English84%

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 Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History II

All Students81%
Female students78%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English81%
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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Penn Laird, VA 22846
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