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3101 Johnson Road
Petersburg, VA 23805

(804) 862-7096
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January 15, 2014
Im currently a Senior Student at PHS ive missed alot of days due to my grandma haveing cancer and instead of the staff being suportive they could careless PHS is not a good school to me the teachers could careless about you and your grades the principal is very nasty to people and only good thing is the friendships you make there i hate going to that school but you have to do what you have to do

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April 22, 2010
Well im spent my first two years at PHs i didnt like it at all.but mostly i think phs is more of a school for people that just dont care about their education>i say this because you got teachers that's there just for that pay check every two weeks an they dont care about the students education. im currently at Matoaca High School for my Junior and Senior year. Matoca High School is very different in many ways.It may get out of hand or it may be to much to handle at time but i like Matoaca High School better because im getting the education that i want an that i need where as for petersburg high i wasn't llearning anything!

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April 22, 2010
Petersburg is a good school for relationships and conversation. But, education wise, they can do better. it's like they thrown your diploma at you. You leave Petersburg High and learn nothin. Matoaca High school is a way better school educational wise. Some people think Petersburg is a ghetto school. The way the school carry it self, kids are wild and the teacher cant control them. I dont blam them for saying that. i came from petersburg and im honestly sayin it a TERRIBLE school. and they can do way better.

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October 23, 2008
I'm currently in PHS, and I honestly do not like it. I just moved here from Texas and the standards are so different. The students run over the class, and I do not leave school learning a single thing. The teachers are push overs, and students do whatever. I would love to have some kind of discipline, at least I was learning in Texas.

- submitted by a student

September 08, 2008
Petersburg has already challenged my son academically in the first week of school and I feel GREAT that his teachers care about his overall well-being.

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August 17, 2007
petersburg high was a breeze for me and i dont mean that in a good way. the reason im saying this is because I feel that the teachers need to focus more on educating the students. but despite the negative rep that the high school has, i support PHS 110 percent.

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2007
PHS has a wonderful program. Unfortunately, it does not have the students nor teachers to back up these programs. Their main focus is to pass the SOLs and get out of the High School, not to prepare for the future. Unfortunately, the community does not involve themselves 100 percent.

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October 23, 2006
One day I had four teachers to call home, I immediately thought something was wrong, to my surprise they were all telling how my son was on the right path with his academics and behavior. It's good to see teachers who care.

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October 19, 2006
Petersburg is off to a great start this year, my son is a honor student with plans of entering VMI. He has been challenged academically by his teachers, to perform to the best of his abilities. Sharon Walker

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October 17, 2006
Im proud to say that my child is learning and excited about this school year. What a change, Keep Up the GREAT WORK PHS!!!

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October 11, 2006
This school year has been the best, I've seen in about 15 years. The schools atmosphere has changed tremendously. I see great things about to place in Petersburg High School. I have two students who are excelling academically and athletically.

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September 22, 2006
As a former teacher at Petersburg High School I can say that the administration and staff do an exceptional job in trying to educate the students at Petersburg High School. The school needs several things to happen before a turn around is seen. First, discipline and the law must be enforced to the letter and the students need to take their education seriously. Many students, when I was there, would tell me that they didn't care about the SOL's or their education. Secondly, a strong PTA/PTSA organization. If parents get more involved and work with the school, find out what the school needs, go to the school board meetings and petition their representatives to do whatever needed to improve the school. With strong community support working with the administration and staff, not trying to take over, Petersburg High will be accredited fully.

- submitted by a teacher

September 17, 2006
I am a current senior at PHS. And I believe that Petersburg gets 'picked on' a lot. We re just as good as any other school. Every school has its fair share of knuckleheads and rebels who will not listen to their superior. That is not to say we are not just as good. I believe our school is under-funded and put down. Do No listen to anyone that says our school is terrible. There are many programs at our school that re very valuable. For example the excellence JROTC program to which I am apart of. The program provides scholarship assistance, money-management skills, and even lessons in etiquette. Petersburg is not a bad school at all.

- submitted by a student

August 09, 2006
Parental involvement in their students' lives is at an all time low --- ZERO. They do not care about their childrens' education, behavior or their lack of interest in their studies. Parents are hands off their children's total experience. The children use profanity fluently against fellow students, teachers and administrators. Students tell teachers that they don't care if they or other students learn, not interested in passing SOLs or in their own futures.

- submitted by a teacher

July 19, 2006
The school is a zoo. Terrible atmosphere. Constant bullying. Weak learning environment. A horrible choice. Pelase, do not send your child here.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2006
I think that PHS needs better teachers.

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November 05, 2005
One word: pathetic. As a parent, I would never send my children to Petersburg public schools. They are an insult to the education system and an overall failure for the students who attend them. I pity those who have to endure such a hardship, and hope they can find a remedial post graduate education that will lead them to something more fruitful.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2005
I am a 2002 graduate of PHS and I must say that this school has and will always be under strict scrutiny. This school has alot to offer, however, it is up to the student to take advantage of it. The biggest issue stems from the lack of parent involvement in the students' lives which shows reflects in the parent involvement within the school. If more parents became involved, greater things could happen in PHS, without a doubt. Also, it is up to the student whether they have an interest in their high school education. Many of the students there don't realize the importance of their education. I was involved in many activities and I have to say that I am proud of where I come from. Its all up to the student.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2004
This school ranks at the very bottom when compared against other public schools systems. The principal and faculty have failed to understand the meaning of education and students achieve and better themselves.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2004
I am a student at this high school, and my mother also works at this school. I feel that our principal, Ms. Alexander, works well with her staff. However many of the students at my school choose not to follow the instruction given to them by faculty and staff. Until my fellow peers start to listen, instead of just acting, Petersburg High School will never move forward.

- submitted by a student
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Petersburg High School
3101 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA  23805
(804) 862-7096
Last modified Petersburg High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Petersburg High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top