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Petersburg High School

Public | 10-12 | 880 students

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Posted 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted September 8, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted June 2, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 11, 2006

I think that PHS needs better teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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


Posted 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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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 "Accreditation Denied".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Accreditation Denied".

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.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English: Reading

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

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2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
World History II

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students90%
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Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Algebra II

All Students40%
Female students52%
Male students23%
Black students39%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English40%

Biology

All Students82%
Female students82%
Male students83%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Chemistry

All Students87%
Female students81%
Male students97%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Earth Science

All Students85%
Female students92%
Male studentsn/a
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

English: Reading

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students74%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English76%

English: Writing

All Students76%
Female students79%
Male students73%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Geometry

All Students63%
Female students60%
Male students68%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English64%

History and Social Science

All Studentsn/a
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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
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
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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 Students73%
Female students70%
Male students77%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
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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
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Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

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 II

All Students82%
Female students80%
Male students86%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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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3101 Johnson Road
Petersburg, VA 23805
Phone: (804) 862-7096

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