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I.C. Norcom High School

Public | 9-12 | 1254 students

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Posted December 22, 2013

I am a 1987 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School. It is well known that Norcom is the best school around with regard to pride, academics and respect from the other schools. The history of Norcom is long and the love and respect for the Maroon and Grey runs deep. It is worthy of your child's presence and then some!


Posted August 14, 2013

I am a current student at I.C. Norcom and this school is horrible. The teachers are rude and they don't care if you know the material they teach or not. This school has some of the worst test scores for SOLs in the district. Also, this year they are making everyone wear uniforms on Mondays. You also have to join a club or you will fail (this I can understand, but the uniforms? No no no).


Posted April 17, 2009

I am a 2005 graduate from I.C. Norcom, and I must say this school is full of pride, tradition as well as great ethics in education. When I attended there the Principal who is now deceased push for the SOL'S that was his drive. He cared as well as the teachers there. They motivated the students there to achieve short as well as long-term goals. Many of the teachers there aren't there for the money but for the students. Many are alumni as well. I.C. Norcom as educational values which dates back to when the school was located on ' Turnpike' as well as traditional values which I don't think other school in the city have. I.C. Norcom is like family after leaving you still fill close to the old friends as well as staff and you will be suprised who knows you by name! This is a Great School!!!!


Posted January 15, 2009

I am a current student of I.C.Norcom High School and its the best school in portsmouth. Most of my family have went to Norcom and love the school. if you live in portsmouth and you are wonder what school your childs to go to it should norcom
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

I C Norcom has provided my children with an excellent education. I'm proud to have sent both of them there. They both score high on their sol's. The atmosphere is warm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

I.C.Norcom is a Great school to learn at.The teachers are well-rounded and will work with you to help you understand the work.All the principles here have outstanding leadership qualities that enable them to do their job efficiantly and effectivly.there is a wide variety of classes and programs offered here.The band is the best.We have a untarnished record of Respect,Excellance,and Pride.Norcom is also a fully acredited high school. The the teachers are very conscerned about their students and encourage parent involvement.Sending a student here is a wise decision in all aspects.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2005

As a student at Norcom I feel that it is a very good school. The teachers are great and they help us with stuff when we dont always fully understand. Everybody is very supportive of our other activities including clubs,sports,and mostly the band (which I am also apart of). Norcom is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2005

I am not a parent, but I think that I.C. Norcom is a wonderful high school. We have great Math, Science and Technology Magnet Program. This is my senior year at Norcom, and I believe that if I can make it then any the students can passed their SOLS. Being a senior is going to be the best and expensive experience in my life. Norcom has a wonder AP and DE department (great teachers who live to teach their wonderful students). Make sure you take all your SOLS and atleast take one D. E. or A. P. class course. - Debra Alston
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2005

I am not a parent, but I think that I.C. Norcom is a great high school. The Math, Science, and Technology magnet program is phenominal, which I shoul know because I'm in it. This is my senior year at Norcom, and going to this school is going to be the best experience in my life. I have alot of good experinces, the best one is the college classes that you can take, and have college credit before you get into college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2005

I am not a parent, but I think this is one of the best high schools you could go to. I like most of the teachers and they are very helpful. When I was in ninth grade last school year that just passed I had one of the best Keyboarding teachers. I was in Office Administration and she taught us alot at the time I was mad she gave us so much work, but now I'm glad I know those things so I can check other people documents to see if they did it right. It also helps me to become a better typist than what I was when I was in eighth grade. I think the activities at the school are good too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2005

As a student of this school I can say that it is a great place to lean. The Magnet Program in Math, Science, and Technology is great for any student in the school system to enroll in. The special programs and trips that we take are wonderful and many of the students pursue further study in the science and mathematic fields. The Musical area is great as well. The National Honor Society is active in the school as well as all of the other programs. Virtually everything is great in the school and teachers seem to be enjoying their jobs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2005

I am not I parent. But this the best school in Portsmouth it as more programs for the stuents. - Dorothy Dalessandro
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2005

This is the best school anyone could ever go to. The teachers are very helpfull.The parents and teachers are very supportive of all of the teams,clubs and students. The parents not only care about their children but yours too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2005

I do not think this school is a good choice for any parent,the scores are extreamly low and the teachers and staff could improve the schools outlook and standards.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
81%
Algebra II

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Reading

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
91%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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World History I

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

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
85%
World History II

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students56%
Female students57%
Male students55%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

Algebra II

All Students71%
Female students70%
Male students73%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Biology

All Students59%
Female students53%
Male students65%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Chemistry

All Students63%
Female students61%
Male students66%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Earth Science

All Students75%
Female students78%
Male students70%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

English: Reading

All Students80%
Female students81%
Male students78%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

English: Writing

All Students80%
Female students85%
Male students74%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial77%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Geometry

All Students37%
Female students30%
Male students43%
Black students37%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities40%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English37%

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 Students77%
Female students78%
Male students75%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial67%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

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 Students66%
Female students66%
Male students67%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

World History II

All Students80%
Female students75%
Male students86%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%
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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1801 London Blvd
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Phone: (757) 393-5442

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