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Prince George High School

Public | 9-12 | 1348 students

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Posted December 4, 2013

There are two sides to PGHS. There is the normal student, you know, half-interested, maybe wants to go to college. It is a decent school for these kids. If you have an honors student, this is hands down the best school in the area, including Chesterfield. The AP teachers are top of the line. I have spoken with many students who have graduated and gone to college (UVA, VT, GMU, VCU and JMU) and they ALL say they were better prepared than other students, especially in math and science. They have done a good job of getting teachers with advanced degrees and teachers who take teaching very seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2012

It is all still political, they are not hard they make the work and tests to fail. Even drivers Ed, how do make tests that you can't even find the answers with the drivers manual they send home with the quizzes? And if you have children that are learning disabled, DO NOT send them here, the district is not scared of lawsuits, they can do what they want. I know of plenty military children learning disabled and general, that don't get the services needed. They don't like fort lee kids or parents at all! But they want the federal impact aid money. I know, we are military, ask the school liaison and the post command. And we are still here any questions ask the school liaison for Janet mcintosh
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

i went here and its only bad if you dont wanna learn, i did and now i own a multi million dollar a yr demolition company.. its only as bad as you let it become.


Posted September 19, 2009

I am a graduate of Prince George High School and a previous student of the Petersburg school system. The academic standard is much higher at this location than that of the surrounding areas and it is also a safer location to go to school. I was very active in sports and held office in many clubs while at PGHS. I am also a minority that was raised in a single parent home with a low income. If it wasn't for the education I received at Prince George High School, I would not have had the chance to go to college. As an adult with friends who have become teachers I know that unfortunately not all teachers go into their career wanting to make a difference. Regardless that does not take away from the academic standard PGHS holds because they do enforce high performance. I may not have 'loved' all my teachers but I respect what Prince George High School had given me which was an actual education and a chance.


Posted September 18, 2009

I am a recent graduate of PGHS & overall it is a pretty good school to send your kids. It was academically challenging for the most part thanks to a difficult grading scale and some tough honors and AP courses. The school food is slowly improving. My junior year we were given the choice of a fake chicken patty, pizza, burgers & the so called meal of the day which was usually too gross for anyone to touch. My senior year they finally went on to the government provided program and they no longer offer sodas & the food was a bit better. I should also mention that there is some racism that I saw in my 4 years as well as extreme hate towards gays. Of my entire class of 430 I only knew of maybe a half dozen liberal people. Prince George athletics are also not bad either.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2008

I went to PGHS for 10th & 11th grades, i believe that PGHS is an excellent school. I am now attending probably the only other high school in Virginia's Central District that can compare to Prince George Academicaly, which s Thomas Dale. My teachers at PGHS challenged me and made sure that I did my best, I was in honors courses which may make a difference. I also played Varsity Girls' Basketball during my time there and I must say that whether you get a spot on the team is not based on your race or the people you know, and neither are the chances of your team getting new uniforms. PGHS is an excellent school and compared to TDHS the kuch price is fair.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2007

Teachers think that they can do whatever they want to do...such as not allowing students to use the bathroom, even if they have completed work...school food is disgusting, we are taught to eat healthy, and obesity is becoming a huge concern across the country, yet, we are being fed fries ( a filler ),a chicken sandwhich, and a choice of soda every single day beaucase it is cheaper than feeding the students something that is actually good for you,even though lunch is 3 $. I definitely agree with the politics ruling the classrooms, and racism is an issue. The teachers in my opinion, that you can tell actually enjoy thier jobs, are those that teach the AP classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2007

As a graduate of PGHS I think the school is not all it's cracked up to be. There is defiantly racism there. Even these comments prove that. I am mixed and its funny how teachers and principals gave a different reaction to me once my white mother was in the picture. Students who are athletes or rich are defiantly on a pedestal and they are all that matters too the staff. I can only think of a few teachers who ever cared about my education. Mr. Lesniak was the main one. He really cared.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 9, 2007

As a current student at Prince George, I feel that Prince George lacks a lot of things that other schools have. For one, the administation is more concerned about 'dress code' and other useless thing more so than our ACTUAL education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2006

As a student here at pghs, i think that this school is great..When it comes to education. As far as everything else is concerned, pghs is a boring school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2006

I would consider Prince George a highly political and racial school. It is an excellent school if you are rich or African American. Its perks are: an excellent academic system, an excellent Army JROTC program, and an excellent guidance program. Its negatives are: biased sports, extreme over crowding, an administration paralyzed by fear of law suits, minority problems, drug problems, and school food so bad and over priced $3 for a basic meal, my son brings lunch every day. This school has a horrible architectural design with %40 of classrooms lacking windows, and the remaining having one with closed shades. The school resembles, very closely, a prison. It has taken the rights of students to a minimum, taking web use down to nothing including the blocking of public broadcast sites due to there liberal nature. Given the choice do not send your children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

I totally agree with the statement that 'politics rule these classrooms, it is about who your father is and who your father knows.' Politics are not only in the classroom but in the sports at PGHS. Money gets you a spot and if not, your father who sits on this board, runs that company will call the Athletic Director and probably end up buying new uniforms for the cheerleaders or soccer team so a less talented student takes the place of a more talented student with a less influencial family. I would not recommend you send your children here unless you are in a position to fight your childrens battles. It has become increasing more dangerous with our county law enforcement patroling the friday night football games in huge numbers. It's sad.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 17, 2005

A catch-22. Diverse(40% black),minimal fights and above average education are positives.Negatives:extremely , drug trafficking and a little rascism. Still a top 5 in Tri-City area, but slowly dropping.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 9, 2005

Opportunity for academic advancement is great at this school, since many AP and dual enrollment courses are offered. There are many sports teams and clubs for students to participate in. Parents are especially supportive of athletes, but involvement at the school itself could be improved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2005

Prince George is a great school for the young students serious about learning, it has great diversity every one will feel comfortable. The school has great sports. I recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2004

This school is behind educational level of other schools. Moral is low. Teachers are not involved with childrens higher education. Politics rule these classrooms, it is about who your father is and who your father knows.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

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

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Earth Science

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

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English: Reading

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

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
98%
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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World History II

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

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students52%
Female students50%
Male students53%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students53%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English53%

Algebra II

All Students72%
Female students75%
Male students68%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial60%
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Biology

All Students81%
Female students81%
Male students81%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial86%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

Chemistry

All Students75%
Female students74%
Male students78%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial92%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Earth Science

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

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students87%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial100%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students92%
Male students83%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial95%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English87%

Geometry

All Students53%
Female students54%
Male students53%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English53%

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 students82%
Male students89%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial91%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

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 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 Students77%
Female students75%
Male students80%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial88%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%
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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7801 Laurel Spring Rd
Prince George, VA 23875
Phone: (804) 733-2720

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