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Open High School

Public | 9-12 | 173 students

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Posted March 23, 2014

Great school indeed. Students are highly motivated, teachers are outstanding. Many students this year were accepted in very and most competitive schools, respectively. Yes, they do teach to ensure that students' SOL performance is up to par - they are a Virginia public high school. But they excel where it matters: top-college admittance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

My youngest son is an alternate at Maggie Walker and it is very likely that he will get in. However, throughout our high school decision process for our youngest son, our top choice remains Open High School. Our older son currently attends Open and we could not be more pleased: truly exceptional teachers, caring and highly skilled staff, great students, and an outstanding learning environment sum up our experience. Like other parents, I am glad that we did not capitulate and opt for suburbia or private school. Open High School is the very best investment you can possibly make in your child's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2013

Going against a previous rating by a parent suggesting that teachers overly emphasis on SOLs, all teachers in the state of Virginia must have their students pass or are otherwise fired. I have had multiple open discussions about this with teachers and other students about why this is. Teachers endlessly want to change this and fulfill their job of inspiring students to learn. OHS steps out of the box of the typical 'cookie-cutter' school. This school attempts to revolutionize the American School System. As a result, students must adapt to its learning environment, but most benefit from this in the end enormously.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2013

There is no other school like Open. Above and beyond. A+ education that will last a lifetime.


Posted September 21, 2013

Mission statement is incongruent with school culture and faculty behavior. Large emphasis by faculty on SOL's. Great ideology, poor implementation and practice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

This is my second year at Open High School. I really enjoy the school. The teachers are all amazing and I learn a lot from them. They are also very friendly and allow students to call them by their first name. Everyone knows one another at this school, and the teachers are always there to help! The freedom is another unique thing about Open. I get to go where ever I want for lunch. This is the only school that I know about that allows their students to do this. The fact that I get the opportunity to take courses at J Sarge and VCU is another great thing about Open. I would absolutely recommend Open to anyone!:
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2013

My daughter attended a private school through middle school, but decided she wanted to go to Open for HS. She has been very happy there! The facilities are nothing compared to her pvt school, but the teachers and staff at Open are amazing. Open gives the kids a lot of room to be very independent. The teachers treat the students as equals--kids even call the teachers by their first names. It's more like college than HS, in my opinion. We could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Fantastic school: rigorous curriculum, demanding and well-trained teachers, brilliant engaged students headed for top-notch universities. I could not have chosen more competent and caring faculty or more accomplished and ambitious peers for my son. Anyone considering a high school in the Richmond area for any other reasons than snob appeal (in which case, all options are private) should very seriously consider Open.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

Great school, a community of scholars. The students and faculty care about one another. Lots of learning can happen here. My daughter felt accepted and excelled here. Kids get a taste of independence. Teachers really care and love a challenge. We have also sent our child to Appomattox Regional Governor's School--Open was a much better fit. The teachers at ARGS outside the specialities were not nearly as well prepared as at Open.--It is not worth the travel time with Open in town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

Been here one year and loved everyday i've also learned a lot and made some friends along the way its a great school
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2007

This school is very well organized. My child had a very good time here. He enjoyed all of the different types of classes that were offered. He also enjoyed all of the college classes he had the opportunity to attend. All in all this is a very good school that I would recommend to anyone who values independence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

I am a 2002 graduate of Open High and I have to say that attending this school was the best decision I ever made. The teachers and students alike made me a stronger person. You have the feeling of being independent, yet the teachers made sure you are always on the right track. Your child will not get the same experience of OHS at any other high school. I full recommend this school and you and your child will not regreat it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 28, 2005

As a student at Open High, I am very pleased to with my experience so far. I have made many open-minded and unique friends at Open. The teachers are great and the principle is like a second mother to the students. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2005

I feel that Open High school has been a great place for my child to attend. Everyone on the staff has been very cooperative with me when I need any information. The principal is a wonderful person she keeps me very informed on my childs grades and his participation in his classes. I am so pleased with my son going to this school opposed to him going to the zone school in my area. My husband and I are pleased to say that we now have our son graduating and our second child attending open high in the fall. We will continue to support this school and the staff.Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2004

This high shcool tries to camo itself by saying it's an alternative school, it's really just like any other bad public school in Richmond. The principal is rude and plays favorites with students, the facilities are a joke, and the whole system makes a joke of the idea of an 'alternative school' by making it just as bad as TJ or Armstrong. Private schools are the way to go for Richmond high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2004

This school has truly lived up to my expectations in delivering quality education to my child. Once I purchased a home in the City of Richmond, I found out that my children would have to attend zoned schools that in my opinion were horrible. I was pleased when my child was accepted into Open. She continues to make great grades and the whole experience has been a positive one. I would recommend Open to those who are looking for a unique approach to learning, exposure to the college experience, and caring staff interested in the development of your child. Thank you Open High!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

Open High School is a refreshing change from the inner city norm of schools in the Richmond area. It allows the students to exercise taking responsibility for their lives ahead and also to be a part of the decision making process of their educational careers. The teachers are very dedicated and the principal is committed to making Open High a successfull endeavor.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Algebra II

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English: Writing

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

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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World Geography

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

43 students were tested at this school 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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Algebra II

All Students81%
Female students77%
Male students87%
Black students69%
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White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities82%
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Proficient in English81%

Biology

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Chemistry

All Students86%
Female students83%
Male students90%
Black students78%
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White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
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Students without disabilities87%
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Proficient in English86%

Earth Science

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English: Reading

All Students100%
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Male students100%
Black students100%
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White students100%
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Proficient in English100%

English: Writing

All Students99%
Female students100%
Male students97%
Black students100%
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White students100%
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Not economically disadvantaged98%
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Students without disabilities99%
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Proficient in English99%

Geometry

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Proficient in English92%

History and Social Science

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Math

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Science

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Virginia and United States History

All Students93%
Female students96%
Male students89%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

World Geography

All Students98%
Female students97%
Male students100%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

World History I

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World History II

All Students100%
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Male students100%
Black students100%
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Hispanicn/a
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White students100%
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Students without disabilities100%
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Proficient in English100%
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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