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Varina High School

Public | 9-12 | 1928 students

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Posted December 15, 2013

Varina needs to start firing teachers that aren't doing their job like they're supposed to. I would give Varina an F in the Chemistry departement. If ya'll just take out the time to look at the Chemistry grades this year, ya'll would totally be shocked, im not the only one whos failing this class, pretty much everybody in all the teacher classes. im very disappointed by this. Why is Varina High School the only high school in Henrico who cant let students switch out classes and switch teachers? Why cant varina switch late like the schools? I cant afford for my gpa to drop my junior year!!! I went from an 3.14 to a 2.9, that's considered bad for me, because i want to either attend George Mason or VCU to to study medicine and pharmacy. im not used to making grades like this!!! >:(
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2013

this school is like home. it may seem a little nerve wrecking at first but you will not make friends like the people here, anywhere else. some of the teachers are hard on you, but I learned so much. for example mrs. greene was crazy, but she taught geometry the best. I love everybody there. everybody is family and I will miss that place while I am gone for a little bit. no school will ever top varina. #varinanation #bluedevilsforlife


Posted November 19, 2011

varina high school is the best school i have ever been to i love the atmisphere. being there feels like im siting on a warm beach. varina high school makes me very happy. i love the staff and teachers there they care so much about there students and im very happy to say that i am part of a blue devil family.


Posted September 9, 2009

Its getting better this year and its only the 2nd day Maybe since I'm now a sophmore but it feels more organized this year than last year plus we get new Dell laptops since the old ones are well old beaten crap and belive it or not the campuss was not trashed today unlike 1st day of school 2008 it was trashed
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2009

I think that Varina High School is one of the best schools overall in all of Henrico County. The teachers, administrators and staff are are exceptionally creative in finding new and inovative ways to educate the students. It has problems like every other school in the district but I have witnessed it getting better over the past five years in terms of discipline and academics. It desperately needs more parent involvement. The more the parents is involved the better the student will perform. Ask not what Varina can do for you but what you can do for Varina!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2009

Varina High School is undeniably one of the worst schools in the county and being a former student I would never recommend the school. The campus is unclean despite all the work that different clubs and organizations have done. Countless 'Keep Henrico Beautiful' volunteer work from the NJROTC and the numerous volunteer hours placed from other clubs doesn't even put a dent into the cleanliness of the campus. The administration is too relaxed when it comes to Dress Code, Discipline, Professionalism, and Sanitation. The teachers and administration alike treat the students like friends even when there is a punishment in question. The Lunch Breaks are a joke. Students have the ability to leave campus without the administration knowing and have very little consequences for doing so. The NJROTC and Band are the only good qualities of this school and they are treated horribly and unrecognized as amazing programs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2008

Having one child graduated from VHS three years ago in the top ten of his class and starting another child this year. I will have a unique veiw of the school because my second child is a special needs. From previsious experience I say you get out what you put in. We had to fight at times to communciate with staff and guide our child through the maze. Like every school there are those who teach and those who draw pay checks. Over all we were pleased with the educational out come of our first child. The school is dated and under going work to up grade it. How it will educate a special needs student is yet to be seen. However I still believe 'junk in junk out', you get what you work for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

Having gone here for the past 3 years, I'd have to say that Varina is average at best, and getting worse by the year. To begin, the administrative body needs improvement. Their idea of organizing events, and supervising the students is laughable. The principal doesn't really act proffesional, and the teachers themselves, while having the right intentions at heart, don't teach by any properly set guidelines, and are way too lenient about kids breaking the rules. The campus is filthy, and there is a big problem with lack of space. It is too difficult getting to and from class because of how packed the walkways are during break, and this was made much worse during the past year because of construction. Varina really needs to clean itself up. From personal experience, I'd suggest to any parents in Henrico, to consider a school in the west end.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2006

Varina high school is a very unorganized school and has a serious problem communicating with parents especially when there is a problem that needs taken care of. This school also needs to work on discipline issues, dress code, and helping students when they need it. Varina High has become a downward spiral the past five to ten years. VHS has alot of work to do before it can consider its self an education facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

As a former student of Varina, I do not appreciate the way people are 'dogging' us. Of course every school has their issues but overall the majority of the teachers and administration have the students best intrest at heart. Yes, there are numerous things that could be improved but I would gladly pick Varina over dozens of other area schools.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 6, 2005

Varina has gone downhill in many ways in the last 10 years. The principals have no control over the students, and do not seem to know how to get the control back from the children. Principals do not return phone calls, and do not treat people in the community with the dignity that you would expect from 'educated' individuals. One assistant principal seems very intent on standing in children's ways and does not seem interested when a parent asks for assistance with an issue that occurs at school. This type of shrugging off of responsibilities leads parents to not want to be involved, as they do not want the headache that accompanies it. They have had to go so far as to ban people from walking around at the football games. Obviously there are many issues.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 2, 2004

Varina high school is a very unorganized school and has a serious problem communicating with parents especially when there is a problem that needs taken care of, the principal does not return phone calls to parents even after the parent has made attempts to contact him. This school also needs to work on discipline issues, and helping students when they need it. Varina High has alot of work to do before it can consider its self an education facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2003

My kids came to the east end of Henrico from the west end of Henrico. All I can say is they are extremely happy here! Varina High is wonderful. As a graduate my self I can say it has changed a bit in 20 years but it still has that 'at home' feeling that my kids didnt see while at Hermitage High in the west end. - Kay


Posted April 25, 2003

This school really needs to straighten up its discipline. The principle Mr.Jones is a great principle. My Child still attends Varina Hs. Overall it is a great school besides their discipline action.


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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 "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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
92%
Algebra II

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

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
English: Reading

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

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

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.

2013

 
 
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Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

397 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

369 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
90%
World History II

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

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students76%
Female students81%
Male students71%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Algebra II

All Students59%
Female students59%
Male students59%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
White students57%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English59%

Biology

All Students83%
Female students85%
Male students81%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial87%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Chemistry

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students85%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Earth Science

All Students66%
Female students65%
Male students68%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities49%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students92%
Male students87%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities66%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students79%
Male students65%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial80%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

Geometry

All Students48%
Female students48%
Male students48%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracial42%
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English48%

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 Students81%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial60%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

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 Students71%
Female students71%
Male students71%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English70%

World History II

All Students83%
Female students79%
Male students89%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Tracie Q. Omohundro

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
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  • Counseling
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7053 Messer Rd
Richmond, VA 23231
Phone: (804) 226-8700

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