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Dan River High School

Public | 9-12 | 676 students

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Posted April 17, 2010

I am a student at Dan River High School and I believe the students are the ones that know best how wonderful our school is. Since the renovations have started, the school looks a thousand times better, I can't wait to see the school when its completed. The teachers at Dan River genuinely care about us students and want us to succeed in everything we do. The administration this year had improved greatly, I especially like thier level of involvement. This year has been the best yet since I have been attending Dan River and I know it will only continue to improve in years to come. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 30, 2009

This school is awful!! It was so much better when Mr. Ringstaff was there because he was everything that the staff now is not!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

I am currently a student at DRHS and this will be my third year of being here. I do say that the old administration did not 'crack' down on certain rules but they did get to know the students. The teachers here are the best but I do have to say I never see the administration around except for Mr.Hairiston (sorry if it's misspelled). To me it feel likes we went from a school where everybody knew everyone to a school that treats everybody like a criminal. I do not and haven't seen a disipline problem here, and the ones that were excessively bad were handled. I love this school and would not choose any other school in the county. As of now it does look run down and 'ghetto' but that's only because of the renovations and it will soon be better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2009

I am a Guidance Counselor here and over the years since I have been here it has improved. I do acknowledge that the school needs work and currently it is being renovated. The teachers are concerned and caring and now that we have all new administration a lot of the rules that were not followed are mostly followed now. The discipline issue has decreased considerably. We are the smallest school in our county and right now we have more of a family or team atmosphere. Our Basketball teams(both girls and boys) are excelling and winning. That helps a lot of school spirit!! Dan River and its Wildcats Rock. It is a good school getting much better.


Posted October 11, 2007

I am a current student here at DRHS, my opinion is that the state needs to grant us some money to fix up the school. It is not fair that some of the classes dont have AC when gets to 90 degrees outside. The falculty and staff do not enforce the rules as they should. They need to crack down on the system. We need teachers that actually know what they are talking about. The school lunch tastes like cardboard. The bathrooms are so unsanitary. How are we suppose to wash our hands without hot water? We have got to do better. Think before you come here to the River.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2007

I am a student at Dan River High school and in my opinon the school need fixing up. Some rooms don't have A/C. The Science Department need some more money to buy supplies for the class room. It need to offer Japanese course and more classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

As a former student at Dan River I know first hand how badly the building needs renovations. The faculty, although very friendly, really needs to crack down on those students that are unruly and disrespectful


Posted November 17, 2006

Dan River high school doesn't force the school rules. The school has bad AC, on the bright side it has great heat. When I went to this school I never like it with the bad choices of food to the bathrooms. The library was nice, and so was the gyms. The school overall had two much drama, as people in the school didn't care about the punishment. I would say you would have to be brave soal to come to this school. The ROTC teacher was great and most of the other teachers was awesome too.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 21, 2005

I went to DRHS and think that is a great school. It prepared me for college and provided the discipline and knowledge I needed to succeed. Over all I think the school is the best in the county.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 19, 2004

This school has been a disapointment for my family. I have one child of 3 there and have chosen to place the other two elsewhere. The main reason is lack of communication. The teachers he has had this year will not return calls made to them on my son's behalf. Also, the school system has a rule that progress reports are to be handed out after 3 weeks into the 6 weeks. This does not happen and it seems there is not an administration policy to see that this is followed. Teachers have an email address also but don't check it on a regular basis. Ms. Clarke (Asst. Principal) is very concerned about the kids but can't do it all by herself unfortunatly. The principal is very nice but not very effective in getting solutions to problems and getting back with the parents with these issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

I myself went to DRHS, & so did 5 of my children, I think it rates one of the best school's in this country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2003

At first glance you would think that more funding was needed for updating the facility. Once inside meeting the teachers, faculty and staff you realize that the atmosphere is that of the old schools. Respect and honor are maintained throughout. The students respect teachers and the students understand why they are there (to learn). I would not send my children anywhere else.


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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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Reading

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Writing

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

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

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Virginia and United States History

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

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%

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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%
World History II

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%

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 Students75%
Female students82%
Male students68%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Algebra II

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black students96%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students99%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students83%
Male students85%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Chemistry

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black students97%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

Earth Science

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students87%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students90%
Male students87%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students96%
Male students84%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students70%
Female students65%
Male students75%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

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 Students88%
Female students89%
Male students87%
Black students86%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

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 Students89%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

World History II

All Students80%
Female students73%
Male students87%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities85%
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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100 Dan River Wildcat Circle
Ringgold, VA 24586
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