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Franklin County High School

Public | 9-12 | 2222 students

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Posted February 7, 2014

I am a parent that lives in Philadelphia & I've made several attempts to contact & set up a line of communication with the FCHS staff. My son attend this school & he's expected to graduate in May 2014. Even though I have court paper that allows me (by right) to inquire grades, events, etc; the faculty has ignored my emails as if they were the judge and jury. I am so upset cause I have now missed out on his graduation pics, because his father could not afford them. I am financially supporting my son and if the school would've answered my email anytime during the last 3 years maybe I could have those valuable photos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

FCHS is an excellent school that services a huge demographic area. Because of this, a student at FCHS can expect exposure to diversity in addition to the typical high school experience. The school is very safe and offers an amazing array of courses for students to choose from. If your child is interested in sports FCHS consistently ranks in the top-3 within a 50 mile radius. If your child is college bound, FCHS has a program that transfers to most colleges and allows them to enter college as a Sophomore. That's an entire year of college for free! If your child has any type of disability, the school has amazing resources available. The personal approach this school takes with its students is nothing short of inspiring. You will find that (with parent involvement) FCHS has fantastic opportunities for your son or daughter. There are drugs in all public schools and FCHS is no exception, however, there are a lot of safety nets in place to allow an engaged parent to detect this type of problem early. For example, a parent can monitor test grades, attendance and communicate with teachers online. My children went to FCHS and they found it prepared them well. A+++!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

This school is "claiming" it does not have enough funds to issue each student a textbook. How are we supposed to be teaching our kid's the "right" way and give them the proper education without a textbook for them to bring home and study for the tests and quizzes? I withdrew both of my children today, due to poor decision making on Franklin County's part, and have enrolled them in a private online Christian Academy. When the school claims they have no money, however they had over a 2 million dollar surplus, they are miss-spending "our" money, and an example of this would be them spending $170,000.00 on fruit cakes last year??? This County is a joke, and so are the teachers. Franklin County school systems are an embarrassment to the education system. They are rude, and very unprofessional. This comes from a former alumni of 1996. My husband graduated from Radford University in 2001 with his Bachelors Degree, also he is almost finished with his Masters Degree with Liberty University, I, myself am almost finished with my Bachelors from Liberty University, so this comes from individuals who actually know about education. I will not name any name's, but a certain Administrator, Ms. "J"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

Franklin County High is a very poorly educated school. They "Claim" to have no money to give my son a textbook, and will not give him his assignments that he missed while sick, after we have asked for them for weeks now. The Administration, Ms. "J" we will call her, is the rudest little lady I have ever been in touch with. She demanded I sit down, when I came to pick my son up from school, and was yelling at the top of her lungs at me. She threatened to have an officer arrest me if I would not sit down and listen to what she had to say. She answered my son's cell phone, and on an emergency basis we called him today, and she said that our son did not want to talk to us. No wonder they fired the last principal, and are having so much turn over with teachers. If this is the type of education we are giving our young generation, I suggest everyone home school their children, and bypass Franklin County High School. We are going over the school board with these threats and actions, and a lawsuit will possibly be in force by the end of the month. Have a GREAT day Ms. "J" when u want to pay the cell bill, then u can answer our sons phone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2013

FCHS is a great school. We have plenty of resources and great teachersthe admin. are very caring. There soccer team is amazing, but the baseball leaves something to be desired.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2012

I'm graduating from FC this spring and I have to say I couldn't think of any other place to spend four years of my life. Everyone here is so helpful and caring. The AP teachers are pretty much the best ever. I've enjoyed my life here in FC and I plan on coming right back after college. It really is a great school and a great community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2012

First of all there is only drugs and violence if you choose to involve yourselves in them. The community is very caring and looks out for each other. The school has overqualified teachers, some being both professors and high school teachers. Having educations from Pennsylvania Univeristy and Oxford, are only a few of the great schools the teachers have attended. They are willing to tutor and help you out as much as they can. The school will definitely prepare you for college if you choose to take challenging classes. I currently am taking AP Calculus, AP Biology, College English, and Advanced Accounting, getting college credits already. My brother took similar courses and is now majoring in Bio-Chemistry at Virginia Tech and doing well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2011

There is a lot of violence, drugs, and alcohol involved at this school. The environment is highly oppressing and the students have no values.TERRIBLE school..
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2011

I attended Franklin County High School, and do not feel that it truly prepared me for college. I graduated with a high gpa, but did not feel truly challenged. One of the teachers that I had refused to offer assistance when I was having great difficulty with the subject matter, and was prone to ridicule students. My mother contacted the admisistration, and no solution was ever found. There were some good teachers, but for the most part they were adequate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2010

The teachers are very dedicated, and there are a lot of excellent pprograms to prepare students for a trade, pretty impressive. The only weakness is the fact that the school is overcrowded, as it is the only high school in the county. They do a great job making it work, and have very good structure in place for those with an IEP. I was impressed with this considering the huge student population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

There are many factors that make our school great. Students, staff, administration, athletics, parents, the list could go on forever. Our school has a small school atmosphere with the benefits of a large school. (Where else could you take sign language or small animal care?) We have caring teachers and administrators who don't take the easy way out (even if that makes us unpopular sometimes). I would not ever consider leaving this school to teach in another. I have traveled all over the state and the country and have not ever found a school to top ours. We may not win big championships with our sports teams, and we may not have the highest test scores in the country, but what we do have are intelligent, respectful and mature young adults that are a credit to our county (thanks to our parents, teachers, and community).
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 21, 2009

Even though I'm in my junior year this year, this is my second year being at FCHS. Out of the 6 schools I've been to, I highly say that this school is the best. The teachers are really helpful and the other kids there are great. I love it there. I'm going to miss it when I graduate there next year. The school is like home to me now. Go FCHS! Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2008

I have recently graduated from FCHS and I could not have asked for a better high school experience. We are an excellent community at FCHS. The learning experience is top notch and all the teachers are excellent. Leaving FCHS at graduation was like leaving home. =]


Posted August 11, 2008

I went to Franklin County when the football program had very little support. There have been improvements in both the athletic and academics at the school. The thing is, nobody is gonna stand and cheer when the ribbons are cut on the CATCE center. All the attention is put on money spent for sport, which if people would realize it is this type of spirit building and pride cultivation that makes people want to support the school as a whole! Go eagles, oh yeah if your kid cant play a sport, they spend plenty of money on the band as well!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

My boys have a forty minute bus ride to school. The administrators were very cold and zero tolerance was promoted after ten days of entering this new world. By the time they got to high school, the quality of teachers had diminished. The teachers would comment on how overwhelmed they were. My boys would have 30-40 in a classroom. I hope others have a better experience than we had. We are leaving Franklin County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2006

It is rather amusing to me to see people frustrated with the spending on the football program, do you know the amount of players that never in a million years would have made it to college without the support of the athletic programs at FCHS. Franklin County improved the stadium because there are people who believe in Franklin County and who come out to cheer on your football team. It is important that funding also go to other aspects of the school, and being a graduate of 2005 and a very involved student I can assure you there are other things going on at the school academically and not athletically. Yes, we have an athletic school full of spirit; however, we also have an academic school full of extremely intelligent people who are going to do great in life with what FCHS has taught them. Go Eagles. :)
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 30, 2005

I'm not a parent, but a 2004 graduate. I enjoyed my schooling in Franklin Co. Of course every school has a few negative aspects, but FCHS is a great school. There are many opportunities available for sports, hobbies and for future careers. The staff is there and ready to help out as much as possible. And Franklin Co. is a beautiful and quickly developing community which also offers many opportunities for students. I would recommend this FCHS.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 13, 2005

As a 2005 graduate of FCHS, I am currently going to college and I am amazed at how much I was prepared for this phase of my life by attending the high school. We were challenged in every possible way, but it was for our own good. I had a great high school experience. I thought that going to a school with over 2000 people in it would be difficult to get involved and make new friends. But I wasn't I was involved in HOSA, the international club, NHS, Senior Class cabinet, JV and Varsity softballl (8-12), and many other activities. My graduation class was over 400 and I knew 99 percent of them. Everyone at FCHS will do anything for the student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 27, 2005

I think franklin county schools are great! I went to franklin county high and graduated in 2002, it was a very well rounded atmosphere, and discipline was not a factor, because there were rules and regualtions, about the million dollar new stadium that is coming, it is needed! I never miss a football game, in fact i get season tickets, i have a brother in law that plays football right now! i think football is a great sport is keeps kids out of trouble and keeps there grades higher!Its just a popular sport and doesnt take anything away from anything else.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 27, 2004

As a parent of two students at Franklin County High, I agree that way too much time and effort is put into Franklin County's Football Program. I ahve also found several of the administrators unconcerned with many aspects of the school. I have witnesses too much favor to students whose parents have an influence in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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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.

736 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

527 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

502 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Reading

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

530 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

534 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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96%
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.

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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81%

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95%
World History II

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

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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94%

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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

Algebra I

All Students69%
Female students73%
Male students65%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial79%
White students69%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

Algebra II

All Students77%
Female students78%
Male students76%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial74%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Biology

All Students84%
Female students87%
Male students81%
Black students68%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial74%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female students93%
Male students96%
Black students93%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Earth Science

All Students89%
Female students87%
Male students91%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial89%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students93%
Male students87%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial95%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students92%
Male students82%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracial90%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Geometry

All Students69%
Female students75%
Male students63%
Black students51%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial74%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

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 students87%
Black students67%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial84%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

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 Students84%
Female students81%
Male students86%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracial84%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

World History II

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students94%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial93%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%
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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