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Smithfield High School

Public | 9-12 | 1311 students

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Posted March 31, 2010

My son is a Freshman this year and I havenot been impressed at all with the quality of the school. I am actually very concerned for when he goes to college, my fear is he will be well behind students comingout of much better and more caring teachers and administrators. He had a Spanish teacher who was MIA for most of the first semester and the principle did nothing to address. He now has a Science teacher who we believe has been terminated and he has substitute teachers again. He states all he does his workshop and his class has posted no grades (homework, quiz, test) since March 5th, it is 3/31 as I post this. When reaching out to the assistant principal, principle and superintendant, I had to chase them with multiple calls to get answers and to this point I have yet top hear from Dr. MacPherson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

Many top-notch teachers truely care about students at SHS. If your child is an above avg student, he/she will do very well and will have incredible opportunities at the Governor's Schools (arts or sciences). Avg. students have more challenges. The school and community are very open to newcomers. The adorable downtown hosts the annual Homecoming Parade, full of school spirit. You won't find this anywhere else in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

I am parent of a new student at SHS. The school has many good teachers, but like any other school, it also has teachers that are either burned out or do not care to teach. There are many new teachers this year and that is a plus since we need fresh faces. However, some of the classes are still too large and part of the building is old and it is on dire need of renovation. My son complains about classrooms being either too hot or too cold. There is some technology available, but some of it is old. It would be great to have the old laptops replaced and have SMART Boards, which could enhance teaching and learning. There are many extracurricular activities and sports available to students, which is a plus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

Smithfield High is a quality school. Look at the numbers. Our students meet or exceed the state average in every category.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

This school is tops - a premier school among similar schools in the region


Posted October 27, 2006

I am a senior at Smithfield High School, and have been here since I was a freshman. From my experience, I can certainly say that most of the teachers at SHS are very concerned with their students and willing to help both those who are struggling and those who aren't. There are also many options for students who cannot find a certain class at SHS, including a Governor's School for the arts and one for science and technology. Since my freshman year, however, the biggest thing that I have noticed has been the improvement in school spirit. Even though many traditions have sadly been ended due to 'political correctness' and 'safety concerns,' many of the teachers and students, as well as some administrators, have been working to raise student moral. Overall, I foresee a big rise in student satisfaction in the very near future. I just wish it had come sooner.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2005

I grauduated smithfield high school in 2004. The school had its good qualities but overall the school was not good. The teachers have very low expectations for their students. I graduated with an B+ grade point average but when I got in college I came to realized that my Smithfeild high doesnt give a lot of needed skills. Their are many things that my friends learned in high school that my school never even mentioned. I felt left out. The school spirit is not high eihter. A lot of the students have lost their school spirit because of all the problems in the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 3, 2005

I was a student at Smithfield High School who graduated in 2003. I thought SHS was a standard high school until my family and I thought about moving and looked at other schools in the surrounding cities. SHS does not even compare to some of the schools in York County. In the summer, I swam on a team, I remember comming back to school my junior year and asking one of the gym coaches if we could have a swim team, he just smiled and said 'yeah, good luck.' There are some outstanding teachers at that school. But the overall attitude of most of the teachers and administrators is the same as most of the students. They are there because they have to be and thats about it. Like I said, there are exceptional teachers. SHS has a very good theater program. Spanish, English, Computer based courses were good as well.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 17, 2004

My son had a great first year at Smithfield High school. We have been to schools in Florida, and Michigan. Smithfield High school offers a variety of courses and wonderful teachers. For the exceptional student there are The Governor's Schools, art and theater, and science and math. They offer tutoring as needed on Tuesdays. So far it has been a great experience with a caring staff of teachers and administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

After having a child attend Smithfield high school for two years I have come to the conclusion that Smithfield high school is a very good school with some outstanding teachers and a great girls tennis coach. However there is room for improvement. My child often complains about the lack of moral and school spirit. The administration in some ways is too strict about some things, like dress codes and students not being able to take trips out of the state. Many other schools in the area let seniors and school clubs take trips to Florida or other places with adults supervising. Another thing that affects my opinion of the school is the lack of enthuiasim the school has for the gils and boys tennis team. These kids work really hard to do a good job at their sport , but softball and football seems to get all the kudo's and recognition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2004

Moral is poor at this school. A number of the administrators are rude and arrogant. There are 'some' very good teachers, however the administrators at the top do not think they are accountable to anyone---including the parents. The extracurriculars (sports, etc.) are very poorly coached, and the school seems indifferent about it. In fact it seems the coaches don't think they get paid enough, and their effort (or lack there of) is consistent with that attidue. My daughter ran track and cross country, and the coaches literally refused to schedule any significant meets --apparently because then they would have to work 'weekends.' This school also has very few AP courses as compared to other schools in the area. In sum, the administrators seem to be power hungry and they forget that it is the parents, and the community who are their bosses ... NOT the other way around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2004

After reading the student's opinion of Smithfield High School, you can see she or he has been promoted not knowing proper English. How did those 'elite' teacher's in Elementary, Middle or High School fail to notice this before the promotions that took place over the years? Also what about the 'gangs' at the schools in Isle of Wight County? I do believe these teacher's are under paid for all they do have to endure with some of the students that obviously do not care. I hope for the faculty and student's that do care things will improve.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 16, 2004

Hello.Im am a student at SHS and I have come to the conclusion that SHS is not a great school if your looking for the best. The teachers at SHS are never concerned with the students passing until its too late and then when it gets to that point when the student has already tried to receive help it is still there fault they were inable to pass the course because teachers are not willing to help them. In my opinion that is totally unfare and it should not be happening that way. Teachers should get there acts together and teach right because thats what there their for anyway. So SHS teachers and other staff members get it together help the students a little more, take more effort in your job, do something Please. Please understand this is not a review to put SHS down. Thank you. HG
—Submitted by a student


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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.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Algebra II

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

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Reading

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

324 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
98%
World Geography

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

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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World History I

The state average for World History I was 84% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%
World History II

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

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students68%
Female students75%
Male students64%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English68%

Algebra II

All Students73%
Female students74%
Male students71%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Biology

All Students80%
Female students81%
Male students79%
Black students60%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial69%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

Chemistry

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students88%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Earth Science

All Students87%
Female students86%
Male students88%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

English: Reading

All Students88%
Female students90%
Male students87%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students90%
Female students95%
Male students86%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial94%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Geometry

All Students69%
Female students68%
Male students70%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial73%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities74%
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 Students87%
Female students86%
Male students89%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial95%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

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 Students78%
Female students78%
Male students78%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

World History II

All Students75%
Female students76%
Male students75%
Black students52%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial88%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%
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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14171 Turner Dr
Smithfield, VA 23430
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