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Courtland High School

Public | 9-12 | 1198 students

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Posted September 3, 2012

I'm a junior at Courtland High School and I have to say that I enjoy it more every year. The fine arts program is amazing and fun and the academic side of school isn't too bad either. Yes I've had bad teachers, but there are also many fantastic teachers who truly care about each and every student. It's a pretty diverse school in terms of behavior where half the kids are well behaved, while the other half are loud, obnoxious potheads! Overall I love my school and I can tell that most others do too by how much school spirit we have. Go cougars!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2011

My son is in his second year at Courtland and has had a great experience. I can say he has had one math teacher that has been below our expectations. He is very challenged with his AP courses and the teachers truly push the kids to excel. This school has great community support and a great group of kids!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

I graduated from Courtland in 2008 and I had a wonderful experience. I remain in touch with many teachers that all positively impacted my life. One negative is the math program, but the english teachers are wonderful and Mr. Helsley of the chemistry department can't be beat!


Posted February 10, 2009

I am currently a sophomore here. I may have only been here for about a year and a half but I really enjoy going to this school. The music program is excellent (happen to be a member of the Courtland High School Orchestra), there is a lot of school spirit, academics are decent, and there are plenty of extracurricular activities provided here. So far I have had wonderful teachers. I believe I will enjoy the rest of my high school career here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2009

I'm a junior here and my high school exsperience has been miserable. The teachers are okay but there are none of them I'll probably remember as being spectacular. Last year in drivers ed instead of learning something that was actually useful, like say maybe those road signs we have to know to get our permits, we watched drunk driving video after drunk driving video. I don't get the impression any of my classmates were paying attention to these videos anyways so it was really a waste of time. I would say the students here are pretty obnoxious and irritating my chemistry class is a zoo, everyone talks over the teacher and nobodies paying attention. I had a similar problem in my freshman algebra class so it's really no wonder that I have gotten low c's in both classes. I can't wait to graduate and get out of here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 3, 2009

I've gone to this school for three years and I haven't gotten anything satisfactory from it. My grades have dropped to C's and D's when they were mostly A's and B's in middle school. This school is particularly lacking in the math department I haven't got a single good math teacher since I've been here, which is just fantastic since math is my weakest subject. I don't feel like my teachers really care too much about my grades especially since I don't play sports. Drivers Ed. was a completely useless class. We spent six months watching drunk driving videos that no one paid attention to. It got really old hearing how so-and-so's brother got killed by a drunk driver to the point where I really didn't care. The students can be pretty obnoxious. Overall I can't wait to graduate and leave this place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2007

I am a sophmore at Courtland High School, and so far things here are great. The teachers and staff are friendly, the acedemics are above average, and the sports here are excellent. Courtland has a welcome home kind of feeling. I love this school. :] *Class of 2010* Go Cougars! -Frankie Mattero
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2007

I have a senior and have now spent 4 years getting to know the school. Like anything it is what you make out of it. The principal and Asst. Principals are awesome. The guidance staff has also been excellent. My son has participated in many of the sports and clubs. He has had a great senior year and he was excepted to his top two choices for college. Parents blame everything on everyone else and forget to see how they can work as a team with the school to make the high school years a success. It is so important to have parental involvement, join the PTSA, work concessions for the band, go to guidance and see what you could do it could be as easy as folding Newsletters. It helps you get a better handle on what is happening and who the kids are at school. Thank you Courtland H.S.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

I am a student at courtland high, courtland is probally one of the best schools in the state,all my teachers really care and they are all involved with every student, no student is singled out, if I could picc any school to attend, it would be courtland.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2006

I have a junior, there are many ways I judge the school. He is athletic and involved in clubs at Courtland. Since 9th grade when he put his foot in the door he has loved it and grown under the teachers, administrators, guidance and coaches. He is learning about committment in football. The school feels like an extension of my community and though it can be challenging with the teachers I have found it to be a pleasant experience. I thought it would be such a transition for him from Middle school and have been pleasantly surprised. Kids come to the 9th grade lacking skills and a foundation they need to continue HS courses,it takes some extra help or tutoring. I rate the school excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

I have had three sons at Courtland, the oldest graduated and the other 2 are presently attending. I would like to see more teacher communication with both the students and the parents as far as how the students can improve. The school is overcrowded but the staff and teachers are doing a good job overall. The coaches are great and they take a great interest on how the atheletes are doing academically as well as physically. I feel it is the best school in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2004

Being a student that walks the halls everyday, I see overcrowding as a problem, while it is not as bad as it was last year before Riverbend opened. The staff is good and tries to help, but can be overwhelmed at times. The best time to seek help is when the administration can be spoken with one on one. The student body varies widely, from great students to those who fight to get out. The advanced classes are challenging but regular class tend to focus on only passing the SOLs. Sports are great, usually playing for district and region championships. Overall, Courtland is like most other schools, the student decides how well the four years will go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2004

By the principals own admission this school is overcrowded with not enough administrators. My daughter is going in to the 10th grade and I am seriously considering an all girl private school. She says students who are not to disruptive are placed in the back of the classroom to sleep or 'whatever'. Drugs are a problem as well.
—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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
81%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Earth Science

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

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Reading

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

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

330 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%

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.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

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

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
96%
World Geography

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

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
World History I

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

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2010

 
 
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World History II

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

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

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 Students68%
Female students64%
Male students72%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
White students68%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient students54%
Proficient in English69%

Algebra II

All Students77%
Female students83%
Male students72%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracial80%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

Biology

All Students88%
Female students85%
Male students91%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%

Chemistry

All Students77%
Female students76%
Male students77%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Earth Science

All Students90%
Female students89%
Male students91%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial94%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English90%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students92%
Male students88%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial88%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students93%
Male students83%
Black students73%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial94%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students66%
Female students70%
Male students63%
Black students53%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial76%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities70%
Limited English proficient students20%
Proficient in English68%

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 students85%
Male students90%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracial83%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students60%
Proficient in English89%

World Geography

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian students100%
Hispanic74%
Multiracial93%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students38%
Proficient in English90%

World History I

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 II

All Students82%
Female students75%
Male students88%
Black students74%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial86%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students27%
Proficient in English84%
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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6701 Smith Station Rd
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Phone: (540) 898-4445

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