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William Monroe High School

Public | 9-12 | 829 students

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Posted April 18, 2011

Once again,sports prevail at WMHS.They are currently installing a new football field,new seating for the games, and new track around the field.We are a single A school!This years graduation must take place in Charlottesville because of the construction.I feel the money could have into improving the current school buildings or the teacher's pay. Oh, thats right, they are doing away with several assisants and a couple of teachers after this year due to budget cuts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Yes, WMHS does not have all the bells and whistles of larger schools. However, it could be more effective if the school leaders and staff would use what technology and resources they do have to help 'all' students achieve. There's seems to be a disconnect in communication between administration, staff, students and parents. They are so hung up on the sports programs they want to have, that everything else suffers. They need to empower staff to help promote programs that will encourage student participation, which will also get parents on board and involved in the school. If you look at the school website there's not a whole lot to offer students. As for the parent stating there child was accepted into UVA, that's great! I'm happy for that child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

Greene County schools are great schools. My child has special needs and they have gone above and beyond my expectations. The teacher are incredibly helpful. They do a great job at giving my child the individual attention he needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

WMHS is an excellent school. We have been very pleased with the progress our child has made. The teachers are knowledgeable and aimed to help every student. We don't feel like our son gets lost in the crowd like he would in Albemarle. I think a lot of the negativity comes from ignorant parents who don't realize that a lot of a child's education comes from parental involvement. Our child had no problem getting into UVA and we have WMHS to thank!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

WMHS is a great school. Sure, WMHS doesn't have all the bells and whistles (ex. AP European Basketweaving) like Albemarle has but your child will get a more focused education free from many of the social pressures other area schools have. They won't be concerned about who's driving daddy's BMW and who has the latest $120 pair fad jeans. We love the individual attention WMHS has to offer and we are thankful for their thoughtful, talented teachers. You can take any of those AP classes via distance learning if you really wanted to and it's up to you (the parent) and your child to make it happen but rest assured WMHS provides a solid educational background.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I'm also a senior at WMHS, but I'm not appalled, but sickened at some of the attempts to belittle my school. WMHS, in juxtaposition with other schools, most notably holds an excellent standard of education as well as having preeminent and solicitous teachers that are highly respectable individuals in our local community (Mr. Parr, Mr. Leta, Ms. North, Ms. Friedman, Ms. Boyle, Mr. Nyrop, ...). I encourage each parent who has an abhorrence for WMHS and its methods of education to venture to another state forthwith, in particular, South Carolina, Georgia or the ilk and really get a taste of how well you have it here. By complaining you are only perpetuating the typical, ignorant American stereotype. WMHS is the pinnacle of awesomeness (yes, that's a word) and that all others have no idea what or who they're deriding. Regards, Matt D. Oliver
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2008

I am a senior at WMHS. I am appalled at what some of the comments that parents have made about our beloved school. I have been going to WMHS for 2 years now, and it is a great school. We may not have the funding and equipment that other schools have, but we are a close-knit community free of the violence, descrimination, and the substance abuse often seen in many larger schools. As for school spirit, we are in no way discouraged from showing our spirit and pride in our school. Our teachers and administrators encourage us to always work hard and do our best. The school motto of 'believe, achieve, succeed' truly sums up the essence of of WMHS. Furthermore, to the parents making the rude remarks: you should be ashamed of yourselves for writting complaints against our school instead of working with us to make it a better place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2007

I have 2 children that have been going to WMHS for 2 yrs now. I am pretty shocked to read some of the parental reviews here. Our experience has been nothing but positive. A large part of a child's success in school comes down to parental involvement. Also, the school's focus on SOLs is a must. Due to the strick SOLs being in place and the 'no child left behind' policies in VA, you will find that most schools place a top priority on SOLs as they can't afford not to. It is a shame in many ways, because a lot of the fun has been taken out of learning, but that is certainly not a problem confined to 1 school- that is a VA school system problem. I'd be curious to know if parents who placed negative reviews have ever had their children attend another school to even compare to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

As a parent of a middle school and high school student, William Monroe has a long way to go both Academically and Athletically. There is no school spirit, nor is it allowed by the administration for the students to show spirit without scrutiny. As another person stated focus on the SOL's is the only priority academically, therefore your college bound students are not prepared for further education, and it all falls back on the principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

William Monroe High School is not a below average school. The administraters only care about one thing; sol scores being high. Yes high sol scores are important but that should not be the main focus in school, they should worry about having students understand the curriculum and knowing exactly what to do, instead of focusing so much on the sol standards. There are many great teachers at the school, however, there are also very awful teachers at the school. The school also doesnt worry much about any other sport, except for football and occasionly basketball, if the school wants to make things more 'school spirited' then they should encourage students to go to the upcoming spring sports and winter sports since football is indeed over. I must say though the school is doing much better with new administration but they must strive for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2004

I am an alumnus of William Monroe High School (Gold Medal class of 2003), and I would like to strongly recommend my alma mater to any families living in Greene. I had an awesome three years at WMHS -- the students were friendly, the teachers were friendly, and it was the first time I had EVER heard of a school having a midday 'break' for its students (sadly, this break no longer exists due to new management). OK, so we may not be one of these five-star high school deals with top-of-the-line curricula, equipment, etc. etc. but we're a down-to-earth bunch who get the job done. Accept no substitutes -- make your teenager a Dragon today!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

Both of my children graduated from this school,one with an advanced diploma and the other, a general one. They each got out of school what they put in. The oldest will graduate from Virginia Tech soon and the other lasted one semester at Community College. Being involved in what goes on at school is the key. I'm proud of both my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Its A ok school. we have good people and we all lear alot for each other.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra II

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

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Reading

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

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
English: Writing

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

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
93%
World History II

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

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students47%
Female students55%
Male students43%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students44%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English47%

Algebra II

All Students66%
Female students69%
Male students63%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students67%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Biology

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students85%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Chemistry

All Students81%
Female students79%
Male students83%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Earth Science

All Students91%
Female students87%
Male students94%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Reading

All Students87%
Female students89%
Male students86%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial83%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities81%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%

English: Writing

All Students84%
Female students83%
Male students85%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial75%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Geometry

All Students71%
Female students77%
Male students66%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
White students70%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English72%

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 students75%
Male students86%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial79%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities74%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

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 Students86%
Female students85%
Male students86%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World History II

All Students91%
Female students90%
Male students92%
Black students90%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%
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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Stanardsville, VA 22973
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