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Nansemond River High School

Public | 9-12 | 1485 students

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Posted June 21, 2012

I graduated from this school in 2008 and graduated from VMI this year. This school's honors and AP courses prepared me for college level work and the staff took a genuine interest in my success. The biggest issue at this school is when students fall behind. Most lose interest in continuing to try to succeed and just scrape by. This school is the type of place where you get what you put in. If you do not want to succeed then you won't but if you truly care then it will care for you and help foster your development


Posted November 21, 2011

Pros - Administration at this school is very involved and accessible. They know each student and show a genuine interest in their success. Whenever I have had a concern, they have always made it a point not only to meet with me but to follow up with me afterwards to let me know their findings. Academics are put before extracurricular activities. There is no tolerance for violence or fighting which is working with the students. Cons - They have a few teachers that are weak at best. Our experience with the French II teacher was less than positive. Several teachers have a propensity to show movies (some VERY juvenile) rather than to actually teach. In all fairness, all schools are going to have some issues, but our experience overall has been extremely positive. I have no regrets in having my student at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

A couple of great teachers, quite a few very good teachers, and several slackers who should be fired but apparently can not be touched. The AP Calc program hasn't had a student receive a high score on the AP test in years except one from another school last year. Spanish II is very weak leaving the kids who reach Spanish III quite unprepared. Sports and activity opportunities are very good. Overall curriculum offered is strong. Principal is very engaged and knows every student. Parental involvement that I have seen for the most part is more toward complaining about their child's academic problems vice asking how they could engage and help out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

This School is excelent, its fun and alot of extra activities like sports and clubs. lunch is good and classes are amazing. only two downfalls though if you are absent unexused three times you fail
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2007

Nansemond River High School is the best high school in Suffolk...I have had the honor of attending the school for 4 years...I'm in a numerous amount of clubs including the prestigious BETA club, I'm also a varsity cheerleader (the basketball team is awesome)...the teachers are for the most part great..and I have met wonderful people. The best thing about Nansemond is that there are no cliques..and everyone can find there place here. Nansemond River High is the best. Go class of 2007..We rock!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2006

I totally agree with Mr. Ray. The communication between parents and school officals are extemely lacking. It seems the parent may try to open the lines of communication,but their word is worthless in the eyes of the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2005

The best high school in Suffolk, no question. teachers are demanding academicly but also offer tutor help. Discipline is good although it seems problem kids from other schools end up here and cause disruption until they are moved out. The band is among the best in the state and athletics are reasonibly good especially boys basketball which has won something like the last 7 district championships. Though I don't like everything about it, it is the best school for my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

I think the school is great. It's easy to make friends and the students are pretty friendly. The lunch is very delicious and the girls are beautiful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2004

I think Nansemond River is a pretty good school. My child is doing very well and I think the parent who said that they let students get away with anything is probably just talking about there own child because I've seen alot of students get maximum punishment.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2004

They seem to let the problem students get by with just about anything so they don't have to deal with it, and the good students always seem to be picked on with nit pickey things, which in turn makes them frustrated. Never take the word from a student or parent always the word from the teacher. It's time to be accountable for your position at NRHS.
—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.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Algebra II

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

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

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
English: Writing

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

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
n/a
Virginia and United States History

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
97%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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World History I

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

446 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
95%
World History II

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

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students53%
Female students54%
Male students53%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracial63%
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English54%

Algebra II

All Students50%
Female students54%
Male students46%
Black students42%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracial50%
White students59%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English50%

Biology

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students90%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Chemistry

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students82%
Black students78%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracial82%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Earth Science

All Students86%
Female students86%
Male students86%
Black students80%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracial90%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

English: Reading

All Students89%
Female students86%
Male students91%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial88%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students89%
Male students83%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracial71%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

Geometry

All Students69%
Female students71%
Male students68%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial74%
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities73%
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 Students84%
Female students79%
Male students89%
Black students79%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial89%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities87%
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 Students89%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students85%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial92%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

World History II

All Students88%
Female students88%
Male students89%
Black students84%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial85%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English88%
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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3301 Nansemond Pkwy
Suffolk, VA 23435
Phone: (757) 923-4101

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