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Princess Anne High School

Public | 9-12 | 1886 students

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Posted January 28, 2014

Princess Anne High School is a terrific place for my son. The IB program has been especially helpful in helping him attain a great education and acceptance to several top-25 universities in the country. Teachers have always been attentive and helpful and provided him with the kind of excellent assistance that one would expect from a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Princess Anne High School is a great school with highly qualified and dedicated teachers. My daughter is a 9th Grader and she is flourishing there academically and socially. There are boatload of student activities to participate in and get involved. The school cares about the students' safety very much. I particularly like that there is a dedicated school personnel at the front entrance of the school who guards who comes and goes. She is not just physically there. She asks questions as to why you are there and who you want to see and will direct you on your way. The school spirit is very high. It is homecoming week at PA High and the hallways are being decorated by each graduating year. Kids are highly excited, so I hear. I went to a Meet and Greet with PTSA Board Member who is involved with Operation Graduation. I met many parents there who were truly dedicated to making sure the Graduating Class of 2013 had a safe, fun, and exciting time after their graduation by going of Spirit of Norfolk Midnight Cruise and then to rented out Bowling Alley in Lynnhaven. The PA High will pay for the bus to charter kids to and from this event. Many core group of dedicated parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Princess Anne High School has the greatest Marching Band in the country. GO..... Fabulous Marching Cavaliers!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2009

As a graduate of PA I can look back and say that overall the school prepared me for college pretty well. The IB program is good, but honestly not as good as the people who run it think it is (it's nowhere near real college level, I discovered). I think my friends at Cape Henry Collegiate and Norfolk Christian (private schools) were better prepared for college, to be honest. The teachers at PA are a mixed bag: some are really top notch and committed to their students, others are frankly incompetent and have no business teaching monkeys, much less students (for some reason the administration asks for student input, but never actually listened to our complaints about bad teachers). Like any school - including my college - there is unequal treatment of athletes and they're given second chances, academically and behavior-wise. Still, it's probably about the best public high-school in VaBeach.


Posted November 16, 2008

I have mixed opinions about this school. I guess its either love it or hate it for most people that wrote reviews. I love the celebrations they have here..Homecoming was uber-fun. But yeah t is really easy to skip and alot of kids that goto this school talk about smoking pot and drinking. The IB kids are stuck up theyre butts..especially the ones that went to Kemps Landing Magnet School. You just get a vibe from them that they think you are stupid because you arent in the IB. The teachers are nice, but mostly have no clue what they are doing. Its a good school, but all the scores are so high only because of IB...which is very overrated..
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2008

Its sad some of the way the teachers behave, and whats even worse is that the administration has no idea whats going on. I've experienced and heard so many stories of teachers saying or doing innapropriate things right in front of their students. I've also expierenced having teachers who really did not care about students or how well they do in class- many are also very discriminating. And as far as students, well, most kids are involved with 'bad things' and I've heard many openly discussing this in class without the teacher caring. As a whole, this school has much to high of standards - its as if they forget not everyone is attending for the IB program. I would not advice sending kids here unless they are very good students and can handle it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

My daughter moved here mid year into the IB program from another state. To say we were blown away with the IB program coordinator and teachers is putting it mildely. Mrs. Cox gives 150 percent of herself and just plain cares!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2007

I have been at Princess Anne and Tallwood as a teacher. The parent involvement could stand to go up a notch or two. The students are mostly well-behaved and eager to work. Parents willingly support teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 23, 2007

more invested in athletes than academics; not unwilling to let favorites slide; should be a coach not a principal
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2007

This school was voted 144 out the 1,000 schools on the list IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. Look it up for yourself if you'd like to see it. It was also in the 'Ten High Schools Selected for Best Practices Study' by the Virginia Department of Education. It was the only school to do so in Virginia Beach. I am a senior this year at Princess Anne, and I have been attending the school since I was a sophomore. Many kids come to PA because of the International Baccalaureate program. This past year, my boyfriend's graduating class earned 2 million (no exaggeration) dollars in scholarships. He himself was awared a $40,000 scholarship. I think it is an excellent school with a fairly decent staff and office. As far as it being 'easy to skip and go to the mall', all the kids I know who skip get caught every time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 27, 2005

I graduated from PA in 2000. My dad was in the Navy so I only went to the high school my senior year. The school was not helpful in the transition period at all. The guidance counselors need a program to help students that come other states to be successful in their school. There is a lot of military concentrated in the Hampton roads area, so a focus in helping military kids would not be a bad idea. A lot of time the credit requirements and the degree programs are different than where the student came from. A program to make sure kids are not lost in the fray would be wonderful. The teachers were also not encouraging or helpful in helping students adjust.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 27, 2005

P.A.H.S is truely one of the Best high schools in VA. Because of the diversity of the school students have learned to get along with others better. I love knowing that my kids will go to this school and learn while haveing fun and being safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

I am a parent of a child at P.h.a.s and that school is horrible. Iv tried to take my child outta there for about 2 years now with no success. Iv gotten attitudes from many of the teachers and principals and they have never tried to help me or my child out in anyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

My family is enormously satisfied with Princess Anne High School s curriculum and teaching staff. Princess Anne High School is a public, college preparatory school for those that take advantage of its quality of education. My children are receiving an exceptional educational opportunity which is provided in a safe, nurturing environment that challenge their intellect, provides an enriching extracurricular program, embraces diversity and encourages ethical behavior. Prior to buying our home while the children were in elementary school, we shopped for our house with the key selling point being Princess Anne High School. An excellent school in all regards!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2004

My husband and I were very pleased with Princess Anne High School. We moved to the area when my son was a sophomore and naturally, he was not happy about having to leave old friends. Fortunately, the students, guidance staff and his teachers at PAHS made the transition to his new school very easy! Everyone was so friendly and the quality of instruction was superb! We could not have wished for a finer learning environment for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2004

This school is very dangerous. And it is very easy to skip and head over to the mall. Please don't send your kids to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2003

My daughter graduated from PA in 1998 and has now graduated from college. Thank you to all the staff for working with her to achieve her goals. Especially to Ms Gorham.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

This school is very educational and learning eviornment. Nice staff and students are very respectful to each other. The teachers,staff, and security are very watchable about their safety. when there's a problem, the principle Mrs. Griffin does a letter about the plans they going to do to not interfere with the learning of others. Clean and fresh the building
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

437 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
Earth Science

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

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Reading

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

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

525 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Virginia and United States History

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

477 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
World Geography

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
94%
World History II

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

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

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 Students60%
Female students67%
Male students54%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracial78%
White students62%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Algebra II

All Students73%
Female students76%
Male students70%
Black students57%
Asian students89%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial71%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English74%

Biology

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students89%
Black students78%
Asian students88%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial89%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students94%
Black students80%
Asian students100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial86%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Earth Science

All Students80%
Female students80%
Male students79%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial87%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English80%

English: Reading

All Students93%
Female students94%
Male students92%
Black students84%
Asian students90%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial92%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities79%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students94%
Male students88%
Black students78%
Asian students90%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial96%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Geometry

All Students68%
Female students71%
Male students65%
Black students49%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial65%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English69%

History and Social Science

All Students93%
Female students100%
Male students87%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities93%
Proficient in English93%

Math

All Students78%
Female students83%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities78%
Proficient in English78%

Science

All Students81%
Female students92%
Male students73%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities81%
Proficient in English81%

Virginia and United States History

All Students86%
Female students85%
Male students87%
Black students68%
Asian students88%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial72%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

World Geography

All Students91%
Female students89%
Male students93%
Black students74%
Asian students100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

World History I

All Students78%
Female students78%
Male students78%
Black students59%
Asian students80%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial87%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English78%

World History II

All Students94%
Female students92%
Male students97%
Black students90%
Asian students96%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities93%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. James M. Pohl
Fax number
  • (757) 473-5004

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4400 Virginia Beach Blvd
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