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Tallwood High School

Public | 9-12 | 2010 students

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Posted January 25, 2014

My child has been going to this school for a couple yrs now. This was the first year my child had some problems. The problem was taken care of within days and have not had any other problems. Over all I am pleased with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2013

I am going to be a senior after the summer. I really love this school, much better then my middle school. The teachers are awesome and everyone is friendly. The teachers can be pretty funny too. I can never imagine going to another high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2011

I am a senior at Tallwood, and I love it. I am a Global Studies and World Languages Academy student, and would be going to Green Run if I wasnt in the academy. The teachers are, on the whole, wonderful. They are nice and know what they are doing. However, there are a few that arent as good, but they are rare. I am an avid athlete, participating in Cross Country, both Tracks, and Soccer, and although the sports teams arent all the best in the district, we have a lot of team spirit, and are all, espeically the Cross Country team, really close. The school is clean, and the custodians nice. I am glad I decided to go to Tallwood, and do not regret it at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2010

A score of 4 is low. The comments are mixed and I don't seem to understand what really is the problem.


Posted February 7, 2010

I'm a Junior this year and I adore Tallwood. It's very clean, and the staff is wonderful. The teachers are very lively and know how to keep students attention while teaching. We have a great drama and band program. It is a very safe environment, and I love going to school everyday.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2009

My daughter now attends Tallwood, she is doing very well and is very interested in her studies, the chool is very clean and the staff is friendly, I am really glad that she is attending such a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

Tallwood High School IS the PRIDE of Virginia Beach. We are 'WILD with PRIDE!'
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2008

i love tallwood the teachers are amzing and we stil have a clean school.We take pride in looking our best and take care of our school.We have lots of school spirt and are always involed in bettering the cummunity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

The administration is uncooperative and unfriendly. There are too many students and the fine arts programs are very bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

My daughter will be attending this fall. She is she has some learning challenges, and Tallwood, in cooperation with the principal and staff have already held a very inspiring event for parents of students with challenges. I'm glad I found out about it in time. I hope this will be a great upcoming year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

Tallwood School is a great school. My oldest daughter who is in 9th grade loves going there. She refuses to leave. The teachers are dedicated, the school is safe and the is plenty to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

Great school with excellent teachers. I recommend this school highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2007

I was a student and a key roll in the Tallwood High School Band. The school has a wonderful music program with a great teacher.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 27, 2007

Yeah, I'm Taylor and I am a Tallwood pupil. Tallwood is an awesome school. The teachers are so much fun and they are very humorous, but they know when to get down to work and be serious. The principal, well, i don't really know her but so far I don't favor her very much. Neither do more than half of the students. I am a freshman, but I can already tell that Tallwood is the best school possible for anyone to enroll into. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2007

I feel Tallwood High School is a good school overall. Most of the teachers are involved and pro-active. The only concern I have with not only Tallwood but Virginia Beach Schools is their security cameras. Talking about a waste of money! My son had his bike stolen, we can see the tape but we couldn't even tell if one of the people standing there in the tape was my son! Money needs to be spent on the kids security and get better cameras!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

I am a former tallwood student; I transferred to Open Campus because of excessive absences. This summer im am in summer school. I hoping to be able to get back into tallwood for this 06 year because Open Campus doesn t provide the type of sources that colleges really look at. I believe I can only get that at tallwood. Tallwood provides so many ways for you to succeed and go to a good university.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2006

My child goes to Tallwood and he really likes it. The only complaint he has is towards the lunch ladies. In his opinion, they can be rude. The teachers my child has had have been wonderful, especially the science teacher, Mr Goodboy. He is a great teacher and makes science fun. Mrs. Plummer is an A+, as is Mrs. Harris. I am very grateful to all. The Freshmen Asst Principal is key on. She has assisted us in the past and stood by her word.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

I am currently a senior at Tallwood and, for the most part, loving it. The new principal has done very little for the school and has tried to ruin our phenomenal fine arts program. I, personally, dislike her and her policies. The teachers are, mostly, awesome. There are a few that could stand to be gotten rid of, but those are rare. The school has opportunities for almost anyone to do something. I am in the band and love the program. It is amazing and extremely rewarding. Though I am not fond of our principal, I like Tallwood and what it has to offer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2005

i was a student at tallwood until i moved but tallwood was the best school i have ever attended th academics were great teachers were awesome and was always there to help you. you can get away with alot of things at tallwood but if you get caught you are in a world of trouble even though the administrators try to reason with you about what your punishment will be. you work together as a team i really miss tallwood and am going to try to attend there again soon because i really want to be a graduate of tallwood high school. thats how great of a high school it is.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 23, 2004

I am a would-be alumni of Tallwood. I quit after my junior year and went on to Harding University. My brother and sister also attended Tallwood and likewise did not finish there for different reasons. I will graduate from Harding in May. I and my siblings are examples of students that 'fell through the cracks' at Tallwood. If you're children are not 'problematic' or 'special needs' then they will probably not have the same experience as my family did. I hope that under the leadership of the new principal, the students that need attention will not be overlooked.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Algebra II

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

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

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

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
History and Social Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%
World Geography

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
World History I

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

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
91%
World History II

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

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
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 students48%
Male students46%
Black students40%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracial55%
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English47%

Algebra II

All Students79%
Female students77%
Male students81%
Black students67%
Asian students91%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial82%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities59%
Students without disabilities80%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Biology

All Students87%
Female students85%
Male students90%
Black students70%
Asian students100%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial91%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female students89%
Male students95%
Black students87%
Asian students96%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial95%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities88%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Earth Science

All Students78%
Female students73%
Male students82%
Black students69%
Asian students86%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial89%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students55%
Proficient in English78%

English: Reading

All Students90%
Female students91%
Male students90%
Black students86%
Asian students88%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial96%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students88%
Female students91%
Male students86%
Black students77%
Asian students90%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial94%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students68%
Female students68%
Male students68%
Black students51%
Asian students79%
Hispanic73%
Multiracial79%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students73%
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 Students80%
Female students74%
Male students86%
Black students67%
Asian students86%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial85%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities54%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

World Geography

All Students100%
Female students100%
Male students100%
Black students100%
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

World History I

All Students73%
Female students69%
Male students78%
Black students60%
Asian students97%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial80%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

World History II

All Students77%
Female students71%
Male students82%
Black students61%
Asian students88%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial80%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%
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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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:10 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Cheryl R. Woodhouse
Fax number
  • (757) 479-5534

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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  • Technical design and production
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1668 Kempsville Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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