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First Colonial High School

Public | 9-12 | 2021 students

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Posted April 7, 2014

Terrible school, teachers harass students and get away with it. Academy students are left to feel alone and seperate from school. They keep the drug use under wraps and haress students who dont play along. The teaching is so-so and if any open up-they are punished-teachers included. Ask the ones in portables. Money talks and you get no where if you try stick up your child. I am glad we left, terrible place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

The school is awful the kids or horrible the drug problems are so bad. The guidance and office don't care I have tried to get help multiple times. There are a few good teachers but most are horrible the school only cares about the unaccomplished and not the kids with true potential I switched schools because ti was so awesome
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2014

FC High is the best in Va Beach! The teachers communicate with the parents regularly. Great staff and the new principal keeps the kids in line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

I really do enjoy attending the Legal Studies Academy, but some of their rules and regulations are stressing me out! I am very fearful about being late because of the tardy window. Even if you are late for lunch you have to go to the tardy window. That seems to be my only problem. I really enjoy the teachers even if it is the third day of school. They are really funny and fun to be around. I would recommend this school to anyone else out if they were interested in law. If the tardy window wasn't so intimidating, this would have gotten five stars!


Posted September 4, 2013

First Colonial is a school that is second to none! I am a student leader at FC and I can say that I would not want to go anywhere else. As a member of the academy, I do live out of district and also had other options on the table for high school but I chose FC and love every minute. As SCA President, I get to know a lot of the student body and the majority of the faculty and staff and they are some of the greatest people ever. For a public high school, we have diversity but acceptance. Everyone has a place where they fit and with 53 clubs and dozens of sports teams, everyone can join something they are interested in. Every at FC feels welcome and part of the Patriot Family! It really is the best school at the beach.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2012

I came from a private school, and was a tad nervous about attending a public school. I was also worried that the education wouldn't be the same, but I was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, in some aspects First Colonial did a better job than private school. The teachers are welcoming, and the students made me feel right at home. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2012

First Colonial High is a wonderful school with loving and caring teachers! The teachers truly care about the student and his/her education. First Colonial offers a wide variety of clubs and athletic programs. She is a member of many clubs and is on the basketball team. She loves First Colonial!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

First Colonial provided me with an outstanding education, allowing me to gain early acceptance to the university of my choice. The staff was inspiring, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at FCHS.


Posted October 18, 2008

My child has been at FC for two years and I am nothing but pleased with her experience. While no school is perfect, FC provides a strong academic program for those that want to achieve, safe environment, broard range of afterschool activities and approachable staff. EVERY school has a few bad seeds, but FC makes overt efforts to keep things in check and transparent! Go Patriots!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2008

I attended Norfolk Academy until transferring to FC in 11th grade. I was worried that FC would not have the same level of education. It has surpassed my expectations in so many ways. I have incredible teachers, who treat us respectfully and for the most part love what they teach. There are, of course, exceptions, but both public and private schools hold on to teachers that should be let go! In regard to violence, I have seen one fight in 2 years that escalated. Teachers are so good about getting opposing parties to talk before anything happens. Drugs and drinking are the same as at any high school. Private schools just hide it better, and the kids have more money to spend on 'better' drugs; which is also a problem at Cox. FC has flaws, but parents need to realize that any school is what their child chooses to make it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2008

As a graduate of FC, I'm ashamed by things parents have written about my school. I honestly can say the vast majority of teachers are kind, intelligent, and care about the progress of their students. In comparison to other public AND private schools in Virginia Beach, I feel blessed to have gone to FC. I currently go to prestigious university and completely believe I would not have been prepared for the caliber of college work had I gone to a private school. I have no idea what parents are talking about when they say FC has 'drug problem'...90% of the those involved in those kinds of things are caught and disciplined. I always felt safe at FC. The current principal, Mr. Holt is an AMAZING administrator who takes the time to get to know students and listens to concerns of everyone, no matter their role in the school.


Posted July 31, 2007

I am a student currently attending FC and I enjoy going to this school. I have been going to FC for 3 years now and it's a pleasure. The teachers are great and the staff is very helpful. I am so proud to be a First Colonial Patriot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2007

This used to be a nice school. Over the past few years, violence has escalated. There are some excellent teachers, and my daughter has enjoyed the gifted program offerings, but I DO NOT plan to let my younger child attend this school. There is also a new principal. Many of us pay high home prices to be in this school district. It is not worth it anymore. I don't know where I will send my younger child, but it won't be First Colonial.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

First Colonial has always provided a strong academic program for students who are motivated. My wife and I graduated from the school as have 3 of our children, and our fourth son will be a senior there this year. The building is quite old, but the school provides both remedial and advanced classes. The old facility may lead to the impression that the school is inferior, but the academic environment will be what the student makes it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

A few years ago I wrote about my daughter's experience in the Legal Studies Academy (LSA) at First Colonial High School and how she enjoyed it. The LSA program has gotten even better under the direction of Dr. Scherr (program Coord.) and Dr. Jesse (school Principle). The program has won state and national honors and the school itself was ranked in the top 500 of 28,000 high schools in the nation for academics. My daughter will be attending VCU this fall in the Forensic Science program and I credit the LSA faculty and all the countless volunteer judges, lawyers, law enforcement officials, and scientists for providing knowledge and guidance in this program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

This school is awful! the teachers are horrible, the amount of drug use and crime are disgraceful, and the education is below average. The building itself is falling apart, and there is far too much drama and issues that occur. I dont see why it would be a suitable learning center for any highschooler, and i certainly would never want my child to attend again. We swiched over to Cape henry Collegiate, which is right next-door. The facilities are amazing, and the teachers, administration and students are second to none. You would have to be either foolish or incredibly nieve to think of First Colonial High school as a good place for a child to be taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2005

First colinial, from a students point of view, is not a great school. I have attended fc since 9th grade(im now a senior). There are indeed some womderful teachers/administraters at the school, but the bad ones definatly outnumber the good ones by over half. If teachers talked nicer,students would,and that cycle would continue. Some of the rules are ridiculous too. For example, we are not allowed to get out of our seats at football games unless getting a snack or bathroom. Ugh theres so much to write, and so little space.This school disgusts me!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2004

The school manages to provide an above average educational experience, in spite of a pressing need for up-grading the facility (old buildings) and a serious over-crowding problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My daughter attends the Legal Studies Academy within First Colonial High School and it is truly an amazing program. She is in her 2nd year and every day she comes home excited and talking about what she learned that day. The academy director has gone to great lengths to provide the best opportunity for the students including bringing in former and current law enforcement officials, attorneys and judges to teach. There is a full-scale courtroom in the school where the students conduct mock trials. The majority of my daughter's classes are law based which I think breaks away from what kids normally get bored with. The program only invites 100 freshman students from the district each year and it is a challenging curriculum. The school staff, from principle to security has been nothing but helpful and professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2003

This is a very fine high school. Most especially I have been impressed with how my student has become involved in the activities offered by First Colonial. The instrumental music programs are wonderful and have given my daughter a chance to excel and to participate in events and performances she would never have been able to in our previous school. As a junior this year she had so many advanced placement courses to choose from, she was actually disappointed that she could only take 8 classes! The administration is student centered and supportive.
—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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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62%

2012

 
 
66%

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96%

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95%
Algebra II

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

504 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Earth Science

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

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
English: Reading

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

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
English: Writing

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

467 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

451 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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86%

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World Geography

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

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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96%

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97%

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87%
World History I

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

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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84%

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80%

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92%
World History II

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

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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92%
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 Students62%
Female students63%
Male students61%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial45%
White students73%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%

Algebra II

All Students75%
Female students75%
Male students75%
Black students62%
Asian students83%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial87%
White students78%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

Biology

All Students88%
Female students86%
Male students89%
Black students64%
Asian students91%
Hispanic78%
Multiracial91%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English89%

Chemistry

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students94%
Black students79%
Asian students100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English93%

Earth Science

All Students74%
Female students71%
Male students77%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracial76%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities81%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

English: Reading

All Students94%
Female students95%
Male students93%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracial86%
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students90%
Black students73%
Asian students100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial81%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial85%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

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 students82%
Male students87%
Black students72%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial67%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English85%

World Geography

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students98%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

World History I

All Students84%
Female students80%
Male students87%
Black students63%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracial83%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities51%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

World History II

All Students88%
Female students83%
Male students93%
Black students68%
Asian students90%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial84%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
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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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Dr. Nancy Farrell
Fax number
  • (757) 496-6719

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

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Transportation options
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  • Gym
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  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
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