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Kempsville High School

Public | 9-12 | 1708 students

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Posted March 28, 2014

The teachers are experts in their subjects and truly enjoy the art of teaching. They have an incredible ability to relate to the students and bring the subject alive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

When it comes to discipline at Kempsville rules are arbitrary. Rules for being tardy are not defined at all and punishments that are listed are in direct contradiction with actual punishments. The administration is disrespectful. I may be old fashioned, but I resent being addressed by my first name when I have already introduced myself with my professional title. When visiting the school I have overheard the administration and some teachers not only yelling at students for minor offenses, they also belittle them. The environment is so negative I have chosen to take my child out of the system and home school him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

I currently go to Kempsville high and despite what most people think, it truly is a wonderful school. Since it is so small, one of the smallest student bodies in VBPS system, it's fairly peaceful. There are fights every now and then but no more, if not less, than any other high school. The teachers and staff are truly one of a kind. Many of the staff members have either attended Kempsville previously or are related to someone who has. It's one of the things I love most about Kempsville. Also since we have such a small student to teacher ratio, the student gets a chance to connect with their teacher. And the teachers spend a large deal of the time trying to help that student whenever they can. Kempsville is a wonderful school, and once your here, you'll always feel like a chief.


Posted January 23, 2013

This school has gone down hill since 2004. The band has went from awesome and one of the best, to almost non-existent. Some teachers have been there too long and their skills to keep the student's attention is lacking. Almost weekly a fight will break out and the security guards take their good ol' time breaking them up. The other students, who seem to have no morals, video tape the fights also. And don't forget to lock up all your belongings, because if you don't, it may not be there after class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

Great Teachers and Staff. Principal is involved. Up to date with technology for both the students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

The kids in this school are intolerant, disrespectful, rude, and above all, unmotivated so the school environment isn't something to boast about. However, there are some academic opportunities you can snatch if you go here - for example, there are challenging AP courses you can take, which will benefit you if you consider going to a good college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2010

I have three children and all have attended Kempsville schools. I love them all. The teachers truly care about the children both acedemically and personally. There is a absolute no tolerance pollicy for bullying. There is so many activities for your child at this school, sports, arts, political groups, music etc. Tehy offer AP classes, Honor classes , clases at Advanced Technology school at the TCC campus. This school turns out well educated, well respected students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

My daughter went there for her freshman and part of her sophomore year and I thought it wasn't as culturally diverse as the other schools in Virginia Beach. The school is really old and overcrowded and for meals they always prefer to have pizza...every day!!! I've since moved my daughter to a more culturaly diverse and updated school so she can learn to get along with everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

I substitute taught and coached Kempsville's swim team last year and fell in love. This school is absolutely my favorite in Virginia Beach! The staff is so friendly and welcoming to you; which most schools' faculty simply brush off the substitutes without so much as a hello. The parent involvement I received as a coach, could have been higher, but was outstanding from a few. The students are fabulous as a whole and really willing to learn and grow. I would work here again in a heartbeat and/or send my future children here!


Posted March 14, 2006

Exceptional School. Had to move nearly 1,000 to appreciate just how much it had to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2005

I am currently a student at kemspville high school. The music (chorus, band, orcetra) and theatre department is wonderful. The teachers are caring, and there are a variety of courses, including AP and honors. The athletics aren't the BEST, but they are good. This may all be well and good, but this school, in my opinion, is overcrowded.The hallways are packed. You'd feel like a sardine. Many classes can be up to 32 students. A lot of students are very rude and disrespectful. The school has roaches, my friends have even spotted them in the FOODS classroom.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2004

We are a military family (US Navy), having lived in VaBch previously - and we specifically sought to move into a location that would allow our children to attend Kempsville. A fantastically supportive faculty, State-Champion-class athletic teams, a phenominal music arts program (orchestra, band and chorus), an entire spectrum of Advanced Placement courses, full SOL accredidation with a 100% pass rate, numerous extra-curricular activities, and a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Graduates have been accepted to all the top VA State Universities, Ivy League colleges and the military academies, and these grads earn several million dollars of scholarships each year. Though some of the newer area high schools may have some updated facilities, Kempsville still has everything the students need to create gold start academic, artistic and athletic programs. A sure winner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2004

Kempsville is an excellent school. I graduated in 1997 and I still keep in touch with a couple teachers. Kempsville has always been considered one of the best public schools in Virginia Beach in academics and athletics. Like all public schools in VB there are different groups --- some that are going places and some that are going nowhere. Groups of high school students that drink alcohol and use drugs really cannot be avoided in VB public schools. By no means are they a prominate part of actual school days (its just after school and on the weekends). Every student that attends Kempsville high school is given a far better than average chance of getting accepted into one of VA's many public universities. I really do not remember any of my friends not attending college - most going to UVA, W&M, JMU, Va Tech, Radford, or other colleges in VA.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Algebra II

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Earth Science

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

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
English: Reading

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

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Writing

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

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
93%
World Geography

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
World History I

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

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
95%
World History II

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

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students52%
Female students52%
Male students52%
Black students50%
Asian students75%
Hispanic38%
Multiracial46%
White students53%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities57%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English51%

Algebra II

All Students61%
Female students58%
Male students64%
Black students46%
Asian students92%
Hispanic55%
Multiracial55%
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities63%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English60%

Biology

All Students79%
Female students80%
Male students79%
Black students65%
Asian students100%
Hispanic69%
Multiracial88%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Chemistry

All Students87%
Female students84%
Male students90%
Black students80%
Asian students87%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial83%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Earth Science

All Students78%
Female students76%
Male students80%
Black students73%
Asian students85%
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students70%
Proficient in English79%

English: Reading

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students90%
Black students82%
Asian students88%
Hispanic94%
Multiracial91%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities76%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students87%
Female students88%
Male students86%
Black students78%
Asian students78%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial94%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities73%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Geometry

All Students66%
Female students68%
Male students64%
Black students43%
Asian students83%
Hispanic63%
Multiracial79%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities68%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%

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 students76%
Male students85%
Black students66%
Asian students87%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial84%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English81%

World Geography

All Students95%
Female students99%
Male students91%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

World History I

All Students75%
Female students70%
Male students79%
Black students61%
Asian students89%
Hispanic68%
Multiracial68%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities77%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English75%

World History II

All Students87%
Female students86%
Male students89%
Black students81%
Asian students100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial100%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%
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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  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School Leader's name
  • Mr. William W. Harris
Fax number
  • (757) 474-8404

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  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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