Really one of the strongest schools in Virginia Beach. Thie is more a middle-america school than the wealthy higher-per-capita income areas of Va Beach especially 23451 & 23454 zip codes. Band program is really good plus athletics. AP courses are oustanding & the Virginia college prep is super good. Kempsville is a small town atmosphere in a big city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Teachers and Staff. Principal is involved. Up to date with technology for both the students and parents.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Exceptional School. Had to move nearly 1,000 to appreciate just how much it had to offer.
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.
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!
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.
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