Most (most) of the teachers I've had are great. They do their best to help and make it easier for you, but often I've heard other students complain of teachers who don't teach and leave it to the students to teach themselves through the textbooks.
The guidance counselors are not helpful. Most of the time they do not know the information to what you need and are only capable of directing you to another staff member or setting up your schedule(which aften gets screwed up as well). My guidance counselor is never available, never at school before classes start and always in a meeting during lunches.
My parental experience with Kempsville High School, Kempsville Middle School, & Woodstock Elementary School was the best. I personally believe Kempsville District Schools remain in the top 2-4 of all VB districts. My kids went on to William & Mary with AP credits! Nice staff.
Kempsville High School has been a great school for my daughter! She is always working at the top of her academic game, honors classes as well as, AP courses that challenge her and keep her driven. The courses offered are exactly what she needs to be successful and is on track for college. The Drama program is excellent and she has found a new 'family' in this club, and it is wonderful to have such supportive people surrounding her through her high school journey. It is a wonderful school with people who care and work hard!
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.