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Frank W. Cox High School

Public | 9-12 | 1977 students

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I graduated from Cox in 2012. I really cannot rightfully give this school a lower rating than 5 stars. As a teenager I had many moments of criticism for this school, but in hindsight I credit Cox for giving me a great high school experience. I had several teachers that challenged me and made me a better thinker. They always encouraged and helped me toward college goals, even when I was uninterested in them. I am now in my 3rd year of college and excelling. I will point out a few criticisms that are not necessarily Cox's fault or not enough to bring down the rating. One, there is an excessive amount of access to drugs and alcohol among Cox students (lots of $$$). Two, the VBCPS schedule (waking up at 6) and grading scale makes things unnecessarily difficult for students. Finally, the current administration is making Cox a much less fun and encouraging environment than when I first arrive as a freshman in 2008. Overall, you can expect a school with an excellent faculty and tons of ways to get involved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2014

This school has been wonderful! Our daughter has excelled and is excited to go to school everyday. You don't find many teenagers who enjoy high school but when the staff makes learning enjoyable and motivates the students everyday it makes a huge difference. Our daughter is already preparing for college is doing very well in all her classes. It's a very safe school, she has friends, the staff communicates, and over all we are very pleased. Highly recommend all the schools in VBCPS. We have children at Trantwood Elementary, Great Neck Middle, and Cox they have all been Outstanding, very impressive!!! As a military family we have lived many places in the country and these schools by far outshine others. Great job Va Beach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Cox Highschool was very helpfull with the application proces. Transitioning from another country is never easy but our guidance counselor help us true the process. And my child felt at home from the beginning of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

Frank W. Cox has been an excellent fit for my children. The staff of teachers and counselors have all gone above and beyond. I have children with various needs from IEP to AP and the school has more than met all my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

With 4 years of having my AA/F child going here, I feel so blessed to be a part of the Cox High program. From the teachers, the staff, and the students, as high school go it, no one place is perfect, but this was a great place for her to find her own friends, grow, and get a quality education for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2011

This school is the best school in Great Neck, if not all of Virginia Beach. The Teachers are fantastic and always willing to go out of their way for their students and encourage / help them to be the best they can be. I would like to say too that all the schools in this area are the best of the best...I just cannot say enough good things to justify what a great education they offer our kids. If you want the besy education for your kids, then feel secure in knowing that they'll get it here! They deserve it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2010

I have three kids currently enrolled at Cox High School. I think it is overall a very good school providing a quality education for several reasons. The academic environment is very challenging and demanding. There are lots of opportunities for kids to excel in this area if they desire. I have found most teachers to be very responsive to my inquiries. There are lots of really great kids at teh school doing positive things if you child can hook up with the right crowd. On the down side, the school has some very difficult inflexible teachers that can make your child's life miserable. Last year we had two teachers that no matter how hard the kids studied they ended up with C's. The bar seems to be set very high at Cox. Sports teams are very competitive and difficult to make unless you are an elite athlete. Hope these comments hlep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2010

As a student at cox the education is okay, teachers arent the best. The big problem are the students. I came from bayside high school and at Cox students are vevry bullying and it is very cliquey. Overall i wouldnt recomend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 2, 2010

I'm currently a student at Cox. I'm not impressed at all with the school. Cox has ridiculous restrictions and regulations along with unnecessary consequences. Drugs and alcohol are a HUGE issue here. Cox is known to be the 'party school' of the district and everyone I know has done or still does drugs, drinks, and has lost their virginity. The teachers are somewhat okay, it all depends on how you act around them. The schedule is organized and well thought out. But I will say that unless you want your kid to sink into terrible peer pressure, DO NOT come here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2010

currently being a student at cox im in love with eeryone here. even though everyone thinks its a school with a lot of drugs, it has no more than any other high school. its actually the school with the least ammount of drugs that i have gone to in virginia beach because I have already gone to FC and Kellam. In regards to the teachers, they are absolutely wounderful. They all help you the best they can and they stay after school if you need.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2009

I am a military spouse who has had my children in schools all across the United States. Cox High School is by far the safest school that my child has ever attended. Unfortunately, the Special Education system at Cox did not serve him very well. The teachers did not communicate his progress in a timely manner, nor did they behave professionaly during IEP meetings. Even the assisant principal behaved unprofessionally. I was greatly disappointed and pulled my son out of this school. At this point in the game, there is no room for academic failure due to poor teacher involvement. Now I homeschool him and he's doing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

We recently moved to Va from Illinois. Initially my daughter struggled because the grading was different, and the work was harder. She actually had homework! Since my daughter started attending Cox she has felt challenged and as though she is really learning. She comes home daily telling me something that she has learned. Not only is she challenged academically, but she has also enjoyed being involved with the track team. Cox is extremely competitive, but I don't think of that as a negative. Although my daughter is a freshman this year she is really thinking about where she wants to be after graduation, and working toward that goal; using Cox as a springboard toward her future successes. I have also found the teachers to be extremely helpful and giving of their time. I look forward to her next three years at Cox because I KNOW she will get an awesome education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

This school has great test scores so the teachers are obviously doing there work. Their fine arts program is amzazing as well. The academic program at Cox is by far the best in the area. The only problem with this school is the amount of student drug use. Being a student I know this. It's amazing how well the scores are there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2006

The academic program at Cox is by far the best in the area. The teachers are absolutely amazing and challenge students here more than any other high school in the city. Although students do have money, it's just as easy for kids to find drugs as it is at any other high school in the area. Cox High is a public school with a private school education. The principal is making a lot of discipline changes and is making it harder for inappropriate things to happen on school grounds. He has taken the stand of punishment on the first offense and not taking students breaking the rules. Cox has the best test scores is ranked in the top 200 schools in the Nation. Cox also has the best coaches, SCA, and extracurriculars. Student involvement is amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2005

As a student at cox i can say that its a good school when it comes to education. When it come to safty and discipline i would have to say that its on the low side of the chart. As many know coxs has a bad rep for drug many hate to amit to it but its true i see it everyday. If a parent ask me if I think they should let there child go to cox i would say no.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2005

The teachers are very dedicated here. They do everything in their power to help you. Theres many different clubs and sports that you can get involved in. There are a lot of drugs around the area and in the school. Its a very wealthy area and these kids have money to spend. As a student that currently goes there (moved here at the beginning of the year), I was shocked in the amount of drug activity and money around here. Keep an eye on your kids, and pay attention to the friends they make. Other then that I was impressed with the quality of the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2005

As a parent of a current Cox student, I am pleased with the overall academic programs. I do also see the 'cliques' in the student body as well as the parents. My child has been involved in the Crew Club since 9th grade. It has been a wonderful experience. There is so much practice (fall & spring)and conditioning (winter) that I am not concerned with the drugs. My child has many good friends in crew and outside of crew as well. Parent involvement in crew is outstanding. The club could not survive as well as they have without the parents. It is very important for students to become involved in activities/sports in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2004

I found both of the reviews I read to be on the mark. As a graduate of Cox I would like to confirm that there are indeed a lot of drugs being passed around the halls. The parent who said that there is money at Cox is absolutley correct. A look at the parking lot will show students driving nicer cars than the faculty. I do think I got a great education though, and currently hold a 3.6 GPA at a private univeristy in my junior year. At a minimum I was prepared to further my education and have found that I was ahead of my peer group when it came to use of English Language Skills and Mathmatics. If your child is transfering in to Cox be prepared to encounter cliques in the student body as well as with the parents. Be prepared for classism and a 'locals only' attitude.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

I have had children at Cox High School for the past 7 years. Being military we've experienced school systems in California and overseas and by comparison Virginia Beach City Public Schools are very conservative and narrow minded. Family life education is 'laughable' and a waste of taxpayer money and students time! Large numbers of parents of current students are alumni of Cox H.S., have tight cliques and control the social and volunteer committees. On the up side - the German (Herr Becker)and Spanish language programs are fabulous. Mr. Yano (English) is spectacular and truely teaches critical thinking skills! Mrs. Roy (A.P. European history) managed to 'hook' my, then, 11th grader on history!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2003

Cox is an excellent school as far as scholastics but be sure to watch your child's after school social activities. Most kids at Cox have wealthy parents and have the means to support their drug addictions. It is a known fact Cox has more kids arrested for underage drinking and drug related arrests so beware of who your child befriends. The best clubs to join are Key club and any Drama related activity. The sports departments are awesome and being a past gymnast I loved Coach H.
—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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Algebra II

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

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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73%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
English: Reading

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

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
English: Writing

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

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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90%

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87%

2010

 
 
96%
World Geography

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

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
92%

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2010

 
 
97%
World History I

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

460 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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World History II

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

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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 Students71%
Female students72%
Male students71%
Black students61%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial67%
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Algebra II

All Students73%
Female students75%
Male students71%
Black students52%
Asian students74%
Hispanic53%
Multiracial86%
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English73%

Biology

All Students88%
Female students87%
Male students89%
Black students61%
Asian students93%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial90%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students80%
Proficient in English88%

Chemistry

All Students83%
Female students78%
Male students87%
Black students64%
Asian students75%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial96%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English83%

Earth Science

All Students81%
Female students80%
Male students81%
Black students57%
Asian students82%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial69%
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English81%

English: Reading

All Students95%
Female students96%
Male students94%
Black students81%
Asian students100%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English95%

English: Writing

All Students91%
Female students94%
Male students88%
Black students81%
Asian students77%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial83%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

Geometry

All Students77%
Female students78%
Male students76%
Black students63%
Asian students83%
Hispanic65%
Multiracial78%
White students80%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students100%
Proficient in English77%

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 Students86%
Female students82%
Male students90%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracial81%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English86%

World Geography

All Students98%
Female students98%
Male students99%
Black students94%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
White students98%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English98%

World History I

All Students88%
Female students84%
Male students91%
Black students62%
Asian students100%
Hispanic79%
Multiracial83%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficient students92%
Proficient in English88%

World History II

All Students81%
Female students75%
Male students87%
Black students59%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracial91%
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%
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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Fax number
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
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  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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