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Lafayette High School

Public | 9-12 | 1077 students

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Posted August 7, 2012

We have three students who have attended Lafayette. We are completely satisfied with the top notch education they have received preparing them for their future education. The various sports offered have dedicated coaches and the drama department completely inspires the students. The award-winning yearbook staff have produced top rated yearbooks for many years. The high level of parent involvement as this school has, is key to the success of any school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

This is a wonderful high-school with a fabulous principal. It is a pleasure to have a principal who was a teacher for decades, rather than a bureaucrat. She respects the students, is willing to listen to their concerns and ideas and, when she has to disagree, she explains her decisions. She seems to be there morning, noon and night, and is always accessible. Yes, there are a few teachers to be avoided, but that is true anywhere. I have seen no 'safety and discipline' crises suggested in one of the reviews. Indeed, from what I have heard, the school has greatly improved since the transfer and/or graduation of a certain troublemaking group. We are very happy with the caliber of teaching and course offerings and extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

The school environment at LHS has definitely deteriorated in the past two years. Discipline and safetly issues have worsened and the overall atmosphere is not very conducive towards academic achievement. Merely attempting to contain the'negative' elements during the school day is not where the focus should be in classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

This school does offer a variety of classes but i am unhappy with the administration adn many of the teachers. there are some really good teachers but many dont do very much and i feel that their classes are a waste of time. my biggest complaint though is the administration that has made many unfair and anti-student descsions after Jeff Tremain left.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2006

This is an excellent school with many AP classes and teachers that seem like college level professors (with a few exceptions.) There is a ton of homework but the kids are getting top notch education. There is a very high level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
Algebra II

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

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Earth Science

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

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
English: Reading

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

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
English: Writing

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

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 77% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
97%
World Geography

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

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
World History I

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
92%
World History II

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students68%
Female students77%
Male students59%
Black students58%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities45%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English67%

Algebra II

All Students78%
Female students73%
Male students82%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
White students86%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%

Biology

All Students80%
Female students80%
Male students80%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial90%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students30%
Proficient in English82%

Chemistry

All Students93%
Female students93%
Male students93%
Black students76%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Earth Science

All Students81%
Female students84%
Male students79%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English83%

English: Reading

All Students92%
Female students90%
Male students94%
Black students87%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities85%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient students62%
Proficient in English93%

English: Writing

All Students92%
Female students97%
Male students88%
Black students89%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities77%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Students70%
Female students69%
Male students70%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial83%
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students20%
Proficient in English72%

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 Students85%
Female students80%
Male students89%
Black students66%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities86%
Limited English proficient students50%
Proficient in English86%

World Geography

All Students86%
Female students82%
Male students90%
Black students64%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

World History I

All Students85%
Female students83%
Male students86%
Black students62%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

World History II

All Students79%
Female students76%
Male students80%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English79%
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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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Anita Swinton

Programs

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  • Standards-based
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • School counslor
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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4460 Longhill Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 565-0373

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