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John Handley High School

Public | 9-12 | 1152 students

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Posted January 30, 2014

Great school, great building. Most teachers are good and the facility has everything you could imagine.


Posted June 10, 2011

I graduated from John Handley in 2008. My high school career was full of personal issues; I went through a death of a close love one, teen pregnancy and raising a child, and my father passed in my senior year, then 7 months later my mother found out she had cancer and had to go through radiation and chemo tratment. The school was so supportive through it all. The staff cares about their students and will work with them until their goals are accomplished. I had issues about my classes and having enough credits to graduate and they worked it out all for me. The school is like a family. It's full of tradition and will instill pride and self confidence in you! There courses are hard but they make you earn your diploma and you can't have any shame ofr that. They only want the best for you.


Posted September 24, 2009

Handley was a great school to finish out my high school career in! With the history and architecture, I was in an environment unlike any academic atmosphere I have experienced. I will always remember the memories of the heels in the wooden hallway and the magic of standing atop the front steps looking down onto the football/soccer field! How I miss the fun soccer days. Good luck!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

Because of the students and teachers here are veryy cool and some are nice .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

John Handley is a great school, I love the hallways. i lovee the teachers. i love everything about handley. It's really great. Handley is good. Very Good. [: Not too many bad kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

this school has a lot of spirt and we have alot of respect
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

I love handley because has good teacher and learn more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

i love handly because hir i meet a lot of good people, nice class and great activitis for all the students
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

i like handley because of all the options you can choose from
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

Handley is a wonderful school. Great teacher's, wonderful classes. It has a lot of wonderful sport's. Handley is all about pride! I'm very glad to be going to Handley for my high school year's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

John Handley High School has a rich heritage truly filled with pride and honor. Our history alone helps us to stand out as one of the nations top schools. We continue to strive for, and achieve academic excellence. Our student population is diverse and focused. Handley Pride is a way of life for both our current and former students. Take time to visit and read about our school, and you too will understand what is so special about John Handley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The staff works tirelessly to ensure succes for all of its students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

There is such a supportive staff and administration and its a tremendous pleasure to work in a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

John Handley High School is rich in traditions and educational experiences. Highly rated faculty and staff and energenic students make the building come alive with learning. With a supportive community and students commitent to displaying their Handley Pride, John Handley High School is one of the best in the nation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love John Handley High School because of the people that walk throuhg the halls and I love the meaning of Handley Pride.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

It brings cultural unity. I really feel like I belong. The teachers really take interest in the studies and each individuals learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

i love handley because one we have a great football and basketball team we cant be beat. Our school is over the top and other schools wish they could be like us but will never match up
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

Our school has alot of spirit which to us is Handley Pride, we are the best school because we have one thing that others don't have and that is encouragement, disipline, pride, honor, and we all love our school. When you attend here your not a student your a part of the Handley High School family. We are the best!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Handley is a beautiful historic high school. I graduated from Handley and now my son is there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

Tough times, hard work: large class sizes this year, 26-30 per class for the lowest level-neediest kids. Upper level classes are smaller. I have Too much to whine about...sigh. Our administrators have a monumental task ahead of them, I have faith in them.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Algebra II

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

343 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Earth Science

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
English: Reading

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
English: Writing

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

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
96%
World Geography

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

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

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
96%
World History II

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

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students45%
Female students56%
Male students38%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial31%
White students47%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient students46%
Proficient in English45%

Algebra II

All Students78%
Female students79%
Male students76%
Black students31%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracial71%
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficient students56%
Proficient in English80%

Biology

All Students72%
Female students75%
Male students69%
Black students65%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial57%
White students82%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English76%

Chemistry

All Students83%
Female students80%
Male students86%
Black students55%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial92%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities90%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students65%
Proficient in English85%

Earth Science

All Students72%
Female students72%
Male students73%
Black students71%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial54%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English77%

English: Reading

All Students87%
Female students87%
Male students87%
Black students82%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial95%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English91%

English: Writing

All Students86%
Female students88%
Male students85%
Black students81%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial89%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students67%
Proficient in English89%

Geometry

All Students54%
Female students54%
Male students53%
Black students45%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracial53%
White students55%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities56%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English54%

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 Students90%
Female students93%
Male students88%
Black students88%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial91%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient students84%
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Studentsn/a
Female studentsn/a
Male studentsn/a
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White studentsn/a
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

World History I

All Students84%
Female students84%
Male students85%
Black students77%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracial76%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient students79%
Proficient in English85%

World History II

All Students87%
Female students83%
Male students92%
Black students63%
Asian students100%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial76%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students81%
Proficient in English88%
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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P.O. Box 910
Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 662-3471

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