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Grafton High School

Public | 9-12 | 1327 students

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Posted June 21, 2014

If your child is musically inclined, Grafton High School has one of the greatest band programs ever. Several former students have gone on to be band directors. They are all doing well. The academics when my children attended was great. I thought they were being worked too hard, but they did well in college. In fact, they found college easier. We are proud to say they graduated from Grafton High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

I have had 2 children in this school and have been happy with the school. I think communication could be a l little better, especially from the Guidance dept. I do think the parents need to hold their children more accountable then the teachers and not expect them to be spoon fed which seems to be more the way in the US then Europe sadly..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

It is no longer the excellent school it was in the past. Non communicative teachers, flippant attitudes, political through and through. The morale is horrible with the staff, they pick and choose who they are "nice" to and treat most students like numbers, unless you are amongst the "chosen" few. YC teachers are so angry about not getting raises that it shines through, nobody cares anymore. The few that do are amazing to remain and hang on in such a poor environment. Many seem like they are just "doing time" there. So sad, it used to be a great place. :( They seem to focus on how things "look" instead of making things happen and improving. Not holding staff accountable for being lazy and not doing their job well is a major problem. The Students are "allowed" to treat others unkindly, the students that are kind are overlooked unless they are "politically special" and in the "know". There is so much wasted education time with teachers who do not care. The teachers that do care are struggling. I will say the guidance counselors are amazing! Friendly and helpful. Awesome music program! Good sports teams,some really awful coaches, chosen politically, not for their ability
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

I wish I would have known how bad the environment was before sending my children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

My son graduated from Grafton last year. It is not a school that I recommend to anyone the does not have an over achiever unless you can buy their way to success here. It is very cliquish. Your children will have a difficult time at this school unless they excel at sports, or scholastically. This is a school that is concerned with prestige. If you cannot add to that, you are a hinderance in their eyes. Choose this school based on what your child can add or go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

After attending Grafton for all four years, I would have to say overall that my experience was negative. The school places too much emphasis on athletics, and students involved in the arts or other types of activities rarely receive recognition. Being in the band and having several excellent teachers throughout the years was the only parts of Grafton I have fond memories of. Most of these teachers have moved away now. Over time, the staff has become more apathetic and less caring.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2012

I'm a freshman at Grafton and I have to agree there are alot of stuck up people but if you get involved in activities that you like, you will find true friends here. Majority of the stuck up people are the "popular" groups but they don't amount to much of the school. the rest of the school is very nice. But you have to be tough to make it through this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2012

i was very disappointed in GHS after good experiences with GBES and GMS. All of a sudden teachers dont communicate with parents, dont respond to phone calls or problems. My child has a problem with a 10th grade English teacher and we were pretty much ignored on it. Staff just seems not to care much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

I am a freshman, and i love this school. I like the people i am friends with but if you havnt moved here from middle school, than your going to find a hard time making friends. People are so clique orientated and no one really talks to new people. The teachers are okay, but the guidance counclers rock! If you were every bullyed you could talk to anyone and they would help.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2011

I have 2 children in Grafton High. I have to say most of the teachers are wonderful but we have experienced several that going the extra mile was not what they signed on for. One of my children is continually made fun of, put down, etc. Staff has no problem promoting "no bullying" but does not intervene themselves. "Look the other way" seems to be the policy. Students who don't have everything going for them need to be helped up instead of raising those at the top even higher. Grafton needs to pay more attention to those in the gutter - they are not a lost cause and want success and acceptance even more than those it has been handed to gift wrapped. It is sad that many teachers at Grafton "just want to put in their 8 and go home". Check out the staff parking lot 20 minutes after school is out.......no problem finding many open spaces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

I am a student currently enrolled in Grafton. I believe the teachers are amazing, except some teachers if you need help, you have to work hard to get help. The Athletics are superb. Various extracurricular activities. Also, a huge selection of courses, the largest in the district. Furthermore, I have heard comments from students from Grafton, Tabb, and York; actually one of my friends recently transferred from Tabb. My friend said that the teachers and the choice of courses at Grafton are way better. I'm a army brat and came to Grafton the second semester of last year. I have read some of the reviews and I understand how some people get the impression of people being "stuck up" or not so friendly; however, the majority of Grafton of are truly friendly. I may have not made friends the first day, but if you get involved with clubs/sports and find true friends you will really enjoy high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2009

We moved from Poquoson and my daughter started Grafton. I find Grafton to be more advanced than Poquoson. This is especially so because it is more like a junior college rather than a high school. I believe they really prepare students for a more college bound life after high school. Also I believe they offer more courses and more variety in sports. Just a top notch school all the way around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

I am entering my sophomore year at Grafton and overall I am happy with my experience so far. The teachers are all friendly enough and they offer many different classes that will keep you challenged. The athletics at Grafton are also great. I do have to admit that Grafton is one of those high schools with the stereotypical high school cliques. You may feel lost in the crowd at first, but most students quickly find someone that shares their interests.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2009

I started high school at Grafton, mostly because of it's Band program. Since I joined, they have had 2 grand champion marching band years, and i watched the alma mater be written (13 years after the school was built.) I also was in the Naval JROTC program, which meets at Tabb High School. So I can say from experience that Grafton is much better than Tabb. Although the building may seem daunting and it's layout confusing, most everyone (Staff and Students) inside were open and kind to each other to make friends. Too bad the same cannot be said for the whole year, as students get weary of School and others.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2009

I started at Grafton my junior year & graduated there. It was the most depressing year of my life. My high school years are not something I can look back on and say it was a happy time. I was a military child and the kids just didn't welcome me in. There are a lot of 'rich' kids around there and everyone is just stuck up.


Posted January 15, 2009

This is a terrible school - it fails to educate properly and the students are extremely rude and clique-oriented. The school is probably the worst in the district in terms of socially accepting new students and minorities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2008

We are a military family who moved to the area. I was new to the American system having been in Europe all my life. The school were and still are wonderfully supportive of both myself and my son. If emailing staff with concerns or questions I always recieve an email or phone call back the same day. They are very pro-active as regards education. I love the AP classes which really give students a foot up for college and introduce them to a wider variety of subjects. The Music Department is wonderful and a huge sense of pride for both students and parents alike. I think parents also have plenty of information available to them concerning the school activies and events and this is due to an excellent web site. I am so relieved that we are here in Grafton and could not recommend it highly enough to new parents to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

My son also entered Grafton in his Junior year and has been treated horribly by the staff. I have had conversations with the attendance and the guidance staff with no results. The attendance 'older women' has been constantly rude and ill mannered. We have been a family that has moved from several states and many schools. We were told that Grafton was a high ranked school. I don't see that at all. It is a school that treats you in accordance on what you wear and where you live. I would never recommend that school to anyone. My son has been transferred to another school at his request.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

I think that Grafton High School is a good school education wise, but if you do not wear Hollister, American Eagle, Aeropostale, etc...then you probaly not fit in because it is full of preps. There are hardly any black kids...and if you dont wear the namebrand that blacks wear then your a little nerd.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2008

Had 2 sons graduate in 05 & 07. School is not perfect but I was satisfied. I stayed involved and email communication is great. Basnd is superb in both HS & MS. Fantastic directors that care about the kids. Only 2 poor teachers in 6 years, the rest average to great. Stay proactive & involved & there should be no major problems.
—Submitted by a parent


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  • 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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Algebra II

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

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 83% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 86% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Earth Science

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

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
English: Reading

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

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
English: Writing

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

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

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Science

The state average for Science was 59% in 2013.

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n/a
Virginia and United States History

The state average for Virginia and United States History was 86% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
World Geography

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
World History I

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

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
World History II

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students77%
Female students84%
Male students71%
Black students70%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities63%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English77%

Algebra II

All Students87%
Female students89%
Male students86%
Black students83%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracial88%
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English87%

Biology

All Students91%
Female students92%
Male students90%
Black students79%
Asian students94%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial92%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

Chemistry

All Students99%
Female students99%
Male students99%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students91%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English100%

Earth Science

All Students94%
Female students93%
Male students95%
Black students81%
Asian students88%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial95%
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities95%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

English: Reading

All Students97%
Female students96%
Male students97%
Black students87%
Asian students100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English97%

English: Writing

All Students94%
Female students98%
Male students92%
Black students90%
Asian students91%
Hispanic86%
Multiracial100%
White students95%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English94%

Geometry

All Students84%
Female students86%
Male students82%
Black students78%
Asian students100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial93%
White students83%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities72%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

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 Students91%
Female students88%
Male students94%
Black students87%
Asian students96%
Hispanic89%
Multiracial91%
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English91%

World Geography

All Students99%
Female students98%
Male students100%
Black studentsn/a
Asian students100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English99%

World History I

All Students92%
Female students91%
Male students92%
Black students76%
Asian students94%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial93%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English92%

World History II

All Students90%
Female students87%
Male students94%
Black students83%
Asian students95%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial88%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities91%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English90%
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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403 Grafton Dr
Yorktown, VA 23692
Phone: (757) 898-0530

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