Top High Schools
DOES YOUR CHILDS EDUCATION MAKE THE GRADE? WE HAVE COMPILED ALL THE FACTS AND FIGURES YOU NEED TO DETERMINE WHICH HAMPTON ROADS Public HIGH SCHOOLS ARE AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS.
High school has never been easy, but it seems that adolescents today are faced with more challenges than ever. Aside from the typical stresses of homework, dating and self image, teens have the added pressures of passing the SOLs; making the choice to decline drugs, alcohol or cigarettes from a peer; and getting into a respected university. Sometimes the urge to drop out overrides the desire to study hard and make decent grades. Perhaps the high school your son or daughter attends can make a difference in their education and put them on the right path. Our comprehensive chart on the following pages compiles all the pertinent statistics about public high schools in Hampton Roads that most affect a students ability to learn. Take a look and determine if your childs high school makes the grade.
About Our Chart:
*Virginia public schools receive two annual accountability ratings based on the performance of students on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments. School divisions and states that meet or exceed annual objectives are rated as having made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
**Several Hampton Roads high schools are IB (International Baccalaureate) schools, which means they are able to offer students a special curriculum that strives to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. In those select schools, our chart indicates the percentage of the student population enrolled in the IB program.
***The Advanced Placement (AP) program is a curriculum sponsored by the College Board which offers standardized courses to high school students that are generally recognized to be equivalent to undergraduate courses in college. Our chart indicates the percentage of the student population that has taken an AP exam.
****For the rest of this article, see the February 2011 issue of Hampton Roads Magazine.****