Spotsylvania County Public Schools educate almost 24,000 students at 17 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Based on Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning scores, Spotsylvania County Public Schools rank 62nd of 131 public school districts. Spotsylvania County high school rankings are posted next to school out of 322 Virginia high schools. Chancellor (256), Courtland (169), Massaponax (182), Riverbend (118), and Spotsylvania (281). There are two specialty schools, Commonwealth Governor’s School and Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center.
Spotsylvania County High Schools
Chancellor High School has 1,347 students and is ranked 256th of 322 Virginia high schools based on Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning test results. This means Chancellor High School students tested worse than 79.5% of public high schools. There is an 17.4 to 1 student/teacher ratio, and 21% of students take part in advanced placement courses. The reading proficiency rate is 94%, and 69% for math scores. The individual subject scores follow with state averages in parenthesis. Writing: 87% (87%), Algebra: 69% (76%), Chemistry: 74% (86%), Biology: 76% (83%), English Reading: 89% (89%), Geography: 85% (85%), Virginia & United States History: 84% (86%), and World History: 72% (85%). The Chancellor Band program has earned honor band recognition, and the music department is highlighted by the Lightning Regiment Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Indoor Drum Line. The athletic teams of Chancellor high school take part in VHSL Group 4A, Conference 22, North Region. Approximately 36.9% of students receive a free/discounted lunch.
Courtland High School opened in 1980 at 6701 Smith Station Road Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553. It has a student enrollment of 1,196 and is fully accredited. It ranks 169th of 322 public high schools according to Virginia Standards of Learning test results. Students at Courtland tested worse than 52.5% among Virginia high schools. This is based on proficiency scores of 95% for reading, and 70% for math. The student-teacher ratio is 16.7 to 1 which is second best among the 5 Spotsylvania County high schools. The student participation rate is 33% for advanced placement courses. The music department features concert band, symphonic band, Jazz ensemble, percussion class, advanced placement music theory, and winter drum line. Courtland High School athletics take part in Conference 4A North, Conference 22. World Language Honor Societies include: French, German, Latin, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Approximately 26.7% of students receive free/discounted lunches.
Massaponax High School is part of Spotsylvania County Public Schools. It opened in 1998 and educates 1,835 students in 9-12th grades. It is a fully accredited high school by the Virginia Department of Education. The student-teacher ratio is 16.7 to 1 which is 3rd best of 5 high schools. The most recent results of Virginia Standards of Learning tests ranks Massaponax High School as 182nd of 322 public high schools based on 92% reading, and 77% math proficiency. Students at Massaponax tested worse than 56.5% of Virginia high schools. There is a 42% participation rate of students in advanced placement courses. Other highlights at Massaponax High School are the band program which was rated as a 2014 Virginia Honor Band. The program includes the Marching Panther Pride, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Winter Color Guard, and Winter Drum Line. The performing arts program, and The Growl newspaper has each earned national recognition. The athletic department is well-managed and places athletes in Division 1 athletic programs each year. Approximately 30.8% of students receive a free/discounted lunch.
Riverbend High School offers 19 advanced placement courses through class rooms or virtual advanced placement school. Riverbend is also host of Commonwealth Governor’s School. Riverbend has 50 organizations including: Art Honor Society, Academic Team, Business Honor Society, Computer Programming Team, Environmental Science Team, English Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Technology Student Association, and WRHS News. Spotsylvania County Public Schools high schools are Chancellor, Courtland, Massaponax, Riverbend, and Spotsylvania. The Career & Technical Center is next to Courtland High School and the curriculum focuses on developing trade skills, and health/medical/protective services. Riverbend ranks 118 of 322 Virginia public high schools, ranking Riverbend students better than 63.4% of Virginia high schools. Riverbend has 1,873 student enrollment with 39% taking advanced placement courses. The teacher-student ratio is 17.7 to 1. Riverbend ranks as the best high school in Spotsylvania County. Approximately 21.5% of students receive free/discounted lunches.
Spotsylvania High School is part of Spotsylvania County Public Schools. There are 1,131 students in 79 classrooms, and the current Spotsylvania High School was completed in 1994 at 6975 Courthouse Road (Route 208) Spotsylvania, Virginia. It was constructed from the same blueprints used to build Massaponax High School. Spotsylvania High School is ranked 281st of 322 Virginia public high schools based on Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results. These scores show 87% reading and 84% math proficiency rates. The student-teacher ratio is 15.0 to 1. This is the lowest ratio of all Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Spotsylvania High School students tested worse than 87.3% of Virginia high schools, and finished last among the 5 high schools in Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Approximately 40.1% of students receive free/discounted lunches.
The advanced placement participation rate is 24% among students. AP courses include: Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, French, German, Latin, Spanish, Human Geography, Music Theory, Psychology, Statistics, European History, United States History, United States Government, World History, and United States Government. Spotsylvania High School is a Commonwealth Governor’s High School site.
Activities and clubs include: Army JROTC, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, The Knight Times newspaper, The Trail yearbook, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Forensics Club, French Club, German Club, Latin Club, Math League, and Spanish Club.
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