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  • Charlottesville High School3

    Charlottesville, VA | Charlottesville City County

    November 10, 2014

    Former student at CHS,my children briefly attended CHS before we moved out of the state.I agree with the post below that CHS is a great school for the gifted,and academically inclined, who are actively advocated for by their parent's and educators.However,I think CHS has a long history of failing the average to below average student. These kids are placed in class rooms that are more crowded than the honors classes and can be chaotic as a result. CHS seems to have no ability or motivation to engage the average to below average student to strive for higher academic achievement.Staff development along these lines is lacking and has been so for sometime.These kids are essentially being housed,and are required to do the bare minimum to meet graduation requirements.The racial and economic divide that exist between the honor programs kids and the lower performing students is still quite obvious.It's sink or swim for the average to below average student at CHS. It's a public school, if they do not have outside support advocating and pushing for them to excel they likely will not,because they are certainly not getting that support from teachers and administrators.

    November 1, 2014

    CHS may be a great public high school choice for gifted self-motivated honors students. There are plenty of those students there. They are mostly white and wealthy. CHS has a larger population of culturally and economically diverse students who seem to be a challenge to serve. The principal has been there for two years. She is the leader and does not accept the role of a team player. She does not return phone calls to parents or respond to emails. Access to her is closely guarded by her personal assistant who will go to great lengths including intimidation to discourage access. If you are an all honors student and will not need access to the authorities it may be a great choice. If not, then your student will be in classes with a diverse population who handle the stresses of a chaotic environment in different ways. Teachers may be willing to make a role model out of your student and will have the support and freedom from the principal to do so. If a student or parent ends up needing the help of the principal, you will not get it. The administration has adopted her style. Some teachers are not naturals in their roles but some teachers at CHS are truly excellent.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 11, 2011

    We have had two children who both attended CHS, one graduated with honors the other did not feel safe after the first year after being solicited and then threatened by another student. I do appreciate the responsiveness of the admin. and the full-time security officers. Since there is a very high teacher turnover at CHS (about 30% each year), our second child was not able to get the same great teachers that our first child recommended. Sadly, those teachers were simply not at CHS four years later. Because the guidance counselors were all new and unfamiliar with the teaching style of the new teachers, they could not recommend a good fit for our intelligent underachieving child. CHS is the only public High School in Charlottesville there is no other choice. We are thankful we could afford a private tutor for our oldest child. A personal connection with an experienced teacher, who feels secure in keeping their job from one year to the next, would help to create better students than a personal computer for each student and a smart-board in each classroom.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 3, 2009

    My children had wonderful educations at CHS. Not only did they have great academic opportunities, but they also had wonderful music and physical educational opportunities. CHS is an amazing school with great diversity!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 16, 2009

    CHS is so cool!!! For decades they have had atop notch arts program and a great science program too. The building looks like its right out of a John Hughes movie.

    December 27, 2006

    If you have the right attitude toward your education, CHS can absolutely be the best choice. I am a current student, and I can say from personal experience that most of the AP classes are terrific. The fine arts are the best around, and many sports are both competitive and inclusive. The great strength of CHS that parents overlook is the diversity. If only in 9th and 10th grade gym and health and a few advanced classes, students can really learn a lot about other cultures -- I have made friends from all over the world. CHS is not the best place for students who wait for hand-holding or who are going to rely on guidance to sort out their college applications, because CHS students need to know where they want to be and take themselves there on their own. However, if you want a wider perspective, CHS is it.

    Submitted by a student

    October 19, 2006

    This school is not as great as many think it is. If you take a walk around this school you can see there is a nice level of achievement among students in honors and AP classes, but if you take a look into the lower level classes its completely different. I take honors level courses and, I hate to say, there are few minorities taking these courses with me. Its like night and day when you take a look into a general level (and even advanced level) class. The students are loud and rowdy and the teachers don't seem to care. Fights constantly break out among students. Sometimes I even question my own safety.

    Submitted by a student

    January 10, 2006

    I am currently a student at Charlottesville High School and it is a wonderful school.The athletics are great and as of now the Girls Basketball team is 11-0. The lacrosse and track teams are also outstanding as well. The fine arts program is booming. The band has been a Virginia honor Band for a numerous amount of years and holds the state record with Lake Braddock for the most superior ratings at Festival. The academic courses are exceptional for gifted students. I am currently taking all honors classes and they are top notch. Lastly, the overall atmosphere at CHS is wonderful and filled with a wide range of diverse peoples.

    Submitted by a student

    June 18, 2005

    The academic programs and the extracurricular activities are really good. The orchestra is large and have recently obtained the title of Grand Champions for the cruise festival they embarked on in March-April 2005. The orchestra program is excellent. The other programs such as the band, theater, and art are also really good. Sports are really encouraged here. I see parents being really involved with orchestra, I cannot say for other programs. The teachers expect excellence and they are good at what they do. The school is currently under renovation, so it does look a little bad, but the improvements so far have really helped.

    Submitted by a student

    July 22, 2004

    I am currently attending CHS. The school has a rich diversity that the other area schools lack. This year, I'm enrolled into advanced and honors classes. The school turns 30 this year, and a lot of renovations are being done this summer. I can't wait to go back in late August and see what it looks like! The information on this website is a little out of date. The school now has around 1300 students. The art programs at CHS are amazing. The band has kept a superior reputation for 22 years. The orchestra has also been a fine program since 1987. The theater is marvelous. This past spring, the theater did Peter Pan. Great show. This school really blends fine education with performing arts; and don't forget, Charlottesville has been rated the #1 city to live in! Bottom line, great school, great city.

    Submitted by a student

    June 2, 2004

    We have had two children graduate from CHS, and one is still there. They have all had a first-rate education. Fine arts programs can't be beat. More AP classes than any other school in the area (someone once said than any in the state, but I'm not sure about that). Athletic programs are pretty decent. For top students, CHS is absolutely superb. For less able students, it is still pretty good. It is about 50-50 white-black. Race relations are pretty good -- not perfect, but no major problems or incidents in years. The physical plant is pretty well maintained for a school that is 30 years old. Over all, our family has been very pleased with the education that our kids have received at CHS.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2003

    CHS is a wonderful school, with an excellent curriculum, staff, and opportunities for students both in and out of the classroom. The rich racial diversity enhances everyone's educational experience.

    Submitted by a former student

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