904 Bedford Avenue
Altavista, VA 24517
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Altavista High School serves 663 students in grades 6-12.
Altavista High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Virginia for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 83% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 82%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 75% (which is lower than the Virginia state average of 78%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Virginia state level of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the Virginia state average of 51% (majority Black).

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School Overview

Altavista High School's student population of 663 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 50 teachers has declined by 5% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
663 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
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School Rankings

Altavista High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 1,800 schools in Virginia (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Altavista High School is 0.51, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
This School
State Level (VA)
Overall Testing Rank
#1037 out of 1800 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
83%
82%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
75%
78%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
15:1
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American Indian
1%
n/a
Asian
1%
7%
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Hispanic
2%
16%
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Black
22%
22%
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White
66%
49%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
8%
6%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.51
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Graduation Rate
85-89%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
39%
38%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
5%
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Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

  3.50 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
AHS is a wonderful school. I feel that the teachers at this school really pushed me to achieve good grades by being supportive and helpful. They encourage the student to exceed and to do his/her best on every assignment. The student has lots of choices with his/her education--get a standard diploma or challenge oneself and go for the advanced. Band, art class, chorus, football, volleyball, tennis and more are all provided for the student to decide what he or she would like to do. The guidance department is always available and helpful. The food was not bad at all--lots of choices available, and affordable as well. AHS even promotes DAWN and Angel Tree gifting every year to help needed families. I highly recommend AHS as an alumni of this school who graduated with honors. I am very proud of my AHS education.
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2  
Nice teachers, but they make the class room more fun then educational. There are not many choices of extracurricular activities. Also, I believe the main issue with the school is it believes sports are more important than the academics... for example cutting many simple little costly classes and buying rings for athletes that make it far enough in tournaments.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 663 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 13:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 34%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 85-89% (Btm 50% in VA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 83% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 75% (Btm 50%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.51 (Btm 50%)

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