Oscar F. Smith High School

  • Oscar F. Smith High School serves 2,256 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 82% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 72%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 83% (which is higher than the Virginia state average of 80%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the Virginia state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Virginia state average of 50%.

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School Overview

  • Oscar F. Smith High School's student population of 2,256 students has grown by 6% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 168 teachers has grown by 9% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,256 students
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Total Classroom Teachers168 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Oscar F. Smith High School's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 14:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Oscar F. Smith High School is 0.59, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.43. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (VA)
Overall School Rank#471 out of 1,796 schools
(Top 30%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
82%
72%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
83%
80%
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:115:1
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Asian
3%
7%
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Hispanic
8%
15%
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Black
58%
23%
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White
26%
50%
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Two or more races
5%
5%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Oscar F. Smith High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in VA.
Diversity Score0.590.43
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Graduation Rate
82%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
51%
35%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
6%
6%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Oscar F. Smith High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Virginia by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameCHESAPEAKE CITY PBLC SCHS School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, VA Dept. of Education

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  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
Oscar Smith is truly an education for all environment. The diversity in the school is vast, and so is the attention to supporting every childs' needs. One student in the IB program is pushed to succeed and given the tools and support to do so from every staff member, yet at the same time, another student needing extra support just to pass the basic requirements is given that same time and attention. Smith does right by ALL students!
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5  
I am a graduate from Oscar Smith and have nothing but high marks for this school. It is a school that prides itself on high academics and pride. I believe the only students that fail in this environment are the students who chose to fail and whose parents allow them to do so. I enjoyed the structured environment and loved that I was given challenges and was rewarded for my achievments. Oscar Smith High School is a wonderful learning environment if you allow it to influence you.
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