Amherst County High School

143 reviews
  1. Amherst County Public Schools
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Readiness
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Address
139 Lancer Ln
Amherst, VA 24521
Telephone
(434) 946-2898
Website
Data not available

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
79%
Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1130
55 responses
Average ACT
26
7 responses
AP Enrollment
11%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
44%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.18 responses
Poll
33%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.18 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 36 responses
  • Prom
    33%
  • Football fridays and baskeball games
    25%
  • Pep Rallies
    19%
  • Choral Concerts
    11%
  • Baseball Games
    8%
  • Cross Country
    3%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,346
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,844
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
38%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.26 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.26 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.26 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,301/ year
National
$11,890
59%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.27 responses
26%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.27 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.27 responses

Reviews

143 reviews
  • Excellent
    19
  • Very Good
    28
  • Average
    82
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    3
Amherst County High school is a great school to attend. Are there things I would change? Yes. But overall, my experience has been great. I had many outstanding teachers over the last 4 years. I am looking forward to graduation, but it also saddens me a little. Simply because Amherst County High school has given me a great experience. I have learned a lot over the past four years. I even earned my Emergency Medical Technician Licenses. I am proud to be a Lancer!
  • Senior
  • 10 days ago
While I have enjoyed my time at Amherst, it could be much better. The Board doesn't have enough money to fund the school like Lynchburg does. However, the teachers charisma and friends can make the school seem better. Most of the detrimental characteristics of the school are that of any high school. Drugs are common among the more mischiefous and foolish students. Many of the students are not worried about college or even their high school careers. Despite the apathy of many students, a good one-third of the student body are very competitive about their grades and each student in this group are close in their classes and their class rank. I have fallen in with the better crowd, as I am number eleven in my senior class of just over three hundred. I have enjoyed my time at this school as it will prepare any student for the real world, where many people do bad things, and few prepare for their own future.
  • Senior
  • 29 days ago
The teachers at Amherst County High School are overall adequate in most scenarios when dealing with students. However, the largest issue in this school system is the lack of trust teacher have for their students. While i realize that not all students are as trustworthy as others, it is disheartening to those of us who do value the truth. It makes it appear as if the school system doesn't value students opinion as a whole. That being said, there are several teachers at my high school that are willing to listen to me and trust my words, and for that I am very appreciative.
  • High School Senior
  • 6 months ago