Amherst County High School

141 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

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
84%
Average SAT
1130
55 responses
Average ACT
26
7 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
79%
AP Enrollment
11%
AP Exam Pass Rate
94%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Low
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    4%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    17%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    67%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    13%

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

141 reviews
  • Excellent
    19
  • Very Good
    27
  • Average
    81
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    3
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
  • 5 months ago
The teachers at my school are pretty ordinary. There are some that truly have a passion for teaching and are involved with the student's education and then unfortunately there are teachers who display the opposite characteristics. However, thankfully most of the teachers that I have had at ACHS are competent in their subject and polite for the most part. Teaching styles differ from one teacher to the next, I admire the teachers who make an effort to get out of their "common routine" of teaching. For example, a power point paired with fill in the blank notes for every single chapter we cover. Most of my teachers cared as much about me as I cared about their subject. I got what I put in basically which I was okay. Unfortunately communication skills are lacking and this was especially evident to me with my AP teachers.
  • High School Senior
  • 11 months ago
Yes, if I had it to do all over again, I would choose ACHS. Living in a rural town my entire life, has had both pros and cons. Many of the students I go to school with I have known since elementary school. We have grown up together and will soon be graduating together. While we have our cliques and groups, we all defend one another. It may be okay for us to poke fun at being from Amherst, but we all defend each when its needed. Bottom line is that coming from a small-town school has left me with dozens upon dozens of bonds I would have never had otherwise formed.
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago