Amherst County High School in Amherst, VA - Niche

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Amherst County High School is a public school in Amherst, Virginia. It has 1,346 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 70% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 130 reviews written and they have been mixed.

139 Lancer Ln
Amherst, VA 24521
(434) 946-2898

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3.3 from 130 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: For the most part Amherst is set in their no bullying policy. However, it's still very common and it's usually the cause for majority of the physical altercations that take place at Amherst.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Amherst County thrives on sports. Majority of the funding goes toward sports and activities of that nature. Amherst county use to have a plethora of extracurricular activities but then budget cuts happened and now it's just sports and theater/musical theater, however, if it wasn't for a protest Amherst would no longer have theater but just sports.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: My overall experience at Amherst is okay. I only enjoyed my English and Music classes and that was because of the teachers. I feel that if I wasn't a part of the music department that I would have had a very different Highschool experience and probably would have only negative memories. My time at Amherst wasn't horrible, but if I had the chance to do it again, I wouldn't.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: Honestly, there are only a handful of teachers who actually enjoy their job and do it well. Most teachers do enough to get by and then there are some who make it aware that they dislike their job and dislike the students. As a graduating senior, I only like and have a connection with two of my teachers; and that's from the four years that I've been here.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: The teacher I respected, but the students I did not rather care for. They were annoying and a lot of them did not really care about their grades, but that is even the case now in college.

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Nearby Schools

Niche Grade Name Type
3.00 Amherst Elementary School Public
2.66 Central Elementary School Public
3.00 Amherst Middle School Public
2.66 Amelon Elementary School Public
3.00 Temperance Elementary School Public
3.00 Monelison Middle School Public
3.00 Elon Elementary School Public

Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.33 E.C. Glass High School 13 mi. 1,354
3.00 Heritage High School 17 mi. 1,016
3.00 Brookville High School 18 mi. 982
2.33 Rustburg High School 20 mi. 836
3.33 Jefferson Forest High School 19 mi. 1,368

Around Amherst County High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 46%
Male 53%

Student Diversity

Amherst County High School United States Brookville High School E.C. Glass High School Heritage High School Jefferson Forest High School Rustburg High School
White 68.0% 51.0% 81.0% 46.0% 35.0% 84.0% 80.0%
African American 22.0% 15.0% 12.0% 46.0% 53.0% 6.0% 16.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 2.0% 3.0% 4.0% 2.0% 1.0%
Hispanic 2.0% 25.0% 0% 2.0% 3.0% 3.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Asian 0% 4.8% 2.0% 1.0% 2.0% 3.0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 28.2%
Grade 10 25.3%
Grade 11 21.2%
Grade 12 25.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 29% Yes
  • 48% Not sure.
  • 24% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 50% Teachers
  • 36% Sports
  • 14% Just some teachers

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 10 responses

  • 37% People's attitudes
  • 26% Lack of common sense in students
  • 16% Academics
  • 11% Favoritism
  • 11% Favoritism among sports

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 12 responses

  • 58% Has a great football field for a small school
  • 25% Teacers are hands on and helping students
  • 17% The teachers are the best you'll ever have

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 62% Rural Southern high school.
  • 23% A large diverse group of individuals
  • 8% Lively
  • 8% A large mix of different, ignorant individuals

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Don't let others influence you
  • 18% Don't come here.
  • 18% Speed Limit near the school is 25
  • 18% You have to adapt to a different environment
  • 9% Make a good first impression with the facilty

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 14 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 43% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 43% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 14% I hate everything about this school.