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 126 reviews written and they have been mixed.

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

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3.3 from 126 reviews
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    • 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.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Teachers: The teachers I had at this school put forth their full effort to try and teach the students. They kept me engaged with the topics and made me think deeply about the topics at hand.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: I wouldn't choose this school if I could redo high school because I feel I missed out on a lot of opportunities both academic and extracurricular because of ACHS' rurality. My cousin who attended a larger public high school in Raleigh, NC had the opportunity to enroll in AP classes even as a freshman. I wish I was given the same opportunity since my school begins AP classes junior year. That's two whole years that I miss out on earning college credits.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Teachers: 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
    • 3
    Extracurriculars: Extracurricular opportunities at Amherst County High School are present yet not as often taken advantage of. You only get the passionate students involved which often creates drama.

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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 20 responses

  • 30% Yes
  • 50% Not sure.
  • 20% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 11 responses

  • 54% Teachers
  • 38% Sports
  • 8% 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 11 responses

  • 55% Has a great football field for a small school
  • 27% Teacers are hands on and helping students
  • 18% The teachers are the best you'll ever have

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 12 responses

  • 58% Rural Southern high school.
  • 25% 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% You have to adapt to a different environment
  • 18% Speed Limit near the school is 25
  • 18% Don't come here.
  • 9% Make a good first impression with the facilty

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 13 responses

  • 0% I love everything about this school.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 38% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 15% I hate everything about this school.