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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Amherst County High School is a public school located in Amherst, VA. It has 1,309 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.
Address
139 Lancer Lane
Amherst, VA 24521
Telephone
(434) 946-2898
Website

Amherst County High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
86%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1130
111 responses
Average ACT
26
12 responses
AP Enrollment
13%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$50,703
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$646
National
$949
Median Home Value
$163,600
National
$184,700

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
Report
  • 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
1,309
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
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
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,290
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.8%
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
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,899/ year
National
$12,239
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
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Amherst County High School Reviews

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Amherst County High School is an amazing place. Some things can be changed like more preparation for college and making students be involved with college preparations. My experience of being at this high school for the past few years has been amazing, some teachers are very involved with us students while others just try to get us through the grade. The high school is a very friendly and safe place. Some teachers are willing to do anything for their students, they make sure that they come first when a students in need for help. The overall experience was great. We have amazing staff.
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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!
Overall, the school itself is alright. There are no huge issues that need to be addressed, but the culmination of all of the smaller problems the school has causes it to be less than spectacular. There is a lack of funding for the arts, the school itself needs renovations, there are issues with staff, and the school spends way too much time focusing itself on things it doesn't need to fix, or doing things that will not fix the problem.