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C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Portsmouth City Public Schools is a public school district located in Portsmouth, VA. It has 14,611 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 64% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.
Address
801 Crawford St
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Telephone
(757) 393-8742

Portsmouth City Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
64%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1000
501 responses
Average ACT
22
93 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,611
Free or Reduced Lunch
68.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,939
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.6%

Finances

Total Expenses
$170,691,000
Expenses Per Student
$11,160/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$48,727
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$988
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,400
National
$184,700

Portsmouth City Public Schools Reviews

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I've been attending a Portsmouth Public School for 3 years now. I started a WWHS in the 10th grade and I am now a graduating senior. I give us an average/poor rating because we fail to reach certain goals that are set. As a System we are very diverse, which is a positive thing, but we refuse to recognize important things in our schools. We focus more on a dress code than strongly addressing bullying or school shootings in the U.S. We refuse to appropriately discuss and debate politics and listen to everyone's ideas. Coming from the Wilson experience directly, we do not listen to the student at all. We make the decisions for the student body rather than taking our opinions into consideration.
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Switching from school to school for 5 years can be challenging but once i came to Portsmouth City Public Schools my 11th grade year, it really opened my eyes. Things changed drastically and it was a different experience for me. The classes i take are about avergae but you don't get a good high school "experience" here. It is basically just based on your academics which, yes, is the number one important thing, but we also want to be able to have the best high school experience that we can being able to make memories of our time.
I attended Portsmouth Public Schools from 8th-12th grade. I graduated high school with a 3.5 GPA while also working part-time at Chick Fil A, and playing football. During my time at Churchland High, I would sometimes feel as though the faculty was against me. Some teachers seemed to care about my overall success as a student more than others. Portsmouth Public Schools are primarily African-American. I didn't feel like I was exposed to diversity and inclusion well. Most of our textbooks were outdated but we made the most out of what was offered to us. In the end, there were a few teachers I knew had my back and served in a mentor capacity.