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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
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Essex High School is a public school located in Tappahannock, VA. It has 456 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 46% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
833 High School Circle
Tappahannock, VA 22560
Telephone
(804) 443-4301
Website

Essex High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
46%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1040
44 responses
Average ACT
24
5 responses
AP Enrollment
13%
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$31,944
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$837
National
$949
Median Home Value
$159,100
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
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 17 responses
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  • Football games
    47%
  • Homecoming
    29%
  • Basketball games
    12%
  • Band
    6%
  • Track
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
456
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,309
Teachers in First/Second Year
21.3%
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
53%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$10,700/ year
National
$12,239
56%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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My experience at Essex High School was not something to write home about. It was mediocre at the best of times. Due to limited funding for teachers and staff the school is not able to function at its greatest. Our school is also unaccredited which also limits our efforts to improve student and staff moral due to the high tensions from the extra work load on teachers and students. Also a student who has spent their whole life in this school system, I see the urgent need for improvement in many areas off and on campus. From the lack of student-teacher relationships, to the near nonexistent community involvement in school matters concerning something other than sports, our school system has been on a steady decline from its former glory. I do however like that effort the few teachers and staff members have made to improve our school system and restore it to the proud community center of the Northern Neck.
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The school has potential, but many students are unmotivated and there is a lack of empathy. The administrators over the county do not always make the best decisions for the students, but teachers and principals are good. Many parents are not involved and lack the same motivation their children do. In order to see this school do better, students need to feel accepted, safe, and like they are important and have potential. Otherwise, they do not try in school, can be depressed and violent, and are not very successful. We have to start making students feel safe and happy in school at a young age and continue through middle and high school. The school has potential and I would love to see it fulfilled in coming years.
It’s an average school. A little diversity with black and white kids, not many others though. The school is also not accredited and the classes aren’t very challenging. Majority of the teachers don’t expect much of the students, but are understanding. Not much bullying, or at least not from what I know of. Lots of high school romance, not very much discipline, but at the same time too overbearing. I’d like to see Essex high school accredited in the near future with more teachers who seem to care about the students actually learning real life lessons.