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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
First Colonial High School is a highly rated, public school located in Virginia Beach, VA. It has 1,930 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 91% in reading.
Address
1272 Mill Dam Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Telephone
(757) 648-5300

First Colonial High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
91%
Percent Proficient - Math
85%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1160
396 responses
Average ACT
26
71 responses
AP Enrollment
33%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$70,500
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,296
National
$949
Median Home Value
$267,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
83%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Sports
    25%
  • Theater and the plays
    14%
  • Pep ralleys
    14%
  • Legal Studies Academy
    10%
  • Bon fires
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,930
Free or Reduced Lunch
28%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.37 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.37 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.37 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$68,889
Teachers in First/Second Year
1.3%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.51 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.51 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.51 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$11,951/ year
National
$12,239
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.55 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.55 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.55 responses
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First Colonial High School Reviews

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The teachers at this institution of learning are some of the most compassionate and qualified individuals which I have ever met. Every student matters to them and they are more than qualified in the knowledge of their subjects. The community here at FC cares for their own; the students, teachers, and parents of the school actively participate in academics and extracurricular activities in order to instill the values of leadership and good citizenship. The few drawbacks here are as follows. The school building has existed since about 1961, and is therefore old and outdated. While many Advanced Placement courses are offered, some of them are not, such as AP World History, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Physics C. Overall, I love this school and frankly wouldn't choose any other school if I had to relive my high school experience again.
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First Colonial was a cool high school experience! Teachers were good and helped with all my academic issues. The Legal Studies Program at this school is very good. It provides many opportunities for the students and creates ton of connections. The sports game were fun to attend although there was a lack of school spirit. The school was very diverse and friendly.
First Colonial High School was an awesome high school to attend! The student body was all very accepting of everyone who walked through the doors. That was probably my favorite thing about my high school, no judgement. However, one thing my high school lacked that other high schools had, was school spirit. Many of the students did not participate in any school spirit weeks or come out to the football games. Besides that, however, First Colonial was a very good high school to attend with all the teachers and counselers always being there to assist any student with any issue they had!