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C-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    C
  4. College Prep
    C-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
I.C. Norcom High School is a public, magnet school located in Portsmouth, VA. It has 1,120 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
1801 London Blvd
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Telephone
(757) 393-5442
Website

I.C. Norcom High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
940
95 responses
Average ACT
21
9 responses
AP Enrollment
3%
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Living in the Area
B-
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
$47,050
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$977
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,400
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
54%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.13 responses
Poll
62%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.13 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 48 responses
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  • Pep rallies
    23%
  • Basketball games
    17%
  • The Marching Band
    17%
  • Academic Assemblies
    15%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Pep rallies
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,120
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$53,131
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
52%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,481/ year
National
$12,239
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.23 responses
43%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.23 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.23 responses
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I.C. Norcom High School Reviews

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I C. Norcom is a historically and predominately black high school. Despite its old age, the prestige of this school has been carried over 100 years. The alumni support EVERYTHING the school sponsors, the teachers try their best to give us an education that will prepare us for college, and the administration does everything in their power to allow us to have safe but fun learning environment. As an esteemed alum and past cheerleader, I can give a true testimony as to how strong our school spirit is! Our Versatile 100 Band, Platinum Pearls Cheerleaders, and Diamond Dance Team are part of our great history along with our Basketball, Football, and Track teams. They are all award-winning sports that people travel from all over to see. Not only do we have great sports programs, we also have great educational programs! Students can take college credit Dual Enrollment and AP classes as sophomores, juniors, and seniors. In the end, I. C. Norcom is the best high school for anybody to attend.
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As a senior who has attended Norcom for all of my high school career, I have formed an undenying love for this school. The teachers, staff, student body are great and the student run clubs, the band, magnet programs and sports programs are excellent and filled with excitement. The school spirit in particular has made me bleed maroon and grey- the school colors. I. C. Norcom High School is the best school in the land!
I.C. Norcom has the best bands & the school spirit is always great! The staff and administration team is very involved and concerned about the well being. The food is average, but I heard it is getting better with time. This is the school where we play hard but work harder!