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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
James River High School is an above average, public school located in Buchanan, VA. It has 546 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 94% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
9906 Springwood Rd
Buchanan, VA 24066
Telephone
(540) 254-1121
Website

James River High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
94%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1190
53 responses
Average ACT
29
15 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Cost of Living
    B
  4. Good for Families
    A
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$61,470
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$870
National
$949
Median Home Value
$209,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
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  • One lunch
    33%
  • Pep rallies
    33%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    17%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
546
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,311
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%
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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,686/ year
National
$12,239
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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James River High, a school sourounded by cow fields, at first you may think "well that dosnt seem like it'd be a super cool school" but you'd be wrong. In matter of fact being that secluded actually makes everything that much moreFun! There's serenity, no one's in a huge hurry to do too much, and this gives our sports an entire different feel because we don't have to worry about space. The faculty are phenomenal for they actually care about us and we can know them a little better since we are a smaller school, they'll very rarely ever forget our names even 5 years after we graduate. The building itself is in great shape with even some state of the art facilities such as 4 computer labs, gyms and weight rooms, and class room with plenty of room! The classes themselves are very thought out and we learn what we need too have a few students even graduate with their associates degree! These are just some of the reasons that James River is place to so many of my memories and a great school.
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While the school has several teachers and staff that are great & love their career, the actual work and study that is available to prepare for adulthood is not challenging nor does it prepare you for college. This is not the actual school's fault rather the Botetourt County School Board and the VA Department of Education. The classes are too short to actually understand the information & as a Senior I did not have a book report or project my four years here. There is a variety of sports available but there is a huge favoritism towards Football & Baseball. The track stays flooded most of the time and there is no promotion of the other sports. Students are encouraged to follow paths that their parents took while attending there - girls in home ec & the like classes and boys attending the "dirty trades" classes or college bound. The education needs to be left up to the teachers and get rid of the SOL Program.
I love James River! The staff are always so nice, and my peers are the same way! We’re definitely what would be considered as a small-town school.