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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
    B+
  7. Administration
    B-
  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 551 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 89% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
9906 Springwood Rd
Buchanan, VA 24066
Telephone
(540) 254-1121
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James River High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
89%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1200
66 responses
Average ACT
29
15 responses
AP Enrollment
7%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$64,733
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$898
National
$949
Median Home Value
$220,000
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.
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  • One lunch
    29%
  • Pep rallies
    29%
  • Annual Excursion to Japan
    14%
  • Homecoming
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    14%

Students

Diversity
C
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
551
Free or Reduced Lunch
23%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$49,984
Teachers in First/Second Year
17.9%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.5 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.5 responses

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
$10,670/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Overall I have loved my experience at James River High School. The thing that I like about James River High School is the people. It is located in a small town so our school becomes it is own community. We have recently started these days, one in the fall and one in the spring, called Day of Service days where the students sign up for activities to help out their community. This school has prepared me for college by offering dual enrollment classes with community colleges in the area and this school also has a trade-school of sorts that is partnered with it to prepare students who want to go straight into the work field or who want to gain skills for a degree they plan to gain later on . I have really enjoyed my time at this school.
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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.
I love that James River High School is a small and close-knit school. Being a student that transferred to the school system, I was nervous that it would be tough adjusting, but everyone was so nice and welcoming. It is easy to get to know everybody very quickly as each grade, on average, has only 150 students. This makes for a relaxed learning environment and allows students to create a personal bond with the teachers. JRHS also offers many courses despite its size and has plenty of opportunities for community involvement. My experience at JRHS has been enjoyable.