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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
James River High School is a highly rated, public school located in Midlothian, VA. It has 2,159 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 73% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
3700 James River Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23113
Telephone
(804) 378-2420

James River High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
73%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1180
269 responses
Average ACT
27
40 responses
AP Enrollment
29%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Cost of Living
    B-
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$73,869
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,137
National
$949
Median Home Value
$218,700
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
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.19 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.19 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
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  • Prom
    19%
  • Little Feet Meet
    17%
  • Football games
    14%
  • Senior picnic
    12%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Mr. James River Pageant
    10%
  • The pep rally for Mrs. Roarty
    10%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,159
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.18 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.18 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,376
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.5%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,888/ year
National
$12,239
97%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses
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James River high school has gotten a bad reputation in the years following it's blue ribbon status. And some might doubt the safety of the school with recent events. However, I hav never felt threatened or in any danger while I have been a student there, and there are so many things that make the school worthwhile. The leadership program, for example, is amazing and the teachers prepare you to excel in college and be able to think critically beyond school. The school also has great sports programs with baseball, soccer, and lacrosse going to states, and crew and track going to nationals.
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The school itself prides itself on caring about the students, but when actuality the faculty primarily the principal not the teachers only cares about a select few of the students. My Senior year we had a rampant amount of suicides within our school yet the school did nothing about suicide prevention because the people who attempted or committed suicide were often not popular and weren't well known across the student body. But as soon as a Lacrosse player got in a car accident that left him in the hospital, School immediately began creating fundraisers, selling shirts, and even created a 5 k. Which would be commendable if they didn't completely ignore the half of dozen suicides that could have been prevented if they even bothered to do anything related to suicide prevention. The only saving grace for James River is that it has many fine teachers who care about the students.
So far, James River High School in Midlothian, VA has been a great school to go to. The people here are not made by a cookie cutter. Everyone's different from each other. In fact, this can easily be demonstrated by the variety of clubs and sports we have. We have several language clubs, 3 political clubs, cultural clubs, track team, football team, rowing team, and so on. Our teachers are awesome! They help you work through your work and do a great job.