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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    NG
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Maggie Walker Governor's School is a top rated, public, magnet school located in Richmond, VA. It has 746 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 100% of students are at least proficient in math and 100% in reading.
Address
1000 N. Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone
(804) 354-6800
Website
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Maggie Walker Governor's School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
100%
Percent Proficient - Math
100%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1410
179 responses
Average ACT
33
84 responses
AP Enrollment
66%
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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
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Median Household Income
$38,241
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,130
National
$949
Median Home Value
$182,354
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.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Fall festival
    29%
  • Seminar/mentorship showcase
    15%
  • Spirit Week/Pep Rally Day
    15%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • Musicals
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
NG
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
746
Free or Reduced Lunch
2%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
2%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses

Maggie Walker Governor's School Reviews

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Over the course of the past four years, I have found that Maggie Walker is most definitely a make-your-own-experience kind of school, but regardless, its student end up very prepared for college. While it has an extremely competitive environment and poor mental health, your general experience at MW are defined by the classes, clubs, and people you choose to surround yourself with. MW has hundreds of clubs, from our acapella group Deadbeats to dance teams to our many competitive academic teams like Model UN and Debate, so every student can be sure to find a club that interests them. Compared to most other local schools, MW has a much larger array of classes with classes like Arabic and VCU Web Design. Ultimately, I would never trade my experience at MW. I have found that each class is its own tight-knit community of 180 students, which is something you can find at no other school. This school provides many incomparable opportunities, so if you get in, I encourage you to join us!
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An amazing place that shaped who I am. I've been successful in found and growing my own international company, and I really do owe it to skills and mindsets I developed the Governor's School! Diverse, wonderful school culture, and a place that fosters growth and development of useful skills... while also having great academics. The track and cross country teams are top class, and a great community. I'm still close with Governor's School friends, and we've met up around the world. It's amazing to see the incredible things that my classmates are doing now to make the world a better place!
I loved MLWGS! I think that, as a gifted student, it was the best choice for me. I felt challenged and was legitimately excited to go to school and learn something new. I definitely think that MLWGS offers college-level academics, arts, and athletics, so if you're looking for quality above the norm, this is where you'll find it.