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  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.

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
100%
Percent Proficient - Math
100%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1410
237 responses
Average ACT
33
102 responses
AP Enrollment
66%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$44,020
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,133
National
$949
Median Home Value
$173,957
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.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Fall festival
    25%
  • Seminar/mentorship showcase
    16%
  • Spirit Week
    14%
  • Spirit Week/Pep Rally Day
    14%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • Musicals
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%

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%
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
2%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 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.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses

Maggie Walker Governor's School Reviews

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For academics and activities (clubs, sports) this is a great school! It's easy to tell how dedicated each staff member and student is to their work. That being said, it's a very high stress environment (especially during freshman year) because of the workload and often because of staff that downplays the struggles that students go through. Be prepared for MANY difficult teachers and annoying students. As a rising junior, I feel that the school could do much better with handling mental health and setting up bias training for teachers and students. For those looking to apply, I would still say that the good outweighs the bad. As long as you develop good time management (quickly) and are ready to continuously challenge yourself with the workload, you'll be fine. Your experience at Maggie Walker is mostly yours to create, but if you aren't white (esp if you're Black, like me) be prepared for some ignorance from students and staff alike.
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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!
MLWGS was perfect for me. I made fantastic friends and found an abundance of enjoyable extracurriculars. It is very easy to get involved at MLWGS with clubs and sports being open to complete beginners. I was able to take many advanced classes in subjects that aren't offered at all high schools, and I believe that I am a more well rounded student than I would have otherwise been. I also feel well prepared for college, having already learned self-advocacy, research and study skills. While there is certainly progress to be made, the student body is much more diverse in racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds than my home school division.
However, the workload can be overwhelming at times and mental health is rarely at the forefront. The commute from some districts is also challenging. Ultimately, I loved MLWGS and would definitely attend again, but I wouldn't say it's the best choice for everyone. It's definitely a school for very involved students who enjoy an academic challenge.