Maggie Walker Governor's School
- Public, Magnet
- RICHMOND, VA
Overall Niche Grade
- Academicsgrade A+
- Diversitygrade unavailable
- Teachersgrade A+
- College Prepgrade A+
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade A+
- Health & Safetygrade A+
- Administrationgrade A+
- Sportsgrade A
- Foodgrade B+
- Resources & Facilitiesgrade 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.
Maggie Walker Governor's School Rankings
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Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
Average Graduation Rate
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- grade B+88 Students
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Living in the Area
grade A minus
Overall Niche Grade
- Cost of Livinggrade B minus
- Good for Familiesgrade B minus
- Housinggrade C
Median Household Income
Median Home Value
Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
100%of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 16 responses
94%of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 16 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 65 responses
- Fall festival31%
- Seminar/mentorship showcase17%
- Spirit Week17%
- Spirit Week/Pep Rally Day14%
- Pep rallies12%
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
88%of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 17 responses
76%of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 17 responses
82%of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 17 responses
Average Teacher Salary
No data available
Teachers in First/Second Year
81%of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 21 responses
90%of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 21 responses
90%of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 21 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
No data available
100%of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 19 responses
74%of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 19 responses
100%of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 19 responses
Maggie Walker Governor's School Reviews
Rating 4.4 out of 5 126 reviews
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MLWGS is a wonderful place, and I could not have made a better decision than to come here. The teachers are so talented and engaging, and they make learning truly enjoyable. Contrary to popular belief, MLWGS isn't only good for its international studies or social studies classes—it has fantastic STEM and arts programs, as well, and the students have really diverse passions and strengths. What we DO have in common is that most of us are nerds... but our athletic programs are fantastic, and our football team is undefeated (lol)! If you're the type of student who likes challenging yourself with rigorous classes and expanding your worldview through exploring various extracurriculars (from Quiz Bowl to Bhangra), this is the school for you, and you will find students and faculty who share your interests and are willing to support you in all of your undertakings. And don't be scared off by rumors about the rigor—the workload is super manageable, and teachers are really understanding.
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.
Maggie Walker has been a wonderful experience so far! The atmosphere, the teachers, and the students are all wonderful! The academics and learning models are quite inventive and include a lot of collaboration. The only thing I would change is more diversity among races and ethnicities at the school but besides that, nothing!