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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Powhatan High School is an above average, public school located in Powhatan, VA. It has 1,447 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 75% of students are at least proficient in math and 92% in reading.
Address
1800 Judes Ferry Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
Telephone
(804) 598-5710
Website

Powhatan High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
92%
Percent Proficient - Math
75%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1130
256 responses
Average ACT
26
9 responses
AP Enrollment
25%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$77,684
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$937
National
$949
Median Home Value
$254,200
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
84%
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 46 responses
Report
  • Pep Rallys
    26%
  • Football games
    20%
  • Band concerts
    11%
  • Drumline Competitions!
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    7%
  • Colorguard!
    4%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,447
Free or Reduced Lunch
13%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.24 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.24 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.24 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$50,549
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.2%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
71%
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
$10,862/ year
National
$12,239
68%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.28 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.28 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.28 responses
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As a parent of three very different children that have either graduated from Powhatan High School or who are currently attending, I have had nothing but good things to say about the school, and the teachers at PHS. My oldest child had behavior problems and was considered an 'at risk' child, and the administration and teachers worked very hard with him and my husband and myself to ensure that as a team we did all we could do to ensure he got his proper education and that he graduated, and he did! They were very understanding and compassionate with me, helping me in any way that they could. Currently I have two other children attending the high school and they are very involved, both have great grades, and have nothing but good things to say about the teachers and the activities related with the school.
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Powhatan High School, is quite good for its circumstance and location in the heart of the rural suburbs of Powhatan County. To that end, the school is very closely tied with the community and the environment is very warm. However, it lacks the appropriate funding and seriousness to compete with many other Virginia schools academically. The academics at Powhatan tend to appear passable in statistical analyses, when the data is only compared with past performance at Powhatan. However, it becomes soon apparent when competing in interregional academic competitions, for example, that Powhatan has some severe deficits in these departments.
The facility is gorgeous and usually quite clean, the staff is great and incredibly talented overall, the food is fantastic, and the arts are given just as much priority as sports are! However, most clubs need a serious overhaul in the leadership department. Functions are hectic, petty drama is common, and a lack of respect and understanding is an issue on both sides. Also, the school has no (working) hand dryers or paper towels so be prepared to walk around with wet hands or a wet shirt.