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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Virgil Grissom High School is a highly rated, public school located in Huntsville, AL. It has 1,820 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 30% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.
Address
1001 Haysland Road
Huntsville, AL 35802
Telephone
(256) 428-8000
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Virgil Grissom High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
30%
Average Graduation Rate
88%
Average SAT
1310
42 responses
Average ACT
27
255 responses
AP Enrollment
31%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
Median Household Income
$51,926
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$773
National
$949
Median Home Value
$169,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.28 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.28 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 94 responses
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  • Athletic games (football, basketball, baseball)
    21%
  • Musicals
    21%
  • Pep rallies
    19%
  • Band Everything
    7%
  • Soccer, football, baseball/softball games are fun.
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,820
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.36 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.36 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.36 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,881
Teachers in First/Second Year
20.3%
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.45 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.45 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.45 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,260/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.51 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.51 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.51 responses
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Things at Grissom High school very depending on the topic. Things I have experienced that really helped me through my high school experience were the extracurricular activities that are offered are outstanding and very exciting to be apart of. On the other hand, things that could use improvement are the student body as a whole, personally I never felt connected through things like footballs games, pep rallies, and dances. Every once in a while you find a really good teacher who is willing to spend extra time with you if needed or simply connect with his/her students. I've been in more classes than I can count where teaching is just a job to the teachers they don't take the time to get to know their students. see where kids are lacking in certain subjects, and make sure students are catching what they are throwing at them.
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My experience at Grissom so far has honestly been disappointing. When being introduced to my peers, I could sense that they weren't as interested in me as a person. They came across as close-minded and shallow. Only interested in what types of drugs I did, later to be disappointed when finding out I wasn't that type of kid. Soon, they all just lost interest. I met a few kids that showed interest in my hobbies and who I was, but it seemed that the school has more kids that engaged in drug activities and acts of rebellion than more well behaved students. My first impressions of my teachers were mostly positive. At first, I sensed that they all were excited to teach and showed great enthusiasm towards education. This however did not last very long. I would say that all schools need some improving, but there's only so much they can do to help their students. I cannot wait until I graduate, but I'll still make the most out of high school.
Grissom High School is one of, if not the ultimate, best high schools in the city of Huntsville. It has a long, long legacy of high performance in academics, and our sports teams play well too. It really is on the cutting edge of education with a Greenpower team, drafting classes, cyber security programs, and even precision machinery curriculum. AP classes are bountiful and highly reputable. The teachers of these classes really do love their subjects and make sure to prepare us for both the exam and especially for college. School pride is a bit of a low, mainly because most students are more focused on personal studies (and our football team isn't the best), but pride within organizations like theatre, band, etc. is VERY high. Arts programs are very renowned in the city and state and have access to tons of material and equipment.