Oscar F. Smith High School

1994 Tiger Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23320 | (757) 548-0696
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 2,208
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3.5 out of 5 | 5 Reviews
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Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 2,208
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 122.9
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 18.0
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 1,089 (49.3%)
  • Females: 1,068 (48.4%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 169 (7.7%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 776 (35.1%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 945 (42.8%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Oscar F. Smith High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian60.3%
Black1,24556.4%
Asian833.8%
Hispanic884.0%
White73533.3%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Oscar F. Smith High School
  Number Percent
9th Grade70832.1%
10th Grade61928.0%
11th Grade43119.5%
12th Grade45020.4%
Source: VA Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 3.5

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5 reviews for Oscar F. Smith High School

  • Reviewed by Student on September 26, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Oscar Smith High School is the best kept secret of south eastern Virginia.

    It is a fabulous school with amazing administration faculty. It does, like any other school, have it's flaws, but it was one of the best decisions of my life to attend Oscar Smith (I went from a private Christian school in elementary and middle school to Oscar Smith for high school). Many people are scared away by the particular demographics in this school, but these demographics have, for me, enhanced my experience as a student, and taught me many valuable life skills.

    The IB program that is housed in Oscar Smith is a particular high point of the school. It is a wonderful program for those students who are dedicated to their education, and the students in it add a lot to the school as a whole.

    I sincerely believe that Oscar Smith is a great environment for students to begin their lives as adults, and that it provides many opportunities for students to learn life-long skills.

    Unfortunately, many people who live in this area are turned off by this school because of unfair and superficial prejudices. If you are looking for a school for your child, please do not discount Oscar Smith because of the ill-informed and discriminatory opinions of such people.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 09, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The GC by the name of Mrs.Lamb is very unhelpful.I can send her an email with a very important question concerning my son and I will NOT get an answer until I email the principal the following week and I take my question to him.

    I have met Mrs.Lamb and it's pretty obvious that she chooses which students to help.I have learned that there are at least 2 staff members in that school who chooses which nationality of students they will help and I THANK GOD this is my sons LAST year at that school.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on March 04, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • looking for info for homeworker help for mur son after school
  • Reviewed by Community Member on September 02, 2008
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The administration in this school, (some, not all) does not treat the staff with respect, but expects respect given to them.

Test Scores and Performance Information

Overall School Rating

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How is this determined?
The overall school rating shows that Oscar F. Smith High School performed on average worse than many other schools across the state on SOL state exams in the following subjects:
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Geography
  • Geometry
  • Reading
  • VA & US History
  • World History I
  • World History II
  • Writing

SOL - Test Proficiency by Grade and Subject

End-of-Course - % of students at or above proficiency

SchoolDistrictState
Algebra I Test
201094.0%96.0%94.0%
200991.0%96.0%94.0%
200895.0%96.0%93.0%
 
Algebra II Test
201096.0%96.0%91.0%
200989.0%94.0%91.0%
200896.0%96.0%90.0%
 
Biology Test
201085.0%91.0%89.0%
200983.0%90.0%88.0%
200889.0%91.0%88.0%
 
Chemistry Test
201090.0%96.0%93.0%
200986.0%95.0%93.0%
200890.0%93.0%92.0%
 
Earth Science Test
201077.0%87.0%88.0%
200981.0%89.0%87.0%
200882.0%88.0%86.0%
 
Geometry Test
201085.0%94.0%88.0%
200983.0%92.0%87.0%
200887.0%94.0%87.0%
 
Reading Test
201087.0%93.0%94.0%
200991.0%94.0%95.0%
200891.0%93.0%94.0%
 
VA & US History Test
201094.0%96.0%95.0%
200992.0%95.0%95.0%
200894.0%94.0%94.0%
 
World History I Test
201089.0%94.0%93.0%
200984.0%93.0%93.0%
200885.0%93.0%91.0%
 
World History II Test
201096.0%97.0%92.0%
200994.0%97.0%93.0%
200894.0%96.0%92.0%
 
Writing Test
201088.0%94.0%92.0%
200987.0%91.0%92.0%
200889.0%93.0%92.0%
 
Geography Test
200864.0%49.0%84.0%
 
Source: VA Department of Education 2009-2010

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