Franklin County High School

700 Tanyard Rd, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 | (540) 483-0221
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Student Enrollment: 2,291
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3 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
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Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 2,291
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 132.7
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 17.3
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 1,169 (51.0%)
  • Females: 1,118 (48.8%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 182 (7.9%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 750 (32.7%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 932 (40.7%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Franklin County High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian60.3%
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Franklin County High School
  Number Percent
9th Grade67829.6%
10th Grade59425.9%
11th Grade47820.9%
12th Grade54123.6%
Source: VA Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 3

3 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
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6 reviews for Franklin County High School

  • Reviewed by Student on September 23, 2010
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • the school is ridiculous on rules because a couple of convicts have messed things up for everyone else! Its very aggravating that when a student accidentally knocks a case of a fire alarm he could have up to 10 days of OSS! Making them fail for the semester affecting the rest of their life as they go into college, all because of knocking a fire alarm with your bookbag. You even could fail for standing up for one of your friends who was getting bullied, after you reports numerous times, then you get in a 5 second brawl with him making you fail for the semester!
  • Reviewed by Student on August 24, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My family moved to Franklin County before my freshman year of high school. I attended this school, and immediately realized that the standards were relatively low. Many students don't learn to their highest potentials, and as one of the parents previously said, the administrators almost advertise the lower level programs as good options for students. Classes are often taught to the lowest possible level, even in higher level classes. The teachers in general are focused on having their students pass the SOL tests, but not on actually understanding what the content means so that students can apply it outside the classroom (I have witnessed this during the T/A classes I took during my freshman and sophomore years, with a few exceptions).

    This being said, the teachers at the high school for the most part are very friendly, but have to enforce the constantly-changing list of often outrageous school rules. For a student to receive a discipline "referral" is very common.

    There are many extracurricular activities offered here (the band program has GREATLY improved in the past few years, and I would highly recommend it) and the teachers offer tutoring after school for students who need assistance. However, one must take initiative and go to tutoring himself. The teachers I have had usually do not tell students to attend tutoring sessions, the student has to realize he or she needs help (which is good preparation for college).

    This school overemphasizes football in my opinion. While the football team is very good, I do not believe that FCHS needs to be sports-centered. The emphasis should be placed more on academics (although that's just me talking).

    There are students here who have gone on to attend Ivy League universities, but I have observed that many of these higher-achieving students attend the Roanoke Valley Governor's School for half of every day, and take AP classes at FCHS. AP options are somewhat limited, with next to no options for freshmen and sophomores.

    My verdict: Franklin County High School isn't awful, but there are better schools. As the only public high school in the county, there aren't too many other options if you live in the county and don't want to spend extra for a private education. However, if you can afford it, consider attending an area private school.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on July 13, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • If this school spent as much time into the child's education as they do making ridiculous rules ex: attendance policy, then they would rate higher in my book!
    If your child has asthma/allergies/ or any condition that threatens their health, do not attend FCHS! They hold illness and dental visits against your child! If your child misses part of a class due to DR appt, you may as well leave them out all day because they school is going to count him/her absent! That missed time counts as one full absent and that is WITH a DR's excuse! RIDICULOUS!
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on June 30, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My son Jonathatn is entering this school 2010-2011 school year, I am hoping for a pleasant parent-teacher open communication line. I am his mother and I reside in Philadelphia, Pa. I have provided my parental info and I hope the school utilize it in a positive way.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on April 22, 2010
  • Rating: 2 (2 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The administrators for each building don't seem to communicate with each other or the principal, and certainly not with us parents. Every meeting I have attended began late (1 hour or more), yet they give students referrals for being late to class. School rules are ever-changing and ridiculous. Teachers/administrators seem to choose the students they dislike and harass them freely. I even had 2 administrators tell me that the GED was a "wonderful" option to offer a student. Hope your experience is better than our family's has been.

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