James River High School4

Midlothian, VA | Chesterfield County

December 18, 2014

We have senior and sophomore sons at James River, both on college-bound tracks. We have found the teachers to be exceptional, striving within the constraints of SOLs and other regulations to provide creative, up-to-date and engaging educational opportunities. Our older son has a mental health condition that impacts his schoolwork and teachers have worked with him individually to help him learn. Our younger son is a self-starter and appreciates the organizational rigor of the curriculum and the just right mix of discipline and freedom afforded (the hour-long lunch for all especially). Both sons have played sports at JR and the coaches have been simply wonderful, committed and skilled. All that said, there are significant challenges. The guidance counselor has been entirely unhelpful in dealing with our older son's challenges, many of the students are from nearby high income households and behave like entitled snobs, and there is not much ethnic diversity. Like all Chesterfield high schools, classes start at 7:20 am, way too early for high school kids, in my book.

Submitted by a parent

June 6, 2014

This could be a great school, if your child is mainstream and learns "by the book" However, if your child has ADD or/and LD, they are very stingy with assistance. My daughter has ADD and math LD documented by professional psychologist. We were not granted an IEP, just the 504. The 504 makes the student accountable, which is great in theory but highly uncomfortable to the student. The IEP makes the SCHOOL accountable. And it appears, resources are saved for people who know how to work the system or bring in lawyers. On a positive note, my daughter did well in classes that were not math based. But she felt oppressed and judged and therefore did not embrace many opportunities or activities at James River. Very disappointed. She is very talented and I know will do great things in life, but no thanks to James River High School

Submitted by a parent

January 13, 2012

Coming to work here does not feel like work. The air here is full of friendliness and acceptance. Our school has something for everyone. Whether you are an academic, an athlete, a gamer, etc -- there is an organization waiting for you to join. In response to an earlier rating, there IS an organization that helps transfer students of all grades integrate into our school and that group is the Peer Facilitators. This group gives tours to new students, throws lunch parties for new students, and helps them become acquainted with the students and faculty. James River High is a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and is highly recommended.

Submitted by a teacher

September 15, 2011

This is our first year here, and it's my daughters senior year. We moved to the area one week before the school started and the counselor's and staff worked very hard and fast to get her honors and ap classes scheduled and really made her schedule work. They have also helped us in many ways already, being a single mom that has been so important. She likes her teachers so far. She just can't get her honors diploma due to not having room for the spanish III class. NC has different requirements. But again, the staff has been excellent with helping us! Love it here so far....!

Submitted by a parent

October 14, 2010

Excellent leadership, caring teachers, diverse student body, beautiful facility....a GREAT place to work!

Submitted by a teacher

September 9, 2009

We moved here last year from out of state and my son is a Junior this year. The school doesn't have any programs for integrating kids coming into the High School (past their freshman year). He found it very hard to make friends and break into social circles. However, we've been very pleased with the Principal, teachers and all the programs the school has to offer. They're sure to find something that interests them.

Submitted by a parent

September 8, 2009

So far my son is very pleased with his freshman year at JRHS. Of course we are just early into the year and he loves the block schedules. We will see how the first report card is!!!

Submitted by a parent

January 22, 2009

My daughter is a Freshman at James River and is having a very good experience so far. The principal is Wonderful. She is very challenged and the teachers offer lots of extra help during lunch and after school when it is needed. The number of choices of electives is incredible.

Submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009

My son is only a freshman, but so far we are very pleased. The staff actually has a positive attitude and wants the students to make the most of their time there. The principal is a gem. The school is run like a sensible business.

Submitted by a parent

July 8, 2008

I attended James River from 2005-2008. I had spent my freshman year in a different state, and I was amazed at all the courses available. The science department is excellent, especially the forensic chemistry class and vertebrate anatomy. The English department prepares students extremely well. The school itself is beautiful and well maintained. I loved my entire time there.

February 27, 2008

This academic facility is apsolutly fabulous! I greatly enjoy the children and staff there!

Submitted by a parent

August 17, 2007

This school saved my child! The administration, faculty, and staff are all warm, wonderful, and very willing to go that extra mile to help kids who struggle academically. Their nurturing attitudes help kids to try harder and succeed. The guidance department not only helps kids prepare their applications for college, they also made contacts with the colleges going that extra mile and help kids with admissions, too.

Submitted by a parent

August 1, 2007

Outstanding academic curriculum. Many activities for students to be involved. Top notch staff.

Submitted by a parent

January 24, 2007

The principle at this school is absolutely amazing. He often attends activities outside of the school, such as athletic competitions, band events, etc. He truly shines above and beyond. He's friendly, good natured, and not overly harsh. While he does run a hard ship- with dress code, and such. He expects his students to succeeded and has implemented many policies to allow this. Over all the school is extremely well rounded, having highly competitive athletics, art programs, and a phenomenal music program. While there are countless amazing teachers, there are the few unreasonable 'duds'. This school nurtures and encourages students to achieve all that they can. It, unfortunately, is not the place for the under-achiever-these types of students can fall through the cracks. That does not mean if your child is struggling, they will be thrown aside- this is not the case, many times teachers are more than willing to help.

Submitted by a parent

December 1, 2006

I enjoy attending this school. In my opinion there is no racial tension. For the most part there are excellent teachers. I am taking AP World History and my teacher is amazing. I was supposed to go to Godwin in Henrico, but I moved here and I'm glad. There are more ethnic backgrounds here compared to Godwin. It is a Blue Ribbon School and the library is one of the best in the country. We have many opportunities in extra-curricular activities, and if your interested in the armed forces the army and navy recruiters come to visit our schools during lunches. Our football team isn't one to brag about, but most of our other teams are very good. We're putting on the play It's a Wonderful Life this Friday and Saturday and its supposed to be excellent. Overall I give my school a 4

Submitted by a student

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