Richmond Magazine’s Tina Griego and Mark Robinson looked in to the data available for the region’s high schools and put together a comparative ranking, with Armstrong HS coming in next-to-last:
In the end, the schools with the highest poverty rates still tended to fall to the bottom of the ranking, even among their peers. But Henrico County’s Varina High School climbed among its group, largely because it has one of the smallest achievement gaps between black and white students in the region. A couple of outliers also emerged. Hanover County’s Lee Davis High School scored far below its peers largely because it reported a smaller percentage of students graduating with advanced diplomas and enrolled in advanced coursework over the last three school years. Richmond Public Schools’ George Wythe High School tumbled on the safety score. Over the last three school years, its administrators have reported an average of 1,425 student offenses, most under the category of disruptive or disorderly behavior, which is up to each school to define as it sees fit. No other school came close to reporting as many offenses.
Of note, Open High, Community High, and Franklin Military were not included in the rankings.
A similar exercise in 2011 ranked Martin Luther King MS next-to-last among the region’s middle schools.