Amherst County High School

139 Lancer Lane, Amherst, VA 24521
(434) 946-2898

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1440 students 18 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2013-2014 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Amherst County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Amherst County High School is a public high school in Madison Heights. The principal of Amherst County High School is Mr. Haywood Hand. 1,440 students go to Amherst County High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 40% of the 1,440 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Amherst County High School is 18:1. Central Va. Training Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 68%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 24%
Hispanic 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from Amherst County High School in 2005. I thouroughly enjoyed my time at Amherst. The teachers and staff at the school were very helpful day in and day out. Most teachers welcomed questions and were very available if more help was needed outside of the classroom. I played sports while at Amherst and thought the coaching staffs were just as helpful and guiding. They made sure that grades were where they needed to be before students were able to participate in each sport. Also grades would be checked periodically throughout the term of the sport to make sure each student was staying on top of their studies. Overall the years I spent at Amherst County High School were some of the greatest years I've had and I owe it all to the faculty and students for making it such a pleasant experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have lots of friends whose children go to Amherst and they have nothing but the nicest things to say about this school. They love the administration and feel their kids are getting and have had the best education. I asked these questions because I am a booster member and have great concerns for the kids. Yes they have a great football program. This is a great school and has great community support as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is a student at ACHS. I have spent a lot of time comparing the high school to the surrounding school systems. ACHS is performing very well in the area of SOL testing and accreditation. The test scores surpassed many of the city schools. The school offers advanced classes AP courses Early College and the Gov. school. The opportunities are there the students and parents need to take full advantage of them.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a student at ACHS. The teachers do a fine job as long as they like the student. There is alot of bullying at this school that is not taken as serious as it should be. If your child is an athlete they will do fine otherwise best hope they have very good grades.

  • (6 years ago)

    I believe that the high school does prepare the students for college. If your child is not doing well at the school it is not because he/she is not in a good school it is that they have legitimate problems with a subject or with the concept of school. And on the subject of the facilities at the school know this Amherst does not receive the same budget as the city schools do because Amherst is not a city. The county can not provide the school with the money it would need to make the whiners happy because it is a county school. If parents want to make the school better they would have to find a way to increase funds going towards renovating the school or building a new one.

  • (6 years ago)

    Based on the reviews about the great facilities what if your kid is not into football? So far I have found the teachers to be great! I was relieved to find out that my childs classes have such a good ratio of teachers and students. I look forward to 4 successful years with or without the benefit of great football facilities...

  • (7 years ago)

    People are wrong to think that the high school is anything less then wonderful! Of course there is a good football team but this is a football county. The teachers adn all staff are just wonderful. I gradulated in spring of 2005 and I do miss going there.

  • (8 years ago)

    I currently have a child enrolled at ACHS. Poor facilities? They have the best high school football facility in central Virginia. My child who has attended private school in the past (and unfortunately is not an A student) does very well under the guidance of their teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    This schools main focus is on athletics and they did win state football. The students are not ready for college unless they go to governor's school or take college classes at Sweet Briar or CVCC. The parent support of the music and theatre programs are great but you can see by the lack of funding and poor facilities compares to other local public high schools( Glass Nelson Haritage) where the priorities are.

  • (10 years ago)

    I graduated from ACHS in the spring of 2004 and the one thing that I absolutely loved about that school was the faculty especially the guidance counselors and prinicipals. They were always very understanding and caring when problems came about. There are also some very outstanding teachers without whom I may not have survived my senior year! My biggest complaint- the food! But in the bigger picture the food is just one minute detail.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have two children who graduated from Amherst County High School. Both graduated with 15-18 college credits and are currently in two of Virginia's finest Universities. They have found support from caring teachers and staff. The choral program is one of the best! The school's willingness to work with parents and students in a caring manner has improved 100% within the past 4 years. A big thank you goes to the administration staff parents and students who are helping make Amherst County Schools on of the best in Virginia.

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