School Details

Hickory High School

1996 Hawk Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 421-4295

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1775 students 19 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade


Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2011-2012 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. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Chesapeake Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hickory High School is a public high school in Chesapeake. The principal of Hickory High School is Mrs. Alfredia C. Turner and can be contacted at 1,775 students attend Hickory High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 4% of the 1,775 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hickory High School is 19:1. Great Hope Baptist School 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
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 86% 55%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 35%
Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Hickory High School has a great group of students and teachers. The parent involvement is spectacular. The building looks normal from the outside but inside you will notice an amazing space. It's design lets in tons of natural light and the halls are clean and bright. You can see natural elements from every direction with the open air courtyard. Everyone at Hickory always seems so bright and cheerful even when you are the parent who didn't know what you were supposed to do. They help out get it all fixed and your student is taken care of. The amazing thing is how well prepared my child seems. She knows exactly what's expected of her starting now as a freshmen and what she needs to do over the next 4 years. We are really excited to be at Hickory!

  • (3 years ago)

    Hickory High School used to be the best but in three years it's Great Schools rating has dropped from a 10 to a 7! The most noticeable change is the 13 point drop in SOL History scores and the other meausrable drops in core subject SOL scores. The principal spends too much time socializing with the staff and very little time monitoring the continual decline regarding academics. The Guidance Department is filled with less than enthusiastic counselors who do the bare minimum for the students. Security at the school is a joke especially the police officer who is supposed to monitor the school yet is no where to be seen. The only bright spot is the Arts program.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from Hickory June 2011. We had a great experience in this school. The teachers really connected with the students and went above and beyond to make sure the student got what they needed. My son is in Hickory Middle School and he just loves it there. I'm afraid if we have to move the next school won't come near in comparison with Hickory.

  • (3 years ago)

    HHS has been a wonderful experience for my son and our family the last 4years. The administration seems to know all the kids (about 2000 for '11) as well as the parents that frequently volunteer here. My son attended HMS for 2&1/2 years and Dr. Koonce set a fine example for the students faculty and parents. Mrs. Turner at HHS has her finger on the pulse of what's happening. VERY SAFE environment!! Scantron machine is in all the Chesapeake schools which helps keep our kids safe. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HICKORY HIGH SCHOOL!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter just finished her Junior year at Hickory. Except for the guidance counseling which is a bit thin for college prep I couldn't ask for a better school with great teachers involved parents awesome music department and extra curricular activities. Once Grassfield High School was opened the over crowding subsided.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had one child graduate and one child still there. We love the school. It is tops with everything.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school is basically good. Rules are enforced and I feel my children are safe. There are way too many students for the staff. The guidance department in virtually non-existant. If you want a school where your child will get individual attention look for a smaller school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Outstanding high school in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Excels academically musically and athletically.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two sons attending Hickory High School. This will be my oldest son's third year at HHS. There are a lot of students here but it is always under control and the kids are very respectful of the rules. The courses available are awesome. One of my children is in all honors classes the other child is in need of Special Services through an IEP. Hickory meets all needs for all children- that I can attest to! They have a wonderful AP courseload for the super motivated students. HHS also provides exceptional Special Education resources. The teachers ALWAYS keep the communication lines open. The guidance department is always ready to assist no matter the need. The building is extremely clean and boasts all sorts of ammenities. I have nothing but praise for the dedicated staff and administrators at HHS!

  • (6 years ago)

    the school its self is wonderful.just a few of the teachers have probelms with teaching.but overall this year has been such a great experiance.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am actually a student at this school. I love it. The teachers are great the band program (mainly the marching band) is very good actually the music program in general. Yes it is a bit crowded but only in certain areas. I would recommend this school to any parent.

  • (8 years ago)

    Before moving to Hickory I thought that I would not like this school at all. After my freshmen year I loved it. The teachers were wonderful the school overall had a lot of clubs and extra-curricular activities the students were nice and it made you want to get up and go to school everyday. To me the overcrowding wasn't an issue. It never bothered me until the last day of school when everyone just lumbered around the hallways. Most of the time you wont even notice it. This school is very disciplined. It is well kept and I would recomment it to anybody! I am looking forward to finishing out my High School years here.

  • (8 years ago)

    great school but absolutely no diversity

  • (9 years ago)

    Great School great teachers. The only problem is that everyone wants to go to Hickory causing a terrible overcrowding problem.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school despite problems with overcrowding! I have 2 children a daughter who just graduated and a son who's a rising junior. HHS offers a wide variety of honors and AP courses as well as excellent options for kids with special needs. (The city also has a parent resource center that is great help in navigating resources for special needs kids.)Assistant principal Dr. Judge and the guidance department are especially helpful when you ask for help. Art and drama depts are very strong. Don't miss taking Latin from Mrs. Brooks and Dr. Wade. Lots of extracurricular activities -- sports music drama clubs. Lots of parent involvement. Somehow kids feel special at HHS. When we offered our children the choice of going to a prominent less-crowded private school the answer was 'No way!'

  • (9 years ago)

    I've had three sons graduate from Hickory the youngest this year. I can't begin to say enough about this school the staff Mrs. Byrd Mr Hicks Mrs. Turne are all the best. My sons have wonderful memories of their time at Hickory especially their years in chorus and drama. Mr. Rob has had such a positive impact on all three of my sons. My youngest is going into music education because of what he has seen in Mr. Rob. I'm so thankful for all the positive character traits that have been instilled into my children by all these wonderful people. Thank you all.

  • (10 years ago)

    Hickory High is truly above the rest. The students overall are a great group of young people. The school itself is clean and well maintained. The music programs are all superb particularly the choral program which is a perennial award winner. As far as academics the SAT and SOL scores speak for themselves. The only drawback is that the school is becoming crowded a direct result of its great reputation. As a parent I can't imagine any school that would have served my student better than Hickory High.

  • (10 years ago)

    This High school is the tops in Chesapeake Caring Guidance Counselors & Staff If you are thinking of moving to this area Deffinatly keep in mind Hickory Schools are listed in the top of the states list for schools!

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