School Details

Indian River High School

1969 Braves Trl, Chesapeake, VA 23325
(757) 578-7000

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1667 students 17 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

Indian River High School is a public high school in Chesapeake. The principal of Indian River High School is Mrs. Naomi R. Dunbar and can be contacted at 1,667 students go to Indian River High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 26% of the 1,667 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Indian River High School is 17:1. Veritas Christian Academy 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
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 52% 35%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 55%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Hispanic 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 26% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Indian River High School has only had positive effects on me as a person as a student and as a rising adult. This school's teaching staff is highly dedicated to say the least. Central I believe to what makes this school among the highest caliber is that it mirrors the real world. It not only teaches one how to take a standardized test but how to live in an unpredictible and complex world. Students at this school almost always have a desire to learn. This school not only appreciates originality but also encourages it. I have never felt prosecuted for the person that I am and anyone here will be able to tell you the same thing. Coming from Greenbrier Middle School I was accostomed to a controlling limiting environment. Upon the first few days as a freshmen at this school I realized that the student body and teachers were open to helping me whether it was with helping me understand a math lesson or with helping me with a private matter. I feel lucky to go to this school. Many of my friends from my middle school went to Oscar Smith and constantly tell me about how unfortunate they feel to be there. As for me I feel blessed to be a Brave. Never have I felt so lucky.

  • (7 months ago)

    Indian River is the most terrible high school in chesapeake! Literally!!! My daughter went to Indian River for her freshman year and she came home crying everyday. I finally transferred her to Oscar smith and she is now a rising junior! She loves it there!!!! If you are a parent looking for a high school go check out OSCAR SMITH HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Indian River is a fantastic high school with a dedicated teaching staff. I had a child graduate from there in 2008 & I currently have a freshman enrolled there. The sports and orchestra programs are terrific at Indian River and the students get a chance to stay active and form great friendships. We love Indian River high school. Go Braves!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I miss that school. Let's Go Braves! It was much better than King's Fork High School where there is more of a strict and stiff atmosphere.

  • (5 years ago)

    To say the least Indian River is blessed with a diversely populated student body eclipsing several social and ethnic types; as a result students are exposed to a socially nuanced atmosphere a great plus to life after high school and college.

  • (6 years ago)

    i used to be student at IRSH. ive moved unfortunatilly to a new school Pasquotank County High School. i love it at the best school ever IRHS if i had it my way id still be an IRHS brave... what am i saying i am always gonna be an IRHS brave no matter what school im in. and as for Mr. Frye he is the best principle ever.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had 2 sons attend Indian River High School . I have to say that Mr. Frye the principle is one of the most involved leaders I have ever seen . He is never too busy to talk to a student or parent. His staff will work as hard as possible to assist a student who seeks help. Both of my sons one graduated in 2006 ranked 16th in his class and my youngers is now a senior ranked 10 th in his class. I have to say Indian River High School is the best school in Chesapeake warm friendly diverse and the best staff of teachers in the city

  • (8 years ago)

    We've had 2 sons graduate from IRHS and have a daughter currently attending. If your children are motivated they will have an opportunity to get a good education. The building is old but the teachers are generally dedicated and interested. In sports IRHS usually ranks in the middle of the Chesapeake pack but sometimes breaks out and surprises the big dogs.

  • (9 years ago)

    I'm not actually a parent but a student. Indian River high school is an excellent start to a better future. The principal (Mr. Frye) is amazing and stays in touch w his students. When a student is having a hard time there is a teacher around every corner eager to help you. Not only are the teachers excellent but the teaching is excellent as well.

  • (9 years ago)

    Since 2003 our test scores have increased substantially. This coupled with the exceptional leadership of the principal and the caring competent staff make Indian River one of Chesapeake's better high schools. The diverse population of both the student body and the staff encourage tolerance and lends itself to a safe environment. I am extremely proud of this school and its accomplishments. Kathleen Mayo Math Dept.

  • (10 years ago)

    It needs a good refurbishing of sorts but the school has a warm and caring staff.

  • (10 years ago)

    Very nice school. Big with alot of courses to choose from.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son graduated last year and my daughter is currently attending. Fully accredited--one of the better schools in the Hampton Roads area. Diverse student and teacher population. Involved and caring teachers and parents. Principal exerts good leadership. All of this makes for a balanced environment that is not overly competitive but does motivate the student to achieve.

  • (11 years ago)

    This ia one of the gretest schools i've ever been to

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