School Details

Galax High School

200 Maroon Tide Dr, Galax, VA 24333
(276) 236-2991
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 503 students 21 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL 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
  • Galax City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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
  • Galax City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Galax High School is a public high school in Galax. The principal of Galax High School is Dr. Jody D. Ray. 503 students attend Galax High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 51% of the 503 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Galax High School is 21:1. Landmark Baptist Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 71% 66%
Hispanic 18% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 55%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Galax is not a great school. Most of the students do not behave at all and are mean to the teachers and the teachers won't do anything about it. Many of the teachers will tell you what to study for a test or quiz and the quiz will be completely different than what they gave you to study. Some teachers do this all the time and the students will fail their quiz and they will wonder why. The school has some very good teachers that teach very well others not so much. The students are the worst part. There is a lot of racism that for on here at Galax and nothing is done about it.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm a graduate of Galax High School and I am SO glad I chose Galax over other schools in the area. The administration and staff clearly push the kids to a higher level of achievement. Other schools tend to set low expectations for the students but Galax always sets high expectations as far as academics and college admittance. Through the AP classes and dual enrollment I was able to enter college with enough credits to be considered a sophomore! The other schools simply don't push as hard as Galax and it shows in the SOL scores. Galax is great and I would definitely send my kids there to properly prepare them for college.

  • (5 years ago)

    i think galax high school is the best high school around there football team could use some work but the rest of the sports excels alot galax always has great sol scores and the teachers would do anything for you if u need help they are very passionate about there job and u can tell i think your stupid if u dont put ur kids in galax high school and there is heardly any fights cause we have a resourse officer there so if u think galax is a bad school your wrong sorry it is the best school around this area and i mean the best in academics and in sports and it has small classes so you learn more than you would if you was in a bigger school and also not many students drop out some do like all schools but alot of galax high schoolers graduate and

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a graduate of Galax High School and believe me when I say that this school is amazing. Every kid gripes about their school that's natural. They complain about the food but when I was there the food was good the teachers were very interactive and I learned a lot. They have several programs to help kids excel. And every school is going to have a discipline issue. They're KIDS. It happens. This school is nice the staff is wonderful and you're lucky if you can find a school like this without the gang violence the drug problems and other major issues you find in bigger schools. I recommend this school to any child.

  • (6 years ago)

    as a parent of two children who attend galax i am verry concerned with the safty of my kids.The school is undergoing rentovation.The school is not clean the food is pretty bad.My outlook on the school is the kids are running the school.The teachers are great.But everyone seems to have trouble keeping the kids in line.Boys wearing paints hung to the knees girls dressed in SHORT cloths.Looks like someone needs to take control.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a current senior at Galax High School and I firmly believe that this is the best high school in the area. Despite the small size Galax excels in both athletics and academics. Through programs like the Linwood Holton Governor's School the Southwest Virginia Governor's School and AP and College classes I have been able to study above and beyond high school standards. Galax may have few immediate resources but the administration strives to push students to a higher level of achievement.

  • (9 years ago)

    I dont agree with the other reviews either you dont really know anything about the school unless you have recently been there i believe the teachers and principals are really awsome and with an enrollment of 450 how can a staff of 40 keep that completley under control your going to have some fights no matter what but really has calmed down

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a recent graduate of the school (05) and I disagree with the reviews. The classes are challenging and the teachers interact well with students. Principal Sturgill is probably the best thing to happen to that school in quite some time. He always sought the advice of students to get things changed. When the old principal was there there were fights all the time. Last year there were two. Maybe three. Students complain so they get their way. Don't buy into that stuff right off parents. Parents need to be more involved if anything.

  • (10 years ago)

    Galax City Public schools are okay but they could be a whole lot better! They are nasty and the new principal isn't really doing a good job of keeping these kids safe! The other day my children came home saying that two girls got in a fight now if the teachers really watched these kids then that wouldn't have happened would it?

  • (10 years ago)

    My son hated Galax Public schools. The teachers would just pass out the work and go over it a little bit. They didnt go over the work enough for students to learn it. If you had any sense you would not put your kids in Galax Publics Schools.

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