School Details

Marion Senior High School

848 Stage St, Marion, VA 24354
(276) 783-4731

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 712 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
  • Smyth County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Marion Senior High School is a public high school in Marion. The principal of Marion Senior High School is Mr. Mike Davidson. 712 students go to Marion Senior High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 46% of the 712 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Marion Senior High School is 19:1. Southwestern Va Mental Health Institute is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 96% 95%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 54%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    MSHS is a great school. Students are cared for by the administration. Students have opportunity to be successful.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former student of MSHS and I had an excellent experience there. I attended college at one of the most academically challenging schools in VA and I was well prepared for the coursework at college. I took honors and AP courses in high school in order to get ready for college. If students attending MSHS take honors courses and are willing to put in the work required to prepare for college they will do well. The majority of my teachers went above and beyond in the classroom. The teachers are not responsible for the academic success of students who are not willing to put in the effort needed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Marion is a very old school and very little money has been put into upkeep. Teachers have to buy their own supplies desks are falling apart and books are missing covers. The administration is weak and does not support the teachers. There are a few really good teachers but the overall environment is poor. If you have a choice send your children to Rural Retreat Chilhowie or Abingdon. All have better environment than Marion.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a parent I would expect the Prinicalp to Pay attention when a student or students tell them something and at least show interest in it and look into it

  • (6 years ago)

    I would rate this school with 3 out of 4 stars for all students and 4 out of 5 stars for the college bound. I am a parent and a retired teacher.

  • (6 years ago)

    When I was at Marion I had a lot of good friends and a great social life. Teacher wise they are awful. Most of them just like to give busy work and don't actually teach. A lot of them don't prepare you for the college life as I had to find that out the hard way.

  • (6 years ago)

    To be honest i had an excellent freshman sophomore and junior year at marion senior high due mainly to participation in the marching band those are the only memories of the place that i will remember fondly. Mr. Collins was an excellent director and made it as enjoyable as it was however apart from this there is nothing more to say in favor of the school. Of course with a few exceptions the faculty at this school is at best a joke at worst a complete disaster. Comprised primarily of young unexperienced instructors that in all likelyhood barely skated through their college degrees. While attempting to be unbiased in my criticism i cannot find a way around saying that the primary attitude of most of the faculty was that of a childish powertrip amongst other issues too numerous to list. truly dissapointing

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student I can honestly say I received a quality education and had a nice social life at MSHS. Would be nice if more things were offered after school and discipline is a joke. Other than that this was an awesome place.

  • (8 years ago)

    I will be a senior at Marion Senior High this year and to be honest it seems like I have had only five teachers of the twenty one of my high school career so far that seemed to actually care about the students. Many of them just seem to be so tired of teaching or just don't care at all resulting in apathy in the students low test scores discipline problems and so on. The only sports recognized at school are football and basketball. The band program has no money the school board doesn't seem to care.

  • (9 years ago)

    My Son is a sophomore in MSHS and I couldnt ask for a better school. I am sent emails dailiy of announcments. Holt Newman and Davidson are sure doing thier jobs. I give this school an A1.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love MSHS! Its awesome.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a sophomore at MSHS and for the most part we have a good school. Our principal is the best and we have a good environment. I do think that our discipline is not very high and kids get away with too much

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