School Details

Manchester High School

12601 Bailey Bridge Rd., Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 739-6275
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1927 students 18 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Manchester High School is a public high school in Midlothian. The principal of Manchester High School is Mr. Peter M. Koste. 1,927 students go to Manchester High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0% of the 1,927 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Manchester High School is 18:1. Clover Hill High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 59%
Hispanic 5% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 31% 28%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent at Manchester I have nothing but good to say. The staff and adminstrators have been TOP in directing my son's education. We have yet to find a teacher that isn't genuinely interested in his future. The school is a wonderful microcosm of the real world a diverse student population and a large array of activities. The administration is very supportive of all school activities attending games plays and concerts. You can tell they truly have pride in their students and school. Please keep in mind ALL high schools have "issues" - by nature of dealing with teenagers there will be fights and drama. Mancester is no different but is by no means a "problem". As well as all schools want and NEED better parent involvement but unfortuately some families do not have that as an option with their only responsibilities. MHS does however extend multiple chances for the parents to be able to jump in and help out. I have enjoyed my time being a Lancer mom and I know my son loves his school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Awesome school my child is challenged daily by a rigourous curriculum and the administration takes a proactive approach in handling the school's various issues. The faculty communicate with parents very effectively and efficiently.

  • (5 years ago)

    Manchester is a school of excellence and it is also a great place for student to excell with the excellent staff and different departments they have.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a alumni of Manchester High School I can honestly say that all the teachers give 110% all the time and truly care about every individual that enters their classroom. Manchester is over crowded but EVERY school in Chesterfield County is overcrowded. Mr. Koste is the best administrator ever and is always welcoming! If a student is not making satisfactory grades its obvious that they just does not care about their education. There are many extra curricular activities that inspire each and every student to be individualistic and creative. Coming from Thomas Dale High School as a freshman there is no comparison to this school! I could not have asked for a more positive high school experience. Thank you teachers staff and administration of Manchester!

  • (6 years ago)

    As a member of the Manchester family I would like to commend all of the faculty and staff for working so diligently to educate and keep our kids safe. The two SRO's that are 'stationed' there are a huge asset. Officer Hugate and Officer BB are great with the kids and the kids respect them tremendously. That along with a caring and consistent Administrative Team prpeares the kids for the real world without using the 'smoke and mirrors' that some other schools utilize to make them LOOK better. Manchester is the real deal a direct representation of the diversity that you will find in our society. Not to mention the Fine Arts Performing Arts and Athletics are second to none over all!

  • (7 years ago)

    Manchester is a great school and there are so many varieties of different classes to choose from. The specialty centers have so much to offer along with the athletics.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a principal and career educator myself. All I want from a school is for my daugghter to be able to learn what she goes to school to learn. She does that at Manchester High. Her experiences at MHS have prepared her for life after school. Therefore I am very satisfied.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son just started MHS a few weeks ago and so far we are impressed. The teachers seem to really be available to both parents and the students. They all seem to truly utilize and update schoolnotes.com which is a great help to the not so organized students. They also gave us some wonderful links for on-line help with both HW and studying. So far my son really likes all his teachers and hasn't run into any trouble. He is enrolled in their 'Success Program' and it is doing wonders for helping to not only organize him but to keep him current on all his work and HW. Tutoring is also available for free. We're looking forward to see how well this continues.

  • (8 years ago)

    Manchester is way too big. Everytime I go in there I get the feeling that it is on the verge of being out of control. I have never met a bad teacher (most have been very good for my two sons) but there is a lack of overall control by the administration. In talking with my kids and their friends there are many fights and other problems that go on there.

  • (8 years ago)

    Manchester High school has many wonderful extra-curricular activities for students good teachers and does well to encourage and motivate students. Unfortunately the school is horribly overcrowded. Driving to and from the school can be dangerous as there are way too many cars and not enough road to accomodate the heavy traffic. The county is redistricting so there is hope that it will be allieviate some of Manchester's problems- however the area continues to grow at an alarming pace so it may remain a problem for some time to come.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have not attended MHS yet for I do not start there as a Freshman until September 6 2005. However I have heard nothing but good things about it especially with addition of the new 'wing' for the Spanish Emersion Specialty Program to help solve the problem of overcrowding. I myself have heard the choruses of Manchester and have one thing to say about them- They're Outstanding! As a student choosing my electives I actually found myself overwelmed by all of my options- they have so many! Also many of the electives are geared toward careers and if taken could highly benefit those who are fairly confident in what they want to be. As for those who are not that far along there are many other choices. I was also surprised by the amount of clubs offered! I highly look foward to starting at MHS this fall!

  • (9 years ago)

    Manchester is one of the best schools in the area. Pete koste has done an amazing job as principal particularly in uniting the faculty and diverse student population. And that is the greatest thing about Manchester- its diversity. The importance of education is stressed at Manchester and challenges students to strive for excellence. To say that there are few fine or performing arts programs is ridiculous. The orchestra and bands recently recieved top scores at festivals. There are over 10 choirs at Manchester including three nationally recognized and highly awarded show choirs. The mixed choir is consistant grand champions and recognized as a top 10 choir in the nation. The girls chior has won two natioanl championships in the last three years. The sports teams at Manchester continue to grow in excellence including district champs in football track softball and cheerleading. Manchester is a great place to get an education hands down.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a former student at MHS I can honestly say that I consider myself lucky to have gone to Manchester. To say that there are few music art and sport classes is a complete lie seeing as there are numerous classes offered in each area (which can be seen at Manchester's website under 'Courses' http //www.chesterfield.k12.va.us/Schools/Manchester_HS/home.html). The teachers at MHS stress the importance of academics and push their students to do their best. Yes Manchester is overcrowded but with the opening of a new high school in Chesterfield County and the additional classrooms that are being built right now it seems that that will no longer be as much of a problem. Manchester is by far one of the best high schools in Virginia because it offers so much to its students. The academic program is fantastic and there are numerous after-school and in-school activities for students to participate in.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a senior that is about to graduate from Manchester High School. The academic programs are some of the best around. Even though there are two fabulous specialty programs the other students still get the great quality of teaching. This is not so at some of the other schools. There are countless after school activities and extracurricular courses. This creates a fun learning environment for students because they can choose classes they enjoy and excell in. This includes numerous chorus activities that have even won awards around the coutry for their performances. AS for the amount of students the school itself is so large it is not that noticable. I am proud to have gone to Manchester High School.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has decent classes and programs but the overcrowding of the school and the lack of quality of a majority of the students make it not worthwhile.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am honored to be a graduate of MHS. I felt that when I went on to college and now in my professional career I had a wonderful foundation. The thing is at MHS You are 'Expected to Well' and all of your teachers and administrators will make sure that it happens.

  • (10 years ago)

    The quality of the academic programs at Manchester High was and is still horrible. When I went to school in 1999 the programs were limited and closed-minded leaving the students no variety. There were and still are few music art and sport classes. As I recall when I went to school there was only two music both of which held countless numbers of students.

  • (10 years ago)

    As of June 2004 two of our three will have attended and graduated from Manchester High School.Their high school experience has been everything we as parents could have hoped for. It is because of redistricting that our third will attend another school in the fall. So with heavy hearts we move on. Our oldest has gone on to excel on the collegiate level and we fully expect that our second will follow suit. Our thanks to the administration and staff we appreciate your dedication to helping your students meet and surpass their goals. It has been a pleasure.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is awesome. It has a wonderful Spanish Immersion program where the kids graduate being bilingual! It has one of the top 20 choral groups in the country. The competetion chorus classes always bring home the awards!

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