Open High School

600 South Pine St, Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 780-4661

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 182 students Unknown students/teacher

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Standards of Learning End-of-Course (SOLEOC)

In 2013-2014 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. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Open High School is a public high school in Richmond. The principal of Open High School is Candace Veney-Chaplin. 182 students go to Open High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 36% of the 182 students here have subsidized lunches. Amelia Street Sp. Ed. is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 66% 81%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 10%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Great school. The absolute best teachers anywhere in the greater Richmond area. It feels as if our child were attending an elite university. It has been three years of intense intellectual growth for our son under the careful guidance of brilliant teachers and staff. There cannot be any better colleagues and life-long friends for our children attending this fabulous school. (And we are not even mentioning here the grand old building with large windows and high ceilings a block away from the river where our students have the privilege to study.)

  • (1 year ago)

    My youngest son is an alternate at Maggie Walker and it is very likely that he will get in. However throughout our high school decision process for our youngest son our top choice remains Open High School. Our older son currently attends Open and we could not be more pleased truly exceptional teachers caring and highly skilled staff great students and an outstanding learning environment sum up our experience. Like other parents I am glad that we did not capitulate and opt for suburbia or private school. Open High School is the very best investment you can possibly make in your child's future.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school indeed. Students are highly motivated teachers are outstanding. Many students this year were accepted in very and most competitive schools respectively. Yes they do teach to ensure that students' SOL performance is up to par - they are a Virginia public high school. But they excel where it matters top-college admittance.

  • (1 year ago)

    Going against a previous rating by a parent suggesting that teachers overly emphasis on SOLs all teachers in the state of Virginia must have their students pass or are otherwise fired. I have had multiple open discussions about this with teachers and other students about why this is. Teachers endlessly want to change this and fulfill their job of inspiring students to learn. OHS steps out of the box of the typical 'cookie-cutter' school. This school attempts to revolutionize the American School System. As a result students must adapt to its learning environment but most benefit from this in the end enormously.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is no other school like Open. Above and beyond. A+ education that will last a lifetime.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mission statement is incongruent with school culture and faculty behavior. Large emphasis by faculty on SOL's. Great ideology poor implementation and practice.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my second year at Open High School. I really enjoy the school. The teachers are all amazing and I learn a lot from them. They are also very friendly and allow students to call them by their first name. Everyone knows one another at this school and the teachers are always there to help! The freedom is another unique thing about Open. I get to go where ever I want for lunch. This is the only school that I know about that allows their students to do this. The fact that I get the opportunity to take courses at J Sarge and VCU is another great thing about Open. I would absolutely recommend Open to anyone!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter attended a private school through middle school but decided she wanted to go to Open for HS. She has been very happy there! The facilities are nothing compared to her pvt school but the teachers and staff at Open are amazing. Open gives the kids a lot of room to be very independent. The teachers treat the students as equals--kids even call the teachers by their first names. It's more like college than HS in my opinion. We could not be happier!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school a community of scholars. The students and faculty care about one another. Lots of learning can happen here. My daughter felt accepted and excelled here. Kids get a taste of independence. Teachers really care and love a challenge. We have also sent our child to Appomattox Regional Governor's School--Open was a much better fit. The teachers at ARGS outside the specialities were not nearly as well prepared as at Open.--It is not worth the travel time with Open in town.

  • (8 years ago)

    Been here one year and loved everyday i've also learned a lot and made some friends along the way its a great school

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is very well organized. My child had a very good time here. He enjoyed all of the different types of classes that were offered. He also enjoyed all of the college classes he had the opportunity to attend. All in all this is a very good school that I would recommend to anyone who values independence.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a 2002 graduate of Open High and I have to say that attending this school was the best decision I ever made. The teachers and students alike made me a stronger person. You have the feeling of being independent yet the teachers made sure you are always on the right track. Your child will not get the same experience of OHS at any other high school. I full recommend this school and you and your child will not regreat it.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a student at Open High I am very pleased to with my experience so far. I have made many open-minded and unique friends at Open. The teachers are great and the principle is like a second mother to the students. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else!

  • (10 years ago)

    I feel that Open High school has been a great place for my child to attend. Everyone on the staff has been very cooperative with me when I need any information. The principal is a wonderful person she keeps me very informed on my childs grades and his participation in his classes. I am so pleased with my son going to this school opposed to him going to the zone school in my area. My husband and I are pleased to say that we now have our son graduating and our second child attending open high in the fall. We will continue to support this school and the staff.Keep up the great work.

  • (10 years ago)

    This high shcool tries to camo itself by saying it's an alternative school it's really just like any other bad public school in Richmond. The principal is rude and plays favorites with students the facilities are a joke and the whole system makes a joke of the idea of an 'alternative school' by making it just as bad as TJ or Armstrong. Private schools are the way to go for Richmond high schools.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has truly lived up to my expectations in delivering quality education to my child. Once I purchased a home in the City of Richmond I found out that my children would have to attend zoned schools that in my opinion were horrible. I was pleased when my child was accepted into Open. She continues to make great grades and the whole experience has been a positive one. I would recommend Open to those who are looking for a unique approach to learning exposure to the college experience and caring staff interested in the development of your child. Thank you Open High!

  • (12 years ago)

    Open High School is a refreshing change from the inner city norm of schools in the Richmond area. It allows the students to exercise taking responsibility for their lives ahead and also to be a part of the decision making process of their educational careers. The teachers are very dedicated and the principal is committed to making Open High a successfull endeavor.

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