School Details

Nansemond River High School

3301 Nansemond Pkwy, Suffolk, VA 23435
(757) 923-4101

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1485 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
  • Suffolk City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Nansemond River High School is a public high school in Suffolk. The principal of Nansemond River High School is Mr. Thomas W. Mclemore. 1,485 children attend Nansemond River High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 19% of the 1,485 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Nansemond River High School is 19:1. King`s Fork High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish


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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 57% 58%
White, non-Hispanic 38% 37%
Hispanic 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 40%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from this school in 2008 and graduated from VMI this year. This school's honors and AP courses prepared me for college level work and the staff took a genuine interest in my success. The biggest issue at this school is when students fall behind. Most lose interest in continuing to try to succeed and just scrape by. This school is the type of place where you get what you put in. If you do not want to succeed then you won't but if you truly care then it will care for you and help foster your development

  • (3 years ago)

    Pros - Administration at this school is very involved and accessible. They know each student and show a genuine interest in their success. Whenever I have had a concern they have always made it a point not only to meet with me but to follow up with me afterwards to let me know their findings. Academics are put before extracurricular activities. There is no tolerance for violence or fighting which is working with the students. Cons - They have a few teachers that are weak at best. Our experience with the French II teacher was less than positive. Several teachers have a propensity to show movies (some VERY juvenile) rather than to actually teach. In all fairness all schools are going to have some issues but our experience overall has been extremely positive. I have no regrets in having my student at this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    A couple of great teachers quite a few very good teachers and several slackers who should be fired but apparently can not be touched. The AP Calc program hasn't had a student receive a high score on the AP test in years except one from another school last year. Spanish II is very weak leaving the kids who reach Spanish III quite unprepared. Sports and activity opportunities are very good. Overall curriculum offered is strong. Principal is very engaged and knows every student. Parental involvement that I have seen for the most part is more toward complaining about their child's academic problems vice asking how they could engage and help out.

  • (7 years ago)

    This School is excelent its fun and alot of extra activities like sports and clubs. lunch is good and classes are amazing. only two downfalls though if you are absent unexused three times you fail

  • (8 years ago)

    Nansemond River High School is the best high school in Suffolk...I have had the honor of attending the school for 4 years...I'm in a numerous amount of clubs including the prestigious BETA club I'm also a varsity cheerleader (the basketball team is awesome)...the teachers are for the most part great..and I have met wonderful people. The best thing about Nansemond is that there are no cliques..and everyone can find there place here. Nansemond River High is the best. Go class of 2007..We rock!

  • (8 years ago)

    I totally agree with Mr. Ray. The communication between parents and school officals are extemely lacking. It seems the parent may try to open the lines of communication but their word is worthless in the eyes of the staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    The best high school in Suffolk no question. teachers are demanding academicly but also offer tutor help. Discipline is good although it seems problem kids from other schools end up here and cause disruption until they are moved out. The band is among the best in the state and athletics are reasonibly good especially boys basketball which has won something like the last 7 district championships. Though I don't like everything about it it is the best school for my child

  • (10 years ago)

    I think the school is great. It's easy to make friends and the students are pretty friendly. The lunch is very delicious and the girls are beautiful.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think Nansemond River is a pretty good school. My child is doing very well and I think the parent who said that they let students get away with anything is probably just talking about there own child because I've seen alot of students get maximum punishment.

  • (11 years ago)

    They seem to let the problem students get by with just about anything so they don't have to deal with it and the good students always seem to be picked on with nit pickey things which in turn makes them frustrated. Never take the word from a student or parent always the word from the teacher. It's time to be accountable for your position at NRHS.

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