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Louisa High School outperforms area counterparts on SOLs

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Louisa County High School students outperformed the majority of their counterparts in 12 surrounding school districts in Standards of Learning test results this past spring.

Science, math and history scores at LCHS ranked second among 12 schools in the area, with English scores within the top four of area school divisions. Western Albemarle High School’s scores placed first in all categories.

For a district that is slightly below average when it comes to per pupil expenditures, Louisa school officials are pleased that they are getting positive results while spending less than several other school divisions.

Louisa County school administrators estimate that, after removing earthquake-related expenditures that other school districts don’t have, the total per pupil expense for last fiscal year was $10,332. Albemarle’s per pupil expenditure was $12,251 for the same period.

Thirty-seven high school students in Louisa County achieved perfect scores of 600 during the spring testing and 36 others scored in the advanced range at over 500.  One-hundred percent of students who took the chemistry SOL passed.

“We’re excited,” LCHS principal Tom Smith said.

Despite the upheaval of the 2011 Mineral Earthquake, which destroyed the high school and one elementary school, students have excelled. Assistant Superintendent of Administration Doug Straley attributes that success to the resiliency of both staff and students.  Smith agreed.

“They didn’t miss a beat. They got in there and they got it done, and figured out ways, especially during that earthquake year with the transition,” Smith said. “It’s reflective of the hard work that our staff puts in.”

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Central Virginian.