About This School
Magnet schools are public schools that offer a specialized curriculum or educational philosophy, often with a specific focus or theme. Magnet schools promote student diversity because they are open to students outside the normal school district boundaries and often attract high caliber students through competitive programs. See First Colonial High School's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, First Colonial High School had 20 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Virginia average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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First Colonial High School Reviews
My kids have had a FANTASTIC experience at FCHS. There are groups of "not so great" neighborhoods who feed into FC , but by and large, the kids from Alanton/Baycliff/Little Neck are into their education, have involved parents, are highly involved in student activities and are the vast majority of students there. The legal studies Academy also brings in highly movitated students. There are very strong teachers who go way above and beyond to teach and make sure kids understand. All 3of my kids have been accepted into Magnet and Advanced schools from elementary on, including the IB program and Math and Science Academy in VB (which one attended) but I would say the education is abolutely top notch in the Advanced curriculum area-- (current VT student went to FC and got great prep) . If by "inner city" the writer means racially, I would say there's not a high school in VB that isn't the same except Cox where the drug purchases are just the more expensive variety...Diversity in school is a GOOD thing...the world is not homogenous. And truly, any high school experience is what the kids make of it...can be great, can be 4 years of complaining, but as with all schools who have challenging populations, if your kid is a good kid, the teachers have them in their sights, they become the leaders in the school and can be a big fish in the pond.
This is a school that has changed tremendously over the years. It certainly has begun to fall out of favor with many families who can afford private education for their children. The demographics have changed, and it is far from a middle to upper middle class school and has been moving towards being an inner-city school. Districting is a mess for this school. Too many fights, weak administration, and a much larger, rough disrespective population has put this school in decline. Too much time is wasted on discipline problems which are allowed to remain in the school. On a positive note, great crew team, good teachers, and some decent extracurricular activities are offered. Unfortunately, the good does not outweigh the bad at First Colonial. This past year the local paper reported it was in the top five of high schools in the city and surrounding cities for weapons taken, and that is just the beginning.