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Back to school: Virginia Beach's top-rated and most improved public high schools

How do the public high schools in Virginia Beach stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Salem High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Virginia Beach, rising from an A- to an A, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 1993 Sun Devil Drive, enrolls 1,722 students. Salem High School serves a diverse population: 38% of students identify as white and 32% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and A- for clubs and activities.

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 92% of Salem High School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 94% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 82% in math and 90% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Kempsville High School saw its overall rating increase from a B- to a B. The school is located at 5194 Chief Trail and is a bit smaller, currently serving 1,602 students, of whom 56% identify as white, 23% identify as black and 10% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Kempsville High School mixed grades: B- on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and C+ for clubs and activities. Kempsville High School's latest math proficiency was at 80%, and reading proficiency was 89%.

Green Run High School also improved, from a C+ to a B-. The school is located at 1700 Dahlia Drive and has 1,516 students currently enrolled, of whom 45% identify as black, 28% identify as white and 11% identify as Hispanic.

Niche gave Green Run High School mixed grades — C+ on an A-D scale for academics, B+ for administration and B for clubs and activities. Green Run High School's latest math proficiency was at 75%, and reading proficiency was 84%. The school's improved overall grade is notable in that it serves a less affluent population, with 51% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 20% more than the city average.

While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

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