Alexandria City High School

Summary:

Alexandria City High School is a public high school serving 4,531 students in grades 9-12 in Alexandria, Virginia. The school is part of the Fairfax County Public Schools district, which is ranked 104 out of 131 districts in Virginia and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Alexandria City High School has a diverse student population, with 42.15% Hispanic, 25.89% African American, 23.62% White, and 5.61% Asian students. However, the school has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Virginia high schools, with a ranking between 260-304 out of 326-327 schools over the past several years. The school's performance varies significantly across different student subgroups, with White students performing relatively better, ranking 140 out of 315 Virginia high schools, while Hispanic (226 out of 232) and disabled (237 out of 249) students perform significantly worse. The school's test scores are generally lower than the state and district averages across various subjects and grade levels.

Nearby high schools, such as Thomas Jefferson High for Science and Technology, Washington-Liberty High, and Edison High, generally outperform Alexandria City High School across various academic metrics, including test scores and statewide rankings. This highlights the significant performance gap between Alexandria City High School and its neighboring schools, which may be attributed to factors such as socioeconomic status and targeted interventions.


Detail:

Public 9-12

 3330 King St
       Alexandria, VA  22302


(703) 824-6800

District: Alexandria City Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
304th of 326 Virginia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,072 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  13.9 Help
Number of students:  4,531

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
42.2%
African American:
25.9%
White:
23.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Alexandria City High School ranks worse than 93.3% of high schools in Virginia. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 21.92. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Alexandria City High School is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (42.2%), African American (25.9%), White (23.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 44% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Alexandria City High School is 13.9. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Alexandria City High School is $13,072.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Alexandria City High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Alexandria City High School 304th of 326 Virginia public high schools. (See Alexandria City High School in the ranking list.)

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Alexandria City Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Alexandria City Public Schools 104th of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Alexandria City High School

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Rank History for all students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 27.96 277th 308 10.1%
2006 36.37 235th 314 25.2%
2007 19.15 302nd 313 3.5%
2008 20.19 298th 316 5.7%
2009 27.24 274th 313 12.5%
2010 22.38 293rd 317 7.6%
2011 35.07 238th 320 25.6%
2012 23.64 286th 321 10.9%
2013 23.63 279th 321 13.1%
2014 15.11 307th 322 4.7%
2015 11.32 314th 322 2.5%
2016 12.16 315th 321 1.9%
2017 10.84 317th 324 2.2%
2018 22.07 301st 326 7.7%
2019 28.75 280th 327 14.4%
2021 25.39 260th 327 20.5%
2022 25.24 285th 325 12.3%
2023 21.92 304th 326 6.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 41.84 128th 193 33.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 30.56 80th 97 17.5%
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Rank History for Female students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.07 302nd 320 5.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 13.97 237th 249 4.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.29 294th 321 8.4%
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Rank History for Asian students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 16.54 117th 120 2.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 31.98 194th 240 19.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 15.50 226th 232 2.6%
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Rank History for White students at Alexandria City High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 58.29 140th 315 55.6%
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Data source: test scores: Virginia Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Alexandria City High School Test Scores
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Data source: Virginia Department of Education

Review counts

All ratings (Avg rating: 3.7)
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Reviews:
by a parent
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Open Quote The school is over crowded and school test performance is historically at the bottom. There is a desperate need for a second high school for kids that can excel. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, November 15, 2010

Open Quote I am a parent, I graduated from TC and have one son graduated and went on to an excellent college. TC will challenge students with any interest. I also have another son in 8th grade that is looking forward to going to TC Close Quote



Enrollment information for Alexandria City High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2059 2059
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1934 1934
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 1941 1941
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 1948 1948
1993 618 922 164 339 5 n/a n/a 0 2048
1994 620 889 154 352 4 n/a n/a 0 2019
1995 509 826 136 361 2 n/a n/a 0 1834
1996 509 826 136 361 2 n/a n/a 0 1834
1997 503 861 149 319 3 n/a n/a 0 1835
1998 509 880 154 338 3 n/a n/a 0 1884
1999 539 900 152 383 3 n/a n/a 0 1977
2000 563 904 135 396 3 n/a n/a -4 1997
2001 559 876 150 439 6 n/a n/a 0 2030
2002 732 1245 183 693 8 n/a n/a 0 2861
2003 732 1245 183 693 8 n/a n/a 0 2861
2004 692 1220 194 710 7 n/a n/a 2 2825
2005 740 1219 189 692 4 n/a n/a 15 2859
2006 708 1256 174 719 6 n/a n/a 30 2893
2007 676 1149 189 704 10 n/a n/a 34 2762
2008 649 1261 202 717 11 n/a n/a 27 2867
2009 624 1319 212 806 10 n/a n/a 39 3010
2010 630 1259 192 827 19 n/a n/a 60 2987
2011 620 1221 179 936 7 2 97 0 3062
2012 667 1166 182 901 14 7 58 0 2995
2013 687 1192 170 1033 11 11 57 0 3161
2014 724 1202 180 1141 8 14 55 0 3324
2015 740 1187 184 1309 8 14 61 0 3503
2016 764 1179 197 1402 3 13 73 0 3631
2017 779 1194 186 1536 2 11 75 0 3783
2018 868 1150 180 1671 3 9 82 0 3963
2019 960 1135 181 1615 12 7 75 0 3985
2020 1035 1107 160 1741 14 7 84 0 4148
2021 1080 1092 191 1697 9 8 96 0 4173
2022 1094 1162 198 1825 7 10 106 0 4402
2023 1070 1173 254 1910 4 7 113 0 4531

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Alexandria City High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 2059 152.0 13.5 n/a
1990 1934 146.3 13.2 n/a
1991 1941 149.0 13.0 n/a
1992 1948 151.8 12.8 n/a
1993 2048 145.6 14.1 n/a
1994 2019 317.2 n/a 27
1995 1834 n/a 0.0 26.4
1996 1834 n/a 0.0 26.4
1997 1835 n/a 0.0 26.6
1998 1884 n/a 0.0 26.3
1999 1977 150.0 13.2 30.7
2000 1997 n/a 0.0 27.3
2001 2030 167.3 12.1 33.3
2002 2861 287.7 9.9 29.4
2003 2861 287.7 9.9 29.4
2004 2825 181.8 15.5 28.9
2005 2859 182.8 15.6 29.8
2006 2893 183.0 15.8 28.9
2007 2762 209.4 13.2 30.6
2008 2867 143.3 20.0 34.4
2009 3010 139.6 21.6 39.7
2010 2987 145.0 20.6 42.5
2011 3062 163.9 18.6 40.7
2012 2995 253.9 11.7 42.5
2013 3161 252.1 12.5 43.5
2014 3324 239.5 13.8 48.1
2015 3503 255.0 13.7 49.8
2016 3631 262.0 13.8 44.9
2017 3783 308.3 12.2 46
2018 3963 330.3 11.9 42.3
2019 3985 327.0 12.1 46.3
2020 4148 247.7 16.7 46.3
2021 4173 299.2 13.9 n/a
2022 4402 276.2 15.9 43.6
2023 4531 324.0 13.9 44

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Alexandria City High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 2059 152.0 13.5 n/a
1990 1934 146.3 13.2 n/a
1991 1941 149.0 13.0 n/a
1992 1948 151.8 12.8 n/a
1993 2048 145.6 14.1 n/a
1994 2019 317.2 n/a 27
1995 1834 n/a 0.0 26.4
1996 1834 n/a 0.0 26.4
1997 1835 n/a 0.0 26.6
1998 1884 n/a 0.0 26.3
1999 1977 150.0 13.2 30.7
2000 1997 n/a 0.0 27.3
2001 2030 167.3 12.1 33.3
2002 2861 287.7 9.9 29.4
2003 2861 287.7 9.9 29.4
2004 2825 181.8 15.5 28.9
2005 2859 182.8 15.6 29.8
2006 2893 183.0 15.8 28.9
2007 2762 209.4 13.2 30.6
2008 2867 143.3 20.0 34.4
2009 3010 139.6 21.6 39.7
2010 2987 145.0 20.6 42.5
2011 3062 163.9 18.6 40.7
2012 2995 253.9 11.7 42.5
2013 3161 252.1 12.5 43.5
2014 3324 239.5 13.8 48.1
2015 3503 255.0 13.7 49.8
2016 3631 262.0 13.8 44.9
2017 3783 308.3 12.2 46
2018 3963 330.3 11.9 42.3
2019 3985 327.0 12.1 46.3
2020 4148 247.7 16.7 46.3
2021 4173 299.2 13.9 n/a
2022 4402 276.2 15.9 43.6
2023 4531 324.0 13.9 44

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Alexandria City High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $215 (1.6%) $12,941 (98.4%) $13,157
2020 $184 (1.4%) $12,768 (98.6%) $12,953
2021 $275 (2.1%) $12,797 (97.9%) $13,072

Data source: Virginia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Alexandria City High School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 280th of 327 High schoolsRanks 304th of 326 High schools
 7.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Writing (Alexandria City High School)7468
 6%
   End of Course Writing (Alexandria City Public Schools)7368
 5%
   End of Course Writing (Virginia)8174
 7%
End of Course Geometry (Alexandria City High School)5346
 7%
   End of Course Geometry (Alexandria City Public Schools)5954
 5%
   End of Course Geometry (Virginia)8380
 3%
End of Course Algebra I (Alexandria City High School)6134
 27%
   End of Course Algebra I (Alexandria City Public Schools)7349
 24%
   End of Course Algebra I (Virginia)8680
 6%
End of Course Algebra II (Alexandria City High School)8488
 4%
   End of Course Algebra II (Alexandria City Public Schools)8488
 4%
   End of Course Algebra II (Virginia)9186
 5%
End of Course Chemistry (Alexandria City High School)8434
 50%
   End of Course Chemistry (Alexandria City Public Schools)8434
 50%
   End of Course Chemistry (Virginia)8864
 24%
End of Course Biology (Alexandria City High School)6854
 14%
   End of Course Biology (Alexandria City Public Schools)6753
 14%
   End of Course Biology (Virginia)8370
 13%
End of Course Earth Science (Alexandria City High School)5227
 25%
   End of Course Earth Science (Alexandria City Public Schools)5226
 26%
   End of Course Earth Science (Virginia)8172
 9%
End of Course English Reading (Alexandria City High School)7768
 9%
   End of Course English Reading (Alexandria City Public Schools)7668
 8%
   End of Course English Reading (Virginia)8685
 1%
End of Course Geography (Alexandria City High School)9890
 8%
   End of Course Geography (Alexandria City Public Schools)9890
 8%
   End of Course Geography (Virginia)8066
 14%
End of Course VA and US History (Alexandria City High School)6633
 33%
   End of Course VA and US History (Alexandria City Public Schools)6530
 35%
   End of Course VA and US History (Virginia)6838
 30%
End of Course World History I (Alexandria City High School)7143
 28%
   End of Course World History I (Alexandria City Public Schools)7043
 27%
   End of Course World History I (Virginia)8066
 14%
End of Course World History II (Alexandria City High School)6917
 52%
   End of Course World History II (Alexandria City Public Schools)6817
 51%
   End of Course World History II (Virginia)8148
 33%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students39854531
 13.7%
African American11351173
 3.3%
American Indian124
 66.7%
Asian181254
 40.3%
Hispanic16151910
 18.3%
Pacific Islander77
White9601070
 11.5%
Two or More Races75113
 50.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients46.3%44%
 2.2%


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Students at Alexandria City High School are 42% Hispanic, 26% African American, 24% White, 6% Asian, 2% Two or more races.

Alexandria City High School ranks in the bottom 6.7% of Virginia high schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 4,531 students attended Alexandria City High School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Virginia Department of Education.

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