Armstrong High

Summary:

Armstrong High is a public high school located in Richmond, Virginia, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 747 students. The school has a predominantly African American student population, with 90.23% of students identifying as African American in the 2022-2023 school year.

Despite the relatively high spending per student at Armstrong High, the school consistently ranks among the lowest-performing high schools in Virginia, ranking 316 out of 326 Virginia high schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's performance on state assessments (SOL tests) is significantly below the state and Richmond City Public Schools district averages across various subject areas. Additionally, Armstrong High has a very high percentage of students (90.23% in 2022-2023) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

When comparing Armstrong High to the nearby schools, such as Open High, Richmond Community High, and Franklin Military Academy, it becomes evident that the academic performance at Armstrong is significantly lower than most of the other schools in the area. This suggests that the academic challenges faced by Armstrong High may be disproportionately impacting the African American student population in the Richmond area.


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Public 9-12

 2300 Cool Lane
       Richmond, VA  23223-4196


(804) 780-4449

District: Richmond City Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
316th of 326 Virginia High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,898 Help


Feeder schools for Armstrong High:

Elementary:    Bellevue Elementary
    Blackwell Elementary
    Chimborazo Elementary
    Fairfield Court Elementary
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Middle:    Martin Luther King Junior Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  9.0 Help
Number of students:  747

Racial breakdown:

African American:
90.2%
Hispanic:
4.1%
White:
3.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Armstrong High ranks worse than 96.9% of high schools in Virginia. It also ranks 6th among 9 ranked high schools in the Richmond City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.69. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: African American (90.2%), Hispanic (4.1%), White (3.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Armstrong High is 9, which is the 4th best among 9 high schools in the Richmond City Public Schools District. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Armstrong High is $12,898, which is the 3rd highest among 9 high schools in the Richmond City Public Schools District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Armstrong High:

SchoolDigger ranks Armstrong High 316th of 326 Virginia public high schools. (See Armstrong High in the ranking list.)

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Richmond City Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Richmond City Public Schools 120th of 131 Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Armstrong High

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Rank History for all students at Armstrong High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 28.98 274th 308 11.0%
2006 27.39 275th 314 12.4%
2007 19.59 301st 313 3.8%
2008 5.20 315th 316 0.3%
2009 9.66 309th 313 1.3%
2010 8.71 312th 317 1.6%
2011 5.99 316th 320 1.3%
2012 9.32 315th 321 1.9%
2013 7.08 318th 321 0.9%
2014 7.02 319th 322 0.9%
2015 6.64 320th 322 0.6%
2016 2.07 320th 321 0.3%
2017 4.00 321st 324 0.9%
2018 5.09 322nd 326 1.2%
2019 6.13 323rd 327 1.2%
2021 0.88 324th 327 0.9%
2022 12.91 313th 325 3.7%
2023 17.69 316th 326 3.1%
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Rank History for Female students at Armstrong High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 19.64 308th 320 3.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Armstrong High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 2.48 247th 249 0.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Armstrong High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 14.39 312th 321 2.8%
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Rank History for African American students at Armstrong High

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools VA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.27 226th 240 5.8%
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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.

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Data source: Virginia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Armstrong High

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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 808 808
1990 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 762 762
1991 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 728 728
1992 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 733 733
1993 19 850 0 3 1 n/a n/a 0 873
1994 11 853 0 2 1 n/a n/a 0 867
1995 13 785 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 802
1996 13 785 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 802
1997 13 777 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 792
1998 8 796 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 806
1999 4 803 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 810
2000 15 774 1 2 0 n/a n/a -4 788
2001 7 730 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 738
2002 6 709 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 718
2003 6 709 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 718
2004 9 693 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 705
2005 14 1252 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 1272
2006 9 1134 0 3 0 n/a n/a 0 1146
2007 11 1146 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 1161
2008 7 1144 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 1158
2009 10 1153 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 1170
2010 8 1040 0 6 1 n/a n/a 1 1056
2011 16 1038 1 6 1 0 0 0 1062
2012 16 964 0 5 1 0 0 0 986
2013 16 948 0 8 2 0 0 0 974
2014 21 935 0 8 3 0 0 0 967
2015 17 944 2 8 1 0 0 0 972
2016 17 939 2 12 1 1 2 0 974
2017 24 891 0 10 0 0 4 0 929
2018 24 889 2 13 0 0 2 0 930
2019 23 795 2 9 1 1 5 0 836
2020 27 746 1 9 0 0 5 0 788
2021 21 731 1 12 1 0 5 0 771
2022 25 725 2 17 2 1 4 0 776
2023 23 674 3 31 2 0 14 0 747

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 Armstrong High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 808 65.8 12.2 n/a
1990 762 56.7 13.4 n/a
1991 728 49.0 14.8 n/a
1992 733 49.9 14.6 n/a
1993 873 54.8 15.9 n/a
1994 867 124.9 n/a 60.1
1995 802 n/a 0.0 70.8
1996 802 n/a 0.0 70.8
1997 792 n/a 0.0 67.9
1998 806 n/a 0.0 64.8
1999 810 62.0 13.1 64.3
2000 788 n/a 0.0 62.1
2001 738 56.0 13.2 62.9
2002 718 63.0 11.4 63
2003 718 63.0 11.4 63
2004 705 44.0 16.0 79.6
2005 1272 45.0 28.3 62.3
2006 1146 85.0 13.5 72.3
2007 1161 81.8 14.2 79.1
2008 1158 47.5 24.4 67.6
2009 1170 44.4 26.4 65
2010 1056 50.8 20.7 83.6
2011 1062 50.0 21.2 59.8
2012 986 53.8 18.3 67
2013 974 57.8 16.8 77.7
2014 967 60.3 16.0 73.5
2015 972 66.0 14.7 96.1
2016 974 65.0 14.9 95.2
2017 929 71.0 13.0 95
2018 930 67.0 13.8 94.7
2019 836 63.6 13.1 97.1
2020 788 62.9 12.5 90.4
2021 771 52.9 14.5 n/a
2022 776 51.8 14.9 91.8
2023 747 82.2 9.0 90.2

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 Armstrong High

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 808 65.8 12.2 n/a
1990 762 56.7 13.4 n/a
1991 728 49.0 14.8 n/a
1992 733 49.9 14.6 n/a
1993 873 54.8 15.9 n/a
1994 867 124.9 n/a 60.1
1995 802 n/a 0.0 70.8
1996 802 n/a 0.0 70.8
1997 792 n/a 0.0 67.9
1998 806 n/a 0.0 64.8
1999 810 62.0 13.1 64.3
2000 788 n/a 0.0 62.1
2001 738 56.0 13.2 62.9
2002 718 63.0 11.4 63
2003 718 63.0 11.4 63
2004 705 44.0 16.0 79.6
2005 1272 45.0 28.3 62.3
2006 1146 85.0 13.5 72.3
2007 1161 81.8 14.2 79.1
2008 1158 47.5 24.4 67.6
2009 1170 44.4 26.4 65
2010 1056 50.8 20.7 83.6
2011 1062 50.0 21.2 59.8
2012 986 53.8 18.3 67
2013 974 57.8 16.8 77.7
2014 967 60.3 16.0 73.5
2015 972 66.0 14.7 96.1
2016 974 65.0 14.9 95.2
2017 929 71.0 13.0 95
2018 930 67.0 13.8 94.7
2019 836 63.6 13.1 97.1
2020 788 62.9 12.5 90.4
2021 771 52.9 14.5 n/a
2022 776 51.8 14.9 91.8
2023 747 82.2 9.0 90.2

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 Armstrong High

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $874 (7.4%) $10,927 (92.6%) $11,801
2020 $887 (7.0%) $11,784 (93.0%) $12,671
2021 $961 (7.5%) $11,937 (92.5%) $12,898

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Armstrong High

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 323rd of 327 High schoolsRanks 316th of 326 High schools
 1.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
End of Course Writing (Armstrong High)2730
 3%
   End of Course Writing (Richmond City Public Schools)6144
 17%
   End of Course Writing (Virginia)8174
 7%
End of Course Geometry (Armstrong High)6271
 9%
   End of Course Geometry (Richmond City Public Schools)6065
 5%
   End of Course Geometry (Virginia)8380
 3%
End of Course Algebra I (Armstrong High)4743
 4%
   End of Course Algebra I (Richmond City Public Schools)5355
 2%
   End of Course Algebra I (Virginia)8680
 6%
End of Course Algebra II (Armstrong High)5044
 6%
   End of Course Algebra II (Richmond City Public Schools)6653
 13%
   End of Course Algebra II (Virginia)9186
 5%
End of Course Biology (Armstrong High)4935
 14%
   End of Course Biology (Richmond City Public Schools)5840
 18%
   End of Course Biology (Virginia)8370
 13%
End of Course Earth Science (Armstrong High)7354
 19%
   End of Course Earth Science (Richmond City Public Schools)6853
 15%
   End of Course Earth Science (Virginia)8172
 9%
End of Course English Reading (Armstrong High)5257
 5%
   End of Course English Reading (Richmond City Public Schools)6762
 5%
   End of Course English Reading (Virginia)8685
 1%
End of Course VA and US History (Armstrong High)314
 27%
   End of Course VA and US History (Richmond City Public Schools)4821
 27%
   End of Course VA and US History (Virginia)6838
 30%
End of Course World History I (Armstrong High)4336
 7%
   End of Course World History I (Richmond City Public Schools)4839
 9%
   End of Course World History I (Virginia)8066
 14%
End of Course World History II (Armstrong High)5945
 14%
   End of Course World History II (Richmond City Public Schools)5827
 31%
   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 Students836747
 10.6%
African American795674
 15.2%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian23
 50%
Hispanic931
 244.4%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White2323
Two or More Races514
 180%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients97.1%90.2%
 6.9%


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Students at Armstrong High are 90% African American, 4% Hispanic, 3% White, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 747 students attended Armstrong High.

Armstrong High ranks in the bottom 3.1% of Virginia high schools.


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