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In-depth school information including test scores and student stats for Denbigh High School, Newport News, VA.

  • Name Denbigh High School
  • 3 out of 10 GreatSchools Rating
  • Enrollment 1,420 students (as of 2012)
  • City Newport News, VA
  • County Newport News City
  • District Newport News City Public Schools
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Denbigh High School Ratings

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Denbigh High School Reviews

3/5 Rating - Posted June 26, 2013
The faculty and staff at Denbigh is working hard to turn the school around. The new principal Mr. Vladu seems to be truly committed to making sure that all students have a safe, productive, learning environment. Many of the teachers are DHS Alumni and have a vested interested in the success of the school. Many go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of their students. The school is working diligently to change the community's perception of the school. Are there problems? Yes, but the school is better than it was last year and I am optimistic that it will continue to improve in the coming years.
Submitted by teacher

3/5 Rating - Posted February 2, 2009
I'm senior at Denbigh and this school year has actually been the best out of all the others. The teachers are beginning to care more about the students education and our new principal is doing his best to stay on top of things. Problems in Denbigh have really calmed down since they got rid of all the gang bangers and drug dealers. (well most of them) Especially the security guard They've buckled down on discipline this year too. There hasn't been too many fights, I would say about 5 or 6 maybe, but what school doesn't. I am proud to be a Senior 2009 of Denbigh. I go to all the games and dances just to show my patriot love for Denbigh. I would recommend people to this school, it's not bad all you to do is stay focused and don't let anyone get to you. it's all up to you
Submitted by student

5/5 Rating - Posted January 30, 2009
I have been really impressed by many of the things that have happened at Denbigh since Mr. Cromartie came as principal. The school now places education first and has fare fewer issues with discipline. School spirit is better, but needs more. Denbigh parents should better support the school and the principal.
Submitted by parent

2/5 Rating - Posted June 30, 2008
There's far more negatives than postives with this school, bottomline. If you want your child to go somewhere where education is serious, you are definetly at the wrrng school and perhaps the wrong city.
Submitted by parent

2/5 Rating - Posted August 13, 2007
I've been employed at Denbigh for 9 years in a support capacity. The students are divided into two extreme catagories: the very best and the very worst. The troubled kids behavior is largely ignored and allowed. I have been told on several occasions by security and administrators that there are children they would love to get rid of, but they can't get enough evidence on them to expel them. The 'no snitching' policy is alive and well with the student body. On the other hand, the good kids are wonderful and the faculty truly goes above and beyond their duty to educate the ones who want it. Principal Evans is incredible, unfortunately he has moved up the administrative ladder and will not be there this year. Good Luck DHS.
Submitted by other

2/5 Rating - Posted January 22, 2007
I am a student at Denbigh High and the only thing i like about it is the social aspect. I am a cheerleader and have many friends but when it comes to the guidence department and teachers caring it is horrible. The school is overcroweded which sparks lots of problems among student. I wouldnt say there is a lot of 'real' gang violence jus kids who've grown up together trying to overrun every one else. I would not reccomend sending your child to this school whatsoever unless they are an extremelt focused person who doesnt need much direction when it comes to learning
Submitted by student

3/5 Rating - Posted November 11, 2005
Its not all bad. Part of the problem with the school now is they don't enforce the rules. The administrators choose sides and favor some over others. The school just went downhill recently because they over crowed the sschool with previous gang rivals when they rezoned everyone into passage middle school. The school was long over due for renivations and they just finished them. Education is lacking in some parts but you can only teach someone willing to learn. There is little to know parent involvement in the school. I'm an 2003 alumni. The school can be turned around but it takes effort from everyone. Why doesn't Teens Against Violence start with their own school first?
Submitted by former student

4/5 Rating - Posted August 24, 2005
I am a 2005 graduate of Denbigh and for me it was a learning experience. Denbigh has its problems, it has many problems but its not all on the teachers. I participated in the ROTC for 4yrs and that in itself was the most rewarding experience the teachers in the department were the mst involved I have ever seen. Denbigh is in the process of improving, this is why the ceiling leaks. Denbigh has fights yes but show me one in the nation that doesnt. Mr. Evans tries to be a good principal but he's only one man and he needs the support of parents. I can say that i graduated with a 3.5 was in the National Honor and Math Society and am attending the #3 HBCU in America, Hampton University. It has nothin to do with the teachers and tests, its what your child does academically and socially.
Submitted by former student

4/5 Rating - Posted August 5, 2005
I am currently a senior at DHS.I admit Denbigh has fights, but I dont know a school that doesn't.When people talk about my school in a negative way it only makes me furious. If you dont go there you cant really make a judgement. I have attended Denbigh ever since the 9th grade.Just like any school, you have to make it the best.Basically, work with what you have!If you dont go to any games or participate in any typ of activities, it is going to be a bad experience.Usually the first year is hard for students b/c everything is new and we are still trying to find out where we fit. But after that year, its up to you to make it worth while and fun.
Submitted by student

2/5 Rating - Posted August 2, 2005
Well, the school isn't exactly perfect. Some of the teachers are nice, some aren't. It's about half and half. Discipline at this school is almost pitiful. The principal's a good guy. He tries to keep stuff in order, but as most principals are, he's on the business side of things. This school is dirty inside though. The floors and ceilings are always just... nasty. The floors are almost never cleaned. I'm a current student. Hopefully the school is clean this next year.
Submitted by student

4/5 Rating - Posted May 27, 2005
I am currently a Junior at Denbigh High School. Alot of these reviews are overstating everything. Not everything you hear about Denbigh is true. Are there alot of fights? Somewhat but Woodside has more. Is there gang activity? Somewhat but its not like the movies where they go beating up everyone. Mostly its just neibhorhood base. Are the staff involved? Yes, teachers will stay after school to give extra help sessions tuesday-thursday. Teachers will call homes to tell parents what is going on in school. How are the SOL scores? I dont know all of them but, over 70% of students passed the Algebra 2 SOL. So for everyone scared of what you heard. All I have to say is don't believe the hype.
Submitted by student

4/5 Rating - Posted May 13, 2005
I am a current student at Denbigh High School and I love it there. A school is what you make of it and if a child wants to get into the wrong crowd, then yes it can be violent but if a child is determined enough, they can have a great excperience. I'm on a debate teem that won first place overall, a Model UN that wins awards every confrence as well as a winning Forensics team. And not only are the clubs great, but I love all of my classes and am taking almost all AP and Honors classes. Yes, the violence can be bad but I have never had to encounter it. If a kid just focuses on what is important, nothing is going to stop them from succeeding. Also, there is just not enough parent involvment, but that is something that can easily be changed.
Submitted by student

4/5 Rating - Posted May 1, 2005
I am an alumnus of Denbigh High school. I graduated in 2003. I'm speaking from personal experience, not the second hand information of a parent. I didn't see ANY gang activity while at this school for 4 years. I also thought the violence level was not high. There was a fight here and there, but you have to consider the fact that this is Newport News, Virginia, not Beverly Hills, California. I'm currently a sophomore, soon to be junior at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. For those who don't know, Morehouse has been ranked the #1 HBCU for the past 3 years, so this should let you know I'm a well groomed young man who wasn't about getting into mess.
Submitted by former student

2/5 Rating - Posted March 17, 2005
I have a daughter that is a senior at Denbigh. Academicly it is a great school. Their art and drama departments are fantastic. Unfortunatly there are many other issues with the school--it is in bad need of repair, leaky roofs, mold, and too many more to list. There also is a violance. In the past 2 days local police and medics have been called to the school 4 times. I am just happy my daughter only has a few more months at the school.
Submitted by parent

1/5 Rating - Posted March 17, 2005
My son's freshman experience at denbigh has proved to be the worst school experince of his life. The amount of fighting and gang activity at the main denbigh high school was scary. When asked, the administration has lied to me several times saying that there was no recorded gang activity at the school. Do not send your gifted children to this school!
Submitted by parent

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