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Frank W. Cox High School6

Virginia Beach, VA | Virginia Beach City County

January 9, 2015

We have 3 children who attended Cox; one who has gone on to JMU and 2 who have gone on to William & Mary. Cox prepared them well for their higher education and all 3 scored very well on the SOLs, SATs and the AP exams. Cox's teachers did a great job of educating these kids to perform at the standard that we, as a state and nation, have set. We have found the teachers to be very caring and involved and our kids have had wonderful, encouraging relationships with their coaches and many of their teachers. The administration also does a wonderful job of providing information to parents by phone and email. People seem concerned that there are a lot of drugs at Cox, but every high school has a lot of drugs! I am proud to say my kids avoided that whole scene and at the end of the day, it's all about choices, and that education begins at home! I always highly recommend Cox when people are trying to decide where to settle based on school choice. Cox's sporting events are well attended by parents and there is great parent involvement at the school through the Booster's Club and the PTO. All in all, a great environment for kids to excel. We are very pleased!

Submitted by a parent

September 15, 2014

I graduated from Cox in 2012. I really cannot rightfully give this school a lower rating than 5 stars. As a teenager I had many moments of criticism for this school, but in hindsight I credit Cox for giving me a great high school experience. I had several teachers that challenged me and made me a better thinker. They always encouraged and helped me toward college goals, even when I was uninterested in them. I am now in my 3rd year of college and excelling. I will point out a few criticisms that are not necessarily Cox's fault or not enough to bring down the rating. One, there is an excessive amount of access to drugs and alcohol among Cox students (lots of $$$). Two, the VBCPS schedule (waking up at 6) and grading scale makes things unnecessarily difficult for students. Finally, the current administration is making Cox a much less fun and encouraging environment than when I first arrive as a freshman in 2008. Overall, you can expect a school with an excellent faculty and tons of ways to get involved.

Submitted by a student

April 23, 2014

This school has been wonderful! Our daughter has excelled and is excited to go to school everyday. You don't find many teenagers who enjoy high school but when the staff makes learning enjoyable and motivates the students everyday it makes a huge difference. Our daughter is already preparing for college is doing very well in all her classes. It's a very safe school, she has friends, the staff communicates, and over all we are very pleased. Highly recommend all the schools in VBCPS. We have children at Trantwood Elementary, Great Neck Middle, and Cox they have all been Outstanding, very impressive!!! As a military family we have lived many places in the country and these schools by far outshine others. Great job Va Beach!

Submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013

Cox Highschool was very helpfull with the application proces. Transitioning from another country is never easy but our guidance counselor help us true the process. And my child felt at home from the beginning of school.

Submitted by a parent

May 13, 2013

Frank W. Cox has been an excellent fit for my children. The staff of teachers and counselors have all gone above and beyond. I have children with various needs from IEP to AP and the school has more than met all my expectations.

Submitted by a parent

April 30, 2013

With 4 years of having my AA/F child going here, I feel so blessed to be a part of the Cox High program. From the teachers, the staff, and the students, as high school go it, no one place is perfect, but this was a great place for her to find her own friends, grow, and get a quality education for college.

Submitted by a parent

July 2, 2011

This school is the best school in Great Neck, if not all of Virginia Beach. The Teachers are fantastic and always willing to go out of their way for their students and encourage / help them to be the best they can be. I would like to say too that all the schools in this area are the best of the best...I just cannot say enough good things to justify what a great education they offer our kids. If you want the besy education for your kids, then feel secure in knowing that they'll get it here! They deserve it!!

Submitted by a parent

July 16, 2010

I have three kids currently enrolled at Cox High School. I think it is overall a very good school providing a quality education for several reasons. The academic environment is very challenging and demanding. There are lots of opportunities for kids to excel in this area if they desire. I have found most teachers to be very responsive to my inquiries. There are lots of really great kids at teh school doing positive things if you child can hook up with the right crowd. On the down side, the school has some very difficult inflexible teachers that can make your child's life miserable. Last year we had two teachers that no matter how hard the kids studied they ended up with C's. The bar seems to be set very high at Cox. Sports teams are very competitive and difficult to make unless you are an elite athlete. Hope these comments hlep.

Submitted by a parent

March 20, 2010

As a student at cox the education is okay, teachers arent the best. The big problem are the students. I came from bayside high school and at Cox students are vevry bullying and it is very cliquey. Overall i wouldnt recomend this school.

Submitted by a student

March 2, 2010

I'm currently a student at Cox. I'm not impressed at all with the school. Cox has ridiculous restrictions and regulations along with unnecessary consequences. Drugs and alcohol are a HUGE issue here. Cox is known to be the 'party school' of the district and everyone I know has done or still does drugs, drinks, and has lost their virginity. The teachers are somewhat okay, it all depends on how you act around them. The schedule is organized and well thought out. But I will say that unless you want your kid to sink into terrible peer pressure, DO NOT come here.

Submitted by a student

February 17, 2010

currently being a student at cox im in love with eeryone here. even though everyone thinks its a school with a lot of drugs, it has no more than any other high school. its actually the school with the least ammount of drugs that i have gone to in virginia beach because I have already gone to FC and Kellam. In regards to the teachers, they are absolutely wounderful. They all help you the best they can and they stay after school if you need.

Submitted by a student

June 27, 2009

I am a military spouse who has had my children in schools all across the United States. Cox High School is by far the safest school that my child has ever attended. Unfortunately, the Special Education system at Cox did not serve him very well. The teachers did not communicate his progress in a timely manner, nor did they behave professionaly during IEP meetings. Even the assisant principal behaved unprofessionally. I was greatly disappointed and pulled my son out of this school. At this point in the game, there is no room for academic failure due to poor teacher involvement. Now I homeschool him and he's doing well.

Submitted by a parent

June 2, 2008

We recently moved to Va from Illinois. Initially my daughter struggled because the grading was different, and the work was harder. She actually had homework! Since my daughter started attending Cox she has felt challenged and as though she is really learning. She comes home daily telling me something that she has learned. Not only is she challenged academically, but she has also enjoyed being involved with the track team. Cox is extremely competitive, but I don't think of that as a negative. Although my daughter is a freshman this year she is really thinking about where she wants to be after graduation, and working toward that goal; using Cox as a springboard toward her future successes. I have also found the teachers to be extremely helpful and giving of their time. I look forward to her next three years at Cox because I KNOW she will get an awesome education!

Submitted by a parent

January 23, 2008

This school has great test scores so the teachers are obviously doing there work. Their fine arts program is amzazing as well. The academic program at Cox is by far the best in the area. The only problem with this school is the amount of student drug use. Being a student I know this. It's amazing how well the scores are there.

Submitted by a student

March 21, 2006

The academic program at Cox is by far the best in the area. The teachers are absolutely amazing and challenge students here more than any other high school in the city. Although students do have money, it's just as easy for kids to find drugs as it is at any other high school in the area. Cox High is a public school with a private school education. The principal is making a lot of discipline changes and is making it harder for inappropriate things to happen on school grounds. He has taken the stand of punishment on the first offense and not taking students breaking the rules. Cox has the best test scores is ranked in the top 200 schools in the Nation. Cox also has the best coaches, SCA, and extracurriculars. Student involvement is amazing.

Submitted by a student

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