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Thompson High School

Public | 9-12 | 1770 students

 
 

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Posted August 25, 2012

The teachers are awesome! I love my JROTC classes and I'm so excited that we get to go to all the University of Alabama home games through JROTC this year. THS is the bomb!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2012

We moved our family to Alabaster when our oldest started high school & have been so delighted to become a part of the Alabaster community. Its very diverse population is welcoming to all.The city focuses on their youth & families- free movies in the park, CityFest, numerous parks, & an unmatched youth sports program. Our children have attended the intermed. school, 6th grade ctr., jr. high, & our youngest is now at the HS. Each have enjoyed their experiences & now with our new HS principal there is a renewed sense of school spirit among the students & the community as well. The teachers keep blogs of homework & class events & are easy to reach through blogs or email which is all publicly posted. Each year the blogs seem to improve & are a great help for students, as well as parents checking on assignments.The staff is always friendly & helpful. Alabaster has moved to become their own school district, separating from the county so they can focus more on implementing community desires for our new school system. My daughter was resistant to move here initially, but has thanked me repeatedly, before & after graduating, for bringing her to Alabaster & Thompson High School! Go Warriors!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

This school and the teachers are pathetic. Our oldest has been barely passing and it was like pulling teeth to get in touch with the teachers. My husband emailed them repeatedly for help but they had no interest in helping our son do better. When we met with the student counselor (because we were never able to get a meeting with the teachers), we were literally told that our son was "just one of those kids that fall through the cracks because he is passing", although barely. As far as the school was concerned, if he passed by half a point then everything was fine. They never helped us despite our repeated requests, and basically suggested we put our son in the military if we were so concerned he wouldn't be able to get into college. This school and the teachers are beyond pathetic and I will never put my youngest in this school system. I would give it less than 1 star if I could!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

i attended THS for 3 1/2 years. it was a great school. I loved everything about it.. the teachers, the administrators, and the safety. Yes, the bathrooms are nasty and could use a bit more cleaning but the academics are great. I would recommend this school anytime..
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

This school is Average. The Teachers are great and so are most of the students. But the education level is not as high as it should be. I grew up in the Northeast and the stuff I am learning now i learned three years ago. The after school activities are great, there is FCLA, DECA, Math Team, Sports and alot of other things a student can get involved with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2008

Thompson High is an amazing school. Most teachers try their best to help students understand the material they are teaching. Tutoring is also offered to students who need extra help. The principal does his best to accommodate the needs of teachers and students. I would choose Thompson over any school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2007

The school could use a lot of work. The place itself is falling apart. The classrooms smell like urine and dust. Alabaster is beoming a bigger city; more and more students are coming. There is not enough elbow room. Everytime I walk down the hallway, I run into people. Also, some of the teachers have a lack of respect for the students. Some of them seem to be there ust to boss the kids around. One thing I will leave positive is their security. When signs of an intruder or a disruptive student, they will make sure the problem is solved before the students are harmed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2007

It is an excellent school with amazing teachers and even better students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2007

I believe that this school has good academics but needs more cleaning such as paper and soap in the bathrooms and some of the classrooms smell like dust so they need to do something about that. They also need to improve student parking and make a another building that will hold more students because this is way to overcrowed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

From what I've experience, overall the school is excellent. Listen up: no school is perfect. Thompson also has great achievements. They may not be as focus on academics as we wish, but they do show much effort and to me, that makes a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

My child has been going to this school for six months, and it is the worst school that we have ever been in. The administrators, counselors, and some teachers care more about whether a shirt tail is out than whether the child is getting what they need academically. My child was in special classes in another state, and was taken out of them when we moved to Alabama. No extra help has been given,and no phone calls are returned by counselors when you try to get help. The school is very overcrowded. Stay as far away as you can if you care about your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2005

I attend THS and I think our school is horrible. We need soap and paper towels in the bathrooms very badly. I like the fact that we have more administrative presence this year than last year. I used to go to Spain Park High in Hoover so of course it is a better school than Thompson. And I like the fact that you dont have 7,000 people in the hallways at one time. Overall we just need a cleaner school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2005

Thompson High School prepared my son who will attend Harvard next year to be a leader both on the field and off. The teachers are ambitious overachievers. He scored a 33 on the ACT and 1452 on SAT primarily thanks to the school's pre-collegiate focus. The student body is very impressive and most of the parents take an active role in motivating their kids to study. I would highly recommend the school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

My daughter transfered to this school from a magnet school in downtown Birmingham, and it was probably the worst mistake we've ever made. Here, there is no focus on academics, only athletics. Also, in an effort to put into action their new 'no holds barred' attendance policy, my daughter, who had a 3.9 GPA and a 32 on her ACT and was making straight As her last semester of her senior year was not allowed to graduate with her class because she had to have surgery and missed 2 and 1/2 weeks of school, although it in no way affected her grades. We were forced to send her to summer school for $700 to receive her diploma, which had to be dropped from advanced to standard. The administration refused to review our situation when presented with proof of her illness. This school has the worst administration I've ever known of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

I believe we could provide a better learning environment and attract better teachers. We are not doing everything possible to enhance the quality of education for our children and it all begins with leadership. We need to get away from the good ole boy attitude and get strong, ethical leaders that will stand up to the needs of our children. Parental participation needs to be improved to complete the circle.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 95% in 2012.

419 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

420 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

421 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

422 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

344 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
87%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 71% in 2012.

421 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
89%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 98% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

370 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 90% in 2012.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
89%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligible95%
Special education79%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty94%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students80%
Female83%
Male76%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Special education28%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty64%
Non-poverty86%

Math

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligible84%
Special education53%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty94%

Reading

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black74%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligible84%
Special education42%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty75%
Non-poverty92%

Social Studies

All Students78%
Female72%
Male83%
Black62%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic41%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible63%
Special education35%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty54%
Non-poverty87%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Biology I

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible100%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education100%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Poverty100%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education58%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty88%
Non-poverty95%

Math

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligible92%
Special education58%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty96%

Reading

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible87%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education63%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty89%
Non-poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students91%
Female88%
Male95%
Black88%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligible85%
Special education54%
General population93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty94%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) to test high school students in reading, math, language, biology and social studies. High school students must pass the AHSGE in order to graduate. The AHSGE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 58%
Black 17% 35%
Hispanic 10% 4%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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100 Warrior Dr
Alabaster, AL 35007
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