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Bessemer City High School

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Posted April 6, 2014

I have a daughter that is attending the new Bessemer City High School as a freshman for the 2013-2014 calendar year. After becoming oriented as a new student in a new school, she soon became involved in school life as a Purple Tiger. We plan to allow her to attend for the 2014-2015 school year as well. I do believe that public schools need more funding for extra curricular activities and current text books, but on the average, I believe that Bessemer City High School is on the way up and have improved significantly under the new leadership of its principle and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

this is my fouth child to attend this school. It has improved some what since the 1990's, but the school uniform policy has gone overboard. children are being sent home because they have on a blue coat or because of what type of shoes they have on. What about education? on one occasion I was called because my daughter had a black camisole on under her white shirt ( is this rediculous?) none of her body parts were exposed, but you could see that her undershirt was black how is this distracting her or others from getting an education? the teachers are not focused on teaching it seems they are more concerned with what the child has on instead of weather the child is learning. This is the reason I pulled my child out of this system and put her in private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I was a pupil of Jess Lanier and enjoyed the school fully. We have one child there at this time and she is doing great . Our son graduated last year and he did a great job . You have to give it your all no matter what the circumstances are because this world is tough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2007

I love the education my son is recieving at Jess Lanier. He's really being challenged in his studies. Athletically also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

I think that Jess Lainer is a great school. There are plenty of successful students that come out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2004

This school is not safe. It's over crowed and the teachers' teaching is poor. There suspension is nonsense and their uniform policy is to strict. I think that changes need to be made with the school regulations and over crowding with the classes.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT 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 score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT 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 score at or above the state standard.

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

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

213 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

211 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

176 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
53%
Social Studies

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

212 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
71%
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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

180 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

214 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
85%
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 Students84%
Female84%
Male85%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education50%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty87%

Language

All Students49%
Female55%
Male40%
Black51%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic27%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible48%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education11%
General population55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant49%
Poverty48%
Non-poverty51%

Math

All Students46%
Female47%
Male46%
Black45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education7%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Poverty44%
Non-poverty56%

Reading

All Students56%
Female66%
Male42%
Black55%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education14%
General population62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Poverty55%
Non-poverty59%

Social Studies

All Students39%
Female35%
Male44%
Black39%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education7%
General population44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Poverty38%
Non-poverty42%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education67%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty98%

Language

All Students78%
Female83%
Male70%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible73%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education33%
General population83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Poverty73%
Non-poverty92%

Math

All Students86%
Female88%
Male83%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education42%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty92%

Reading

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education46%
General population86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty94%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education21%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Poverty69%
Non-poverty85%
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
Black 95% 34%
Hispanic 4% 5%
White 1% 58%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr Jerome A Cook
Fax number
  • (205) 432-3791

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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100 High School Dr
Bessemer, AL 35020
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