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Bessemer City High School

Public | 8-12 | 1166 students

 

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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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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 77% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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
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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
Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
Blackn/a
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Free lunch eligiblen/a
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students89%
Female91%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education50%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant89%
Poverty88%
Not poverty93%

Language

All Students59%
Female66%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education8%
General population67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant59%
Poverty59%
Not poverty63%

Math

All Students57%
Female66%
Male45%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education16%
General population63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant57%
Poverty54%
Not poverty70%

Reading

All Students63%
Female72%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education13%
General population70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant63%
Poverty62%
Not poverty63%

Social Studies

All Students53%
Female57%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant53%
Poverty49%
Not poverty74%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant92%
Poverty91%
Not poverty96%

Language

All Students81%
Female87%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education27%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant81%
Poverty79%
Not poverty89%

Math

All Students87%
Female93%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant87%
Poverty84%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students82%
Female87%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education32%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant82%
Poverty81%
Not poverty83%

Social Studies

All Students73%
Female75%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant73%
Poverty71%
Not poverty80%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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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School Leader's name
  • Mr Jerome A Cook
Fax number
  • (205) 432-3791

Resources

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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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