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Erwin High School

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Posted May 28, 2014

They could have given the 8th graders a graduation ceremony.That ,s sad.THEY,should let them know they have mad a BIG accomplishment.To help them look forward to Highschool .NO Certificates.GOD BLESS U ALL !!


Posted April 23, 2013

This has got to be one of the worst schools ever. Instead of giving student report cards they give the students progress reports. Sometimes the teachers don't even put in all of the grades but then if there not putting in all of the grades now it seems as if your child is failing now isn't that crazy. The front office always have a lot of students in there doing the faculty job. I don't even know why they built this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

i attend Erwin High school now and i am not satified with my education at all!i feel like i deserve a better education and they wonder why our test scores are so low!the teachers are not teaching they rather be on they iphone rather teaching and explaining to us!now i give credit to a couple of my teachers! MR.GODWIN,MS.GRESHAM,MS.GILLS,AND MR.SHELBY!those are the teachers that i am taking and take they job VERY SERIOUS!i hope everything change once we go into Centerpoint high shool!i will lways love my EAGLES but sometimes you just have to fly away and go somewhere better!


Posted September 14, 2009

I have had two duaughters graduated out of Erwin High School and I'm just proud to say that Van Phillips have really turn things around. One year at the parent teacher meeting he stood there and politely said to all teachers, parents, and students and he said if you are tired of teaching then stop but if you don't wont to teach then leave. He also came behind that and said that he asked God when he is tired of being a principal maybe he has something planned for him. But, if you are here to teach then teach. That was the year when everything changed. Thank God! For that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

Mr.Phillips and Mrs.Genise Reid should be the only two principals. Some of the teachers and assistant principals are the problems at this school and I'm not excluding some of our children. Parents, it start at home! If we can move the childish teachers and assistants our school will much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

I graduated from Erwin in May of 2005. I attended Erwin from 5th grade until graduation. I love this school to death. I am filled with pride and still attend sporting events and represent my alma mater. However, I felt cheated in my education. It is not 100% Erwin's fault. I blame most of it on Jefferson County Schools for not giving us the same funding and support given to the, to be perfectly honest, white schools in the county system when I went there. My Senior year was absolutely horrible. We were denied most priveliges of a high school that year, i.e. a band, pep rallies, homecoming week... However, if you want a strong, spirited, close knit group of individuals who will support each other for years to come after graduation, you will not find it at a better school.


Posted September 29, 2008

I love this school,as long as you do your work an listen and pay attention you wont have any thing to worry about
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

I went to Erwin from kindergarden all the way up to my mid senior year. It had its ups and downs, but the key word here is had. This school as gotten so much better when i was there. I moved out of the district and they found out. Im now at MJHS and if i could go back to Erwin i would give anything to. Erwin is so much better than this school. I miss you Erwin!!!!- Shannon K. Villa


Posted December 14, 2007

I'm a current student at Erwin High School and I do believe that the school is much better than it was maybe 4 years ago. I think that this rating on this website does not give Erwin enough praise. The parent involvement is tremendous now. I'm in the band and I've never seen that many parents at a concert in years. As for extracurricular activities are football team was 7-3 and our basketball team hasn't lost a game yet.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 8, 2007

I gaduated from i left Erwin in 2007, and I think I left the school for the most part satisfied. I can say alot of bad things about this school, but none of them would be about the quality of education I received. I feel as though I left with a very high quality of education, and that anyone who comes to Erwin and studies hard, but at the same time tries to stay out of trouble, you can mantain a great education. As far as the teachers are concern, they will only help those who they feel want to be helped, they don't waste their time trying to discipline those who want to act foolishly, which at times can be their down fall.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2006

I graduated from Erwin in 2006. The school is a great school. Some people may feel like the education level is low or the teachers don't teach but I totally disagree. Erwin is a close knit family it's just up to you rather you want to be a part of it or not. Erwin is a great school and I would recommend it to parents. -Mark Cowart
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 29, 2006

I have attended Erwin since the 4th grade, and I have to say this is not a good school. I feel the teachers do not care about you at all. They don't explain the things they just think you are suppose to know it. If a student talks then the teacher will say 'okay figure out how to do it on your on', and i feel that is wrong. Thank god I'm moving this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2006

The principal is great! Some of the teachers try to help struggling students, others could care less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

The principal has done a great job in turning the school around. Mr. Phillips has brought the extracurricular activities as well as academics around. I have attended Erwin for five years from 8th grade to 12th grade. Erwin was never really bad like it was depicted but it did have its problems. Mr. Phillips is working to solve these problems and he has already gotten some fixed. I am expecting great things from him and the school in the future. Stick around and you will see.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2005

Erwin High School was never a bad school. We had a couple of problems that needed to be solved. Those problems have been solved now. To the parents who are taking their kids out of Erwin your kids are probably the ones who are causing the problems. When the new principle came along he restored Eagle pride and that is all Erwin needed. All students who are not passing it is their job to get the tutoring they need to pass. If the teacher is not willing then that teacher should be reported.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2005

Erwin High School has an very good academic program. It is an very good school that has received a bad rap due to bad publicity from people outside of the district. My children have gone to this school for 12 years and I will still recommend it to other parents. The teachers and counselors are caring and work hard at putting students first. The District has placed many new teachers at Erwin and a new principal, but they should only enhance the quality of the school. This school is in an excellent neighborhood and is a credit to the Jefferson County (Alabama) School District. I am still proud to have my child attend Erwin High School and will continue to recommend it to other families. The Jefferson County District is now fully standing behind the school and it's personnel to make it one of the best in the District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2005

Finally Erwin High as a new principal. I suspect that the overall quality of the school is getting better already. The new leader has an exceptional record. I am looking forward to a new beginning and a great senior year. He is motivational, straight forward and displays extreme care for the students. As for the teachers, look out, hope you got your ducks in a row. To all you bad apples including students and teachers, good riddance! For the comment on city kids being slow, this is far from the truth. The learning ability depends on the individual as well as the skill of teaching.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2005

My grandaughter attends this school and she has not been taught. The school tells the parent that they are not allowed to reteach students because they have to follow the guidelines. This is ridiculous! If the child is not learning, what kind of sense does this make? My grandaughter is failing and no one cares!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2005

I am a parent that moved to the area in 1998 with 2 children. Relocating to the area was a choice of quality education my children. I had 1 child to attend an alternative school and the other child to enroll at Erwin and is still currently attending. My first hand experience has made me realize that this school system wasn't at all that it was made up to be. The teachers from the very beginning treated black students different. The children were labeled as being slow, with behavior problems. After trying to stay involved and interact with both students and teachers, I observed the racial issues as some things and some people never change. The academics would be excellent if the teachers cared whether the children were learning or not, parent involvement may increase if the staff even noticed you standing there and extra activities there are none!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2005

Erwin has come up in the past months to spit the fact few bad apples are giving the school a bad rap. there were many fights at the school in the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year. They are trying to improve but the educational skills still lack.I am a student and feel that the others are interupting my learning however I will be leaving the school because I refuse to graduate from the school.But overall it isn't the only school with bad apples.
—Submitted by a student


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 68% in 2013.

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38%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

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73%

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64%
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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

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55%

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62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

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61%

2010

 
 
58%
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

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Reading

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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.

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

Math

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Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a

Reading

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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

Science

The state average for Science was 75% in 2013.

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39%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA 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 proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

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Proficient in Englishn/a
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Not migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Not povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA 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 proficiency level 3.

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.

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84%

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83%

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88%

2010

 
 
86%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

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51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

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

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32%

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29%

2011

 
 
32%

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35%
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

 
 
93%

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94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students84%
Female83%
Male84%
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education46%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant84%
Poverty81%
Not poverty94%

Language

All Students51%
Female59%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible43%
Reduced lunch eligible69%
Special education12%
General population57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant51%
Poverty46%
Not poverty72%

Math

All Students71%
Female71%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special education30%
General population78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant71%
Poverty70%
Not poverty76%

Reading

All Students69%
Female69%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible64%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special education32%
General population74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant69%
Poverty65%
Not poverty83%

Social Studies

All Students32%
Female28%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible28%
Reduced lunch eligible38%
Special education8%
General population36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant32%
Poverty29%
Not poverty47%
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 Students93%
Female92%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible0%
Special education79%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%
Poverty91%
Not poverty97%

Language

All Students75%
Female76%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible72%
Reduced lunch eligible72%
Special education42%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%
Poverty72%
Not poverty86%

Math

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligible94%
Special education74%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%
Poverty95%
Not poverty3%

Reading

All Students88%
Female87%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible83%
Special education42%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%
Poverty85%
Not poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students59%
Female59%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Free lunch eligible52%
Reduced lunch eligible67%
Special education16%
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Not migrant59%
Poverty54%
Not poverty75%
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 94% 34%
Hispanic 3% 5%
White 3% 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 81%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr Van A Phillips
Fax number
  • (205) 856-6663

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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