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Gulf Shores High School

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Posted March 2, 2014

Poorly run school. The administration is more focused on promoting digital renaissance than they are on the students. Students report problems and how or if they are addressed is inconsistent.Education is the last priority at this school. Sad the potential being wasted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Gshs is a joke. You can graduate at the top of your class and not be close to prepared for college level courses. The administration is mostly concerned with appearances. All the students have Mac books which are primarily used to watch movies and play games. There are very few talented educators. There are major drug problems. The students are spoiled rich kids that have no respect for each other or for authority. Time for someone new running this school before the current principal runs it completely into the ground while trying to promote himself at the expense of students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2013

Reading past reviews, I can't seem to believe them. If they are true, then this school changed drastically since then.. Its terrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2010

I was a student here who graduated in 2005 with a 3.5 GPA. It was a great school to attend. The teachers and the extracurricular activities were excellent. The band program was great, which I was a member of. It is also a good school socially. I made some good friends while I was here from classes I took and activities I participated in. It was a great school to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2009

This is an amazing school, i went here and loved it. I had come from a much larger school and went to this on eand it was incredible. The teachers actually care if the students suceed or not, and the make learning really fun. I have a 3.7 average when I attended. also, socially you can grow. This is a greatttt school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2008

As a former student I would rate GSHS as a superior school in academics. The teachers who instructed me were excellent at making difficult material interesting. The natural beauty and high living standard of the area attract high quality educators. However, due to the fact that many of the kids who attend the school are quite wealthy and have spent most of their lives in the area, it can be quite difficault for many children to fit in and adjust. In short, the school is academicallly outstanding, but socially stunted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

As a 2005 Graduate of Gulf Shores High School, I attribute my successes to my years here. The faculty taught me to embrace my individuality and to become who I want to be. I currently attend The University of Montevallo, where I edit the campus newspaper, hold high offices in my sorority and Student Government, and produce my own radio and TV Network from 6PM-12AM on weekdays. Gulf Shores High School is big on academics as well as extracurriculars and philanthropic projects. It was at this school where I found my humanitarian niche. The only thing I find that could be seen in a negative way is that a lot of the students have gone to school with each other their whole lives. Could be bad on the new kids. I have lived in Orange Beach my whole life... never had this problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2006

I am currently a student at GSHS. Its alot of fun and they make learning fun, they try their hardest to make the school a better place to be and i just LOVE it!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2005

Pros - In my opinion, Gulf Shores High School is one of the better schools in the county. Academics are challenging at multiple levels from basic to AP style courses. As a producer of scholars all the essentials are there but the students and parents must provide the intellectual capital and personal motivation to succeed. Principal Tyler is a singularly dedicated individual whose leadership and concern for the welfare of students is exceptional. Yes! Parents should be more involved and not throw their children at a public institution and expect to automatically get scholars--it takes work and dedication. True, sports at GSHS have not taken the front seat, something nearly unheard of by folks who forget that school is first and foremost about gaining a basic foundation for further academic success. Along the way, kids grow up and learn to work with others. Keep up the good work GSHS. S.A.S.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

im graduating from gulf shores this coming year, and my brother graduated 4 years prior. gshs is pretty small, the school isnt very inviting, and alot of the kids here have all grown up together, making it difficult to jump in with everyone. there are amazing teachers here and horrible ones just trying to get dome with teaching so they can get to their personal lives. academics are good, but not as challenging as alot of other school outside of alabama. there isnt a big art or music program. football is no big deal... never had a winning season. i dont know about parent involement, im sure theyll let you give them money if you to though. gulf shores isnt a bad school, you just need an acquired taste.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2005

I go to gulf shores high school as of right now and I would say as of behalf of my part this is a very nice, clean, and safe school to be in. one of the really good things at GSHS is the education and great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2005

i was i freshman at gulf shores last year and it was horrible..im now going to a diff school..i hated gs..the school is more concerned with if their students are wearing proper uniform than who needs help in math..they do have SOME very good teachers but over all the school stinks..the only ones who like it are the 'star' athletes..
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2005

To respond to the comment about drug use, there is only so much that the administration can do about the drug problem in the 8 hours that the kids are there each day. The obvious problem lies within the households of these children and the parenting that they have or have not received. In my opinion, the administration at GSHS has done a wonderful job of making the school a much more enjoyable environment for both students and faculty, and I think that the majority would agree.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2005

The new administration is leading the school in a positive direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2005

Both of my children grew up in the Gulf Shores area. I have to say that Gulf Shores High School has been a very bad experience for my family.There is limited parent involvement and this is due to the very unfriendly office staff,and thelack of concern for the students on behalf of the principal. The students are not monitored. The students are doing drugs in the bathrooms and in the parking lot. The reason the Sports program struggles is because of athletes that are allowed to use drugs and the coaches pretend they don't know so they can keep what 'star' athletes they have. They were supposedly starting a drug testing for all athletes for the 2004-05 school year, yet, as of January 2005, it has not been used. My children have been pulled out and will attend school elsewhere. Don't let your child attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

The school has a very good, new and hard working staff. Sports are getting better also. I graduated from here and I say it was a great school with a hard working staff.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 15, 2004

School is a very good academic school. Its grades are one of if not the highest in Alabama. The whole county has to wear uniforms but this does not seem to affect the schools students with there overall grades.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

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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

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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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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97%

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97%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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78%

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80%

2010

 
 
91%

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88%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

186 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

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88%

2010

 
 
91%

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88%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

143 students were tested at this school in 2009.

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82%
Social Studies

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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75%

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78%

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85%

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87%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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99%

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99%

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92%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

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94%

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95%

2009

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

140 students were tested at this school in 2009.

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95%
Social Studies

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
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 Students96%
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Male95%
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible90%
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Special education79%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty99%

Language

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Male73%
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White78%
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Non-migrant78%
Poverty64%
Non-poverty85%

Math

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Male94%
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General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty82%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students80%
Female88%
Male73%
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White81%
Free lunch eligible62%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education37%
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty57%
Non-poverty90%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female75%
Male75%
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White77%
Free lunch eligible57%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education28%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Poverty53%
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

Biology I

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education91%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Poverty98%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students87%
Female94%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White89%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education36%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty90%

Math

All Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education73%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty99%

Reading

All Students95%
Female100%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education55%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty96%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education45%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Poverty83%
Non-poverty90%
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 94% 58%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 34%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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 24%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr Ernie Rosado
Fax number
  • (251) 968-4770

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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600 East 15th Ave
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