Students enrolled 1831
School leader Mr Manuel Wallace

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2616 Jeff Rd
Harvest, AL 35749

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3 stars
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October 01, 2014
Oh my where to start with SHS? First off if there were a zero or negative star option, that would of been my choice. The administration cares nothing about your child. Zero. Nothing. They care only about grant money from the state of Alabama. If your child struggles, they let them struggle. They truly want to push them to leave. Leave, so the grant money continues. This school is beyond at risk. I am so hopeful for a new high school in the area, I would build it myself. Elementary schools and middle schools in this area are superb. Hence we chose this district to live, SHS has changed my outlook on this. They need to make serious changes. While there are a few good teachers, those poor unfortunate souls are under the rules of the idiocy that is the administration. The assistant principal needs to find another career and if you have ever had the displeasure of meeting her you'd agree. So in closing, if you're new to the area, please reconsider moving into the SHS district. If I save one family from this horrendous school I will feel this review was worth my time. Because as it stands, that's the only reason I write, to save you from SHS. Please STAY AWAY.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
Sparkman is a great school! There are plenty of opportunities for students to excel academically and socially. The school has numerous clubs, nationally recognized organizations, academic programs and athletic groups. There are plenty of avenues to excel academically. However, it requires proactive planning, determination, perseverance, parental involvement, and personal accountability.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
Transferred to area. Like Engineering Acad. & AP teachers! Mr. Maddox & Ms. Simon = Grade A+. Blown away by Dr. Clanton, College Coach, A+. WELL-versed & specific in recommendations for college/scholarships. We all breathed a major sigh of relief. Haven't met/seen any of the administrators & don't know about parent involvement. This is why I'm giving a 4 instead of a 5.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2014
I literally laughed out loud after reading the good reviews on this school. Sparkman is full of drugs, violence and everything else a parent would not want their kid to be around. The administration is worried about where the next gang initiation will be as opposed to the academic excdllence of the student population. One would think that with a such a large number of students coming that the football team woud be good. This is not the case at all. Parents, only send your kid to Sparkman if you don't love them. -former student. I do not allow my kids to drive within a 2-mile radius of that "school".

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
Most people writing reviews are administration, wanting to keep people at Sparkman by giving it 5 stars. I promise you every family I know that sends their child to Sparkman has no choice. It's overcrowded, filled with violence, and honestly they dumb down the material for everyone else that way the football players don't get cut from the team. If you think sports and popularity is what we should base reviews off of, be my guest. You aren't going to get the attention you need as a student for EDUCATION. One of the many reasons my mom pulled me out was, aside from the excessive violence, I wasn't getting the attention I deserved from teachers due to troublemakers. A lot was not done for these problem children. Save yourself time, money, and peace of mind...don't send your children to SHS. (If you though Sparkman Middle was bad, hold on tight.)

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2013
This is an excellent school. This school encourages and monitor students' progress toward meeting grade-level standard. However, with any school, parental involvement is essential. Due to the population of the area, the school has seen an increase in enrollment. At this time, SHS is one of the largest schools in the state. While the school board seeks to rectify this issue, the school continues to grow. The school caters to a wide variety of educational needs. For instance, they have curriculum specifically catered to students interested in engineering, medicine, and business. They also offer curriculum geared towards students who are interested in learning a trade by partnering with a community college. The school has several extra-curricular activities that include music, band, football, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, ROTC, debate clubs, drama clubs, business clubs and much more.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
Other than a few school sport pep rally cutbacks, my school is headed in the right direction. I would recommend this school over any other public school in North Alabama.

- submitted by a community member
August 07, 2013
While there is an issue of overcrowding, being a Sparkman Senator is a great opportunity for students who love to get involved in their school and community. I sing the highest praises for the Newspaper and Medical Academy programs, and Dr. Clanton is an invaluable resource when preparing for college. I truly believe the reason I so enjoy attending SHS is because of the benefits of being involved in programs and advanced classes; it truly makes the difference.

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2013
My school is great, because they are headed in the right direction. Money has held our school back in capital improvement projects, but our new principal and the teachers and staff at the school really put their hearts into the school and into making it better. Any school that is willing to bring about change and try to make the school always better, deserves maximum support from it's community.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Sparkman High School is a wonderful school full of opportunities for students in activities ranging from academic and athletics to service, career and fine arts organizations. It is a large school, but the size affords so many opportunities that smaller schools can't offer. AP and Pre-AP Courses and 7 learning Academies: Medical, Physics/Engineering, Construction, Mass Media/Journalism, Business, JROTC, and Photography! Sparkman is now under the leadership of a new principal who is going to make significant improvements in morale, perception and curriculum, bringing Sparkman High School into a new era of achievement and excellence. It is a great time to be a Sparkman Senator!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
Sparkman is an amazing school with awesome teachers and great classes. It gets a bad rap in the community, but this school has very high scores and pulls in a huge amount of scholarship money each year!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
Dr. Clanton, the College & Career Counselor, changed Sparkman High School! Her passion for helping students & challenging them to be their best touched my life in a major way. As a sophomore, I planned to go to work after h.s. Dr. C showed me HOW to prepare for college, get scholarships and aim high. I never had that before. She changed my life in a good way! Everyone is talking about scholarships and college. We love you Dr. Clanton

- submitted by a student
March 06, 2012
Sparkman... in a word? Rollercoaster. teachers are off and on about how well they cover certain curriculum and its been my experiance for a teacher to tell us to "teach" ourselves certain chapters in Chemistry. Also as a medical student ive enjoyed visiting the hospital but my teachers have been consistenly uncooperative in commuinication and helping me excel as a student. I enjoy all my friends i have made here but one thing is for certain, if teachers would work harder to push students and help them excel in areas that they enjoy then this would be a top noched school. WOULD being the key word. So any teachers reading this, help your students and be understanding towards them as this makes all the difference in the world.

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2011
if you don't mine the all the people its a great school the teachers a great too.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2010
i am currently a student at sparkman high school and the administraters are very understanding and the teachers are the best uit may be a bit crowded but i get the best education possible sparkman rocks

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2010
coming from out of state, very happy with quality of education, not concerned about the size afterall my kids will likely attend large colleges, their high school experience will only benefit them, from our experience nationwide SHS JROTC is one of the best in the country.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2010
Sparkman High School is one of the best schools i have been too. our principal is strict, but not overbearing. That strictness is in place to keep us safe. We have had bad situations in the past which has given the school an undeserved bad reputation. I feel very safe at Sparkman. While we do struggle with overcrowding, I feel that the teachers do the best they can with severely limited resources. I'm taking all AP classes, and I am perfectly happy with the education I am receiving. A lot of the times at Sparkman it is not the teacher's fault that a child is doing badly, it is the student's. All of the teachers at Sparkman are phenomenal.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2010
Sparkman us a great school some of the 9th grade teachers are not the best and like all schools we have some troubled kids and also some times the administraters are not the best but the one thing that keeps everyone in line is the JROTC instructors like 1st sergent(ret) jones and Lt col Cunningham (ret) master sergent Taylor also help because they looked out for the students there and sometimes they have a better control over the school then the administraters this is why the JROTC is some of the best in the country and if you say that programs like this is a waste of funds then you have disrespected the protectors of freedom master sergent recently came out of retirment to defend your freedoms and that is both a good teacher and leader

- submitted by a student
May 31, 2010
My children have been educated around the world at schools that have been tops internationally. We moved to Alabama 2 years ago, and overall, have been very happy with Sparkman and the quality of teachers and quality of education available. I do think the school is too large - and the county is trying to handle that problem now by building a new school and considering rezoning. Bottom line - there are "policies" that I don't agree with and have asked the school to consider changing (with no luck) - but overall it is a good safe school that will prepare students for their future.

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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
i totaly disagree with all of the negiative comments about my school. i am in the 11th grade and we are a very good school. my class alone has made 97 out of the possible 100 on the graduation exams. yes we are very overcrowed to the point where you have to use shortcuts but i does not take away from the education given in the class rooms. as a student i am overwhelmed with the amount of cousre opprutinities at shs. the lack of fundding is a problem but not a huge one. i am glad that i am going to sparkman and i do know that i am getting one of the best educations in alabama as well as in the u.s.

- submitted by a student
May 05, 2009
It was a bit of a shock coming to this area of the country. SHS teachers try their best, but spend most of their time dealing with lack of funding and reviewing material to get the kids to pass the Alabama State Graduationa exams. If you play football or are a cheerleader you have it made. Most students will find it difficult to attend college out of state and to compete with the average high school student from other parts of the country for out of state colleges. The band is a big dissapointment for my children. Perhaps the music departments should concentrate on taking their students to competitions that will test their abilities instead of vacations to Florida that result in all participants receiving superior marks for showing up.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
The administration and staff work to make Sparkman High School a competitive school academically. Students are being prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2008
I rate Sparkman above average, because it (mostly) does the best it can with the situation given it. Of the schools in the Madison County School System, I do belive the best education is gotten at SHS. My main problem is the Sparkman 9th Grade School's realtionship with SHS. S9GS has clubs (ex. Beta Club) that aren't offered at SHS but are offered at most of the other high schools in the state.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 01, 2008
I think the school administration could do a better job with certain things. Like one user said if you are not a football or cheerleader you do not matter. I believe that to be only true with the administrators. I play soccer at SHS and we are cut back on things we need for a better soccer season because most of the money that goes into sports is used up by football and cheerleading

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September 23, 2008
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September 23, 2008
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no rating September 22, 2008
I am a current junior here at Sparkman High School and I completely disagree with the negative comments submitted mainly by the parents. I do not understand how some of these parents complain about the system here at Sparkman when they have not attended nor spent a day here in order to find out. Yes, Sparkman has a few problems; we are overcrowded, there are a few students who have disciplinary problems, and there are a few teachers who probably do not care. These are typical problems of a high school and to say that Sparkman has gone from bad to worse is just plain ridiculous.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2008
This is my current high school, and I absolutely love it. It has an amazing marching band, of which i am a member. I enjoy coming to school each day, and i love being a Senator!

- submitted by a student
April 11, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 05, 2008
My daughter is a 10th grader and loves her school. There are not any issues that she has faced. The teachers appear concerned and are well aware of the needs of the college bound kids.

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January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Sparkman has much to offer in terms of academics, extra-curricular activities, and yes, athletics.

- submitted by a former student
September 21, 2007
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August 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
This school has gone from bad to worse. There are some very good teachers but the discipline issues continue to spoil the learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2007
The Sparkman High School its a highly recommand to a learning education. I give a 10 as a rating. Thank you.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
I respect your opinion, but i disagree with you greatly on such a thing as the choir. I personally believe that the choir is among the best in this state. If the choir was so low in standards, then why were they invited to sing in Carnegie Hall in New York City. That's not such an easy thing to do.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2007
Academia & other activities such as chorus & languages is at the bottom. The Middle school does not offer either. I believe the teachers try. It's difficult for the graduates of SHS to compete for colleges out of Alabama and difficult to get teachers from outside of Alabama to teach in our district. Until more parents are willing to get involved and demand change, it's still status quo.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
My oldest child is in the 7th grade at Monrovia, so I have spent quite a lot of time checking out the situation at Sparkman to include what they have to offer. I have to say that, based on what I have found out, I am disappointed to the level that we have decided to send our kids to a private high school in the area at the completion of the 8th grade. The school is ridiculously over crowded. I think Sparkman does a decent job for most of the kids who fall in the middle academically, but they do a horrible job when it comes to providing a good college prep education. Virtually no AP classes compared to Huntsville and Madison city schools. Dual enrollment will not cut it for those wanting to get into the more selective colleges. Problem is a function of being a part of County System.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2006
SHS has been challenged by rapid growth, limited space and resources, and constant change in recent years. These factors have required amazing creativity and flexibility among the administration, teachers, and support staff. As a new teacher at SHS, I am impressed by an administration that emphasizes school safety, increased academic expectations, and the need for professional learning. I am not surprised that students resent rules and limitations on their freedom, but I appreciate the orderly atmosphere, safe and quiet hallways, and the emphasis on learning. We have growing music(band and choral), art, photography, and theater programs, and these groups receive many awards. Parents are able to monitor student academic progress through Home STI. Several parents of my students stay in touch by email and show concern for their children's progress and behavior. All in all, it's a very positive place for students and teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
October 27, 2006
What many people have said about sparkman is true. If you never attended Sparkman for yourself you wouldn't know. Sparkman is all about sports Mr. holland( old principal) kept that school under control and still allowed the students to have their own freedoms. & The more your parents do the for the school the more priviledges the student will have. I think Sparkman is out of contol . I also think a new principal would help. Dont you want the best for your kids.Sports may be the thing(now),but soon an EDUCATION is what they will need.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2006
As a recent graduate of 2006, I would have to say that Sparkman High was the worst experience of my life. I didn't know about half the things that went on there. There is hardly any school spirit at school. You never get pep rallies but once a semester if even that. It is far too over crowded to know everyone especially for the teachers to help each student. Its the worst experience i've ever had.

- submitted by a former student
October 19, 2006
I think SHS is a wonderful school with the exception of the administration.

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October 03, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 08, 2006
These past two years have just gone downhill for Sparkman. If the new principal is trying to reduce school spirit to nothing, he's doing a superb job. The kids don't get any freedom anymore. Many kids don't know what kind of activities are available. Don't send your children to this school. Even the teachers are miserable.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2006
This school has gone from bad to worse. The moral is under ground it is so low. The principal is ruining this school. Unless you are in football or a cheerleader, you don't count. The dress code is a joke. Do not send your kids to this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
My family likes SHS a lot. We have had three children attend SHS. My family has stayed in this area just so our children could attend this school.We are especially impressed with the dedication and hard work of Mr. Wallace(the principal)and all other admin.We like the variety of extracurricular sports, the dedication and patience of the teachers and we hope more parents and students will take interest in their school.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
Sparkman has had many changes this school year. The school is far too over crowded for ANY student to get the education or attention they deserve. There is an excellent fine arts department, and of course the school's ridiculously into sports. One of the other high schools in the general area would be much better. None of the changes this year have been for the better, and a better education can surely be found anywhere else.

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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Sparkman High is just another school. Although some of he teachers care, there are just too many students. Just another school ran by political minded people. Go private if you can afford it.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
Sparkman High School is an excellent school. It has so many acedemic programs to offer from band to drama. It has a great sports reputation. In 2003 the Varsity Girls Basketball won State. All of the sports have been successful. It's drama department is sensational. The band is huge and very talented. The teachers really do care. As recent graduate, I can say that the teachers really do care because when my grades were low, they called home. They make sure that my parents were envolved. Always sending home some kinds of papers. A lot of the teachers were adored my the students. All teachers, except a few, were liked and popular. Everyone knows each other. I know, SHS is the largest school in North Alabama, but it really is a great school.The principals (all 6 of them) really take part in everything the school does. The teachers are quality.

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Sparkman High School
2616 Jeff Rd, Harvest, AL  35749
(256) 837-0331
Last modified Sparkman High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sparkman High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top