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.
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.
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.
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".
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
if you don't mine the all the people its a great school the teachers a great too.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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