Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Shades Valley High School

Public | 8-12

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
No new ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

4 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 6, 2014

Scored # 15 in Newsweeks 2013 Best High Schools in the nation. The analysis included Graduation Rate, College Acceptance Rate, AP/IB/AICE Tests taken per student & SAT/ACT scores-----stuff that really matters. The score of a 4 seems pretty low for Greatschools. Parents you must use additional research other than Greatschools as a decision factor when selecting a school for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

I love Valley. I will be a sophmore this year and couldn't be happier. They helped me alot being a new student. SVHS is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2008

I am a student at SVHS, and being from a Birmingham City School, I can tell that the teachers here really care about my education. When I was in Birmingham City the teachers didn't care if I was passing their class or not, they just made sure that they finished the textbook. It didn't matter to them if the student got the material. If a student failed they would say 'Well I went through the text with them'. At SVHS the teachers will show you your grade at request. If someone is failing, the teachers will inform them and the parent of what they need to do to make up the work. They make sure that everyone knows the lesson before moving on the the next. For the teachers at SVHS it's about passing the class not passing the textbook.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2005

The only negative experience I had was that the principal is not quick to call parents back; however, her secretary does a great job at providing answers to questions.
—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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
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
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
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
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

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
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

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islander91%
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible96%
Special education75%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant95%
Poverty91%
Not poverty99%

Language

All Students77%
Female82%
Male73%
Black71%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible67%
Reduced lunch eligible68%
Special education25%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant77%
Poverty67%
Not poverty89%

Math

All Students86%
Female92%
Male81%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Special education33%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant86%
Poverty80%
Not poverty94%

Reading

All Students84%
Female88%
Male79%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligible75%
Special education38%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant84%
Poverty75%
Not poverty94%

Social Studies

All Students74%
Female75%
Male72%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islander0%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligible57%
Special education46%
General population76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant74%
Poverty64%
Not poverty85%
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 Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black98%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible99%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education85%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant99%
Poverty99%
Not poverty98%

Language

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Black86%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White0%
Free lunch eligible85%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education33%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant89%
Poverty85%
Not poverty93%

Math

All Students93%
Female94%
Male93%
Black90%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education44%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant93%
Poverty88%
Not poverty98%

Reading

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligible95%
Special education52%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant94%
Poverty90%
Not poverty98%

Social Studies

All Students85%
Female86%
Male85%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White0%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible82%
Special education37%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrant85%
Poverty79%
Not poverty91%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 62% 34%
White 31% 58%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
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 49%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school community.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms Jane Elizabeth Baker
Fax number
  • (205) 379-5395

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

6100 Old Leeds Rd
Irondale, AL 35210
Website: Click here
Phone: (205) 379-5350

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Jefferson Co Ibs
Irondale, AL




Higdon Hill School
Birmingham, AL


Higdon Hill School
Birmingham, AL



ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT