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Shades Valley High School

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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


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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.

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 79% in 2012.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

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Scale: % level 3 or 4

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.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/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
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/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
Non-migrantn/a
Povertyn/a
Non-povertyn/a
Scale: % level 3 or 4

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.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

325 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

326 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

240 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
85%
Social Studies

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

325 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
81%
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.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

263 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
91%

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%
Female96%
Male96%
Black94%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible92%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education70%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Poverty93%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students75%
Female76%
Male73%
Black66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible71%
Special education7%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Poverty60%
Non-poverty91%

Math

All Students81%
Female83%
Male80%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education19%
General population87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Poverty70%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male82%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible81%
Special education30%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty93%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Black66%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligible76%
Special education19%
General population80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Poverty62%
Non-poverty89%
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 Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education84%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty99%

Language

All Students90%
Female94%
Male85%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible81%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education39%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty82%
Non-poverty96%

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male84%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White97%
Free lunch eligible76%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education42%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students91%
Female93%
Male88%
Black87%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education35%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty84%
Non-poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
Black79%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible71%
Reduced lunch eligible100%
Special education35%
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty74%
Non-poverty94%
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
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)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
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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
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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