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Pell City High School

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Posted June 29, 2014

I am currently a senior of PCHS. I am on the yearbook staff, involved in FBLA, robotics, and I am in the ham radio club. My school has a decent standard academic program. My school gives students many oppuritunities to succeed and get prepared for everyday life. I have been given the oppuritunity to take college classes at a real college, learn business skills from excellent business education teachers like Mrs. Pope, Mrs. Spraberry, and Mrs. Parris. I've been given the opportunity to take agriculture classes with Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Lambert. I could also take band, JROTC, theatre, choir, show choir, welding, and even a computer programming class. There are gobs of programs and oppuritunities at PCHS. You may see old reviews on this site about horrible administration and bullying which was true! But ever since Dr. Dowdy has became our principle, I haven't heard of a single fight all year and we haven't been on the news once. Please take this administration change into consideration when choosing your child's school. I have had a wonderful experience at Pell City that I would not trade for anything. The one bad thing about PC is that it revolves around football. The whole city does.


Posted April 15, 2014

I graduated from PCHS in 2012. There are good and bad things to say about the school, just like any high school. I will state that I do not feel prepared for college, I attend UAB, after taking some courses and feeling very lost in the material. Professors expect high school teachers to teach the material, and I can say that it was not taught well enough. I took standard classes, so maybe that is the reason; but that shouldn't be an excuse. Administration was getting more strict the year I graduated. The school is old, but what do you expect? You get what you take out of the experience. Some kids in sports are more known, but that is not something just at Pell City. I made good grades, and had some good and bad teachers. Not every school is perfect!


Posted February 27, 2014

Do NOT move your kids here. Awful place. Went here 4 yearws and learned NOTHING about the real world.


Posted January 16, 2014

I graduated from pchs and had a great experience with great teachers and plenty of friends, sure there's a lot of people and drama that comes with it, but that's life and as far as the academics go, you get out of it what you give.


Posted July 1, 2013

The bathrooms are filthy and the food is awful. Discipline is very inconsistent. Some classes are overcrowded. There are a lot of fights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

PCHS has a history of teachers resigning due to misconduct. During the spring of 2013 some of those were on the TV news in Birmingham.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

Very chaotic, lots of drama. Some of the teachers openly gossip to classes of students about other students and also get into Facebook drama with the kids, etc. The special ed. coordinator in the central office does not have a degree in special ed. and is not certified to teach special ed. The athletic director does not answer to the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

The football coach, AD, and football caches run the school and system. The school system always ask themselves how would it benefit football? Title 9 is a big concern in this system. Discrimination and Equal Opportunity is, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

under the leadership of its principal and her staff , pell city high school has moved from being a "dropout factory" to a fantastic place to receive an education. As a former student , i have already made the decision that when the time comes my children will go to school here.


Posted August 8, 2011

The school as declining resources and they are reducing instructional blocks year over year. The leadership is stagnant with very few if any innovative ideas. Much of the campus is outdated and does not meet ADA compliance. There is a clear miss-match of resources between male and female sports (ie Football, Band, Volleyball, etc.) For example transportation to participate in off site sporting events is done by parents for some sports, but no all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2010

This school is run by students, not administrators. The students can do what they want. I taught there and was cursed out by students almost every day. The students skip class with no punishment. The administration does not have the teacher's back. This year, 3 teachers have left in the middle of the year because the school has gotten so bad. The academics do not help students for college. The students will struggle if they go to college. The school also has maternity leave because there are so many pregnancies. I do not recommend sending your child here.


Posted July 31, 2010

I'm love pchs. I'm a 2009 graduate of pchs and I had an amazing high school experiance. The teacher were ther to help and the administration was very hands on.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2010

I graduated from PCHS in 2008 and I am overly confident in my academic path for my future.The teachers are great and the students are compared with a high academic standard. Like most schools, PCHS is completed with everything you need! GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted May 7, 2010

This school has some great teachers. The problem with the school is the bullying of new students. My daughter has not had a break all year. This has been a continuous problem with no help from school officials. We will not be returning next year, I would rather my child not have to wonder if someone is going to attack her every single day. There needs to be better administrators and a better resource officer at this school. (Not to mention the parents of these kids, have definite problems). Do not send your child to this school if you want them to have a great high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

My son transfered here his junior yr. He has been on an IEP since middle school, and I'm sure they are written with best intentions, they place undo hardships on a student with ADHD. He's at the end of this quest; and will have nothing to show except a High School Certificate and being allowed to 'WALK' I doubt even 3 goals have ever been acheived, and it seems as though his starting problem has been comprehension, and not getting what is read.This area has never been addressed, even with direct references. He's struggled so, and I feel guilty that a diploma is not within range. Now he's been offered to participate in ceremonies days before we were told he couldn't. They don't have any medical or affective behaviors of these disorders, they seem to group it all in one, but every student/child is different , these disorders bring out .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

Personally, I am not impressed with PCHS. I graduated from PCHS when Teachers were Teachers and not friends to the students. Don't get me wrong, the Teachers of the 70's and 80's were real, solid, caring, concerned, strong and professional. They were truly Respected. They never told the students their business or talked about a student to another, nor did they express their dislikes of any student to another. This is so disrespectful and very unprofessional. My children and I am sure others have gotten a raw deal at PCHS because all the teachers do not teach. They do not explain lessons or discuss lessons. How can they pass the AHSGE when they are not being taught. I would like to challenge all parents to go to their child's school and visit to see if you understand what your child is being taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

this school is the craiest school you can go to. but overall pch is a wonderful school. we have tons of extra activities and stuff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2009

i went to pell city high,graduated. and cannot make it in college. the academics are not good at pchs. people think it's good. but you go to other school's and compare,and you'll see. pell city,is pathetic.


Posted December 8, 2007

I am a graduate student from Pell City High School. All I am going to say is that there is a lot of flaw in this school system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2007

I have a tenth grade child attending PCHS. She is involved in Key Club, Cheerleading, Diamond Dolls, SGA, and Miss Pell High. The quality of academics is high. My daughter is in the honors program and spends much time with out of school projects and homework. The level of parent involvement is high-although I realize it is mainly parent involvement in the extra curricular activities and not the core academic program. The school offers so many choices for student involvement that it is sometimes mind boggling. If your child has an interest PCHS has a program.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

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Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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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.

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The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

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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

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General population98%
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Not migrant97%
Poverty94%
Not poverty99%

Language

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Poverty63%
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Math

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Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education38%
General population89%
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Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Poverty80%
Not poverty92%

Reading

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Female89%
Male83%
Black84%
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligible86%
Special education31%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Poverty79%
Not poverty93%

Social Studies

All Students81%
Female76%
Male86%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White80%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligible77%
Special education25%
General population85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%
Poverty74%
Not poverty88%
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%
Female99%
Male99%
Black95%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible98%
Reduced lunch eligible96%
Special education95%
General population99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Not migrant99%
Poverty97%
Not poverty100%

Language

All Students86%
Female93%
Male80%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligible78%
Special education20%
General population92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
Poverty80%
Not poverty91%

Math

All Students94%
Female96%
Male92%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligible91%
Special education45%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%
Poverty89%
Not poverty97%

Reading

All Students93%
Female93%
Male93%
Black84%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible89%
Reduced lunch eligible87%
Special education50%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Not migrant93%
Poverty89%
Not poverty96%

Social Studies

All Students88%
Female85%
Male91%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible78%
Reduced lunch eligible74%
Special education70%
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Not migrant88%
Poverty77%
Not poverty95%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 58%
Black 14% 34%
Hispanic 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 44%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs Helene Bettinger
Fax number
  • (205) 338-2838

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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1300 Cogswell Ave
Pell City, AL 35125
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