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1300 Cogswell Ave
Pell City, AL 35125

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(205) 338-2250
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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.

- submitted by a community member
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!

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2014
Do NOT move your kids here. Awful place. Went here 4 yearws and learned NOTHING about the real world.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
July 01, 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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 07, 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
May 02, 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
April 07, 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
no rating 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
no rating September 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
March 12, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
June 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 08, 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
March 19, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
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
January 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 27, 2006
My son came to PCHS in the midterm of 10th grade. He was struggling with chemistry(he is an honors student)the teacher he had really helped him. He has made new friends there and I am personaly happy with the staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
I am a student at PCHS and have been for my entire HS career. I honestly feel that this school is very unique. Over the last three years I have visited literally hundreds of schools across Alabama, while being involved with Key Club International. They are amazed at the level of involvement that PCHS retains. Not just with Sports, but with Extracurricular Activities and Academics. I am very proud to have attended PCHS and the Pell City School System for that matter. Our teachers, staff, administration and students are all great. Of course there are exceptions, but that is with every school. Overall, I would give PCHS a rating of 9 out of 10. I would encourage any students transferring to the area to visit and allow our new Ambassador Program (The Pridesmen and Pantherettes) show them around.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2005
My daughter is in her 2nd year at PCHS and a Band student. I believe the addition of Mr. Jeremy McFall as Director of Bands was an excellent choice. He seems very committed to making sure that the students continue to perform at the highest level possible. My only problem with the school came last year when I attempted to volunteer. Needless to say, not a very welcoming atmosphere in the office! Overall, the academics so far have been above my expectations. I think we, basically, have a very good school, with excellent extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
I've posted before, and I'll post again. I graduated 3 years ago and still come back in the summer to help teach the band. Yes, the school is changing, but everything changes. I've always loved the teachers and faculty, and am grateful for my experiences at PCHS. I wouldn't be where I am today without such guidance.

- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2005
Pell City High School is as good as you will make it for your child. All three of my children attend/ed PCHS. Two have graduated and gone on to college, and were very prepared in all subjects. My youngest is a junior at PCHS and involved in the band and chorale programs. The band is experiencing some transition but we have a great new band director coming next year and expect only wonderful things from an already great program. The oldest two received scholarships and I fully expect my youngest to do the same. Don't be fooled by those who give PCHS a bad review; if you expect the best out of your child, stay involved and work with the school system (not against it) your child can do great also!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 07, 2005
I am one of the current currently in the band. Reffereing to the comment earlier, there is involvement in the fine arts department. So be correct on what you say.

- submitted by a student
April 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
I am currently a junior at PCHS and have been attending PCHS since my 9th gr. year. Yes I will admit our school has some problems- but no school is perfect. I am involved in the band, show choir, and many other clubs. PCHS has many activities for every type of student as well as a broad range of different teachers to help the students in any way that they may need. I'm sure that there are better schools out there than PCHS, but I know there are worse. But I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade my years at PCHS for anything. I'm will definitly be graduating next year with a lot of great memories!

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2005
If you are involved in the Fine Arts Dept. expect no involement from the ppl. in charge. The band is going through changes so beware, the choral dept. is doing well, and the art dept. is right on cue. In this system please remember that football is king and if you are the Fine Arts you are 2nd class. Academics are ok and the parents are involved at all levels. Would I send my kids to this school? Probably not!

- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2004
I am a professional that visits PCHS as well as several other area schools on a regular basis. I am impressed with the quality of education that PCHS provides for their students.

- submitted by a staff
July 10, 2004
Pell City High School is a wonderful school! Our children rate amongst the highest in our state. All activities for our children/students are very well recognized by our Board. Football-great, TSA-great...Get involved parents with our school. The more you know the more you will appreciate our school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2004
I am a student at PCHS and am over all satisfied with the school. I believe all schools have their own problems, and overall I believe PCHS I a great school for anybody to attend. Most teachers and administrators in the school will try and help you in any way they can if you truly need help. Thanks, PCHS, for making my school career a great one.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2004
I graduated from Pell City High School in 2003. I've visited several other high schools in the area on soccer trips and honor bands, and this high school is great. The faculty is great, and the school is improving every day. Pell City High School is a wonderful school... trust me, I would know.

- submitted by a former student
April 24, 2004
We have a Senior and a Sophomore at Pell City High and could not be happier. We have lived in several states, some of which have public schools with much better reputations and funding. However, we believe our kids are getting a very good education from very dedicated and qualified faculty.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
This is a low quality school. Many teachers have been tenured that have zero knowledge regarding teaching. My heart and prayers go out to all of the kids who have to attend this school. If you really care about your child and their future, do not let them attend Pell City Alabama High School!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
I am a student at PCHS. I love it there. The teachers are nice and there is an extracurricular activity for everyone. I am looking forward to more years at Pell City!

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 22, 2003
My son is in the 9th grade at PCHS. He also plays football. My step-daughter graduated in 2001 from PCHS. We really love the staff here! Whenever a parent or student has a need, there is always someone there to help.

- submitted by a parent
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Pell City High School
1300 Cogswell Ave, Pell City, AL  35125
(205) 338-2250
Last modified Pell City High School is a Public school that serves grades 8-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pell City High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top