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Samson High School

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Posted April 24, 2009

I have been a part of Samson High School as a student and as a faculty member and find it to be one of the most enjoyable places to receive a quality education. The problem with Samson is based primarily on perception. Unfortunately, the perception of our school has not been very good over the past 20+ years and as such, the respect is lacking. Respect for the teachers, administration, and education of Samson High School is crucial to its success. Confidence/pride from its student body comes from understanding the quality of education they are receiving, despite the school's 'perception' among many constant complainers in the community. One of the problems with small schools is the closeness of the community leads many to feel that their children deserve special treatment and that rules can be bent for the 'good' kids. Give Samson a chance and be positive!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

If you move to this area and have school age children, please reconsider. Samson is rated as one of the lowest educational schools in Alabama. Teachers do not have time for one-on-one with students; teachers will not make time for parents or students to answer questions. My child was very interested in learning but could not grasp some work the first time, so the response of the two teachers were 'if you do not listen in class during the first 20 minutes of my teaching' then you are on your own. There were two teachers who cared and would offer to help with the problems he was having in the two other classes. The couselor is not involved as should be. Our children deserve the best in education. For the sake of your child, talk to parents, research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

this school does not care about it's kids they just want to push them through they do not have a variety of classes to choose from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

SHS is a wonderful school. Every school has good and bad, so enough of the bad about SHS because the good far outways the bad. The faculty is warm, small, and personable. I think it is forgotten that the effort to further the education comes from the student. The teachers can only do so much. I have been in a 'teacher' position myself, and I must say, my opinions about teachers changed dramatically when I was in their shoes. It is unfair for someone to judge the teachers at SHS until they have taught there. The teachers, environment, and administration at SHS is a wonderful place to obtain an education, provided that the student wants one.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2004

I am convinced that Samson High School is one of the most caring Schools in this area. Although there are a few teachers who are just punching a clock, the greatest majority genuinly care about the student and want the best for them. Teachers ,at Samson, are hindered by so many state and federal guidelines that to the lay person it may appear that they don't care but that couldn't be further from the truth. I am a believer that we get out only what we put in. Samson High School has graduated Doctors, Lawyers, Educators, Preachers, Business people and others who have gone on to be successful. There are also Samson graduates in prison. The biggest problem I see with the school is a lack of communication with the public. Many of the things the community wants, they already have. Get involved and support Samson High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2004

I recently graduated from SHS and I must say that I agree wholeheartedly with the prior reviews. I spent three and a half years at SHS. The beginning half of my junior year I went to a private school but decided that it was not for me. The teachers are more concerned with theatrics and drama that is going on in the community rather than improving the overall quality of education. I know a few teachers, and not necessarily enough to say a hand full, that will take the time to offer help to any student. A majority of the teachers 'know' the subject but fail miserably at conveying it to students. Overall, the school could use major improvements and a change in faculty and administration.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 25, 2004

I was a grad. from SHS a few years back and also had a sibling grad. from SHS in '02. I have to say the teachers and staff are more worried about the little things (i.e. chewing gum, clothing) than the big things such teaching the kids what they need to know. In my class there were quite a few cheaters and they passed many classes because of that. I feel that if they would worry more about what the kids are learning than what they are wearing of chewing that the kids in SHS could have a better chance of going farther in life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 22, 2003

I'm a fairly recent student of SHS. I transferred into the high school. I have an associate's degree, soon to have a BS and begin my masters. I could hand pick a handful of teachers out of the school that really prepared me for college. it's a poor county school in a rural community under Alabama's backwards education program. i agree with the parent's comment on tenured teachers. it was a big problem when I went to school there. if I am still in alabama when I have kids, they will be in a decent school system or go to private schools.


Posted May 27, 2003

I have a son who is graduating from SHS. Very disappointed in the leadership (more of a 'yes' person to his/her supervisor than to stand up for the students); the teacher interaction with students is poor (i.e., once tenured, the teacher does not have time to interact with students - he/she would rather teach 15 minutes then leave the classroom to take care of personal business - in addition, it has been our experience that the teacher(s) would rather be friends with a student and talk about anything other than the subject he/she is teaching; overall SHS does not appear to have the best interest of the student in mind. Also, the academic guidance is very poor - there is no such thing as working to help further the students education.


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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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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

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General populationn/a
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Proficient in Englishn/a
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Povertyn/a
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Reading

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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.

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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Language

The state average for Language was 75% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
65%

2009

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2009.

55 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
63%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
82%
Language

The state average for Language was 90% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2012.

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 94% in 2009.

39 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
82%
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 Students93%
Female91%
Male94%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible88%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education75%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students67%
Female87%
Male53%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White65%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education17%
General population81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Poverty65%
Non-poverty73%

Math

All Students67%
Female87%
Male53%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White63%
Free lunch eligible59%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education25%
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Poverty63%
Non-poverty80%

Reading

All Students76%
Female87%
Male69%
Black75%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White75%
Free lunch eligible66%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education33%
General population88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Poverty73%
Non-poverty87%

Social Studies

All Students64%
Female61%
Male66%
Black58%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White63%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education33%
General population72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Poverty65%
Non-poverty60%
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%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty100%

Language

All Students87%
Female95%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty93%

Math

All Students87%
Female95%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students93%
Female100%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty100%

Social Studies

All Students80%
Female90%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White79%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty70%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 58%
Black 17% 34%
Hispanic 3% 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 66%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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209 North Broad St
Samson, AL 36477
Phone: (334) 898-2371

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