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Sylacauga High School

Public | 8-12 | 712 students

 
 

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Posted August 22, 2013

I am a student at SHS and I am VERY proud. This school is my family. Everyone is treated by the teachers as if they are the teachers own children. My experience has been amazing. I am in the Eleventh grade and I have lived my high school years to the fullest thanks to Sylacauga High School. This is a good way to narrow it down as to how this school is... "We are family".
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2012

I went here my junior year and will be leaving for my old school by senior year. The teachers are typically good, but they take their sweet time updating the online grading system. Also, this is not a private Christian school but is treated like one by most of the students and teachers. It is a very stifling environment for non-Christians. Separation of church and state exists for a reason. Overall, I did learn a lot although my self esteem suffered a blow from the social ignorance that runs rampant in this small town.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2011

My children had a terrible experience. I had three kids go through there and none of them enjoyed it at all. To this day my oldest son can't stand most of the teachers there. They are arrogant, uncooperative, fake, & inconsistent with rules & policies. Their principal that they have now was a teacher there prior and he is no different. You would think that out of three kids that one of them would have enjoyed some of their high school experience. It ashame but most students who have a great experience there or more of the well connected students. Call it what you like but I know many parents in the community that feel the same way. My daughter who never gets into trouble got a detention for asking for her locker combination. Who does that? I email the teacher and she had a smart attitude! That policy wasn't even in the student hand book. In many cases I believe that they get caught up in rules, regulations, & "principles" than they do in what is the best interest for the kids. Teachers will fail kids with no concern or conscience & not even have the dignity to call the parent. I would never recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

I Really Enjoyed SHS! It Was A Great Place To Be! The Teachers Are Amazing && They Teach So Much If You Actually Care To Be There!(: I Really Miss That School && I Hope It Continues To Get Better!(:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

This is the high school I attended. It was great then, but is awesome now. I have several Grandchildren who will be attending here. Sylacauga is a great place to raise a family and all of their schools are wonderful!


Posted February 6, 2008

This is a wonderful school. The teachers and the faculty are just awesome. I'm a junior this year and I am so sad to be leaving next year...I just hope the time goes really slow. Almost every teacher I have ever had went out of their way to help me understand the material and one has even inspired me to become a teacher myself. I have formed relationships with other kids and even teachers that I think will last forever and I don't believe it would have been this way if I was in another school system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

I'm freshman at Sylcauga High School, and I make pretty good grades, but ever since I started here, I don't understand anything, and the teachers don't take time to help me. But everything else here, like sports etc. is wonderful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

My son was failing a class and even though I had spoken to the teacher and checked the computer's every week, I had no idea. The teachers do not keep the computer system updated for us to see what is really happening with our children. I found out he was failing 6 weeks before the end of the year. I had to call a conference with the teacher...not the other way around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

I graduated from SHS in 2001 and was MORE than prepared for college. This is a wonderful school with a fabulous administration.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 24, 2005

I graduated from Sylacauga High in 1999- and it was a great experience and i learned alot!! all my teachers were very helpful even at the trade school i went too! 100++++++ from me anyday!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 26, 2005

I am a senior at Sylacauga High School (2005) and the school is great. Some of the rules are outragious, but the discipline is good. You receive a good education from teachers that care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 19, 2004

I graduated from Sylacauga High in 1994 and can say that is the best school for Academics and Extra-Curricular activies in the area. I may be biased, but the staff pushed for Academic excellence and it really helped me as I continued my education through college to discipline myself and utilize my time wisely.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 28, 2004

I am a junior at Sylacauga High School (2004-2005). This is a terrific school when you actually take time to get used to the faculty, teachers, and others aroound. What makes Sylacauga High the best school around here is it works just like the community. everyone is treated like family and if you are having trouble with anything someone is always happy to help you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2004

Hello I graduated from sylacauga high back in 2002. I really enjoyed everyting about it. But since then I have lost all of my math skills and others. I believe they need more one on one with the students. So, they can comprehend more in the class. They have plenty of time to work with the students. But on the over all score would be a 10 the academics are great and very up to day on things.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 77% in 2013.

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The state average for Reading was 80% in 2013.

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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

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Reading

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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

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 76% in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

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96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
Language

The state average for Language was 91% in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 95% in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 94% in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black97%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible97%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant98%
Poverty98%
Not poverty98%

Language

All Students79%
Female83%
Male75%
Black65%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%
Poverty72%
Not poverty86%

Math

All Students90%
Female89%
Male90%
Black78%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not migrant90%
Poverty83%
Not poverty96%

Reading

All Students84%
Female83%
Male86%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant84%
Poverty72%
Not poverty96%

Social Studies

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Black50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White72%
Free lunch eligible49%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%
Poverty51%
Not poverty76%
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 Students96%
Female96%
Male97%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White99%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Not migrant96%
Poverty94%
Not poverty99%

Language

All Students89%
Female89%
Male88%
Black81%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%
Poverty84%
Not poverty93%

Math

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%
Poverty91%
Not poverty97%

Reading

All Students91%
Female92%
Male91%
Black85%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible84%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%
Poverty85%
Not poverty97%

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female68%
Male83%
Black57%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White86%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant75%
Poverty63%
Not poverty86%
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 60% 58%
Black 38% 34%
Hispanic 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 52%N/A56%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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701 North Broadway
Sylacauga, AL 35150
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