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Hot Springs High School

Public | 9-12 | 713 students


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Posted October 5, 2009

in spite of the financial odds against it, this school strives to provide the best education possible for all students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2009

I graduated for HSHS in 2008. Personally, I believe that it is an exceptional school with lots of opportunities. There are many extracurricular activities to be involved in, as well as advanced classes. The teachers are great and supportive. The school spirit there is incredible. Personally, I would let my future children go there before any other school in Hot Springs, including Lake Hamilton and Lakeside. It is considered an inner city school, but it's because of that fact that makes it even more appealing because it is very diverse which helps students to deal with diversity in society.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 17, 2009

I graduated this school roughly 8 mnths ago and through my brother, there has been some serious issues regarding how teachers act with students. Most teachers now don't care whether or not the student is struggling; they just care about how they present their material to the student. In addition, most of the teachers will state that the student has not tried to get assistance from the teacher when in many cases the student has tried and indeed did seek help from the teacher, but left the student more hindered at the attempt. If you do consider sending your child here, you must prepare for a lack of assistance from teachers and facilty alike. You should also expect a lot of 'wild' stories that can be, believe it or not, are true. This school has a potential to make your child succeed if he is capable, but he will change.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 3, 2008

When I went to Hot Springs the teacher cared and would help the students they saw that were struggling. The teacher now don't care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2008

We recently moved to Hot Springs last year. May daughter attends Hot Springs High School. They have an excellent academic program. I have had very good experience dealing with the staff. A school is what you make of it. I think Hot Springs High School is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 28, 2005

There are good academic programs available as well as many elective subjects and extracurricular activities. Parental involvement is lacking. The violence and gang problems are horrendous.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 8, 2005

I am currently attending HSHS in the IB program. This school offers a great education to those willing to learn. This school offers the same prgrams as most other school including core and elective classes such as math, english, science, history, drama, home ec, drivers ed, dance, band, etc. The parents have a great amount of involvement as many of my friends parents are involved. With this new principal(that I am not too fond of)I still belive this is a great school and a leader to those around it. Some issues I have are with tardiness, rudeness, and excessive talking. Our school has a reputation of being a unbehaved school with a bad education, but if you attend or allow your child this priviledge you will see that many things are not what they seem. Go Trojans! *'08*
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 6, 2005

I think that this school has grown in great ways. Many good things are happening at HSHS. New Science building,advance classes,new principal,the booster club is growing an many more great things. I would recommend this school to anyone, because I beleive they will encourage, teach, and motivate children there.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 9, 2005

I think Hot Springs High School has made huge strives in the recent years with many advanced classes and technical programs that usualy cost money or haveing to be enrolled in a college to obtain (which many other schools in the area dont offer)...The school has very little seriouse discipline problems(other than your occasional saturday school for someone skiping or things to that nature. Hot Springs has a great Technology department your student will learn way more than book smarts at hot springs it is a very diverse Cultural school and a good honest educated staff who care about the student ..Hot Springs has its flaws but most schools do...but overall i see this a a great learning evniroment with many courses to challege your kid or courses to help them simply graduate top it off The trojans have many extra curriclum activities to keep your child of the streets.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 16, 2004

This is a very good school. My sister was apart of this school unitl we moved. It is very culturally diverse, and a lot of people are friendly. You also have the chance to participate in very advance classes. The students learn a lot being at Hot Springs High School.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 14, 2003

After a highly questionable video being shown in my daughter's so-called 'advanced' biology class I removed her from this school and put her in a private school. Parents really should pay more attention to what's going on in the classroom. The discipline and moral tone of the school is sadly lacking. There is much violence in the hallways between classes and no one seems to care. Parental involvement is practically nil and apathetic. I would stay away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2003

I think that this is a good school for students that are self motivated! i was a graduate of '99' and I had to do everything on my own so if your child need MORE help than others I would not choose this school!
—Submitted by a parent

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 47% 21%
White 41% 64%
Hispanic 9% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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701 Emory St
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Phone: (501) 624-5286


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