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Jacksonville High School

Public | 9-12 | 880 students


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Posted December 30, 2011

I moved to Jacksonville from Tampa, FL in the middle of my sophomore year and graduated from JHS in 1995. I chose to take as many AP courses as possible, I chose to go to the band hall during lunch and practice, I chose to study, I chose to ask questions of my teachers, I chose to stay out of trouble, etc... As a result of these choices I graduated with honors from both high school and college. The faculty with whom I had an opportunity to work were rather exceptional! Don't get me wrong, the school had fights and gang problems almost daily. I remember when we had an assembly on the new dress code change and it had to be dismissed because it almost turned into a riot. The school was a disaster, but I refused to use that as an excuse as to why I couldn't get a good education. Remember, what you give is what you get! Some of my best teachers were Ms. Schulten, a new chemistry teacher whose name I have forgotten, Mrs. Catlett and Mr. Belotti to name a few. They had books, desks, teachers, a library, classes, etc... and I had curiosity. Simply put, if one desires a good education, then one needs to GO GET IT!!! Go Red Devils!!! Steven Moss- class of 1995

Posted February 14, 2011

Agree with the school needing competent leadership. My son has been jumped twice now this school year and I was not called on either occasion. He has been caught skipping school by the police and I have checked his attendance record (which is awful) but I have not been contacted in over six months by the school about his attendance. The school must notify me if I am to enforce standards on the child. I've resorted to a FINS petition. This school should be shut down.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2008

This school is in desperate need of competent instructional leadership. We have some good assistant principals, and they do what they can -- but until there is change at the top, improvement simply will not happen.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 23, 2008

they don't keep you inform about grades and if your childs misses schools they don't let you know about. I wouldn't recomament this school to any one!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2008

I graduated from Jacksonville High School in 2005 with honors. I enjoyed my time at this school and learned a lot from my AP teachers as, Mr. Thomasson and Ms. Shelton. Though, this school has lost a lot of it's great teachers it is not a bad school. We need to quit blaming former students and present students for behavior problems. You can find behavior problems anywhere. Pulaski County is to blame. This county does not care about Jacksonville High. There are still good, smart students that attend this school, and they deserve a new facility with more programs to offer. The city of Jacksonville needs to band together and fight the war for their own school district. Pulaski County is a horrible school district and doesn't deserve to keep receiving money from the taxpayers of Jacksonville.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 13, 2008

I'm a junior at JHS, and I have to say that our school isn't half bad. When I take a look around me, 'gifted' schools like Mills are having gang riots and others are having shootings. Sure, we have our share of problems, with drugs and test scores, but a good education CAN be found if you actually TRY. I'm enrolled in all AP classes and I feel that I usually learn something in each of those classes. Everyone has that teacher that you just don't think that you can learn from, and of course I have my own, but I'm learning so much in my AP classes that I often overlook that fact. Jacksonville just needs more funding to be able to get to the next level! Our extracurricular activities are ESPECIALLY good for what we do have, however.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 31, 2007

I graduated from JHS in 2003 as an honor graduate with a 4.0 and couldn't be more pleased with the education I received. I was very college ready and recently graduated with my Bachelors in Communication with an A average.

Posted October 1, 2007

I have been a teacher at JHS for 15 years. I love being a teacher. I have seen some truely wonderful students pass through these walls and have had the privilege to work side by side with many gifted educators. The faculty work very hard to provide opportunity for each student to succeed if they choose to take up that challenge. I look forward to seeing many more students pass through my classroom and hopefully on to greater challenges in their future.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted August 6, 2007

honestly i think the extra curricular activities offered by this school are good such as the sports teams, band, and theatrical arts groups. but the the teaching skills are poor (except for a select few teachers) the school's teachers dont do much to help students out who are behind nor do the counselors with advice.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 9, 2007

Too much emphasis on sports, not enough on academics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2007

A student who wants to learn at JHS can do it -- I know because I'm on the faculty. Unfortunately, a great many students here don't want to, take whichever blow-off classes they can find, skip class, start fights, etc. The police are a constant presence at our school because they're neeeded to keep the students under control. Those who want education here really have to work to get it. If we could just repeal the compulsory attendance laws, JHS could become a good school -- too many are just here because they have to be.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 25, 2007

I graduated from this school in 1979 and I was shocked at the quality of education that my children received from the school system. JHS does not educate the children of today like it once did. Neither of my children were prepared for collegiate level courses their first year of college and had to attend some remedial classes. But I do not fault the JHS staff. I blame the PCSSD and the desegration program. Jacksonville needs to take back the school and employ the pride it once had. My son and my daughter now several years removed from the program have clearly communicated how simple the classes were to pass. They have also stated that the bulk of the students were only getting by because no one challenged them. There is nothing you can do to change the program, send your kids to Cabot, Vilonia, Conway or Bryant.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 16, 2006

I have just finished my first year at JHS as part of the school's first year of 9th graders. I have been accepted to the 10th grade, with the option of going to Mills-a school you can only go to with acceptance first. I enjoy the people that are here. If it weren't for them, I'd be gone instantly. I have met some intersting people here. Some of my teachers have become my best friends. Some teachers couldn't care less, but that's from my point of view. I would never send my children here. There's just too much. I know high school is supposed to be a little chaotic...but come on people! A child should never be afraid to come to school. This school has a lack of discipline & respect. But overall, the schools various activities are really good. I'm personally interested in choir and Family and Consumer Science.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 23, 2005

I am a senior this year at Jacksonville High School, and I can attest to the fact that the school's quality is rapidly diminishing. AP teachers are leaving left and right - my AP European History class was left without a teacher after the first nine weeks. The band doesn't have enough room to practice (we have to use the stage every morning, which is often already booked by someone else), the jounalism department couldn't publish a paper the first nine weeks because we did not have internet access, and the sole drama teacher had her room cut in we have to practice in the cafeteria while the janiotors are mopping. I have thought a lot about what makes a school sucessful, and Jacksonville falls far short. The problem encompasses principals, teachers, students, and the community. I would never send my child to Jacksonvillle High School.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 24, 2005

I played football there the 2001-2003 years and i must say. I had the time of my life the academics were very good but getting scholarships was hard because one of the coaches threw away my letters. The football team made the playoffs two out of the three years I was there. When something dramatic happened police and emergency units were there quickly and solved the problem quickly.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted January 23, 2005

I am a sophomore this year at JHS. I love everything about this school. Sure our test scores might be low, but people actually care! The teachers motivate us and also the students that make good grades get recognition and I think that is what we deserve. The faculty cares for us and there is no other school that I would want to go to. Even though some people don't feel like Jacksonville is a good school, people should realize that we try our best and that is all that counts!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 10, 2005

I am now a junior at Jacksonville High School, and when I started here I didn't think I would like it. However I recently had an opportunity to transfer to NorthLittle Rock High School, and I couldn't imagine leaving. I love jacksonville and, sure, The roof leaks, and some really good teachers are retiring this year, but that doesn't change the fact that we do the best with what we have. I hope that some students read this and understand that it isn't all about fun, and having a teacher hold your hand. The teachers act like they don't care to prepare you for college because they won't even care if you come to class. School, isn't all about fun, it's about growing up. And I, for one, wouldn't want to do it anywhere else. --Cheryl Baclawski--
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 26, 2004

This is my first year at jhs and i'm not impressed at all. The majority of the teachers don't care at all. I have an ap math class and my teacher is possibly the worst teacher i've ever had. She gives one example and then says 'this is the assignment, do it' and she's so reluctant to help you that it's almost impossible to get it done correctly. No wonder we're getting such low test scores. Everyday in my english class i hear kids using words that aren't even real words! people sleep through class and don't do anything, and nothing really gets done about it. It's really pathetic to me how kids think it's cool to be so stupid. How did we get like this? The whole school isn't all bad though. The french, choir, band, and drama departments are great!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 4, 2004

When reading these reviews all I see is, 'It is the teachers, principals, and fellow students fault for the problems at school.' Parents, it starts with US in our own homes! I do believe students should receive respect. If a child is not taught to give respect and earn it, that is the parents fault. Teachers are not hired to teach our children everything in life. Get involved with their life and school. We are their role models for life not just 12 years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2003

Poor Leadership. If not for Mrs. Cannon there would be no discipline at JHS whatsoever. There is no enforcement of the rules and the students are allowed to be disrespectful to the faculty and staff. You have teachers on the edge of retirement who need to leave the profession. Extracurricular's are good overall, but most of the spending and attention goes to Football (which has still not had a really good season in a LONG time) and basketball. Parental involvement is almost non-existent. This school will only improve when parents become involved and make the district do something about the way things are.
—Submitted by a former student

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The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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 60% 21%
White 36% 64%
Hispanic 2% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2400 Linda Ln
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Phone: (501) 982-2128


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