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Searcy High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1174 students


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Posted December 4, 2008

compared to the schools i have gone to in the past it is pretty good. the teachers are nice but the principles are a pain. they could be a lot better if they actually listen to the students rather than always just listening to what the teachers say. the teachers are not always right.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 18, 2007

Searcy High School is the best school I've ever been to! The staff is great, the student body is okay, and I get a really good education tere.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 9, 2006

Academic programs are good, extracurricular activities-could be better, parent involvement is good. I don't think the dress codes and other rules are dominated like they should be. The girls athletics don't get enough recognition as the boys sports. The money for the sports activities need to be distributed more evenly.They need head coaches for each sport not someone that is tied up with another sport and can't do the other until the first one is over. Fall ball for baseball and softball would be nice. Tryouts for all sports the first of the year would be nice so everyone could try out at one time. College Prep. is very good for the students. we will definitely miss Mr. Crow.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2005

I'm a '05 Senior from SHS. I have gone to Searcy my whole life and I think even though the school does have some downfalls, overall, it's a great school. Of all my four years attending SHS, I've seen MAYBE two fights. We have a great resource officer who has befriended many, teachers who actually care about their students, and students who out-of-the blue will say 'hi' just because. If I had the choice in picking any school or Searcy, I would pick Searcy in a heart beat.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 4, 2005

Though Searcy prides itself for being one of the top schools of the state, it is far from the best. I attended the school last year and it was a major let down. The teachers pick their favorites and really don't seem to care (not all of them, but most.) It's quite hard to make friends with anoyone too if you just move there, because you did not grow up there with them they don't welcome you.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 3, 2005

Searcy High School has an excellent academic program and also excellent extracurricular programs. Since Searcy is a college town, most of the parents are education oriented; there fore, there is a lot of parental involvement. This always helps a school distict. The honors classes at Searcy High School are top notch. They are some of the best in the state.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2005

I attended Searcy High school and graduated in 1987. As every school has its ups and downs, however, Searcy High seemed to be open and accepting to the students. I was certainly not one of the kids from the wealthy families, but that did not seem to have an impact. The faculty were all approachable, meaning that they were there if you needed them. The principal did seem distant from the students though. I would be happy to enroll my children in Searcy High School and would feel safe in their education and performance.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 8, 2004

I'm not a parent but I do currently attend SHS, and I'm going into 12th grade, and I think Searcy High School is an excellent school. The teachers not only teach us things but they support us and push us to do our best. We're disciplined but they're not really really really strict. There's no reason to feel scared or uncomfortable at this school. Many great students have left SHS and become really successful people, not only in academics, but sports, because we have a great athletic program. This school is a wonderful school for all 9th-12th graders to attend.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 28, 2004

This school is honestly a descrase to Searcy. Many families come here for the school district but Searcy High School is a major let down. I am more afraid at this school than any other school I have ever attended. Teachers play on their favoritism and the prinicples could care less. In my opinion SHS is a major two thumbs way down.
—Submitted by a 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.

The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

273 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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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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
White 82% 64%
Black 9% 21%
Hispanic 5% 10%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 33%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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301 North Ella
Searcy, AR 72143
Phone: (501) 268-8315


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