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Sylvan Hills High School

Public | 9-12 | 825 students


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Posted September 27, 2009

I recieved an education that enabled me to enter college and I am graduating soon with a 3.7 GPA. I attribute my success to a few of my teachers at SHHS, but not to the school as a whole. I believe that this institution is poorly organized, and runs ineffectively. The best thing that could happen to this school is that they would leave the PCSSD (which is very poorly run) and become an independent school. The town of Sherwood can support this school well and if it was funded properly and run by effective administrators, it could be one of the top schools in the state.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 28, 2009

This school is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 4, 2009

My daughter has received great education. Other than the school being older there were no issues.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2008

This school is progressing yearly with the consistency in administration. Our principle has made discipline a priority and students know what to expect. The assistant principles follow the same strategy in policy. Firm but fair seems to be winning. I am a very pleased parent at Sylvan Hills High. My daughter is an 11th grader and I believe she is getting a superb education. She is in the pre-AP and AP classes but the teacher make all the difference. I think our group of teachers are some of the most dedicated and committed group of teachers. They go the extra mile for the student. The administrators and counselors also work tirelessly. I sub some at the school so I see the school in a close up way. I can say I am very pleased with what I see. Thanks for a job well done- Sylvan Hills High
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 3, 2008

My child attends SHHS and I am very pleased with the teachers, principle and school. The one thing that is very upsetting is that this school is in desperate need of renovations, but this school never seems to have money. With all the taxpayers in Sherwood you would think that SH would receive some of that money for modifications. This, of course is not the schools fault.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2008

I have 3 children that have attended SHHS and they all loved it! They were all enrolled in the AP classes and learned so much in addition to having fun in classes and sports. The new principal has definitely made a difference in the program at SHHS. I just hope that he will stay there for a while to promote some stability. Thanks to all at SHHS!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 3, 2007

As a veteran teacher at SHHS, I am excited about the direction the school is moving. Our new principal has really boosted teacher and student morale, and we've all benefitted from his leadership. Go Bears!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted August 16, 2006

Okay Sylvan Hills may not be the greatest school, but it's a very fun atmosphere! Most of the teachers are very good. As far as im concerned the safety of your child is in very good hands. Every sports team is very close like a family. They welcome you and invite you in like you've been going there forever. I've went to SH for 8 years and im sad to say that i will not be attending this year because of my parents. Send your child there. They'll have fun with the classes and atmosphere SH puts out, and it's very easy to be accepted there!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 2, 2006

I'm a Junior that currently attends this school and I must say that I hate it here. The violance rating is way to high. If you're thinking about going to this school, take my advice and don't. It is a total waste of high school memories. The education is horrible.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 29, 2006

SHHS has strong, competent teachers that have held the school together for years.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2006

We're retiring from the military this May 2006. My son, Jason, is graduating from Sylvan Hills High, May 2006. This is his 2d season in school soccer. The team just got new uniforms and a new coach---Go Bears! I've had no problems with the school or staff. I think this is a pretty good school for blacks and whites. If your son or daughter works hard, no problem. If he/she is a lazy and complaining student, then he/she will write negative marks for the school. The academics are good, the espirit de corps is high, and they have a fair set of rules. We're an average family, not rich, not poor. We've been around the U.S. schools and this school is pretty average in comparison with other U.S. schools. I felt comfortable and safe sending my son here. This is definitely a safe and clean community! Christians are all around..God has blessed us during our 6 1/2 years here! If you're a Christian, you won't have any problems! God Bless and keep you & your family safe & warm! A retiring Army AGR soldier, 90th Regional Readines Command, G-7! Hooah!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 5, 2006

I'm a student at Sylvan Hills High School, just transferring from another school. The school is working with less money from the state but I think they are doing a good job with what they are getting. As for the people at the school I must say I am appalled. As for the teachers there are excellent ones then there are ones that the students just plain don't like, though most schools have teachers like that. Personally, besides the principal, I like the school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 4, 2005

I am a senior at Sylvan Hills this year and don't enjoy school, but who does? SHHS has many wonderful teachers who are passionate about what they teach. If you are considering enrolling your child, I suggest these teachers especially: Ms. Shannon Rice Ms. Tomi Evans Mr. Michael Johnson Mr. Dennis Dare I have been in these teachers' classes multiple times, mostly because I loved the way they teached, which made me want to learn. Don't give up on Sylvan Hills.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 15, 2005

I am currently attending SHHS and can honestly say I am miserable. It seems my high school experience becomes worse the closer I get to graduating and there doesn't seem to be any sign of it getting better anytime soon. The school building itself is very unkempt and in need of some serious treatment. The quality of the faculty and administration is very unsatisfactory. It seems they are more preoccupied with laying down rule after rule after rule than making sure the students have the best education they can possibly have. I suggest to all parents to think twice before sending their child to this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 19, 2005

I am attending SHHS right now and it pains me to read all these negative reviews about it. Sure, it is not the greatest school in the state, but most of that comes from the students and not the faculty. Personally I have always felt safe in the two years that I have been there. As for the teachers not being good, I love my teachers, sure they have their problems but they're human just like us. If your child doesn't learn anything than maybe he/she is the problem. Maybe they go to school and don't follow the rules or don't try to learn. I know that most parents think that their kids are perfect angels, but when they get to school they change and become rebellious and don't try to learn.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 15, 2004

School is terrible. I am a former student and i am sad to claim this as my high school alma mater. The school and its staff are terrible. The facilities are in such a terrible state. The teachers are awful and don't have any kinds of relationships with their students, minus a select few. Sports is the only thing on the minds of the school and it shows with the use of 'remediation' courses that apply no learning and teaching whatsoever. Don't put your children in this school unless you want them to learn the fine art of 'failure with no help getting out.'
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 5, 2004

I am sad to see that all of these people are making these statements about Sylvan Hills, I graduated in 2003 and thoroughly enjoyed my time at SHHS. I do believe that teacher quality is mostly fair and there are quite a few exceptional teachers there. Students have to take a stand for themselves and for their future. The way that students perform is based solely on how much responsibility and dedication a student has toward his or her education. I believe that much of this is caused by poor parenting. Yes this school does have issues but what school doesn't? Students, stand up for yourself and don't let your educational experience go to waste.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 6, 2004

I don't know why there are so many complaints about this school. I think the principal did an excellent job and safety was only an issue because parents don't know how to raise their kids right these days. I graduated from SHHS in 2003 and felt I had a great education. Their AP program is absolutely wonderful. I don't know what the deal is with the safety issue, I never felt unsafe at school-ever. The principal always answered any questions I had, and I felt that my parents had every opportunity to get involved, you just have to do it.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 31, 2004

Parents Beware! Sylvan Hills will need more change then just the Principle. First of all stop busing students in from Little Rock. Since they started busing these kids in the violence rate has gone sky high. Second, get rid of those teachers that you know really need to go like a certain English teacher who during a lesson spelt flies, flees! I went to Sylvan Hills years ago and my parents pulled me out because of these problems. Now there is no way I would send my kid there. There is no reason for such a wonderful community such as Sherwood to have a high school this bad.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2004

I am sorry that this school has this reputation. There is a new administration in place and the attendance area has been rezoned. With the new administration, expect some serious changes. Student misbehavior will not be tolerated. Parents are welcome to come to the school at any time. Volunteer for the Parental Involvement Committee. It will have its first meeting in September. Come in and talk to us. We are concerned about the students education as well as their safety. Your student will be safe at Sylvan Hills High School. Your child will get the education that will help them to succeed in college and the work force. We are dedicated to you and your children. Come by as tour the school and talk with us. It's a brand new year at Sylvan Hills High School.
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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.

193 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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

220 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 47% 21%
White 47% 65%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Asian 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A60%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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484 Bear Paw Rd
Sherwood, AR 72120
Phone: (501) 833-1100


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