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Springdale High School

Public | 10-12 | 2200 students

Our school is best known for its cultural diversity.
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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Posted April 8, 2014

This is a school that puts learning and life long learning first. This school is a diverse and complex community of learners, both students and faculty, who are dedicated to the pursuit of life long learning and living to the potential of each life involved in this school. The students and the faculty make this a great place to work, to learn, to be fully human.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2014

My school is a diverse and complex community of life long learners as faculty and staff and potentially life long learners in the student body. We offer IB, EAST, AP, and multiple Academies to include a variety of learning opportunities for a variety of student interests. I feel our faculty and staff are the best in the state, and one of the best in the nation.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 6, 2014

My school is a culturally diverse center of learning for grades 10 through 12. SHS offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program, EAST lab, and four academies within the school centered around our student's career interests. Currently we offer Law and Public Safety, Medical, Informational Technology, and Engineering academies. SHS has concurrent English and College Algebra/Finite Math courses where students can earn both high school and college credits. We have an extensive Advanced Placement program. We are an accredited high school with AdvancED. Students should expect high standards in a rigorous academic setting. Teachers serve as academic advisers to their students with weekly meetings outside of class time to monitor grades, attendance, and missing assignments.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 6, 2014

Awesome school with so many great academies. The teachers really care about the students and it's such a positive atmosphere.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 6, 2014

Springdale High School is a melting pot of nationalities, Probably 14 or more. Students are offered everything from IB, Law, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Art, to the top Choral and band programs in the State. I am the parent of two of the instructors in the business and tech department, who along with their sister graduated from SHS. I now have a granddaughter who is graduating with honors in the IB Academy and has received scholarships to a number of schools. Even though over 50 percent of the students are on the "free lunch" program this high school meets the needs of all of their students. I would not want my grandchildren to go to any other high school in town.


Posted February 6, 2014

SHS offers a world class education to its students. The teaching staff is caring and knowledgeable, the academies are always excelling, and the AP/IB curriculum is an amazing opportunity for the students. Recently renovated, the facilities are top notch as well. There is no better school in the state by any means.


Posted February 6, 2014

This is a GREAT school! The teachers care and are willing to stay after for parents and/or students. I believe a majority of the teachers have a Masters degree. They have academies that local businesses and U of A professors partner with to ensure their rigor and relevance. They have an IB program that is outstanding (research it if you don't know what it is). They are a big school, so this allows for a variety of AP classes. They offer such diverse programs to meet their diverse students' needs. Tutoring is offered free to all students before and after school. I really cannot say enough about SHS. Of course I work here, but this is my dream job at my dream school. The students are the most respectful students you will find. This is a special place.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2013

My daughter attended Springdale high school for her sophomore year during 2012-2013. She was bullied everyday for the whole school year. I talked to the 10th grade counselor about it and he did absolutely nothing. I called the school board to get her released so she could enroll in a different school district but they wouldn't do anything about it either. I never heard from the principal as he was notified from the counselor and the board. My daughter didn't feel safe in that school. She had to find different ways to classes to avoid the kids picking on her. Needless to say we took her out and enrolled her in Fayetteville high school. She loves it there and we could see the difference immediately. It's too bad Springdale allows bullying. They just lost a straight A student and potential national merit scholar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

My son was beat up by his 'friends' on a school field trip. The principal that conducted the investigation gave my son one day of detention for defending himself, and gave the other 5 boys two days of detention. We chose to change schools because my son was afraid of meeting the other boys in the parking lot after school. Since correct punishment was not handed out, the principal told the rest of the student body that this kind of behavior is fine for SHS. We're hoping to find a safer enviornment at Harber.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They do a great job with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

This school is the best! so many different clubs!! the ag program is the best in arkansas! har-ber has noting on us!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2008

The school is not as crowded as it used to be because of the new high school they built across town, and I enjoy it there. I am currently a student there. Not all the teachers are great, but almost every teacher is thier for the students. I am excited about the new building they are going to make in the middle of campus, which will get rid of the street in the middle of school and help the school get more modern technology.They have classes for almost every career interest, including academies. I am in the medical academy, and I am satisfied with it. Springdale High School is the best high school in Springdale hands down.Go Bulldogs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2007

My daughter will be entering the 11th grade this fall. She loves this school! My son graduated in 2006 and he enjoyed it as well. My daughter is in AP classes and finds the courses challenging and the teachers very committed to their success. She feels safe here regardless of the influx of some gang activity. Down side:Most of the school's resources ARE spent on athletics. The school's mechanics classes were discontinued all together this year because of lack of funding. They have lost a very valuable course and the kids suffer for it, but hey, we have a great football practice field. My daughter participates in FFA and loves it. Great teachers in Mr. Rice and Mr. Burkett. They both have a real concern for kids and their accomplishments and goals. Overall a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

SHS academics are average, unless one is seeking college prep. courses. The IT courses are substantial.Math courses include Alg. 1,2, and 3, geometry, Trig, and Cal. The science department offers AP biology, chemistry, and a great physics' course. The band program had long been the best in the state, however, with the addition of a new highschool, the better band director fled to the new and nicer Harber Meadows. If you have a typical student, Harber is a better choice because it will continue to improve, whereas, SHS will continue to lose ground. My son enters his senior year this fall, and is lucky to have a few good AP teachers left (most that stayed are older and nearing retirement). SHS is not as safe as Harber, nor as good a school. SHS, at one point and time, was a fantastic school, but its best days have past.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

I quit this school after the 10th grade. Too much money is spent on sports and anything sports related.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 22, 2005

There are quite a few academic programs that students can become involved in. The Band is very popular in the area along with choir. Springdale Bulldogs hold many titles for athletic acheivements. There are many programs/clubs that help students earn scholarships and grants. Parent involvement is not as predominant in SHS, but parents are always welcome to communicate with instructors.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 20, 2005

I graduated in 2004 and i think springdale highschool is a pretty good school. The exceptions are the faculty, school board, and their policys. For example the students per teacher is a lot higher. Atleast doulble the listed number. Its a very crowded school. Luckily the new school will be finished soon so students wont have to have class in a trailer. Yes a trailer! Like for construction sites. With so much overcrowding they shouldnt have taken away privilages like open campus at lunch and out periods for seniors. I agree with the other review on the faculty. Assistant Principals Mr. Phillips and Mr. Harris are the only thing keeping the school together and acctually care about their students. The new principal has no interaction with students and doesn't listen to what the students have to say.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 2, 2005

I think Sprindgdale HS is a great place to go to school. My son is in the special education program there and he is always so excited about going to school. Mrs. Biondo has been an outstanding teacher to him and has really made him feel like he could do anything he set his mind to. We could use more role models like Mrs. Biondo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

I, like Roy, am also a Senior at Springdale High School. I agree that our lunch lines can be a bit too long, and the hallways are pretty tight at times, but the school itself is great. Springdale offers an amazing amount of diverse classes, including many AP courses. I have had a wonderful three years at Springdale. -Natasha
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2004

I am a junior at SHS and i believe that Springdale is among the top schools in the nation. The focuses are not only on academics but on the arts and sports as well. Our band and choir students are some of the best in the country. Springdale offers all sports and is at the top rankings of most (especially football with our recent defeat of Evangel Christian of Shreveport, LA at 30-14!). SHS also has great course options with AP, concurrent, and an on-the-job program. Springdale also manages it's size of nearly 3,000 while still keeping the small town community.
—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.
Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

650 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

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Biology

The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

650 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
21%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

636 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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
Hispanic 52% 10%
White 35% 64%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 7% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black 2% 21%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school George Junior High
Southwest Junior High
Central Junior High
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 40% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 35% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation NorthWest Arkansas Community
University of Arkansas
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
German
Spanish
Marshalleese
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Marshalleese
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French, German, Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 4:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Principal Pete Joenks
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (479) 750-8811

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • IT support
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Pre-law
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Marshalleese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Jones Elementary School
  • Chamber of Commerce
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
  • bowling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • bowling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: French, German, Spanish
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Marching band
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
George Junior High
Southwest Junior High
Central Junior High

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
NorthWest Arkansas Community
University of Arkansas
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 40%
4 year college - 35%
Military - 5%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 10%
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101 South Pleasant Street
Springdale, AR 72764
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Phone: (479) 750-8832

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