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Cedar Shoals High School

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Posted May 10, 2011

I go to Cedar Shoals and it really does depend where you hang around in this school. The fine arts building is the best and most positive place at this school. But when you step into the academic building, there are evident problems not being solved. There is a large drug and theft problem, but yet nothing is done about it. The administration is also very ineffective and takes no action with serious and important issues. Hopefully, a new administrator may turn things around next year. Also, very good teachers are leaving the school due to the forced teaching model and unsettled administration posts. A plus at the academic building is the AP courses. Many 4s and 5s are received on the exams. An emphasis is put on the top 5% and bottom 20%, but not for the students in between. Those students are left to fend for their own achievement and are not challenged due to dismal advanced curriculum courses. To get challenged here, you have to take AP courses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2011

I currently go to school at cedar and am glad I am leaving after this year. I mean the fine arts department is amazing with caring amazing teachers who push us to do better. But the academic teachers take advantage of the fact that students who do their work will and focas more on yelling at the ones who won't. The drug use is crazy and well known but nothing is done about it. This school is out of control.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2011

One of the top JROTC programs in the nation. Instructors are totally involved with the students both in academics and the extra curricular activities. National level Drill and Raider teams.


Posted December 29, 2010

I am currently a student at Cedar Shoals, and I truly believe I am getting a good quality education. Many of the teachers are outstanding and have material to fill the full hour and thirty minute block, despite popular belief. The social aspect isn't the greatest, but it really does depend on who the students surround themselves with. Cliques are not an issue and our wide variety of elective courses allow students to try different things from all the departments and maybe discover a talent they didn't know they had.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2010

After a year at this school my eyes have been opened to how different school has become since I was a high school student. I have to say this school was so much LESS than what I expected and bad thing is I believe it starts with the Principle. It is hard to run a school already but when you allow some kids to be held to different standards than others you are really asking for more trouble. I fear that the Quality of the Teachers are going to be overlooked by the Principles lack of stability. When you allow your Athletes to do what they will and allow these CHILDREN to disrespect teachers and their class rooms......YOU ARE HEADED FOR TROUBLE. This School is out of control...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The band director and band program is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Cedar Shoals is sorely lacking in the academic and enrichment that is desirable in a high school. Students who excel are taken for granted and exploited. Teachers take advantage of the fact that the good students will work hard and do nothing to encourage and help them. I am disgusted by this school and would never send my child here if I had an alternative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2009

To the parents that have the audacity to say such things about Cedar Shoals, I will just have you know that I have plenty of friends whom have came from private schools and I work with a student from Oconee and they are just as worse as Cedar Shoals; those students are no better than Cedar's students are!!! Cedar has a nice environment. Granted, it is not one of the best, but what parent can truly say that one school is better than the other, when they don't even attend the schools? You need to get your facts straight!!! And whether or not a teacher is a good teacher, it is dependent upon the student as to whether or not they are going to buckle down, stop socializing, and do what they have to do! Times are changing, so is the society, and the attitudes and lives' amongst the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

Cedar Shoals has some great AP class instructors, especially in math and science. I think going to cedar shoals is not a bad idea. but, if you have other options such as Oconee or private, then go for it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

It is what you make it. My child has taken many AP classes and achieved high scores on the exams. There are MANY quality teachers here especially in math and science. Ms. Gilbert, the new principal was the principal at my child's middle school. She is dedicated to the students and to informing parents. She will get parents involved more as her tenure proceeds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

This school has many excellent teachers. You make the environment you want here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2008

I am a graduate from 2002. Since then, I have had 1 sibling graduate (last year) and another graduates in 3 months. I also have 2 other younger siblings that will more than likely attend. The thing about Cedar is yes, when we went there it was a good school, we had nice teachers, and the safety was ok. Since then, no, the school has not lived up to any standards. The turnover rate for teachers is awful, the pricipal this year isn't getting picked up again, and the rest of the administration has issues. They have been nothing but rude to my family and myself (when I go visit) and it has nothing to do with 'the safety of the students'. If you had to choose between Cedar and Central, send your kids to Oconee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

Academics are great for the area. Nowhere else has as much AP Physics etc. Sports, Drama and JROTC are wonderful. There's great diversity there and alot kids can learn in most areas. Social issues are a little tough as with alot of schools. Overall we've been happy with it for both kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2005

Two of my children attended Cedar Shoals high school, one graduated last year and one is a senior this year. The school uses block scheduling (four classes each semester). The quality of education my kids received was very good, mostly because Cedar Shoals has some outstanding teachers who teach gifted and AP classes. For lower level classes, you may get a good teacher and you may not. Discipline is sometimes an issue at Cedar Shoals and fights in the cafeteria are not uncommon. My kids reported lots of classes where their work for the day was 90 minutes of free time . Communication between the school and parents is not good, but has improved in recent years due to the efforts of the PTSO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

I am a student alumni of Cedar Shoals High school - class of 2002. I enjoyed it a lot from the old leaky building to the new one. There is a lot to do at Cedar, but I disagree with the rating on safety. There is always someone at the gate, so it's hard to get out w/o an excuse note from the office. I also enjoyed a lot of my teachers there - they actually cared about their student's achievement - unlike in college. The new school makes the environment and environment even better. I give the school an A!
—Submitted by a former 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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

291 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

288 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

288 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

290 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
84%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
50%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
54%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
50%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 60% 37%
Hispanic 18% 12%
White 17% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Tony Price
Fax number
  • (706) 357-5291

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1300 Cedar Shoals Dr
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 546-5375

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