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Sequoyah High School

Public | 9-12 | 1688 students

 

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Posted January 11, 2014

I was a student at Sequoyah from 2008-2010. I would like to begin by saying that this school is probably just like every other public school, all they care about is test scores, and you are not an individual by any means. You may get lucky and have a few teachers that actually care about their jobs and take an interest in your education. Unfortunately, the math team for the most part do not seem to care whether you are there or not, they give you the work, do not explain it, and you are left to scratch your head and try your best to pass your class. The teachers are rude, they do not have respect for the students, and do not feel they should have to. They are bigger and better than you and what they say goes. I was on my own completely. I was in the counselors office regularly for about 2 weeks. I was written up and given ISS, for not getting back to class after my APPOINTMENT with the counselor fast enough for my teachers liking. I was talking to them about alternatives because this school was poisoning my need for education. Needless to say, I didn't come back one day. School is there to ensure the success of the child, not to be what ensures their failure.


Posted June 5, 2013

I just called the school in an attempt to get information on enrolling my son and spoke with the secretary in the Registrar's Office, WOW, talking about rude and unhelpful. As soon as I mentioned that we are considering moving into the school district from overseas her attitude changed completely! There's NO WAY I would ever consider putting my child into the Cherokee County School District now! Talking about discrimination...not a chance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

Could use a new administrative staff. My child is a sophmore at SHS. I hope the higher ups consider making a change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

Both of my children have attended SHS. What a GREAT school! Administration & teachers are always available. Extra curricular activities are managed properly. There is a tremendous amount of parental involvement. Not a negative word to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

Administration not easily accessible. Do they attend meetings all day??I guess a parent/student is an interruption of there "job" and not the purpose of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

My daughter is a freshman and this is our first year in Cherokee Co. I have had a great experience with her teachers, which is more than I can say for our previous experience in City of Decatur. I have only spoken with the Principal's office recently and found Mrs. Butterworth very informative and helpful. So far we have a very positive outlook on the school and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

The school is great - PTA does a wonderful job. The administration is less than extraordinary. I read the other comments and agree, the administrator (specifically the principal) is useless and very uncaring. SHS its seems to be time for a change...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

My son really enjoys SHS. Go Chiefs! However Mr. Berman the principal and his assistant Ms. Butterworth leave a lot to be desired. They are not very nice and seem to have lost there compassion for there job.


Posted March 22, 2012

The teachers are great. The principal and his assistants not that great. If you need to meet with him or his assistants best of luck. You are not a priority to them. They are always unvailable and do not return phone calls. My daughter likes the school and she has commented the principal and his staff are invisible don't bother going to them for anything. They always look irritated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

NOT IMPRESSED WITH PRINCIPAL BERMAN! ITS OBVIOUS THE STUDENTS ARE NOT A PRIORITY TO HIM AND THAT SEEMS TO BE THE ATTITUDE OF THE ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION. THE STUDENTS ARE JUST NUMBERS TO THEM. SAD!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

I absolutely hat this school! All they care about is there reputation but not the kids themselves! I a student, the one who goes there everyday has not yet see my principle nor knows his name! That shows you how much hes involved in our school socially! Don't get me started on the counselors! Ok, so I just moved here tow months after school stared and I was not put in the right classes and im still not in my right classes. They stuck me in wherever there was room. Now because im not in my proper classes im failing all my classes. If not failing than just about! I swear this school only cares about the fast learning students and not the ones who are a little bit slower. Now im stuck here in this school! Witch honestly feels like a torture chamber! This is the WORST school I have ever been to!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

My son is now a senior at Sequoyah High school. The staff/teachers are easily accessible, and prompt with getting back to you. We have enjoyed Sequoyah High School, and I know my son has received a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

Am extremely disappointed in this school. We moved here because of the good things we had heard, but our experience has not been positive. The kids are great and the parental involvement is wonderful, but the administration is unprofessional, inaccesible, and often times rude. I think it would be helpful if the counselors were more proactive in helping students decide on a plan of action after graduation. Although the teachers are nice and seem very dedicated, the level of academic instruction at this school is only mediocre in comparison with other public schools we have attended. My biggest dissapointment is, like mentioned earlier, the unprofessional administration, starting with the top administrator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

Excellent school!! I moved here from out of state where the cost of education was more than double of the rate here. The school my children attended was pitiful. It was the main reason why I left. The 5 high schools in Cherokee county are in the top 5 percent in the state of Georgia. The parents and community as well as the teachers all get involved in school functions. What more can you ask for. Maybe a good salad or film studies?? Give me a break. The person that wrote that review has no idea how lucky they are to be in this school. I guess you don't realize how good a school really is until you come from a substandard one. You can always move to Hollywood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

In my four years of school at Sequoyah, I must say that I greatly enjoyed it. The teachers were very focused on academic excellence, and the coaches were focused on making their programs one of the best in the state. I feel as though I got what I wanted out of high school. However, my love for the school and its academics and programs greatly diminished as my time progressed there. The current administration needs to get over themselves. You are not impressing anyone; in fact you are bringing the school down. Once a new administration is in place I am sure that Sequoyah will be a great institution that it once was. For now, I am at the peak of disappointment. As always, GO CHIEFS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2008

The school is really great and a lot of the teachers are patient. However, some of the teachers need to retire, and some of them have no teaching ability. The school does not have a film or screenwriting program, the chosen profession of my daughter, and will inhibit her from getting into a good college without that expierience. Other than the lack of useable electives, the school is very good. Oh, another downside is that they only offer a salad for vegetarians. My daughter is a vegetarian, but she doesn't eat the salad the school provides. The trayed meals require that they give her meat, and she wont but it because of the close proximity of the meats and foods...It would make a difference if they encouraged healthier eating habits and offered a better variety of foods.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

The school system has some really wonderful teachers and some that just need to find another profession. The principal is useless. His focus is on the school needs/numbers and not the needs of individual students. The required reading materials for literature would carry an X rating for sexual content. The band program is excellent. Also, DECA program was outstanding. However, overall I would recommend Creekview High School above Sequah and I have children in both schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2007

The extracurricular activities are great. There girls soccer team is wonderful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2007

SHS is one of the best High Schools in Cherokee County. The teachers have cared more for my son then any teachers he has ever had. SHS was ranked again in Newsweek's top 1000 U.S. schools for 2007. The AF Junior ROTC program has made a big difference in my son's schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

Great school! One of Newsweek's top 1000 in the country last year. Test scores are well above county and state averages. Lots of sports and a really good band. No major behavior problems. Football program is a bit over-the-top, but they have a winning program. I believe it's the best in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

369 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

370 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

370 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
84%
American Literature

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

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
Coordinate Algebra

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

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

398 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Integrated Math II

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
73%
Physical Science

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

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
U.S. History

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

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
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
White 78% 44%
Hispanic 12% 12%
Black 7% 37%
Asian 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Elliott Berman
Fax number
  • (770) 345-5498

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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Canton, GA 30115
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