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Spencer High School

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Posted September 7, 2009

I give Spencer all 5 (EXCELLENT) i am a proud graduating SENIOR of Spencer High School. spencer is a great school, and this great school comes with a great principal Mr. griffin and with a great staff, you strives for Excellence
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2009

I give Spencer a four out of five stars. I am a former Spencer High School student, as well as a prior parent to three other students at Spencer. The School has gone throught some great changes for the better ment of the stucent one of those being Mr. Griffin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

My children have attended Spencer for 4 years now. One is a junior and on a sophomore. I have found the teachers on the whole, are caring and attentive. They are willing to go the extra mile for a student. The administration is fantastic! From the office secratary to the principal to the guidence office. The students try hard. As with all schools it does have problems but overall I have found this to be an outstanding school. Sandra Reed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

I am currently a Junior at Spencer High School! Everybody tries to pull us down just because we are majority black school and on the southside of Columbus. I am one of the very few white kids that attend Spencer and love it! I have never had a problem due to my race or anything. These students and teachers open their arms to you and they just don't care. I currently have a 3.6 GPA and enrolled in honor and ap classes! I wouldn't want to go to another school if asked! People should just give Spencer a chance and not just judge it by the outside.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2007

I am currently a student at spencer high and i love it. It is a school i enjoy going to because it is a learning enviroment but in a cool kind of way. It is laid back but strict. I love spencer and i wouldnt change it for nothing. I have a currently 3.4 GPA and im still doing fine. So if your a type of student that loves to learn in a fun enviroment SPENCER IS FOR YOU.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2006

I was a student at Spencer High for 3 years. From the day I came to Spencer I did not like it. Many teachers were not teaching, giving work, or disciplining distracting students. I left Spencer this year and I am currently passing all classes and doing all work. My new school has less ditractions, the teachers are doing their jobs, and they are givng us work. I do not recommend students attending this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 24, 2006

As a parent of a sophomore student i think Spencer is a great school.My son has been going there for three years he's in the academie.Spencer is not the school he is supposed to be going to he's home school is carver.I heard a lot of good thing about Spencer that is why we decided to let him go there,and this coming up school term my daughter will also attend there on a hardship.I never have had any problems getting a conference with any teachers,staff etc. in fact they always call me if there is a problem weather it is academic or whatever.I have one more daughter in middle school and guess what.she will attend Spencer also.so to all the staff keep up the good work.sincerly R Hallmark
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2006

I am a student at Spencer High. This school is the worse school ever. I would love to change schools but i cant right now. Most teachers care about wether you pass or not. Some teachers give you hope. This year we are getting a new principal, hopefully it is a stricter principal.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2006

'I'm a former student from Spencer High until my dad got stationed at Fort Bragg. I spent 3 years at Spencer from a freshman to a junior there. My overall experience was great, but at the time I was there were some outstanding teachers whom did care about whether or not you passed. Not only do the teachers and staff count for the quality of a a school, but it's also the student body. I was also in JMPA all 3 years, Officer Seldon was great and made all his students feel safe, I also loved the JROTC program at Spencer High. I can truly say I miss Spencer High School and I enjoyed my experience there'.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 28, 2006

Spencer High School, has helped many of my family, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends reach their full potential. At this establishment, education is their primary goal, nut to reach the scholar within the student is also.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 10, 2005

Spencer High School is given less credit than it should. As a student currently attending the school and a student in the Academy, I see what really goes on everyday and not what is lied about in the newspapers. I strongly disagree with the fact that the student that was suspended was able to return to the school. He was not suspended for talking to his mother, but for misconduct. His behavior was outrageous and disrespectful. The people who are being victimized shouldn't be. The teacher that reprimanded him for talking on the phone (illegally, according to school rules)is one of the BEST teachers at Spencer. She's being threatened for doing her job and it is not right. If we were all threatened for doing our jobs, then firefighters would be threatened for saving lives and doctors would be threatened for healing people. Think about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2005

So you suspended a kid for talking with his mom serving in Iraq - that teaches your student body what lesson? Right - there's no reason to stay in school because Spencer High is run by insensitive idiots.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2004

I think that Spencer High is not the right school for any of my children. I have been to that school. Also I have requested a conference from the teachers and have yet to get a conference and the school year is almost over. I am a parent that cares about my children's education and Spencer High seems to be the one that doesn't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2004

Spencer is a great school. Many people in the community judge this high school and the kids that attend this school off what they have heard. My opinion is, if you were to spend sometime at the school and around the kids, you would see we do great things. The community should try to look at the positive rather than the negative of the students and this school. I am Spencer Wavette.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2003

Spencer is a great school with diverse student body. The school,facaulty,student body etc does not always get it's deserved recognition. The one disappointing thing about Spencer is the lack of strength in the athletic area. Great emphasis on school Spirit could come of stronger athletic offerings.


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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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

136 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

152 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

150 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
65%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
53%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
45%
American Literature

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

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
70%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
51%
Coordinate Algebra

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

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
27%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
23%
Integrated Math II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
28%
Physical Science

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
48%
U.S. History

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
21%
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 82% 37%
Hispanic 6% 12%
White 6% 44%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Reginald Griffin
Fax number
  • (706) 683-8716

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4340 Victory Dr
Columbus, GA 31903
Phone: (706) 683-8701

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