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Towers High School

Public | 9-12 | 1050 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

My daughter attends THS and I must say that I like the school. I was worried at first from the rumors, but you can't believe all that you hear. Every morning my child is up and ready to go with a smile on her face. It is a new school for her, but for her to come home and say "momma my day was great with a smile." Really makes my day and I am thankful for that. I will continue to keep THS in my prayers and look forward to my daughter graduating with honors in 2017. I also am looking to volunteer when the time comes. A Happy Mother!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I have a child at this school and I like the changes that are happening at Towers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2012

I went to towers last year and most of you all comments are very rude and unreal! Towers is a good school, it just has kids without guidance outside of the school. No school is perfect. Redan, stone mountain and lithonia had a riot so please don't over exaggerate!!! As far as the teaching goes, once those students who are forced to be there are gone we have a ball with our assignments and activitys. Towers from my view is better than my previous high school lithonia.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2012

Oh where to start... The first day I walked in the building there was a student cursing a teacher out in the middle of the hallway. Not only are the kids disrespectful, some of the staff are just as bad. Kids were constantly walking around, stating they had been kicked out of class and sent to roam the halls. I feel sorry for those students at Towers who are expecting to gain a valuable experience from high school, there is no way it will happen at Towers. Nothing in the handbook is followed by staff or personnel; therefore the students have taken over the school and do WHAT they want, WHEN they feel like doing it! Many teachers are scared, as was I. Especially when a riot broke out in the middle of the day. The school was placed on lock down, police were called, the hallways were peppersprayed (with the student body in the hallway), and numerous fights were going on. In no shape, form, or fashion would I recommend any parent who values a good education as well as the safety of his/her child to send them to Towers High.


Posted August 26, 2010

I went toTowers and was clas of 97. I don't know how this school is now but it was pretty bad back then. It was very ghetto. The students told the teachers what to do. They cussed the teachers out. Unless the teacher took control of the class the students would smell fear and take over. Especially the math classes which was a subject i had trouble in because i could not hear what the teacher was saying. This caused me to fail at two of my math classes because i could not hear the teachers instruction on how to do the work because of people carrying on conversations unrelated to what we were trying to learn. Then the teacher would put the easiest problem on the board and expect you to apply that simple answer to 25 different problems. I don't recommend this school.


Posted August 16, 2010

If I were DeKalb County, I would do some restructuring of their school zones for this reason. If Towers is run by the state now, what's the point of having it next year since DeKalb is planning to close at least one school for 2011-2012? Besides, my child and I don't even feel comfortable going there for any reason.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

My my children was placed in danger while attending Towers my daughter was threatened but because she defended herself she was punished more than the person who threatened and cornered her. The teachers are not in control and the classess are loud and unruled the teachers listen to their chosen students and some ignore the stragglers. The only time they offer assistance is to generate the needed scores because it has been on the line to be shut down due to test scores. All 3 of my children had to find an alternatives to this school a school that has been having difficulty meeting it's standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2008

My daugter is a 10th grade student at Towers. This is her 2nd year there. This is the worst school I've ever seen. The staff is awful, most calls are not returned. The students are cursing out teachers and fighting staff. Students are also fighting while Towers are having guests the that are there to check up on the school. Personally I think the school needs to be shut down or have the whole staff replaced. I like where I live but Towers High alone has me looking for another area to move to just for a better high school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2008

great environment and pretty good teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a'm a eleventh grader here at towers high
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2006

Fall 2006 is my son's first year at Towers High School. As such, my comments might not be comprehensive. However, I believe the overall quality of Towers' academic programs is evident in the following points (notwithstanding Assessment scores): * Grammar usage in comments by former/current students (see comments in the 'Parent Reviews' section). * Environment during class-schedule changes (for example, when students change from 1st-period classes to 2nd-period classes). Regarding the second bullet, it's appalling to witness students use profane language towards Security Guards, faculty, and staff. Also during class-schedule changes, faculty and staff inform male students to tuck their shirts in their pants, but only about 15% of those students adhere. The principal appears to be genuine, but I perceive an undertone of frustration of being in a position where he can't affect positive change. My perception is based on the principal's comments about apparent parent apathy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

I am deeply concerned about the negative impact that renovation efforts that are currently underway may have at Towers High School. My son and daughter are to report to school on August 14th ready to work. However, I am not certain that the school is ready for my children (or any others for that matter). I am concerned about the safety of the students that will be walking the halls during construction. How will the sounds of drills and jack hammers impact instruction? I am concerned about the air quality (dust & debris) while my children are in school. I have no doubt that the majority of faculty and staff are more than qualified to provide my children with the education they need to become productive citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

I am currently attending Towers High and I think its a good school but there are some teachers that need not to teach. Towers needs some attention and security. I really think Towers have a good displinary system. I really love the Principal and its Staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2005

I am going to be truthful. Towers High School is a bad school. As a rising junior I hate this school. In order for Towers High School to make it to the top they are going to need major changes. They keep talking about getting renovations and all this other stuff they have not done that yet. When it rains the have trash cans to catch the water. They have some classes and the ISS in these raggedy broke down trailors. They need to renovate Towers ASAP
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2005

Right now I am a junior at Towers. I have attended Towers since the 9th grade. And since then it has been a good school. With great leadership from the principal. Although the administration is a little strict. But i guess thats how you have to be sometimes. This school to me is one of the high ranking schools in dekalb. Junior class of `06 run this!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2004

I an a senior at towers right now, really towers has been a good school for me since the 8th grade. I was so ready to transfer schools but its the fun in the learning that keeps me comming back everyday. The schools administration is to me the best in the county. They do have their flaws, meaning they can be a little bit too strict. But over all towers is an exellent school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2004

I am presently a student at the school. I think Towers has a great disciplining system but needs to be renovated an an average I think the school is good including the teachers (except for a few)and we have a principal who really cares about our well being and discipline to help to change the world with the few future leaders he has. If you are someone who goes to a school for their extra curricular activities then Towers is not exactly the best but they do have some good teams but not as many sports as you may desire. Overall Towers may not be beautiful on the outside or the inside but it is the students and the education received that builds the school and being judged by that Towers is one of the top schools in Dekalb County. :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Towers High is a great school that recieves little recognition. There needs to be a change. There is little parent invovlment at PTSA when I attended and that is an area that they could improve on.


Posted August 26, 2003

I would like to see improvement on the outside of the building as well inside. The entire building needs a complete make over. The athletic field needs some work with keeping up the grounds (trash is always visible) and athletic equipment on the field is broke or very old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Towers may seem to be just an all around average school, and it may not be able to compare with the larger, newer and better known schools that have sprouted up in this district in more recent years. But Towers has history that surpasses some of the newer schools and its teachers remain devoted to their students even under tough trials and motivates the ones who want to succeed, to meet the challenges that life offers. I am a proud parent of an all A-student {Senior}, who has made Who's who's and many other awards. We are proud to be Tower's Titans.
—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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

212 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

215 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
70%
Social Studies

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

214 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
69%
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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%
Coordinate Algebra

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

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
38%
Integrated Math II

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

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
25%
Physical Science

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

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
64%
U.S. History

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

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%

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 95% 37%
Hispanic 3% 12%
White 1% 44%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Ralph L. Simpson
Fax number
  • (678) 874-2210

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
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3919 Brookcrest Cir
Decatur, GA 30032
Phone: (678) 874-2202

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