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Starrs Mill High School

Public | 9-12 | 1585 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 2, 2014

Starrs' Mill is a great school for fake people who think there are no rules. Parents are really involved in their children's academics and athletics by cheating and pressuring the coaches and teachers to get their way. The majority of the faculty and staff are genuinely good people who try to help the students in any way they can, but are harassed by selfish parents and students. This school is full of some of the most horrid people you will ever meet. I honestly can't wait until my high school years are over so I can get out of this place.


Posted March 22, 2014

The big problem I had with this school is lack of prompt response from the teachers whenever you reach them for help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

Our girls attend Starrs Mill HS. Last year, one of our daughters was a freshman. Several "mean girls' hacked her email & then FB page. They wrote to several boys (posing as my daughter) indecent material. WENT to the school... nothing can be done says the principal, as it wasnt on school campus. I alerted them we it was CONFIRMED from sherriff's dept- 2 cases of FELONY per girl. They assured me it would be handled. It wasnt. Those girls, 2 imperticular, harrassed my daughter. She followed SCHOOL protocol & reported it to admin. The other girls, when questioned, said mydaughter said things too, so they wrote "CEASE & DESIST" for BOTH! They knew the offenses & did nothing. See second review-
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2011

The school has plenty of good teachers but the focus of the school appears to be on notoriety. The average student is ignored. The administration really pushes for numbers when it comes to AP tests and also atheletic achievement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2010

Starr's Mill is a wonderful school with fantastic students who come from all walks of life. All three of my children attended SMHS and we could not have been more pleased with their education, extra curricular activities, student friends and caring teachers. The reviews that spin an inaccurate light on the school seems to be written by students at other schools. My two sons who are in college now not only loved their high school years, but are doing very well academically in college. It is a great prep school with a surrounding community that is second to none. I highly recommend it to anyone considering a move to the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Starr's mill has a very prestigious choral department so if your child is interested in singing this is a great place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

There is good and bad at all schools. Starrs Mill was not right for my sons. The principal, counselors, and several teachers cared more about policy than people. It is a difficult school to transfer to and it is an uptight atmosphere. Now that we have moved, my sons are back to being happy and are no where near as stressed. Both of my boys are honor students, play sports, work and are active in church groups and community activties; unfortunately at Starrs Mill, they were numbers, not people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

This school may seem nice but it focuses way too much on sports and not enough on things like fine arts. The students are very snobby and only stay in their cliques. They don't accept new people and people that are considered 'different' well. It looks like a good school on the outside but on the inside its full of spoiled brats. I have now changed to Whitewater High School nearby. It is a much better school. and the building and facilities there are much more new and advanced in the latest technology (Starr's Mill is lacking very badly in technology in the building for the students) and the people at Whitewater are very nice and friendly and accepting to new students and people who are 'different' this is a good school but i suggest going to Whitewater High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2009

While the teachers at Starr's Mill are for the most part the cream of the crop, I have problems with my children's peers and their parents. Starr's Mill is as exclusive, rich and white as the metro area's 'finest' private schools. If you want your child growing up with spoiled classmates who've had everything in their lives handed to them, this is the place to send your kids. The lack of diversity both culturally and economically is glaring and that ill prepares our children for the real world. Sandy Creek and Fayette County are much better county public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I am a freshman at Starr's Mill. I cannot stand the pretentious snobbery of the majority of the students. Also, kids who are 'different' are often looked down upon by the cliquish groups of students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2008

I am now a senior, and i have found that Starrs Mill is a decent school to attend. However the school focuses more on the athletics than the other activities. I have attend the middle school also, it was a smotth transtion from one school to another. But I have always gotten the feeling that if you dont have the money you wont get the help you need. My brother is now a freshman and he is having a wonderful time becuase he is on the football team. I on the other hand have been in the fine arts since my freshman year and I have had a different experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2008

I am disappointed witih a school that focuses so heavily on sports and lacks so much in academics and technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

I started attending this school in 2003 and am I senior. There is a good attitude towards students and the teachers are very helpful. The number of clubs and extra carricular activities is greatly beneficial to students. If you want to join a club, there is usually something you will enjoy. Now for the downside. While there are numerous classes in different subjects, there is a limit. The school was missing several of the classes I was looking forward to taking. Starr's Mill did not have any shop classes or automotive classes. Most of the other schools in the county have classes similar to these, even the newer Whitewater school. The academics are above average, especially for the area. The sports have alot of support from students and faculty. The technology in the county is severly lacking causing students to not have access to programs needed for different classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2006

The Special Ed teachers do a fantastic job. Our LD child was basically ignored or misplaced in the New York school system. Here at Starrs Mill HS he has developed at a rate that is nothing short of amazing. These teachers have helped turned him into a highly motivated, confident, and successful student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My son came to Starr's Mill in 2002. We never cared for the school. It seems to cater to those that have been in the district for a long time and those with the big bucks. I tried to be involved, but would never ghet a call to help with anything. My son was going to try out for basketball, but was told flat out that the team had already been decided. Some of the assistant princples are very wonderful. I reccommend talking to them rather the principal. There are pleanty of clubs....too many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

This is a great school. Do not forget about the Fine Arts programs as well. They excel at the same rate or better than athletics. The students in this school are extremely talented musicians, artists, and actors. You will definitely see some of them in the spotlight one day because of the wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2005

The best school in the South that I have found. Good academics, sports and safe. Parents and Faculty are involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

I think the fact that the middle & high school are connected is a smooth transitonal quality that most systems don't have. My daughter has been in the system since 3rd grade and is a well-known, well-liked, straight A student, was a cheerleader, and looking to get into drama here at Starr's Mill and she loves it. We moved to California and there was no comparison in the curriculum, student achievement, administration structure and maintenance of school grounds. I highly recommend Starr's Mill for any transferring parents. It's worth moving into this district. The Fayette County area alone has a high standard and makes it a win-win situation. Every school has their share of problems with drugs, violence, sex, etc but Starr's Mill is at a minimum and it is up to the parents to control that and let the school concentrate on educating the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2004

I have substituted a number of times at SMHS. The teachers are very open and friendly towards the students and parents alike. The honors classes are challenging for 'Georgia' and I think very much in line with a 'Northern' school's average curriculum. I am dissappointed there aren't more clubs established by now and I wish they offered Latin. They do have a great Physics teacher though, and a with a serious emphasis of sports, it seems like a great all-around school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have had two girls graduate with honors at starrsmill in 2000 and 2003. I have another one starting there next year. I would not move anywhere until my daughter is finished school here. It's the greatest in all areas.
—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.

352 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

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97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

350 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%

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Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

350 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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96%
Social Studies

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

351 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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96%

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99%
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.

394 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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97%

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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.

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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97%

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95%
Algebra I

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

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American Literature

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

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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98%

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98%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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93%

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91%

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85%
Coordinate Algebra

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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99%

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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94%

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94%

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91%
Integrated Math II

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

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

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90%

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88%

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Physical Science

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

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U.S. History

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

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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90%

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90%

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93%
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 79% 44%
Black 6% 37%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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193 Panther Path
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Phone: (770) 486-2710

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