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Fayette County High School

Public | 9-12 | 1253 students

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Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

FCHS is one of Fayette County's best kept secrets! Our neighborhood is zoned for this school, but due to rumors we hesitated about sending our son here & considered transferring him. Before we made such a hasty decision, my husband & I decided to take matters into our own hands & made an appointment with one of the counselors to discuss our concerns & to find out info for ourselves 1ST hand. We are SO glad that we did & didn't allow ourselves to become 'victims of rumors' & our son miss out on his experience here. Our meeting was such an eye opener (I've heard similar stories from other parents as well). If you don't remember anything else about my post PLEASE remember this NO SCHOOL is flawless & "DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER." He will be a sophomore this yr & his experience has been very good! He has told us that he's so glad he's here vs being transferred!! They've made it easy & convenient for parents to be well informed about grades by making available Infinite Campus as a tool & safe guard. You also receive emails if your child has a failing test grade. This has helped us out tremendously. My advice is if you have any questions or concerns, make an appt to discuss them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2014

Warning!!! Be sure that you monitor your childs progress for academic success via infinite campus. If your child is failing the teacher does not have to communicate with you why your child is failing or notify you. The administrators support this type of communication and do not care. You could get a phone call the last day of school, notifying you of your childs failure. By this time it is clearly too late. Through out my 4 years as a parent, I had to constantly fight the teachers and make sure that they are doing the right thing. They do not have the best interest at heart for your child. Teacher performance is low and their is no accountability on their part. You have been warned about this school especially for minority students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

The administration is forward thinking, always looking for innovative ways to communicate with parents and students. The teachers are challenging the students to dream big and do their best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

My second son is now a senior and after 7 years in this school, I can honestly say it was the best fit in the county for my boy's. The teaching staff for the most part is wonderful, so many dedicated & wonderful men & women whose dedication can not be measured. There is always a teacher that may not be the best for your student, but that happens everywhere. The Science/Physics/ Chemistry Dept. is awesome as is the Social Studies/History. Many of these teachers teach out of a true love of teaching! The Band Program is by far the best in the County, the dedication and commitment from the Directors makes all the difference. As a very active parent I have had the opportunity to visit every school in the county and I have seen first hand bad attitudes and bad behaviors. At FCHS the kids are learning how to build on their education and how to behave socially with a diverse student population both ethnically & culturally. There are students who have & some who have not & for the most part you do not see or hear of bullying or exclusions due to the fore-mentioned. Lot's of opportunities to fit in! These are great kids in a great school with great teachers & a great administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

If you want a high school that excels in academia, fine arts, especially band, athletics and is culturally diverse, then this is the school for you. Being the oldest school in the county, it always gets a bad rap, but 2 of my children have excelled academically and thrived on belonging to band and the nationally recognized marching band. I have heard of more problems with drugs and violence in the surrounding county schools then ours, as the administration makes it clear that it will not be tolerated. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

Schools of Excellence offer instructional programs that meet rigorous academic standards, have supportive and learning-centered school environments, and demonstrate student achievement results that are significantly above the average for comparable schools. In addition, FCHS is a high school that always shows improvement in student achievement, improvement in reducing dropout rates, improvement in standardized test scores, implementation of advanced or innovative programs, implementation of the goals and purposes of jobs through education, improvement in parent and community involvement, improvement in parent, teacher and student satisfaction, improvement in student attendance and other factors which promote excellence in education. I have the highest respect for FCHS students and educators/administration and so blessed my daughter has been a part of this school district for 10 years!!!Class of 2013!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

Outstanding school. Tough curriculum and first rate education. The teachers are great - Mr. J. Miller is the best math teacher you'll find. Kudos to the administration and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

forgetful teachers that cost their students $120 because they forget to write down who turned in what.


Posted March 22, 2010

Had higher expectations of the FCHS as a part of the Fayetette County Schools. There are plusses & minuses of FCHS, like others have pointed out; but unqualified teachers (like in Chemistry - pointed out by another parent, and overheard in conversations in public places) must be allowed to move on and do what they are good at, and needs TO be substituted by qualified certified individuals. A student's loss of interest is not limted to just that, but a potential loss of higher educational opportunities in such and other related careers. Staff members of the school appears to be trying their best; but their slimmer numbers and growing student size can only add to the discrepancy in student to faculty ratio and, obvious, downward spiral. We expect quality education & we demand such. Wake up FCHS; waiting ( for a new Supt. to join) isn't an option; do something, Now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2010

The Principal shows no concern or authority when reporting a complaint in reference to education. The principal do not respond in a timely manner. The teachers are allowed to slack in their expected performance. Parents involvement is not supported. Fayette County High school has the highest failure in Chemistry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

My son transferred here in his junior year and could not be happier. His grades are great and has not had one single complaint. Everyone seem extremely friendly and supportive. My son has stated that he loves this school and it was the best move ever. What a wonderful statement for a parent to hear
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

FCHS is wonderful! We have teachers that go out of their way for our children. Our kids excel in academics but also in the fine arts and sports. FCHS is not just a school, but a large extended family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Fayette County school is among the highest rated schools in academics as well as sports. The school is involved in community concerns and the students are encouraged to become warm and caring citizens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

What I love about Fayette County High School are the great children that attend there. When ever they represent their school while away at sporting events, they are commended on how well behaved they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

When i went to this school, the teacher's where so nice and they would take the time to explain something if you had a question about anything.


Posted August 21, 2008

I have been so pleased with this high school, my children (both of them) have had some amazing teachers and the school is always on top of things which I appreciate greatly! My child is in AP classes and is doing very well. There are teachers at this school that are just amazing and we truly appreciate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

I went to FCHS my freshman and sophmore year. All i cane say is that the school is awesome. The staff is great and the teachers are so friendly and welcoming. I have recently moved to East Coweta High School and I hate it. At FCHS i look forward to coming to school and there food was 10x beeter. I truly do miss it and i wish i could I graduated from there but I don't get to. Overall FCHS is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2006

I was a student at Fayette County until my Senior year when I moved to Kansas. I never realized how wonderful the school was unitl I was no longer there. I have been out now since '02 and I still wish that I would have stayed at FCHS and been with my classmates and teachers. At FCHS the teachers really care and take interest in the students. Those who are there now need to erralize what a wonderful school they are attending. At a large school like FCHS, you can always find a place to fit in. Thank you for the wonderful memories!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 1, 2005

I am a current student at this school and I think the quality of education we recieve exceptional. The school may have more 1,500 students, but you can still have one-on-ones with the teachers. They go beyond their boundaries to help us students. We have Teacher of the Year (for 2005), Jan Daniel teaching at our school and one of the best chemistry teachers ever (Shane Kuykendall). All the teachers here have a great attitude and it seems like they love what they do. Going to this school has completely diversified my group of friends and its just so amazing to see how nice and welcoming people are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2005

I attend Fayette County High, I'm a senior! I really think the teachers go above and beyond expectations to help everyone! Our academic program is awesome! There is so much to offer at FCHS, many clubs to join, teams to be on, a lot of variety! I don't think the parent involvement is all that great, they could do more! Fayette County is changing drastically, but I do believe that they do all they can at FCHS to make it a place to learn, and it is fun, safe and they do a lot of the students!!
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

308 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

293 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

307 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

307 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
93%
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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Coordinate Algebra

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Integrated Math II

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

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Physical Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
74%
U.S. History

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
68%
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 50% 37%
White 27% 44%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Bennett's Mill Middle School
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Georgia
Georgia State University
Georgia Tech
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
German
French
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Microsoft IT Academy Pilot School (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • IT support
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: German, French, Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • SADD
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dan Lane
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (770) 460-3410

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Culinary
  • IT support
  • JROTC

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • DECA
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Foreign language club: German, French, Spanish
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • SADD
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Fayette County High School is the maiden high school in the county featuring excellent programs in the arts, academics, and athletics. Our students accel in a variety of curricular and extra-curricular settings. Families interested in relocating to Fayetteville are encouraged to come and tour our school. Please call 770.460.3540 to set up an appointment.
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Georgia Tech
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Fayetteville, GA 30214
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Phone: (770) 460-3540

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