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Mary Persons High School

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Posted January 7, 2011

This school has excellent academic success. In standardized testing, it exceeds state averages. The faculty is well rounded, educated, and very excited about being in the classroom. I should know, I work there! :) Our principal is always trying to find ways to help our school improve. Wouldn't work anywhere else! (I have in the past and there is no comparison)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2008

The school has some great teachers, and a few that need to be removed. If your child has a disability, you can expect to be labeled as a 'trouble maker' if you insist that your child's right are respected and protected. Honors only go to those at the top 5% of the class. If your child has straight A's, but doesn't take the AP classes, you can expect your child to be tossed about like trash. There is no respect for parents at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

Ever since powerschool was a resource to parents, they have become more involved with the school. I believe that Mary Persons connects with parents as well as students quite efficiently through the internet. Parental involvement motivates the students to excel. Although there are some 'dud teachers'there are a lot of really great teachers. It has a wide variety of people and a unique social environment, but is very clique-ish. The staff is a bit unorganized, but they get the job done. They often tend to focus on the rule book more than the text book. Mary Persons is okay, but brace yourself for the small town atmosphere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2007

I am a current student at MPHS and I thoroughly enjoy attending Mary Persons. While, yes...the administration could use a little bit of work, the teachers overall are wonderful. I think that they really do care(and I KNOW they care) and they will do anything to help the students succeed in their classroom. There are many different extracurricular activities offered(we have a GREAT sports program) and the fine arts classes are awesome too! I think, overall, MPHS is a wonderful school, but with a small-town atmosphere.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2007

I have two children that graduated from Mary Persons High School. They have both been well prepared for college. They seemed to be the most prepared in English and history and both have even considered careers in education. Many of the students from surrounding private schools have transferred to Mary Persons because of its reputation in the classroom as well as in sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2006

As a graduate of Mary Persons High School in 1991, I would have to say that the education system in Monroe County is above average if not of the highest quality. The Teachers are very open and willing to work with Students who are willing to put forth the effort to learn. The school also works hard to build and maintain relationships with the parents of the students so there is interaction at all levels. I would say that I have accomplished alot due to the education I received at Mary Persons. Some of the teachers were aggrevations at time, but as a student you will have that perception until you realize those teachers are the ones that challenge you the most. These teachers are great since most of the teachers I have had have gone on to achieve their PHD's, that tells me they are devoted to the learning process.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 8, 2006

I am a former student of MPHS. I have also been a substitute teacher for nearby counties. The quality of education at Mary Persons rates better than most all other schools I have seen. As a student, the teachers prepared me very well for college. The problem, like in most schools, is with the students. The kids who WANT to learn, will; the ones who goof off,...will not! There are many extra-curricular activities to get involved in. The football team recieves a lot of recognition, but that is what happens in small towns with good football teams. I have one piece of advice for parents looking for schools to send there kids to. Be involved in your child's education. That is the biggest difference in A+ students, and D- students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 16, 2006

As a former teacher at Mary Persons High School, I feel the quality of the academic programs offered is quite good. Students graduating are well prepared for college or whatever their future holds. There are a wide variety of extracurricular activities to get involved with. From any sport to music and art. Parents are pretty involved for the most part. The parents in Forsyth were very supportive. I taught at MP during my 4th and 5th years teaching. If we ever moved back to Forsyth, I would certainly try to go back to MP to teach, and my own children would go through the Monroe Couty Schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 21, 2006

As a former student, I would have to say that overall, Mary Persons is a great school! I think that most any public school you visit now (and probably private schools, too) have strict dress code rules, place alot of emphasis on sports, or have some issue of their own. Yes, Mary Persons is guilty of both of those things. But is that so bad? I personally feel like being involved in your school is a good thing, and if dress code helps lower violence and/or class disruptions, why not enforce it? The academics at Mary Persons are definitely alot higher than those of the Bibb County public schools. I feel like I was adequately prepared for the 'real world' & for college after graduating from Mary Persons. I would recommend the school to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 10, 2005

Notice the negative comments given are from students. I am an adult who has dealt with other counties and would say quite sincerely that Mary Persons is definitely a great school. They are very concerned with academics and teaching these kids to be good citizens. The school is full of very experienced and qualified teachers who do their job every day. I have three children in this school system and they are in a learning environment, not witnessing constant discipline problems as they did in other school districts. Yes, you are expected to be in dress code; yes, you are expected to act in a civil manner; yes, we love our sports, but there is a whole lot of genuinely great teaching happening!! We are one of 5 districts in Georgia to have district accreditation. That alone should tell you something!! Parents, your kids would benefit greatly in this school district.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 19, 2005

I feel that Mary Persons High School is a great high school and encourage parents to considering allowing their children to attend. I completely disagree with the comment that 'The teachers are not good at teaching', and the comment, 'the teachers don't do a very good job preparing students for graduation test'. As a former student I can honestly say that most of the teachers do an excellent job at teaching students the information that is neccesary for their future. The teachers do an amazing job preparing students for the graduation test. Our school is above average in all areas. Mary Persons is a school that encourages students to get involved in extracurricular activty but focus on academics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 26, 2005

Mary Persons High School is not a good school. The teachers there are not good a teaching. They worry more about discipline and dress code than they do teaching. The principals this year (2005-2006) are horrible. They say they are 'tired of putting up ' with students who are having trouble with other stidents. I went up to the office and complained about a certain student for 2 years in a row and they would fuss at me for 'bothering' them. They lack resources big time. Not all students are treated equally. The teachers are very hypocritical. Some teachers don't even talk about the subject they are supposed to be teaching. They would rather talk about the football game or what happened in the past. If you are looking for a decent school to send your child too then Mary Persons is not the place.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 3, 2005

I don't recommend this school to anyone. Like others have said on here, it focuses more on sports and dress code than academics. I don't believe that the teachers do a very good job preparing students for graduation tests. I also don't believe that a whole lot of 'teaching' is done. I think that for the most part, teachers leave learning up to the students and just sit behind their desks all day. If you're a parent trying to find your child a decent school, don't send them to Mary Persons.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2005

I would not recommend this school to anyone. To me the administraters focus on dress code and everything else more than academics. They are more worried about 'who won the game' than how the students grades are. I agree that they have a really good sports department but they need to focus less on sports and dress code and more on grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2005

This school is not up to standard. The teachers in this school do not follow through with the assignments they provide, and many of them are to worried about making friends with the students, rather than teach. It has been my experience in this school that brought these issues to the light. Not to mention the lazyness of the administrative staff. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 19, 2004

Mary Persons is a pretty decent school. This year, as many people already know, we have acquired a completely new administrative staff. Whereas there are a couple of teachers who are not quite up to par most of them are really great teachers. Also, as someone stated we have great after school activites. Our sports teams are some of the best in the state. Everything from the famous MP Football team (who is undefeated so far this season) to the debate team (who is #3 in the state) to the track team (#1 in the state) are all great teams and represent MP well. I would definitely consider MP if your child is looking for an athletic scholarship.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

Mary Persons High School is a good school. The counselors are good at preparing students for the next level. Most of the teachers do a good job of teaching students the basics of what they need to know after graduation. The extracurricluar activities are very good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

This school has plenty of room for improvements such as selecting teachers who are qualified to teach certain subjects such as chemistry and geometry. I had one chemistry teacher who was so bad that i didnt learn to balance equations until I was in college.The only teacher who is worth her salt when it comes to teaching geometry is Mrs Barber. Shes is awsome she is the only teacher who helped me understand geometry. Before her i kept failing geometry every semester. In fact i had one teacher actually say ' I cant explain this to you you just have to visualize it'. Trust me if you want your kids to get an atequate highschool education pick another school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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94%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

241 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

243 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
92%
Social Studies

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

244 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%

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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Algebra I

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Coordinate Algebra

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

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
Integrated Math II

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

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
60%
Physical Science

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

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
U.S. History

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

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
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 65% 44%
Black 30% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
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Nurse(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jim Finch
Fax number
  • (478) 994-7065

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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310 Montpelier Ave
Forsyth, GA 31029
Phone: (478) 994-2812

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