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Harris County High School

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Posted September 20, 2013

6th year with a child at HCHS, we are not happy at all! Other previous statements below mentioned that the teachers take complaints made about them out on your student! That is a FACT, it happens!! Not fair, but it does and the principal does nothing about it. Upper administration is a good old boy network, happy with the sense of this being a back woods, old school mentality. Upper admin doesn't follow up...lack of communication is very very frustrating and unprofessional! They cover up and hide student serious offenses and act like they never happened or sugar coat the offense depending on the student. Harsh consequences are only for some students. Some teachers are there for a paycheck only and when it's obvious to parents it sure should be obvious to administration! Clubs and sports.......if it's not about the football program you can forget it admin cares not about its success. Guidance does a horrible job returning voice messages and emails (this and last year). I could go on on and on... these comments are based on our personal experience and discussions with other parents at this school we have talked with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

Harris County High has been great for my son. This is his first year of high school (9th grade) as well as this is a new school for him. He loves it and so do we.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

HCHS is a great school and have some great teachers but if you make some of them mad then they take it out on the student and that's not fair to the student. They will hold your child back instead of coming to you. The band director especially is good for that. The principle will tell you what he thinks you want to hear and not follow up on them. Overall he is a great guy. Great School. Don't ever give up on your child, fight for them to the end cause that's what you have to do if you have a problem there at the school with the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

Harris County High is an excellent school. There are some teachers who have lost some of their passion for teaching and just seem to be "coasting" to retirement, but that is a problem everywhere. On the whole, though, the teachers are passionate about their subjects and make tremendous efforts to get students excited about learning. There are so many extracurricular activities and clubs, there's really something for every interest. The administration is a little out of touch with the "front line" business of teaching and learning, but again, that's a common problem in any school. When I was a student there were security cameras on all halls and common areas, which gave students (and teachers, I'm sure) a great sense of security. Typical teenage drama aside, I really enjoyed my time there. I went on to attend Wesleyan College in Macon, GA on a full academic scholarship, if that tells you anything about the quality of an HCHS education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

Harris County has developed into much more than the 'little hick school' that it used to be considered. The majority of the teachers are caring and want to see their students succeed. Yes, some of the rules can be a little overbearing, but the students need to have regulations and discipline. The athletics are above par and the effort put in by the faculty, staff, and students is evident every day. I enjoyed high school so much there I am wanting to become a math teacher, so I can come back and teach there.


Posted November 18, 2008

The senior staff is difficult to work with. They are condensening to parents, unfair to students, and general 'dis-respectful' to all that do not agree with their views. Unfortunally it is the only high school in Harris County, and the school board does not review their teacher in an unbias manner to determine what goes on in the classroom and how the teachers treat students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

From a teacher's point of view, HCHS is an excellent school. The administration is supportive and student-focused. While the school has a 'country' laid-back environment, it takes academics seriously, cutting no corners. And, of course, the students couldn't be better!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2008

The environment is one that cannot be replaced. The small town vibe where you graduate high school with the same kids as you enter pre-k with is hard to find and a great way to go through school. The academics are challenging as well as having award-winning clubs and sports. There is something for everyone with the introduction of new clubs and activities yearly it's a can't miss oppurtunity.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2008

Harris County High School is an excellent school. The teachers as well as the students are friendly, and caring. The school has an outstanding academic program where a large variety of classes are offered, as well as athletic. They are known for the State Champion cheerleading squad. Their baseball, football, basketball and softball teams are also very well known. This school is also fairly newly built, with an awesome auditorium where many outstanding school productions are performed. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2007

Harris County High School provides the best education your child can get. The teachers are caring, and pay attention. How ever some Principles are too strict on the kids. They need to allow them a little more freedom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

The school is alot better than the middle school.The band teacher mr. Grrover is the best. He has done so much since taking over. My son appears to be much more happier in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2006

Great school, but looses too many good teachers due to principal's leadership. I'm surprised that Harris County would let this leadership continue. It's pretty bad when politics gets in the way of our childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

Harris County High is far from being the 'little hick school' that it used to have a reputation for being. The teachers there are caring, driven, and professional. Harris County is a wonderful place to live and the quality of education is improving every single day.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 5, 2005

Harris County High school has an exellent academic program, but the also have a superior theater program. The best I've seen. They also have an exellent theater teacher. I was really impressed when I saw one of thier recent productions.
—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.

339 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

337 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
97%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

341 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

339 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
89%
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.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Coordinate Algebra

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

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
Integrated Math II

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

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
57%
Physical Science

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
U.S. History

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
71%
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 74% 44%
Black 19% 37%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Roger Couch
Fax number
  • (706) 628-4335

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8281 Ga Highway 116
Hamilton, GA 31811
Phone: (706) 628-4278

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