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Lovejoy High School

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Posted October 3, 2013

LoveJoy High School. I am willing to change my address so that I will not be in this schools' district. TERRIBLE COMMUNICATION. These faciliators have DR in front of their names and it makes me wonder... WHY???? and are they above the possitions that they have.? They sure act as though they are
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

I am a senior International Baccalaureate student at Lovejoy and I've thoroughly enjoyed all four years at this school. I know that there are low ratings because of basically, behavioral problems and the few teachers that do their job for themselves and not the students. Lovejoy is the best school in clayton county, hands down, in regards to academics and behavior. It has challenging academic programs( for those who wish to participate in them), strong leadership, and good teachers. Every school has its downfalls. I know Lovejoy can get a little roudy at times, but the student body always manages to bounce back. I'm proud to be a graduate from THIS school and not any other.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2012

The principal as well as one of the administrators, and a guidance counselor that I've dealt with have the tendency to push responsibilities off onto someone else so they can wipe their hands clean. They are very unprofessional and uncaring of the students all in all. They're too busy with whatever else to try to rectify an issue with one student. They take their time responding to parents, sometimes after repeated calls, notes sent to them I still had to go to the school just to get a small issue taken care of on one occasion. Horrible School Leader Need To Lead!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Instructor are involved and keep me informed as to the progress of my student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2009

I'm an 11th grade student in the IB program at Lovejoy, and I have to say I am truly enjoying my experience at LHS. This year we have an excellent principal, Mr. Colbert (and I would know because I had him in middle school) as opposed to our previous principal. As far as safety is concerned, I think students are just fine if they're in the right crowd. Everyone is really kind, and if you're a new student, you'll fit right in on the first day, unlike some other schools that I know. It may not have a whole bunch of money, but we have some quality teachers that can actually teach. I know there are some questionable teachers outside the IB program, but as an IB student, I'm enjoying my time at Lovejoy. I don't know why some people are giving such low ratings, but I love LHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2009

I'm currently a student in the IB program at Lovejoy and while I agree it has its fair share of problems, I do believe it is the best choice for a high school in ClayCo. Without this program though, I would loathe this school. There are many disruptive students and unqualified teachers, but I do think the IB program keeps this school afloat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2009

lovejoy is the best school my kids have ever went to. I give them a 5 out 5 stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2009

I am currently a sophomore at Lovejoy High School.I personally love this school.We have an amazing sense of family spirit!We care for each other like family members.I know we may not have the best school building(which as of now our building is being renovated) and we may not have the best students, but our students are safe and nobody has been killed.I just finished reading other reviews about this school that have been posted on this website, by parents, and it makes me mad. The parents are only getting the story form their child's point of view.This school is not unsafe because of lack of effort from the teachers ,as a matter of fact, its not unsafe at all,but when the problems arise it is because of the students.At Lovejoy I have met some of the most caring and loving teachers I have ever met!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2009

Lovejoy....it's not the best school in the world, but it's defintely not the worst. I'm an actual student in the International Baccalaureate Programme so a lot of the sutff that happens doesn't affect me as much. Lovejoy's issues come from students, techers, admin., and parents. Each one of those four has an equal responsibilty to what's supposedly wrong with Lovejoy. I actually had a choice to leave Lovejoy for my senior year, I'm a junior right now, but I chose not to. Lovejoy may have its problems, but when you look it so does every school. I want to graduate as a Wildcat. Not as some other crazy mascot with other people that I don't know.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2009

Lovejoy is an okay school. It has the International Baccalaureate Programme, which is a great addition, but if your child is not in this program, the school days may be harder. There have not been many fights this year, but children late and skipping classes has seemed to be an issue. Seems like my peers are not dedicated at all to getting an actual education. The pricipal and his assistants could be more active around the school as well as the security guards. The school could be cleaner. There are alot of 'Coulds', but the point is, its an okay school in a urban-ish area. NO school is perfect and this school is one of the best high schools in Clayton County.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2009

My daughter is a freshman there and I am afraid for her each week because there is a fight almost every week. I'm also afraid for her to walk home as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

Lovejoy in whole is not a bad school. I have a daughter that has been there the last three year and every year I had to go to the school multiple times because you cannot reach anyone and the admin does not return calls. On top of the gang fights and expensive activities such as prom and joining sports, I would not advise this school for my worse enemy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

The Princpal is non effective. Safety is is at a dangerous all time low. Teacher do as little as possible. If they come to school at all. The only parent inxolement they want is cash.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

I have read the comments of past and present students. I have also read the comments of past and present parents. I find it discouraging and disheartening to believe that Lovejoy High School is solely responsible for the academic, social and moral rearing of your children. Lovejoy has a diverse student body that comes from a diverse social-economic background. If you honestly weigh the facts, no school can be all things to everyone. In communities where the ratings are high the school represents a semblance of pride, not a target for parenting shortcomings. I am the father of two children that currently attend LHS and they love it and as parents we couldn t be any more pleased. Remember hard work beats talent when talent doesn t work hard .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

I went to this school for four years after attending schools in 4 different states and school districts. I hate to say it, but this was byfar the worst. The main problems are the quality of the curriculum and the discipline. I say the curriculum, and not the teachers, per se because the school board has become too restrictive and has set such strict guidelines that it is nearly impossible for it to cater to the students' specific needs. And then the discipline... I can recall maybe 5-8 courses I have taken at this school where discipline problems with other students did NOT inflict upon the classroom learning experience. This school did not prepare me for college as well as I had expected. Despite the few valuable instructors and faculty members there, I could not even bring myself to go back to visit this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 18, 2006

Lovejoy needs to get it together. My kids (3) have been in the Lovejoy area all of their lives. They have attended Kemp, Lovejoy Middle, and now Lovejoy High. I have removed both of my sons from Lovejoy High since last year. One I sent to military school because he is joining the service and the other I transferred to another school due to the violence at the school. They have so many fights and gangs, I don't see how those kids concentrate there. The kids are running the school not the adults. Some of the teachers look like the students and it is hard to tell them apart because they are all dressed alike. I have never seen a school so out of control. I am now moving out of Clayton County all together (as of this weekend...yeahhhh) and I hope that they are able to get it back together
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2006

All the teachers that my two kids have had in their career at Lovejoy, have been quite caring and we have had no problems so far. I am an involved parent and my kids know what I expect from them academically and socially. They have lived up to that. I am a strong believer that the atmosphere that is set at home goes a long way in helping the teachers and administrators do the best job that they can for our students. Teaching is a tough job and I lift my hat to all the teachers. Great job, keep up the good work and may God continue to help you deal with our youth of today. They are a tough bunch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2006

I am curently a Junior here in Lovejoy High school. If i had a child i will not take them to lovejoy. The school is horrible, teachers dont care, the students take over, theres a fight almost everyday, and they be running out of lunch sometimes. If i had another choice i would be going to a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2006

I am a senior at this school and to put it bluntly, I don't like this school. The teachers don't care about the students,the counselors are never dependable,and there's a fight in school almost every day. People that don't even go to our school stand in the hallways talking to the students and the administrators don't care. The food they provide is diminutive. They sometimes run out of food at the last lunch period. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2005

I just transferred my teenager to Lovejoy at the beginning of Novemeber, however, my experience thus far, has been terrific! Its apparent that the staff members that I have been introduced to do care. My teenager has had an attitude change for the better, more involved in activites, and most importantly her grades are improving with the help of teachers that understand her needs. While all schools do have thier problems, and they are everywhere, you need to look a little closer at the parents, not the school. As you have read very little parent involvement. With 3 teenage girls, I have found that if your not involved, then there is no room for any parent to complain (unfortunately, this is what happens wtih most parents). The move to Lovejoy may have saved my teenager, until proven differently....Go cats!
—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.

388 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

375 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

386 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
79%
Social Studies

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

383 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
80%
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.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

555 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
37%
Coordinate Algebra

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

490 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
44%
Integrated Math II

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

517 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
33%
Physical Science

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

379 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
U.S. History

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

437 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

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 80% 37%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 3% 3%
White 3% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Keith Colbert
Fax number
  • (770) 473-2928

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
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1587 McDonough Rd
Hampton, GA 30228
Phone: (770) 473-2920

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