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Hart County High School

Public | 9-12 | 945 students

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Posted July 1, 2014

One of the best schools in Northeast Georgia. Great academic programs as well as extracurricular activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

The new principal review the school improvement plan and star to improve the teaching strategies in order to achieve better grades based on standards.


Posted October 7, 2009

I have high hopes for this school for the future. The last two years has been difficult with the new superintentent but now he is leaving. I hope we can get everything back on a positive path.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I am impressed with the new superintendent and the new principal.


Posted July 9, 2007

Since moving here 2 years ago, I have found the Hart Gounty schools lacking in the desire to truely put forth the energy to make sure all the kids are getting the best possible education. For the most part my kids teachers are doing the best they can with what little support they have. I have visted the schools and found fights outside going on and no administraters in sight. In the schools defence, looking at the neighboring school system,I did not find it much different
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2005

I'm a student at Hart County High School. I think that our teachers are great role models. There are a few exceptions, but most of them actually care about their students and their acheivements. You couldn't find better teachers anywhere else. The principal needs to get off Broadway and come back to Hartwell. He's not here to put on a show.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2005

I am a student at HCHS;I am in College Prep Courses. I am physically disabled, but I am treated just like everyone else. Mr. Grimes is a wonderful principal; the only people that complain about him are the ones that get into trouble. The quality of academic programs is excellent. My favorite class is chorus. The teacher makes the class fun while he is teaching. Mr. Grimes is all about making everyone feel special and he tries to build a good relationship with the students who will allow him to do so. The JROTC Program is a wonderful program. Even if your child doesn't want to join the Military, he or she should consider trying JROTC for 1 semester. It teaches leadershihp skills, respect for your commmunity and family, and to take pride in yourself. I have an older brother who is in the program, and he loves it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 19, 2005

Well im a student in HCHS and i think this this school would be so mutch better with good teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2004

To the parent(s)and students that think Mr. Grimes is mean. WAHHHHH, poor babies. He is the best thing that ever happened to this school. Maybe he does think he's in the military. Ya know what? That isn't so bad. I was raised military and it was the best thing ever. I did my school work and was proud of myself. Mr. Grimes is the best. He isn't a sissy like our former principal was. He isn't afraid to stand up to the parents or students. Let's just say that Mr. Grimes has b@lls and that is what this school has needed for several years!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted August 10, 2004

As a former student of HCHS, I think that Mr. Grimes is the best thing that has happened to Hart County in a long time. He is a much better leader than the past 3 principals we had. The students were getting very disrespectful and rude. Mr. Grimes strict discipline is a very wonderful thing for the school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 30, 2004

The county's school system is not academically challenging...if we hadn't moved, I would not have been prepared for Georgia Tech.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 22, 2004

Hart County High School is a very good school. Overall, the administration, faculty, and staff are good, hard-working people who do their best to provide a good education for their students. As the parent of a recent graduate, I can proudly say that my child is doing very well in college, thanks to fine preparation at Hart County High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2004

Hart County High is making a BIG mistake by keeping Mr. Grimes as the principal. This school is being run by a man who thinks this is a military school. It is not. If Mr. Grimes continues to be the principal, the drop out rate will greatly increase. My youngest son is going to the seventh grade next year, and when he starts the ninth grade and Mr. Grimes is still there, he will be transferred to another school or put into a private school. I know personally of what happens when a principal makes it hard for your child to attend school, and is constantly harrassing that student. This has been my experience for the past two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

I believe that Hart County isn't exactly the best school out there, but it's a good one. The teachers are nice and try to get the students involved, but the principal, on the other hand, is a very rude man. I think that if the school got rid of him it would be a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

This school has great programs to involve the students. I have had two chldren in the band program and I think the key to success is parental involvement. Great teacher role models. Just like anywhere else in US you are going to have Exceptions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2004

I completely disagree with the previous statement. Yes, Hart County does have heavy involvement in sports, but they are good sports programs! Consistently Hart County ranks in the top 5 high school football teams in the state. Not to mention having beyond excellent tennis, golf, and baseball teams that also rank in the state. But it's not all about sports, the band program is beyond active, incorporating 5+ more band programs at once. The DCT, drafting, auto tech and construction programs are also worth mentioning. All of this I think is due to a staff of excellent teachers. Having gone through 4 years at this school I know first hand. True, not every teacher is noteworthy, but on a whole, they are an excellent batch and we are amazingly lucky to have them at our institution. This is a great school, but every school is what you make of it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 14, 2004

I think Hart County High School is among the worst in the state of Georgia. It revolves around the sports, which aren't very good in the first place. The teachers are not very helpful and do not take time to interact one on one with my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2003

There are many opportunities for my children to get involved in sports, clubs, dramas, and band. Excellent teacher/student involvement. Overall good positive attitude by all.


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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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

173 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

173 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

172 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
87%
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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
64%
Coordinate Algebra

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

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
74%
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

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Integrated Math II

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
44%
Physical Science

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

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
U.S. History

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
51%
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 67% 44%
Black 25% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 Hart County Middle School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 60% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Emmanuel College
Piedmont College
University of Georgia
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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)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Auto mechanics
  • Computer programming
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Marching band
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • 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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • 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 presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:05 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Kevin Gaines
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (706) 856-7237

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
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?
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • 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
  • Agriculture
  • Auto mechanics
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Construction / building
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • HVAC certification
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Plumbing

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • 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
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • JROTC
  • Marching band
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Emmanuel College
Piedmont College
University of Georgia
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 60%
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59 Fifth St
Hartwell, GA 30643
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Phone: (706) 376-5461

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