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Hiram High School

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3 stars

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Posted May 1, 2014

We are in year 2 at HHS, Freshman year my son failed Spanish due to the teacher being out 32 day's in the first semester and the sub did not speak Spanish. When I asked about it I was told the teacher is sick. If my child missed that many days I would be standing in front of a judge explaining myself. Math this year has been awful. My son's teacher shows a power point and tells the kids if they have a question to look on CoolMath website. NICE! Administration shows no sign of caring. I have emailed, gone in and meetings and they could care less. Very sad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2014

My 10th grader goes here. There hasn't been one single social function that he has been made aware of, if they even exist. Where are school dances, or after school pep rallies. No one wants to go to the football games because they are "lame". Maybe their sports team would do better with Pep Rallies, it helps build morale in a lot of places. He has substitutes for long periods of time who basically just show movies.. not even related to the subject. You can consider this year of Spanish a waste, because it has been a substitute since the class started.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2014

I have 3 students that have went or are currently going to Hiram and I love it. I love the principal, office staff and most of the teachers. I believe you will always get out of a school what you put into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

The school is great. There are a few teachers who make it horrible. I have came home and cried before because a teacher gave us a 16 part project and gave us 5 days to do it and one of those days was Easter. That is one teacher who needs to be removed. I am in ninth grade all honors classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2013

My daughter will be graduating this year. She is very bright and mature, which I'm grateful for because she frequently complains about the teachers not teaching. I mostly hear about movies they watch (many not related to the class) and parties they have - this is frustrating for her because she actually wants to learn. She took Spanish for 3 years and doesn't know a thing, except her teacher wanted to act more like a teenager rather than teach. The 3 star rating only is made because she did have a minimal few that she absolutely loved and learned a lot from. I must say however, the band program is excellent! Great Director, great parental involvement, and great kids!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

I am a parent of a student in the school. The school has a problem when it comes to bullying. They like to claim a No Place For Hate school, but they really don't care too much in the issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

I am a parent of a freshman at Hiram High who comes from 3 years of homeschooling, so I do have a different perspective. From a social perspective: my daughter LOVES Hiram High and has made lots of friends (she has not missed one day of school and we're going into the 4th quarter). From an academic perspective: I had my daughter exhaustively tested last year before entering high school and was very pleased with the attention and time they awarded me and my daughter. The teachers are generally responsive when I have needed to intervene regarding her progress or grade(s). The worst time I have had is with her Math teacher and Math tutors. Response is low. Math tutor scheduling changes almost from week to week and we are only sometimes informed (some teachers opt out at last minute?). My daughter is borderline failing Math and that's with the tutoring, so I tend to agree with previous review by student regarding Hiram's Math program (which is a new program that started in the 2009-2010 school year). (also - they have laxed the cell phone/MP3 player rules)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

As a freshman, I enjoy Hiram a lot more than middle school. However, the math prgram absolutly sucks. I am a straight A student, and I am struggling to maintain a B average in Math because it is presented in a confusing way that does not leave any room for individual learning styles. I'm in all advanced classes and otherwise find it ok. I do think they should offer Acc. Spanish though, I hate being stuck in a class with kids who don't care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2010

Im a freshman at hiram and so far i think it's a terrific school, some of their rules could be chnaged though. But other than that it's great. the only thing i hate is coming to school in the morning because it takes forever just to get off the bus because of the long lines.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 18, 2010

im a freshman and i hiram and I think it is a terrific school but i think that some of their rules could be changed. other than than everything is great but the only thing i hate is coming in the morning because it takes forever just to get off the bus because of the long lines in the morning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2009

This school is so lame. I go here. They are always worried about cell phones mp3 and other stuff. They did tear down the freshman academy and try to make the school bigger but they still lame. Did you no they didnt meet AYP!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2009

this school is slowly letting Christ back in to the schools... over the summer the stadium was changed from Hiram Stadium to Christ Central stadium... a local church in Dallas, the school asked the church if they would like to do it and now the church is going to fix up various parts of the stadium... this is going to be an awesome year
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

I recently graduated from Hiram and I had an experience nothing short of fantastic. While yes, it isn't perfect, it is a public school. Funding leads more towards band and football, but I never truly lacked anything I needed during my high school experience. I was an honors/AP student and had some excellent teachers who really knew what they were talking about and were always available to assist/tutor me when needed. I was involved with the theatre department, which had little money, but a lot of talent!, the Vespidae [yearbook] staff, and also several clubs such as Beta, NHS, and SHS. I would recommend this school to anyone in Paulding County. The administration, for the most part, is fantastic and this is easily the best high school in the county.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2008

For the average student, Hiram is average, I guess. The students are a bit of a rough bunch,but overall it is a safe, but noisy, learning environment. My student is not average, however, and for these students who may be dealing with Asperger's Disorder or learning disabilities, we found it was too intense an environment and the students overall were not accepting nor even courteousl Teachers were not prepared, even in co taught classes, to work with these students. We have since moved to a private school and my student is in a better, more accepting learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

I am a student athleate at hiram high school. This school is fun at TIMES.. But when it comes to freedom and learning its in much need of help. Teachers ability needs to be checked, and how they teach the class. They do not adapt to the student learning styles. They are persistant at teaching a certain way and never improvising to give the students a chance to catch up. Also the school disapline system is awful. They are so worried about tardys, cell phones, and ipods. They completly are oblivious to the fact that drugs and people steal in the locker rooms. And they get away with it. I had money stolen from me and they found the student. But i never was reimburst for what i lost. That was my lunch money. I really think the principal is so fixed on disapline with ignorant stuff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2008

i have been going through some rough times lately and the counseling and attendence staff have been like family. they have been helpful with my daughters when it comes to my daughter in regards to her school work and homelife i just want to thank them all i couldnt have my daughter in a better school and as for learning my daughter does get and excellent educatin there, at times it is difficult but she does get help from the teachers and she gets along well with the teachers im happy to know that my daughter is in a school that cares about there students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

my child is new to this area and school she is geting excellent education here the only problem is the way the staff allows the students to behave the times i have been to pick up my child early i see children running around on cell phones talking in vulgar language hanging around and leaving school at all times of day i dont know if they have perimission or not but its seems like ten in the morning a car load of students should be in class...for the most part the teachers do seem to be there for the students, my daughter gets along very well with her teachers and learns very well from them ...the office staff has alot to learn about manners especially the front office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

Hiram high is a wonderful school. My child is making amazing grades. Not to mention the wonderful sports program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Hiram high school is all about the sports. Overall the school is decent and i disagree with it being ugly. I am somewhat satisfyed with this school but wish it could base its priorites on education rather than sports.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2007

High-school is a place for learning, experience, and maturing. Hiram High School is anything but that. From the awkward teacher to student environment. To the sheer ugliness of the school. It's really intolerable. The teachers are not there for the kids and they are not there for the students to have higher-learning. They're there for themselves, money (as odd as it sounds).It's my belief that one should have dedication and passion in one's job. These teachers clearly don't display this. Priorities contribute to a healthy functioning school. It's clear Hiram High has none.
—Submitted by a 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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

312 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

320 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

320 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
91%
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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
Coordinate Algebra

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

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Integrated Math II

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

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
50%
Physical Science

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
62%
U.S. History

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

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
39%
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 53% 44%
Black 33% 37%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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702 Virgie Ballentine Dr
Hiram, GA 30141
Phone: (770) 443-1182

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