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Harrison High School

Public | 9-12 | 2082 students

 

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Posted November 19, 2013

Harrison high school is a good school if you have a child who is self-motivated, enjoys learning and is willing to take academically challenging classes. There is a strong emphasis on AP classes and if your child is on this track the quality of teaching is fairly good. If your child is not highly motivated and enjoys school Harrison can be a challenge. Students take only 4 classes per semester and it is a full year of that subject crammed into 18 weeks. Teachers seem to find it difficult to teach all of the material during the 18 weeks and, from what we heard from our children, rarely taught for the entire class period of 1 hour and 50 minutes. The administration seems more concerned about football than education and there is little to indicate that they are invested in making Harrison a great school rather than just coasting along to retirement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

This school is not good to transfer to or from unless you can time your move for the summer months. The principal has chosen a 4x4 system - instead of having 8 classes for a full year the students have 4 classes each semester. We wanted to buy a house near the school but we can't because we can't wait until the summer to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2013

This is a wonderful school for academics, performing arts, and sports! Most students graduate with great GPAs and get into top schools across the country! Harrison is all about their extra-curricular activities! The marching band is well appreciated and loved and gets to experience a lot of once in a life things! All of the E.C. programs strongly enforce the academic requirements to be involved in the programs. The football team is fairly good and has a great support system from the student body. Harrison's baseball team is extremely successful each year, along with the Track and Field team. Also, the drama department is very talented and well funded. The students that graduate from the theater program tend to move on to bigger and better theatrical opportunities! It is an overall wonderful school, and all students are strongly encouraged to be involved in E.C. programs and to challenge themselves with honors and AP courses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2013

Harrison has great programs. If you're not already involved in them, don't expect much sympathy from them. Despite what many teachers and students have cited as poor leadership from the principal, it has several of the best teachers in the state, but they mostly only teach AP classes. The special ed department looks very active and supportive and has great student support, but maybe (from other reviews) is not as inclusive as it should be or not as effective as it looks from the outside. Has a history of shedding great administrators and budget cuts that somehow don't seem to touch athletics, including the subpar football program. It has been suggested that this, along with the Superior Plumbing ads throughout the building and draconian attendance policies, is related to gaining money and reputation on paper. If you're a student and not in any of the programs, I'd suggest joining at least one or, if you have a good-on-paper reason, letting counseling know why you can't (they're not mean when they start to recognize your face; it's worth introducing yourself) so they can use you as another example of how great the school is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2013

This is a great school to go to! It has a ton of opportunities for extracurricular activities and clubs. It has a nation- wide recognized marching band and has an awesome football team. The students here are always encouraging and fun to be around. After all this is ranked the 3rd best high school in Georgia and has been recognized by George W. Bush. If you are debating between Harrison and another Cobb COunty high school, this one wins by far!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2011

All you have to do to find out what kind of school we're dealing with is to walk into the office. There you will be graced with some of the rudest woman on the planet. If they trouble to even look your way then you're doing well. This is not just an experience I alone have had. Most every parent I speak to feels the same way. It makes you wonder Who's in charge. Surely this has been brought to the principals attention. Truly a shame as the feeder schools of Bullard and Mcclure have wonderful staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

A big disappointment. Our child had to repeat freshman year and still doesn't know multiplication tables. There was an IEP in place, and it did nothing. Our child WAS left behind, and gossiped about in the office by ADULTS that should have been more professional. Ridiculous games played here. If you are not one of the HAVES with a straight A student, there will be little options for your child. This is a very snobby, 'money' area and the kids are incredibly rude, and bully others constantly - my child was constantly belittled, teased and threatened. NOT MY CHOICE for a school, and that's why I moved. Bad communication. Apathetic teachers. Backbiting attitudes. No effort for special needs kids that I could see. Only a handful of teachers here really CARE what happens to my child, and possibly yours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

Excellent opportunities for AP classes. Typical problems for a large suburban affluent community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

The teachers are wonderful, very knowledgeable. The Performing Arts program is outstanding. The ROTC unit is always helping and doing something for the school/community. The principle, however, is terrible, rude, and biased he only helps the athletic department. If you are not an athlete or a person with patience then this school is not a school for you. The people are always rude and unruly. Athletes are constantly getting treated better than most should.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2009

We moved our student from a private school to Harrison HS starting their freshman year. No regrets whatsoever. Academically, there are plenty of challenging courses available. It may be somewhat more difficult for students who struggle academically to deal with HHS. Our student is well prepared for college as they will start their senior year in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

Harrison High, like everything, else has it's good and bad points. Good: AP classes/music dept/sports/student spirit and involvement/security/some teachers....Bad: cafe food/principal is rude/phony kids (ie the movie 'Mean Girls'-you could literally get lost in a sea of straight blonde hair! ) some teachers/racism still exists (the Good Old South raises it's ugly head-Oh! except at football games when the black football stars take the field.) But, in general, if your child takes the opportunities afforded him, an above average education obtainable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

As always, a school can always look very good while under the watchful eyes of a investigator, but when it boils down to it, HHS is just another school. There is no real exceptional challange, or lack of challage. Some classes are much easier than others, and some are harder. The school uses block scheduling, which is nice for getting credits, and the amount of classes available is nice. However, drugs are a mild problem (with all high schools), and gangs are NOT a problem. Overall, i would say that being a student at harrison high is nice if one looks forward to AP classes, or likes block scheduling. But it is pretty much just... AVERAGE
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2008

A great school if your child fits 'into the box' of thier idea of a student. If your child has any issues such as learning mental or phyical disabilities this is not the place for you. The administration and teachers do not take the time needed to educate the kids that need it most. I was very diappointed with my childs progress or lack there of, so I pulled her out and decided to school school. It was the best decision for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

I am currently a student at Harrison and could not ask for a better school. Harrison was recognized by President George W. Bush as a school which excelled above National standards. It also has a nationally recognized marching band and a great performance arts program. The school is most defiantly the best in West Cobb, no doubt!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2008

Harrison is a great school! At HHS they challenge the students to do their best and achieve their goals in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2007

All three of our daughters attend Harrison High.g. Harrisons Teachers are second to none and the Vice Principal Lori Aarons is fantastic. She truly cares what the kids are going through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

All three children in my family graduated from this school. As far as quality of education and college preparation, you couldn't ask for better. However, my youngest sibling (a very well-behaved kid) struggled with health problems and a learning disability, and my mom had to be constantly on top of the guidance department and administration regarding their oversights of his needs. The school has incredible spirit on the part of both students and community. Overall, I would send my child to this school, but I would definitely keep and eye on his/her peer group and their activities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2007

Our child completed 2.5 years of his education at Harrison and graduated with the class of 2007. While at Harrison he took AP classes and was a member of the marching and symphonic band. The music program is excellent. The Director & assistants are professional & extremely knowledgeable of the requirements in the making of an excellent music program. The band is very competitive and has won national and international awards for their performances. Overall Harrison is a very good school if you stay on top of what is going on with your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

The teachers at this school stay until all hours of the night preparing lessons and grading papers. They really care about the students. The sports teams are very competitive, the band program is highly rated, and there are a lot of AP offerings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

'Nobodies' at this school are made to feel inferior and like outsiders. This extends from academics to the sports programs. If you're not the child of well-connnected parents, forget it!
—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.

535 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

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97%

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99%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

535 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%

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100%

2009

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

535 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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99%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Social Studies

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

534 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
96%
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.

468 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Algebra I

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
89%
American Literature

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

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
95%

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91%

2010

 
 
88%
Coordinate Algebra

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

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

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n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Integrated Math II

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

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Physical Science

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

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U.S. History

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

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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 84% 44%
Black 9% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • William Griggers
Fax number
  • (678) 594-8106

Resources

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  • Library
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Sports

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  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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4500 Due West Rd NW
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Phone: (678) 594-8104

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