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Kell High School

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Posted May 25, 2012

It's OK. Nice facility because it's fairly new. Not a ton of discipline/student behavior problems. Athletics are above average. Academically it's mediocre. If your kid is a high achiever consider one of the Cobb County magnet schools. All of them are a step above Kell for academics. I have one kid here and one in a magnet school and there is a big difference... not so much in the quality of the teachers but more in the level of expectations of the students from the administration, teachers, and each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

We transferred from out of state several months ago. Our son is in 9th grade and has been very happy at Kell. The staff in the guidance office went above and beyond to make this transition a smooth one. This is a great school! The school itself is beautiful and well kept. Highly recommend Kell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2010

Kell is a very nice school, however they don't really spend too much time keeping up the facilities - landscaping, track, etc. & extra materials that have been stacked up for years (cinder blocks etc) The county seems to 'pick on' this school more & make them an example for schedule changes a lot - Kell handles it very well although it is very frustrating for the students to have constant changes each year. Like any school there are those teachers that need to retire already, but most of the staff is wonderful - the math department could be better - with the exception of a couple of teachers - several don't know the curriculum & want the kids to teach themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

If I could rate Kell with no stars I definitely would. The administration lacks any kind of strength whatsoever and the kids get away with murder. My child comes home and tells me about the antics that go on and how some students are able to roam the halls and basically do nothing in class. Teachers are only rewarded if they 'know' higher up people. My child works hard and she gets upset that children who don't even do any work and back talk the teachers pass as well because of something called AYP??? If I were you, and I had the choice of where my child went to high school, Kell would definitely be on the bottom of the list! They also need a new principal, one who's younger and more in tune with today's youth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2009

I am about to be a junior. The staff is great, the teachers tend to be awesome, though there are slight issues for scheduling. Most importantly, though, also why I took a star off of my review, is the lack of consistency. I have never had the same schedule 2 years in a row. First it was a mixed block and traditional, then a mixed block and traditional with the traditional getting block days twice a week, now it is a block traditional, similar to college, with 8 classes all together every other day blocks. It is UTTERLY confusing. Otherwise, it's a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2009

Kell is an excellent school that prepares students for college and has a super athletic program. My oldest is a sophomore at Georgia Tech and doing quite well, which is proof of Kell's ability to prepare students for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

This school is great. The Fine Arts department us absolutely excellent and amplifies the schools and counties knowledge of music education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

My daughter has really enjoyed attending high school at Kell H.S. She is a junior and will be graduating a semester early thanks to the teachers and guidance counselors. I've personally seen teachers go up and beyond to help a student (s) out! This is over all a great school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Wonderful school. Great teachers and staff who are kind. My daughter had an injury , the staff at Kell have done everything to make sure she can attend school, they even made sure she had extra books in every class until she recovers. Go Longhorns
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

Excellent school, beautiful faculty and very helpful and nice teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Could not be any more pleased with acad. & ath. dept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

It is a wonderful school to attend and I am lucky to do so.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2007

The school is AWESOME! I am a soon to be Sr. and all the teachers are awesome and want the kids to do better! There is no lack of spirit, any person can't help a student who doesn't want help! So when parents ask why there is no involvement with the whole student body, then ask yourselves as parents what the heck your doing wrong! I love that this school, the teachers are always willing to help with ANY problems, and even if there is a lot of confusion with schedules, our staff is the best...they too would help you with anything and their only objective at the school is to keep us safe! Don't tell me our school is spirited, stop being lazy parents and talk to your kids about their involvement, don't blame the school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2006

The administration needs to get involved in why the school spirit is so low and lack of involvement by students. I think some of the coaches believe the students are privileged to be on their team, but really the teams is privileged to get the student. Respect is a a two way street!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2006

Excellent school. Our neighborhood is so fortunate to have teachers that go the extra mile. The facilities are wonderful. It helps that the East Cobb Baseball complex is across the street.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

This school lacks leadership big time! The only kids that have a positive experinece are one's that are from better off families, involved in all the school activities, etc. An average student or one that does not want to participate in extra activities are shunned and are not important to the staff. But don't complain, they won't listen and they do not care. I have had kids in schools in 4 states and this is by far the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

I was a junior Here at kell but then I move dthe teachers were really nice and it was so much fun to learn. The Arts/sports and extracurricular activities were so divverse even if You liked one of the smallest things there was probably a club just for that.Like the anime club. Lots of parents helped with the drama and Band programs that i know of. Its a great school, I would suggest this school to anyone.One problem though Its huge and the stairs + bookbags hurt after a while.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 27, 2006

I'm a freshman at Kell and new to the whole public school system. Kell has been very informative, crazy at times, and confusing at times, but hey isn't everything like that...sometimes? Its a good school. Nice facility as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2005

Our son had the choice of either staying at Lassiter High School for his four years or attend Kell High School his last three. We attended all the informational meetings prior to making a decision during the summer of 2002 and are pleased to say that our experience at Kell has been very positive. He graduated with Honors and received a very nice academic scholarship at an ACC school. Along the way he participated in Kell's cross country, basketball and golf programs while enjoying all the advantages of a new school with excellent facilities. Our youngest child is now a rising junior at Kell and participates in the volleyball, basketball and golf programs, while maintaining excellent grades. While there are always small exceptions, by and large the teachers at Kell have been excellent. My only negative comment would be that I would like to see more parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

The fine arts program is on a great track for the future of the school. We could improve in individual students' leadership and school pride/spirit. Motivating students is something we should work on, but good school overall.
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

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.

360 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

353 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

360 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
95%
Social Studies

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
92%
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.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
63%
American Literature

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

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Coordinate Algebra

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

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
73%
Integrated Math II

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
86%
Physical Science

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

386 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 44%
Black 21% 37%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 0%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Trudie Donovan
Fax number
  • (678) 494-7846

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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4770 Lee Waters Rd
Marietta, GA 30066
Phone: (678) 494-7844

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