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Berrien High School

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Posted December 4, 2010

BHS is great! I'm only a freshman there, but it is wonderful. The lunches have definently improved, immensely. The teachers are absolutley the best. They all connect with their students, and go out of their way to give every student an equal oppurtunity to succeed. The student body is very diverse, but there isn't much seperations between them. 90% of the students get along well. Overall, I wouldn't want to go to any other High School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

Most people would say this school is one of the best and safest, as a student, I know otherwise. People are bullied daily, it is absolutely uncalled for. the school is vvery diverse in its student body, and as such, when someone sees something they aren't used to and don't like, they usually have a nasty comment to give about it, usually involving some cursing and unneeded gestures. the school lunches are terrible, no offense to the people in the lunch room, but money is put into giving pay raises to everyone else when it could be used for materials and betterment of lunches and such. The board has lost all sense of reality and are using money unwisely on things that shouldn't be paid for in the first place. The school could use some work.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2008

Our school isn't perfect but even with all the constant change in leadership over the last several years our test scores have remained at or above RESA in many areas. If I have any concern it would be the apathy toward school and towards taking pride in what you are doing that I see from more and more students. It seems that the more opportunities we give students to seek help, tutoring, and remediation, the less willing some of them are to take advantage of these extra chances.
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Posted March 9, 2008

As a student at BHS, I think it's only fair that someone within the 'uppercrust' of the authority ask some of us 'kids' about what we need. There was a review written about our school being really safe- sadly, that's not true. Kids get in fights all the time. Small kids are thrown up against lockers and walls by big kids. WHEN (not if) the bomb threats come, we'll go out and sit in the same place we do everytime at the same time for the same amount of time everyday for a week. That's really safe... For some strange reason our school system does seem to find enough money to add on to the administration's (or the new coaches') paychecks but seemingly not enough to feed our students more than six walnut-sized chicken nuggets for a main course. Spirit and morale have gone WAY down since I started at BHS...
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2007

in my opinion the school has gone down lot. im a new transfer student to the school tis year, and i moved there because i heard that the shools were some of the best. but so far all i see is that the money is being used unwisely and some of the treachers should not be teaching because of the way they run their classrooms!!!!! maybe the new principle, mr. bateman can turn the the school around especially with the recent bomb threats of last year!! gavin sumner, a student
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2007

Students at BHS are very blessed to have the kind of dedicated staff and teachers they do. If a student is having trouble, he need only ask his teacher for extra help. I have never known a teacher at BHS who did not offer to come in early or stay late with a student. If a student is willing to work hard and follow instruction, there is no reason he can't succeed. I have had experiences as a student and an educator in high schools in several other states. BHS is one of the safest schools I have seen.


Posted January 22, 2007

Berrien High used to be a all well rounded school to attend. Now the kids are having to ajust almost every year to a new principle, that is not fair to them. Some of the teachers do not need to be teachers with the way they handle their classes. Some thing a lot of improving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2007

The food served is atrocious. The teachers are GREAT but the administration and board have completely lost touch with reality. My child's senior year will be most unmemorable. The missing fine arts programs have been half way corrected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2005

This school as far as SOME teachers and the students are not at all that bad. It's the school's board. I think that they need to get their priorites straight. BE FAIR.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2005

The last person who responed was correct. The money is being used in a way that does not seem fit. Students will be there or will not be there depending on their opinion of the school and what they learn there. BHS is a great school, but lacking spirit that was there when Mr. Dorsey was there. Maybe it's people's way of doing things, but a lot of morale has gone down.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2005

Im not really a parent. im achually a student. And i agree with the last person who put her input in. I think the school should use their money more wisely. Our new principal, Mr. Parker, is giving away 1,200 to students who's to class on time everyday, and a new car to a student who hasnt missed any days, well the school is suppose to be struggling for money, they could buy a new classroom set of books with that money. It's supposed to be left up to the students to get to class on time and to attend everyday. If they really dont care about school then they dont need to be there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

I am really disapointed in the school system we have here. when we moved here over 10 years ago we were told the schools here were some of the best. we never had to pay extra for summer school in florida.It can cost any where from 250.00 -400.00its not the schools but the school system. I thought that the lottery was supposed to help out with school supplies and other things to help make it easier for the students but every time you ask about something the money is never there for the kidsbut the government officials are always getting raisesand such,money that I feel would be better placed in the schools.
—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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

188 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

189 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
90%
Social Studies

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

189 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
86%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
73%
Coordinate Algebra

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

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
61%
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

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
39%
Integrated Math II

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
35%
Physical Science

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

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
U.S. History

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
53%
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 79% 44%
Black 12% 37%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 E Smith Ave
Nashville, GA 31639
Phone: (229) 686-7428

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