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McEachern High School

Public | 9-12 | 2158 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I wish I could say GREAT things about McEachern High ... out side of football though ... there is not a lot of good to say. Academically McEachern is anemic at best. Teachers are not empowered and really do not have the committed, regular support of the administration, and the counselors are really poor. If your child goes here, and you wish for them to get a decent education ... make sure you put them in Honors or higher. Regular courses are filled with kids who just don't care and as mentioned earlier ... the teachers can't do anything about it. Freshman orientation is a waste of time, this is the Principles oppty to tell you all that she believes in ... but does not back up with action. If your child plays a sport other than Football ... I'd take a big pass on this school again. Bottom line ... If you are looking to buy a home in the McEachern school district ... spend a little more, or rent in the Hillgrove district. Until we get a principle who is more than a disconneted paper pusher ... things will only get worse. Again ... Not a bad education experience IF you keep to honors and higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

My daughter has been in Cobb County School system since kindergarten . In May she will go into the 12 grade at McEachern. It is a BIG school but our experience had been great. The most important aspect if any school is safety first. When the kids feel safe they can absorb what the teachers have to offer .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

I must say, we have been more than pleased with this school. Was concerned with the number of enrolled students, but the spirit is high and quality attention is right on point. Kids are happy and have great friends and mentors here. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2011

I love this school, my child transferred from a private, christian school due to the illegal activities at her previous school - and she is doing phenomenal at McEachern! The teacher's respond quickly to her questions and it is a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

This school is quite frankly a joke. Academics are horrible, staff involvement is minimal ... but it is the substandard parental support that is the root cause for this schools demise. If the parents would take action and not allow the principle and staff to get away with substandard practices ... this school might once again be as good as it once was 15 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2010

My years at Mceachern were dynamic. Besides the obvious 'cliques' formed amongst my peers, the blatant racism on campus is what kept me from being a proud 'Indian.' I witnessed a teacher justify the actions of the police officers in the Jena 6, saying that the six black students deserved their criminal sentences. Several of my former teachers fed into pre-existing stereotypes about blacks, using terms like 'ghetto-talk' and stating that 'black boys don't like to show their intelligence.' I heard white students refer to their friends as 'their 'n****s,'' poking fun at Black History Month, and insulting then-canidate Barack Obama because of his race. It's like I was living in the 1960s. Besides the racism, my guidance counselor was less than supportive of my ambitions to attend an out-of-state school. Since everyone went to the same schools like GA Southern and GA State, it...
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2009

I am currently in my Senior year at mcEacher, and I have to say the experience has been less than... glorious. Three stars is somewhat generous,but the teachers I had actually helpedme. It seems that the Gifted and AP teachers are the only ones that care about student success,as the on-level class I've been in were basically'survival of the fittest' both in an acedemic way, and who wever could survive the students. Student discepline is a major issue, and i don't suggest attending if you doin't want to see the rumps of every 'gangsta' in the school. Severall times I had to belive that scedules were created by throwing darts at a wall with all the classes on it. I was enrolled in back-to-back Team sports instead of Spanish III or any of the arts, two classes I both wanted and needed. Not the best school, but it works... usually.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2009

In spite of some things that my husband and I had heard. We have been very impressed with the educational experience that our son has had at McEachern. He came from a private christian environment and was expecting the worst, but we never experienced that. With the opening of Hill Grove High School we feel a lot of the behavior issues that we heard about has disappeared. If you are serious about education and you want all the resources possible to receive a quality education McEachern High School is the place for you. The staff is always available and willing to assist the kids, as well as, the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

i went to mhs last year and the school is not what it used to be. When my older siblings went there it was great but all good things come to an end. It was very hard to learn in the class rooms due to the many distractions created by other students basically it isnt the best learning enviorment
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2009

i use to attend mhs. i miss the school spirit and the surrounding cobb county community. i miss the caring students and teacherns and staff that attended the school. while i was at mhs i was treated with kindness and respect. i miss mhs very much. i am now a junior at another high school in GA. i am planning to move back to powder springs so that i can finish my last year in high school at Mceachern high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2008

I am a freshmen attending McEachern, and though I haven't been there long, I can honestly say that I am not pleased with the school so far. I am currently takeing electives that I did not request and NO anministrator is willing to help me. If i want to go to medical school, what do I need 2 full semesters (1 school year) of construction for? Teachers' attitudes toward students is the opposite of what it should be. They are basically there to collect a paycheck at the end of the month. Some of my teachers seem so unqualified. Half of them know less than us students. The facilities are too widespread, and the bell schedule doesn't make it easier to get to class..This year, McEachern has changed they way they are going to transition to the next semester, and I have yet to hear how they are going about this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

I think this school doesnt really care about the students. The comment below is actually correct. They placed me in classes I dont want or need, and the test scores for the GHSGT are terrible. If you are able to, send your child to another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2008

Very few teachers/administrators actually care about student success at this school. I was repeatedly signed up for classes against my will that I didn't need/want. This had a horribly detrimental effects on my moral and my GPA. Most teachers treat the students poorly and with little respect. If a student has a problem, they will find it difficult to find help. My senior year I dropped out of McEachern and got my G.E.D. instead. Now that I'm in college I have maintained a 4.0 grade point average compared to my 2.7 G.P.A. at McEachern
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2008

I used to go to this school and nobody would know better than a former student i absolutely loved it. I hasd great friends and great teachers who really helped me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2008

I'm a junior at McEachern and i have to say the school is reallu not as bad as people say it is. The comment that was just posted is not true. I mean the school is huge so of course if an outsider looking in sees the class change or lunches, they may say its disorganized, but its not. The school is good as far as the education, and the extra things too. Theres hardly any problems as far as fights and if there were theres campus security. McEachern is a really good school-especially for me since I came from a different school. I can appreciate all the things we are offered there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2008

This is an awful school. The leadership at the school is poor and are generally disliked. Do not send your child to this school. If you doubt this review, visit the campus and view the chaos b/w lunch, class chance, ect... You will see a disorganized and poorly run campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

I'm a parent of a sophomore who has been to three high schools in one year and overall this has been my childs best experience ever. The teachers communicate with me and I feel like they go above and beyond at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

Im a senior at mceachern and all four years i've heard gripe about my school and the only thing these reviews show me are that racism is still alive, its ridiculous how an all white ( harrison high school) school gets a ten over the real world ( mhs ). Mceachern prepares you for the real world and nothing less. It has some of the greatest facilities this country has seen and great students along with it i give mceachern a five star rating because its the best school this county has seen and deserves some respect. From an angry white! student of mhs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2008

I am a recent graduate and I must say I miss the school. It adequately prepared me for the future and allowed me to grow and develop. You can feel the love of the faculty from the Freshman Center to the PAC.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

If you are looking for a high school to prepare you for college then do NOT come here. A couple years ago it might have been a great school to come to but now its just gone down to the dumps. Teachers dont help as much as they should. I feel they just show up for a check. I would not reccomend this school to anyone.
—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.

431 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

417 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

431 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

430 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%

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.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
46%
American Literature

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

528 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
72%
Coordinate Algebra

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

611 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
68%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
15%
Integrated Math I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Integrated Math II

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

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
61%
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
Black 66% 37%
White 21% 44%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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