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Ridgeland High School

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Posted October 12, 2013

I am currently in the 10th grade at Ridgeland and could not imagine myself going to any other school. I have heard many complaints about bullies, drug problems, and administration issues from other schools as well as online. For one, bullies are childhood problems. Every school has to deal with them, and its not an administration problem. What do you want them to do? Escort him/her to class? If anything that would make the issue worse. Drugs are also another part of going to school. As long as you say no to them what harm can come to you? As for bad administration, my teachers, advisers, and even my principal(Mr. Glenn Brown) have encouraged and helped me thus far with achieving academic as well as physical goals. Ridgeland's graduation rate has also grown over 25% in the last 6 years! This met and exceeded my standards.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2012

I came out of retirement to teach at Ridgeland for a couple of years. It was a very good experience. The professionalism and dedication of the staff are outstanding. The Math Dept is a well-oiled machine; its members work together extremely well to provide students with the best possible instruction. Common assessments, peer observations, use of state of the art technology and countless other practices of schools of excellence are richly embedded at Ridgeland. Students have every possible opportunity to succeed in academics, leadership and service.


Posted March 13, 2012

this school is terrible my daughter is being bullied and dont want to go to school its her first year here and she has had nothing but problems she says she hates her life and wants to die i have talked to the school time and time again and all they can tell me is kids can be mean what kind of school is this to keep letting things like this happen
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

As a current senior (2012) of Ridgeland High School i just wanted to say that my years here have been pretty good. Yes, some teachers seem to not care but that's at every school. Our graduation rate has risen in the past 4 years that Mr. Smith has been here. The Band and Chorus programs are really GREAT here. Mr. Chambers and Mr. Goss are 2 of THE BEST teachers at Ridgeland. They always push us to learn not only in their classroom but in our academics also. The discipline here is also very fair. In my French class I am currently taking, I LOVE it because I am actually learning. Mrs. Edwards is also in our top 10 teachers because she REALLY cares about not only us in her class but us in our other classes and pushes us to graduate. All around Ridgeland High School really is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 3, 2010

Let's just say that I'm praying this school makes changes to the way they run the place. It is best known for it's drop-outs, I, too being one. I cared enough to finish my education, and I'm glad I did (by the GED) RHS says you can't get a job with a GED which is a total lie.(Ask any GED recipient w/ a job.) All it bulls down to is all the other schools around RHS have good reputations (mostly) and have low drop-out rates. Ridgeland, on the other hand, does not. They're just sore about the fact that they look lesser than the others because of the things that go on there, so lying is their way of decreasing the drop-out rate instead of fixing the problem that's making the students quit. They're just lazy and inconsiderate of what the students have to endure on a daily basis.


Posted April 24, 2010

This school is absolutely horrrible ! from all the bullying that goes on , ugh . I wanted to move after my first year ! and i did . I made a cross country move and noticed the difference in the teachers part , and the education . The education is so much better up north and i actually learn things instead of being told to learn them automatically . I am soo glad i moved . I would not recommend this school to anyone !!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2009

I am writing to say that this school is terrible, and here's a major example: I am 16 and was scared to death by the school. It was so poorly administrated, and the bullying, threatening, and the pot smoking teenagers in the ROTC hall bathrooms scared me, too. I applied for a private school, but unfortunately, could not afford it. I had no other choice but RHS. I am now a drop-out in a GED class, all because of fear from what could happen to me or to my friends at this 'school' or whatever they call it. This place is below unsatisfactory.


Posted August 11, 2009

I am a student at RHS and I just wanted to say that the new wing isn't for the 'extra smart' kids. It's for regular classes. I think we have a bad reputation for a highschool, but creating things like the Honors Academy will help out with how RHS looks as a school in Walker County, hick central. It really is a great school, but like every other high school; we have our troubles. Nothing too fret about and we shouldn't have a bad reputation compared to Gordon Lee and Lafayette; yet, we do. It will change though. :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

I am a student at RHS and I just wanted to say that the new wing isn't for the 'extra smart' kids. It's for regular classes. I think we have a bad reputation for a highschool, but creating things like the Honors Academy will help out with how RHS looks as a school in Walker County, hick central. It really is a great school, but like every other high school; we have our troubles. Nothing too fret about and we shouldn't have a bad reputation compared to Gordon Lee and Lafayette; yet, we do. It will change though. :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2009

I have a 12th grader at RHS, he has done quite well with grades even though he did have some teachers that did not seem to care. He 'got through' the class and moved on to the next. I do know that parent involvement is lacking at the school.the time and are involved. My child started with the new 9th grade academy. I think this is well worth the effort put into the school. I am disappointed about what I hear about the new hall being put into effect, that this is only for 'extra smart' kids to be isolated from the ones that are not so bright. This could only lead to disappointment of other students that are smart but not smart enough to make the cut. My child's experience with the school has been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I have a 10th grader in this school, I have seen a lot of improvement since last year.This principal seems to have it together as far as discipline, very few of the teachers seem to care, some are teaching in fields that they are not prepared for and the students hurt because of it. I know this is fact because my son had one of them and we got a letter from the school stating that she still needed some qualifications, drugs, fighting seems to have slowed down some. The drug searches are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

Each of my 2 kids spent 4 years at RHS. They loved their time there. They are both now in college and were well prepared to attend college. I wish the dropout rate was not so high. I think more can be done by administrators and guidance counselors to keep students in school and involved. This process must begin in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

My son is a 10th grader this year and high school has been great for him. The band program has been wonderful for him. The new band director Mr. Chambers is the best band director that Ridgeland has had in the last 10 years. He really has does amazing things with the band this year. However I just sat here and read all the reviews on this site and was very disappointed in all of the blame that is being put upon the parents. The problems that we have encountered so far has been that most of the teachers don't care. If parents do not keep on top of their kids credits then I have noticed that the school will make alot more mistake's which in turn will result in that child dropping out of school. Which is why the high dropout rate. Overall this has been a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2006

My daughter attended Ridgeland High School in the 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 school years and I believe Ridgeland is one of the best run schools that I've encountered. We have moved back to Pennsylvania but since however the school here cannot hold a candle to Ridgeland High School and the teachers that are there. The principal Mr. Ward at the time as far as I could tell disciplined the children well when needed. He also took the time to write on my childs report card which is something that hardly any principal does anymore. No Ridgeland High Schools staff clearly cares about the children and what and how they are being taught. This is an excellent school and if I moved back would be the area I'd move back to so that my child could attend the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

I graduated from Ridgeland in 2003. I don't think there is anything wrong with the teacher, faculty, staff, or administrators. The problem is that parents do not take the responsiblities as a parent. The disapline problem could be solved if parents would either punish there children or let the administrators deal with it. School is not a daycare center. It is a place of learning. You all need not blame the school system blame youselves. For you, parents, have failed your children.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 12, 2005

I'm not a parent of an attending student, I actually graduated from Ridgeland three years ago. At three years ago, I felt that Ridgeland was a poorly run school.. and I hear it has only gotten worse from when I attended. The administration does not care one bit about what happens to the students and I never once felt like I was being challenged. It is a completely negative atmosphere with no support from any angle. When I do have children, I will never send them to a school like Ridgeland. Ridgeland gives attention to the top five students academically in each grade and acts like it's a lost cause for all other students. I am now about to graduate from college, but no thanks to Ridgeland.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2005

I am the parent of a child that graduated in 2004. I believe the teachers did prepare my child for college, especially, after seeing the first semester grades that were produced. However, I do believe the former administration had a lot to do with all the negativity that surrounded the school. My child was an athelete, but throughout the four years, there were many coaching changes. I believe it all stemmed from the administration, not the teachers or the coaches problem. I believe with my eighth grader coming up things will be looking up for the sports program. The teachers and community support were there; the administration prevented a lot of positives.Overall a good a hs as any in public the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2004

I have very high hopes for the new principal, and although the school has nowhere to go but up, he certainly has his work cut out for him. I realize that this school is located in a highly transient, low socioeconomic area. However, this is by FAR the worst school for teacher and student morale that I have ever encountered, and as a social worker in both inner city and extremely rural areas of TN, I have seen some poor schools, just none quite as pathetic as Ridgeland. As I said, I am certainly hopeful that the new principal will have a positive effect. My experience with the previous principal led me to believe that many of the deficits at this school could be directly attributed to him. Apathy is contagious!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2004

I have had one to graduate from this school and one who is now attending. I feel that this school has fallen in its excellence in the last 7 years! Too many of the staff just don't care about the kids! It's a paycheck! Kids with medical problems or special needs tend to be shunned and let fall through the cracks! If I were able at this time my child attending now would be transferred to a different school system!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Have been involved with schools in one capacity or another all of my life. I have never seen or heard of a school as bad as this one. No discipline, no order, the faculty does not care about the students (perhaps they would do better if they received any support from the administration), violence and bullying are rampant, and the drop out rate hovers around 60%. Need more be said?
—Submitted by a parent


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

271 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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87%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

264 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

269 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
86%
Social Studies

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

269 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%

2009

 
 
81%
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.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
81%
Algebra I

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

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n/a

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n/a
American Literature

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Coordinate Algebra

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Integrated Math II

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%
Physical Science

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

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
84%
U.S. History

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

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
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 87% 44%
Black 8% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 2% 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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  • Robert E Smith
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2478 Happy Valley Rd
Rossville, GA 30741
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