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9-12
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Rossville, GA
Students enrolled: 1,323

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2478 Happy Valley Rd
Rossville, GA 30741

(706) 820-9361
(706) 820-1342
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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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
July 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
no rating 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.

- submitted by a community member
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating May 09, 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.

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April 17, 2009
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April 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
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.

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February 09, 2009
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January 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating 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.

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September 10, 2008
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July 17, 2008
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December 28, 2007
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December 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 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
July 31, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 07, 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
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
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
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
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!

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June 09, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
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
October 01, 2003
I think coming from a Middle School where school policy was strict and enforced to this High School was an eye opener. I don't understand why the kids can't carry backpacks. My child can hardly carry all the stuff they have. Don't think some of the teachers are very helpful, a pass is not good enough if they can do better like pass with a high grade. They don't seem to want parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2003
A really good school with poor parent support or community support. The teachers do the best they can with the resources they have. The school does have a high droupout rate, but the school is also based in a low economic area where many students drop out to help support their families. The coaches do pretty good job in most sports. For the first time in along time there seems to be some stability with the coaching staff. Basketball will be good, boys soccer has become a real good sport for Ridgeland with Coach Ray, softball is always good. Football and baseball have been down, but are are showing good signs of improvements. Principal Ward cares aout the students and the teachers and wants only the best for everyone without sacrificing education in the process.

- submitted by a teacher
August 12, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
Our child is a 10th grader at Ridgeland. It is perhaps easy to be negative about any public school in Walker County but we should remember that 42% of adults in the country are high school dropouts and many wealthy families highly commited to education put their children in expensive private schools in Chattanooga, TN rather than try to work with public schools. In our experience the band program at Ridgeland is extremely strong and creates a positive environment for both music and academic learning due to the high expectations of the band teacher. The honors classes do require homework and appear to be much more difficult than non-honors classes. A school sports program our child has been involved in has also been positive with strong role modeling from the coach. We hear that there is a lot of cursing at Ridgeland but that was also true of my high school in the 1970s. We hope that our children will take advantage of the dual enrollment option (taking college courses from local colleges) when they become seniors. Overall, we wish that Ridgeland was better but we tend to think that blame should also be placed on the families and not just the school or school system.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
i think that it is a great school.i graduated from there in 2001 and i have nothing but great memories of that school. the teachers always did what they could to help.

- submitted by a former student
August 01, 2003
less than 50 % graduate. negative peer pressure is rampant. teacher expectations for students are low. New principal shows promise - but little improvement seen so far. Inspite of in school assigned police officer - violence is a daily occurance. Bullying is condoned. No real accomoddations for special needs students.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2003
Principal has on more than one occasion given incorrect information regarding students. If fact some of the incorrect info could result in a student not graduating on time. You would think after a couple of years in GA the principal would know the basic rules for the Walker Co. system. Most of the teachers do not challange the students- the attitude is if they pass what more do you want. There is no dress code-as such. Students are allowed to wear baggy low slung pants or the girls tight fitting clothing. The no 'unnatural' hair color is not enforced. Students are allow to use some of the most vulgar langauage in the front of the school. As a parent waiting on a child I am embarrassed to hear such filth.

- submitted by a parent
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Ridgeland High School
2478 Happy Valley Rd, Rossville, GA  30741
(706) 820-9361
Last modified Ridgeland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ridgeland High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top