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South Gwinnett High School

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Posted March 31, 2005

South Gwinnett is way too easy. Recently they have been pushing students to be in AP classes, so now AP teachers have to accommodate for the students who are taking AP classes and shouldn't be. I am currently in 4 AP classes and each class is filled to the brim with students (except my AP Physics class). Teachers give students way too many opportunities for extra credit because about half the class fails the tests they give. My classmates are failing because, I hate to say it, they lack academic capacity that is needed to take these AP level tests and classes. Even with the 10 points we receive at the end of the year, most of these students are still failing which in turn makes the teacher feel bad, so they feel obligated to give out extra credit. Therefore, with AP teachers giving less challenging assignments and tons of extra credit, students like me who have been in the gifted program their whole life aren't being challenged in class anymore. I don't even remember the last time I've done homework and some how I got all A's last semester. I found myself getting 101's in two of my classes at the end of the year and having a 101 in an AP class just sounds unrealistic.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2014

I am amazed too about the last review that was written. Let me begin by saying that we are in the minority however, my son has done very well at South. He is currently a Junior. He takes AP courses and honors classes and he is an A student. He did awesome on the SAT and ACT and will start dual enrollment next year. He really has done well in classes. He does tell me about things that go on at the school with the kids.I do believe that happens at all schools. Some more than others. Administration had changed a good bit. However I do believe that most teachers and staff over there care about keeping the kids out of trouble and focused on college. The few that I've dealt with in the administration have been very helpful and fair. They stay busy and stay on top of their game. I would never give this school lower than a 4. I am pleased with the teachers and staff. They are not perfect, but they do a great job. As parents, we have to do ours too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2014

wow I am amaze how some people on here down talk this school my son has been there for 2 years and we have been in GA for the last 5 years and I can definitely say this is a great school teachers as well as the administration stay in contact with the parents and for that last review it sounds weird that person saying things like that because for me and many of the parents I now this is a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

South Gwinnett is a terrible school. I think because it has gotten bad reviews in the past the staff there is now over the top with discipline. My child was a straight A student all of her life until she attended south then it was constant petty phone calls from the school. The nee principal Mr. Thigpen is clueless and their lack of proper communication will cause your child to get lost in the shuffle if you allow it. If you want what is best for your child choose Grayson or Shiloh or anywhere other than south Gwinnett.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I dont know what to choose south gwinnett or shiloh. I would like yo go to shiloh mainly because of the IB program but i am zoned to south gwinnett and they have alot of AP classes please help me choose!!!!!!!!!!


Posted August 21, 2013

Meh.I'm a senior at south and its not as bad as everyone tries to make it out to be. Yes,south has issues undisciplined kids ,Drugs,Fights,Sex the whole spleel. But,Dont act likr brookwood "Gwinnetts Prized school doesnt have that too. South my last four years has been good.Nothing truly OUTRageous has happened to warrant that much negativity to our school.South offers ALOT of AP classes mpd most of which i have taken.The teachers sybsouth a great for the most part,amd they ALWAYS work with you. Even though as a High-school senior i wasn't stoked about getting a new principle Mr.Thigpen has not been bad his one and only goal is to put on back on praise and turn south back into the shining star it once was. GO COMETS


Posted August 5, 2013

South Gwinnett high school needed. Mr. Hunter is an outstanding principle. Best principal in Gwinnett county
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

My daughter graduated in 2012 with Honors from South Gwinnett. Parents need to be involved in their childs school and have their child get involved in their school! You always see the same parents. The saddest part was going to my daughters games and NEVER seeing parents of certain girls. Stop pointing fingers at the schools, RAISE your child. By the time they get into high school the parents should have done their job. . . but in far to many cases they have not. If your child is proactive and has a good attitude about school they can adjust to any school they attend. I was glad my daughter was able to attend such a diverse school with Mr. Hunter as princepal. College. . .not if but where! Go Comets!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

My daughter is a 9th grader at South Gwinnett and has not been doing well at all. She has been failing since last semester and I have not had any help or notification from the school. I relocated to Gwinnett so that my daughter would have a better chance at a education but to no avail at this high school. They do not provide any support to freshmans or freshmans's parents. I have reached out to the school on numerous occasions and have actually been told that there are too many students enrolled here to be able to reach out to parents. The portal that is available is not up to date and emailing teachers using the portal does not work because you do not get any response back even though counseling office advises you to use it to communicate with the teachers. Overrall I am not impressed. My daughter has always been a B student and is now failing makes no earthly sense to me. We will be relocating this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2012

South is in decline. In the early 2000s, it was ranked #11 in Georgia. Today, it is ranked #70. SAT scores are trending down and the most recent average score was 164 points below the national average as well as below the Gwinnett County average. Students are not as safe as they once were. The school failed to make AYP this past year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

I was not impressed with this school when my child attended in 2010-2011. My teen was in gifted classes and was always an A/B student. She barely passed last year! I did use the parent portal to keep up with her grades and work, and she did pass. However, i was very surprised that no counselor or teacher ever asked for a conference to discuss the grades and to perhaps offer my child some support (teaching time-management and study skills? Isn't that part of counselors job). Good kids are invisible here because the focus is on remediation and behavior issues (which cause a lot of distraction in class). Needless to say, we pulled her out to do online school and she is now back to a's and b's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

I have two children currently attending SGHS, 12th & 9th grades. My 12th grader has been very successful and has had decent teachers all four years she attended. She is a B average student who has taken at least six AP courses between 11th & 12th grade. She is fully prepared for college and has a great network of teachers and friends at SGHS. I believe any school is what you make of it as a family/network.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

This school has became a nightmare! Poor leadership and many students behaving like animals with electronic devices up and down the halls. The whole whisper in the community is when will this school get back to the basics that made it a good school years ago! I am planning on removing my son next year. I hear the best school in Gwinnett is Brookwood! Taxpayers beware of SGHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

South Gwinnett, is a very good school. I have had two kids graduated from this school. One of my son is in the USCG and is studying Pre- Law.My other son is an Registered Nurse and is studying to be a Physician. South Gwinnett School was an excellent start for my kids. You as a parent has to be involved with your children education. I am proud that my kids got a good start at South. I feel that each child is responsible for their own actions and effort in any school. I proud to see the new addition and constrution for the school. South Gwinnett is by far one of the greatest High School and is very diverse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

If you want your kid to get an easy A, this is not the school. The educational expectations here are high. My daughters have taken chemistry and trigonometry, and those are just 2 examples of required classes here that I never had to take (and my parents sent me to an expensive Christian private college preparatory school). School is what you make of it. If you don't put in the work, you won't get the results. If you need help, you need to ask for it. I would give the school 5 stars, but there are aspects that are difficult -- the parking, the layout of the campus, which are largely out of the staff's control, but do make the school challenging at times for students, staff and parents. I think the school needs to work harder at social marketing and other communication methods to boost the reputation (marketing) of the school's image.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

South Gwinnett is undergoing major reconstruction, under the direction of Mr. Hunter (Principal). Gwinnett County made a brilliant move by assigning him to South. Gwinnett understands the needs of the students. Ask any student who wants to learn and they'll tell you they feel safe and motivated to learn. They know Principal Hunter by name/face because they converse with him on a regular basis. Students appreciate what Mr. Hunter is doing at South. Of course teachers are awesome!! We've seen more parental participation over the past year or two. (I believe we need more parents involved.) There is more community support, from churches to local stores. I feel secure sending my kids to such a learning environment (of course I m an involved parent)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

South Gwinnett high is the worst school around Snellville, if you wanna be able to learn very well and get into a good college DON'T GO to this school because the student here are very rude and disrespectful, you cant learn anything because the student are very loud in the class acting like they are in elementary, the principle man i don't even know what to say bout him, he is trying but i just feel like many of the rules he have is unnecessary, student acts like they own the school most of the teacher there i think are very racist and the councilor there does not help you, they will tell you the wrong thing when it come to the class you need because they did they same thing to me and now i am way behind and they are trying to do the same to my sister but it is not going to work, i hate this school and i never wanna come back. the best school around here is phoenix high school in Lawrenceville. Go there and you will love it and you will graduate early:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2010

By the time a student arrives in high school there is only so much teachers and administrators can do to motivate students and maintain behavioral standards. I see the SAME parents volunteering time and time again. With reference to a previous comment, I have never been unable to access parking at any of my multiple trips to the school. I have 2 students at South, and I am disappointed in the behavior of some students which is a reflection on the parents and not the teachers or administrators. My two girls are in the 10th and 11th grades, and their teachers are and have always been available to them for help,many times going above and beyond to help them to reach their potential. PARENTS..STOP BLAMING SCHOOLS FOR YOUR FAILURE TO RAISE YOUR KIDS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

I am very disappointed in South Gwinnett High School administration and Principal. The Principal cannot be trusted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

I have 3 children at south gwinett and will look for an alternative means to educate my 4th. This school does everthing they can to encourage kids with attendance issues to withdraw instead of looking at why a child has an attendance issue. I would not want to attend classes where the teachers have no control over the students and disrupt my child's ability to learn. Most of these students don't care if they disrupt the learning process because mommy and daddy can pay for credit recovery which is really school sanctioned bribery to pass a class. Parent participation is virtually impossible considering you can't reach the visitor parking for all the employees parked in the fire lane. of course you could park on the other side of the school in the one available visitor parking spot that is blocked in by busses at 1:30( no wonder it's available).
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

341 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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95%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

333 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

342 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

341 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
90%
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.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

618 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Algebra I

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

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American Literature

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

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

631 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
70%
Coordinate Algebra

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

597 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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n/a

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n/a
Integrated Math I

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

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
Integrated Math II

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

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
60%
Physical Science

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

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U.S. History

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

516 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
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 63% 37%
White 16% 44%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Clay Hunter
Fax number
  • (770) 736-4329

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  • Basketball
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  • Cheerleading

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  • Band
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2288 Main St E
Snellville, GA 30078
Phone: (770) 972-4840

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