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Effingham County High School

Public | 9-12 | 1791 students

 

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Posted August 1, 2014

There are a lot of reviews complaining about the dress code. They do enforce it strictly. This is to prevent distracting, immoral, or inappropriate attire out of the school. Furthermore, the dress code does not define the school. Every teacher I've had is supportive, knows their subject incredibly well and the frequently relate their subjects to real world topics and stories. The school's marching band program is at the very least in the top three for almost 100 miles. We have good sports teams. Our principal is very cooperative and is very helpful if problems arise. I have yet to see any evidence of favoritism that is out of the ordinary. I don't know how the school was in past years, but I've really enjoyed my time spent in this school. Some negative things are simply present in any high school and shouldn't be a reason to shoot down this particular school. This really is one of the better schools in Georgia.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2014

Effingham County High School is a great place to work and to send your kids to school. The teachers and administrators all work as a unit to help kids succeed. The faculty is like family, not co-workers. The principal is very approachable and truly cares about the kids. He is always in the hall during class changes and visible in the lunchroom during lunch. There is a dress code and students are required to wear uniforms. If the parents would support the school in its decision to have the uniform policy and enforce it at home with their own children, then there would be much less time spent on enforcing it during the school day. I believe that high school is meant to prepare students for the real world, their next step upon graduation may be college or it may be a full-time job. Either way students will eventually have to wear some sort of uniform or abide by a dress code. It is past time for students to step up and take responsibility for their own actions and for their parents to institute discipline at home. When this finally takes place, the public school system will be a better place to work and for students to learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2014

The teachers could care less about the students, unless they play sports or are related to someone who works in the school system. The teachers would rather send their students to the front office for mix matched or colored socks than let the student learn. I can't even count how many classes I missed because of stupid little things dealing with dress code.


Posted July 10, 2013

My oldest is in his 3rd year at ECHS, he is an A& B student with a 98 gpa he is also in band. His freshman year he took standard classes and then challenged himself by taking some college courses and honors classes as well. The students are challenged and pushed to work hard and apply themselves. Academics is stressed and good character is encouraged. Poor behavior is not tolerated and the dress code is taken serious. If you miss alot of days students can make the time up during Saturday school. (Illnesses happen) if my son misses school I get a call every time no matter what, every time I have emailed a teacher I get a reply. I must say every school has issues but if students don't care that's on them these teachers work hard to educate and some kids just don't care. I will say the career academy is awesome, and the band program is the best you will find! Every school comes with hiccups and I expect that. But I am happy with the school so far and I plan for all my children to graduate from ECHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

This school is horrible. If you are not one of the 5 inbred families of Effingham you will NOT be recieving a fair education. The "Good 'Ole Boy" system is alive and well within this school. If you are not a former graduate,work for the school or are related to someone who does,forget it. They only do for thier own. Most teachers and staff are horribly under educated . I am finally transferring my kids out. Chatham school district has SO much more to offer students and are willing to reach out to the parents and work with them to help achieve the best educational level for the students. Effingham could care less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

This school is going down the drain. Our AYP hasn't been met in a few years and its sad that our principle cares more about AYP than backing up his words. I know several people that have missed 25+ days due to skipping and being "sick" and he is still allowing them to graduate even though he told all the seniors he didn't care why if you missed alot of days you WILL NOT WALK. AYP is more important than quality education and many kids who take AP classes and Honors classes don't get any special recognition from the kids who take support classes slept through them and the teacher allowed them to make stuff up. It should be if you don' do it you fail no third and fourth chance to make it up. Is it necessarily the school? Some may say yes but I believe its the school,administration, teachers, and the BOE for making our school system as poor as it is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2011

ECHS is a joke. There are good teachers here and there, but there are only a few. Coaches, football and baseball athletes, and popular rednecks are favorites with the administrators. The valedictorian or salutatorian of 2010 actually commented on this in his graduation speech along with the high attention to dress code rather than education. The counseling is 1.5/5 at best. Dual enrollment is rarely discussed though it is an excellent opportunity. Counselors also rarely get involved with their students on a personal level. Some parents will say this is a good school; that is only because the administrators act nice on the phone. Take it from a former student. If you are coming to Effingham, your best bet would be to go to SEHS.


Posted October 31, 2010

Our child is new to the school this year. Yes, the dress code is strictly enforced. Much needed becasue some kids where their clothing below their waste and shirts untucked, posslibly concealin weapons. I agree w/strict dress code. The school and staff were very welcoming - We're not rednecks - stereotyping - a typical - we're giving the school & staff a chance. It's paid off so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

This school is horrible. They care more about "illegal" dress code, than they do education. My son got a detention the second he walked into 1st period on the first day... What for? because his shirt was untucked. The school discriminates against people who are not "rednecks." Do not believe these reviews below me. Effingham county high school needs some serious help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Our school has the greatest group of kids!! The teachers and staff are so wonderful and caring. Our parents are involved in their childrens' education and after school activities. We always have plenty of volunteers for fundraisers, chaperoning, etc. We have great school spirit!! Go Rebels!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

We care about our students. We talk with parents and are envolved with the stdents in the community as well as during school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2009

I am the Attendance Office and I thing our Faculty, Staff, Students and Administrators are the tops in the county. We are bless to Yancy Ford as our Principal and leader.


Posted September 18, 2009

The teachers genuinely care for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is very family orientated. The staff works like a team when trying to help students exceed in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It's awesome! Great administration!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Since I was a student here, I've thought this to be the best High School in America. Now that I teach at ECHS, I know that to be true.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

Loved it as a student-- oh, so many years ago. Great to now be here teaching. Administrators are fantastic, family atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

ECHS has a superior faculty and staff! Coach Ford, the principal, is an excellent leader. The department I work in has become my family since I live so far from home. I can't imagine working in a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My school cares about it's kids! We are a family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Hi everyone,i have a 9th grader at effingham county high school.The school is ok,but the focus on uniforms over learnig is getting out of hand,if kids have to wear them shouldn't teachers too,and set an example.I realy don't beleave how you are dressed has anything to do with learning! to me uniform rules and getting in constant trouble over a shirt untucked is crazy,cut the kids some slack,clothing does not make them smarter.
—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.

406 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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88%

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88%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

403 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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84%

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95%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

406 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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91%

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87%
Social Studies

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

403 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

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2009

 
 
88%
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.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

526 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Coordinate Algebra

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

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

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Integrated Math I

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

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2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
61%
Integrated Math II

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

445 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Physical Science

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

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
U.S. History

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

375 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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 68% 44%
Black 23% 37%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Yancy Jason Ford
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  • (912) 754-6893

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1589 Ga Highway 119 S
Springfield, GA 31329
Phone: (912) 754-6404

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