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Stone Mountain High School

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Posted July 3, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS HORRIBLE. Never in my life have a seen a school so disorderly and ratchet. All the students care about is fighting on the streets. They have gangs at the school that are ready to jump you at any moment. The have no sense of morals. The teachers are simply lazy. I hope this school loses it accreditation so my child can go somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2013

I've been to both Clarkston and Lakeside highschools which are good in their own respective ways but when it comes to raw teacher desire to help students, I can say there is none other than Stone mountain. There is a lack of communication between the eager students and administration. despite faulty equiptment, there are still students that go on to state level in their respective sports. Many times I've heard that the school is not good, negative comments. Lets not forget that we have som pretty good students attending and that they growing in number.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2013

This school needs to be shut down. SACS need to do a clean sweep with staff, teachers, so call coaches not just board members!! As a tax paying citizen my money is going to waste. Nothing has changed :((
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

This is not a good school very little teaching being done and students out of control
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2010

The staff is rude. The teachers are not kid friendly. A very un-welcoming environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

The school is amazing. The sports they offer are good. The teachers are smart. The offer extracurricular activities. What more could i ask for? My child has been there for 3 years and i am proud to say that my child attends Stone Mountain High school. The also offer programs for students to get paid for volunteering for safety speeches at Middle Schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I love everything about my school! The teachers are great and we get a lot out of the classes! They also provide us with different opportunities that motivate us to participate in things other than school work, but still keep us focused on getting good grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2009

I was a former student at SMHS who went on to Georgia Tech with most of friends and others who went on to UGA, Emory and the Citadel. I received a great education- I took advanced classes and when they ran out- through IMPACT we created our own Advanced Physics, Chemistry and literary classes. There will always be cliques, discipline issues, and teachers with whom you may have a personality conflict. However, kids will get out what they put in and maybe some of you will learn that when you get out into the 'real' world- if you don't like your boss you just have to get over it and drive on. And parents need to do more to be part of the solution and not just complain.


Posted December 14, 2008

This is a really good school, academic performance is not at its best and could be better. But its olly so much the teachers and staff can do for the kids. I recommend the SMHS Navy JROTC great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I don't recommend this school. I wish I had transfer somewhere else freshmen year but it's too late now. The principal of this school lacks in many areas. She only cares for herself. She cares about what the students are wearing rather than actual issues in the academic areas. She favors the football team and cheerleaders. No leadership is shown whatsoever. Counselors are rude and unhelpful as well as the administration office. This school cannot prepare you for the topnotch colleges. And I know because I am struggling getting into my dream school of UGA right now. Plus this school tries to milk money out of you however they can. That's right. Dues are too expensive, especially during this shaky economy time. What is included in dues? Prom and a keychain. The school is cheap and I can go on forever on how bad it is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2008

I am very disappointed with the leadership and administration of this high school. The principle fails to administer adequate discipline to those students who require it. There are no penalties for 'sagging' or being late for classes. The majority of the students are contantly out of order. The building is in terrible shape . I feel that the principle's main focus is to limit the advancement of the students and to do as little as possible to see that the school's overall academic performance improves. The school failed AYP for 2007-2008. I am getting my child transferred. as soon as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

I am currently at smhs. I feel that this school good personally be alot better. The air doesn't work, the bathrooms are disgusting, and the teachers can't control their classes. We are only in like the third we of school and pretty much all of the freshnam class has had their schedule change ont eh average of 3 times. So therefore you have to continuously find your new class, and since the hallways are 99.9% Of the crowded makes the transition no easier. So i will be leaving this school by the beginning of october. Besides that fact of missing my lifetime friends i will be happy to leave. Gwinnett county here i come!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

We sent our daughter at the start of the spring semester 2008 to Stone Mountain. The administration/teachers/staff seem to teach to the minimum. Kids that actually want to learn have to deal with the constant disruptions of fights, being talked to in any matter and if your child is actually intelligent, they may have to teach themselves since teachers have to make sure that they teach to the bottom. I am very dissapointed in the school and feel that students who really want to be educated are at a severe disadvantage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

Teachers and other administrators are excellent. Wouldn't send my kid anywhere else to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2008

Stone mountain High School is a big mistake!! The bathrooms are forever dirty, the staff cannot teach except for a few who actually know what they are doingThe kids are undisciplined and fights go on like we breathe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2007

My child attended Stone Mountain High for 1 year and it was the worst mistake ever. The principle seem to be more focused on what the students are wearing rather than dealing with the major problems that the school has. If you want your child to be in a school where you feel that your child is getting a good education in a somewhat safe atmosphere then I personally do not recommend that you send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2007

I am a student at Stone Mountain High School and I think this school is the worst school in Dekalb County. But the admins and counselors do not know anything. You ask them a question, they do not know. They lack knowledge about the school and it's problems. Teachers have no control over the loud classes. And students should be able to get their schedule changes to classes they feel comfortable in. Security is nothing, fights starts everyday. Plus the school is crowded especially the transition from one class to another. This makes students late for class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2006

I am a current student at SMHS and I personally think the school is terrible. Some of the teachers don't have the skills that the students need. Students have been asking to get their schedules changed(for a better class/teacher) but administrators are saying its too late in the semester. What kind of mess is that! That's like saying its too late to get an education. This school really needs some major adjustments, quick!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2006

I am a former student of Stone Mountain High School. I only attended the school for a year, but while I was there I was very disappointed with the school. There is a lack of good teachers, administration leadership, and security. The students were free to do as they pleased and the teachers never had control of the classroom. Between the teachers disciplining the classroom and the teachers actually knowing the material they are teaching the student would be better off teaching themself. SMHS has a lot of work to do, but once it makes the decision to do better they will be an excillent school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 14, 2006

I am a student a Stone Mountain High. I believe that Stone Mountain has potential if we had a new principal. Our adminstators are inexperienced. The security there is none. There are a few good teachers who will keep it real with you. They show things that you wouldnt even know was going on. Things that are right in your face but you wouldnt see.
—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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

260 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

260 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
89%
Social Studies

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
93%
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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
60%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
86%
American Literature

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

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
77%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
38%
Coordinate Algebra

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

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
83%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
93%
Integrated Math I

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

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
42%
Integrated Math II

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

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
32%
Physical Science

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

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
U.S. History

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
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 85% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Hispanic 4% 12%
White 3% 44%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Carolyn D. Williams
Fax number
  • (678) 676-6310

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
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4555 Central Dr
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Phone: (678) 676-6302

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