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Stephenson High School

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Posted April 30, 2014

This is a good school, with a dynamic music program. They have one of the best bands in Georgia!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Stephenson High School comprises of some of the best leadership that I've experienced in DeKalb County School System. I stand in amazement of how caring, supportive and dedicated the administrative and teaching staff are. The school is well rounded, and offers extensive opportunity in student leadership, extracurricular activities, academic clubs, sports, etc., and considering this, the students at Stephenson High excel in all of these areas. My belief is that parental involvement is an absolute necessity in creating and maintaining a great school. Here's my recommendation to all parents, guardians, community members, etc. - that may be sitting on the sidelines misinformed - roll up your sleeves and get involved. You too will see what a jewel we have in Stephenson High School. We have to take hold of our future. We have to be in the game to win it....let's get in the game!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I'm a second year parent at Stephenson High. I think the school is pretty good, but it has the potential to be great. The leadership at the school is very good and they seem to really want ALL the students to succeed. Stephenson has many very bright and successful students who are serious about their education, and they get millions in scholarship money annually. As a male parent I understand how important male involvement is in schools, so I try to stay involved. However, My sincere hope is that more parents become involved, especially men! Stephenson can definitely become a great school, with more parental and community involvement (his is why I gave 4 stars and not 5). As a community, we still have some work to do in creating and being the example we want our youth to follow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2011

I am currently a junior at this school. I really like it. Its just sometimes I wonder if the students want to really leaned. I had some really great teachers since I been there. I just don't understand how an outstanding school like shs. Everything is so divided. Most of the students dont want to learn and there officer are not really protesting this school having people come in and out as they feel.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2009

I am a formal student of SHS. I attended SHS for 2 years. This school is magnificent. The teachers take the time out to fully explain everything (well at least the ones I had ie. Ms. Childs (Spanish), Ms. Calhoun (English), Mr. Weaver (History) Ms. English (Math) Ms. Thomas (Algebra), ) Saftey wasnt an issue because the environment itself is safe but there could be more monitoring of who can come in and out the school as that may one day become an issue. I love the school my family has generations of graduates 03,04,05,06,07 and hopefully 09!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2008

As a parent, I have been very pleased with SHS. The teaching staff, principal and administrators have all been very willing to help in my daughter's education growth. They have several extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

Stephenson High School is a good school, but I agree with those others that feel it is not living up to its potential. The school is nestled in a suburban middle class community that ranges in affluence. Teachers, parents, administrators and the community need to come together in order for the school to fully realize its greatness. Some apathy can be detected in varying degrees among all of those groups. I do think the principal and administrators bear the greatest responsibility for the school's 'culture' - meaning its discipline, teacher accountability, high intellectual/academic standards, etc. I don't see that happening as it should. Most of the students do go on to higher education and that should be highlighted more. Instead the success of the sports and band programs tend to garner most of the spotlight.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

I graduated from SHS in 2006. I love my H.S. I visit often my teachers and those who attend the school will appreciate the school once they graduate. So many happy memories.


Posted April 7, 2008

My son is basically enjoying his sophmore year at Stevenson High. Personally, as a parent, I worry if the schoolwork is enough to prepare him for college. The teachers are good but don't seem to expect a lot from the students and adjust the workload accordingly. And either the office staff does not want to be bothered, go out the way to be rude to people, or just downright incompetent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

Stephenson High School is a good school that is emerging to become a great school. As soon as the administrators, teachers, students, parents, and all stakeholders get on the same page concerning children, the 'greatness' will show up.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2008

Stephenson high school is a great school that has a lot of opportunities for students. They excel in all sports. The best athletes around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2007

I am very disappointed in Stephenson this year. I have had two other children that have graduated from Stephenson High and I've loved every minute. Over the past few years I have notice a change in Administration and staff. If you have a problem, you can forget it. You can never talk to anyone. Some of the teachers have a nonchalant attitude about everything. The Administration is terrible; trying to get one of them to call you back is like pulling teeth from a baby. I am very dissatisfied with the overall moral support that you receive from Stephenson. Have more patients with the students and their parents lets work together. The children can t do it by themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2007

Stephenson deserves a 3 1/2 but has 5 star potential. The school still has more children than it should, but that's a problem throughout DeKalb County. The principal and teaching staff are very capable. The counseling staff and level of parental involvement is keeping this school from living up to its potential. My son graduated in 2007 and as I prepare for my next son to enter in 2009, I'll be working with the school administration and PTSA to build the same level of enthusiasm for academic excellence that is enjoyed by the music and sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2007

Stephenson High School presents both students and teachers with an atmosphere of pride, respect and motivation. Yes, the athletic program is extraordinarily successful, but the academic aspect of the school is also noteworthy. The school has had at least four principals in its ten years of existence, yet the test scores continue to rise and the academics continue to excel. Stephenson High is a FANTASTIC school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2007

I haved two children attending Stephenson High School. They are able to communicate well with most of their teachers. Their grades are notr perfect but they are able to attend after school tutoring. I am as very impressed with the fine arts program, especially drama. The drama teacher shows not only great talent and creativity,but she is also very involved with the students,their academic development, and their personal growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

My son is entering his sophmore year at SHS. As a former teacher of 17 years and a very active parent, I have been slightly disappointed in the teachers. Many of them lack enthusiasm and passion for teaching. They seem overwhelmed most of the time and tend to take it out on the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

I'm a parent of two children that attend Stephenson High school. I think the quality of the academic programs is great, but our children need to study more. As for the extracurricular activities, they are also great and appreciated by everyone I hope. The only suggestion I have to make is to review the Graduation site, because many parents, couldn't attend the graduation of their children for religious reasons. So I believe it should take place a neutral site for ex(Ga dome, Ga State). Except that everything it good at stephenson. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

My husband and I have been very disappointed in SHS. I was very taken aback at the lack of concern from the staff. The school lacks diversity for one and that in itself is a travesty. My son has always attended schools that were rich in culture as well as diversity. He has experienced a bit of a culture shock being here in Georgia. I would never recommend SHS to anyone moving to the area. Yes, parents can make a difference, however, the students are just an extension of their parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Stephenson is making great strides towards improving its image and academic performance but we have a long way to go. Parents MUST get involved in their children's school in order for the goal to be accomplished. The principal has definitely set forth standards of excellence for both the students and staff, and many of the teachers and administrators are caring & compassionate towards students who show respect for themselves and others as well as the desire to learn and make something of themselves. I am often disappointed at the demeanor and behavior of the students on campus. Unfortunately it is a reflection of what they learn or are not taught at home. Dekalb County is one of the most affluent communities in the country and Stephenson is the largest high school in the county. Let's use our resources of time & talent to make our school excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2005

I attended Stephenson Highschool for my senior year and I moved down here with my aunt. I want everyone to understand that it takes a village to raise a child and how the student performs at school all starts at home. Being a memeber of the black community I consistently see that parents are more or less pushing their children away and expecting to have the teachers to do it all. There are teachers there particularly a very fabulous woman in the English department that puts her heart and soul into these children and throughout the whole school may only see 1 parent out of 200. Come on now we need to step up our involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

339 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

330 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

336 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
81%
Social Studies

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

337 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
87%
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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
68%
American Literature

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%
Coordinate Algebra

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

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
56%
Integrated Math II

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

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
27%
Physical Science

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

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
73%
U.S. History

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

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
53%
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 94% 37%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
White 1% 44%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • brian bolden
Fax number
  • (678) 676-4210

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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701 Stephenson Rd
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Phone: (678) 676-4202

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