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Sandy Creek High School

Public | 9-12 | 1219 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 8, 2014

We need help!! it is sad this school is going down the hill! we need better teachers. We have just a couple of great teacher unfortunately those are not my kid's teachers. Please somebody have to do something!! EDUCATION IS THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY but with these teachers , I'm really worry about the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

This school is the worst school in Fayette county. Sure it might of been one of the best but the times have changed and this school is basically going downhill in academics and faculty. First of all the people working in the front office are the worst. They are pretty much lazy and do not care about a students needs. They have attitudes with students who want to obtain anything from the office and try to get you out of there as quick as they can. The teachers are not that great either. Many of them are inexperienced and some do not care about their job. Yes there are a handful of some great teachers at this school, but the majority of them have no clue what they are doing. Half of the student body creates trouble and provide an uncivilized atmosphere for students to learn in. Not to mention it has now become an overcrowded school with class sizes in the high 30s. Not the best school to consider placing your child here. Sandy Creek was in fact a great school in the past, but I am shocked at what this school has become within the last few years. It wont be long until this school loses their accreditation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2013

Reading the comments from 4+ years ago has been interesting. My view of the school is completely opposite. My daughter is a junior and doesn't like going to the school each day. If I had other options, I would certainly move her out of the district. There is a level of apathy that exists among the staff and students. There is an alarming acceptance of poor behavior. Moreover, there is a disparity between the students taking AP courses and those taking the general courses. In 3 years, my daughter has only had a few teachers who truly care about her academic success. If your child is in AP or accelerated classes, you will probably have a positive experience. If not, be prepared for a less than mediocre learning experience. It's really sad because I do believe the school could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

Outstanding! My one daughter graduated with honors in 2009. I have another one graduating with honors I suspect in 2010...in spite of the fact she has Aspergers. The teachers really do care and they are receptive to meeting with parents that care. They prepare our children for life after school. Attending college is not an option for Sandy Creek students. It is automatic. My daugther received all kinds of scholarship offers. She is in the performing arts but she could be a physician, mathematician or scientist if she chose. My other daughter plans to become a physician. Both were in AP and honors course work throughout their stay at SC...We also have outstanding athletes...who are just as bright...BTW I am going to the dome to support our Patriots as we seek victory this coming Friday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Hands down the absolute best overall high school in Fayette County. When looking at the total picture -- teachers, administrators, coaches, extra-curriculars, test scores, student performance, learning environment, diversity, facilities, kids' attitudes and parent involvement -- this is the best high school in a county filled with outstanding schools. All five Fayette High Schools are excellent public schools, but Sandy Creek is the best one.


Posted September 15, 2009

The students of this school that I see and meet within our local community are always polite, bright, and respectful. These are important qualities and characteristics. In addition, I notice a high level of camaraderie and healthy competition among them. I like seeing them having fun and laughing; it always makes me feel happy whenever I see these students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I have two children attending Sandy Creek, one is a rising sophmore and the other will be a senior (YAY!!). The school has more than met their academic needs and I am very impressed with the principals and teachers. I have a golfer and a tennis player and it is sad that those sports are given next to zero attention by any of the staff, however my children still enjoy participating. We came from Pennsylvania school systems and although there is no comparison whatsoever as far as academics and overall quality of the schools (PA being far superior and yes, I am a Southerner born and bred) Sandy Creek has met my children's needs thus far so I encourage all parents to consider it if relocating to the area. It is a very diverse school and my children have thrived with that diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

This school, in the past, has been very good, producing many successful students and attracting the best public school teachers out there. However, over the past few years, the SCHS has slowly digressed into nothing more than a substandard occupation of time. Students are not connected in the classroom, spending most of their time on cell phones, while those great teachers, one by one, leave for other schools with higher percentages of caucasian students. For these reasons, my youngest brother, an 8th grade student, is not going to attend Sandy Creek, for the future looks dull and inevitably worse than the current situation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

My experience with this school has been excellent. The administrators have been fantastic. My oldest son is graduating this year, and I'm looking forward to sending my 13 year old there after he finishes up at Flat Rock Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2007

All Fayette County schools are great, but we are proud to be at Sandy Creek HS. Our experience has, for the most part, been very positive. We have three children--one a graduate of SCHS and two more currently attending. Academics in my opinion are excellent. As far as parent involvement, that is a little lacking, but we do not consider it the school's fault. Parents have to want to participate in the activities or in volunteering. SCHS offers some great academic electives---some taught by Marlene Holland---and has a great staff. Whenever there has been an issue, which was usually minor, it has always been handled professionally with attention to the student's issues/needs. We love SCHS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

I made the switch from a prestigious Atlanta private school to Sandy Creek and I am very pleased. My children are motivated learners and the teachers at Sandy Creek have given them excellent opportunities to develop their love of learning. Certain programs must be mentioned, Art with Mrs. Fletcher, World Cultures, Environmental Science with Mrs Wolfe, Advanced Math courses are all excellent. The teachers manage to produce excellent students in an environment that is the most diverse in Fayette County in terms of economics and ethnicity. A student is just as likely to sit beside the child of black millionaires or white farmers. And they all seem to get along very well. In my opinion, someone should do a case study on Sandy Creek and find out why the students and faculty get along so famously!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

1st year with 9th and 11th grader from private school background. Quality of academic programs is good, extracurricular activities are awesome. Teachers are interested in the children's success and are willing to spend extra, meaningful time with them. Student body is a mix of lightweight bullies and respectful young men and women.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

This school is very involved with Georgia Virtual School, a system where children can take additional courses online at home to further their education. It really helps the students get ahead for those motivated to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

My child is on the Step Team at Sandy Creek, and she loves it but she feels that Sandy Creek doesnt give enough support to the step team. She feels that the school prefers and puts a lot more effort into helping the cheerleaders, but overall Sandy Creek has a great variety and choice in extra curricular activities. The music department, I think, lacks when it comes to crowd pleasing. My daughter regularly complains on the lack on entertainment at games, and I find myself agreeing with her. I think the parents are very involved in the lives of their children at Sandy Creek, but I wish the PTO was more active or at least to my knowlede it isnt. I havent recieved any type of communication saying there is a meeting, but I am not sure. But all in all I think Sandy Creek is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2005

Sandy Creek is an excellent HIgh School. It has wonderful extracurricular activites. The football games are exciting to watch. The teachers ansd students are both very respectful and just have nice attitudes. I recommend this for anyone wanting to move to GA statewide. Its great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2005

In my opinion Sandy Creek is an excellent school. The academics are first class and the teachers are very qualified. Sandy Creek also promotes extracurricular activities. I would recommend this school to any parent seeking a first rate high schoool that prepares your child for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2004

I think Sandy Creek is the best school in Fayette County. It has a real world environment and teachers who are always willing to work with the students and help them with any problems they may have. The students are friendly and always willing to help each other out. Sandy Creek really helped prepare me for college and the real world. Thank you!
—Submitted by a former 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.

258 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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97%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

257 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

256 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

257 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
95%
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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Coordinate Algebra

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
87%
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

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Integrated Math II

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
66%
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 50% 37%
White 30% 44%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Tyrone, GA 30290
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