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Lowndes High School

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Posted September 27, 2013

Lowndes High School is a leader in secondary education in South Georgia and North Florida. The AP program and duel enrollment opportunities provides college bound students with a springboard into higher education. Students who graduate from LHS are ready for college curriculum. Teachers are loving and caring but firm and demanding. The administration has a history of success in helping student to succeed. Superintendent Wes Taylor is as good as they come. Not a bad sports and extracurricular program too!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 16, 2009

The freedom at this school is great, the band is so much fun!!! the teachers are snobby at times but overrall its easy 2 make friends here:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2009

I really liked this school, I can't lie. I have attended 4 high schools, and been through 10 school systems in my life and this was one of the better ones. I found it to be less cliquey than one would assume. With a school that large, it was hard to draw any lines. I had 2 of the best teachers I've ever had while I was there, and was exposed to a lot of opportunities while I attended. The student body is quite diverse, and I wasn't made to feel bad about my orientation (I'm gay). There are a lot of Military Children that attend there; so people are pretty open to new students, and willing to maintain relationships once you leave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

This school while good in many ways has a way of oppressing the freedom of the kids. They seem to be more focused on the ID's and timley manner than giving the information needed to pass the class or the EOCT. If more time was spent on our education instead of on the teachers leisure then their would be more kids graduating this year, but seemingly on several levels they fail to do this and continue to do so. As I have actually been in and a part of the school, I have all rights to say that there is a large diversity of students this year. Take for instance the increase in the ever popular Gothic clique. Though stereotyped by the so called 'teachers and administrators', they seem to welcome any outsider or anyone new to the school or town. Anyone who is different, anyone who is strange, is welcome
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2008

There are always going to be problems at every high school, I mean they are full teenagers trying to prove themselves. Teenagers are also trying to show they are rebellious, it is going to cause problems. But I am a Proud Lowndes High graduate. Although there were 2800 students there the year I graduated, all of the teachers wanted each student to succeed an push you until you did. All of the faculty cared about each and every person there. It is an amazing school and they offer a great environment the get a A+ education. My children will only be attending Lowndes High!! It's the BEST school!


Posted October 12, 2008

Lowndes is a huge school lacking in diversity. A great range of classes but I found it lacking slightly in discipline. Its a small-ish town and outiders don't always feel welcome. Great school spirit though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2008

I am currently attending Lowndes High and the facilities are great. The teachers are caring people that want you to succeed. Even though there are over 3,000 students attending this large school you are bound to fit in with any group and not feel alone.........
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

Many wont admit it, but there are some serious problems here. Gang issues (white & black) and severe overcrowding. If you're looking for a High School, better dig deep. Dont trust what some will tell you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

I graduated from Lowndes High just last year and I can truly say if your moving here this is the perfect place to send your young adults. The teachers challenge you to get you prepared for the real world. The environment is relaxed and friendly. No school is perfect but it is one of the best if not the best school in south Georgia.


Posted August 24, 2007

We recently moved to the area and are very impressed with the school...Academics,athletic program, band and security is all first class and the only school you want to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

The US Air Force lost a great leader and so will Lowndes High when Lt. Col. Failor retires this year. I am honored to say I was part of the first class to have him as my ASI. Thank you for your years of service for our country and our educational system. Frank A. Lee c/o 96 East Coast Director Alliance of Guardian Angels, Inc.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 21, 2006

This is a great high school that serves a growing community. Big band and big football and they are both very successful while offereing a very good academic education. It is the school that Moody AFB is zoned for. The school system superintendent has a great vision for expanding academics even more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2005

I graduated from this high school in 2001. I recently graduated from the Ga Tech with Highest Honors, scored in the 95th precentile on the LSAT, and I am attending Emory School of Law on Scholarship. My experiences at this school were elementary in my formative years, and I would not be doing what I am doing today had it not been for LHS. Additionaly, LHS boasts what, I feel, is one of the best, if not the best, Technology Education faculties in the nation. From 1999-2004 the school won outstanding chapter of the Georgia Technology Student Association and has won numerous national awards. Furthermore, the ROTC program is top notch, and has won Honor Unit for many years. When compared with the students of the private schools in the area, I see no reason to send children in the county system anywhere else than LHS.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 25, 2005

The improvements to the school and the availability of extracurricular activities like girls soccor, softball, basketball are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

Lowndes High School is more a prison than a school for education this year (2004-05) Teachers stand outside their doors and stare at students like they are in daycare. Staff members are more concerned about a student wearing flip-flops than they are about the importance of a child's education. My child is 18 years old and is an adult, she faces 2 lives: Val-tech and home where she is an adult and makes decisions as one, and at Lowndes where she is a 'kid' and is stared upon as a criminal. If they students were treated more like the adults they are or soon will be, maybe there would be more graduates and a smaller drop-out rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2004

Raves to Lowndes High School. The students and faculty are more than just people whom fate fut together; they are truly FAMILY. Thank's to Mr. Todd and Mr. Maynard and the rest of the band staff for teaching teamwork and leadership as well as musicianship to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2004

As alumi to Lowndes high, I truly can say that it is the best school in south Ga. The academics are superior to any other. The school is large with, almost 3000 students that are friendly and diverse. The faculty at Lowndes are helpful, intelligent, and sturn. The goal for Lowndes is to help it's students become productive citizens and furthur than that, to be excellent in what they do. Lowndes has above and beyond extra-cirricular activites. The football team is one of the best in Ga. The baseball team is known nationally, the women's softball team is consistantly in the state playoffs, the cross country teams dominate the region, the soccer teams dominate as well. The Marching Band is the best. They have won countless grand championchips, and were named national champions in 1997. The Off-Broadway (drama) and AFROTC continually are named region champs as well. GO VIKES!
—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.

640 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

636 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

640 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
91%
Social Studies

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

640 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
91%
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.

676 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Algebra I

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

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
American Literature

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

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Coordinate Algebra

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

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

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

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
68%
Integrated Math II

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

556 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%
Physical Science

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

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
U.S. History

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

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
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 67% 44%
Black 24% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Two or more races 2% 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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1606 Norman Dr
Valdosta, GA 31601
Phone: (229) 245-2260

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