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Holmes High School

Public | 8-12 | 1016 students

 

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Posted February 4, 2014

When I say I am a graduate of Holmes High, the usual response is "oh, I'm sorry." I cannot imagine why, because I'm not sorry at all! I loved my school! The majority of my teachers were of high quality, and the wide variety of educational opportunities available (Clubs, Sports, Music, Vocational training, AP/IB classes, Parenting classes so that being a teen mother/father was no longer an educational death sentence) trumped any school I had attended (and I attended many). No, our test scores were not the highest, but that has as much (if not more) to do with the lack of support students receive at home. Given the general low economic level of the school population (I think in my time there it was something like 30% were at or below poverty level), parents are either working 3 jobs and too tired, or have given up and stop caring. They can't/ won't expect more of their children, so students learn not to expect more for themselves. Against a constant flow of apathy from the students, even the most engaged and well-meaning teacher can lose his/ her dedication. Get parents interested in their child's education, teach students to expect more, and you'll see the scores improve.


Posted February 24, 2010

This is the worst school in the state and I would go so far to say that it is one of the worst in the country. I attended a different school every year of my education untill I arrived at holmes at the end of my tenth grade year. I went to school in Texas, Ohio, Navada, and others schools in Ky. The teachers are horriable the students don't care and only about 2% of the parents even know there is a holmes high school. Stay away from this place please for your sake or for you childs sake


Posted April 17, 2006

I think that holmes is a good place to go to school, most of the teachers at homles are there to teach and want the kids to learn. But on the other hand there are some that could'nt care about the student or their education. I believe that the test school are so low beacuse the students arent willing to take the test seriously, for the main simple fact is that the principal puts alot of pressure on us ( the students ). We understand that the tset score arent high, and most of us want to change that but we got to be encouraged to do it instead of forced.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 31, 2005

I think Holmes has the potential to be a great school again. Last time I checked diversity does not get you a deceit job. With the right principal and vice principals who takes responsible for this students testing in bottom 10 schools in the state and the overall bad climate at Holmes maybe we can move forward. They need to become proactive instead of reactive. With a 97.5% graduation rate and a 28.1% college attendence rate I see a problem. Lets face it sports and extracurricular activites are not that important when you are sending out McDonald employees instead of future City Commissioner, Mayor, teacher etc.. I know the level of Parent involvement is horrible but, as a parent of Holmes High student I personally am trying to get my Community more involved. I believe Holmes is in dire straits and needs a face lift.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2005

Holmes is one of the best schools in KY because even though it is lacking in academic status it teaches our kids to grow up to become respectable adults who don't judge others on race or sexuality. Which unlike other schools we are very diverse and contriversial.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

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About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 51% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
16%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

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Reading

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Social Studies

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Writing

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Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students23%
Female25%
Male22%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracial19%
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students16%
Female12%
Male19%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracial13%
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Writing

All Students49%
Female56%
Male42%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
14%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
34%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
18%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
28%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
7%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
12%

2012

 
 
4%
English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
29%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
21%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students12%
Female10%
Male14%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial20%
Native Americann/a
White13%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students12%
Female9%
Male14%
African American6%
Asiann/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students30%
Female31%
Male29%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial18%
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students33%
Female36%
Male32%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 81%
Black 33% 11%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School end time
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Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
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Gender
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Covington, KY 41014
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