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Franklin-Simpson High School

Public | 9-12 | 886 students

 

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Posted January 2, 2012

Franklin Simpson High School currently ranks in the lower 19% of Kentucky schools.The state department of education recently came in to audit the school and staff. This report will be released between Feb, and March 2012. After being involved with this school system for many years I have transferred my child out. There is a total lack of discipline, leadership and morale at the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

Most of the teachers are excellent. The school is really emphasizing getting prepared for college. They offer lots of AP classes and dual credit college classes with the local technical college. Students can earn lots of college credit while still in HS. I really like the freshmen academy. My freshmen is already taking an AP Human Geography class! The school also offers an assortment of career classes as well as classes in the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2008

All of the Franklin-Simpson schools are primarily staffed (teachers and administration) with home-grown, Franklin-educated individuals who do not welcome outsiders or people who do not socialize or accept their methods. The administration will, however; take credit for achievements in state-wide communications/parent updates. Bully behavior is not addressed - both verbal and physical. Guidance counselors at the high school level are not aggressive in identifying or promoting opportunities outside of the state. The only children who get scholarships are the children of Simpson County School System employees. SCSS employees/teachers lie to parents by saying their is no choice in their child's teacher selection. It is known that teachers get to voice their choices for teachers - parents do not. Teachers miss school (work) at an unacceptable rate. In summary, it's a status quo, partial, environment that requires the student to drive their own success despite the obstacles of the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

FSHS is the best school i have ever been to. The co-op oppertunities are great and the teachers make learning fun, which makes us as students more interested in learning. One of my teachers does a a excerise called a physical barometer and thats were she'll ask us a question and then we'll decide on an answer. This years p.b. activities are espicially exciting since this is an election year and we all get to speak up about what we want to see, expect to see, and how we take in the world around . It seems like all they want us to do is have fun , but teachers should ask themselves would they rather lecture or get up and find a creative way for kids to learn their subject and better themselves.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2008

It is a school that is under going some changes for the better. I'm very pleased with the new principal and his leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2007

I enjoy this school. My daughter loves the atmosphere and her friends. The school offers meny oppurtunities that many others don't and the teachers are very understanding and offer to help her before or after school. You will not find this at many schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

I went to FSHS myself and my son was a student there until last year. We have moved to another city only to find he is way behind other children. There he was honor roll, here he is behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2006

School needs ways to address 'special needs' children. There are no programs such as EH classes or classes for children with other learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

Great leadership with new principal. Need more science, math teachers. Block schedule is bad for freshmen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2005

Franklin Simson is a small school in a small town. The community helps with school functions. There are a wide variety of clubs and other things for students to join and most of the teachers care about their students. But the problem is the ever increasing number of students and crowded hallways, along with the way that many teachers choose their favorites and always help them in class first. The new principal is very strict. And by that I don't mean he's evil, I mean that he has his favorites as well. FSHS has a fall, christmas,and spring break, and then gets out for summer after everyone else around. Also, with the new schedule, the faculty is as confused. My review? I like the community and students (as immature as they are) but the teachers need some assesment and you'll have to like small communities and farming to appreciate this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2005

Franklin-Simpson High School was a nightmare for me personally. Many time I was to afraid to enter the building because of how the enviroment of this small school. Students were cruel but most of the teachers were child like themselves. Picking favorites and being very caddy. SARAH J. Hamrick
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 26, 2005

I attended Franklin-Simpson High School and graduated in 2003. I thought that FS was a wonderful school. I felt extremely safe in the school and also thought that it was big enough, but then small enough at the same time to be able to have lifelong friends. I honestly miss Franklin-Simpson. The counselors did the best they could with preparing me for my college career, and they were very organized. The teachers all make a great effort to get to know each of their students. I wouldn't ask for anything more in a education!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 30, 2004

I think this school system is the worst system I have ever encountered. The leadership is unfair. I feel like it's a bunch of idiot educators trying to educate our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2004

FS is overall an average school I suppose. It depends on what you are looking for...if you are looking to stay in the KY/TENN area for college then it is ok. I can count five classes my entire career there that challenged me. I think most of those teachers have since retired. If you are looking to attend a pretigious school, you have to do all the work yourself--the guidance counselors are clueless when you are looking outside KY and TN--and when you get there, you are so far behind your peers. It is a small school so your classes aren't overcrowded, but the small classes don't make up for good academics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 19, 2004

I go to Franklin and it's okay. Most of the teachers are cool and the classes are good. However, it's like any other school, we do have our problems. But what school doesn't? Most students know each other and I like the small atmosphere here. Not recommended for those who like big towns.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2004

I go to Franklin, and it is a all around pretty good school. They could have some improvement, like they need a bigger school. We as students are crouded walking through the school. Plus all of the times that we have has lock downs, maybe we should get a medal dector for when students come into school. I just feel that this is a great school, but it could use some of improvement.
—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.
Language Mechanics

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

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

2012

 
 
48%
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
50%
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 Students63%
Female74%
Male53%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students57%
Female66%
Male48%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students68%
Female78%
Male59%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial58%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities9%
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.

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28%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
28%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
25%
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
45%
Biology I

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

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%
English II

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

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%
U.S. History

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

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
45%
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 Students60%
Female57%
Male62%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students35%
Female33%
Male37%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students69%
Female76%
Male62%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students59%
Female57%
Male60%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial36%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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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49%
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29%
of schools in the state are Above average

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1 This rating is based on 2012-13 K-PREP and EOC results from the Kentucky Department of Education.

2 This rating is based 2012-13 median growth percentiles from the Kentucky Department of Education.

3 This rating is based on average composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 81%
Black 11% 11%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 52%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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400 South College St
Franklin, KY 42134
Phone: (270) 586-3273

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