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Graves County High School

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Posted September 9, 2008

I have been a parent of now, 3 students who attended or now attend this school. I also help as a parent volunteer. I find teachers, who want to be in the classroom. I find staff & administration who truly care about our kids. Its a great place to grow up. They encourage parent participation but many parents don't understand that their view has to apply to all students and whats best for all. I have experienced in the past, that when there was a problem, as long as I never walked away from the table, they didn't either. A constant willingness to always work things out within the perimeters of the school's rules and regulations. It is the true desire of teachers and staff to have the best school possible. They continually strive for excellence in academics and go thru great changes sometimes in order to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

This is a great school thathas many extracurricular activities for just about any type of child. I have two childredn in high school. They are both on the Forensic Team, Women's Choir, Future Christain Atheletes & Leo's Club. Then they are involved in individual activities such as Agape, Science Club, Orchestra, Beta Club, Freshman Mentoring, & Yearbook. I loved the accelerated program they used to have. I understand why they dropped them, 'No Child Lft Behind', but now they've created, 'Many Childern Held Back'. Both my daughters make good grades but in some of their classes their grades are dropping because they are so bored with the work. My children used to work very hard on their grades. They would have few hours of homework, proud of their grades and hated having days off school. Now, they hardly ever have homework, can't wait for days off, and only enjoy extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

This school is a huge school that does not involve the students very well and there is not a diversity in students. If your child is not one of the smartest in the class they are left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

They have excellent teachers and other faculty. HTey hae great oppertunities for all their students. I am a 2006 graduate from this school. They are concerned about all their well biengs. They are very concerned about all of their students.k THey have various of oppertunitys that they offer to all the students. They are great with all the students that has disabilities. ( I was a student that was in special education) HTey hel[p us learn just like the other students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 8, 2006

If you walk into the school during the day or at any athletic competition, music program, play, you will not see the principal. You will find the Dean of Students, who does his job as well as the principals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

This school is a great school with a great atmosphere around it. It has always been one of the best schools in the western Kentucky region. I've got friends and family that go to this school that love it, and say its a great school to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2003

I attended this high school and really enjoyed it. The teachers and staff actually like their jobs and show it everyday. Its a large school with hometown values. They offer a wide range of classes for students wanting to attend college. As well as many of the best extracurricular activities and sports. We even had one of our own win the teacher of the year award this year!


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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.
Language Mechanics

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

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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56%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
40%
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 Students56%
Female62%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students53%
Female65%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities16%
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 Students61%
Female72%
Male49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities27%
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

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 41% in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
44%
Biology I

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

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
54%
English II

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

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%
U.S. History

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
39%
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 Students46%
Female48%
Male43%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students38%
Female40%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic4%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students58%
Female69%
Male45%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students52%
Female47%
Male57%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities26%
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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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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 91% 81%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Black 2% 11%
Two or more races 2% 2%
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 50%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Graves County Middle School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Murray State University
West KY Community & Technical College
University of Kentucky
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Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Pacesetter School (2010)
  • High School Television - Best Daily Show in the Nation (2010)
  • Co-Ed Cheerleading - National Champions (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • R.B. Mays
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (270) 247-8540

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
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More from this school
  • Graves County High School provides a place for most every student to find a "home". Our fine arts department is the best in Western Kentucky, while our broadcasting program garners national awards regularly. We have career academies that provide exploration and preparation opportunities for students. Our students have access to two area vocational training centers, and we offer multiple dual credit opportunities. We offer 14 AP courses - with more being added yearly, and had 117 passing scores in 2010-2011. Our athletic programs are strong, and our facilities are top of the line. We provide academic rigor with opportunities for students to prepare themselves for post-secondary training or study. Graves County High School is a great school in a great community, striving to provide great kids with a great education.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Murray State University
West KY Community & Technical College
University of Kentucky
College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
College prep programs/courses during the year
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
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1107 Housman St
Mayfield, KY 42066
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Phone: (270) 328-6242

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