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Tara High School

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Posted March 6, 2014

And yes, no one cares about anything -- nobody cares about sports or clubs. Many students can't even spell vegetable. 160 of 213 seniors are failing at least one class....Parents love having heart to heart convos with administrators as they're pulling their child out or getting them from suspension but don't do anything. They toss em away. Lunches are unspeakable. So incredibly small and cheap! Pizza is clearly the $1 pizzas from walmart. tiny cups of green fruit, some lettuce and a carrot for salad, the same rolls for burger buns and rolls..it's just despicable how bad this school is. And there's classroom fees? Senior dues are 150$!!


Posted January 15, 2014

Our school really doesn't care about learning and also the discipline isn't under control. There's fights and people being robbed,and bullied.


Posted April 11, 2013

The only good thing about this school is Mr. Griffitt, one of the history teachers at Tara. Mr. Griffitt makes learnng fun and interesting and is very caring towards his students! Mr. Griffitt is the bomb.


Posted March 23, 2013

I think the public school system is suffering because all the blame is being placed on the teachers. Ruston Michael Rhorer.


Posted June 27, 2012

I think this school and every school leadership needs the freedom to run it according to the type of students and not be forced to confirm the school board ideas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

ok i have a lot to comment. My son floyd lee goes to this school and i have been here as well. The cafeteria is very disorganized and the students in the regular classes and some students in the honors are very disruptive. The test scores are terrible and the academics are not diverse in terms of academic opportunities. The teachers are pretty great overall but the students could provide negative influences. The schools does not meet Louisiana's requirements and the school was stated as 'in need of improvement.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

Tara high is an excellent school. The adminstrative staff is always working hard to produce good results. The teachers that i know of are very dedicated. I beleive if more parents would actually show interest in their child and stop complaining if would work out better for both school, parent and student. I am also impressed with the althetic teams who coaches go are beyond the requirements . The students have been very nice every time i am at the campus . Tara , like most ebr schools, is money strapped but they continue to work hard. Go.......T r o j a n s !!!


Posted July 28, 2008

I have been involved at Tara High for the last 6 years. We have been through rough times over the last few years but last year things have settled down. After Hurricane Katrina we had many, many unhappy students who only wanted to be back in their own schools but it wasn't possible. Strife was inevitable and no one was happy. The administration has worked hard to get the atmosphere back on an even keel. All the opportunities for kids to succeed are there - unfortunately you can't force students to take advantage of them. A successful school depends on parental involvement. Our district is shaped oddly in my opinion; after school activities are difficult for many students because they have no transportation available or they work. Their parents are also restricted by their jobs and distances to travel. Have hope!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2008

My child presently attends Tara and hopefully will graduate in May. This is the worst school ever and he can't wait to leave. The administration is rude to parents and are not willing to help when you have an issue that needs to be addressed. My child has been there for four years and the school has steadily declined. Thank God I don't have another child in the EBR school system. They do every thing possible to make it hard on the kids. The fees that collect are ridiculous and for what. I didn't realize you had to pay to attend public school. I attended when teachers actually cared about the students and not about the paycheck. You go into this profession knowing exactly what the pay is then you complain. Maybe one day this school will improve before it gets shut down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

I had a good time while I was a student at Tara. Most of my teachers were good, but that's because I took honors classes. Otherwise, the rest aren't very good. I graduated in '05 and the very next year the government came out with the No Child Left Behind program hich just totally screwed things up. The horrible leadersip caused all of my favorite teachers to quit and we replaced by horrible teachers. That school is certainly not what it used to be. Well, at least all the fighting is still there...rediculous.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2007

i think tara really isint a good school to many fights the school leader nver be there when things happen the teachers are hard to pass and plus its borin
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

Tara was a joy to be at but was it successful? During my years was the dramatic changes that i have witnessed. Comparing my freshmen year to my senior year i laugh at. Your senior year is suppose ot be the best year of high school. It is ashame that i say that the schools spirit is way down. You hardly have any school spirit. No one cares anymore about the sports or the clubs that are provided for the students. Academics have been on a steady to decline range. You have very few parents who now get involve. If they do get involve, it is to only complain about something. I loved tara bc i made it to what i wanted it to be. It was not perfect but it was home. The administration needs to make serious changes with the school, faculty, safety, and with themselves. Stepup tothe plate!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 25, 2004

I personally believe that this school needs many things changed. The faculty and leadership for one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2004

Tara has experienced an overall decline in the capabilities of students attending Tara. The Administration and Faculty are very capable of making Tara one of the top schools in the state and I sincerely believe they want to do so. The sad part is that the student attitudes that are becoming prevalent in the school are not conducive to the school's improvement and progress. Frequent fights, constant-willful school uniform violations, possesion of prohibited cell phones, and willful displays of disrespect by students are indicators that things are not likely to improve anytime soon. Students who want a quality education realize that recent occurences in the school are hindering their progress. Administrators and faculty must establish a safe, respectful learning environment before learning can occur.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2004

My child is a senior this year (2004-2005) and has attended Tara since 9th grade. We were there for Warren Drake's last year, Johnny Jackson's year serving as Principal and now with Andrew Maddox. They have all been excellent and have encouraged excellence in the staff and the students. My child has been active in various clubs, sports and the newspaper. The teachers have consistently worked to keep lines of communication open with parents. The parent organizations promote a family friendly atmosphere. While the uniform policy was an issue at first, we have come to appreciate that 'wardrobe selection' is not a time consuming problem anymore. Tara High has been a wonderful experience for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

My child goes to Tara, this will be her junior year coming up, she has turned her life around completely going to this school. The teachers are great, they help her alot. She has had the time of her life with this school. Tara High has answered my prayers. Its feels good when you children actually want to wake up and go to school. I want to thank Tara High's staff for all the help they have done...Go Trojans!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2004

I graduated from Tara in 1976 and have had two children graduate there as well.. Is the school what it once was???? 'NO' Is it a school I would recomend to other parents who seek a grade 'A' High School for their children? Yes. I dont think any school is what it use to be however the location is great for Tara and as far as I know the teachers are good from what my children have told me. Athletics is a plus, two of the Football coaches played with me on the 1974 State Championship team. Keep up the good work and 'GO TROJANS'
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 17, 2003

Tara High School use to be a great school when Mr. Warren Drake was the principal there. Last year, Mr. Johnny Jackson was the principal, and he turned things around 100%. The students of Tara High are not heard anymore by the administration and are now wearing uniforms. I cant't afford to get my child more then 1 uniform. Tara now has a new principal and i am praying that he will change things back to where they were.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 69% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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The state average for Social Studies was 67% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program for the 21st Century (LEAP 21) to assess students in grades 4 and 8 in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The LEAP 21 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

315 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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45%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

316 students were tested at this school in 2010.

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46%
Scale: % basic or above

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

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13%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.

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English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.

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English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 83% 45%
White 10% 47%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Luanne S. Estess
Fax number
  • (225) 928-0122

Resources

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  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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9002 Whitehall Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: (225) 927-6100

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