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Helen Cox High School

Public | 9-12 | 956 students

 

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Posted July 25, 2013

A student: hey i was a student a helen cox high school i graduated in may 2013 i could honestly say that its a very good school from the teachers to the staff they work and make sure that u get everything u need to succeed in your life but the deans of the school i just didnt get along with especially muzon i couldnt stand him but ova all i like the school its not a bad school at all i would recomand if u did not attend the school i would like for u to attend nd see how u like it...


Posted December 14, 2012

I was a teacher at Helen Hox for a month, and social clicks and popularity contests are more important to the principal than actually ensuring that the students do well. The discipline is a joke--students can be suspended upward of 12 times in one semester and remain at school, while teachers are struggling to control classrooms because difficult students always know there are no real consequences to their actions. Teachers are told that student behavior is our problem, and not the fault of the student. In some way, this may be true--if we don't have high expectation for student behavior, then students will behave badly. Clearly, the current principle cares more about the SPS score than expelling students that need to be removed from the school. Behavior problems are interfering with the education of other students, constantly causing class disruptions and a loss of class time. The teachers who are unprofessional and curse at students are praised for their "good class management," but in reality they are mentally and emotionally abusing the students. I have faith in the students of HC, but I don't think anything will get better until this administration leaves.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 20, 2011

This is my second year at Helen Cox and I love the school. Most of the teachers really do put forth effort to make sure the students understand what the teacher is trying to teach. There are many activities to get into at the school. I am in JROTC at the school and I like it. Some of the students act like animals and do not know when to act right. Also, the school could use more funding because I think the school is being cheap. Plus it needs to be bigger because more students are coming here. The school tries to reward the good students and punish the bad, though. So if you or a child of yours does not go to this school, you have no right to say anything negative about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2010

The school is horrible, The teachers and staff are impersonal with their student. The school system is not balanced. Every class has at the least 30 students in it, as there is not enough teachers. I would recomend moving to a differnet district rather than go to this school. Dont allow or let your child come here. It will be the first step towards a life full of failure.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2009

This is my second year teaching at Helen Cox High School and I have had all positive experiences. The administration is wonderful. Mrs. Edwards, the principal, is extremely accessible, student and teacher friendly, and has an amazing vision for the school. All teachers are working towards the success of our students. Most of the teachers have a genuine love and concern for the students and have a vested interest in their success. If this is your district, or you are considering moving into this school district, you need not worry about where your child will attend school. Helen Cox, although a relatively new high school, is growing in academics, athletics and overall student achievement. I am proud to be a part of Helen Cox and to have Mrs. Edwards as our Principal.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2009

I think Helen Cox should be your last choice when attending school. There is never enough teachers. We don't learn much of anything and some of the teachers act like they haven no common sense. Other schools take the time to get to know there students this school doesnt.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2009

I love the school. My granddaughter has excelled to honors since being there. She was in some honor classes in middle school but she has taken it to a higher level with the help of very good teachers at cox.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

My child has been at Helen Cox through the transition from Middle(7th grade) to High School. I'm very pleased with the teachers, they do take the time to ensure their kids accelerate to the next level.My daughter enjoys being in the band and on the student counsel. The honors classes are large in size but present necessary challenges. I don't like the idea that functions are held in the hall way an auditorium and more activities are needed. The counselor need to spend more time helping the kids with college planning. My daughter is in the 11th grade and one of her teachers are informing her about SAT/ACT testing, this is the counselor's job. Why isn't the principal ensuring her students get what they need. It appears the counselor need to be counseled. Overall it's a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

My child is a student of this school and has been so for the past three years. Currently Ms Edwards is the principle. Being a professional myself, I cannot understand why she was given the responsibility over our students. Each and every time I have appempted to meet with her, she is not available and has either Ms Alcindor or Ms Meggs do 'her job'. I feel that she is not interested in the well being of the students because she is always too busy. I do understand that my child is one in 500?, but a minute to discuss my childs well being in not too much to ask for. She needs to go. Maybe she can persue another career? perhaps she would be better fitted for star gazing, that doesn't require any social interaction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

If you have not attended helen cox yourself i think you should not look down on it. I have been at helen cox for 3 years and have not yet to complain. The teahers try their hardest to help us out and they do what they can to keep us from failing. Go cougars!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2005

This will be my daughter's second year, at first she did not like it, for she and I both thought that some of the teachers was not capable to teach the subject they was assigned to teach. The counselor is never available to talk to the parent,one on one,and if your child forgets to bring home notices in a timely matter, you miss half the events going on, they do not make sure parents are aware of what's going on enough for me...especially single parents in which they are trying to work to provide for the child. Hopefully this year, the system will be better, get me right I am sure there are some very hard and dedicated teachers...we just need more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

This is my child first and last year. The principal is inaccessible. Every time a parent needs to see her, she is behind closed doors and cannot be disturbed. She is not that busy. She is not interested in the middle school students. She should not have taken this position if her heart lies in high school. There is not any teaching/learning at that school. The good students will abandon this sinking ship. The principal needs to do some classroom visits, then she will see that no real teaching is happening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2004

This is my child's first year at Helen Cox. It was rocky for him at first but the teaching staff worked with hime to help acclamate him into the school system. Since we have formed a teaher/parent bond, he has improved in not only his grades but his attitude as well. I am proud to say the staff of Helen Cox not only care about the academics but the student's whole well-being.
—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 64% in 2010.

213 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

213 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
52%
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.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
35%
English II

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

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
37%
English III

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

2013

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
19%
Scale: % basic or above

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 72% 45%
White 10% 49%
Asian 9% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 1%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A66%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Marrero Middle
Ellender Middle
Gretna Middle
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Special education / special needs

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  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:15
School end time
  • 2:40
School Leader's name
  • Darvell Edwards
Fax number
  • (504) 367-3176

Programs

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  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
  • Parent/teacher/student association (ptsa) football parent club basketball parent club band parent club
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Students typically come from these schools
Marrero Middle
Ellender Middle
Gretna Middle

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Xavier University
University of New Orleans
Delgado Community College
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