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Pickering High School

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Posted April 3, 2014

This was the first year my children went to a public school, because the private school did not have enough extra curricular activities. My children learned a few things, that were not taught at the private school. However, the teachers yelled at the students and when I had concerns and contacted the teachers I never recieved phone calls back, then if I spoke with the principal then the teachers would respond.. I recieved constant calls about F's because the teacher entered the grades incorrectly. For one of the previous comments about students and teachers bullying the other students.. CORRECT!!! If you do not have to send your child here please do not...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

The amount of bullying at this school is horrible by students and teachers And you can't get anything resolved if you try as all the staff is either family or friends from back when they went to school together. . They place such high value on athletics and not nearly enough on academics. Cancelling school for all grades often so the teachers can all go watch the sports teams play out of town, the school definitely needs to concentrate more on class work so these kids don't fall thru the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

This school could be really good. Unfortunately it seems to fall just short in so many ways. There is a significant amount of fighting/bullying in this school. The academics are only so-so. When I spoke to my sons teachers about his academic performance, they told me he was a great kid and not to worry, but then he brings home D's and C's. I really feel like hes just falling through the cracks here...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

Mr. Jordan if your going to enforce the rules, enforce them all year then. Not just when you feel like it or when the school board gets on your case about it. Also Vernon Parish, what the heck is the point of adding an eighth hour. Exactly, there is no point. You gripe and gripe about losing instructional time whenever we do somthing fun yet here you are saying, "Oh, were not going to keep you any longer then 3:10, but we are going to cut classes down to fourty five minutes. And were cutting your lunch time down to." Yes parents, this is really happening. So basiclly god forbid the kids have any fun when they cut instructional time, now the school is being hypocritical by doing just that. CUTTING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. What made you feel the need to add an eighth hour. Did the day just feel uneven to you? I'm not just talking about vernon parish, but ever since god knows when. The school system has went from bad to worse. Also one more thing, why more tests? 1 or 2 isn't enough for you people. It just the same thing over and over again. I'm seriously begining to believe that you don't want kids to graduate.


Posted October 10, 2011

Love how my child is doing at this high school. The principal, Mr. Jordan, is doing a fantastic job. My child is challenged daily by caring, wonderful teachers who do an above average job in very crowded classrooms. I believe that the classrooms are overcrowded due to MANY military families driving out-of-district to place their kids here instead of at Vernon Middle/Leesville Jr. High. The best part about this school is the anti-bullying attitude of each employee that I have had the pleasure of meeting. It doesn't matter whether you are a military family here for a few short years or if you are a permanent resident of the area - ALL students are treated fairly, given a chance to succeed, and are awarded for their success. I would recommend this school to any military families coming in to Polk. GO! Meet with the principals and the student counselors. They WILL create an atmosphere that your child can succeed in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

First of all. Everyone complains about the LEAP test. All schools in Louisiana teach for the LEAP test. So you cant complain and say that it is just Pickering. Second, The Dress Code issue is parish wide. I have had kids in Rosepine, Leesville and Pickering and these issues are the same at all three. As far as I know Anacoco is the only high school without uniforms I agree with wearing uniforms because if you didnt it would be out of hand. As far as education goes, a couple years ago Pickering was the only school in Vernon Parish that was voted by colleges as having kids ready for college. The sports are above average in the parish. . As far as football goes I would send my kids to Pickering if you want them to get any playing time. At Leesville if you arent a superstar or a politicians kid, you won't play.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

In the four years in which my children attended this school, all they were worried about was catching what the kids did wrong. All of my children were in and out of ISS because of their shirts not being tucked in or for wearing the wrong pants. One of my daughters even dropped out because of the stress this school was putting on her. How is anyone supposed to learn anything if they are spending more time in ISS than in the classrooms? So what if a student has their shirt untucked, It's no reason to be putting children in ISS. Sending my children to this school was the worst choice of my life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2010

Like what Mr. Jordan, the new principal, is doing for the school. Morale is up and Pride is being restored. Yes, rules are still being enforced. If kids don't want to be in ISS for 'stupid reasons,' follow the rules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2009

Through out the 3 1/2 years in which my children were at this school, all they were worried about was trying to catch everything wrong that a student was doing and not worrying about their studies. my son and daughter was always being stuck in ISS for having shirts untucked or not having the right clothing. How are students supposed to learn if they're always being pulled from class for the stupid reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2009

This school needs more structure, leadership, and PRIDE. It seems like the students control the school. The administrators need to support the teachers and the teachers need to provide more discipline and guidance. The elementary school is awesome and the high school needs to operate more like the elementary. When my child went to PES, I knew what was going on all of the time. Now that my child is in junior high, I know very little. I don't expect to know everything, but I would like to know important things. The social studies fair, for example, I got very little information. There were maybe 15 participants; the elementary had over 150 participants. WHY IS IT SO DIFFERENT?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

ive been in pickering high school since my junior high years its ok but i would love to go to leesville high school because they have more sports i would like to do but im good at pickering because i mean its not that many people and all of my friends are here and i like the teachers they are cool and its not violent like people think it is we dont have fights everyday thats bull. soooo all the haters can go do something
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2008

This school is one of the best I have ever been to. Most of the teachers here care for us and our education. This year, of course, the principal has been cracking down hard on discipline, but that's because the school board is down his throat! And the reason they are down his throats is because children do not know how to behave! The parents have never disciplined their children at home, so of course they are going to act up at school! Also, the parents blame everyone bu themselves for what's happening! We get no support from most of the parents! That is the reason why our school is falling apart! Really, I think this school is great! It's got the most individuality! The students show as much spirit as they can, as do the teachers! Not once have I heard a teacher say no to offering help!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

Pickering High School seems to be a little off track, but I think they are trying. The teachers do not give enough grades. The math teacher seems to be distant and uncaring. Also, the administration allows the students to have cell phones and mp3 players out. I do not like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

this school is the worse school I ever been to in my life. School violence is the worse, people are fighting everyday. I really hope they shut this school down.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

I graduated from this school but it has went down hill since then. school violence has increased school spirit has went down hill. I wish my daughter didn't go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

This is my first year at Pickering. It hasn't been a very enjoyable one so far. I think that the academic standards are low. I have the same science book I had last year in sixth grade. I dont get it! The only thing that is clear is how much important it is whether or not our shirts are tucked in, or whether we are wearing a polo and a belt. I dont think it matters what is best for the students, but how good the school looks on paper.Leap prep is important though. I must say I do have several great teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2007

all three of my kids have been going to pickering,two are in middle school one in high school. before i get started all three will be going to a different school in the 2008 year. the teachers there do not have any respect for parents or for the kids. there to worried about gossip yes i know leesville is a small town but we do have kids to teach. its a shame when the principle see's and hears everything and just turns his back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

My child has been a student in the Pickering School System since 3rd grade. Although previously an honor roll student, his grades started falling when contacting his teachers they didn't understand why I would want a meeting when he was 3 points away from an F. I never received calls from any of the teachers in his middle school, even though every one of them received my contact information during open house. The administration's top concern is not academic, but ensuring that the children follow all the rules to the T. Even when they can see that one of their teacher's reacted inappropriately they continue to blame the child and do nothing to reprimand the teacher. A teacher who has had numerous altercations with other students as well. I do not recommend any parent send their child to this school if they want them to be encouraged to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2007

I have attended Pickering High School for about two and a half years. PHS is more worried about cathcing kids for dress code violations and other little things than they are towards learning. The school teaches the students only what they need to know to pass the Graduation Exit Exams and the LEAP Tests. they never teach the whole subject. At the beginning of the 2006 school year, phs has gotten a new principal. ever since Ms. Barnicle has left the school, there has been an overall increase in the quality of the student body.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2006

I have lived in the area for approx. five years and have been consistently dissapointed with the academics of this school. The learning objectives of this school has become to teach the LEAP. They do not focus on getting students ready for the next grade or even college. There is so much stress put on these test children become worried and consumed by them. There is a problem with the administration and there ability to work with parents. There are no concession made to fix issues that pass the common sense rule. Sending a student to in house suspension becasue they come back from a dentist appointment in the middle of a class, sends the wrong message. Recess is so controlled it is rediculous. There is no running no sports, no balls. Seems to me recess was intend for students to work off energy. Teach ideas not the LEAP.
—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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71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
91%
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

English Language Arts

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
71%
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 69% in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

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

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % basic or above

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

Algebra I

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

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
80%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
35%
English II

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

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
60%
English III

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

2013

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
34%
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
White 61% 47%
Black 24% 45%
Hispanic 10% 4%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 48%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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180 Lebleu Road
Leesville, LA 71446
Phone: (337) 537-1555

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