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Crystal Springs High School

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Posted May 2, 2013

Every positive aspect of this school revolves around the SATP tests. There are little or no other classes worth taking at CSHS. When every extra dollar the school makes is spent trying to increase test scores in these 4 classes, everything else suffers. As it has at CSHS.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 22, 2012

I was a student also at Crystal Springs High. I graduated in 1980. I moved to Michigan. But when I come home, I always drive by to see the school which I have so many fun years.

Posted June 24, 2009

I was a student at Crystal Springs High School. I graduated in 2006. Ms. Jones was the best in my eyes. So was the JROTC. We worked hard and then played hard.The years their went by so quickly. Everyone was great we work together and no one was left behind. Thanks so much class of 06.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 22, 2007

'Let me start by saying that Ms.Jones is not only a great principal, but she is an outstanding leader as well. Not only do we have an outstanding principal, but we have wonderful teachers too. We just need more parent and student involvement. It's going to take a lot more than a few people to get us where we need to be. We should get tired of seeing the same people doing the same stuff. It's time for a lot of us to step our game up. I feel that you shouldn't do something to get rewarded or recognized, but do it from the heart. So, I encourage everyone to get involved in some way or another. I'm very proud to say that I'm a tiger, because CSHS is just about the only place I know where everybody is treated as somebody.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 30, 2006

When I arrived at CSHS in the fall of 2003, it was in desperate need of an overhaul. In 2004, the overhaul was given in the form of a new principal, Ms.Angela Jones. She is a wonderful woman who really cares about the students' needs and concerns. I really admire her and the reason that CSHS is on the progressive road is because of her. I am now a senior and have seen the school do a total 180 in the last 4 years. Thank you faculty for making it memorable. It's been tough, but I've never been more proud to be a tiger.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 23, 2006

I am a student at CSHS. I must give a personal testimony. I was really depressed and down one day and I had no idea of what I was going to do. The first smiling faces I saw were SGT Funchess and Ms. McGowan. They said some kind words to me and I said someone really does notice me. As I walked in the office, Mrs. Kim and Ms. Jones also greeted me with warm faces and kind words. It is days like that one that make me know we have a great school. The cafeteria staff, janitors, and teachers are great. We aren't #1, but we are getting there. Like the other comment, if we keep Townsend, Hill, Boyd, Crisler, Bradford, Morris, McGowan, Funchess, Martin, Pryne, Pernell, Walker, Waters, Harrison, Virgil,Cawthorne, Cliborne, and Green; we will do well. They relate and teach to us all! Love u all!
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 5, 2006

The teachers mean well and, as a whole, try very hard. It's too bad the principal does not help create an atmosphere where their jobs can be done well.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 31, 2006

Crystal Springs High School is not what the first three comment make it out to be. If I had another school that I could go to, I would. It is not challenging enough and the principals aren't helping. The principal stresses the fact that we should become number one, but she doesn't even try. We, the students of Crystal Springs rarely see Ms.Angela Jones. She never gets involved with us. And the assistant principal should take the job as principal. We see him more that her. I admit, we have to do our part, but they have to do their's first.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 20, 2006

I am ashame of the way parents and students bad mouth CSHS. If parents would become more active in their children's lives, the school would not have the responsibility of teaching and raising every student. Ms. Jones, the principal, has to be doing something right, scores are on the rise. My child loves going to school and brags constantly about teachers like Mrs. Crisler, Mr. Bradford, Mrs. Morris, and Mrs. Cawthorne. I am always awaiting the new poem or great work in literature my child has learned or what great new strategy to a math problem Mrs. Hill has taught. If we become more enthused about our students and stand behind the district, things will get better. I am a firm believer in this school and those who don't, can always try HHS, Wesson, Copiah Academy, or JPS. Students and teacher, continue to make a difference for students!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 19, 2005

As a parent of a gradute of 2004 and a senior I have to come to the defense of our school,however I think we do have a lot of great teachers, and there is always room for improvement in every school, I think that we need to have harsher punishment for those kids who don't care about there educations, and in my opinion is not up to only our school officails, that is someting that starts at home. Our children should be taught from birth the differences between right and wrong it is our job as a parent to make sure that our childern have the things that they need to acheive there goals,my daughter is a senior this year and I have all the confidence that when so goes on to college that she will do great, because of some teachers at cshs
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 8, 2005

Test scores are down because the teachers can not control their students and they have a lack of knowledge of the subject that they are teaching. Every teacher teaches at least two or three subjects and it is hard for them to focus when they are teaching two or three absolutely different subjects, therefore the students have a hard time learning. This school has a lack of books and learning material, and as a student here the enviorment is horrible and that makes learning here very difficult. The students have so many discipline problems because of the lack of extacurricular activities and the lack of care and compassion from the teachers. Some of these teachers could care less about the students educations, even with the students that do want to learn.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 30, 2005

Crystal Springs High School is a terrible atmosphere for both students and teachers. The principal offers no incentive for teachers to do well (except for personal pride). The lack of school spirit among teachers and students is worrisome as well. This falls directly on an administration that does not know how to motivate. Many problems exist at the school which could be changed under a principal who does not attempt to micromanage. Things that are allowed at Crystal Springs have never been allowed at other schools I have observed. It is an enigma and will remain that way until real leadership arrives.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted September 29, 2005

I think with everybody puting the school down .people can come together and make the school better. I gradute in 2004 and the teachers did there part to make sure that we learn our best.c/o2004 kevette
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 1, 2004

This school is probably the worst I have ever dealt with. I have five children and the administration of this school is sorely lacking in any professionalism. Homeschooling is looking quite appealing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2003

My step daughter just graduated from crystal springs high school. My experience with the administration was one of complete and utter disbelief. I called with several complaints to the principal of this school and to my amazment, nothing was done to settle the matter. I had to go to the school on numerous occasions to talk to the principal and it was like talking to a wall, absolutely nothing was done, or he would just say what he thought we wanted to hear. This school is a disgrace to copiah county.

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Writing - Informative Essay

The state average for Writing - Informative Essay was 97% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.




Scale: % Score 2, 3 or 4

About the tests

Until 2011-2012, terminating in 2012-2013, Mississippi used the Mississippi Writing Assessment Program (MWAP) to test students in grades 4, 7 and 10 in writing. The MWAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to score at or above 2 on the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 63% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.








English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.








U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 62% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Mississippi used the Subject Assessment Testing Program (SATP) to test students in English II, writing, algebra I, biology I and U.S. history at the completion of each course. Students must pass all parts of the SATP in order to graduate from high school. The SATP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Mississippi. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 87% 50%
White 11% 46%
Hispanic 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 87%N/A71%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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201 Newton St
Crystal Springs, MS 39059
Phone: (601) 892-4791


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