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Harrisburg High School

Public | 9-12 | 174 students

 
 

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Posted October 26, 2009

In my personal opinion I believe that Harrisburg is extremely judgemental. I was a student there from seventh grade to graduation and most definitely was never excepted. I would never recommend this school to anyone. It might have been a better school if I would have went there since i was in kindergarten like most of my classmates that i graduated with. Throughout the years that I was involved in this school i was always judged and never accepted. To be quite blunt, 90% of the students, faculty, and community in general are very selfish and would never put someone else before them. If you are considering this school, Don't.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2007

Harrisburg is indeed one of the tightest knit communities I have ever seen. We have lived in this school district for 7 years and my children have gone to Harrisburg schools since pre-k. And we are still not welcomed! We are involved in all type of programs. We however made the mistake of not being Basketball supporters we are academic supporters and supporters of all the children not just the chosen few. If you try to institute change and not just go with the flow your children will be punished by the chosen. Priority in this school (Basketball)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2006

Harrisburg is a school that continues to focus on quality teachers. I know for a fact that the starting salary is higher that any other school in central Missouri. Harrisburg is getting the best young teachers and has an excellent academic staff. Harrisburg also has a an excellent athletic program. The school continues to have winners in the conference speech & debate, rural electric essay contest and a few years ago had the number one T.E.A.M. (tests for engineering and math) score in the nation for schools of their size. The major problem is you don't read about the academic successes in the newspaper or heard about them on the radio or TV. It's the sports program that gets the press, but that's not the school's fault. Someone mentioned that they would not 'from here'. Allow me to say that there are many, many new faces in the community and all are welcomed in if they want to become a part of the community. Small communities want new comers to be part of the community and not part of the problem. Get involved with the various civic organizations, churches, 4H., etc. BE A JOINER NOT A LONER!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2006

Just because this school has state winning sports, does not mean they don't care about the student in academic's. Harrisburg is one of the top schools in the state in their end of the year tests. They also have a lot of students that win state wide essay contests. so this school is a great school for being small.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 9, 2006

Harrisburg's main focus is indeed on atheletics. Furthermore, unless you are 'from here', you might as well take your chances with a bigger school. You will not fit into their 'athletic circle' and will not be participating. As for academics, I agree with previous reviews in that the students are not prepared for college. There are some good educators in this system but are mainly at the elementary level. In jr. high and high school we have educators in english, history and science who, from our experience, could care less if the kids succeed. As for the music department--just come and listen to our band and compare to bands of similar size, then decide for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2005

this school cares only about atheltics and could care less about an education its only worried about being number 1 in basketball every season and the teachers discriminate against the students and fail the ones they dont like.... this school is a bucnh of bologna.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

This school's focus is on athletics only. Athletes are excused from classes for athletic events, but when there is an academic event, the intellectuals are not. The school has limited academic resources and options for students. To get a fair preparation for college, students need to take correspondence courses. The school is over 150 years old and only within the past year did it have a student who went on to achieve a Ph.D. If you want your child to utilize his or her school time for academics, go with another school. If you're looking for a school that over-emphasizes it under-par athletics, this is the school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
52%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
50%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
41%
English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
62%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
59%
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
50%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students41%
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White39%
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Algebra II

All Students38%
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Biology

All Students77%
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White80%
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English

All Students74%
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English II

All Students77%
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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White77%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
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Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students48%
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Whiten/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a

Government

All Students53%
Blackn/a
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Hispanicn/a
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White51%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students40%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White42%
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 74%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black 2% 17%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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801 South Harris
Harrisburg, MO 65256
Phone: (573) 875-5602

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