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Smithville High School

Public | 9-12 | 744 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 27, 2014

As a new resident in the Smithville boundaries, I have found the educational staff to be student centered and passionate about what they do. In addition, the principals have a personal connection with the students and parents, making the environment very team oriented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

I am a new student to Smithville High. I think this school is pretty good. Most of the teachers really care about how the students perform. There are always opportunities for students who struggle to attend study sessions provided by teachers. The sessions are provided by the teachers on their personal time. They don't get paid for it, they do it because they care. The principal is friendly to the students and he is out in the building instead of hiding in his office.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2011

Let me preface my review by saying there are always exceptions to the rule. The english department is phenominal and AP math is solid. There is a rampant alcohol and drug problem that both parents and teachers sweep under the rug and write off as "kids being kids". My problem with this school is mostly due to its social environment and I really dont know how much the teachers and administration can do. It starts at home but I would not expose my kids to this kind of toxic environment again. Parent involvement is very low, especially in regards to academics. The special services department is a joke. Their idea of intervening in the student's education is to give the struggling student the answers and not actually help them understand concepts or to complete the work themselves.There are definitely better schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

I honestly do not understand the negative reviews on this site! We moved here from North Kansas City school district in 05', and it has been such a positive experience for our daughter! The teachers,principal, and office staff have been just wonderful. Whenever we had any questions or concerns they were addressed immediately. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion; but I believe at times people tend to dwell on the negative rather then focus on the positive. Maybe that is just human nature!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

Moved to Smithville from NKC school district and we have been very pleased. Our daughter's teachers have been wonderful! Open lines of communication between student and teacher, and teacher/parents. School was very supportive towards our daughter during her father's deployment to Iraq!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

Smithville High School is not a bad place at all. Granted, it is pretty political, the administration will still listen to your opinions and consider them. A few months ago, I went in front of the school board in consideration for the cutting of upper level art classes. Do you know what they did? They hired a second art teacher to teach half time, so we could have some advanced art classes. I am very proud to say that I currently attend this school, and will miss it terribly when I move in a month. And to say that the principal is lazy is riddiculous. He is a very good principal, and he will be missed. I don't think I will ever meet another principal who will ever get as in-touch with the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2009

I agree that this is very political school. Teachers are horrible and the principal does nothing to correct their lazy behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

Smithville High School is the worst school that I have ever dealt with. The principal is imcompetent and disorganized and the front office staff is very unprofessional. I pulled my children out of that district because of all the negativity. Itis a very politically based district and it is obvious that their priorities are not in order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

The program is good but to the students it is all competition. It does not help the learning environment. Also the school cares more about its faculty than it's own students... I've had to go in many times trying to get it fixed but they don't care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

One of the best principals and administration I have ever seen. They get to know the kids before they get to high school, and it shows.
—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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 55% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 64% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
52%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 67% in 2014.

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
77%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%
English II

The state average for English II was 75% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 66% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
76%
Government

The state average for Government was 62% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
15%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 48% in 2014.

194 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 Students66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White66%
Free or reduced-price lunch49%
Students with disabilities38%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Students44%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White45%
Free or reduced-price lunch24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Biology

All Students80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White80%
Free or reduced-price lunch63%
Students with disabilities23%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White67%
Free or reduced-price lunch43%
Students with disabilities12%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White82%
Free or reduced-price lunch56%
Students with disabilities26%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White68%
Free or reduced-price lunch52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Government

All Students67%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White68%
Free or reduced-price lunch57%
Students with disabilities11%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students52%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White52%
Free or reduced-price lunch40%
Students with disabilities40%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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%
Hispanic 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 17%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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645 South Commercial Ave
Smithville, MO 64089
Phone: (816) 532-0405

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