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Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School

Public | 9-12 | 654 students

 

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Posted December 31, 2013

Fort Hayes High School is the ultimate contradiction. They preach a self satisfying message of creation, hard work, and college readiness, but then continuously take measures to work against this. The teachers are a sole bright spot in this otherwise piss poor institution. The problem is Fort Hayes forces them to set the bar extremely low. I currently take two AP classes, both of which have been forced to slow the curriculum down to a crawl in order to appease the majority of students who can not for the life of them grasp the material. In my AP Government class such questions like "What is the electoral college?" and "What is a Democrat?" are frequently asked and my teacher is forced to slow down the class to cover basic material rather than preparing us for the AP exam. There is a reason why 48% of kids take the exam at Fort Hayes and only 17% pass, they let anyone into the classes without any type of requisite. There is absolutely no standard of excellence being set at this school so far as I can tell. The administrators are self serious, condescending, pretentious, and are not taken seriously by the faculty, in most cases they are mocked by the teachers in class. DONT GO!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2013

this school has no sports it is just a school with all talk no work gets done.Do not send your kids here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2012

I am a graduate from Fort Hayes. I graduated in 2011. The attention I got from the teachers and staff there definitely changed my course in life to a much more positive path by opening my mind to new ideas by using the arts. I was always involved in some sort of club or activity that kept me focused and motivated to have a successful high school career leading into a successful college career. I am now at on of the top private art colleges in the U.S. If it wasn't for Fort Hayes and the amazing teachers who sheltered me and cared I wouldn't have found my calling for the arts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2012

This is going to be my 3rd year at Fort Hayes, and I still love it. A lot of people complain that the workload is too much or that the teachers aren't good, but honestly they don't realize how lucky they are. For being a public school, the arts are good (especially the acting and dance programs), the teachers in generally try their hardest, and the principal tries to bring as much diversity and opportunity to all of us as he can. If you or your child is interested in the arts as well as a good education I would highly recommend scheduling a tour or looking into the Fort.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2010

To the student who reviewed before me, welcome to high school. It's a college prep school so of course there's a lot of work. You just have to be responsible enough to get it in. Otherwise, you'll be eaten alive your first year (that is if you even plan on it). And it is definitely not boring. If you got involved more, you would see this school has a ton of fun stuff. My only complaint is the principal and the assistant principal who show arrogance when it comes to mentioning the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2010

This school is the most boring school i have ever been at they just shove work at you and if you miss something your grade goes down 2 grades so they are mean and strick!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

arts based, college prep high school. great program, great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Education program is definitely geered to help children succeed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Fort Hayes is a wonderful arts-based school with extraordinarily talented students, committed teachers, and it is a centerpiece of the urban Columbus community. I am proud to be a volunteer there and love what I learn every time I go.


Posted August 24, 2009

I am a student at fort Hayes high school and it one of the best school in Columbus Ohio. With ever school there are its ups and downs but overall the ups outweigh the bad. Fort Hayes is for the art student or the academic student. If your child is not into the arts or a higher level of learning it s not for them. Teachers are hard but caring and will help your child find their own way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 13, 2008

Horrible. No parent-to-teacher communication. My calls are never returned and I don't feel that my presence is welcomed when I make visits to the school. I have always been involved with my children and every school they have attended until this school. When my first child arrived at Fort Hayes, he had excellent teachers and an excellent principal, by graduation I was ashamed to even have Fort Hayes on his diploma.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

Ft Hayes Arts and Academic High School was rated one of the top schools in America by U.S. News and World Report. We received Silver the same as CAHS and above many suburban schools. We are an outstanding program for students that attend for the right reasons - this is an Arts and Academic High school and our Extra-curricular programs are curricular and these art programs have won many local, state, national and international award. This is not a school for students that do not want to be involved in the arts. Hundreds (around 800) of students apply for 175 9th grade positions.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 28, 2007

I graduated from Fort Hayes in 2002. That was under a different principal so I don't know about how it is now, but when I went it was THE BEST high school in Columbus. The teachers are without a doubt the best. They are passionate about their subjects and their students. It has the highest standards in the district, so a lot of kids leave after the first year because they can't handle it. It is not a good place for uninteresting kids either. The student has to be interested in Art or Music or Drama or Architecture, or else they won't fit in and make friends. Unless you want to pack up and run for the suburbs, send your kids to FHHS! Note:There is a difference between Fort Hayes Arts and Academics High School and Fort Hayes Career Center. Know the difference when researching or talking about the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 16, 2007

It is awful, sure not sending my child for this school.Very bed experience as a parent and student.school principal and communication with teacher,never responds to calls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2006

I think enrolling my child into Fort Hayes was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. I can never get in touch with the teaching staff or the principal Mr. Ruffin. I never know what my child assignments are because most of the teachers don't participate in Edline. My child is once again failing and even though I call the school I can not get a teacher to return my so that I can find out where my child is going wrong!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2006

Fort Hayes MEC High School is an inviting safe place for kids to learn. There is a large diversity there between the teachers and students. The students have the opportunity to be involved in clubs that teach discipline and they also have clubs that teach tolerance for other genders, sexuality, races, and so on. The teachers at Fort Hayes are very friendly people. They strive to help you achieve your goal, the problem students have with them is that they do not tell you the answer, because that's not what they're there for. they are there to teach and help students and that's what they do. Fort Hayes is a wonderful school for any and all students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2006

Wiley is a great school for learning languages. From Kindergarten to second grade, it is a wonderful school. However, third grade on up, it is really lacking strong teachers and in particular, math. Also, the great feeling of internationalism is not injected into the arts nor the music. This makes for a very dull school as the children get older.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

Horrible communication with teachers. I have asked and asked to have communication with the teachers becasue my child tends to slack in turing assignements and no matter how much i plead the teachers will not warn me when my child is unsuccessful. I am not the only parnet struggling with the schools communications.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2005

This is a good school. It provides many career opportunities for those into the arts while stressing academic achievement as well. This is a successful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

Wonderful schools with great programs, engaging extracurricular activities, and involved, dynamic teachers.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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87%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students74%
Female69%
Male83%
Black, non-Hispanic76%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Disabled58%
Non-disabled77%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students86%
Female86%
Male87%
Black, non-Hispanic87%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled54%
Non-disabled92%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students59%
Female54%
Male68%
Black, non-Hispanic59%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Disabled33%
Non-disabled64%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students75%
Female70%
Male84%
Black, non-Hispanic75%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Disabled46%
Non-disabled80%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black, non-Hispanic90%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Disabled63%
Non-disabled94%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
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94 (2010)
 
94 (2009)
 
97 (2008)

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Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

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In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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ACT participation

78%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

86%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 80% 16%
White 13% 74%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 2%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A47%
Female 66%N/A49%
Male 34%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 16%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Milton V. Ruffin
Fax number
  • (614) 365-6988

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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546 Jack Gibbs Blvd
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