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Grants Pass High School

Public | 9-12 | 1887 students

 
 

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Posted September 28, 2012

We recently moved from a high ranking IB high school in California with the specific intent to send our children to GHPS. I can not put into words how completely satisfied we are with our decision. The school spirit is amazing. The teachers are involved with the student body. The new principal is outstanding! This school far exceeds our prior school in extra curricular activities. Strong band, strong sports, strong arts, strong teachers. We pinch ourselves that we're a part of the slice of the American pie that is Grants Pass High School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

As a former student of GPHS I can honestly say that I wouldn't trade my experience there for anything. Not only did participation in their excellent Orchestra Program, Cheerleading, Golf team and student body aid in the procurement of a full scholarship to Columbia University - once there I was as prepared or more prepared for my courses than many students who had gone to expensive prep schools. Particularly Mr. Alves, Baldwin and many others not only equipped me for college, but taught me something invaluable - how to think.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 13, 2010

Grants Pass High School is one of the very best high schools in Southern Oregon. The faculty strives to offer all students the opportunity to grow and learn. The School Board and Administration have made this a safe and responsive school to the community needs. If you are moving to our area, it will be immediately evident to you as you enter this school that this is a great place for your children to attend. We have the top band program in the state and a wide array of sports programs and active clubs. There are an advanced courses for those who wish challenge themselves. The Theater Arts produces first rate performances in the Performing Arts Center which has no equal in the state. Two of the staff members at this school have Doctorates in their subject area and most of the faculty has their master s degrees. The Grants Pass High School Foundation gives out over 2 million dollars each year in scholarship awards on scholarship night. The school also boasts a multi- level alternative education schools for students who don t fit in to the regular school environment. No other school in the area has such opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

I think if your child is really into the High School experience as my first child was, they will be self motivated enough to navigate their way through school successfully. My second child had a horrible experience with this school. They have no tolerance for individuality or children they may be a little different. I wish for my second child I would have moved him to one of the county schools as they really care about every student and not just focus on the sports minded and honor role class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

great facility and sports program and teachers and so on


Posted May 27, 2009

I'd rate it a 3. The teaching staff could care less about the students. They have a homework site and a parent connect site were grades and assignments can be chencked on but this is not used by all the teachers or updated frequently enough. Two years in a row at least one on my daughters teachers did not post their final grades. We had to contact the school in the fall and have this corrected so my daughter would get her credits for passing the class. It took a month and multiple calls to the school to have her transcript corrected. Phone calls to the principal or councilor are rarly returned. The school switched my daughters math teacher mid year and she suddely started failing algebra. I was never notified of the switch or that she was all of a sudden failing. They don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

As a parent of three who attended students at Grants Pass High School, I could not be more pleased with the academic environment. I have read the comments from the two parents from the county schools and their negative tone towards GPHS. That is too bad that they harbor such attitudes. GP has great teachers, administrators, and school board. The students are safe and free from the issues that many schools face because the parents in GP proper care about their school. The facilities speaks volumes about the community support for this school. This one of the very schools in the state of Oregon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

My son attends GPHS and is doing great. His teachers all show interest in his development and he loves the campus and all of his teachers. He is mostly an A student and tells us that he knows he will remain so because of the positive outlook and interest that the entire staff has shown to him and all of the the other students. We are glad that GPHS is there for all of the kids in our town. It' up to each student as to how much they will succeed. Our son intends to do his best and go on to university. GPHS looks more like a college campus and has many great subjects to choose from. I cannot recommend it an higher. BG
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

Well to start off i think grants pass high school has great facilities but they need to share the love to some of the country schools on the outskirts. my son goes to North Valley high school out in merlin and its a great school,and i truly beleive it is much more of a learning envirornment.the sports are great here to,the kids can get there name out and they have a blast,we just dont have the money for anything really nice,grants pass high pays more attention to being the best and not supporting the stundents independently. if you are a parent out there just think about it before you send them there.at north valley the kids are a family and stick together ,they are one,at grants pass the kids get singled out,that is not the right thing to do. just consider my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2008

This is a great school in a great city that is filled with a lot of very great people. When you take into consideration that there is no such thing as a perfect High School or even a perfect person for that matter the saying 'Life is just what you make it' comes into mind. There is a great oppertunity for a child to learn at this school. Academically, atheletically and socially. For those that are not aware, there are some very well known and famous alumni from Grants Pass High School Mike Curry of Michael Curry Designs and Mandy Mason of Nashville just to name a couple. I am sure that their experiences at GPHS and exposure of the great people of Grants Pass helped them and many other very talented, intellegant people become the very successfull people they are today. Say yes to GPHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

This high schools is one of the best ones that I've been to in a very long time, here teachers work very hard to kep the students on task and you would be very privlaged to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2007

I give Grants pass high school a F. My son transferred from one of the best high schools in the United States. From my perspective it seems to me that the athletic program seems to be the priority here. Not the academic program . My child is now a senior and feels his education stopped when he left his previous school his freshman year. I have to say I agree with him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

GPHS is not too big, or too small it's just right for a student who wants to learn, your child will grow, and have the best student/teacher relationship in the valley. The principal is always out saying hello, and every one knows every one, its a great school with great kids, great teachers, but most of all a great place for learning, any child should be lucky to attend. With the small town feel, and the big town campus its easy to see how GP is the best choice in the valley. -Mr. T
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 22, 2006

GPHS has grown too large. If you are moving here wanting a small town to raise your kids in- move out of town and volunteer at the local county schools living in the shadow of the new college size GP campus. I have a child in a county high school and one in GPHS and it doesn't matter how many academic programs the school tries to sell if the kids are lost in the large school size. GPHS is very 'clique'ey whereas at the smaller county high schools everyone knows each other and there is a better sense of community and tolerance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2005

Haha, GP is a nice school. I'm not actually a parent, but will be graduating this year. Parents have the choice to be involved, or completely uninvolved, like mine. A few things I appreciate about our school... firstly, the arts. From drawing/painting to ceramics to orchestra, we've got a lot to be thankful for. Secondly, the multitude of AP courses and 2+2 College Credit availability. The Advanced/AP block courses you can take from freshman through senior year are supreme and just keep getting better. Finally... the campus. It's like a university. If you want to go to a 'fortunate' public highschool, GPHS has what you want. And while our sports records might not be the best these years, there are plenty of things offered. Grants Pass might not have a lot to do as a smaller (yet growing) town, but what they say is true: our highschool is practically a 'Grants Pass University'...
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2005

I think that this is one of the best schools in oregon. The town is really involved with the music program and they have a really good program with great teachers. and parents are very involved with the school. And i am proud to have gone to Grants pass high school for the time i did. GO CAVEMEN!
—Submitted by a former student


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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 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Science

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students68%
Female64%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic50%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students72%
Female69%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander29%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students68%
Female75%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander43%
Hispanic49%
Multiracial55%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities35%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically gifted>=95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 65%
Hispanic 12% 21%
Two or more races 5% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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830 NE 9th St
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 474-5710

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