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9-12
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Brentwood, TN
Students enrolled: 1,883
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1724 Wilson Pk
Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 472-4800
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April 06, 2014
Ravenwood often boasts about being rated one of the best public schools in the country. I do not doubt the authenticity of this claim, but the fact that Ravenwood is considered an excellent school concerns me about the quality of education in this country. Ravenwood values memorization, standardized testing, and sports over critical thinking, the free exchange of ideas, and literature. These characteristics hold true of schools all across America. Change must come soon. This is not quality education. We're raising a generation of idiots, and its our fault as parents. We are wasting our children's time by sending them to these schools; I've combed through the scope and sequences and common cores that this school (county) forces its students to memorize, I guarantee they'd learn more just by reading a single book by Voltaire or Spinoza. The only thing that Ravenwood teaches its students is that education is boring, it utterly fails at instilling a sense of curiosity and independent thought unto its pupils. My daughter has Cs and Bs, probably because she independently reads in the back of the classroom instead of listening to the doggerel expunged from the teachers smug mouthes. Shame

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
I transferred to Williamson County from another school in a different state. In the 3 years that I attended Ravenwood, I felt the curriculum and education was a huge priority. It helped prepare me for college. I enjoyed all the extracurricular activities offered at RHS; i participated in marching band my three years as well as helped out with the school play productions. My time at Ravenwood was a wonderful one! the teachers were very experienced in their field of study and worked with the students if they needed help or were struggling. the school itself is in a nice area and has a lot of students from different backgrounds and religions. I will forever be grateful for my time at Ravenwood. RAPTOR NATION!

- submitted by a community member
September 21, 2012
Ravenwood is the best high school in Williamson county and has a plethora of programs in the arts, academics, and sports. The best thing is that these programs win state championships almost every year. Apart from the extracurriculars, the academics is the 2nd best in the state(Brentwood is 1st). It offers a challenging and rigorous curriculum that should be taken seriously. With a wide diversity of intelligent and gifted students, the academics program is a major asset to this school The school spirit stays strong at RAPTOR NATION!!!

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2012
We moved from another state in 2010 and our daughter was entering her 10th grade year. It took over six months to feel excepted by her peers. She was a cheerleader and on a copetition team before moving here and was in the propular group. The student body at RHS was not very welcoming. I went to administration in the year moved here and in and the next year and was told "we know there is a problem but it starts at home with the parents and there isn't anything we can do about it" My daughter was harrassed to the point where she didn't want to go to school and returned back to where we moved from because she wanted to have a "Normal" high school experenice. The parents also judge before they get to know their childrens NEW friends. Had I known what I do now I would have never put her in that school. I hope the class of 2013 is proud of how they made my daughter feel. This has been going on a long time after talking to strangers that I meet and is getting worse please feel free to contact me. This is not just a one time occurance

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2011
As a current student at Ravenwood, I thoroughly enjoy the time spent at the school. The school itself is well constructed both inside and out, and the teachers show passion in the things they teach. RHS has won state championship titles for various sports, which results in student body pride, and is well known for its outstanding shows in the fall and spring along with its undefeated speech/ debate team. This school is a fantastic school

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2011
Ravenwood is fooling itself and everyone else as well. The teachers dont teach and the school is full of huge problems. I'm pulling my child out of there as soon as possible. Hopefully the folks at the district office will wake up to the truth soon.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
Ravenwood seems to do well because of the demographics. I have two daughters that both went there and now are in college. They did not feel comfortable in this environment and said the staff was not all that good. Drug use and gangs are highly noticeable. I would not recommend sending your kids to this school if you want top notch education.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
I graduated a couple of years ago and I believe that the education I received could not have been better for preparing me for college. The teachers are great, although the administration lacks a good connection with the students and faculty which is the root of most of the problems at the school. I feel like the administration has become focused on creating many unnecessary rules which further hurts the student/administration relationship. The school offers a great variety of programs and does better well in sports.

- submitted by a community member
October 19, 2010
As a parent of two children at RHS, I am very pleased with the quality of education. Our first child graduated from a private school prior to moving to Williamson County and I believe that the two children presently enrolled at RHS will be better prepared for college based on the education they are receiving at this fine school.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
I am currently a student enrolled in ravenwood high school and we have great spirits, great sports teams but only a few great teachers. Most talk about other teachers in a negative way, while others allow racial slurs in their classroom. The teaching is lackluster and only a select few of the biology teachers actually know what they are talking about. The administration is unfair on there punishment when they pick and choose who gets what.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2010
I am currently enrolled at Ravenwood, and can honestly report that the curriculum isn't based as much on understanding and application of material as it is on getting students to pass standardized tests. Drug and alcohol use at Ravenwood is tremendously high and teachers seemed stressed about how our test results will reflect upon themselves. We constantly have new teachers, most of which are new and not experienced, and crowding is becoming a major issue. I feel like RHS could be more hands-on with learning, and that teachers could make learning more fun instead of a chore to get through until after the test. On the other hand, there are a few engaging and passionate teachers at RHS like Mr. Huebner, Mr. Hutton, Mrs. Smith (Theater), and I have heard wonderful things about Mrs. Maggart. We have the resources for engaging and creative learning, we just have to use them!

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 15, 2009
I am a current student at Ravenwood and I could not be more pleased with my high school experience. The teachers are vibrant and enthusiastic, and expect the best from students. The administration is fantastic, I feel perfectly comfortable approaching the counselors and principles about any problems I may be having. The student body is very stratified, but most people are nice enough. Perhaps there is a bit too much emphasis on sports, but this is Tennessee so...

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2009
The comment posted on January 21, 2009 is not true. The teachers expect more from these students and are proactive and the principal is personally involved with every student when it is needed.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
As a current student at Ravenwood, I am pleased and displeased about many things at RHS. The quality of teachers are excellent, as well as the amount of extracurricular activities that are avalible but I am very upset, on how the student body of the Ravenwood High school is structured. In my time at Ravenwood, I have noticed a rising trend among students when kids of 'minority' gather only with other 'like' students thus segregating themselves from the rest of the Ravenwood community. As a minority myself, I find this very disturbing and I am even more displeased that Ravenwood has yet to take action on preventing this type of segregation from becoming permenant problem in the community of RHS. Otherwise, Ravenwood is an excellent public school and has achieved many things in the short amount of time it had been open as a school.

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September 28, 2009
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September 03, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating July 08, 2009
I am currently attending Ravenwood High School, and I must say.. I really do like this school. Now, some things I do not agree with. For example, the attention given to sports isn't equal to the attention given to the more academical side of things. That may be all dandy for the people playing sports, but honestly.. not every sports player will be going to college because of a sports scholarship, they need to focus more on the classroom and less on the field. Next, some of the teachers need to be re freshened on what they can and can not say to students. Last year, I had a teacher that didn't say any 'bad words' but she did use our valuable class time to talk about politics and religion. This teacher would actually argue with students about these things. It is ridiculous.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
Ravenwood appears to do well because of the demographics. In reality, the administration and teachers do the minimum necessary to get by. This could be a great school, but there is no push from the principal to get teachers to be proactive towards student success. The attitude is that it is the students responsibility to perform and there is no structure in place to help. The principle can rattle off sports scores and records from the top of her head, but cannot tell you how the school is doing academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2008
I am a divorced Christian father who happens to have a student that attends RHS. It is criminal, in my opinion, the difficulty I have endured trying to get cooperation from RHS staff to keep me updated on my child's educational progess while attending RHS. Can you imagine in this day and age a school that claims, and I quote, our school 'doesnt have time' to include both parents?! It has taken me 3 years of requests to receive my child's report cards and progress reports with any consistency. I could go on and on about the lack of cooperation I have received from staff of RHS regarding my child. In the end it is the children who suffer by not having BOTH parents involved; it is through mentoring children learn how to be parents themselves. If you are a divorced man or woman, consider another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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May 12, 2008
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February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2008
Anyone who says that RHS puts too much emphasis on sports is having a huge misunderstanding. Although RHS has many great sports teams that have won state championships, the school is also getting great test scores. The teachers are ok but could be better.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
As a parent of two kids at RHS, I am very pleased with the quality of education. We had our first child graduate from a private school prior to moving to Williamson County and I believe that the two children presently enrolled at RHS will be better prepared for college. Not very impressed with the PTO however. In volunteering services frequently, am told that I wasn't needed only to find the same group of parents involved over and over. Time for a little new blood perhaps, bringing with it, some fresh ideas.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 24, 2007
My son spent his first 8yrs in a Catholic school. I was a bit apprehensive transferring to a public school, but all my fears have been alleviated the two years we have spent at RHS. It is a great education in a safe, family environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
As a student at Ravenwood, I couldn't be happier! My teachers are helpful and the clubs and sports are awesome. I think RHS has prepared me well so when it's time for me to graduate, I will be ready.

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2006
$28 million dollar facility opened in 2001. Best academic scores year to year in the state. Class of 2006 had over 1 million in academic scholarships offered to them. Athletic teams have won three state championships in first four years! Facilities and teachers are among the best in Williamson County, which is the best in Tennessee. Don't waste your money on private when you can get a better education here!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
My children transferred in from a very competitive public high school in East Tenn after attending great public schools in East Cobb County, Georgia. The academic competition has been strong, extracurricular activities are rich and varied. I've met all my daughters teachers and I've been impressed with the quality and level of dedication of these teachers. The principal, Pam Vaden, does a good job of pushing her teachers and students to excel. I highly recommend this school to a parent interested in giving their child access to an excellent education and a nice balance of extracurricular activity. The student population has better foreign national representation than many schools, it's as close to an 'Ivy' mix as you'll find in a public high school in the Southeast.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
As a recent graduate of ravenwood, i truly feel that i am prepared for college. I went to a school that compares pretty well to most private schools. The academics at ravenwood were great and there were many opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. The ap classes at ravenwood are amazing and opened to all students. Most of my friends are leaving high school with a semester of college credit. I do have several complaints about ravenwood, though. The administration, is disconnected from both students and teachers. Spends far too much time consoling conservative, overly involved, brentwood parents worried that their children are on the verge of popping the brentwood bubble.

- submitted by a former student
July 18, 2006
I have a rising senior at RHS and another on the way in a year. I think they will both be very well prepared for college when they graduate. Principal Vaden is as visible, approachable and concerned as you could possibly ask for. Teacher and some support staff quality is a little uneven, but I attribute this to being a new school and working out the kinks. AP classes could use a closer review from the administration. Overall, I think my child is getting a strong education. Extracurricular activity opportunities are abundant. If your child's not doing anything, he or she isn't trying. Parental involvement outside the most mainstream sports and some band activities is poor, but I can't compare it to other schools. Typical rich kid suburban school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
I know Ravenwood is supposed to be a great school, but as a parent I am not seeing it. I believe that to much emphasis is placed on sports, and if you do not fit into the 'cookie cutter'' mold of being a jock, then forget it! I think they need to focus more on the arts and producing a well rounded child. When you have families moving to Tennessee just to put their child in a shool for their sport of choice, you know your in trouble. Where is the emphasis on education?

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
The students at RHS do not have the feedom that other HS in the area have. But, are compaired to them daily. The extracurricular activities compete with each other. The students don't have the oppurntunity to do 2 or more activities in the school. Then don't mesh well. This school is hyped up more than it really is. The parents are 'expected' to pay. Thinking because we live in a city that 'has money' we all have money.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2005
Ravenwood HS is a great school with outstanding parent participation and principal dedication. I recommend the school to anyone looking for a private school curriculum but public school access. The students enjoy a well rounded education and are very prepared to acheive all of their endeavors.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
Ravenwood is a great school but their are few black people at this school. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum is extremely well. The kids are a little snobbish. I highly recommend this school. My only problem is that I am one of about 30 black kids here.

- submitted by a student
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Ravenwood High School
1724 Wilson Pk, Brentwood, TN  37027
(615) 472-4800
Last modified Ravenwood High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ravenwood High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top