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Forrest School

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Posted June 19, 2011

Forrest HS in NO way prepares a student for university...at least not a decent University. The people that have stated Forrest passes athletes regardless of their academic abilities are speaking truth. Forrest cares more about their sports programs than about educating students for higher education or success at life. That said, it was a safe school...didn't have to worry about guns or bombs...but seriously, education is lacking tremendously at Forrest. If you can send your children to Williamson County or even Rutherford County I strongly suggest you do, if your child stands a snowballs chance in hell of being academically prepared for college!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

I am a student that currently attends Forrest High School. I'll admit that the school isn't the best in the world, but it's small, safe, and I've actually learned a lot, believe it or not. Academics are good to know, but they aren't the most important things in the world, and though some of the teachers are lacking, the school is a good enviroment to be in. I was a new student my freshmen year and the students and teachers really welcomed me in. I totally fit in now for the most part. So this school isn't the best, so what. Who says college is the best thing out there. The world has plenty of oppurtunities to provide and if you learn nothing academic here, then surely you'll learn some street smarts.


Posted September 3, 2010

I am from Chapel Hill, and I currently have children there. I want to advise parents that the geometry teacher there does not teach, infact, most of the students taking that class end up in summer school every year. Also, the girls soccer coach has never played soccer a day in her life, and treats the girls horribly. Due to this issue, the girls who thought they would be able to get a soccer scholarship, were sadly mistaken. The problem with the entire school boils down to lazy teachers. After 3 children in this school, I can vouch for that. Do not send your kids to this school if you want your kids to have any self esteem left.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

This school does not prepare you for any college courses except english. If you send your child here they will struggle to get through calculus or physics in college. The teachers at this school hardly ever teach and you will only pass if you play a sport otherwise you will go outside and pick up trash instead of learning in any history class. In the science classes you will watch movies instead of learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2009

Forrest did NOT prepare me for college. I am a college sophomore right now, and I cannot attribute any academic excelence to Forrest High School. This school is sadly centered around the sport's programs(however poor they may be) and the teachers show indisputable favortism towards the athletes. Honestly, most of my teachers would put in movies the majority of the time because they didn't feel like teaching, and homework was a rarity. Forrest is seen as a joke to surrounding counties. If you can, please send your children to Rutherford or Williamson County schools.


Posted November 10, 2009

I think there needs to be a better transition between CHES to Forrest School. My child feels a bit lost...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

This is the fourth child that our family has sent to Forrest. Not too many problems with the school with the first 3 but we're experiencing some with the fourth. I agree with the parent about the office staff being rude and acting as if we're. We've even had a teacher be rude with my wife this year. If you are involved in sports (and are good at it) or you are from Chapel Hill, you will have no problem at this school. I can't say the same for the rest of us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

I had 2 sons that Graduated from Forrest school. My Oldest son graduated in 1997. We moved from oklahoma to tenn.People in Chapel hill welcomed us! My oldest son had learning disablities and they didnt relly have a program set up for it. But thanks to Mr.Delk and others they got one set up!Now the only school my youngest son went too is Forrest Schools (graduated in 2007) he considers Tenn his home and still lives in tenn. So dont tell me about them not excepting outsiders.The People in Chapel Hill Tenn are great people! And I miss ya'll alot. God keep you all Safe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I love Forrest High School, 3 generations of my family have graduated here and we all love it.


Posted July 15, 2008

My daughter graduated from Forrest in 2008.She is now in college and doing well. This is a great place to send your child. The school has a zero tolerance policy to aggressive behavoir ( verbal or physcial) and THAT is an excellent reason to send your child here.There are good teachers and some that could improve. The guidance counselor here was very helpful in trying to assist my daughter in applying to colleges.I think they do need more AP classes, but it is a trade off....you trade the extra AP class cirriculum for the knowledge that your child will be attending a small safe school that places safety as a priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

I graduated from Forrest in 2007. I must say after completing my first year at college i was not prepared very well at all! I loved the fact that it was a small school and a small town but do however wish i had gotten a better education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2007

I feel that this school doesn't have a strong cirriculum, but is trying to improve it. The problem lies with the way that the funds are distributed throughout the district. The area is growing so fast that it must be difficult to keep up with the constant new needs. The area residents are very supportive of their schools.The student to teacher ratio is not listed correctly, it's more like 32/1. Also, transplants be aware that this school district condones corporal punishment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

i personaly think the school lacks oportunities. the guidence department is not helpful in getting ready for college and or life after high school. most of the teachers let the students walk all over them or they let the students walk away learning less than expected. For example i took french one and two, most students who came out of the that class could not speak a lick of it. (i included) I will say though the honors english four, accounting and guitar teacher are some of the best in the school. the principal is an amazing person. the vice principal is alright. dont get me wrong the school is over all decent but there are better places where your children will have more accademic chance and extra activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 18, 2007

i graduated from forrest in 2002. was the education exceptional? no. was it adequate? maybe. at forrest, the ideal student fits an almost 'stepford wives' criteria--and that is: wear the right clothes, don't ask too many questions, get your A's and B's, and move on. there were only a few teachers that i found to genuinely encourage intellectual growth among students...i'll name them now--beth chunn (she only volunteers @ forrest now), beth sweeney (an excellent math and science teacher), brenda brown (she emphasizes construct and content in writing), and mickey smith (he teaches drama, but encourages thought and creativity in terms of his assignments)...
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 7, 2007

The teachers do not go out of their way to insure a basic education. My daughter graduated from here. I cannot recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2005

I think Forrest is an Awesome school. I have attended this school since KINDERGARTEN and almost all of my friends joined LATER! they are treated just as equal as i am!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2005

There is alot of favoritism at this school between hometown people and new comers. Overall the school is nice because it is small but a little backwards in their ways. Office staff are rude and act like they are doing you a favor or that you are a burden to them if you come in to the office. Mr. Bishop is fair and seems to have alot of knowledge about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

I graduated from this school in 2001 and, not knowing its current condition, can only state what I know. If your child is expecting to go to college, this school does horribly in preparation. I mean, they only had 1 honors course when I graduated. I learned more my first semester in college than I ever did at Forrest. It was nice to be in a small, safe school, but the real world is neither small nor safe. I hope they have improved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 25, 2004

My child is in her first year at Forrest, and has a cousin who also attends. I am not aware of the problem experienced by the parent who submitted the other review, but I am very happy with the quality of education my child has received in Chapel Hill; it is easily as good or better than the schools I attended in Illinois . Ohio, and Columbia, Tn. The class ratio has been excellent, and her grades very good. Discipline is handled much better than larger schools in Franklin and Columbia and the principal and teachers know all the students, not just faces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

Forrest School is one of the best small town schools and needs improvment but is a great school. I attend Forrest High and know what it is like. There is an excellent teacher/student relationship in our school. Now that we have Bishop and Bowden in charge, our school has become so much better! Forrest High Student Council Member
—Submitted by a 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 45% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
18%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
53%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
15%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
67%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White35%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
55%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
38%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
57%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
47%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities18%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra II

All Students69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 67%
Black 3% 23%
Hispanic 3% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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