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Volunteer High School

Public | 9-12 | 1222 students

 
 

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Posted May 21, 2009

My children, one graduated and one attending have nothing but great results from VHS. The band is excelllent, and football could use a few wins, but other than GREAT! Keep up the good work and go Falcons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I loved the atmosphere of the sports at this school. we had great fan support.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2008

As a former student I know the school. And compared to others around it, it's not a bad school. But, overall it needs serious improvement. The guidance department is never around when you need them they have no idea of what you need or should take and there are only three counselors for over 1,300 students. The school is to small for this number of students. The cafeteria definately leaves something to be desired. They serve the same boring food day in and day out. The teachers either don't really teach or give assignments that are so hard many students fail the classes especially in the math department. And, the administration also shows clear favorites in the extra-curricular areas. The school has a wide range of sports and vocational extras however, the only ones mentioned are football, basketball, and the band. The school has more than these three activities...


Posted November 18, 2008

Volunteer High School has been my haven in times when home wasn't the best in the world. I'm very apprciative to all the teachers who have listened to all my problems and talked me out of doing a bunch of stupid things. I'm going to miss it next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

This is by far the best academic High School in the county. Teachers are informed and present themselves professionally. Guidance office is engaged and active in student success. The principal is professional and an asset to the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

High safety but low teacher skills
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

I graduated from Volunteer in 2003, and was very unprepared for college. I took the College prep classes, and graduated with a 3.6, which should be fine, but it was far from it. It has been an uphill struggle from the outset. I've had to take classes deemed remedial by the college, and which most of my friends who went to other schools are going to graduate at least a semester ahead of me. If you want your son or daughter to flourish in college, do not send them to Volunteer...move if you have to.


Posted December 18, 2006

Volunteer High School is a very good school and has prepared me for for the college education ahead of me. I am pround to say that I went to Volunteer and hope that the students there now do not take the hard working teachers and staff for granted!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 18, 2006

Volnteer High School prepares high school students for entry level college class. I am thankful for all the hard work that teachers put into helping me be the best I could be. College will not be such a shock to me now that I have been guided by some of Tennessee's finest!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2006

I do not think that parent involvment is a major quality this school has. Here at volunteer, we do have music, and art but I do not think by taking the class it will help you in furthering your career in the field. At volunteer, if the student tries they will succeed and if the students do not try, they will get the grade they deserve.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2006

Volunteer is a great school. The teachers here really show you to have fun with your work and enjoy what you do. The are passionate with their teachings. Since I am a dual enrollment student and I am more concentrated on computers and such,I have really got to know the teachers, and they really do make a difference. If you want your kid to go to a school where they will find what they are passionate about and learn what career to pursue, I would definitely send them to Volunteer!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2006

As a Senior of this school I belive the school has pushed me to my fullest potential.We have a wide variety of music ,art,sports,and other extracurricular activites.Volunteer provides kids who love music the opportunity to be part of a great school band one of the best around.Volunteer provides many choices in sports which are exccellent.The parents of volunteer students are very involved touchdown club,Band boosters,are run by parents.Parents and students are both involved with the school improvement plan and serve on a committee for school improvement.I recommend Volunteer to anyone it has a great student body and most of all wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 21, 2006

it is the worst school i have ever went to in my life....and believe me i have went to alot of schools!...They need to do alot of things to make this school better!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2006

As a parent of a cadet and former Nco in the marine corps. The volunteer high school NJROTC program is the best in the area. They may not win alot of stufff but they have heart and that is what matters.My rateing is about the ROTC not of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2005

This school i oh k, but its not the best ive seen. Some teachers are really good and others dont teach period. Some situations are not handled correctly. Not everyone gets punished for violating the dress code, only certain people do. But there are some halfway decent things about the school, such as basketball, band, and some good teachers. But theres some things that need to be fixed. - former student
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 27, 2005

Let me start by saying that I am a sophomore student at Volunteer High School and that even though I've only been here a short time, I think I've seen and experienced enough to write a review of my just plain great school (sarcasm?). Throughout my education I've always made good grades, up until high school that is. As a person who has always thought for themselves and has never accepted what one teacher or a group of teachers says as the absolute truth, I'm public enemy no.1. I can't be trusted, I've learned to think for myself, but maybe other people would like to hear what I have to say. If an entire class fails a test and the teacher has to give a huge curve on every test just so normally A students can pass, is something wrong, is it just the student's faults, or maybe, something more.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2005

I am a Junior here and I think Volunteer is a very good school. It has something for everyone here! If someone is not involved and does not have many friends, it is thier own fault. Even if you aren't the best student, you can still be a good citizen by joining our award winning Key Club. If you love to cook, our Culinary Arts program is one of the best in the state. You have many opportunities and people to embrace. So I say BRAVO, Volunteer, and thanks for making these ast three years of my life ones I will never forget!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2004

I currently attend the school and I think that it is maybe the worst school I have ever been to, ever. I move around alot and when I came to Volunteer I was looking for new friends. I felt very un-welcome. Everyone looks at the wrong things. If you havent been around since elementary school, you're not welcome, If you arent friends with football players, others wont be friends with you. Its sad but thats the way it is. The teachers cant teach especially the algebra 2 teacher. No names mentioned. Most of the students fail the class and no one ever questions why... maybe they should look into that...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2004

I am a senior at volunteer i think this school is ok but it deos depend on who you know. If you are not friends with football players and basketball players or in the band then you are not really payed attention to. We need more funding and discipline in the school. There is not enough preparation for gateway tests in math they don't give you hardly any infornmation.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2004

I am curantly attending Volunteer High School. I am in 11th grade. I like the school overall but there are somethings that should be changed. For example, the food that is served in the cafeteria is the same thing everyday, chicken sandwiches, pizza, and french fries. These meals get old after eating them everyday for a year. Other than the lunch meals, everything is perfect.
—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.
Algebra I

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

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
Algebra II

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

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
23%
Biology I

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

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
45%
English I

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
64%
English II

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

266 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
60%
English III

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
33%
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 Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities81%
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 97% 67%
Black 1% 23%
Hispanic 1% 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 47%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1050 Volunteer Bl
Church Hill, TN 37642
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