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Cookeville High School

Public | PK, 9-12 | 2136 students

 
 

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Posted December 13, 2013

CHS is a great place to go to school at and offers a wide variety of classes for everyone.Most of the students there are respectful and helpful.Many of the advanced classes like honors,AP,and IB are taught by very good teachers and through there help My son has achieved all A's. He never completely dreads a day of school and really appreciates all the people at CHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

The parent who said teachers at CHS are in it for just the paycheck is way off. My kids had the complete opposite experience, and so has every teenager I know. I've done a lot of volunteer work at the high school and have found the faculty and administration to be extremely supportive and caring of the students. It's a WONDERFUL school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

Simply an outstanding school with excellent faculty and outstanding facilities. Certainly the best high school in the area, one of the best in the state. Its size is large enough so everyone can find their niche, but the faculty and administration still care about the individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

All the kids in my neighborhood love their high school. I've found the students at CHS to be very courteous and very well prepared for college. There's a ton of school spirit at CHS. The teachers are wonderful, and the administration is very caring. My teenager absolutely loves going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2010

I notice that there have been NO recent reviews, probably because many parents are not aware this is even available. I want to say that I had one child attend CHS for 2 yrs and then we had to put him in private school. Not all, but a good percent of the teachers do not care about anything, they are there for the paycheck. It's sad to say but it is true. I have a child entering CHS this year and we will give it a try and see if much has changed, but from what I hear it's all the same. I'll update you in a few months ! and I hope for my child's sake there have been positive changes !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

Cookeville High School is very aesthetically pleasing, The staff and administration take great pride in keeping the building in great shape. The teachers are top notch professionals and the administration is very in touch with what is happening in the students' lives. Cookeville High School is very welcoming yet protects our students well. I feel that my child has a safe learning environment while at CHS. He loves everything about this school. I would highly recommend this school because of the top notch AP, IB classes. The best kept secret of Cookeville High School is Mrs. WInchester. She is very helpful to all students and when I had questions that I needed answered, she was very eager to help. My child has forgotten lunch money and she gave to him form her own pocket. I know that my child is getting a great education while being nurtured at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

From an educational standpoint this shcool is a great place to learn and grow as a student. With great wealth of knowlege comes a great sacrifice in extracurricular activities. Sports, Clubs, Pep-rallies, and other factors that contribute to the everlasting experiances of high school are almost absent. Yes, sports programs are present, but they are not focussed on at all by the student body. I give this school a 4 because of the incredible oppurtunities it casts upon its students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2007

Elite school, many IB and AP courses as well as many vocational classes. Fine arts have many available classes as well and there is great involvement throughout the school with sports and clubs. Parents do not have as great a role as they could, but there is still leadership especially in major sports and band.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2006

I have used www.teacherweb.com since my children were in elementary school. Prescott faculty also uses it. Avery Trace also has a web site that shares the same concept. Why doesn't Cookeville High School teachers take the time to post assignments on teacherweb or some other site for parents who care about their children's responsibilities. We have to work as a team to prevent bad opportunities and influences to invade their lives. Let's see this in our near future. I (as a parent) am counting on all of you teachers. I guarantee you would see an improvement in at least half of the ones who don't turn in assignments. The parents would know what to look for. Wouldn't that be a good enough reason to post assignments? Most teens aren't responsible. I feel helpless not teaching mine to keep up with their work, because even I don't know their assignments. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2006

I do agree that the school has taken a lot away from the students. And the students were never given a reason why. All my children looked forward to the activities and want them back. Putnam school need to revise the policy on our children safety and but them ahead of all. Most teachers are good.But the attendence office is very rude and should not work with the public at all. Never dealt with the principal but most of assist principals are pleasant to work with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

Cookeville has been going down hill for the last 4 or 5 years. Stundents hate the administrators and have nothing pushing them to work hard. All the extra things stundents loved, such as spring fling and and homecoming days, has been cut from the program... all work and no play was never good. I believe the people in charge need to put themselves in the stundents shoes. What if you never got a reward for being good and working hard... you would stop behaving and working, and that is what the students will do it things aren't changed. There can be to much discipline and not enough rewards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

Two of my children have gone through the Putnam county school system and a third is beginning. We have been very pleased with their experience and education in the school system. My son and daughter are excelling in college, scored above average on 'national and state testing'. Cookeville High School prepared my children very well for college as well as life. I can highly recommend not only Cookeville High School, but also the Putnam County School system as a whole.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

This school is overcrowded. The idea of doing away with block scheduling for the students who have based their classes around it is awful. Some students will not be able to graduate early as planned and prepared for. The baseball program is pitiful it has been through several coaches and lost a lot of good players.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2005

I am a student that just transferred to Cookeville High School from a different state. The things I have found at this school are friendly teachers and peers, many opportunnities for success in the future and several extracurricular activities. I myself am in the band, and I can say that we are always busy. When I first arrived, I was surprised to find that people my age had respect, something my other schools lacked. The teachers are very experienced here and have bright, fun personalities and any student woould be lucky to call Cookeville High thier school. This is one of the best schools I have attended in my educcation so far.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2004

CHS is a great school. My son graduated from there and my daughter is now attending. Cookeville High has a great athletic program and academics program. My children have matured so much in the past years they have been enrolled. I would recommend CHS to anyone in search of a school in Putnam County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

We are new parents to Putnam County and Cookeville High School. My daughter transferred from a school in Central Florida to CHS in the middle of her freshman school year. She was overwhelmed by the size of the school but truly enjoyed her classes and the teachers who taught them, completing her freshman year on the A-B honor roll. I have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Shanks the principal who immediately addressed a concern I had with the orientation process. It is rewarding to know that although CHS has an extensive athletic program, the school also offers and fully supports a wonderful arts program (chorus, band, drama, art, photography, radio/tv, honors english, etc..) As with every school there are some teachers who should either retire or find another occupation, but overall, I highly recommend Cookeville High School to any family considering a move to Putnam County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2004

Most of the staff at Cookeville High are very good in teaching their subjects and helping the students learn, others have a problem picking favorites and singling people out. My child has been a 'A,B' student every year until now, her senior spring term we have came to see that one of her teahers are not doing that well of a job helping the class to understand. Her grades have droped and I am disapponinted with her teacher. My over all point of view, if it wasn't for my daughters last year at CHS I would take her out of the school or if I had it to do over I would be sending her to a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2003

Cookeville High has wonderful teachers and honors classes. My son has enjoyed the past two years there and has grown immensely in countless ways. My daughter will be going next year, and I cannot wait to see what awaits her!


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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.

373 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
44%
Algebra II

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

576 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
47%
Biology I

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

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
45%
English I

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

517 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
English II

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

591 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
English III

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

406 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
51%
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 Students68%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students65%
African American52%
Asian69%
Hispanic52%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students80%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students78%
African American74%
Asian82%
Hispanic61%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students70%
African American49%
Asian82%
Hispanic44%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students44%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
White48%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities94%
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 88% 67%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Black 3% 24%
Asian 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2335 North Washington Av
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: (931) 520-2287

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