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Cordova High School

Public | 9-12 | 1814 students

 

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Posted February 9, 2014

Cordova High is a good school. If you want to learn, you will, as the tools are there. The atmosphere in the school has greatly improved since the Sherrif's department took over policing the school and the football team made it to the playoffs. Go Wolves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

It used to have an amazing reputation when it was an intercity school. Now that Shelby County ruined it, I'm not proud to be a Wolf.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2010

My child graduated Cordova HS and received scholarship offers to 6 leading Universities/Colleges. Cordova is as great school. Support from the community is what make our school a great place for our students. Let not be afraid to face the negitive forces that are stealing our student's future and lets save our community for the betterment of our child. Sincerely
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

memphis city schools needs to step it up. Look up Garland Independent School District thats how u run a school district. Memphis is way behind technically speaking, we have so few technical devices at our disposal, ESPECIALLY CORDOVA HIGH SCHOOL
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

I am a recent CHS graduate and I definitely think Cordova is one of the best available schools in the city. There has been a lot of bad press in the past, but there is honestly a great faculty of teachers who truly care about their students, and a large number of students who are active members of the CHS community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2009

I am a recent CHS graduate and I definitely think Cordova is one of the best available schools in the city. There has been a lot of bad press in the past, but there is honestly a great faculty of teachers who truly care about their students, and a large number of students who are active members of the CHS community.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2009

I currently go to Cordova and it's an excellent school. Yes we have problems with overcrowding but that's not all our fault. Another high school needs to be built. Anyway, Cordova offers more AP and honors classes than any other Memphis city schools. We have tons of teachers who try their best to help the students. If you're child has a problem it's probably their own fault and you just can't accept that your child is not perfect. Don't bash my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2009

Cordova High School has been a major dissappointment for my child. This school offers poor leadership and follow through, the administrators do not communicate and the school is over crowded. My child has exceptional needs and this school has done little if anything to accommodate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2009

I currently attend Cordova High and must say that my experience so far has been great. Many people try ans scrutinize Cordova besause of its being zoned and bussing in urbanized children. Its strictly racist and just shows the ignorance and hate that intolerable people condome today. If your so unsatisified with Cordova HIgh why don't you just transfer your child, instead of bashing Cordova's name. Cordova HIgh School has a great learning, and all schools are in some need for improvment. However, Cordova is still one of the highly ranked high schools in the city. So i tthink its doing pretty darn good!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

I went to this school last year and I think I could not have attended a better school. The teachers are there to help, they have SO many extracurricular activities to participate in, and our list of honors and AP goes on and on. I agree that the administration is not that great, in the sense that they are just more strict than previous years and our money is just not going to the right places, instead spent on identification badges for everyone. But I can assure you our standard of education is very high and I'm Rhodes student now so I couldn't ask for anything better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2008

The school is ok. The problem is only fire alarm that some students made.They should slove problem by focus group (gang) or group counseling.The another problem is world history class that teacher may make mind mapping for concept of any section.Some teachers only talk and not use board or paper.Or teacher may use media from History movie to help students.The exercises is very difficult too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2008

Although individual teachers at Cordova strive to help their students succeed, and the diversity among the student base is excellent, the administration of the school (and the Board of Ed) make the school environment horrible. Teachers, parents, and students alike have complained about the leadership of CHS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

I love the diversity at Cordova. The school offers a ton of honors and AP courses
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I am a student that used to attend Cordova High School, the year before Mr. Frigo became principle. I loved Cordova as a school, and all the people that attended it. However, I made horrible grades, C's and D's, and I have since then moved to another district, and am doing much better. This, I'm assuming, is not due to the school itself or the teachers. Merely the overcrowding and the hardships that came along with the massive numbers of new students. It was incredibly hard for teachers and staff with so many students to handle, that they didn't have the time to pay attention to too many individual students. I'm hoping, now that Mr. Frigo is in charge, he is helping my friends and fellow classmates become better students, seeing as I don't attend Cordova anymore.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2008

Cordova High School reflects the state of the community which it serves. Due to a larger number of 'urbanized' students being bussed in, the test scores and overall discipline have fallen off in the last few years. There are, however, many highly educated and qualified teachers at CHS who care deeply about the students and go the extra mile consistently to provide the best education possible. Memphis City Schools is a struggling district yet Cordova still manages to effectively rise above the district's failings and produce quality, college bound students. Sure, there are some problems, but all schools have problems. And in the end assessment, the school is what the community makes it. Parental support, student involvement and overall community empathy and involvement are what produces the best high schools in America.
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Posted November 19, 2007

It is a great school now that we have Mr.Frigo as a Principal. More people are attending classes compared to last year. Cordova has really quieted down this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

I think Cordova is a great school. I live in Germantown near houston high school,but my child attends Cordova High School. Cordova has many more AP Classes than any other high school in the area.Cordova also offers engineering classes which no other school in Memphis and Shelby offers. Cordova does have its share of problems but, with the wonderful new administration I am sure the problems CORDOVA had they will not have them anymore!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

Beware of Cordova High. Overcrowded classrooms, your child is not safe there. Due to overcrowding, academics are a joke. My child went from A's and B's to nearly failing at Cordova. If you child misses, you might as well count on a Zero score as getting the makeup work is impossible. Administration is handled as poorly as the teachers conduct classes. Move, or homeschool before sending your child to Cordova.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%
Algebra II

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

352 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
16%
Biology I

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

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
English I

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

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
61%
English II

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

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
55%
English III

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

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
27%
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 Students46%
African American41%
Asian64%
Hispanic48%
White55%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners38%

Algebra II

All Students23%
African American17%
Asian50%
Hispanic19%
White37%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners17%

Biology I

All Students41%
African American32%
Asian64%
Hispanic48%
White61%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners20%

English I

All Students58%
African American49%
Asian64%
Hispanic64%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners30%

English II

All Students43%
African American39%
Asian73%
Hispanic31%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students24%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities89%
English language learners81%
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
Black 56% 23%
White 24% 67%
Hispanic 14% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
School social worker/counselors(s)
Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-4545

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1800 Berryhill Rd
Cordova, TN 38016
Phone: (901) 416-4540

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