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Dandridge, TN
Students enrolled: 2,200

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115 West Dumplin Valley Road
Dandridge, TN 37725

(865) 397-3182
(865) 397-4121
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July 29, 2014
My daughter started here a year ago and the staff and students are wonderful. They did great at making her feel welcome and accepted. Yes the school is under construction but all school are always under some construction. They are great at meeting her academic needs also.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2013
I am currently a student here at JCHS, I moved here over a year ago from another school. I have to say, I was quite disappointed. The school is in terrible condition. Mold is a problem, many classes are in trailers outside, a portion of the school(building 8) caved in over the summer so now there is no longer a vocational building, and that's just the start. Many of the faculty and administration are unwelcoming and open to virtually nothing new. Many students have had problems with discrimination in the past. Fits the stereotypical close minded southern school persona I suppose. Only reason I even gave this school a 2 star rating was because the AP program here is pretty good. I am personally enrolled in multiple AP courses and love it because the teachers in this area tend to be more open minded and actually put forth effort and keep us more up to date on what we need to know for colleges etc. than any teacher or counselor I've ever approached, but majority of the basic ed classes are honestly pathetic with how the teachers teach, or lack thereof. Honestly, unless you're a stereotypical sporty person that projects themselves as "above" others, then you'll probably hate it here

- submitted by a student

August 06, 2013
Some of the teachers are pretty good and definitely help you learn what you need to, but much of the staff seems rather rude and just overall unpleasant, and a lot of them aren't very open to anything considered 'different'..But what else would you expect in an area such as this? Also, the building itself is in dreadful condition.

- submitted by a student

December 13, 2012
I think this is a great school it's crowded but we have good teachers and if you play sports their great coaches I play football and they ate great I am a freshman and I already love the school Go Patriots!

- submitted by a student

August 31, 2011
I am currently a sophmore at JCHS. It's crowded, but other than that, it's completely fine. Previous posts are overreacting in terms of accurately portraying the overcrowding at JCHS. It isn't that bad. Plus, the teachers (Honors teachers, at least) are great. Go Patriots!

- submitted by a student

July 17, 2010
My previous post must have been erased, but I was very serious when I posted the following: The graduating seniors at JCHS deserve better than to have to walk across dirt floors at the WS Expo Center during graduation. This is where the horse shows and bull riding events take place. Who wants to wear their dressy clothes only to find themelves stepping in a pile of dung?These kids work hard for 12 years and deserve better than that. Even the schools football field would be a better place for graduation.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2010
If your idea of a great school for your child is very over crowed this is it. Your child eating lunch while sitting on the floor better yet. This should get your attention mobile home class rooms a brisk walk from the main school. It don't get any better then this !

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2009
I have a child that just graduated from JCHS and I have a upcoming Sophmore. The school is simply too over crowded. Not enough emphasis is placed on learning. Students leave school without the needed skills to manage life in the real world. If someone were to ask me if I would recommend JCHS for their child,I would urge them to find another school even if they had to go the private school route.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 19, 2009
I love our school! Our students are wonderful. Of course there are a few boogers, but that's life. Overall, this is the best place to be.

- submitted by a teacher

May 16, 2009
I go to JCHS. I am a sophmore. I think that there is too many people that go to Jefferson County High at one time. The teachers are great, but sometimes, I believe that there is not enough teacher involvement in the lives of their students. If one wants to teach a student, one must know the student.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 06, 2008
2,300+ students housed in a building that was designed for half that number or less. That makes for cramped and uncomfortable quarters in which students sit for roughly 7 hours per day. That is not a learning environment. Watch students try to get to the cafeteria in one of the four lunch groups in time to get through the lines, pay for their meal and eat it, before time to rush back to their classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 18, 2008
JCHS is the worste school in the world. I'm currently a junior there and it is terrible. Very few teachers care about their students. Some are there just to get money. All of the teachers that I have had up to this point, 90% of them were mean, unfair, and spiteful. The work is too hard and they put people in college-prep classes when they're not smart enough, or vice versa. As for me, i have 3/4 CP classes, and I shouldn't be. I have intermediate english, which isn't right. The lunch is ok, but damn the crowding is sooooo bad! When I get my lunch they already dismiss us, then I'm late for class and I get in trouble, plus th eteacher yells at me for 30 mins after that! The portables aren't necassary. We spend more flippin' money on stupid sports than we do education. I will check back.

- submitted by a student

August 24, 2008
I moved from Texas to this school my sophomore year and was very disappointed in the school system. The high school was very overcrowded and there wasnt enough encouragement from teachers and faculty to be prepared for college. I did not feel prepared to enter college when I graduated. The school nutrition was not good, most kids got junky snack foods from the school store for lunch because the cafeteria lines were so long. The school lacked an adequate media center, as only two or three out of date computers were available to students to use for homework/research. The computer labs in the school could only be used if a teacher reserved them for his/her class use. However, they are working to improve education in the county with a new initiative called Jefferson County: Building a Better Future.

- submitted by a student

August 08, 2008
As a parent, the education is decent, but more focus on the arts is need and less on the sports. My biggest problem is the portable buildings. As much taxes as we pay here in the name of the school, why are they buying trailers? Then there is lunch, my kids say the lines are so long they don't get to eat, and if they bring luch there is nowhere to set.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2008
I am a student at JCHS and I don't think that the school is that bad. I think they do need to get better teachers (and retire a few), but I don't think that its the worst school around.

- submitted by a student

October 17, 2007
I don't think that Jefferson County. High was a very educational place to be, speaking as an attending junior. I have went to the high school for 1 and a half years. The student ratio is off, the sports program is definitely notsciplined, the curricular is continuously cut, et cetera. I wouldn't send my kid to this school. I would want my child to get a meaningful education.

- submitted by a student

November 17, 2006
This school claims to be college preparatory, but upon entering college I discovered that I just didn't have the same knowledge base that others did. Some college friends of mine attended hideously under-funded inner city schools, yet they received a better high school education. JCHS was more like a place for parents to leave their children for the day, than a place of learning. There were a few good teachers, but even they just festered with bitterness as the years passed because most students no longer see an education as a privilege, but as a burden. This cannot be totally blamed upon the students; the system they were placed in is not one that generally feels the job of educating future generations is anything more than a paycheck with summer vacation. It s difficult to be thankful when raised in such conditions. JCHS is a pit of academic despair.

- submitted by a student

October 19, 2006
The Teacher to Student Ratio is very off. Teachers have little respect for students depending on the teacher. Sports are a horrendous sight.

- submitted by a student

April 06, 2006
Personally as a junior who has attended JCHS my 3 years of high school, I find nothing wrong with the school. Yes there are crowded halls and parking lots but what does that really have to do with my learning experience? Nothing! In my opinion Jefferson County High School is a great school that any kid would be lucky to attend! We have no major racial problems nor too many fights! The staff really knows how to handle a bunch of teenagers! This is a great school with a great environment to learn in. I also play a sport here. Most places go on name; here one gets the fair chance to play. Therefore, this is a safe school that is welcoming to everyone.

- submitted by a student

February 06, 2006
Aas a sophmore at this horrible high school no children should come here. this school is disgusting,poor,and the teachers don't teach you anything. I agree that this school is mostly about the Gateways. If I were a parent I would not send my child to this school. I have played sports for this school for one year and I will never ever playanother sport again for this school soly based on the way the officials treat these fine outstanding students

- submitted by a student

December 13, 2005
I graduated in 2000. I LOVE JCHS! The teachers were great...and they did have options if you wanted to go to a university or a tech path. The 'harder' classes were avalible if one wanted them...I did not. It is the best school I'VE EVER been in. This IS an 'agriculture community', therefore a lot of classes/cirriculum are based from that stand-point. If you don't like that,then there are other options...and other schools. I liked it that way,that's the kind of life I lead and I'm glad the school reflected that,and I hope it never changes. The fence was being put in while I was a senior. I think it makes it look more like a prioson,but to a lot of teenagers,that's what school is anyway. It's supposed to be a 'safety inhancement'. I don't agree,but it won't be taken down,because of the 'safety' issues.

- submitted by a student

December 12, 2005
To be quite honest, my experience at Jefferson County High School has been mostly dreadful. I am a sophomore and I find it hard to enjoy my years at the school. Cliques rule the halls, and if one is not in a clique, Jefferson County High is quite unpleasant. Some teachers act as if they care nothing for the students and look at it as merely a simple job, and as a student, that makes me feel that I'm nothing more than a step to a paycheck. This school is dreadful and definitely not the best choice of a place to send your child to learn.

- submitted by a student

October 14, 2005
JCHS is a very cliquey school.If you're in the clique you'll sail through your 4 years but if not the whole experience will be unpleasant. As someone who played sports there, the coaching staff took a sport that I loved and turned it into work to the point to when I quit I didnt pick up a ball for 1 full year. Very few teachers there actually care about the students and that's sad. Most of them just act like it's a 9-5 job.

- submitted by a student

October 06, 2005
Hit or miss discipline combined with a lack of supervision,make this school,in my opinion,more of a teen-age'hangout',than a learning institution. It is no wonder that more and more parents are 'sneaking'their children out of county to attend different high schools.

- submitted by a parent

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Jefferson Co High School
115 West Dumplin Valley Road, Dandridge, TN  37725
(865) 397-3182
Last modified Jefferson Co High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson Co High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top