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Beech Sr High School

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Posted November 20, 2013

I'm an alumnus. I don't think Beech is an especially bad or good school academically. Certainly there are a majority of public schools that require more improvement. I think the most glaring problem is a failure to recognize and foster academic talent. Save a teacher or maybe two, no one tells the gifted students at Beech enough about their options post-graduation. Many students who would thrive at a rigorous university are unaware that it is even a possibility. Whether the barrier be a lack of awareness about financial aid or a lack of self-confidence in applying to top tier schools, teachers must recognize and encourage gifted students to achieve what they're capable of. On a side note, the guidance counseling is almost non-existent. If you do meet with them, they'll tell you about the great opportunities waiting at vol state.


Posted October 1, 2013

Some of the teachers are really good and then you have some who are just there for the paycheck as with anywhere else. The main problem with this school is lack of leadership. My child has been bullied time and again at this school and reported it time and again but evidently there is no zero tolerance policy here. Kids do whatever they want and the pricipal; needs to retire and get someone who cares about the direction of the school and students in there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2010

I hate this school sometimes. Most the people in it are mean and make fun of other people. The teachers are great and most of the people are too but there's always the few that aren't great. I dont like beech and thats why im going to night school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2009

This school is a great school, with excellent teachers! Student excel in extra-curricular activities on the state and national level including DECA competitions, Mock Trial, Beta Club, HOSA, FFA, FBLA, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I'm a freshman at Beech and, it being my first year and all, am thrilled to be welcomed into this school with open arms. The teachers are awesome, and they pretty much let us do as we please but not to the point where you are goofing off and getting into trouble. They allow you plenty of social time but expect you to be responsible with the privileges they give you. Over all it's a great school for the students and parents to be involved in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2009

I have a daughter Class of 2003 and a son currently at Beech High. I feel that academically they can choose to be challenged or choose not to. Both of my children have thrived in the music program and have enjoyed their academic classes. I appreciate the faculty and the community support and the atmosphere that everyone seems to be accepted. I especially appreciate the way the Special needs students are totally a part of the school with tremendous affection and outpouring of nurturing from the other kids. I think Beech is a great community school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2009

Many of the teachers have control issues. When asked, as a parent, how we can help our children we have been told: 'Well, they aren't at the top of the class and they aren't at the bottom, so we suggest doing nothing.' Principals seem too caught up in trying to alienate children instead of brining them in. Wish our kids could go somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

I think that some of the teachers are great! Some of the teachers seem too busy to grade papers in a timely fashion while others give quick feedback. Some teachers are willing to help a student when help is needed, but others are there only the required time. I do think that the assistant principals are very attentive and fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

My 2 children attend and we love the participation by parents and teachers. My son will graduate this year and my daughter next year. We love the support given and time taken by faculty to encourage our children.
—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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%
Algebra II

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

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
31%
Biology I

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

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
English I

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

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
English II

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

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
English III

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

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%
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 American42%
Asian80%
Hispanic77%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students63%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students86%
African American77%
Asian70%
Hispanic85%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students76%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students51%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged29%
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 84% 67%
Black 11% 23%
Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 20%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

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  • (615) 264-6553

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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Hendersonville, TN 37075
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