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Science Hill High School

Public | 8-12 | 2177 students

 

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Posted October 2, 2014

The kids are pushed hard to succeed. There are many activities for the kids to enjoy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2010

Parents, be sure to check your students schedule. Make sure they take all neccesary classes. My 12th grade year, 04'-05', they kicked me out because of their mistake with my schedule. They put me in classes that I shouldn't have taken without the required pre-courses. They told me in my 1st week of 12th grade that because I was 18 and 2 credits behind, I couldn't make them up.I was a "guest" of the educational system and they didn't have to provide me with an education. If I had known at the time that they couldn't do that and that I could sue them, I would have. They don't care about the students, they just want to get them out as quickly as possible. Please, please watch the schedules and ask about all courses that need to be taken in order to take another.


Posted October 1, 2010

If your kids are into athletics, you're in luck. SHHS is all about the athletics, all the attention, money and support will go towards pampering these students. Teachers seem to see the more intensive classes (AP, IB, etc) as "more work" and they resent any funding those programs receive, seeming to think that the money somehow comes out of their own pockets. Some of them take their frustrations out on the kids, making coursework arbitrary and being rather impossible to please to somehow "get back" at the kids for striving to do more. If your child doesn't get the best grades, they will be encouraged to aspire less and dumb down their class choices so the school can get better overall marks. The staff do not care what parents think, only that they keep the money coming. School treats all kids and parents (except athletes) like delinquents who cant be trusted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

The IB Programme at Science Hill is a great addition to the school's already excellent curiculum. I am so glad that the school has taken the chance on this culturally sensitive progam to effectively prepare students for University and life thereafter. It is my highest hope that the IB Programme will continue to be offered at Science Hill for students in the future in the hope that they will be ready for an ever-globalizing world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 16, 2010

I am a eighth grader at Science Hill High School and it is the worst school I have ever been in. When kids are talking the teachers just stand there and look at them. It is so hard to concentrate when people are talking. I love my band class though and we have so much fun. There needs to be something done with the kids that are being really bad. I have other friends that think that this is true also. My parents think this is true too. Be smart and go to a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2009

I'm a freshman at Science Hill. I have to say, compared to all the other schools I've been to, Science Hill is by far the best one of them all. :] The teachers really do care about the students here. We have amazing classes and good extracurricular activities. (Even though band is a little ridiculous on their practicing!) I'm preparing for IB (it technically starts in 10th grade) and this really made me open my eyes to how challenging high school was going to be. Harder classes, new people, new teachers...It's a big transition! But I think the teachers there try and help us make it the best as they can. :] GO TOPPERS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

hey i go to science hill right now and i can tell you that its not great but then again no high school is. The teachers are hardworking and caring about students and i think that i will be well prepared for college next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2008

Teachers of honors and AP classes excellent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

Our daughter has had great teachers who excited her and made her want to learn more (in Math and Physics in particular). It is such a nice and refreshing change
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2007

My head started spinning after reading the bad reviews given to SHHS by other people. Honestly, there is no other high school in East Tennessee that even comes close to better preparing students for college. The graduating class of 2006 was awarded more scholarship money than any other school in the state of TN last year. People think badly of SHHS because it's a large school with a diverse student population, but Science Hill has excellent sports, an amazing music program (two SHHS concert bands performend at Carnegie Hall in NYC), a huuuuge amount of other types of clubs to fit all interests, and most importantly, a large number of Honors and AP courses, and starting next year, SHHS will provide the IB program, which isn't offered at any other school in the area. Please don't be fooled, SHHS is truly a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 10, 2006

Why are so many students failing or having big trouble with a certain geometry class in 10th grade? Many parents have enrolled the assistance of tutors, yet some are still receiving bad grades in this class! These are not dumb or stupid students! All make excellent grades in their other classes! Something major is wrong here, and it is clear it is NOT the student! Tutors are expensive, and should only be required in rare cases! However, in this class, under this teacher, it seems to be a necessity! These students and parents/guardians need some relief from this terrible situation now. What is happening here, please? These students deserve better than this! Thanks for this opportunity. Jean
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

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62%

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Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 47% in 2013.

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66%

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Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 82% in 2013.

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Writing

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

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English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

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Science

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Social Studies

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade 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

Algebra I

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

556 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
80%
English I

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

559 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
77%
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 II

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

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

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71%
Biology I

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

593 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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71%

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74%
English II

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

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

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77%

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73%

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73%
English III

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

477 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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66%
U.S. History

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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 Students80%
African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students83%
African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilities40%
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

Algebra II

All Students75%
African American51%
Asian88%
Hispanic59%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students78%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities38%
English language learners10%

English II

All Students76%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learners9%

English III

All Students70%
African American35%
Asian89%
Hispanic43%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities89%
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 80% 67%
Black 11% 23%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 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 26%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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