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Fairley High School

Public | 9-12 | 832 students

 

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Posted June 7, 2010

I am a graduate of Fairley, 1974. It is sad to see how the school's rating is so low on this site. Fairley was a great school when I attended. Reading some of the comments from students is a little disturbing. Most of the reviews have badly misspelled words and terrible English. The test scores look low compared with the rest of Memphis. I am proud of the education that I received at Fairley. I have many fond memories. Along with many of my friends, I went on to receive my BS and Masters degrees. I wonder how many from Fairley now go on to finish college? I hope Fairley will one day be restored to her former excellence.


Posted September 4, 2009

to me fairley is a good bad school but you have to realize that stuents graduate from there as long as we get our edcuation were good
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2009

I love fairley. People always wanna talk about fairley like they just be there everyday. Well i be there and fairley is a good school. News always want to just air the bad things we do. Every school have fights they just dont get the public attention like fairley. Did ya know that we all passed the state exams. You didnt because you are too focused on the bad. Stop talking about my school if you havent been there. Every student that goes there will tell you that fairley is a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2008

My daughter attended Fairley for a few months. We were new to the area coming from the NW. I have to say that I was very discouraged about this school. There were fights on a daily basis. The staff could not even take care of business in the office because they were tending to the disturbances outside. The police presence was constant. When I asked about Parent meetings, the office staff didn't know when or where they would be held. The school was in pretty bad shape and I don't think the atmosphere was conducive for learning. I was highly disappointed with everything about Fairley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

I am a student also currently attending fairley high school and I just want to say fairley is a smart,competive, and achieving school. People say that fairley is the worst school in memphis,TN, but I bet that they don't even know that fairley high school had the most approving test scores throughout the state of tennessee
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2008

i am a student currently atending fairley and i just want to say that it is not a bad school at all. yes we do have a few bad students but that doesnt mean that my school is bad. i believe that if you get a chance to come there and meet all the excellent teachers that we have you would change your opinion of my school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2007

I go currently go to Fairley High School, it isn't a bad school, the news shows everything were do wrong, they don't show the things that the students at the school do good, they make Fairley look bad, I learn at my school, yeah we get excited and out of control sometimes but its just fun to us. We're good students we have fights what school doesn't, other schools might not be broadcast on the news like ours, but its happens.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2006

Fairley High School in my opinion is the worst place to have to send your child for the day. There is no concern for learning at the school. I have had the opportunity to meet with staff at the school. After meeting with both teachers and principal my impression is that the staff has been trained to put up with students and the parents in order to keep their jobs. What I saw is no concern for what is happening to the kids. They only want to make sure that the school personnel has not made any mistakes, I mean make sure that all bases are covered concerning the school administration in case someone wants get more involvement from the board of education or something. My overall opinion is that they have no control over the students there and they don't really care.I think they should shut that school down.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

Fairley is an overall good school however, there are some areas that need to be addressed and it deals with some of the teachers specifically. As a parent and former student who is socially involved with many students of today, I have found that many of the teachers talk during the entire class period after assigning work, but do not allow the students to complete the work while they are talking, but expect it at the end of class. The students do not have enough extracurricular activities and by not having enough the students will behave even more. Everybody doesn't want to be in the band, choir and what have you. Many of the schools in Memphis needs more interaction with the students and not just book work. There are alot of activities that can be created and used during class sessions as well as after school. We need to reward students more than punishing them and taking away privilages.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
12%
Algebra II

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
1%
Biology I

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

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
8%
English I

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

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
19%
English II

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
10%

2010

 
 
19%
English III

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
3%
U.S. History

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
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 Students26%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students10%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students26%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students15%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students83%
African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities39%
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
Black 100% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 6%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 67%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-8064

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • 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
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4950 Fairley Rd
Memphis, TN 38109
Phone: (901) 416-8060

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