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Kingsbury High School

Public | 7-12 | 1090 students

 

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Posted December 26, 2013

This school has some good aspects such as being able to provide students with dual enrollment classes and AP Classes but the way I see it, the school is definitely getting worse. There are teachers who truly care about the students but the principal seems to find ways to make their hard work go unnoticed and instead pressures them and makes it seem as if they are in the wrong, causing the good teachers to leave. On the other hand, there are teachers who barely do anything and still get plenty of praise for it. The principal also tries to make it seem like students are doing better academically but that is surely not true. Some do deserve the grades they get because they work hard for them but others rarely go to school or do any work and they still receive the same grades.The teachers are also told that they can not fail students which just contributes into making it seem as if the students are doing better academically. Students also get suspended for the dumbest reasons and for a long time while others who do worse things get suspended for little or no time and are back at getting away with what they want. I see little hope for most of the students there if things do not change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

The workers in the front office are HORRIBLE. If a parent comes in, they will make you wait while ignoring you until they finish gossiping. Very unprofessional employees with the worst attitudes . They will suspend students for any reason and I 'm actually surprised they are still open. Gang territory . They will pass a child that never goes to school. Worst school ever ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Kingbury High School administrative staff needs to be replaced with people who actually care about the students. Sending a child home because the staff didn't put the child in the system don't make any sense whats so ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

I loved KMS when the principal was Mackin, he was a great man and great at his job. The teachers worked so hard for the kids and it was a very safe zone. However, at kingsbury high school it's HORRIBLE! The staff is so disrespectful and rude. I went up to the office one time picking something up and a staff lady named ms. Bosstick was ordering food and made me wait a hour. The principal is ok, but all he's good for us suspending people for no reason. The kids that are the worst at the school are treated better and don't recieve a big punishment. In the office they have 3 students every time just hanging out on the teachers desk skipping class, but if a straight A student did that they would literally suspend them for days. Also if you're a good student wearing pants that are 98% cotton, but they think it's jeans you will get suspended. They won't even tell you not to wear it again. No body really cares about your future at KHS. It's a horrible school and you're on your own. Their night be a couple if teachers helping you, but that's it. MCS should really fire all the administrators and hire new ones. This school really needs help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

I am a recent graduate of Kingsbury High School. I attended Kingsbury Middle as well as High School. The school has always been my favorite place to be. I was a great student, but that was not my reason for wanting to be there. Kingsbury offers it's students more than just a wonderful education. It offers a whole new world for students. Kingsbury's diverse atmosphere and programs makes every day worth going. The orchestra program was my favorite part. I was in it all 6 of my middle & high school years. They have the best orchestra teacher in Memphis City Schools. The school also offers piano and guitar; also taught by the same wonderful lady. Band is also offered, taught by another wonderful lady. The AJROTC program is nice. The only problem I ever had with the program was the lies they sometimes told. Overall Wonderful School!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

The school recently got a new principal. I thinh that they are on their way to improving their school but they still have a long way to go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2007

Kingsbury Middle High School is a very good school. The teachers and principal try to help the students reach their goals in life. The teachers help and encourage the students to try their best. They offer rewards and other activities to the students if they reach their goals. Even thought their test scores are not great, they still have great programs and teachers and a wonderful principal to keep the school going and having the students be interested in going to school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2005

Kingsbury is a very good school. The staff takes their time to help the students and you are able to obtain college credits. They have a very good technology program, AJROTC program, and an excellent fine arts program. The test scores may not be the best, but it still is a very good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2005

Kingsbury High is an excellent school, but it lacks some attention. The school is extremely diverse with many different ethnic backgrounds. The students are great and friendly and they really seem to know where they will go in life. However, despite the drive for students to pursue further goals, parents have had to become extremely active to get results. The honors programs are really getting into shape and the school strongly supports the intelligent and is wiling to work with those not as gifted. Overall, I have been satisfied with Kingsbury, but there is a lack of direction for some of the teachers who cannot gain respect from students partially because they themselves do not regularly demand it. The science and ROTC programs are extremely successful. It is now just a matter of getting some parent involvement in providing the students with a broader view of the competition (bigfish, smallpond)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2004

Kingsbury is the perfect school for your child to go to because they offer a great education to all students. Althogh you have to wear uniforms you'll get use to also they have a lot of friendly students and staff members.
—Submitted by a former student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.
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The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

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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.

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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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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

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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.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English I

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

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

187 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology I

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

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English II

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

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English III

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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U.S. History

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 Students52%
African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners18%

English I

All Students40%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
White46%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities15%
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 Students16%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
White13%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners5%

Biology I

All Students38%
African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners15%

English II

All Students38%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners17%

English III

All Students19%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
White29%
Economically disadvantaged19%
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U.S. History

All Students92%
African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities78%
English language learners69%
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 46% 24%
Hispanic 32% 6%
White 19% 67%
Asian 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-6061

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • 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
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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1270 North Graham
Memphis, TN 38122
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