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Overton High School

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Posted September 4, 2013

This school needs some work. Throughout my sophomore year there have been many problems ranging from teachers to students. Some students really don't care and I'm in honors classes. Partially I feel some teachers don't care either. Some teach what would be taught in a special needs class. I don't feel challenged. As a WS Freshman I found myself challenged and coming from Colonial to WS I found myself not knowing the material from lacking math teachers and dedication to teaching left me struggling. Almost failing my first year, I resorted back to Overton but with a far exceeding knowledge of my previous year making the level of teaching seem easy and at a slow rate... but arts are good sadly bad reputation for everything else. The school has potential but needs order and is loosing it with every year!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2011

this school is amazing. great staff. great students and great history. the capa is mind-blowing. the students really want to exceed in life. and everyone should want to go to overton high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2010

I graduated from Overton in 2008. Overton had its good and its bad moments. I was apart of the CAPA program and I loved it; however, outside of that, it didn't make it any different from any other public school. You had students who were trying to be like everybody else,students who were trying to better themselves, and ones who were just in the middle. Plus, the faculty wasn't that good;students ran right through them and the pep rallies were not thebest as well as some of there athletics. School spirit was to a minimum there,and I visited there recently and saw how so much has changed; I don't like how Overton is going.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 22, 2010

This school has lost its good reputattion. It makes a mockery of the other performing arts schools that are actually serious about building artistic careers for their students. It should just drop the creavtive and performing arts from its name and just become a regular high school. The principal as well as a number of teachers should consider diffferent proffesions. I am a senior of the 2010 class and i approve this message.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2009

its a great school to learn and listen to all suggestions and request.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

As I student, I do not feel challenged at Overton. The principal is not in control of the school or the student body which would explain the amount of recent fights; the teachers barely teach and complain about the simplest things which could be prevented if they actually took action and lastly the atmosphere stinks. There is NO school spirit, everyone wants to be something their not and it just really bombs when students like myself actually go to school to become something. But I guess that's the reality of going to a public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2008

Overton High School was a great school and provided an higher education and safe environment. I graduated in 2005 in the top 10 percent of my class. By far, it is impossible to fail any course if you study. Ifanyone fails there, its because they are not making the effort. What the school board has to learn is if the child has no desire and will to learn or do good then they won't.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2008

The best school in Memphis. It provides both the arts and education our kids need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2006

Overton HS is the best school in the Memphis area for Creative and Performing Arts students; It is the only specialty school of this type in the area. Overton provides amazing honors and AP teachers, leading authority figures, as well as a great supply of involved parents. The student body is rich in cultural diversity and is given many opportunities to experience other cultures through the several CAPA performances/demonstrations put on each year. I would recommend Overton to any student who wishes to succeed in their futures and isn't afraid to put in a little work to get there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2006

Overton High School was the perfect school for me. I graduated in the class of 2002 and, as much now as then, my pride for this school is limitless. I was an all-west and all-state orchestra student(cello) as well as a creative writing student. While I was provided with an excellent creative foundation, contrary to popular belief, I was also highly prepared academically. I received full academic scholarships to Georgetown, Tulane, Boston University, Colgate, and Dartmouth College. Upon being graduated from Overton, I attended Dartmouth College. I was graduated from Dartmouth undergrad in three years and I am now currently enrolled at Dartmouth for a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in Creative Writing and Film. I could not have done this without the principles and skills, be they scholastic or artistic, that I learned at Overton High School. I give Overton the highest recommendation based on my expericences.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2006

Overton is great! The only Creative & Performing Arts H.S.in the area.Students excel in the arts AND academics. Scholarships for graduating seniors have averaged between 4-6 million dollars the last few years (2002-06). Students are just as strong in math & science as they are in music, creative writing, art, dance, choir,and band. Even the basketball team has been improving. The drama dept.is exceptional winning district tournaments every year and going on to state all while performing 6 productions per year. None of this would work without the strong parent booster clubs supporting individual performing arts dept. AND the PTO. Many of the students participate in community projects such as Target House, Hurricane Katrina, St. Jude,BridgeBuilders and others. The teachers really care about the students well-being as well as their education. Being a part of OHS was the best experience of me & my child's life. It was more like family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

The Band program is the best in the city, no comparison to others. More All-West & All-State selectees than any other. Strong band booster parent group. Also offer art, chorus, orchestra, digital art, dance under the Creative and Performing Arts program. Only Memphis high school with this program. Disipline is high - no one can hang out in the parking lot. Honors and ap teachers are highly qualified. Sports programs are governed by the same rules as all Memphis City Schools and nobody is allowed to play with bad grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

Overton is a great academic institution, however the athletic program is awful. I have never seen a school where the children are allowed to play, when their academics are suffering. The children who do their school work are kicked around by this horrible coaching staff yet the kids who don't seem to care about education are made to be superstars. A lack of parental concern allows this to take place. Where is the concern for our children and where do these coaches get off not caring about these young men. I believe they see dollars and not the future of these children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2005

Overton High is a good school I would say, However that's only for the FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT. Overton is the ONLY Creative And Performing Arts High school in Memphis TN. There are some good teachers, and then you have some teachers who aren't considerate when it comes to FINE ARTS students, some act as if they don't want you to make up work, but then again the FINE ARTS students are in all the AP and honors classes. The Superior Award Winning: Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, CAPA Swingers, Gospel,
—Submitted by a 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.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
23%
Algebra II

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

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
4%
Biology I

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

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
26%
English I

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
43%
English II

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

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
English III

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

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
24%
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 Students41%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students19%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students40%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White52%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students52%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students44%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students20%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities95%
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 84% 23%
Hispanic 9% 7%
White 6% 67%
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 77%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-2135

Resources

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  • 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
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1770 Lanier
Memphis, TN 38117
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