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Whitehaven High School

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Posted December 16, 2013

The review by the 9th grader below is on point. Whitehaven does a better job than most Memphis schools of projecting a decent public image, mainly due to its championship caliber football team and good band. However, there is much to be desired behind closed doors. There is a small pocket of excellence, if your child is self-motivated and disciplined he/she will thrive within that pocket. Otherwise, they will have to do their best to find some sense of order amongst chaos, if they are not contributing to the chaos themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

This is a school that yes has it's flaws like every other public school. It has it's fights and drama, but I can honestly say that it is a school that is mainly well behaved and has great administration. Scholarships are very prominent here because of the great counselors. It has a balance of academics and excellent extra curricular activities. It has an excellent football and basketball team. And they have a 3-time national championship winning band. All in all, this is a pretty okay school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

I am a 9th grader at whitehaven and i HATE IT! The students are ridiculously wild and most of the time the good have to suffer with the bad and thats ALOT. The school is WAY overcrowded and the staff are extremely disorganized and never communicate, so you can get suspended over something unnecessary. Its more like a prison than a school and i dreaded going there. Most kids could care less about their education and just come to talk. We spent half of the year sitting in the auditorium watching movies and were woefully unprepared for exams. Some of the teachers try so hard to help but they dont have the power to do whatever the need to. Sports are put over academics. Band is put over everything. Please dont send your kids here just because of the scholarships. Your kids wont be fully prepared to finish the full years on that scholarship!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2011

School rating: -3. I think the school is catostrophic. Everytime I ask 'How is the school?' my answer is always 'They have a great band!'. Honestly no matter how great the band is the school is not so great. It's overcrowded and underfunded. Also it's not very organized. They can't control their students. This school needs atleast a 250% improvement to get a 3 star rating from me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2011

im a student that attends whitehaven high and the experience is great. i love everything about the school. some of the adminstrators are strict but they're strict for a good reason and that's to make sure that we (the students) get our wonderful education that whitehaven has to offer. i absolutely love the principal...he's the BEST PRINCIPAL EVER.!!! he deserves every little piece of respect that he receives.! the teachers are great too...and personally i think that whitehaven has some of the finest teaching teachers in memphis because my learning experience has been great since 9th grade and i'm in the 11th grade now. so if u wondering where to send your child for a great education send them to whitehaven high school...so that's my review of whitehaven high school... :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2009

I think whitehaven is a great school anyone who goes is lucky to be there, and the staff is great and the students and i am proud to be a tiger.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2009

i love this school it taught me alot of cool things and i love being on the dance team
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2009

I attend whitehaven high school....Academic wise and in other fun programs...When people ask me what school i attend i am so proud to say that i am i mighty tiger and i atted whitehaven high school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2008

i think its a great school of education
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2008

I beleive they have a way of getting the children interested in learning and to have a positive outlook on life. The children talk bout their future goals and it brings tears to my eyes just to see how excited they really are. Thank you to the staff at Whitehaven High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

The education here is great. The teachers really help there students to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2006

I'm not a parent, but I am a former student. When i was attending whitehaven I named it 'the best in the nation'.Even though students made it hard for teachers; the teachers still maintained a professional outlook. They taught the ones who were willing to learn. And the principal was/is the best in the nation as well. He was more of a father figure to both male and female students. We never disappointed nor disrespected him. Why? Because we had that understanding where whenever we would disappoint him he would do it unto us. We respected him even as we feared him. We knew when to play and when to get serious. I miss whitehaven so much. I'll always 'see the vision through the eye of a tiger!'
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 29, 2006

Whitehaven is organized but as fars as academics and leadership, something has to change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

I believe that Whitehaven has the potential to be the best high school in the area. I do have a concern that is shared with another parent that I spoke with. It seems as if the administration majors on the minor things and minor on the major things. Yes, I want to know when my child is missing school but, I also want for my concerns/child concerns to be addressed in am more timely manner. Just because the students are taking 6 week exams that is not acceptable. They finish at 2:15 and a student can be summoned to the office to speak with the principal or his/her designee to deal with issues especially if they are possibly dealing with the safety of a student. Also, I feel that sometimes administration needs to be a bit more flexible when a parents request another teacher. The primary concern should be the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Whitehaven High is at the top of the Memphis City Schools list as far as academics and all other activities are concerned. It is in my opinion the 'cream-of-the-crop' in Memphis City Schools. I have one daughter who has graduated from this school in 2002 and another will graduate in 2007. Both have excelled tremendously in academics. Whitehaven has a great 'optional' program, especially for business majors. I would recommend Whitehaven High School to anyone. I am pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

This school will give you a unique sense of learning capabilities only possible by real professionals.The teachers tag learning by all sides of the spectrum to enhance our future leaders.I am proud to say I am an alumni and a parent of this school.If you want a excellent learning experience for your child,Whitehaven is the place to produce the product.God bless this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

This is a excellent school. If you want your child to learn then they should consider this school.
—Submitted by a student


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About these ratings

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.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
14%
Algebra II

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

532 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
4%
Biology I

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
26%
English I

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

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
42%
English II

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

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
40%
English III

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
17%
U.S. History

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
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 Students37%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students16%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students57%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students52%
African American51%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students41%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students19%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students92%
African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities70%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-3058

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

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4851 Elvis Presley
Memphis, TN 38116
Phone: (901) 416-3000

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