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Morristown West High School

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4 stars

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Posted February 16, 2012

phenomenal school... Caring and Hardworking staff and even harder working students. This school has achieved a lot


Posted September 28, 2011

I just graduated from Morristown West and I am very glad to say so. I am currently in college and quite successful. I felt prepared when I entered college, and thanks to the ARTS program at Morristown West I can honestly say that I can speak intelligently and boastfully to anybody. Morristown West is a BLUE RIBBON school for a reason.


Posted May 22, 2011

I attended West for 2.5 years in the 1990s. It was a non-challengeing h.s. then, I don't even think they offered ap classes. Most kids went to community or religious colleges, schools that have a high acceptence of anyone. It seems now the school is a bit more academicly structured. This is a good thing. I'm in my mid-30s and I'm struggling professionally due to the lack of education I recived there.


Posted July 25, 2010

I have been very disappointed. I have read the previous comments and can't agree with any of them. There are a handful of exceptional teachers who are excited about the subjects they teach...then there are the rest of the teachers. The arts programs are sorely lacking in talent and enthusiasm. The guidance counselors are worthless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

It is a great school, very involved with a student! I am proud that my child can say she goes to West High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

i am a student of this school and this is one of the best schools i have attened so far i am a traveler and i have been to 7 diffrent school and this is the best
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

Dr. Moorehouse is excellent. He has everything under control and is open to all students. Mrs. Terry, the drama/forensics teacher, is also great. She accepts all students and gives equal advantages.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2007

There is a strong academic curriculum for advanced students. Middle and lower ability groups do no fare as well. AP English is especially strong. Too much emphasis is placed on the football program - which is very good. The principal, Dr. Moorhouse, is inconsistent in much of what he does. He appears to be a good 'idea' man, but has little substance to back up those ideas. I'd rate him about a 5 out of 10. The arts get little or no respect, except for the forensics program. This vocal music program is excellent, but it is not recognized by the principal as anything worthwhile. The choir could be used as an ambassador for the school, but it is relegated to a level of nothingness. That's sad. Overall, I'd give the school an 8 out of 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2005

We have recently moved from Morristown to Texas. Property taxes are insane here. The excuse is that the schools are much better. As a stubstitute teacher, I have been on the inside. Please give us Morristown West High back! This is a perfect example of the arrogant attitude that more money means something is better. We had four children attend West High. The teachers, though not all, were more interactive with the students. The student body at West is made up of friendly, less worldly (for the most part) kids who have an active religous influence in their lives. No place is going to be perfect and we certainly had complaints along the way. Give us teachers who want to teach (not just say,'Read the book'), students who want to learn (parents, teach disipline), resource material (did 'we' have computers?), and we will build a generation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2004

I have sent two children to West High, and I am quite pleased with the program offered. Academically, students can be challenged with a number of AP classes and advanced classes. The teachers teaching these courses are knowledgeable and dedicated to the students' best interest. My children have both been actively involved in a number of extracurricular activities, and again, the teachers involved are dedicated professionals. While not a perfect school, I have been quite pleased with the overall education my children have received at Morristown West, and I would recommend it to any family moving into the Morristown area.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Algebra II

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

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
44%
Biology I

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

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%
English I

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

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
English II

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

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
English III

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

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%
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 Students72%
African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students46%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students70%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students77%
African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students68%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students45%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic30%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities83%
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 81% 67%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Black 4% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1025 Sulphur Springs Rd
Morristown, TN 37813
Phone: (423) 581-1600

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