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9-12
Public
Nashville, TN
Students enrolled: 2,280
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3150 McGavock Pk
Nashville, TN 37214

(615) 885-8850
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August 22, 2012
I'm a new student hear at McGavock but so far the school has been amazing and the teachers and principals are great.and almost all the students hear are friendly and help you if you need help. its truly a great school

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2012
I have had two sons graduate from McGavock 10 years apart. Both had typical high school experiences, without any incidents and revieved a good education and went on to good careers. The teachers were great and cared about the students. The key ingredients to any student success at any school is parent involvement and the postive role models they have in their lives.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
Reading the reviews below and parent comments are almost comical. I had two children graduate from McGavock. Both were part of the band proram and spent the majority of their time involved with band functions. The school system as a whole is flawed, each and every school in Davidson county will have issues and things that need to be improved. The experience each student has during school, regardless of where they attend, is up to each student and parent. Parents need to remain involved. Just because our kids are in high school doesnt mean mom and dad do not need to know what is happening. Regardless fo what activity your child wants to participate in make be there and be involved. Keep them involved. Students who are involved tend to score higher on standarize test and stay out of trouble. It is ok to get to kow your childs friends and know what is happening in their classrooms. The teachers can only build on what starts at home.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
My daughter is suppose to be attending MGHS next year and as a parent, I'm reading all of these comments these students have written and their spelling, grammar, and punctuation are terrible. I guess that really doesn't say much about the education, does it?

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
Although the school does have a good number of students that don't care about their education, there is a "silent majority" of students that do care about their academics, and the school offers programs that most others don't have yet. For instance, they offer an Air Force JROTC program with great instructors, they have a new Aviation department courtesy of MTSU, we have teachers that treat us like young adults and not little children, and the list goes on and on. So, before you look at the negatives of this school, first look at the opprotunities that it offers.

- submitted by a student
December 05, 2010
i am going to this school next year and all my siblings have gone here all 4 years and i have 5 brothers and 6 sisters.

- submitted by a community member
April 16, 2010
So far as band and its director mr. Beckman...They are tops and his way of discipline is much admired.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2010
I have had two children attend McG and both were part of the band program. The band program is excellent--no doubt. Students can get the educaiton they allow the staff to provide. Each student has the opportuity to get a quality education, the new principal Mr Wall is doing good things at McG. He is trying hard to ensure every student who desires a quality education gets it. The academy program allows students take classes facued on their interest and professional goals. I cant say that every teacher my children had were dedicated and had the students interest in mind. I dont think any school can say this. I am thankful my children had the opportunity to be a part of the band program and receive their education at McG.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
After reading the parent's comments and those of the students, and after experiencing the lack of effort on the part of a vocal minority of those attending classes here, it's easy to see why the school gets a bad reputation. I see a daily lack of respect for self, community and classmates. Some students refuse to do assigned work, and play with cameras, cell phones, or other toys, and chatter with classmates despite my best efforts to rein in the noisy ones. They throw garbage on the floors every day and generally disrespect the classroom. What are these students taught at home? Do they throw chip bags, soda containers and wrappers on the living room floor at home? Probably....

- submitted by a teacher
no rating January 10, 2010
The band and music programs are fantastic. The student body is highly diversified. The quality of education that you desire is available for all. I now know several students attending MTSU, Ut, Knoxville, Ut Chattanoga,and various schools of higher learning. These students understood the meaning of education and were motivated and inspired by many on the McGavock staff. I also know of some real failures. The quality of education begins in the home environment. It is difficult to teach a person who is not properly motivated by encouraging parents, friends, and relatives. McGavock is not a school that replaces parental responsibility. If you expect the teaching staff to do more than baby sit your young folks, you must be involved in the students life.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2010
I am very worried about my child's eduation. How can she make staight A's and only make a 19 on the ACT test. She can't even get into UT now. I am afraid she will be starting all over to get into college. So much time wasted on discipline and not enough on the good students and making sure they are ready for college. If you can afford it - go somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2009
mcgavock is an excellent school with an awesome staff. The only thing different fromt his school is the amount of students. Mcgavock is a great school and i challenge anyone that says different.

- submitted by a student
October 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 30, 2009
I'm a student at McGavock and it's been made out to be much worse than it actually is. Yes, there are drugs, smoking, and fighting in the school, but that's high school. I've attended one other high school and it was nearly the same thing. That school was much smaller than McGavock and more organized, which was probably the reason for less commotion. I'd like to point out that I will be a product of McGavock and I have VERY high standards. I am also taking all honors classes and am college bound. To whomever said, 'This school breeds low standards and mediocrity!!' don't judge an entire student body on the students who are there and choose not to learn, please. For a person who wouldn't recommend McGavock to someone who had a choice, they shouldn't recommend any large high school.

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
I attend McGavock high school now and i don't thinks its that bad. Every school has its problems and McGavock is included. They offer good programs like Avid, and Leadership. Avid is a program that motivates students to do good and their classes and go on to a higher education. Of course you have to maintain a 2.5 GPA and you also have to have at least one honors classes on your schedule. Leadership is also a very good coarse for students to take. This class teaches students to become a better person ( in their community,school,etc.) I believe Mcgavock is a good school. The school just gets a bad reputation because its a very big school and of course its going to get the most attention from the media. I recomd this school to parents and students. I'am a student myself and i happen to like it

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February 03, 2009
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January 02, 2009
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January 15, 2008
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December 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 27, 2007
I have a child in this school and will be moving to get my child out of this school.They may offer some things that others dont but I am not impressed or happy with anything about this school and would not recomend it to anyone that has a choice

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
I attended McGavcok High School and not only saw a lack of respect among the students, but also a lack of enthusiasm by the teachers. The teachers look worn from the ridiculous behavior of unruly students and disengaging faculty. If you dont mind your child going to a school better suited for an after school special on drugs and violence, then McGavock is for you. If you have a child that is college bound and wants to make something of him or herself.....take them somewhere else. This school breeds low standards and mediocrity!!

- submitted by a former student
no rating July 12, 2007
I graduated from mcgavock 4 years ago and went there all 4 yrs of high school. The school wasnt to bad. The biggest problem was the lack of supervision and security. and the fact that the school was very over crowed and students were bussed in. There were always riots and fights going on. One year there was a riot duiring a school activity that everyone had to attened. Some one at the top of the bleachers started throwing things and it started a fight that ended turing in to a riot the cop we had was pepper sraying everyone even if they were an innocent by standard. It all comes down that there just isnt enough money in metro to do what needs to be done and its very sad. I loved mcgavock though.

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2007
First off I loved McGavock High School, I moved from Rutherford County to Davidson County just to attend. My freshman year there was great but students got away with a lot there at the time. Since August of 2002 when our new principles took over the school cleaned up fast. There were also new teachers and lots of new classes to take. We had tons of choices. Tutoring was always available, so was summer school. They started and optional 7th period class for some students to either catch up or if they needed extra help and had the buses come back to safely take the few or many students who attended those classes home. Overall the school is wonderful and my son will be attending because I will not deprive him of a good educational school like McGavock!

- submitted by a former student
February 28, 2007
Mcgavock high school is by far the best high school ever. Yes it may have its many faults. but when its time for spirit and happiness the entire school pulls together. The student walk the halls paints red white n blue on spirit days, they dress up when they can and abide by rules. i love u and theres nothing u can do about it has took that school from a very low point to the highest it can go. by far The best school any student can go to . The variety of people is enormous. no body can go with out a friend. if u want a great school with great programs go to Mcgavock.

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2006
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August 08, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 05, 2006
I attended McGavock high School, and I wasn't very impressed. It seems like the kids have no respect for themselves or for their school. I took several honor classes, but it seemed like it wasn't a big step up from the normal classes. Also the grounds of the school are not taken very good care of. Despite the school, they do have a great Music Program, and they have won tons of trophies. Overall though I wouldn't recommend the school for an education.

- submitted by a former student
August 01, 2006
mcgavock was a great school i was in choir there and it was amazing i never once steped in the bathroom with drug deals going on (and i went to the bathroom a lot) but when my kids get in high school they are going to mcgavock the best school! i definally recommend it!

- submitted by a former student
July 07, 2006
Well, I attended McGavock High School my freshman and sophomore year. At first it was alright, but then you get to know the school, and the teachers. There were teachers who would right you up for sneezing at certain times, literally. You couldn't walk into any bathroom at this school without seeing a drug deal going on or a cigarette being lit up. There's always trash in the school halls, that is rarely picked up... Gang signs always tagged on the walls... After they are painted over, they're back up the next day. They have a good selection of classes but they don't look at the health issues of our school. Peer pressure, and people giving in to every little thing. The students at McGavock High School think they run the world, and won't let anything stand in their way, no matter what they have to do. Thank you so much.

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2006
I attended the school my freshman year. I am no graduated and living in Texas- I loved McGavock while I was in Nashville because it held so much real world practical knowledge. Yes, it was a littel rough around the edges- but any parent who thinks life is going to be sugar coated is a bloody fool. If you live in Nashville, I highly recommend McGavock for you child.

- submitted by a former student
December 01, 2005
I have attended many metro schools over the span of my highschool education. I am still in school and recently attended McGavock Highschool. I loved it there! The teachers are very comitted and the school is well ahead of all of the other schools that I have attended in academics. I am in several honors classes. I was transferred to another school and when I arrived the new school was not anywhere close to where I was at, in McGavock. It took almost six weeks in some classes to arrive at where I was. Also, their music programs are exceptional. I was in the Band and it was the best musical experience I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Their show couir was exceptional! In choices of schools McGavock is the best.

- submitted by a former student
no rating November 14, 2005
I visited Nashville this past weekend - with hopes of possibly relocating there. Once I saw the school my child would attend, I was mortified. The grounds were not maintained, nor was the buildings. Hedges were overgrown and grass was growing between the cracks in the sidewalk. When I looked into the windows, I saw garbage all over the floor in the cafertia and halls. This school obviously has no pride to allow it to look this way. I have seen schools with double the student enrollment look ten times cleaner. Goodness, I forgot to mention the writings spray painted on the building, which obviously the administration thought appropriate. This certainly should have been removed. If man-power is an issue, use the children to do this instead of detention. I do not want my child to attend such a filthy place of learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
We moved to Nashville about three years ago from another state. I am very pleased with McGavock and all the teachers, principals and assistants. They go above and beyond the call of duty to see that the children are excelling. My son has shown a tremendous turnaround from shying away from activities to becoming involved in everything. My hats off to the administration for a job well done. McGavock is a wonderful school that create leaders for the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
We moved to Nashville from out of state three years ago. I can honestly say that the teachers and staff go above and beyond to help these children excel in their interests. Mr. Tribue treats every child as if they were his own. The students and parents respect and admire him in that aspect as well. My son has developed in such way that is becomes apparent these students are well taken care of and nurtured into their own future paths. They are guided to become productive and successful adults of the future and that makes the base of all great schools! Thanks for all you do!!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
My handicapped child was in McGavock's Special Education Progam. Overall we were dissapointed. The LRE classes are in the back of the building and in very cramped classrooms. This is a problem for students that use either a wheelchair or other aids for walking due to lack of room to manuever safely. They are low on teacher assistants for the students and the ones they do have although very caring are stretched way too thin with all the demands placed on them. The special ed busses are in very poor repair, breakdowns are frequent. The teachers seem more concerned in placating the parents than truly fixing the problems. They are willing to create an adaptive program, but short on the tools needed to do so. Parental involement was not encouraged...at all. If your special needs student attends this school you must advocate for them.

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March 10, 2005
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January 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2004
I am a single parent with two kids that attended this wonderful school. All of there present school did not give enough home work to keep them occupied in learning. During the years they attended McGavock, I saw dramastic improvements in my children's test scores. If your child likes any hands on activities then this is the school for them.

- submitted by a parent
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Mcgavock Comp High School
3150 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN  37214
(615) 885-8850
Last modified Mcgavock Comp High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mcgavock Comp High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top