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Mcgavock Comp High School

Public | 9-12 | 2280 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted December 5, 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.


Posted April 16, 2010

So far as band and its director mr. Beckman...They are tops and his way of discipline is much admired.


Posted April 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 2, 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
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 5, 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


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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.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
32%
Algebra II

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

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
34%
Biology I

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

618 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
48%
English I

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

558 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
English II

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

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%
English III

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

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
28%
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 Students65%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities44%
English language learners21%

Algebra II

All Students28%
African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
White31%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students53%
African American34%
Asian75%
Hispanic44%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners12%

English I

All Students60%
African American44%
Asian54%
Hispanic57%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students53%
African American38%
Asian69%
Hispanic49%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learners18%

English III

All Students25%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Hispanic12%
White36%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities77%
English language learners73%
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 49% 67%
Black 36% 23%
Hispanic 12% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 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 57%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

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  • After school
  • Before school

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • 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
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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3150 McGavock Pk
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 885-8850

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