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Henry Co High School

Public | 9-12 | 1082 students

 
 

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Posted December 27, 2008

Henry County High School is a superficial environment. Many students feel like they are succeeding there, but are they? So what if you get all A's in High School, that means absolutely nothing if the classes were super easy and you aren't prepared for college. Out of all the teachers I have had, only one has challenged me, I was a straight A student until I took his class, I never studied, I never even had to try. But then I took Mr. Nesbitt's Chemistry class, and realized that being able to pass all my classes without trying was just stupid. School isn't supposed to be easy. We are supposed to work for what we get. Yet, at Henry County High School, as long as the administration's main concern is to look good, then all of their students are going to continue suffering.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

I have children in college and HS. My children that are now in college took the honors classes offered at the HS. They tell me that nothing at the HS prepared them for college. One of my children is in an honors program at her university and she feels ignorant next to other honor students. It seems to me that the entire school system in this county attempts to do the things that will get them noticed or look good to any evaluating committees. But, there doesn't seem to be any substance to their actions, no passion for doing the right things... just a desire to 'look good'. Programs that teach character, citizenship, etc.. are implemented but the students see immoral behavior exhibited among teachers and administration. It is a very superficial place. If we had a viable alternative we would take it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

I have one child who graduated from HCHS and is excelling, SUMMA CUM LAUDE, at a major university. I have another child currently attending HCHS. He loves the honors classes because they challenge him. He also plays a sport, NOT football. He has great support from his coaches and teachers. I know we all like to think our child is the best, but from what I've seen, they work with those players who demonstrate the interest, drive and willingness to do the hard work required. Attitude plays a large part also. This school offers what urban schools cannot offer-- a real interest in the individual. If a student has a good attitude and is trying, then that student will have all the support they need. HCHS is EXCELLENT-- Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

HCHS has provided my son with a excellent learning opportunity. Parents need to be doing their part at home and they will find a better outcome regarding their children. Sport programs are available for all children, parents need to participate. Football has provided my son with so many positive aspects that I can't say enough about the program and the coaches that have been on board in the past 4 years. Thanks go out to all for helping us raise our child, remember it takes a whole village to raise children. Looking for the positive or helping correct an area that needs attention is so much more productive, versus complaining.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

In response to the parent that is putting the administration and director of schools down needs to step back and look again. My son is a senior this year and his 2nd year in football. As far as his academics he is doing leaps and bounds better than he was before he played football. Since he started playing football he refuses to miss school afraid of getting behind where as before he played football he could care less if he played or not. The coaching staff with the football team demands respect and school work be done; and not just respect at school but at home also. I have been told that if my son is disrespectful and i need help with him all i have to do is let the coaches know and they will help. I think the football team is a asset learning wise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

I have one child who graduated from this school and is excelling in a four-year university setting. I have another child at this school currently, and I feel both have benefited from the educational opportunities at HCHS. Many parents want to blame the system, but you get out of something what you put into it. I don't expect the school to raise my child, just offer the educational opportunity; the rest is up to the student to take advantage of what is offered. High school age students should be mature enough to know that their success or failure is in their own hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

We moved here from a northern school and have been here for a year. My daughter is now a junior and last year was mostly a waste of her time. The classes are too easy. The honors classes are pretty much what a general class was at her previous school. This school needs to get serious about providing challenging classes for those students who truly want to learn, not just coast through school. The majority of kids are NOT going to be very well prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

My children both attended Henry County High School and had great educations. Both are attending college and were well prepared and are successful. The school has many enrichment programs in music and theatre that just are not available in urban school systems these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

Seems like all the administration and the director of schools care about is football. What ever the football team wants it gets and my child is without new technology while they build new pressboxes and fly helicoptors onto the field
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

The schools academic classes aren't challenging enough, and because of the lack of challenge students are bored. Students sleep in class, text, etc. I fell that is they had more challenging curriculum students wouldn't necessairly feel like texting or passing notes 24/7.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2008

The school is more sports-oriented rather than academic focused. It seems quite a bit of money goes toward the funding of unnecessary spending towards sports instead of teacher salaries or academic classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2008

The school is more sports-oriented rather than academic focused. It seems quite a bit of money goes toward the funding of unnecessary spending towards sports instead of teacher salaries or academic classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

The classes are way to easy. Even the honors classes are not at all challenging. They need to change how they are teaching the classes
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2008

There are to many teachers that see bullying go on and do nothing about it. Teachers treat students better than others
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2007

The academic programs at this school are satisfactory to above average, but sports programs are highly unfair.
—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.

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32%

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50%
Algebra II

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

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
41%
Biology I

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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68%

2012

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
32%
English I

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

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English II

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

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
63%
English III

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
51%
U.S. History

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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

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Algebra II

All Students59%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Studentsn/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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English II

All Students69%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students53%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

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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
White 86% 67%
Black 11% 23%
Hispanic 2% 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%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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