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Powell High School

Public | 9-12 | 1422 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2013

I am a Powell alum (class of 2001). I attended college out of state, but I've had the priviledge of returning to Knoxville for my career. While the Powell community is still an excellent town to be a part of, it is no secret that rezoning has certainly changed the dynamic at the high school. I do some volunteer work at the school, and from my perspective, rezoning has caused multiple problems. Overcrowding problems and demographic/culture issues are apparent. It's hard to believe how much this school has changed. While I believe that the faculty/staff at Powell is still top-notch, the student experience isn't what it once was. 10 years ago, Powell was on par with a school like Karns. Now, I think it is more comparable to a school like Central.


Posted February 7, 2013

I graduated from Powell High School and both of my children have graduated from Powell High School. While the school maintains a positive climate for students in spite of many changes to its population over the past ten years, it struggles to compete academically with other schools in the district and across the state. This has not been an effect of school rezoning even though many would like for everyone to believe that. Nonetheless, the school does an excellent job in promoting the well being of the whole student and offers many excellent opportunities to students through athletics, clubs, and other programs.The school is a direct reflection of the blue collar community that it serve and.if its academic programs ever match the competitive strength of its athletics, it would be the best overall school in Knox. Co.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

Powell High School is a very great school to attend. Although there is a surplus of troublesome students due to the rezoning, students who want to learn will be awarded. Teachers here really love their job and want their students to learn the required curriculum needed to graduate and/or attend college. Classes are very noticeably divided. Intelligent students will be paired with other smart kids while troublemakers are grouped together. This school, like all schools, does have its pair of troublemakers, but those who separate themselves from them will enjoy their time here. I highly recommend this school to all students. Powell High School: Class of 2013 University of Tennessee: Class of 2017
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2012

I'm a sophomore at Powell High School and I used to enjoy going to this school my freshman year, but now-- this school is no longer enjoyable. They focus too much on sports and not academics and our students. All they care about is the football team. Theirs a lot of drama, and drug use. Believe it or not. Reminder, this is coming from a student. This school is also racist, and very judgmental. Overall, I DON T recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2012

We moved here 7 years ago for the Powell school reputations. After the rezoning went into effect I saw major overcrowding, more conflict, students seem less tolerant and overall I am disappointed in the school. In comparison to where we came from Powell has better classes and academic achievements and some very good teachers. Wish the school board would see that the school is sliding back and make changes now to prevent it from losing the appeal it had that originally brought our family here. We parents should also do what is needed to make it a better environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

While the administration has really cracked down on being late to class and bathroom policies, I wouldn't want to go to any other school. We have a wonderful sense of school spirit and community at P.H.S. It's a very well-rounded school, with plenty of AP classes, extracurricular activities, and groups like FBLA, DECA, a newspaper team, and an annual staff. If a class is not available at PHS, students can ride the 'Byington Bus,' which takes them over to Byington at nearby Karns High School to take the classes they supply. All in all, it's a great school, not too much trouble with fighting like other schools in the area. The overpopulation of kids in the hallways can be troublesome at times, but you can make it through if you know which route to take.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

I am now a Junior at PHS (class of '11). I think its a decent school, the teachers are pretty good, though i do think its a bit overcrowded because of the re-zoning, but overall, i've had some pretty good times here. Marching band is amazing too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2008

I am a sophomore, (class of 2011) and the school's teachers here are amazing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2008

powell high the so great and i'm a seniorto i just love it so much
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2008

Powell High School has high acedemic standards and their marching band is unbeleivable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2007

I think Powell H.S. is much better than a lot of other schools in the area. Before we moved to Knox Co. my son did his research and he chose PHS over other Knox Co. schools. He loves PHS. We came from neighboring county school where he was extremely unhappy now I hear 'I love PHS.' This school, the adminstrators & teachers, have given my son a much better attitude towards academics and athletics. They praise and reward the students for doing a good job. There doesn't seem to be as many pretentious kids in this school either. Extracurricular activites and parental involvement seems to be at the right level too. I'm glad my son chose PHS. He is happy and doing very well academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I have had the five children attend Powell High and now my fifth is presently attending. Powell High is rated very high in my experience with them. They have the highest standards and they do an excellent job teaching how to get ready for the next step in the life cycle. I would recommend Powell High to anyone without even having to think about it. Go Powell High and continue teaching our children how to get ready for life. Powell High is the School for me.The Staff teaches our Children by leading by example, because they have high goals and standards.Go Powell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

My son Chris graduated in 2004. Really did good job in classes and on the football field. Robbie will graduate in 2006,. The staff has been great to me and my sons. I also graduated from Powell High School and I think it is the best. D.Stewart
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2004

I really enjoyed my time at powell high. The teachers I had was great. I really miss powell high and wished i was never kicked out. CLASS OF 2000.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 14, 2004

I think this school is great. The staff in the office are very fair to the students. We have great teachers that love to have fun but can be serious at the same time. The new principle is great she's not strict on the dress code like some schools are. My daugter is a freshmen and she comes home every day and says mom I love high school we are so free and we can wear flipflops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2004

This school need to concentrate more on academics and alot less on sports!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
38%
Algebra II

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
41%
Biology I

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

388 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
51%
English I

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

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
English II

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

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
English III

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%
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 Students60%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students39%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
White42%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students61%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic24%
White65%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students75%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students65%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students44%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities94%
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 8% 23%
Hispanic 4% 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 40%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
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Fax number
  • (865) 947-2805

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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2136 West Emory Rd
Powell, TN 37849
Phone: (865) 938-2171

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