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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am a sophomore, (class of 2011) and the school's teachers here are amazing!
Powell High School has high acedemic standards and their marching band is unbeleivable.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
This school need to concentrate more on academics and alot less on sports!
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